Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer | New Belgium Brewing

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528 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
528
pDev:
16.57%
Bros Score:
3.16
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
54
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 528 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of marine1975
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one sitting out by the pool on the 4th in the sun! Served from bottle into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount fairly slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, mango, pineapple, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earthy funk, earth, subtle fruit, mango, and pineapple. Overall this was a decent brew. For those of you out there who believe Brett makes a beer sour or tart, you need to try this one. There is no sour or tart notes present at all in this one. Just a nice earthy funk which is how it should be. However, a little sour/tart might not have hurt this brew too much as the Brett dominated it. The fruit aspects tried to settle it down, but fell a little short if you ask me. Definitely worth trying at least once to judge for yourself.

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Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of GTB
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of phishsihq
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brett Beer pours a hazy, opaque straw color with a slight apricot tint. A thin white head provides a good deal of lace. Strong aromas of pineapple, lemon, and Brettacomyces funk hide a slightly floral hop notes and a grainy maltiness. Tropical fruit flavors again dominate the pallet, followed by a light breadiness, and just a touch of funk in the finish. Brett Beer is medium light in body and has a lower level of carbonation. It seems that some aging would do this beer good.

Cheers!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Bretty leathery notes, with some spoiled pineapple and musrooms.

T: Definite tropical notes. Pineapple, passion fruit, but not in a hoppy sense, more of in a yeasty sense. Musty, Bretty undercurrent.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, silky, musty.

O: An interesting beer at first, but didn't retain my interest until the end of the bomber. Not as tasty as the Lost Abbey counterpart. That being said it's considerably less expensive than the Lost Abbey counterpart (3:1). A solid effort, worth a try if you're into Brett.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of CMB2012
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a golden yellow, slightly hazy. light white pillow head.

very funky with strong brett notes, subtle tropical fruits.

very brett straight forward, well blended body allowing the brett to really shine. light tropical fruit, some malt in the back. slight booze in the finish.

mild to moderate carbonation. light feel.

it's a brett beer, very straight forward. no frills. good stuff, but 22oz's a bit much after a while.

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Photo of zhanson88
1.77/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Apperance: Pours a light, clear straw color with about 1/4" of white head. Head retention is okay, and carbonation seems to be lacking.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, tartness is almost nonexistent.

Taste: Heavy mango and pineapple sweetness, kind of cloying. Again, tartness is nonexistent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is heavy for the style and lacking carbonation. Overall, not impressed with this as a wild. Kind of refreshing in a sweet way, this is an okay beer from that standpoint, but as a wild comes up way short.

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Photo of tewaris
1.86/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On tap at Happy Gnome.

Hazy golden colored with a moderate head. Aroma is extremely sweet and quite fruity; perhaps excruciatingly sweet. Generic beer notes abound and nothing else really stands out but the fruitiness.

Tastes underattenuated and just plain messy! A slightly phenolic and very cloying finish. Another good example of why one should either stick to normal ingredients or be absolutely sure before putting the product out. Also, add hops.

I don't really mind the mouthfeel but sweetness kills it. A miserable fail of a beer; there are few "craft" beers that I would turn down and choose an adjunct lager instead. This is one of them.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a small growler at the Charleston Beer Exchange:

Pourd into a new belgium tulip glass, color is pale straw to gold with a brighter white head, light lacing light carbonation.

Smell is lightly funky, earthy, mild bread. some estery like undertones.

Taste is more straightforward than expected, pilsner malts and breads, light yeast, some mild earthiness (my wife described it as mild brie like flavors). The brett like flavors never really come through as strong as expected, though it fits the description mentioned.

Mouthfeel is stronger on the tongue from some of the estery like profile, not bad, lingering sweetness helps in the this regard.

Overall, not as funky as expected but a more interesting beer than not - glad i picked up a bottle - will let it a age some before tasting again.

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Photo of imasloth
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy straw color with generous white head and thick lacing.

S- General Brett scent with perhaps a bit of sweetness. Strong green olives over all.

T- Olives into tart and sweet. As it warms tart comes to front but olives dominate. Some pineapple too.

M- Evident carbonation, medium-body, fairly smooth.

O- Having made a beer with Centennial hops and getting same green olive/pineapple flavor (nobody else gets the olive that I do), it may be this hops I don't like. This beer certainly distinct, but not in ways I'd like it to be.

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Photo of bsp77
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with foamy white head and sticky lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, biscuit, cherry and citrus. No Brett.

Taste: Still no Brett, or maybe just the slightest hint. That might be okay (despite the misleading name), so does the rest of the beer taste good? No, not really. Strong toast and biscuit with a really odd hop flavor (grass, metal, rotten citrus) and some overripe banana. Tastes like a way too boozy Marzen with some Belgian undertones.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Off dry finish that really coats the mouth in a bad way.

Overall: Tastes like a headache. I really can't believe that this is what New Belgium and Lost Abbey came up with. Not finishing the bomber. At least it was only like $6.

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Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a cloudy light yellow-orange with a one inch fizzy, near-white head that fades down pretty quickly.

S - Lemons, sour wheat, sour mash.

T - Sour wheat, and just plain odd.

D - Decent carbonation and a lighter body.

O - I was really excited to try this one, but I was really let down. I want to grab a Mo Betta' and see how it compares. I hope it's better.

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Photo of bradner
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up tonight at Bier Thirty for $6ish... First place in town that has it on the shelf.

Poured into my slim tulip... 1" white head dies quickly... decent lacing and retention...

The nose begins with thick pale malt.. sorta husky... grassy hops... Late warmth shows some background tart notes.. sweet and some apricot.... VERY little brett notes ...

Flavor is very fruity... white peach and apricot... grassy brett notes are very light.... "yeasty" I don't think so. "Brett", nothing... much more like a BSPA....

Seems like this one was "pushed through" before ANY of the brett notes got a good punch... The yeast did sooo little damage.. Too thick and "IF" the Brett ever does bite, I expect bottle bombs... Way too much residual malt and standard 22's are problem.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of beerbrains
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of GregSVT
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice white head that fades to a big ring/small layer and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Like someone said below it smells like a belch or like rotting fruit. There is some funk and fruity notes in there if you don't swirl it before smelling. Very odd aroma and not something I'd like to smell too often.

T: The taste is slightly better but still off. The sweet malty notes are good but there is a weird over ripe fruit flavor in there as well. Almost tastes like a banana that has sat for too long. It's a bit interesting but not what I expected.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy which is odd as well for a brett beer. I was expecting some dryness and a crisp feel.

O: I figured a brett beer would have a crisp and dry feel. This one was just weird and not exactly what I expected. There are some fruity notes but not enough to overcome whatever is going on here.

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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 528 ratings
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