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Lips Of Faith - Chad's Blackberry Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brewandbbq on 10-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.74/5  rDev n/a
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand bottled sample aged 1 year.

Pours a nasty looking reddish murky color. Pinkish head. Nose is rather muted it seems with mild berries hitting the nose. Flavor is smooth. Not overly complex, but there is a definite blackberry thing going on. Minor earthy tones that I think exist from the fruit aging. Carbonation is at an almost ridiculous level. On par with champagne, but more. Now that I mention it, a lot of this strikes me as champagne like. Dry crisp profile. Dry is the keyword here. Calms down after its been sitting for a bit. Liquid is good though. Overall a nice production, but a lot more could be done with this if someone wanted to build it up a bit more.

Crazy thanks to brewandbbq for this hook up.

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3.76/5  rDev n/a
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle filled from the tap at NBB, courtesy Gbontrag..Thanks!
Another brew from the "Lips of Faith" or "Pilgrimage" series, it's brewed with 40% Marion blackberries with an ale yeast in the primary, and finished with a champagne yeast.

Pours fizzy and incredibly murky. Almost the color of beet juice. Dark maroon with shades of purple, and thoroughly opaque. No light able to pass through the goblet, even when held directly in front of a light bulb.
Unlike any beer I've ever seen.
The cola-like fizz of head dissapeared in a snap, only being able to catch a glimpse of purple bubbles.
Aromatics are mainly fruit juice with a hint of tartness.
The Marion berry smells a lot like raspberries but more pungent, for sure, and there is some black raspberry presence as well.
Mouthfeel is much lighter than expected for such a turbid brew. Fairly crisp and surprisingly dry considering the level of fruitiness.
The pallet is basically fermented fruit juice, with a slight bitterness to help balance.
Loads of black and red raspberries again, with a slightly tart, warming quality.
Finishes barely puckering at best, with lingering marion berries.

This would be a great beer to barrel age with bugs.

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Lips Of Faith - Chad's Blackberry Ale from New Belgium Brewing
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.