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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable beer, thanks for sharing John. Orange bodied with a beautiful head. Delivers, orange and tropical fruit flavours, very smooth drinker. One of the better beers in terms of drinkability our whole long weekend.Understated carbonation helped. Earthy.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip.
Initial aroma is bready and malt related then the tart and sour effects kick in. It's an interesting mix and not expected
Quite gold and clear. Big full white head and attractive bubbles rise from the nucleation.
Taste is similar with the lager like pils malt base and a mild soft tartness. A little sweetness up front and then the doughy flavors before the yeasts kick in. The alcohol does not show in the taste, in fact it is quite well hidden, except the warmth in the gut. Some light funkiness and noticeable dryness on the finish.
A little lighter on the feels makes it a little too easy to drink down. Soft and enjoyable feel.
I may add some things as I work through this.

Updates - the wild ale flavors show forth as it sits for awhile. They are nice and tasty, just not prominent.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A- Pours a nice bright straw yellow, with 2 fingers of brilliant, shiny white head that is hanging around longer than I expected, and is leaving some decent lacing on the glass.

S- Some funkiness from the Brett, some mild hints of tropical fruitiness. Mainly pineapple. Just a hint of sourness.

T- A good starter for people looking to try a Brett beer. The Brett is not overwhelming, but present. Biscuity flavors give way to a mild fruitiness.

M- Medium amount of carbonation. I think it could be higher. I like a wild ale that has lively carbonation. Might be a tad too thick. Would like to see a lighter body on this one.

O- A beginners Brett. This one is good, not great. I don't think it's near as bad as some of the reviewers have said. But that being said, everybody is different. I can say that this one is a decent beer to drink. This beer has turned into a huge disappointment for a lot of people, but I think it fits well into the Lips of Faith Series.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange yellow pour with a small head and lots of small floating sediment. Aroma was malt, citrus, Belgian yeast and some bret. Taste was consistent with aroma, much heavier on the spice / Belgian yeast and fruit than the sour, which was minimal. Texture was full bodied and chewy. I had let this set for almost a year before opening, and it was very smooth. Most similar to a Belgian strong ale without the high alcohol. Wildness had been tamed dramatically. Loved the beer.

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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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Photo of secondtooth
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow-opaque upon pouring. Thick and attractive head of fine, white carbonation. Lovely loopy chain-link style lacing.

Nose is fruity and funky. I get both wild berries and citrus tones. Quite enticing!

Taste is nicely fruity up front, even hinting at some pineapple. Body is heavy, though, and the Soriachi hops add to the tangy quality. I quite liked this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a golden color with a white head. Nose is sweet malt, some fruity hops and esters such as lemon, pineapple, apple, and maybe some banana. Just the slightest musty funk in the background. Like the aroma, there is a sweetness to the flavor along with some slight tartness of citrus fruits. A hint of pineapple, some banana, and a touch of apple. Mild spice notes, too. Not really what I think most would expect, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of guildencrantz
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very friendly brett. With a moderate mouth feel, light citrus flavor and just a touch of funk from the brettanomyces this is quite an enjoyable beer: it's not offensive, and doesn't push boundaries in any direction, but is very drinkable and I'd certainly try it again if I was looking for something light.

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Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room on 8/28/12.

A - bright yellow with a huge cap of soft, dense, white head that has great retention

S - wheat, lemon, a bit sour, pepper

T - pepper, lemon, wheat, bread, faintly tart, almost lactic, warming alcohol in the finish

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, well carbonated

I'm not sure how I feel about this beer. Unfortunately, I didn't get the pineapple that everyone was raving about from the Brett. I did enjoy it, but I thought it was a bit all over the place. The flavors didn't quite go mesh. It's worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle which I obtained in DC this summer. Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a thin white head that lingers.

The aroma is full of stinky funk; Parmesan cheese, wheat, mild vinegar, wildflower honey, and a peppery nose-feel. Intense and aromatic, this does not seem to be a beer for the weak-hearted.

Taste is sweeter and less outrageous than expected. The clover honey taste presents first, followed by a pithy bitter that transitions to a subtle sour. Peppery and herby, this tastes a bit like a saison.

Light bodied, with a tangy peppery bite on the tongue, finishing slightly funky.

The smell tries to scare you off, but don't let it. It tastes much tamer than it smells, which is good if you don't want your Brett too funky. I find this to be a pleasant sipper, best served at about 55 degrees. I've not had a bad beer yet from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series; if you can get your hands on one (they don't sell here in Ohio) I'd recommend it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: single finger head with good lacing on a cloudy dull golden body with floaters in it.

S: lemon custard orange peel Brett yeast, minimal spiciness.

T: coriander, yeast, lemon custard, orange peel, breads, dough, floral.

M: medium creamy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is a little odd to me. It's not a terrible beer and I enjoyed the creamy feel. For what it is I liked it, not sorry but nice degree of yeast and funk.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into Flying Dog chalice. cant seem to find any "bottled on" date on the bottle.

A: very blond, hazy to very hazy depending on how careful you choose to pour. head is bright white and isnt necessarily too impressive. retention is meh, good lacing.

S: the citrus on the nose is definitely strong. a mild barnyard aroma. slightly stronger biscuit aroma. more and more sweet citrus as it warms.

T: starts with a vaguely creamsicle flavor. a citrus twang on the end of the drink can shock the palate a bit, but only at times. the sweetness of the creamsicle flavor pops out more and more as it warms in the vanilla aspect. sweet citrus lingers on the palate long after the drink is gone.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: not a bad beer imo, but there is nothing about this beer that is screaming out BRETT to me. which is a real shame, especially coming from these two breweries. however, rating the beer itself, not to shabby.

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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 HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a globe glass. This 'Brett' beer pours a hazed golden with a half inch cap of white foam. Decent retention and lace follow, to a degree.

Touch of sourness on the aroma though notably wheat based. Slightest hint of Brett fruit on the aroma and quite muddled with light hops. Brett notes do expand with warming and enhance the aroma above all else.

At half the price of The Lost Abbey Version and with twice the Brett, chime in....

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Photo of SHODriver
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy yellow with a slight orange hue with a finger of white head into a Duvel Tulip
S: fruity with a slight mustyness and a bit of lemony citrus on the nose along with a bit of spice
T: pale malt with a slight fruitiness, mild funk tries hard to go full horseblanket, a bit of spice and small amount of mustyness but mostly fruity. swallow brings a bit of pineapple and some more fruity esters
M: prickly and slightly heavy carbonation and a somewhat thin mouthfeel that is a touch drying on the finish
O: Tastes like it has promise but like the Lost Abbey Version it needs time for the brett to come out to play and take this beer up another level. it's currently a tasty belgian pale ale. I'm not going to play favorites but this one seems to have a bit more complexity going for it but we'll see if it stays that way.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB snifter

Pours golden hay, white head that dissipates quickly but lingers about throughout the pour. Hazy like a wheat.

SMELLZ- Bit o' brett smell, bit o' spice.

FLAVORZ- malt sweet, caramel/toffee, belgian esters. Brett makes an appearance on the back end, though its part is fairly minor.

THOUGHTZ- Definitely closer to a brett beer than a sour beer, though even then it is lacking in what I would like in brett character. It reminds me of the bret character in Brux, the difference though is that NB kills the Brett with pasteurization which means that time in the cellar isn't going to change the beer. For six bucks it is a decent beer, and the brettanomyces adds a bit of complexity, but I'm definitely looking forward to its sibling mo betta bretta after being aged for a year or two.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had really high expectations for this one. Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with a large white head that disappears at a steady pace. Scent definitely has some Brett to it, although it is not as funky as I was expecting. Although I was hoping it would be tart/sour, I knew it wouldn't be. The aroma is somewhat of a letdown, as it is not even as funky as I was hoping. It has some pleasant tropical fruit and hops to it though. Taste is quite good. Initially, I get some earthy and floral flavors. Tropical fruits...pineapple and melon. Belgian yeast with slight Brett characteristics. Not much funk or barnyard at all...still a tasty beer though. Lovely hoppiness with sweet fruits. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Somewhat spicy and crisp finish. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, I know Lost Abbey does some amazing thing with Brett, so I had my expectations way too high. Although this is a good beer, it isn't worthy of the name "Brett Beer".

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 1.5-finger frothy, rocky, white head. Nice retention and some great lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. I’m actually surprised by how clear this is.

S – Bready, grainy malt, lemongrass (I’m assuming that’s the Sorachi Ace hops), and a bit of mustiness from the Brett. This smells nice, but it doesn’t have the rush of barnyard funk that I was expecting from a beer called “Brett Beer.”

T – Sweet bready malt and lemon esters, spicy peppery yeast, mildly bitter lemongrass hops, and a bit of earthy, musty Brett. Again, it doesn’t have as much Brett as I would have hoped.

Note: The last pour from the bottle stirred up some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle and some more Brett funk reared its head. It still wasn’t as strong as I was thinking it would be, but it was definitely more apparent.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy and zesty mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter, dry, and funky finish. Peppery and earthy yeast dryness and spice lingers for a bit.

O – While this is tasty, it drinks more like a saison than a wild ale. It doesn’t have nearly as much Brett as I expected from a beer with that word in the name. It’s a decent beer, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark straw with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like horse blanket and wet cardboard, with some apricot and spicy Belgian yeast and bread crust.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and unripe apricot and bread crust, with some horse blanket and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a musty aftertaste that was a bit tart.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a decent representation of brett, but not complex or delicious at all. The scent and taste were uninspired, although the body was nice. The finish was smooth enough, but not entirely clean. Maybe age would help, but fresh was not very exciting.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 Hopfenpeter
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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Photo of avalon07
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There were two inches of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A tart, sweet smell of citrus, yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (a bit of pineapple), malt, a good dose of Belgian yeast, and the advertised brett. This is an uneven flavor. It's alternately sweet and horribly acidic - especially in the finish. Unfocused.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a mixed bag of a beer. Interesting in some respects, but a little undisciplined in others.

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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 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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Lips Of Faith - Brett Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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