Beer Review #95: New Belgium Lips of Faith Brett Beer

new belgiumIt has been one week since Brrr Fest and I know a review should have been posted by now, and I promise to get to that as soon as I gather all my notes, but until then, another beer review sounds good to me. 

I was pretty stoked to try New Belgium’s Lips of Faith collaboration with Lost Abbey brewing. Brettanomyces is a very popular buzz word in the world of craft beer today because of the complexity it can bring to a beer. For those who don’t know what Brettanomyces are, it is a form of wild yeast and to put it bluntly, can really make some tasty beers. The flavors and aroma of Brett beers is usually described as “funky” and you find this in most “sour” beers, which is a style that is becoming wildly popular. I’m a beginner in this style and have found I really enjoy them.

From the brewery:

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.

Onto this beer. With Lost Abbey in on this beer, I was expecting big things. Upon opening the bottle you are drilled with that funky aroma that comes with brett beers and a bit of pineapple and citrus smell. A nice golden pour with a white head. Excited for the first sip and…….. it falls completely flat! Maybe a bit of citrus, light breadiness, but no sourness whatsoever. Was looking for a lot more with this beer. I’m thinking I might have let it sit too long, or possibly a bad bottle, but this is one I will revisit down the road.

REVIEW

STYLESour/Wild Ale

ABV:7.5%

PURCHASED AT: John’s Grocery

Pour: Yellow/Gold pour with a huge white head.

Aroma: Grapefruit and funky brett smell.

Taste: It tasted flat. A tad citrus, but not much else.

Overall: C-

My Recommendation: I think I might have had a bad bottle or it was sitting a bit too long, I will try this one again and multiple people on Twitter have commented it’s must try on tap.

 

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3 thoughts on “Beer Review #95: New Belgium Lips of Faith Brett Beer

  1. Matt Fettkether says:

    I have had that beer a couple times and it is boring at best. Do not waste your money on another bottle, it will not be any better. They went very light with the brett, so it will not really ever get funky (brett generally does not make sour, it makes funk). If you want a good, funky beer, get Boulevard Saison Brett and age it for a couple years.

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