New Belgium Lips of Faith - Brett Beer

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RATINGS: 337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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. Lost Abbey Collaboration is available on draft and in 22-ounce bombers.

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hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 25, 2014
This was given to me by the New Belgian Kinetic Sculpture team in 2014 and consumed one year later. Wonder if I wanted too long. Poured gold with haze White head. Nose of some light fruit and just a hint of the brett. Medium body Flavor is a little funky with a little citrus and again just a hint of the brett. Did it fade or was it never there. Kind of disappointing.

DrnkMcDermott (3136) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bought Nov. 2012, can’t decipher the date stamp. Pours bright yellow in my tulip, like a Belgian tripel. Plenty of suspended bits, and I can see sediment swirling at the bottom of the barrel. Nose is rather mild, just a hint of tartness and maybe some Belgian funky hops; just not in abundance. I guess I expect an all-Brett beer to be pretty sour, but this is more zesty. Highly bubbly, which kind of keeps the taste from getting to me. Not sour, not lactic, I guess nearly 2 years of aging makes a difference. Some strong hops listed in the mix, but they are kind of lost, too, or perhaps they are blended in with the slightly citrusy malt taste. It does taste nice, and it stands out from other beers. Mostly citrus, a bit of wit spice, and a touch of funk.Swirling the sediment for the final pours just leaves it hazy and with some yeast taste.

fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
A hazy yellow beer with a small white head. The aroma is light hay and citrus. The flavor is weak grain.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Dense gold color, moderate translucency with little bits of sediment hanging in suspension, topped with a foamy & lightly soapy, fizzing white head. Aroma is a brettanomyces overload with some bready malt. Funk, biscuit, baked bread, musky citrus, band-aid, medicinal, & weird sterile notes. I love Brett & bready malt, but not in this capacity. Taste contains earth, wet cardboard, band-aid, damp cellar floor, & big medicinal off-flavors. Again, overstating the Brett in large quantity. Heavy, heavy bread flavors with a clumpy, overpowering, yeasty finish. Dryer finish than the desert. This was a difficult one to put down the hatch; honestly, just not a very well made beer. You can’t load a crappy beer up with Brett & expect it to be good. Here’s the proof. BTW no sour or pineapple Brett notes ANYWHERE, like the description states.

Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
This probably deserves its less than exalted rating. The flavors are nowhere near as bold as you would expect from a Brett-driven concoction, and though dry, there’s relatively little acidity and sourness. One collaboration beer that didn’t produce up to the reputation of its component parts. Bottle.

GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
August 7th, 2012 - New Belgium and Lost Abbey teaming up to make a beer is like Batman and Superman joining forces, and the effect is amplified for me since both brewers come from places I’ve lived, and places where I’ve invested a great deal of drinking and money budgeted for beer. Er, and some money not budgeted for beer. Brett beers are always a little funky, but I trust NBB to make something approachable, and this fits that description nicely. Bright and yellow with a slightly faded dandelion color around the edges, and decorated with a fuzzy, bubbly head, this is an easy beer to look at. The nose is soft and yellow, bearing gifts of pear, butter, clove and even a little elderflower - lovely! The flavor reflects this awesome bouquet. Let it warm a little bit and those soft touches of pear, honey, butter and elderflower glow on the palate. The Brett is extremely quiet. This isn’t a “horse licking beer” by any means. But the Brett does enable this levelly flavors. There’s no funk, but somehow the choice of yeast emphasizes the quirky flavors, and lets you savor and suck on that delicious braised flavor. As of August 7th, 2012 this is one of the best beers i had had in a long time.

Sweasy (20) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bold and yeasty but that’s about it. Was expecting more of a sour taste, but it has more of a heavy yeast with light citrus. It leaves more of a thick blanket than I prefer.

mverity (362) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle share at Proof thanks to jbruner. Clear pale yellow color with swirls of thin white head and a medium collar. Aroma is super grainey and light malt. Taste is very faintly grassy, and then some light malt sweetness. Not much else to this one. Thin watery body, light carbonation.

jbruner (5285) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow from the growler with thin white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is really bready biscuit, a hint of mushroom earthiness. Taste follows, biscuit on biscuit on grain. Meh.

harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
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. Serving type: bottle 07-13-2012

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