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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otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: Unfiltered and cloudy with orange and yellow hues. A bubbly clumpy white collar fades into just a few spots of film.
Nose: Mild overall for proclaiming to be a Brett beer. Faint dunk and musk in the middle. Biscuits and sourdough rolls. Old leather and chamois.
Palate: Medium to medium-light weight and on the thin side which doesn’t help carry the already mild flavors. Cornbread with a slight sour twang. Soured lemons and mandarins. Soft wheat and sourdough in the middle. Ferns in the back.
Final Thoughts: From first sniff to last quaff, I kept asking the beer “Where’s the Brett?” because I had trouble finding any. New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series usually produces more robust flavorful beers than this. Back to the brewing board maybe?
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jake65 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle: golden color with a large white head. Lots of suspended particles. Nose is grainy, dusty, dirty florals/herbs, and yeast. Taste is more or less the same... gets this oddly medicinal note though. I didn’t find this to be offensive, but it wasn’t good either. Not much wild or sour comes through at all. Dissatisfaction with this installment in the LoF series.

JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Chunky gold appearance with a medium white head. Malty and creamy nose with funky brett. Creamy flavor with a funky finish. Not bad by any means, but there’s just not much going on here.

BiereLuc (1275) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
Blonde voilée, peu mousseuse. Nez fruité avec des vapeurs d’alcool... à friction! En bouche, c’est très sucré avec un fond d’alcool. Le corps est intense, l’acidité vient tardivement l’amincir. Je n’ai jamais rien goûté de tel... mais je ne sais pas si c’est positif.

chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Orangish yellow pour with a small head and lots of small floating sediment. Aroma was malt, citrus, belgian yeast and some brett. 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.

jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Slightly hazy golden orange coloured body with a thin, half centimetre tall white head and some small bubbles on the sides of the glass. Aroma of sour lemons, light mash, grass, herbs, cherries and raspberries and a hit of pungent yeast notes. Medium-bodied; Assertive metallic and earthy malt with a pungent and very strong deep alcohol note followed by some light white grape and corn flavours - not too pleasant. Aftertaste shows some herbs and yeast, coriander seed and a hint of citrus - but this is strong and showing a lot of alcohol still. Overall, tastes like a slightly lemony malt liqour or european strong lager with some fruity smells but nothing that translates in the taste. Not really worth trying, and this would be the first from this series that I didn’t care for at all. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$6.99 sampled at home in Washington on 24-June-2013.

XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle share by Ryan, Golden pour, lots of residue. Aroma of Brett, grain and malt. Taste is very similar, sweet finish.

icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Appearance: Golden pour
Aroma: Funk, yeast, citrus
Taste: A bit of tartness
Palate: Good carbonation, light body. Dry finish
Overall: Not a sour, not really belgian, not much exciting or interesting here.

FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber hue (like a very light honey), that shows a lightly hazed, bright version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of funky / earthy notes, then pineapple (with a touch of tartness wrapped up in this), and in the long finish with a touch of dried hay or weed like notes. The main character here in the nose seems to be a combination of things that make me think of some sort of rotting fruit; this isn’t really at an offensive stage of ripeness, but is definitely a bit on the funky side.

The flavor has that same, rotting food-stuff like flavor; in the flavor it seems to be more a mix of both grain and fruit, really combining to make me think of vomit. The fruit flavors have a touch of pineapple to it, perhaps a touch of Durian, and papaya, as well as a honeydew and cantaloupe like note. Soft malt notes contribute a touch of cracker like grain, and perhaps a touch of hay-like character. The body is fairly light, with just a bit of palate-presence / viscosity to it; this would be drinkable, if you can ignore the flavors, but has some texture to it.

Wow, this is quite an interesting flavor profile for Brettanomyces Anomalous; the vomit and rotting fruit is quite a bit different than I would have expected. Really this is fairly bad, I was expecting this to be at least somewhat enjoyable. Not horrible, but definitely disappointing.

wchesser (2073) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Deep straw gold. Nose of light Brett with some lemon citrus. Lemon and black pepper on round malt core. Thought this was quite enjoyable. Don’t get all the haters.

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