Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Brett BeerLips Of Faith - Brett Beer

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Alewife baltimore, into flute. Pours a hazy blonde, constant champagne like bubbles, and little head. Smells of yeast big time, but also citrus fruit notes. Taste is yeasty, but malty citrus fruit. Some clove and spice but otherwise citrus yeast stands out and is really nice. Good amount of hops and great hop flavor. Its a very good tasting brew with no good eye candy. Very crisp but dry and easy. Overall, another well crafted LOF brew from NB!

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into my FFF Teku glass.

So I wasn't sure what exactly to expect from this beer... But I'll be honest: I was hoping for something tasty and sour based on the brewers involved...

The outcome is that I'm a little disappointed.

This beer drinks like a Belgian pale ale (not necessarily my favorite style) that just happens to be fermented with Brett....

Some dry malt leads off, kinda grainy, little toasty bread. Some citrusy hop notes, then a big Brett character with dirty notes and some extra fruity notes. Big juicy pineapple comes through.

The body is a little chalky-- medium-full body yet amply carbonated. Dry crisp finish. Not really bitter at all, but a dry fruitiness with some citrus notes that border on lemon-like tartness are present at the finish.

Overall-- this isn't sour at all. It isn't incredibly delicious like I'd hoped... But it isn't bad either. It actually seems to have some good aging potential-- though the tasty hop notes will fade, the Brett might get better (or should I say Brettier?).

I hope Mo Betta Bretta is better!

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, pale gold color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled slightly funky with some floral notes. A touch of citrus, too.

T - Tasted herbal with a slight phenolic taste. Some sour green apple and grains.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Was lucky enough to sample the Lost Abbey version at the same time. Two vastly different beers and I enjoyed the Lost Abbey version better - more brett character.

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Photo of chebode2
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well balanced Ale in all aspects. The color when poured in a pint glass was a very hazy dark wheat yellow. The was hardly any foam and not lace at all. The smell of hops, with sweet spices and fruit was evident in the aroma. The flavor was of mild hops, sweet spices and fruit. A very good balance of sweet/bitter/sour on the aftertaste. For a 7.5% alcohol content, it was very smooth and mild.

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Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of martyl1000
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, the massive head rises rocky and fragrant. The barnyard funk hits the nose instantly, followed by a vinegar seriousness.

The citric tartness is tempered by the banana-taffy sweetness of brettomyacin yeast. Incredibly refreshing this afternoon of climate-change heat here in Madison.

The sour Brett in the mouth is a lemony bitterness, leavened by a subtle tropical fruit sweetness.

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Photo of champ103
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hat Merchant in Houston, TX

A: Pours a deep hazy copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Stone fruits. Apples, pears. Light biscuit malts. A lingering sweetness. A little to sweet for the style.
T: Again, fruits are up front. Apples, pears, citrus flavors. A sweetness lingers. Not enough funky Brett character for me.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. This needs to be more crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, but nothing I care to come back to.

Eh, pretty average. Just to sweet and not enough yeast character to make this distinct. Maybe if I tried this a few years ago I would have had a different opinion (a la Biere De Mars). Though right now I think this is middle of the road at best.

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Photo of herman77
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellow color with a nice looking white head on top. The head fades and leaves basically nothing behind. The smell of the beer is not funky at all really... This was a beer that I thought would blow me away with sour tart aromas but instead it was really subtle. I liked the surprise of it all. The taste of the beer was lightly soured, but barely. The beer had a nice sweetness to it with a lemony bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was light, gently carbonated and smooth. Overall it was good in my opinion but not something that a sour beer lover would want to pay for I don't think.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy white head that leaves bits if lacing.

Smells of a little brett ajd pale malt.

Tastes of sweet malts with small brett contributions. Starts off with a honey like sweetness along with some breadiness that leads to a little bit of fruit. Brett is not terribly forward, but is slightly noticeable with a little funk.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a disappointment for me, and definitely not up to par with other Lips of Faiths I have had. This beer is fairly bland.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft into snifter at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego, Calif., on July 18, 2012. Hazy orange color. One finger of head when I got it. Frothy, white lacing. Good retention throughout the pour, including on the top and the sides.

Smelled grapes, spoiled fruit, plum, apple, slight cloves and slight banana.

The taste was pretty similar. Got apple, grapes, spoiled fruit, plum and slight cloves. Seemed to be a bit warm, at least room temperature.

Light body. Creamy texture. Very carbonated. Long lasting sour finish.

Still getting into wilds, but really enjoyed this beer. Not too sour or too tart.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of Burlyn
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JimmyTango
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of PEIhop
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/18/12 notes. Split with my girlfriend; poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware and New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a hazy, deep yellow orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of oranges, brett, wheat, and bready malts. Brett and oranges are pretty weak. Nose isn't bad at all, but kind of muted. Very average and very surprised there wasn't more brett.

t - Tastes of bready malts, citrus, oranges, fruity malts, wheat, and very light funk, but not much. A little stronger and better than the nose, but still not much brett.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, the body is super smooth and creamy. Easily the best part of the beer; very easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer, but disappointing given the 2 high level breweries, and a bit underwhelming. For a name like "Brett Beer" it did not have a ton of brett, and the nose was very muted. Wouldn't seek it out again and wouldn't suggest buying a whole bomber of it.

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Photo of Grant35
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Very pale, hazy brown-yellow, with a churning white head and lots of bubbles.

S: Neutral, grainy yeast. Lightly Belgian? Not unpleasant, but not very fruity.

T: The Brett is distant. That said, this is a very nice, easygoing, Belgian-style pale ale. Fruity yeast is tropical (pineapple?) and is complemented by a grassy, almost bubble gummy, hop presence. Light, fruity, and yeasty are the watchwords here. Not bad!

M: Clean and refreshing.

O: A thoroughly drinkable, very pleasing beer. Even if the Brettanomyces is subdued, which makes for an initially offputting experience, the beer itself is more than capable. I expected nothing less from this collaborative team.

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

A: A slightly hazy straw color with a finger's width white head and high carbonation.

S: Biscuity malts with a bit of pear and vegetable soup.

T: More of the same from the aroma. The malts are biscuity with a nice pear or pineapple fruit flavor. The Brett appears in the end with a slight veggie soup flavor. The funk isn't very strong and is overpowered by a bitter hop.

M: High carbonation and medium feel. Finishes somewhat dry.

O: An average wild ale. The flavors initially are good, however the veggie soup in the finish isn't.

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Photo of Jfriz25
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Hazy golden straw. Head leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell- Smells yeasty and bready. Maaaybe a hint of tartness but I have to really concentrate to get it.

Taste- Bread and malt with a slightly tart flavor on the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Amazingly full body considering how light it is. It coats the tounge and lingers. It wants to end crisply but it's like a wet blanket gets thrown over it. I wouldn't call it pleasant.

Overall- This is my first all Brett beer and I'm hoping they aren't all like this. In fact it's the opposite of the light crisp tart beer I was hoping for

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Photo of MFauver35
1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

Photo of sludgegnome
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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