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Lips Of Faith - Le Fleur Misseur? - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Le Fleur Misseur?Lips Of Faith - Le Fleur Misseur?

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85
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 05-30-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."

--Buddha

Sun-drenched lemon yellow with multiple streams of energetic bubbles zipping up to a slim slice of pearl colored foam that should have been more impressive, given the increasingly high-altitude pour. Lace is merely acceptable in terms of quantity and quality.

Lips Of Faith Le Fleur, Misseur? smells more like a saison or a wild ale than a Belgian pale. Brettanomyces yeast tends to overpower whatever ingredients it's matched with, as it does here. That said, the lightly toasted base beer is appreciated... but it still isn't anywhere near BPA territory.

The nose knows. Wild ale all the way. So far, the combination of ingredients is not exactly floating my boat. The malts, that is, because precious few hops are present (to the tune of just 16 IBUs). Warming is unlikely to do anything other than amplify what is already present.

The biggest offender in the grain bill (at least from my point of view) is Victory. It gives LFM a toasted earthiness that is reminiscent of Munich, my least favorite malt. The odd wood-like flavor, along with some honey notes, clashes with the barnyard funkiness of the yeast, leading to a less than enthusiastic next mouthful.

The mouthfeel is actually quite nice. It's easily big enough for the ABV and has a creamy smoothness that doesn't quit, even as the finish approaches. No harm, no foul on the head, since the beer is clearly perfectly carbonated.

Le Fleur, Misseur? is what a small boy said to one of the brewers at the side of a country road in Belgium, when he offered the American a small flower. The original spelling from his notes is retained, in spite of being incorrect. Unfortunately, the beer isn't a stellar translation either.

Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a pillowy white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lacing.

The aroma is bretty musty yeast (horse blanket?) with some lemon.

The flavor is sweet malts with bright lemoney fruits leading to a medium bitterness with a good amount of brett. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with great carbonation.

Overall, a great beer. I love the balance of the sweet fruits and brett. I found it best colder, as it sat it mellowed a bit too much.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brett character. I get a lot of leather and brett funk, with some lemons and oranges mixed in. Very inviting aroma. The flavor is more of the same. I get brett, leather, oranges, biscuit malt and toffee malt. Lightly funky. Very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice wild ale from New Belgium.

Photo of mattster
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2 June 2008 at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale. Served at bar in a Tulip glass.

Had a nice uniform frothy head of 1" atop a pale hazy light gold colored brew.

Smells are somewhat fruity with a hint of spice. Taste very fresh, but not as forward on fruit as nose. Very well balanced with light hops. A very enjoyable brew. Has a really nice mouth feel and bubbles are good for the slightly thicker body.

I may go back and get a growler of this.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet a pale yellow with a thick white head. Good lacing all the way down. The scent is very dry, with noticable brett yeast scents. The taste is well balanced, with strong citrus flavors of orange and lemons. The mouthfeel leaves a dry feel to the mouth. Not as dry as a wine, but pretty dry for this style. I'd like this beer to have more flavor.

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of beerbrains
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of kingsdirt
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce, poured into a random goblet.

A: Pale straw, 2 fingers of head that disapate quickly.

S: Herbal hops, mild spice, and possibly some funk. The herbal arroma really is the strongest.

T: Herbal. bitter. some citrus character. Saison?

M/D: The hop bite came on stronger towards the end of each sip. Solid carbonation. Drank side by side with the signature ale from de_proof/port. I would give the edge to the signature ale. Overall, solid beer.

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent straw with 1 finger of pearl color head. Murks up a bit as the bottle drains, great lacing & good head retention

S: Phenols & grassyness

T: Grassyness & lemons, plus band aids & white pepper up front. A general dirty taste follows as this warms, along some tartness & lemon not really working for me. Finishes dirty with a bit of lemon & grapefruit & a touch of appleskins

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, balances okay

Drinks okay, not one I'll really seek out again. Followers of funk may like this, but give a Duvel or Damnation any day. Scores better than my enjoyment of this beer, didn't pull together at all IMO

Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, gold in hue; off-white head, at the apex the foam was a healthy two fingers tall. The bubbles themselves were quite large, but still the head retention was very respectable. Subsequent lacing was unorganized but fairly widespread. This is an attractive looking beer, for the style.

The nose is quite lovely; there is plenty of fruitiness and yet I wouldn't call the nose fruity. The fruitiness doesn't smell "moist," more like dried apricots, apples, peaches, pear and tropical fruit. I also detect suggestions of wood, earth, Band-Aids, cloves with a kiss of earthiness and faint suggestion of "horse blanket." A nod to Orval? I can buy that.

I don't want to compare this to Orval... but I will say Le Fleur lacks the bite that Orval has. There I am done. I really like the rounded softness of the palate. It is pleasantly bready with ample fruitiness (apples, pears, apricots and tropical fruit with melons) which balances the band-aid, earthiness. Fairly sweet by the finish with a soft horse blanket funkiness and vanilla. This is a very tasty beer. Is it truly outstanding? No... I think Orval is better, Flemish Primitives are rawer and funkiner. Matilda is bolder. Still, I can't really knock Le Fleur. It is different than those too. I am very impressed by the rounded palate; it comes full circle on tongue.

Medium-light in body, very effervescent, the mouthfeel fits this beer very well.

I found it very easy to drink. This is a style of beer I really like and I think New Belgium did a great job here. Is it in the same class as La Folie or Le Terroir? No but next to nothing is. Still, Le Fleur is very damn good. My 750ml bottle is going down very damn easy.

Thank you New Belgium, this was a hell of a Valentine's Day gift.

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from draft at local watering hole Fiddlers Inn. Usually they only have beers from the great pacific NorthWest but I beleave this one was brewed at Elysian brewery so its good enough to be NW beer.

Look was cloudy yellow with a top heavy yellowish brown. Had a creamy white head that dissipated to a white wring around glass that lasted to the end.

Smell was of white sourdough bread, nice clean sweet smell , medicinal, little low alfa hop in nose.

Taste was much like your classic belgium pale ale with light malt and hops with just a little sourness in the beginning, the white bread then coming through followed by a slight hop bitterness.

Had 2 of these outside at lunch on one of our nicest days before summer ends and the long rains begin. This was the perfect beer for that. Iam not a new belgium fan at all, but I like there sours and had this over pliney because of the time of day with no regrets. CHeeRs

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jsh420
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours straw yellow with a 2 finger head that fades and leaves no lacing

smells of honey some pepper some fruit and some brett must

taste - pineapple sweet honey that is balanced by the funk from the brett - nice bitter ashy aftertaste

mouthfeel is nice and light well carbonated

drinkability is good but the cost makes this beer a one and done

Photo of SpecialK088
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on Tap in a pint glass

Pours a very cloudy yellow with black specks floating all thrugh the beer. Scent is dominated much like the taste of overwhelming clove, hints of other spices as well as a bready middle with a smooth finish that still leaves a bit to much clove in the aftertaste.

Overall i might drink this again but for me it seems if you amp up the ABV a bit and tag it as a winter warmer you might have had a better brew.

Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip. Bottled on 6/25/09 barely lasered onto the bottom yellow stripe of the label. A little past it's prime but I had one earlier in the year that was only a month or two old and it tastes basically the same. It was a hazy golden yellow color with carb from the etching only. It had an average sized white head that settled into a thin foam and thick collar. Slight sliding lace that doesn't stick.

The aroma was grassy, herbal, bready with a bit of funk from the brett. Dry nose. Something just didn't blend right for me in this one. The funk seemed out of place with the rest of the aromas. The taste follows the aroma with the funk starring more than in the aroma. Again it just didn't blend right to me. Needed some more fruit to offset the spices a bit and the funk clashed with both. Mouthfeel was medium with crisp carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall, a good but not great BPA for me. Not a drain pour by any stretch and glad I tried it but just wasn't a big hit for me. Rotation: avail here in TX. One (2 now actually) is enough.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Brenda picked up for me at the COOP today... I love her :-) Poured into my Delirium goblet... 2" rocky white head leaves beautiful crusty lace and the brew is a hazy lite golden....

Nose has a lite funkiness that sorta whaffs throughout.. sorta has a honey essence and some lite clove... interesting so far...

Flavor begins with a phenolic bite combined with some grassy hoppiness.. more fruity than the aroma reveals.. very lite pineapple with some more "bandaid" phenolics... this sounds bad.. but it's not... it sorta reminds me mid palate of an Orval with a bit more malt and a lite yet everpresent floral note .. more cloves as it warms.... lite maltiness shows toward the end of the swallow and helps bring a grassy hoppiness.. and then it finishes with a lingering earthy/dusty/cellar quality.. lite/medium body and an abundant carbonation makes this a fairly quaffable brew.... I'm trying to take it slow...

My only complaint would be the price.... I don't remember "exactly" what Brenda said it cost, but she called from the COOP and said, "You NEED me to get this beer tonight?"... I said, no, I don't need it, but I would appreciate it.. :-) Love ya babe.

Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a pale glowing gold with a 2-inch head of creamy white. Amazing retention, leaves tons of soapy lacing. Really pretty beer.
S - Sweet and slightly funky aromas of sweet malt, Brett, bubblegum, flowers and lemons. Very crisp and clean.
T - Again, sweet malt with some bubblegum, lemon, and a definite floral quality. Not as flavorful as the nose implied, but still quite tasty.
M - Slick, with a medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.
D - Pretty drinkable, had no problem with the bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber color coming through right out of the bottle. Nice clarity in this one as well. Some carbonation bubbling up to the surface throughout did little to enforce the white head which faded very fast.

Nice aroma here with a mix of decent fruit aromas and bready grains. Nice touches of some earthy grains as well and a touch of herbal hops. This carried over well into the flavor were a medium bodied ale led the way. Smooth, though it could have used a little bit more carbonation. Started with a nice rush of sweet malts, light tones of grapes and pears and a small dose of bread like flavors coming through rather nicely. Intresting mix here as the flavor tended to get sweeter as you went on and it tasted a whole lot stronger then it actually was.

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Lips Of Faith - Le Fleur Misseur? from New Belgium Brewing
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