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Lips Of Faith - Gruit - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

264 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-19-2014

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moose90
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hophugger
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Norseman
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oldsailor
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of watchnerd
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tiny champagne like bubbles and teeny lacing flecks, a bit of yeast in the front, but the light crispness, with just a wee bit o' hops, reminds me of a kolsch style beer. Doesn't have the overpowering flavor profile of many 'ancient herbed ales' at all. Really delicious and well-balanced, would go with anything.

Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD 1/15. Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold. Very good head volume, excellent lacing and normal retention.

Light nose of lemon like citrus over a subtle biscuit sweetness with a touch of pepper spice.

Almost medium in body with a smooth texture that has oily moments and a touch of creaminess. Normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a lively finish.

The delightful flavor profile is World Class. It is intense, quite complex and superbly balanced. It begins with a blend of slightly sweet citrus that slowly separates into lemon, pineapple and, surprisingly, peach. In the middle, a subtle herbal bitterness emerges, with a clove note, over a biscuit sweetness that then effervesces into a pepper note. The finish is a lingering fade of herbal flavor over a subtle biscuit graininess and sweetness. My first Gruit, and it is outstanding.

Photo of JellyJacket
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Inglewood
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Devil_Doc
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: A pretty cloudy faded cop perish orange color for body. The cream colored heads leaves a thick, bubbly film. A net of foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

Aroma: There's a minty note that dominates, but let me be honest -- this beer is brewed with things i've never even heard of such as horehound, yarrow, wormwood, bog myrtle ... and things like that! I think maybe coriander comes to mind, whether it is used in brewing or not.

Taste: There's some citrus notes like orange peel, some faint spiciness in the form of white pepper.

Mouthfeel: Light for the 6.66% ABV.

Overall: A really refreshing beer above 6% ABV. Lovely blend of ingredients, even though I've not heard of most of them.

Photo of Takezo
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear gold/orange. Only a few lazy bubbles- looks syrupy. Faint white head. Some spots of resilient lace.

S: Smells like a moderately hopped beer; exotic fruit, some citrusy. Missing is the pine, replaced by grassy herbs. A pretty realistic golden apple aroma lingers in the back. I know it's the style's fault, but it can't decide which smell to feature and which should be supporting; makes for a decent but confusing nose.

T: Citrus that really tastes like it came from hops. Peach. Neither sweet nor very bitter; again, there isn't balance between these opposing aspects so much as there is a mutual lack of them. A bit of herbaciousness on the finish, but as esoteric as those roots/plants are, I would like to be able to identify at least one of them (where is the elderflower??).

M: Remote ticklish carbonation. Medium body, luckily not syrupy.

O: Nice. It was, however, a bit weak on the palate, and combined with the scattered flavors it made for a kinda confusing beer. Not much different than a weak IPA or fruit beer. Good attempt at the style (I think?), but there is still plenty of room to improve (and plenty of enthusiasm from this BA to try the next iterations of it).

Photo of ironchefkook
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of GaryFields
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of brwnchrstpher
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ElTgray
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of gatorlove
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tednkelly
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mesmart530
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Lips Of Faith - Gruit from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.