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
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
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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Reviews: 124 | Hads: 179
Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (580 characters)

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. (273 characters)

Photo of katan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a strong golden head formation. Strong white head formation, well retained. lots of carbonation is present.

S - Strong belgian yeast strain with a little bit of brett. Lots of bubble gum and esters, sweet and grainy.

T - Starts off lightly sweet and malty, hone and some pilsner malts. Mid-stream develops some bubble gum, lots of esters, very sweet. Hops are almost non-existent. Some earthy tones, somewhat brett like, earthy. Finishes with more of a grape, date like flavor.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation. Finishes mostly clean, smooth. Small amount of retained sugar cling.

D - Very easy drinking. Smooth and well integrated. Not over the top for a BPA. Moderate ABV.

Sneaking wild flavors bring this off the base of a standard BPA. Nice use of brett. (800 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (394 characters)

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. (869 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/4/2010. 22 oz bottle. Pours a rather hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweet fruit, melon rind, honey, and bready malt. Flavor of sweet honey, Belgian yeast, herbal notes, and light bready malt. Nice, with the light sweetness from the malt and honey. Simple but pleasant and easy drinking. (321 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass

The color is a slightly cloudy gold/yellow with a slight wisp of head and a little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit citrus with some lemon but mixed a bit with some earthy flavors and a brett presence that was to be expected.

The taste is funky with some earthiness that leads into a citrus flavor probably from the hops. Some bitterness hits toward the end with a bit of a yeasty flavor.

The feel of this beer is bigger then expected. It goes down easy but leaves a barnyard type aftertaste that stays for a brief time. (577 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden color with a bit of a white head. The nose brings some citrus and tropical fruits with light grain alongside some Brett and light, earthy funk. The taste is mild funk with some fruits and pale malt. Slightly dry feel with some funk. Drinks nice and light; would be interesting to see what the funk turns this into. (356 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a cloudy gold with a nice sudsy white head on it. Little funk in the aroma, Belgian sugars and floral herbs. Taste is almost spot on for Orval, although Orval has a lot more body, and this is a bit lighter with a little more fruitiness; this brew is a bit thin there. Still a top notch brew; Orval silver, I'll call it, since it is by no means Lite. (357 characters)

Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt and bretty funk

T - Follows the nose sweet malt with plenty of funk from the brett

M - This beer has a light body with high carbon to it

D - This is an enjoyable funky beer tastes very good and its easy to drink this is a good beginner brett beer worth picking up if you see it (372 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. 

Into the globe it goes. Le Fleur is gold with some suspended yeast.  Looks good with slight orange and hay colored accents.  Small film of head after it recedes, leaving some slight film.  Could have a bigger, rocky head, but it quickly reawakens.    

The smell is very good as well, with sweet Belgian candy malt, a nice amount of Brett and some mango and hops that combine to give a slight citrus and barnyard impression.  Very reminiscent of Orval but a touch brighter and not as barnyard funk.  

The hops in this beer give some orange peel and slight spice tastes (clove and white pepper).  The yeast gives a touch of brett but it's not too horse hair, more of a light, pleasant taste with a bit of band-aid.   A touch of pineapple and lemon leaves me with the sensation that this is the best Orval clone ever.  As seriously good tasting Belgian pale. 

The mouthfeel is just a touch watery in the finish, otherwise it's good to go.  Light to medium mouthfeel and nice creamy carbonation that is also a touch sparkly.  In terms of drinkability, this is a decent and enjoyable beer.  All in all, a pleasant experience!  (1,181 characters)

Photo of climax
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 6/09
Sampled: 10/10
Tulip Glass

My first offering from the Lips of Faith Series by NB poured a golden straw with a bubbly champagne-like head which which faded to a finger, and proceeded to stop fading at all after that. Cotton balls of lace clung to the glass as I drank.

Upon popping the top, definite sweet pineapple aromas filled the kitchen. After pouring, more of the clove and green apple accents and a touch of honey were present as well.

Juicy pineapple, lemon zest, and a much more pronounced floral dry hop note hit the taste buds. Hop profile was nothing intense, but added a definite balance and an herbal finish to a sweet, mostly malt flavor.

Don't let the color fool you, the body is big. Loads of carbonation right away, it tames a bit as it sits. The feel was smooth, and finishes chalky with a bit of a residue. Easy to drink, subtle but pleasant and smooth balanced flavor. (909 characters)

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) (1,367 characters)

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. (503 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06-25-09 into a nonic. Beer is light yellow with a mild haze and a big head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a little lacing behind.

Aroma is surprisingly bratty. Good funk mild lactic acid.

Beer is medium to light in body. Strong Brett presence in this one. Mildly lemon. It's got a nice moderate finish. Not too dry. I really like this beer. Tastes like one if my home-brewed beers, that's a good thing. (423 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours pale gold with a yellow hue and a slight chill haze. An inch-plus head of pure white settled nicely to a solid skim coat with persistant bubbles and smeary lacing.

Bretty and funky in the nose with some spicy grass. Wet horse, lemon-spritzed hay, and a hint of pineapple.

Light bodied with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Snappy and zesty.

Biscuity malt and spicy phenols start the palate. Plenty of Bretty overtones with minimal hopping and bitterness. Shades of quanine, lemon oil, clove-dusted grass, and a hint of menthol.

Finishes bone dry with a minerally crispness and pineapple-laced funk.

Tasty enough, but some earthy hops would ramp this one up. (674 characters)

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. (395 characters)

Photo of tapman
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Cool-Whip head that appears frosting-like with a light orange-peach colored body. High carbonation, though this one didn't make a head that I had to wait 10 minutes to settle down before drinking so not over carbonated, though this style could reasonably take the hit. Seriously great head and color.

Cinnamon, clove, licorice, plastic, and a hint of potpourri make up this one. Also some spicy, woody, vegetal notes that I assume come from the dry hopping. Great.

The Brett character has that distinct rubber-medicinal taste. That mixed with light citrus make up this brew. I guess this would taste like eating a French flower, but just the French ones. Earthy dry-hop bitterness in the late finish.

Not heavy at all with a hard, soda-pop-like bite.

Brett more pronounced than in the nose, but not too bad. If anything the cultures in this one could have been larger. I forget which one it was, but the LIps of Faith series had this Flemish Ale that tasted like straight up sour cream and I liked it. Still, the Brett, though plasticy, is still (relatively) balanced and clean and doesn't give off anything to rubbery or medicinal. (1,142 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

this is a traditional form all the way. nose and palate is belgian. look and feel is not. not color is proper but weaker head. nice tight bubbles. and make sure you tip the bottle over a few times. this is much richer when cloud. nose of citrus lemon and grassy hops. palate of that with a bit of earth and some funk. great but very poor in carbonation. (353 characters)

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/29/2010. Split a 22 two ways. Poured into tulip glasses.

Ar: tart/brett funk, wet hay, barn, hop floral and mild spice, great earthy brett, lemon/pineapple, very strong brett, some unpleasant enteric notes, *mellow and complex

Ap: very fine haze/clear straw, white head, good retention

T: brett, dry nutty malt, earthy, barn, minimal tartness, floral, wet hay, floral hop, earthy/bretty/nutty end, brett is cleaner than in the aroma, ends with brett bitterness, floral with mild fruit, light citrus, doughy, light candy sweetness, light floral fruit (peach), faint hop spice, *mild acid (citric) *slightly thin

M: medium/low carbonation, light/medium body, light brett end, smooth, *delicate, fluffy, *refreshing

O: brett too unclean barn/pee oriented, clean it up and dry it out, shows promise, better with a fresh pour, rough funk with warmth, could be really good

*=ideas form fellow taster (910 characters)

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. (379 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1 finger head. Very interesting cloudy orange color. Ok head retention.

S. Yeast, spices, fruit, banana, clove, corriander, pear, apple, Some malt.

T. Fruity, spices, pineapple, pears, apple, clove, corriander. Some bready biscuity malt lies beneath. Does New Belgium use the same malt in every beer? I don't think that biscuity flavor can come from yeast, but every beer I try from New Belgium has the same biscuity bready taste.

M. Medium bodied. Lower carbonation. Clean crisp finish.

D. Very drinkable. Really like the color and aroma of this beer. Taste is good. (627 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of floral notes, caramel, slightly spicy with some notes of funk pulling through.
Taste is of the aromas with some lemony zest, brown sugar and surprising balance in this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, balanced, with decent carbonation. (380 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber of this new release from NB. Pours a slightly hazed lemon yellow color with a fluffy, sudsy white head that slowly becomes cratered like the moon and leaves some nice, sticky lace behind.

Nose is greeted by some welcome Belgian yeasties and a bready, tart wheat aroma. Lemons come to mind as well as some cut grass. Not bad at all.

Maybe a little bit of brett comes through in the flavor, but not near enough for brettomyces fiends such as myself. Still has a decent snappy, lemony feel to the beer and the sweet/tart aspect comes across as pretty refreshing. Mouthfeel is decent, but not as carbonated as most of the Belgian offerings. The hops make a nice appearance on the finish and help the brett in maintaining a dry finish. Not too shabby, I would not mind having it again. (795 characters)

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.

Unexceptional. (767 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Le Fleur Misseur? from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.