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Lips Of Faith - Gruit - New Belgium Brewing

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222 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-19-2014)
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New Belgium Brewing - Lips Of Faith Series: Gruit [Ale Brewed With Bog Myrtle, Horehound, Yarrow, Wormwood And With Elderflowers] (22oz ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 6.6% ABV)

Tried picking up a bomber from a new spot, and though the selection was borderline terrible, they had this LOF series bomber tucked away behind some Blue Moon and 312s… Never having been too entirely impressed with any previous LOF releases I've gotten the opportunity to enjoy, the bottle graphic and list of "weird" ingredients made this too intriguing to pass up… Once home, I found out that those "weird" ingredients are actually extremely necessary, as gruits are hopeless beers, and any bitterness contained within the bottle are derived from them… Pouring a crystal clear light gold with a fair amount of carbonation, it allowed for a foamy 2 inch head to form and dissipate at a very slow rate… After patiently letting the head settle into another extremely impressive retentive cap, I took note of the good deal of lacing already forming on the glass walls… Upon smelling, a yeasty spiciness presented itself first, accompanied by some traces of barnyard funk… Definitely some bready/biscuity notes in the beer, as well as some traces citrusy hops and lemon… First taste is immediately a crisp grainy backbone, almost as if I just enjoyed a lager… A hint of bitterness is also there upon the first sip, acting as a good companion to the traces of lemon and citrus that are BARELY present in the forefront… Midway through it transitions to the smoother biscuity end of things, with a hint of oak in there, which I assume to be the "wormwood" and I may be reaching slightly, but the floral notes, though BARELY present, are there on the finish… The carbonation isn't as present as I had thought it'd be, judging off how much carbonation was present after the pour… The finish is smooth, but lacks any complexity or lingering, still developing flavors, creating a clean yet very abrupt finish… Mouthfeel is extremely nice throughout, and acts as a great vessel for this particular brew, but ultimately the flavor is lacking… Overall it's a beer crafted with great precision, just not something I particularly enjoyed as it touched on flavors I find to be less appealing to my palate than many others… Another great brew - Cheers!!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We open a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows a pale daffodil coloring, holding a creamy, bubbling head of white that stands nearly two fingers tall. This retains well, leaving wet, craggy lacing around the glasses. A chill haze briefly cuts clarity, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be very, very faint. The aroma is spicy, offering a blend of smoked beechwood, dark cloven spice, seaweed saltiness, biscuity pale and wheaty maltiness, green tobacco leafiness, mossy muskiness, white sugar cloy, sweaty caramel, tweed, cinnamon stick, sweet potato starchiness, avocado pit, freshly pressed olive oil, and hickory. The taste follows with a surprisingly sweet showing of sugary and salted caramel maltiness, soy sauce, green corn husk, raw yams, dusty mallow sweetness, smoked dark wheatiness, white peppercorns, honey herbal cough drops, jicama and parsnip rootiness, hollow chive fumes, creamy soy bean oiliness, lactic sourness, clean aluminum metallics, clover honey essence, and dandelion weediness. The body is slightly thicker than medium, and the carbonation is moderate to active. There is nice slurp and smack to the lip, harboring decent creaminess and frothiness. The mouth is coated and left drippy wet, but otherwise meets a long, drawn out dryness that finishing just behind the two front teeth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, despite the oddities and rarities of the featured ingredients, there is a warming, spicy, welcomed familiarity to this beer. We’ve tackled this style in the past, but found this to be a nicely rounded offering in the flavor department. The spices and herbs were hearty and authentic, and really help bring you back to the ancient rooting of this style. They don’t really take any one ingredient and run with it here, but rather gently blend and steep everything together, making it marketable and tamable for just about any adventurous beer lover. While its authenticity is noted, we would love to try some truly harsh and unabashedly flavored gruits.

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Lips Of Faith - Gruit from New Belgium Brewing
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