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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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Paige

California

2/5  rDev -49.9%

09-30-2012 04:35:26 | More by Paige
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benito

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Glancing at the other reviews, I realize that I'm going to be the lone dissenter amongst the crowd that recommends this beer; I know full well that my taste buds may (must?) be out there on this one. A second caveat: for whatever reason, dubbels (and Belgian darks) are a style that I struggle with. My fun tickets ran out quickly on this one...

A: Light brown with low carbonation and little head.

S: Caramel and flesh. Not exactly appetizing, but it's not that different from the slight repulsion I detect at most dubbels.

T: Most of the fruitiness I like in the regular NB Abbey is absent, though there is a nice banana and fig presence. Nonetheless, for a 'grand cru' this is like a quad that forgot half of its malts! It's very peppery and light on the finish.

M: Too thin overall. I would have liked something with more length and strength to back up some of the flavors.

D: The lack of body detracts from overall quality. To my palate, there was just too funky a mix of strong fruits and spritzy tonic.

Take a pass on this, and try one of NB's other fantastic brews.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 23:57:11 | More by benito
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schwee

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

10-02-2012 01:50:58 | More by schwee
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jsanford

Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-30-2013 03:05:12 | More by jsanford
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Stoutsman

Kansas

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-14-2012 22:00:31 | More by Stoutsman
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Achoo_Bacca

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.8%

07-02-2013 14:59:31 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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harrymel

Washington

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-28-2013 03:53:40 | More by harrymel
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Rosiex7

Missouri

3/5  rDev -24.8%

05-28-2014 18:05:42 | More by Rosiex7
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-20-2012 22:38:52 | More by irishgreensoda
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cosmicslop

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-16-2011 07:11:38 | More by cosmicslop
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.8%

02-04-2013 22:21:15 | More by drummermattie02
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-31-2011 16:35:58 | More by hawkmage
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nanobrew

California

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-15-2011 15:33:18 | More by nanobrew
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber pour with a small off-white head

Smell: Sweet and fruity, some caramel and toffee

Taste: A bit milder than I expected and somewhat muddled, weird mix of citrus, toffee, malt and oak

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit thin

Overall: Unimpressive, I was tickled with Terroir but this and Clutch have been major disappointments.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 20:31:17 | More by craytonic
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claspada

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a small, scant, white head from a generous pour. Quite tame for a Belgian ale; usually much more fluffy head is expected for the style

Aromas begin particularly sweet-scented and almost unforgivably phenolic and estery. As it warms you get a ton more yeasty spice and a splash of booze.

The tastes begin with malty, hard-hitting sweetness and considerably fruity esters. Simple syrup, biscuity bready maltiness. Then some yeasty clove, overripe banana and the poignant fruitiness of plum juice and a few ripe pear slices. No hops or bitterness to provide any balancing relief to the caramelized sugariness, but it is clipped a bit by the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is malty sweet and yeasty, a bit overly so of both.

The sweetness and in your face Belgian phenols and esters leave this one a slow, laborious sipper for me. I prefer my Belgian Dark strong ales with much more dark fruit malt complexity and much less banana and clove forward. Alcohol is a bit too overstated as well. Not a top notch American-made Belgian style ale and not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 14:23:35 | More by claspada
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

6oz Pour->Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours a Very Grapey red. Almost akin to Burgundy. 1/2 head.

S ~ Grape Juice, Crystal Malt, Noble Hops, Grass, Caramel Syrup...very Saccharine

T ~ Dates, Pears & Red Apples make up the body with Lots of malt (pale & crystal is my first guess) lending caramel/sweet roll notes. Phenolic in a strange way...Cinnamon, Clove, Anise & Fennel. Mild Banana.

M ~ Didn't cohere like I expected with the ABV very loosely hidden. Sticky & Flabby.

D ~ Didn't care for this one too much. Not very balanced, making it not very drinkable. I poured out my last 2oz to make room for better things. My first disappointment in the LoF series.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:48:46 | More by chocosushi
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LoF Abbey Grand Cru, shared by ThoreauLikeAGirl

The beer was a reddish brown with fairly thin head. Bruised apple and cherry in the nose complemented by Belgian yeast esters. Fruity with a slightly sticky sweet, light spicy finish. An easy drinker that doesn't have the darker fruit flavors, spice and deep complexity that the better SDA's have.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:17:02 | More by Soonami
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beertunes

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip. Poured a clean, clear brown, with just a hint of red, color and had just a thin cap of off-white head that low retention and lacing.

The aroma was good, but had that grape scent I get from some of NB's brews (maybe the yeast?). There was nice grain in the nose and some spiciness. On the tongue, the story was pretty similar, base grain, spice and some fruit.

The body was crisp and clean, but thinner than I like for the style. Drinkability was good, I'd have a couple. Overall, a nice little beer that's worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 03:42:05 | More by beertunes
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Philousa

California

3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Imbibed at Harry's Hofbrau for their Lips of Faith Tap Takeover in 8/29/12

Very clear ruby with no head, but is coaxed out with a swirl. Tan and clings to the glass. Lots of sweet candied sugar, confectionary sugar, like a red vine. A little cedar and some berries; strawberry and cherries, all this is faint though. Tastes like a double. Pungent and bordering on too sugary as it warms. Light body and dry finish. Very good cold to middle, dies a little warm. This one was hinting towards interesting but ultimately isn't something special.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 20:12:40 | More by Philousa
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Abby Grand Cru 2008
Poured 7/3/11

A - pours a dirty brown with 2 inches of off white foam that quickly faded leaving some decent lacing on the glass
S - Smells of caramel and malty sweetness, this is definitely showing its age
T - super sweet maltiness, just caramel, just a bit of spice left
M - medium bodied, with light carbonation, there is a bit of syrupiness to it.
D - I would recommend not aging this one. well i guess i can just say, not this long.

3.5/3.5/3/3/3.5

Time for a fresh bottle
Purchased after the BA Sexual Chocolate release and consumed 8/3/11
A - Pours a clear chestnut brown with an inch of off-white foam that slowly faded.
S - roasty malts, brown sugar, some earthy hops, plums
T - dark fruit, cherries and plums, roasted malts and brown sugar, a bit sweet
M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
D - pretty easy to drink, a bit too sweet to be more than a once in a while beer.
4/4/3.5/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:33:58 | More by mikereaser
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

07-08-2012 04:43:26 | More by beerbrains
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

05-13-2012 01:40:48 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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Plastikdust

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

10-22-2013 21:17:03 | More by Plastikdust
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abrand

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into snifter.

This pours deep copper almost brown color with not much of a head. No lacing on the glass. Smells of nuts, malts, and alcohol. Smell is not doing much for me. Taste is mediocre. Lots of malts and a syrupy texture. Some raisins and figs are also present. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. Overall this just isn't doing that much for me. Some many amazing belgian darks out there that it needs to stand out to be remembered.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:58:58 | More by abrand
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into pilsner glass

look is a clear brown amber with a small khaki head. smell is warm toasty malts, grain, pepper, spice, ginger bread, clove. Taste is much of the same but with a finish of alcohol and overly sweet apple juice.

Good flavor but ultimately unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 07:06:06 | More by jimmah120
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Lips Of Faith - Grand Cru Abbey Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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