New Belgium Lips of Faith - Brett Beer

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RATINGS: 339   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fielding (58) - - JUL 14, 2012
Citrus sour nose. Pours from bottle a slightly cloudy straw color. Creamy and sweet for a brett. Also quite bready for a brett. Like it, but not sour as a wild ale would k indicate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2016
2012 bottle stored at 55-65, a bright sunny golden body with somewhat resilliant dense frothy white head, dusty funk with thick orange, pineapple, and mango rounded by a solid white doughy base, bright spice accents, fairly creamy med-med plus body, very cohesive with tickling carbonation

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Draft at Parlor City. Pours mostly clear gold with nice white head and lacing. Mild aroma of pineapple. Taste is pineapple, peach and some funk. Not very sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Pour is yellow with a white head..Nose is brett, fruit, spice, hay, honey...Taste is spice, citrus, honey, pineapple, hops, crisp, fruity...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1544) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2015
2012 vintage on tap at the Oak Cafe in Wyanndotte, one of several New Belgium beers, this one labeled 2012 Lost Abbey Collaboration Bretta - must be this one. Pours a clear gold with a white head. Light green grape aroma. Flavor is lots of citrus and green grape, lightly tart with a light bretty cracker flavor. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (2671) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2015
Old rating. Not bad, but a little disappointing. More like a citrus ipa with a little barnyard rather than extra bretty or sour at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Corn and basement notes mar the citrus fruit and herbal hops in this otherwise fluffy and soft concoction.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-The citrusy, tropical fruitiness could have been more fun.
-I would have liked a bit more acidity in the finish.
-This is so far from the original Mo Betta Bretta brewed in Solana Beach, its unrecognizable.

Bottle .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (11600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Slightly let down by this beer as Ive grown accustomed to really good sours from both NB and Lost Abbey. This was cheap for the style, but there really wasnt a whole lot going on outside of a nice farmhouse aroma. The flavor is too sweet, and not very funky or tart...though that may go away with age. I like the sorachi presence, but as a whole, this is below the standard for these brewers, and for the style."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2990) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Hazy straw colored pour. Medium white head that falls quickly. Little bit of lacing. Aroma is malt with a slight lemon note. Taste is a malt bomb; sweet, caramel, slight citrus. Not a hint of tartness nor sourness. Tastes like a decent IPA with a muted hop presence. But I dont think that is what they were shooting for. Not a surprise seeing who they teamed up with for this one though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (5171) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bought Nov. 2012, cant 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.

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