New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir

New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir

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Brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO, United States

Style:  Wild Ale

7.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Le Terroir is a french term meaning “of the earth”. Used to reference the environmental conditions that affect the brew, we like to think about the terroir of our foeders. These wooden barrels age our sour beer in varying temperatures, humidity, and vibrations. The terroir of New Belgium, so to speak. Add in another variable by dry-hopping with peachy, mango-like Amarillo hops, and we created a beer that changes every time we brew it.

ID: 20207 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank177
Overall Percentile99.7
Style Rank5 of 1298
Style Percentile99.6
Lowest Score3.9
Highest Score4.6
Average Score4.325
Weighted Score3.964
Standard Deviation0.205

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  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.9 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Orange color with a white head. Aroma is vinegar, citrus, and spices. Flavor is very sour with citrus, tropical fruit, and vinegar notes. Aftertaste is fruity and sour. Overall good beer.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Amber orange color, fluffy white head, chunks of lacing. Sout tart funky right up front in the nose and palate, fruity, citrus zest, funky yeasts, light oakiness, honeysuckle - just a fantastic beer. Thanks Jason for sharing. This wasn't on my Wish List but should have been!

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Bomber from BCLDB Nordel Crossing. A pour of gold/orange and a lot of cloudiness under a minimal white head. Lots of treats for the nose: fruity, yeasty and a bit of alcohol. Great taste, being supremely sour and tart, plus a peppery bit as well. Sour/tart grapefruit finish. To borrow from one of the above reviews (thanks, Beav!) this one packs a impressive pucker factor. Very nicely done, NB.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    22oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

    The aroma is nice, lots of acidic brett with some sour apple and some musty hops.

    The flavor is sweet tart fruity mouth-puckering sourness with some earthy acidic brett and a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

    Overall, one of my favorite sours. A huge amount of sourness with some yummy brett.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    another winning sour ale from new belgium...maybe even their best i've had to date. although a freind said the lvel of hops had faded since he first had this, they were still there, just more of a minor player. still added some complexity and uniqueness to what already would be a good assertive sour ale. lots of wood, barn, funk, vinegar, and hops at the end of the aroma and back of the mouth. slight grapefruitiness, but it;s overpowered by the sourness...not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    An insanely dry hopped sour that works wonders. Amber copper pour with a humungous white head and thick lacing. Vibrant and well carbonated. Fresh hop aroma, the Amarillo is easy to detect and leads way to a funky fruitiness. Fairly tart and refreshing, the sour level was spot on for my preference. The fresh hops and barnyard funk are extremely complimenting to each other instead of vying for time.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Pours a medium tan caramel, light head and lacing .. . delicious light summer aromas of hay, wood, barn, and light spring day in a meadow in france .. . a light refreshing brew with a beautiful touch of sourness- this is amazing stuff .. . quite complex in the mouth some light funk, orange skin, light fruit, wood, and happy thoughts .. . been wanting this for over half a decade and it was better than i could have imagined - pure quality! .. . wishlist cross off, originally put on: 5/12/2006 .. . buy this if you see it .. . So then did the American yum yum clown monkey also represent the FCC?

  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 4.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Sampled at the Falling Rock, GABF week 2008
    This beer smells quite fruity and is not nearly as tart / sour as the Love that I just drank. This seems to accentuated a fruity grape like aroma here and there is also a toasted, cracker like grain note towards the finish. The fruit character is light but there are touches of apricot, tart melon and some other tropical fruit like notes. A hint of woody / spicy oak character seems to mix in with the toasted grain aromas.

    The taste is pretty tart, though much softer than the Love, which allows a touch more fruit character to come through than was in the aroma. The sourness is much more lactic in focus, but still provides an ample sourness; the acidity accentuates flavors of apricot, strawberry, an incredible sour plum note, tart no make that sour melon and an interesting citrus-vinegar component. This beer is somewhat light bodied, but it does have a certain light-viscous heft to it, though it is still very quaffable; the heft is just enough to be well balanced by the sourness (if that makes sense, the sourness cuts through, yet is tempered at the same time by the body of this brew). Some faint oak flavors towards the finish provide a nice, pepper-like spice / bite. There is some acetic character here, it is light (especially compared to the Love), but really helps to add another dimension to the sourness as well as a bit more balance. This is another phenomenal beer, if not for the Love this would have had a much bigger impact upon me.

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