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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 35
Gots: 42 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Boilerfood, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

irishgreensoda, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

TerryB, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

fishguyac, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

roblund, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a name like New Belgium, I couldn't have completed my trip at the tap house unless I tried something truly Beligian-styled. And with "Grand Cru" being arguably the Belgium's signature style, it felt approriate to close on that note. On-tap at the source, on to the beer:

Belgian lace covers the glass round of this ruby colored beer. Nose is sweet, yeasty, very Belgian styled. More specifically, notes of sweet cherry and dark malt sweetness. The flavor offers some cherry and chocolate notes, a little heat from the alcohol to keep the sweet flavor in check, and is complemented with a full, yet silky body. Quite nice indeed.

DoubleJ, Oct 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BrutalBeerFan, Oct 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

schwee, Oct 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.9%

Paige, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Prestonlegal, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

joshwalt, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

swgwilt, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Philousa
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.

Philousa, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

jnoelani, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is quite tangy and sweet. There seem to be a lot of melon tones to it on the nose and tight nectarine ones on the flavor. It works as a Belgian ale, but it's a bit loud and not entirely smooth with such a boisterous profile. Easy to drink, but a bit too loud to be considered entirely smooth.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

warmspray, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

TheBishopco, Aug 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Stoutlad, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

dhbiker0889, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of rfbenavi80
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a murky sun tea brown with 1 finger of off white head that didn't linger but is leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet dark fruits, mixed with caramel and vanilla.

T- Plenty of sweet malty goodness. Sugared dark fruits, caramel sweetness that finishes clean leaving no aftertaste.

M- Solid medium bodied with a moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A good offering from Lips of Faith, but not their best offering.

rfbenavi80, Aug 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Kopfschuss, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle to Duvel tulip glass. Have a bunch of these and really trying to understand why I haven't had it before. Now I have.

A - About a finger of light beige head. Body is clear and a deep reddish amber color. Light lacing.

S - Very strong Belgian yeast. Caramel, vanilla, and some slight citrus. Lots of darker fruits.

T - Same as the nose. Strong malt flavors to go with the dark fruits. Finish is the weakest bittering hops, but noticeable.

M - Extremely smooth in the mouth. Well balanced carbonation and body makes this a great feel. Just the slightest alcohol burn.

O - A strong resemblance of regular Abbey. Good beer, but really just in that 3.5 range.

RuckusDu, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
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.

jimmah120, Jul 14, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Grand Cru Abbey Ale from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.