Lips Of Faith - Grand Cru Abbey Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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2.5/5 rDev -37.3%
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.
07-21-2006 23:57:11 | More by benito
District of Columbia
3.08/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
08-28-2011 20:31:17 | More by craytonic
3.1/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
04-30-2012 14:23:35 | More by claspada
3.13/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
08-23-2011 01:48:46 | More by chocosushi
3.15/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
06-29-2011 03:17:02 | More by Soonami
3.18/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
06-10-2011 03:42:05 | More by beertunes
3.2/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
09-06-2012 20:12:40 | More by Philousa
3.23/5 rDev -19%
Abby Grand Cru 2008
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.
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.
07-04-2011 03:33:58 | More by mikereaser
3.25/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
09-14-2011 03:58:58 | More by abrand
3.3/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
07-14-2012 07:06:06 | More by jimmah120
Lips Of Faith - Grand Cru Abbey Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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