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Lips Of Faith - Dandelion Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Dandelion Ale
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Teke0611 on 06-01-2009)
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jantonius

California

4.2/5  rDev +12%

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with an amazing white foamy head

S: Slight earthy smell, with a hint of licorice

T: Very floral taste, with slight caramel notes

M: Light bodied, dry finish, high ABV

D: Unbelievable brew, especially for the out of the box thinking of brewing a beer sans hops. So many flavors come out of this beer to explain.

11-26-2009 03:41:46 | More by jantonius
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

On-tap at Flying Saucer poured into a NB snifter.

A- Hazy gold with a white head.

S- perfumy and flowery, kumquat, bubblegum, citrus orange cleaner.

T- Very floral and citrusy. Unique.

M- Medium body that could use just a touch more heft.

D- Good in small quanities. Try one.

10-05-2009 18:41:03 | More by brownbeer
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

The bartender set in front of me in an american pint glass filled with a hazey golden orange beer. The beer was capped with a fingers worth of white head that quickly disapated leaving little lacing.

Sweet honey and light floral aromas lift from the glass.

The taste is heavy on sweetness followed by a citrusy bitterness. If you've ever had dandilion greens in a salad you know the flavor. As the beer warms the strong upfront flavors mellow and other flavors begin to emerge floral esters, hints of grass, some alcohol on the finish. The belgian yeast adds fruitiness.
The bitter flavors linger in the mouth for sometime after I swallow.
Overall a very interesting experiment however I don't think I'm ready to trade hops for dandilions on a regular basis.

07-07-2009 04:41:16 | More by beerbrains
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augustgarage

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a generic tulip.

Cloudy pale amber with tangerine and straw highlights with a bumpy thin head of shock white foam.

The aromas are potent and unique - the best thing about this beer. Ester-heavy, yeast, and intensely floral - wildflowers, roses, daisies/mums - all backed by honey.

Oranges, ambrosia, weeds, and more honey on the palate. The crisp white grape juice notes combine with a light malt note into the finish, which while sweet, is nowhere near as cloying as dandelion wine.

Medium-bodied, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel - lightly warming fruity alcohol.

This is almost too sweet, but is so fruity and floral that the glass goes down rapidly none-the-less.

What Midas Touch is to mead, this is to dandelion wine. Hard to rate as there isn't much to compare it to style-wise - a fascinating experiment.

01-12-2010 06:34:58 | More by augustgarage
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dirtylou

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%

on-tap, sheffields chicago

lost cell phone notes

appearance: served in a tulip - hazy golden body, white foam

smell: not sure i can pick up dandelion specifically but its rather floral - sweet yeast

taste: a floral flavor profile but not really exceptional in my eyes - comes off a bit too sweet and syrupy, honey, adequately spiced

mouthfeel: medium, high sweetness levels

drinkability: ok

08-24-2009 19:40:09 | More by dirtylou
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zimm421

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20%

05-31-2014 23:53:05 | More by zimm421
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-21-2013 20:23:26 | More by jaydoc
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Went to Bittercreek tonight.. pretty much specifically to try this one... Poured into a pint glass..

1/4" head by the time it made it to the bar.. the brew is a slightly hazy golden... descent lace and a lite cap as the brew drained.

Aroma is strikingly perfumy.. very floral with a good malt backbone and a lite Belgian yeasty phenolic element.

Flavor has an interesting bitterness out of the gate that melts quickly into just enough pale maltiness to maintain.. midpalate isn't like anything I can think of that I've had before.. again.. a very perfumy (only adjective I can think of that nails it) with more Belgian yeastiness... The body is a solid medium with a more than adequate carbonation..

I had a hard time with this one... margin notes say "apricot" and "lily flowers" .. "oily citrus zest".

I actually really liked it toward the bottom of the glass and as it warmed up considerably... a pretty interesting brew for sure..

Edit: This brew should be in the Belgian Pale Ale... bordering on BSPA easily... no chance on this one being anywhere close to the colonies.

06-23-2009 07:23:22 | More by JohnGalt1
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mechanicalprints

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-20-2012 23:58:55 | More by mechanicalprints
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a bit of haze. The nose brings some flowers with a bit of spice. There are some definite citrus notes in there as well. The taste is spicy with a bit of lemon and citrus. Flowers and a bit of light bread. Good carbonation and decent body, although in the end everything seems divergent and really didn't come together for me.

10-29-2010 01:44:06 | More by Thorpe429
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -9.6%

Growler thanks to Francois.

Decent fizzy head for growler, hazy golden orange color

Nose interesting but weird grainy fermentation aroma, light flowery and green, yeasty, more weed like than dandelion.

Taste flowery but earthy, dandelion like, fermented grain and sweet sugar juice, light bitterness, light lemon grassy hay. It's like the earthy weird parts of the dandelion was fermented with table sugar, not so great.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb for a growler.

Overall meh, unique kinda, but compared to the Hill Farmstead dandelion saison this doesn't even register on the same chart, it's kinda bleh.

05-17-2013 07:24:36 | More by jlindros
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Still sitting at Omaha's Crescent Moon. My life is an ongoing loop.

A finger-and-a-half of bone-white head with medium retention. Color was a deep-gold with a slight haze. Nose was really flowery sweet, like being in a botanical garden or a hothouse dedicated to sweet-smelling flowers. I remember both my grandfather and my uncle trying their hand at dandelion wine, but it was never this sweet. Mouthfeel was medium with a flowery-sweet taste, unlike any I can remember in a beer. Finish was silky, smooth, deceptive, given its ABV. I may need to ramp back after this. That speaks to its drinkability - it was highly pleasant to drink, but it was not a sessionable beer.

08-04-2009 21:35:46 | More by woodychandler
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ShareANevada

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pours a soft, slightly milky tan, with a nice thick head soon reducing to film. Something about the appearance lets you know this isnt your typical brew.

Smell is light; some flowers and light sweetness. The taste lets just a little of the sweetness through, though I was slightly disappointed to not have our friend the dandelion showcase itself more here. Seemed to be very mild.

A drinkable, if mellow, brew. I can't say that I would reach for this during an evening session, other than a starter, however, I could see a couple glasses of this pairing very well with a lawnmower. Worth a spin.

08-10-2009 19:25:57 | More by ShareANevada
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Chambic

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

01.19.10 at City Beer Store

A: bubbly and peachy gold; quite pretty

S: fresh and clean, like a nice spring/summer refresher

T: sooo not what I expected. I was looking for tartness and maybe some wildflower/weedy flavor, but I tastes more honey than anything else

M: interesting and unexpectedly good; rolled around in the mouth quite nicely

D: a nice beer, though, I think I'd rather have any other Lips of Faith

This beer really surprised me. Although the ratings I gave were fairly high (its components were nice), overall, I expected to like it much more than I actually did. It's like a been-there-done-that beer, so I may or may not have it again. Although, there's always the possibility that it's better the second time around.

01-25-2010 18:14:27 | More by Chambic
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-05-2011 12:48:38 | More by ROGUE16
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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap at the Raven's Cafe today.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy peachy honey color with good head retention and OK lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty interesting, consising of honey, cola and alfalfa. Kind of an odd combination, but it's not bad. Flavors replicate the nose, except there is very little herbaceousness on this moderately sweet beer, with the flavor profile dominated by cola and honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth, and drinkabilty is pretty good. Alcohol is not detectable at all, and this beer was not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate.

Not the best Lips of Faith beer I've had from NB, but a very solid beer nonetheless. Interesting stuff.

11-25-2009 23:20:53 | More by John_M
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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-06-2013 20:11:23 | More by Zach122
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neckbeered

Montana

3/5  rDev -20%

05-12-2014 17:25:01 | More by neckbeered
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

$4 on tap at Sycamore.

A - Poured a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a thick, two-finger head of ivory foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the New Belgium goblet.

S - It smelled very floral and I could definitely smell the dandelion. There was also a spicy/yeasty aroma.

T - It had a very floral taste with spicy and yeasty flavors. It had a nice caramel sweetness to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale that is very easy drinking despite the relatively high ABV.

D - This is a great brew it really tastes like a spicy tripel. Inventive and delicious...nice job New Belgium!

08-03-2009 15:41:06 | More by zeff80
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br3wmeister

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

A- Bubbly white head surprisingly good retention with okay lacing. lightly hazed golden colored beer.

S- Light sweet aroma some honey, dandelion and light malt. Not much for hop presence in the aroma.

T- Light and malty, nice sweetness. I must say there is, what i can only imagine to be, dandelion flavor in there. Pretty light on the hops.

M- Light mouthfeel with mild dryness.

07-03-2009 23:37:03 | More by br3wmeister
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xhuskr

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Nice Summer kind of brew. On a hot day, I'd reach for this as one of my brews. No hops in the brew, but the Dandelions did their job making for a tasty, unassertive brew. Looked good from the tap, nice head and lace as consumed and never was battling with my food for top hitter. I'll have another for sure soon. Def worth a try. Turns out the NB distributor was there at the same time.

07-15-2009 22:10:40 | More by xhuskr
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-19-2012 17:19:37 | More by zenwatts
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Had on tap at new belgium.

A: cloudy pale gold color, little head retention, tons of lacing, overall a nice looking beer.

S: light, pale malts, and a vegetable/floral scent. Not much going on but not bad.

T: slightly bitter, very tea like in flavor, pale malts, sweet and slightly sour. Delicate flavors, and a hint of booze. Nice.

M: dry and refreshing.

D: easy drinking beer, good flavor and refreshing. Highly sessionable at 7.8%.

07-01-2009 19:18:37 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-24-2011 16:39:26 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Sanford

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Cloudy yellow with a quickly receding white head. For me, the aroma is reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel, fruity, a bit spicy. The dandelions provide some bitterness, but also an herbal-spicy quality that I really enjoy. The beer is somewhat sweet, but it finishes with the afore-mentioned herbal bitterness, keeping it from being cloying. It has a rich, smooth mouth-feel, and regardless of its richness, is quite drinkable.

06-08-2009 20:28:47 | More by Sanford
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Lips Of Faith - Dandelion Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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