Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
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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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of Jpwv
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of riored4v
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to a tulip. Slightly hazy golden color. Thin, white head that formed in to a ring on the glass.

Aroma was pretty mellow. Slightly fruity with subtle musty/brett aroma. A bit grainy.

Taste was pretty sweet and a bit syrupy. Mellow fruitiness with notes of musty, brett flavors. Moderately sweet, slightly tropical and a bit sweet finish. Mild maltyness.

Mouthfeel was medium/heavy body with medium carb. Slightly sticky.

Overall not quite what I was expecting. Was hoping for more brett and tropical flavors along with being more dry.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no date apparent. Light straw colored body that is very hazy. Creamy two finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing.

The aroma is not exactly what I expected. Only a slight amount of Brett "funk" and more of a tropical hop-oriented aroma. Some sweeter notes in the background.

I'm a little more disappointed in the flavor. I wasn't expecting a substantial amount of the funk, but there is very little. A few notes of banana with the more fruity hop flavors, but it is too sweet for me overall.

Medium to light texture in the mouthfeel. Overall, fairly drinkable, but too sweet to make me want to try again.

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

Served in a tulip glass, pours a quickly diminishing head that becomes a thin layer floating on top.

A - Cloudy and straw colored, spot on for this style.

S - Lemon zest, pear, ripe pineapple, touch of barnyard

T - Same as the smell, with perceived sweetness that dries out on the finish. The fruit flavors come across as extremely ripe.

M - Good body for a beer that could easily become too thin, and a nice long finish.

O - This is a really good effort and showcases the fruitiness that Brett can produce, especially when paired with the right hops. I will note that this beer should not be served too cold.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Straw colored with slight haze. Not much foam, but a frothy ring lasts decently with some mild carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. The smell isn't very Brett dominant really, it's got a more clean aroma, like a bready Belgian pale with a melony, almost lemony fruit zest. This actually appeals to me, though I would like some more funkiness.

The flavor is unfortunately very unappealing. It's got a strong bready malt taste, but without much balance, making it very one dimensional. The finish lingers heavily with a touch of astringence, just a bad aftertaste all around. Not too alcoholic. Decent marks for mouthfeel, a bit syrupy perhaps, but has a sharp carbonation.

I was hoping to like this more but it appears the low reviews are accurate. This is nothing like I expected. I barely taste the Brett, instead I feel like I am drinking a heavy, macro lager. Very odd. Not recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of mtlasley
2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

BrettBeer pours a pale straw color that reminds me of any Belgian Pale. When held to the light, a slight amber shows itself in the center. There is a small amount of visible carbonation inside the glass. A crisp finger head is gone in a flash and leaves minimal lacing.

I get an almost leathery wild note on the very tip of the nose. It's quickly followed by scents of tropical fruit and a spicy Belgian note. Earth scents are here but covered quite strongly.

Oddly sweet with an almost caramel like note inside the tip. There's wild notes here but they're less leather and barnyard and almost a light rotting flavor. Like rotting fruit. I love Lips of Faith but I understand the low rating (and price) here.

Crisp on the tongue and carried extremely well. It's light.

Not for me. The "rotting" flavor really detracts from the whole experience and I ended up draining most of this brew. A real disappointment from New Belgium.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

The New Belgium/Lost Abbey collaboration brett beer pours an opaque goldenrod. About two fingers of white foam crowns the beer, displaying a bit of head retention but not leaving much in the way of lacing. The nose has a good bit of tropical fruit funk. There's also a light lemon citric aroma, and a little bit of a wet hay note. The flavor profile has a bit more acidity to the pineapple and tropical fruit notes. The more barnyard-y aspect of the brett produced flavors is more muted here as compared to the nose, and there's still solid support in the form of lemony notes from the Sorachi Ace hops. The flavors do become a bit muddled though as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is too chewy, though I don't know whether more blame lies with a too-heavy body or a carbonation that's just not quite effervescent enough. I was really looking forward to trying this joint effort from New Belgium and The Lost Abbey, but it just didn't stand out for me.

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Photo of ADTaber
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of harrymel
1.56/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Alright, supposed to be a BFD.

Pours a near crystal golden ale with dissipating white sheeting. Smells of manure, straw, mushroom, pear juice and unleaded (the good part) no indications of lemon for me. Wowza, sweet estery juice. Lots of sweet wheat character, yeast and saccharine like sweetness. Sooo sweet. Where did this even come from?! Hints of straw and yeast with a little lead character. Full bodied for the style with low carbonation. This beer is a disaster. I'm giving this an overall 1.0 despite any other ratings because the beer is composed poorly. Drain pour. What a disappointment for two renowned breweries.

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Photo of rodkin
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy straw color, with a decent foamy head that never quite disappears.

Smell kind of reminds me of hopslam minus the hops. Some malty sweetness, some grassiness, bit of citrus. A lot sweeter than I expected.

Taste is really unexceptional. Lots of tropical and citrus fruits meshed together in a kind of mess, with a bit of grassiness and light earthy funk. This is really not well balanced. It's just kind of a mess. Too bad, I wanted to like this.

Mouthfeel is the highlight. Light and slightly creamy, very well carbonated. Too bad it's wasted on the taste.

Nothing to see here, folks. Move on to the next one.

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2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle pored into a Lost Abbey Tulip Glass

A - A fairly clear straw yellow, with alot of sediment floating around. Small amount of head, no sticky lace on the glass

S - Belgian yeast strain of the Brett is the most dominant. Slight sugar candy. Not too strong on the aroma front

T - Sweet sugar candy, but not overwhelming. Warms from the alcohol. A tad tarty at the end.

M - Medium bodied, fairly well carbonated.

O - Not like most Wild Ale's or sours. More like a belgian pale ale. I enjoyed it. Hope they collaborate again!

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Phelps
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a tulip glass, Brett Beer has the soft golden hue of saffron rice, hazed slightly by lingering yeast particles. A wispy, half-inch head of cloud-white foam fizzles gentle away, dotting the sides of the glass like a Bingo player.

Funk can be a difficult beast to master. Give the wild yeast to much rein and you can quickly edge from pleasantly piquant into downright smelly. Brett Beer toes the edge of the latter — notes of unripe pear and banana rise above a base layer of wet hay and rotten pineapples. Brett runs amok in the nose, delivering musty, earthy undertones along with a whisper of white vinegar in the back.

The flavor is more subdued, though it still shows some signs of abundant funk. The brett, interestingly, has imparting some very Belgian flavors like pear juice, banana and canned, processed pineapple. These swirl with gentle sweetness at the front of the flavor, while Target, Centennial and Sorachi Ace hops lend a healthy bitterness that settles into the back of the tongue. Hop flavor is nearly nil, but alcohol flavor isn’t — a large helping of clean booze strikes upon the swallow. The wild yeast lends a musty undercurrent to the whole affair, but has done its work to eat away residual sugars — the beer evacuates the palate with the cleanliness of a hotel maid.

If wildness and rampant funk is your thing, Brett Beer will likely be a fun brew to try. Pair it with some James Brown or George Clinton, who knew a thing or two about controlled amounts of funk. For my part, I’ll look for brews with a little more control.

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