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Lips Of Faith - Grand Cru Abbey Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

315 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 34
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-11-2002)
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dejrrma

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3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml, bottle conditioned, $7.99, poured into an oversized wine glass.

a- pours a dark ruby color, with less than half of beige head. some lacing.

s- sweet oats, figs, banana and banana nut bread,very light citrus.

t- brown sugar, caramel and malt, a little citrusy. it all gets kinda muddled together, though.

m- medium bodied, and overall, pretty well-balanced. i can hardly taste the alcohol, which is surprising considering the high abv (but i guess dangerous, too,

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:43:22 | More by dejrrma
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Poured into a new belgium chalice: color is opaque amber, somewhat dense looking, head is tan, presents thin but a few swirls quickly build it back up, spot lacing on the glass.

Smell is a malt heavy, caramel, light plum, raisin mixes in, subtle phenols, light hop grass.

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Lips Of Faith - Grand Cru Abbey Ale from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.