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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4221) - 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.

cfrancis (3588) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2017
Pours foggy golden yellow with a small white fizz that quickly disappears. Aroma is light sweetness, low fruity and light straw. Taste is sweetness, pineapple, small bitterness. Not a lot going on, just clean and crisp with just a touch of funk.

alexsdad06 (10962) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2017
22 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99 from backlog notes. Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale malts, mild funk, hints of Brett, very little sour citrus, doughy yeast, mild overall.

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

arnold931 (1264) - 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.

Errl (2577) - 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...

flatmatt (1621) - 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.

rdixon77 (3067) - 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.

MartinT (10102) - 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, it’s unrecognizable.

Bottle .

slowrunner77 (13004) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Slightly let down by this beer as I’ve grown accustomed to really good sours from both NB and Lost Abbey. This was cheap for the style, but there really wasn’t 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."

suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, 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 don’t think that is what they were shooting for. Not a surprise seeing who they teamed up with for this one though.

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