Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer | New Belgium Brewing

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76
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528 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
New Belgium Brewing and The Lost Abbey brewery from San Marcos, California have a shared passion for a variety of things, not the least of which is the wild Belgian yeast brettanomyces. So they decided to join forces and collaborate. Lost Abbey Collaboration is brewed simply with pale malts accompanied by Target, Centennial and Sorachi hops for a hint of citrus. Focusing on their mutual respect for the ingredient, the spotlight shines on the brettanomyces, where a full brett fermentation offers bold pineapple overtones and funky, sour edge. The beer is a shining, golden shade and is warming and dry.

Added by HopHead84 on 05-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
528
Reviews:
176
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
54
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 528 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of beerhan
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, slight must, slight floral, and some weird pickle juice/brine aromas. I am not really getting any in your face Brett aromas from this one. Taste is slightly sour and is of malt/grain, yeast, and some funky and musty flavors. Again, no real Brett flavors are present. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that doesn't do the Brett any justice aroma or flavor wise. It's not a bad beer per se but definitely a disappointment in my opinion. I read that they accidentally pasteurized this one so there is no point in holding on to bottles because this one isn't getting any better over time.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of driftlessbrewin
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of drabmuh
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a huge disappointment. Shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is brown and hazy with no head, no lacing, no retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is malty and bandaid.

Beer is medium in body and sweet and has a medicinal grossness that comes through...not a repeat to say the least.

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Photo of CommonRider
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mjohnson17
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of stakem
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a pair of pint glasses. The brew appears a pale straw yellow to golden with particulate hanging throughout suspension. A white frothy head 3 fingers strong fades leaving stringy patches of lace sticking to thr glass.

The aroma is full of fruit like mango and peach. Maybe a touch of apricot but with some green yeastiness keeping things broken up and earthy. Notes of clove and banana is fairly present giving me the notion that this is simply a belgian style blonde ale that hasnt yet evolved into the beer that is described above in the notes and on the label.

The taste has some fresh grainy sweetness almost like corn in it. A faint caramel touch with a buttery flavoring lasting. Some mild earth and minerals break up the sweetness. The earth picks up some fruity tinges almost like mango and pear/dehydrated apricot. Sulfur is faint in the aftertaste.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with modest level of carbonation that visually looks like too much but in the feel is a little lacking. The alcohol is very well hidden but the overall flavors are also a bit clashing. For a belgian style blonde I thought this was a pretty good offerig. But as-advertised it is not yet developed into what it claims to be. This is not a sour, it is not even tart. Remove that advertisement from the label and my score automatically increases by a full point. Perhaps I just drank this too young. If presented with another opportunity, I would try it again but not on my dollar.

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Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of DonDirkA
3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of tropical fruits, mango, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Taste has notes of banana, mango, oranges, slight funk from the Brett and its very lemony and effervescent like a hefeweizen. Pretty good, but a little light for my tastes. I love Brettanomyces but this one just isn't quite right. A good brew, but for something involving Lost Abbey, I expected more. I've heard a lot about their sours but this doesn't reflect that reputation. It wasn't actually made by Lost Abbey though, but by New Belgium and they're just kinda... meh most of the time.

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of AdamBear
2.59/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy yellow with thin white head

S-extremely faint scent of berries and possibly a hint of brett. Very faint. A hint of sour lactose. 

T-comes in with a slightly fruity taste of bitter grains. It's not good. Its not terrible either. For something brewed with Brett, it's a downright disappointment. Matching after-taste, complete lack of tartness

M-medium to low carbonation. Dry finish

O-This has got to be the worst beer I've had from New Belgium or the Lost Abbey. I really don't know how either brewery let this one out. It tastes like what would happen if a nano brewery wanted to put out a sour with a very limited budget

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Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ncketchum
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a straw yellow, lots of sediment, huge head which disappears over a couple minutes

S - funky yeast with a little bit of citrus

T - pretty funky straight away, a little bit of hops, pineapple in the end

M - fairly dry, moderate amount of alcohol, not too thin

O - Pretty drinkable, not particularly sour, I'm looking forward to see what my other bottle does with some age

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3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy pale gold and produced a creamy white head about one and a half fingers high. Leaves good lacing.
The smell is yeast , citrus, pepper, clove.
The taste is interesting, and is dominated by the flavors mentioned above. The best part of this beer for me was the really good mouthfeel. A nice peppery tingle on the gum and tongue. For that I will give a 4.5 for mouthfeel.
A very drinkable beer!

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Jason
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Semi-clear golden yellow, decent lacing

SMELL: Spicy, herbal, broth, alcohol, dried grass, green peppercorn, mint, lots of yeast

TASTE: Smoothness, medium bodied, a bit slick, malty, peppery, alcohol, yeast, ripe stone fruit, mild broth, semi-sweet finish

Wait for brett to show up, muddled chaos is what my palate picks up on 1st. Too young is what I am getting, too tame to even have "Brett" part of its name. Why is this beer so sweet as well? I am all for collabs but this one missed its mark.

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4.75/5  rDev +43.5%

Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
3.31 out of 5 based on 528 ratings.
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