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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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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 8.8%
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:
Beer added by: Teke0611 on 06-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jantonius
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$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!

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, July 2009
The beer arrives from the tap with a hazy yellow color; it is topped by a thin white colored head. There is a herbal spiciness to the aroma with notes of dried grass, and a touch of lemon. There is a touch of pale grain character to the nose that contributes some cracker like notes and there is also a touch of warming alchol noticed in the aroma. The nose isn't nearly as distinct, or even characterful as I was expecting it to be. It is solid, and definitely well balanced, but I almost feel like I could have gotten the same effect with hops.

This has a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it as I take my first sip. There is a light lemon-like flavor to it up front and there is a touch of herbal character in the finish. Some sweetness makes me think of a clover honey (especially when coupled with the herbal note); much of the sweetness here though seems to be perceived (rather than actual malt sweetness), which is derived from fermentation esters and fruitiness. While this beer does have a creamy texture, there is a ood prickly carbonation to this beer that provides some little peppery notes. There is a touch of clove flavor to this beer, but it does not really have an expressive fermentation driven flavor to it.

This beer is nice and easy drinking; there is a nice balance of flavors here, but it is somehow not as distinct as I was hoping. Given that this beer was inspired by the hop shortage though, I would definitely say the dandelion has made a valiant, and even eerily exact, substitution for a herbal hop variety. This is actually quite a good beer, but for some reason I feel a bit dissapointed that it wasn't as distinct in its Dandelion character as I might have wished.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a golden color, cloudy with a small white head

S- Floral, citrus belgian yeast

T- Nice and crisp. Like I was drinking a field of Dandilions. Had a wheat feel as well. Some citrus

M- Nice feel on the palate. Cirsp, refreshing

D- A good reefreshing brrew you should try at least once

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of xhuskr
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head with good retention, thick lacing.

S: Pretty tight on the nose, I am getting white spices, and some tree fruit.

T: Very tasty all and all. There is really a saison-type flavour initially with major grass and herbal components along with pear and yellow apples, hint of pineapple too. As the beer warms, banana overtakes the parade of flavours, quite complex.

M: I had no idea it was this high in alcohol, it drinks like a 4% beer, but it also has the feel of that type of beer. Very light, spritzy, perhaps the lack of hops coincided with a lack of body, that is my postulation.

D: The taste is quite good and interesting, and that's what really stands out for me in this ale. Something to definitely try out if available. Very easy to drink, so the alcohol could catch up with you.

Photo of Floydster
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tulip at Beachwood BBQ on Sunday, reviewed from notes

Description of the beer: "...Inspired by the great hop shortage of 2008. Dandelion greens have a natural bittering effect much like hops. Reveling in the freedom of the Belgian brewing tradition, we thought this ubiquitous weed would make an interesting addition to a traditionally hopped beer. The result is a strong blond ale brewed with toasted pilsener malt, flavored with fresh picked dandelion greens and grains of paradise. Dandelion Ale is hazy and light gold in color with peachy aroma and a Belgian yeast strain. It has a unique bitterness, subtle maltiness and a creamy mouthfeel."

Color is a golden orange with some lighter tint, 3/4 inch white foamy head that lasted a few minutes, also a bit of lacing to go along with decent retention, aroma consisted of honey, floral accents, grass, roasted nuts, bananas, some mild spice, grains, and residual sugar, taste had mild bitterness at first, eathiness in the middle mixed with sweet malts and grains, finish was delicate with soft esters lingering in the aftertaste, some sweet orange peel comes out by the end, taste was pretty light overall but sweet too, weird balance but is seemed to work, sweet, fruity, and floral mouthfeel, medium bodied, high level of carbonation, taste lingered, could have drank another glass, did not seem nearly eight percent, light and smooth considering all the different flavors going on in this beer, would drink again, recommended

Photo of Sanford
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Chambic
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of benclimbs
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an interesting saison...bitter, perfummy, and a bit of fruit.

look is yellow orange cloudy with a thick head and some lacing. - poured in a tulip glass.

taste is very saison like, a bit of ripe fruit, some yeasts, and a very bitter clean hoppy character which is quite unique as i'm sure it comes from the dandelion.

mouthfeel is good, smooth and bubbly/carbonated.

a good beer, an interesting concept but nothing earth-shattering.

Photo of ShareANevada
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Lips Of Faith - Dandelion Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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