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Lips Of Faith - Gruit - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews by SD-Alefan:
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

4.34/5  rDev +20.9%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

It pours a lovely, hazy golden color with a two-finger head that lingers and LOTS of bubbles.

The aroma is very nice: yeasty bread with underlying floral and fruit notes. I could smell it all day.

The taste is wonderful with an interesting, tongue-coating and pleasant bitter bite followed with sweet banana and a little funky yeast. There is a nice bitter finish as well. Fairly sweet.

The mouthfeel is not as bubbly as it looks but is relatively neutral.

Overall, I have no idea if this is close to the actual ancient ales but I quite enjoyed the experience and I'll likely pick up another bottle. Nicely done.

04-25-2014 00:04:28 | More by SD-Alefan
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-10-2014 20:38:28 | More by tbryan5
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Beaver13

Colorado

2/5  rDev -44.3%

22 oz bottle. Pours clear light gold with a medium frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is soapy floral bready malts with musty, earthy yeast.

The flavor is very sweet bready honey malts with some light spice bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall, not an impressive gruit - it's overly sweet and the spice is way subdued.

04-11-2014 04:33:27 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +6.1%

22oz brown bomber.

Lovely suds, bright golden hue with a spectacular clarity. Unique floral and wild herbal aromas meet a mild malty breadiness. Big smoothness within a medium body, fruit and peppery with a cracker-like graininess. Suggestions of melon rind and peppercorn with some alcoholic warmth in the middle. Hint of pale honey and spice in the semi-dry finish.

A whole lot of fun drinking beers like this, old school but bright and drinkable.

05-20-2014 02:07:22 | More by Jason
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TraceKlein

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-20-2014 23:20:59 | More by TraceKlein
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +8.4%

Light gold to light yellow in color. There's a quarter inch of light tightly knit white head. Brussels lacing. Nice and balanced aroma of herbs and light malt. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with this grouping to relay which one stands out the most. I get almost a lemon scent overall. The taste is much more aggressive on the herbal front and yet not overpowering. The malt and herbs are in a nice balance. There's almost that light lemon aftertaste that lingers nicely. The mouth is fairly light,crisp, and a touch salty. Very refreshing with nearly triple digit temps outside.

07-26-2014 20:37:42 | More by Franziskaner
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style aroma with hints of citrus and spices. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of funk, cloves, and peppers. Citrus fruit hints of orange, mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Also some fruit hints of white grapes, green apple, banana, and pear. Floral and earthy scent from the Elderflowers, Horehound, and other exotic spices in the mix. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, cracker, and oat. Also some hints of sugar. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style taste with big notes of spices and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of cloves, peppers, and funk. Juicy citrus notes of pineapple, orange, mango, apricot, peach, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Wine like fruit notes of white grape, pear, and green apple along with some banana. Sweet notes of sugar. Big spicy and floral taste from the mix of spices including Horehound, Elderflower, and Myrtle. Pale malt backing with notes of wheat, grains, straw, oat, and cracker. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly prickly with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid brew. I haven't had a Gruit before so I'm not sure how representative of the style it is. This is very much like a Belgian Pale Ale. The exotic spices add a nice floral and drying kick.

07-18-2014 06:52:13 | More by MattyG85
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sourdog

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-08-2014 05:58:31 | More by sourdog
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-31-2014 00:57:55 | More by whoneeds8
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kwkdmk

Louisiana

2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

05-09-2014 22:42:58 | More by kwkdmk
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-30-2014 05:17:22 | More by timontheroad
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3/5  rDev -16.4%

04-11-2014 21:51:28 | More by Schlafly33
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StuporJew

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from the bottle into my trusty DFH tulip.

A - Gruit pours a clear, straw-gold, with hugely-visible carbonation. A hard pour produces a creamy, fluffy white head with decent retention, and a great amount of stick to the sides of the glass. So far, so good.

S - This beer reeks of Saison yeast, but in that good, earthy sort of way. The nose makes it obvious that more than just hops went into this beer. That being said, the herbs are fairly minimal on the nose, with the wormwood and horehound making wispy appearances. The malt lends light citrus notes, redolent of pithy mandarin skin and pineapple.

T - Wow. I'm pretty impressed. Seeing as this beer only clocks in at 3 IBU's, it tastes like it should be closer to the 30 IBU mark. Grassy and herbal, with a good bit of smoky tones, and an obvious contribution from the wormwood on the very last smidge of the palate. The malts add a good amount of sweetness, but don't overwhelm, making this a wonderfully quaffable beer.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, without the prickly carbonation you would expect with a beer that yells "HEY!!! I WAS FERMENTED WITH SAISON YEAST!!!" like this one does. Almost creamy, truth be told. This is probably my favorite part of this beer.

O - I'm not going to lie. Going into this beer, I had fairly low expectations. Not because of which brewery produced it, but because of all the random herbs you see on the label, added in lieu of hops. (Although they DID use a tiny amount of Target, if you check NBB's website.) I am seriously blown away by how good of a job they did with this unique, refreshing, and innovative beer. If you're curious, (You should be, I was.) grab a bottle and try it. Assuming you like Belgian-style ales, this should tickle your palate in all the right places. Well done, New Belgium. Well done...

Cheers!!!

03-21-2014 04:14:46 | More by StuporJew
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samtrillo

California

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Translucent golden orange tinge with a tiny white head and a lot of lacing on the glass.

Belgian yeast in the nose with buttery biscuit. Flowery sweet. Grassy.

My first real gruit. I'm surprised by how not that different it is from a golden Belgian style; which I thought would be pointless beforehand but now I realize it's awesome. Not every beer needs hops. Bready malt and sour Belgian yeast plus that floral sweetness I was getting from the nose. There's something else there at the end. It's the bitterness that I don't recognize. But it's pleasant.

Overall a nice Belgian style ale. Not knowing it was a gruit you'd think nothing a strange probably. Knowing it is makes all the more cool. Here's to experimentation with old recipes!

06-24-2014 02:52:18 | More by samtrillo
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m0unds

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-15-2014 01:44:35 | More by m0unds
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jheezee

Texas

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%

08-22-2014 01:22:31 | More by jheezee
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours an effervescent & ever so slightly hazed gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Pears, apricots & tartness, some floral scents, best thing about this beer

T: Pears, apricot, & a bit of white grape up front. Golden Delicious apple, floral notes & a little bit of honey & hay as this warms. Finishes dry, floral & medicinal with orchard fruit, green bananas

MF: Medium bodied, over carbonated

Drinks easy, but not that true to style. New Belgium is really starting to make me rethink purchasing this series. I love trying rare styles, but this doesn't measure up, worth a try if you have a better beer budget than I do...

07-16-2014 04:00:46 | More by russpowell
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DOCRW

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

05-18-2014 03:24:10 | More by DOCRW
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Rkaba804

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-17-2014 23:45:51 | More by Rkaba804
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-14-2014 19:44:10 | More by atlbravsrno1
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ConradKenney

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-05-2014 15:42:56 | More by ConradKenney
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-30-2014 02:37:01 | More by GRG1313
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Bedhead33

Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.4%

07-09-2014 01:39:19 | More by Bedhead33
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

I'm not sure what to expect from a gruit but this one had a bright yellow iridescence, maybe a touch cloudy, with a tall foam cap.

The nose is similar to saisons I've smelled in the past with a yeasty clove and peppercorn spice. Some bubblegum esthers and some earthy raw flower petal meets the nose.

The flavor is similar to a saison with a prominent yeast body. Honey sweet with a bit of bubblegum like sugariness, this has a bit of clove and spice at mid-palate. The finish is very earthy flower petals, herbal tones and a natural funk.

Sometimes the after taste can be listed as flavor but in this case I see it as feel. The after taste is oily, like a resin, that is similar to chewing on an orange rind or ginger root. It's terrible! It almost ruined the experience but with a little time and warmth I got used to it and salvaged an otherwise good beer.

06-30-2014 00:41:42 | More by KYGunner
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-12-2014 22:21:01 | More by Moses_Malone
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Lips Of Faith - Gruit from New Belgium Brewing
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