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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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Reviews: 124
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 05-30-2008

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Photo of harrymel
1.57/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

From notes verbatim on 10/21/10

A: Dull golden straw with light yellow thin head.

S: Cloves. Cloves. Cloves. Some other stuff dominated by, wait, cloves.

T: Cloves. Anise. Cloves.

M: Low carbonation and medium body. This rolls over palate well and feels nice.

D: Fail.

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Photo of nas5755
1.79/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer poured a clear straw color with a nice head and minimal to no lacing. The nose reminded me of light funk and cat urine with some salty layers. The taste had some light barnyard, banana and a little clove mixed with some hay and that cat urine. Everyone who I shared the bottle with tasted band-aid but I didn't notice that flavor. This beer had a nice mouth-feel with low to medium levels of carbonation. I had a very had time finishing this beer as did the tasting group. It was a drain-pour.

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Photo of SaintMarysGirl
2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

it has a weak head on it very little foam if any at all, with a sweet smell of soy sauce and or bbq. it has a tangy bana peal taste with a hint of molasses. it is sour and has a black cherry taste too very fruity and heavy mouth feel. i personally do not like beer or the way it taste but it wa sone of the bettter ones i had except the inlger taste in your mouth.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tumbler.

My one-time distro rep convinced me to crack open a bottle of this to see how it was holding up. (And, yes, he already had done so himself and had made a judgment.) It pours a lightly hazy straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises mild cobweb, earth, a spritz of lemon peel, black pepper, and general greenery. Everything's sorta/kinda faint, but at the same time fairly assertive. The taste certainly asserts itself, but mostly like an insufferable jackass at the bar: mounds of dirt, dusty cobwebs, waxy lemon rind, and a blast of past-its-prime Belgian yeast envelops my tongue, refusing to retreat no matter how vociferously I try to repel its advances. "Take a hint, dammit," I think, partially aloud, "I just wanna have a nice drink here and enjoy myself." Not gonna happen, apparently. This stuff blatantly hurts, but it seems oblivious to the fact. Poor guy. Someday he'll find out the hard way... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, my belief is that this stuff peaked a while ago and nobody bothered to say anything. This has got to be the worst experience I've yet had with a Lips of Faith offering.

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Photo of drpimento
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Having a bottle of this from our good friend Paul B, gracias Pablo. Poured with a nice white head and a little lace. Color is a hazy yellow v the burnished gold. Aroma is not so good - rotted flowers. Flavor is reminiscent of same plus major dominance of bitter yeast. Body is ok, a bit thin at the end with good carbonation. Finish is no great shakes. Bitter yeastoids are too much.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unintentionally aged 2009 vintage bottle that got lost in the back corner of the basement cellar, just found today during inventory-taking, emergency quaffing has been engaged!

Well, I'm not expecting miracles here as I had never intended to cellar this one (the style doesn't seem right), but somehow it ended up down there by accident...

Pours hazy golden orange with one finger head that fizzles out, no lacing. Medium amounts of sediment, nothing excessive, I can take it. Smell is of completely degraded hops, pears, tremendous amounts of spicy yeasty Brett funkiness. Taste is much of the same plus wet cardboard oxidized malt. Its sadly degraded from aging, but it is still tolerable if you can handle some oxidation flavors. I wouldn't recommend aging this one on purpose, however. Its obviously meant to be consumed fresh, and if I ever do get another fresher one I'll replace this review with the review for that one.

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Photo of Overlord
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well, it's not a sour (beerman4, be aware).

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Maybe an inch or two of foam.

Smells like a funky horseblanket-y brett, but without the complexity. Taste has some sweet, almost sickly sweet coriander, nectar, and malt notes, which contrast with the funky nose. Mixture doesn't really work for me. The funk is so one-note, and the sweetness so raw, that it really just seems like two jumbled flavors mixed together with no coherency.

There's some weird earthy, brett notes on the aftertaste, even though the flavor is bracingly sweet.

Overall, not sure what to make of this.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22oz attractive painted brown pop top bottle, with clearly-marked bottled on date. Poured into my Hennepin glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw gold beer with light carbonation and a big creamy white head which soon fades to a mountain of whipped cream in the center of the glass and a medium film elsewhere.

Smell: Oh yah, you can smell the Brett in here! This has a mild, wild funkiness, supported by massive amounts of sweet citrus fruit and some very light herbal hops. This is incredibly vibrant, fresh, and inviting.

Taste: Wow, not what I expected from the aromas. This is sharp, hoppy, bitter, and not nearly as vibrant in fruit as I expected. Some sharp, bitter medicinal phenols as well. Ends incredibly dry. All in all, especially considering the fairly low abv, this is a bit aggressive and in-your-face.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin actually, almost watered-down feeling

Drinkability: Low-medium

Conclusion: From the aromas, I was expecting something really extraordinary here; I was kinda dissappointed in that respect, and the 22oz bomber is actually gonna be a bit difficult to finish.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650ml capped bottle drank from the new belgium globe glass that the bottle recommends.

A- this one pours out a hazy golden yellow body with a rather large bright white head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the smell is pretty subdued on this one. i was expecting a large floral bouquet, but its really muted. it is also quite grassy. soft bready malt notes. a little bit of barnyard like funk. a little bit of lemony hops.

T- the taste starts out with some earthy funky yeast upfront with a soft lemon fruitiness. grassy and floral notes fall in behind that. some soft citric, grassy, and floral hops at the end.

M- i find this to have a light body with a harsh level of carbonation. there is a somewhat dry finish.

O- meh, this one wasnt too exciting. the name was misleading. not very floral at all. just a belgian pale ale that seems pretty tame for $10 a bottle. i will not be revisiting. the bottle seemed a little large for me also. my least favorite of the lips of faith series so far. by a longshot.

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Photo of impending
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a tulip.

Two finger head subsided in two minutes, medium carbonation. Slight haze, clean honey straw color with clumpy sediment at the bottom. Lacing moderate but only for the first third of the glass.

Sweet malt and restrained floral herbs in the nose plus a hint of yeast.

Decent mouth feel due to the level of carbonation as evidenced by a thinning mouth feel as it sat.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma. I was expecting a more complicated taste. I expected considerable sweetness followed by some funk but it didn't deliver. Slightly sour, slightly dry finish - minor bitterness remains on the tongue for less than fifteen seconds. Taste did not improve as it warmed. I prefer this more chilled than I would most brews.


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Photo of Jayli
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from a77cj7 via Under 100 Round 4 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth snifter

A: This beer pours a hazy yellow, golden color with a three finger of rocky, foamy white head. Nice head retention that leaves sticky clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is earthy, grassy, light floral notes, and a touch of funk.

T: Taste starts somewhat tart before tons of earthiness comes through, grassy, hay notes, mild funk. Finish has an oddly balanced burst of floral and citrusy hops that also seem a touch watery.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, thin, watery body.

D: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. Starts off being a decent beer - first part of the sip has flavor but the taste seems to just drop off in the middle. I would opt for others of the style.

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Photo of spaceycasey
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy golden/straw color with a beautiful fluffy head. Fantastic lacing down the tulip as this beer was consumed. A fabulous looking beer. Unfortunately that was the highlight of this $9 bomber, however.

S- Floral hop aroma with little evidence of brett that I had to struggle to find. If I didn't already know this was a brett beer, I probably would not have guessed it. Still, a nice smelling beer, but for an Orval tribute this falls short hence the 3.0 mark.

T- Spice and floral hops competing in the flavor profile with none of the characteristic horse blanket brett character synonymous with Orval. No funk presence what-so-ever. Tasted like a typical Belgian Pale Ale - which by itself is fine... just not at $9/bomber.

M- Nicely carbonated but comes off somewhat thin and somewhat astringent in the finish.

D- If I didn't have higher expectations and were reviewing this as a non-brett Belgian Pale Ale I might have rated it higher. It's fairly drinkable, except for the hefty pricetag it comes with.

Overall a huge let down. I'm a huge fan of La Folie (for good reason), but the other Lips of Faith offerings have been a disappointment.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a pale golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of flowers, floral hops, earthy malts, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of spices, flowers, fruity malts, floral hops, and light citrus.

m - Light body and low carbonation.

d - Wasn't a big fan of this one. Lots of floral notes that I wasn't a fan of. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the taps of Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

The head retention of lacing from this blonde colored beer are acceptable....there's a little more lace sticking around. Hmmm....lemon rinds and floral notes, what's so special about that? Nothing really explosive or unique in this beer, nor is the overall taste one that I can really dig. Call it beer good for washing food down.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color. There is a small white head that never fully disappears. Aroma is of pineapple, apples, pepper, funk and a bit of rubber.

Taste is of fruit, pepper, earth, clove, lightly toasted grain. There is a very dry finish, that is slightly asprin tasting on the palate. This finish kind of ruins it for me. Light bodied. Not really my thing.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- golden straw color and a slight haziness.
Smell- Bready fruity, and foral aroma.
Taste- easy drinking earthy, a touch of hops, and a very nice yeast flavor.
Mouthfeel- very drinkable. Carbonation is just right.
Overall this is a nice Belgium Pale Ale. Won't blow your socks off, but won't disappoint.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  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."


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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on draft at flying saucer Raleigh.
Pours a peach colored cloudy (unfiltered) body with a white 1" head that sticks around a bit and leaves some lacing down the glass.
THe aromas are slightly funky Belgian yeast character and some clove but not much else.
The taste is similar with minimal funk and decently balanced by the hops. Not a whole lot of sweetness of complexity. Over still a decent shot at a BPA and one of the better offerings by New Belgium. Of their La Folie series this was definitely sub par to the previous ones I have tried.

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Photo of stercomm
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a really nice foamy head that leaves cottony lacing down the glass.

S - A combination of an old gym shoe that someone left a fresh pack of Dubble Bubble in with some lemon and cloves.

T - Definitely get a lot of clove and lemon, some swetness on the front end, not as clean a finish as I would expect.

M - Light with a bit of carbonation

D - Not bad, would drink again.

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Photo of rye726
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a lacy white head over a light golden ale. Nose has fruity malts, subtle flowery hops and a faint wild yeast presence. Not much Brett in the flavor either. Some spicy herbs, citrus, sweet malts and peppery hops. Body is a bit light, but well carbonated. Not bad, but a Orval tribute needs much more funk.

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Photo of kingsdirt
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Temp: 55°F. Yeast cake in bottle.

A: Pours deep straw yellow, with golden highlights, and a two-finger creamy head. Crystal-clear. (As long as you were careful with the pour!) This Lips of Faith looks tasty and delicious.

S: Step two: you put your nose in the beer. La Fleur is very sweet and floral, with hints of rose and lilac. The nose is very fresh and springy. Overall, "juicy" best describes the bouquet. Some citrus-y lemongrass and pineapple are also present. After drawing in the aroma for a few seconds, some funkiness is noticeable. More esters would not be out of place here, along with more flavors from the Brettanomyces, but I suppose a more subdued character is what New Belgium wanted in this Belgian Pale.

T: I can only describe the flavor as being heavy on subtle. It is crisp, and slightly spicy, but overall it is very light and refreshing. Reminiscent of a soured Pilsener. Peppery, grassy, and little else. I'm a little disappointed in the flavor.

M: Light, watery, with a slight creaminess.

D: Medium. The first half of the senses were pleased with Le Fleur Misseur, but sadly, I was disappointed with the rest.

I do, however, have to give a bonus point to this bottle, or rather, the yeast in the bottom, for inoculating my BSDA. (I wanted to see what a Chimay clone would be like if Brett finished it out.)

(Reviewed June 14, 2010)

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clouded up, golden straw color. Medium fluff of foam, seems very carbonated. Fizzy.
I get straw, corn and flowers in the nose. The corn isn't all that involved, but it's there and I can't stop thinkinf of it.
Taste diminishes the corn a bit. Mostly grassy and coriander spice. A good biscuit undertone with a fresh, crisp finsih. Still, corn. Make drinking it a bit tough..for me anyway.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading some positive forum comments about this beer it got onto my mental watch list pretty quickly. Found it just as quickly at the Black Squirrel when they started carrying a huge slice of the New Belgium line. It was a little pricey at $22 for a bomber, but I was happy to try it out.

Learned not to trust everything I read on these here forums, or at least to manage my expectations. Not a very rewarding beer, a little bit of funk, pretty smooth body, a little citrus, but overall underwhelming. Haven't yet had a New Belgium that knocked be out, but I'll be on the lookout. Probably won't rush to grab more Lips of Faith though.

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