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Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek - New Belgium Brewing

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 01-27-2009)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

Bottle. Pours a clear dark cherry red with a frothy head. Nose is sweet and sour, red berries, faded hops, slightly medicinal. Collage of sweet and sour dominates this, which I like, but there's a little too much sweet and the cherry flavor is a bit strange. I can't stand the slightest bit of medicinal cherry flavor in a beer, this borders on it. Not bad, just alright, not really my thing.

JAXSON, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a glass. going to the cellar for one.

A - Pours a deep dark brown color with some amber highlights. Strong head formation, brownish in color - quickly breaks down to a film. Appears lightly carbonated.

S - Combination of fruits and yeast. I get quite a bit of cherry and other fresh fruits, but then it is balanced by a very earthy brett and wild yeast. Tobacco, leather come to mind.

T - Starts off lightly malty, brown ale like with some crystal malts. The brett yeast comes in big time, very wild, very earthy - deep. The cherries and the sewetness come in later, bringing the beer back into balance. Finishes with a strong sour fruit flavor and just a hint of wood tannins.

M - Moderate body, strong carbonation. Very well built for a beer of this style. Let the yeast run. Finishes somewhat cloying and sweet, but right on the center of the tongue the brett yeast brings some bitter balance.

D - A very complex ale - I can only see drinking one of them. But the flavors are so unique that in itself is very drinkable. ABV will sneak up on you. Can be filling, but thats okay for a slow sipper like this one.

A very unique beer. I enjoyed every bit of it.

katan, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success."

--Henry David Thoreau

Brownish russet red with orange accents along the edges of the glass. The golden beige colored crown started out looking good, but doesn't develop much visual character as it melts. Nor is it sticky enough to lay down more than a single sudsy necklace of lace. Pretty typical for a (partially in this case) barrel-aged beer.

Dark Kriek is 35% 'light, dry, tannic beer' aged two years in oak barrels, and 65% dark ale brewed with sour cherries. The aroma has a wonderful earthy cherry quality that is remiscent of the dried fruit. The darker malts aren't appreciated and the oak adds yet another layer of depth and complexity.

Sour cherries dominate the flavor profile. They taste 100% natural and the amount and quality of the fruit flavor is right on the money. Sweetness and sourness are both fairly prominent, balance one another nicely, and should please both the sweet lambic lovers and the tart lambic lovers... or neither if they're picky.

This Lips Of Faith brew does taste 'dark' in some indefinable way, although it's much more black cherry dark than roasted or chocolate malt dark. Horse blanket funkitude is minimal (if it's present at all), which makes me think that American wild ale is the wrong style. Finally, alcohol is buried exceptionally well.

It's difficult to tell what sort of mouthfeel beer like this should have. The one that has been provided is at least medium for the ABV, has a pleasant hang-on from the fruit sugars, and has nicely buried bubbles that give exactly the right amount of lift and creaminess. Well done.

Dark Kriek is the second delicious and drinkable Lips Of Faith beer to have entered my glass. New Belgium has done an admirable job of blending the two component beers, which is the secret to this fine ale's success. Here's hoping it isn't really retired.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of boomer31
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep copper/red with a tan head

S - Light acidic nose and big cherry with a touch of lemon zest

T - Very malt forward, cherry then a touch of tart sourness. The cherry is fantastic. A hint of sweetness from the malt melds great with the sourness

M - Rich mouthfeel, odd for the style. Highly carbed

D - Not very sour, great balance of malt and sourness.

Overall this is not what I was expecting. I figured this would be more sour with only a hint of cherry...quite the opposite.

boomer31, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark mahogany color, with a smallish light brown head. Somewhat tart on the nose, with cherry juice, dark raisins, oak and red wine vinegar. On the palate, this one is noticeably tart, with red wine, vanilla and dark cherries. Nothing special here, but a decent beer.

emmasdad, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of artcurtis
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Great Divide Tulip.
A: Lives up to its name. Very dark, almost black until held up to light. Backlighting reveals very clear, deep red. Very thin tan head dissipates to a ring almost immediately.
S: Not alot on the nose. Really quite bland. I was hoping for cherries to pop, but I'm getting nothing on that front. Definitely some sour notes, but not much else.
T: Should have added more cherries, they are pretty much invisible. A bit of a tart sourness, but really disappointing. The oak comes through on the back.
M: Mouthfeel is pretty much what I expected. Bubbly and thin.
D: Pretty drinkable, but not really any reason to do so. A fairly bland beer. Not bad, just bland, certainly not good enough to justify the $10 price point. The beer is now retired, so maybe it hasn't aged well and was better when fresh, but overall, not a great showing. Just a bland one.

artcurtis, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 12/26/09.

A - pours a deep dark chestnut brown with only a little bit of tiny bubbles on the surface

S - dark cherry aroma and hints of woodiness

T - sour cherry flavor, slightly vinegar, the oak comes through in the finish with hints of vanilla

M - smooth, good carbonation, thin to medium bodied

D - good flavor, nice to drink, not as flavorful as I was hoping, cherries are more subdued than expected.

mikereaser, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Oxymoron
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Who turned out the lights? Pours a darker amber color with brown hues through out. A soft off white head with limited retention and next to no lacing at all. Not much for retention either.

The nose is limited overall but some malt and cherry blend is there. The malt has a more generic backing with some light acidity behind it. The cherry reminds me more of a juice like aroma. There are some extra kickers though. A noticeable vanilla twinge and notice yeast character. Some phenolics, light plum and a touch of horse.

The taste is similar. Limited malt, limited funk and limited cherry notes. To start the malt does come out with a bit more character than the nose. Some melanodian notes with some caramel. The cherry bring a light tartness and the cherry is distinguishable, but not really there for a fruit beer. The sourness is limited and would like a bit more tartness. A bit clean in the yeast, no real lactic or sourness. Overall, if you call it a Kriek you need the funk.

The body is moderate to light. Drinkability is easy but not really a kriek. Carbonation is light as well. A easy mostly clean beer but expecting something different here.

Oxymoron, May 12, 2010
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Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.