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New Belgium Lips of Faith - Le Terroir

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Le Terroir is a French term meaning ‘Of the Earth.’ Used to reference the environmental conditional 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.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeanF (2047) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
Well there’s nothin I don’t like no better than a fine sour ale... and it’s great that the new world folks are finall taking to the style. I can recall my first encounters with sour ales, on the hills of the Parisian steppes some years ago, watching fireworks with a backpack of fine Belgians as well as a decent glass to go with them. Nice to know the lager fiends of the world are finally coming around to the finer edge of the beer world, eh? So anyways it pours reasonably well like a fruit lager with modest carbonation and very little head, not exciting really. The aroma is fruitiness like an IPA but no complexity, nothing like what a good ol’ sour ale should smell like, but if you sniff deeply you’ll start to notice lambic notes and other mementos of those times you got waste on this style in Brussels like I did. The flavour is slightly sour but not prominent enough - there are hints of it here, and I wonder if the temperature was too low at 4.8 celcius, perhaps this is more of a room temperature brew - but it has some decent sour notes, though nothing too exciting nor complex to bring it out onto the world stage. Nonetheless good points for a decent sour ale on this continent, damn I do miss them, wish more people would appreciate the nuances of the darker sour ales that make life in Europe as palatable as it is, terrorists and all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (942) - ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2016
Pours pale, not huge carbonation, looks like apple juice drink. aroma is fresh and fruity, not overly strong. Bit of sour apple, home-pressed. Taste is nice hops are subdued but really helping the overall balance. Somewhat green feeling to it, nice and refreshing. Sour is working more in the aftertaste, nicely lingering.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Briward (8) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2016 does not count
12oz pour at Toronado. This place always has great food and beer. Pours a hazy gold with no head. Aroma of sour peach and citrua hops. Strong peach and citrus forward with sweetness. The sourness And carbonation of the beer really linger on the palate (in a great way). Very balanced. I’m impressed--this is a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (135) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Draft at Pinthouse Pizza. Hazy golden color with white head. Fruity, citrusy aroma with some funk. Taste: more fruitiness with pineapple, white wine, citrus, sour cherry. A tart, funky, earthy finish. Light and refreshing. Would never have guessed the 7.5% ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (184) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours Honey Golden. Aroma is Sour and Fruity. Taste is hoppy and fruity up front with a dry sour finish. I like it!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Msdrbeat (179) - - DEC 12, 2015
On tap at Hopcat. I've never had a sour. Bit of green apple there at the end. I need to try more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdleedahl (46) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
Nicely balanced sour. The dry hops lend a nice aroma without adding bitterness. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. I'm not sure if it's fermented with yeast naturally in the air, but it seems like it's not' ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (4942) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2015
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2015. Sour, tart smell with oak, fruits and some spices. Sour taste with grape, citrus and oak. Nice tart beer with some interesting aromas.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1101) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle shared with Damico and Paul. Pours an orange haze with white lace head. Aroma of hops and funk. Perfect balanced. Love the mix.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopmaestro (984) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle @ ÖÖWF2015: Well this was a pucker. Aroma is funky with lemon notes, grapefruit, barnyard and more funk. Taste is sour with fruits and crackers, citrus and yuzu popped up in my mind. Young earth, wood, funk and a really zesty finish with a lot of flavors swirling around. I loved it!


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