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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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722 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 34
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattmaples on 07-20-2009)
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Photo of Iguana
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In the past, I havent cared too much for New Belgium beer's, but this ones not half bad.

Appearence - Pour's into a pint glass an opaque orange color with a nice small creamy white head that lingers for awhile.

Smell - Smell is citrusy with a slight almost herbal scent.

Taste - Taste is malty, with a hint of orange and carbonation. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - This beer is really quite smooth and pleasent to drink.

Drinkability - I could see myself drinking a few of these in a sitting as the months start to get a bit warmer. Or maybe earlier in the day since thats when I tend to prefer lighter beers.

Afterthoughts - This is a beer i'll buy again, not something that makes me say WOW! but a very drinkable beer.

Iguana, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lips of Faith bottling in a bomber. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber gold color with a creamy, thick, light beige head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is obviously lemony and although I've never had lemon verbena I imagine that's what it's from. Comes off less acidic and more like lemon sorbet though. Also some sweet grainy character in the smell. Honey, graham, some lemon tartness, a smidgeon of bretty funk in the form of phenols, sweet bread, light earthiness. Rather complex for a NB beer but all the notes are on the sweet side which limits the drinkability a bit. Mouthfeel is solid with a nice heft on the palate and a good but not quite Belgian fineness of carbonation. Better than I expected.

illidurit, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before date of November 2006.

Pours murky, orangy gold, with a thin tan head of short duration.
The tight bubbles left a small ring on the glass as a testament to the maximum height.
Aromatics lead off with an almost pungent wheat twang laced with brett. Lemony funk with earthy overtones and citrus oil-spritzed hay.
The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety. The carbonation wraps around the tongue.
The pallet is more subdued than the nose would suggest. The lactic component so apparent in the aroma is missing, and some sweet malt with spicy undertones take mainstage.
Layers of dusty, earthy funk peel away as each sip finishes, and theres a decent amount of warmth that developes on the throat.
Finishes with peppercorns, paprika, and cumin.
Big thanks to Gbontrag for this great sample.

Revisit 6/10/13:

12oz bottle with a best before date of July 2006.

This beer has lost all life. The only remnants are some sweet malt and a hint of wet paper. A hint of lemon in the nose beyond that. Not cellar worthy.

brewandbbq, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden amber color, maybe even copper. Somewhat hazy, and there was not much head left by the time it arrived at the table. I was pleasantly surprised when the head stuck around and left some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell: A light and refreshing aroma of herbs and bready malt, with some light hints of citrus fruit and bananas. The smell is a little bit light, however.

Taste: I thoroughly enjoyed the taste of each sip of this beer. The flavor starts with some light herb and yeasty malt. There are distinct flavors of banana and mango, although no more fruit from what I can tell. The hops chime in fairly quickly, bringing some citrus acidity and light bitterness. I am left with the thought of bananas in my head, and there is not much of an aftertaste.

Moutfeel: Although it has a lighter body than I would expect from looking at it, it still has a somewhat grainy feel. One complaint I have is that I wish it was a little fuller.

Drinkability: A nice beer to drink while wondering when the weather is finally going to turn for the better. The flavor is nice, but the light body may wear out its welcome after a few beers. I will most likely revisit this one before Spring is over.

KickInTheChalice, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Three Squares in Maple Grove. Served in a New Belgium globe glass, it appeared mildly hazy and light amber. While I applaud NBB for taking on sour beer, I wish I could say it stood with classic lambic and geuzes.

This beer is more of an introduction to sour brett beers. There's a big aroma of wild, fruity farmhouse over subtle bready malts. There's just not a lot going on here, as far as sour beers go.

tempest, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a large glass, this one shines brilliantly with a nice amber color to it. Aroma is spicy and a bit funky at first. Nice, but nothing special. Taste is dominated by a slightly sweet, complex malt. If the beer were a bit drier the spiciness could show through more. Definite funk in the aftertaste, and surprisingly welcome.

All in all, best improvement would be a lower final gravity, the slightly heavy mouthfeel and residual sweetness cover up some of the more interesting flavors. You really have to search to find them.

thejewthatbrews, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.2% ABV, couldn't find the screened-on date.

A - Lightly hazy dirty apricot with a loosely retained off-white head and spotty lace adorning the glass.

S - The nicely malty base beer provided a good backbone while allowing the yeast nuances to flourish. Funky wild yeast tones of barnyard lay behind a layer of clay and earth. Notes of peach fruit poke through. The nose is nuanced by complex!

T - Muted, muddled flavor is a big disappointment after the nuanced but pronounced aroma. Biere de Mars has a bland malt and earthy yeast profile with hints of funky yeast and fruit esters.

M - Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the dry finish assists the flavor in being muted and falling somewhat flat. A touch of tartness to the finish.

O - A good effort from New Belgium but it could use more definition in the flavor. The nose offers much more.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy yellow to slightly orange hue with two fingers of white suds.
Very spicy in the nose. Yeast burn toward the end.
Taste is mellow and refreshing. Kind of a bitter beginning but mellows out and turns sweet then I get some fruityness with rind, like watermelon or cantelope. Says
"A celestial collision of orange-Hued Ale/citrusy lemon verbena, and unidentified flying bretanomyces."
Mouthfeel is not complex. Wish the spices had been more prevelant.
Drinkability on a hot day would be pretty good.
All in all, a decent but not very special brew from New Belgium.
I really think this was just another take on the Biere De Mars although this wasn't very orange looking.

peabody, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a nice lineup of new belgium at the sour tasting a few weeks back. all were quite impressive. split between three of us into snifters.

the pour is a wonderful golden color that has a very lively presence throwing up tons of carbonation and a huge head that seemed to reach a height of three inches or more and dropped tons of lacing all down the sides. the aroma was a mix of everything, light citrusy hops that intermingled with a fine little sour apple funk and a quick hit of light spice that popped on the tongue, really very complex and nicely put together. warming seems to just bring out more and more of the funk as apples, pears, an nice yeasty flavors mix in and give it a very tart dryness but never push it too far in any direction. i have no clue where the abv is on this one, i drank it like it was 5 percent as that how it faired, wow incredibly well hidden,

overall i was amazed by how well put together this one was. really just a great, well balanced beer that would be a good starting point for someone looking to get into sours.

mikesgroove, May 07, 2011
Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Jeff picked this up for me on a trip out to Colorado last summer. Review is from notes taken on 3/22/2011 and poured from the bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange/coppery color and starts with a fair one finger creamy and loose white head that fades quickly to a full, but very uneven and thin skim; body is surprisingly mostly clear and just shows a slight haze to it (I would really expect more cloud in a wild); what looks to be soft carbonation is seen bubbling up throughout the glass; a big patch of lacing sticks to the back, but a few strands elsewhere.

Smell: Not very robust, but I can pick out some lemony citrus, a bit of a slight grassy and flowery presence (kind of like chamomile?), and some Belgian spices; just a very slight bret tartiness to it.

Taste: Very much like the smell, not especially huge or robust, but the flavors are good -- definite lemony citric aspects with just a touch of orange peel; a warming chamomile-like presence and some sweet spiciness; just a touch of bret tartness to it all.

Mouthfeel: Body is just slightly heavier than light and just a touch oily; carbonation is soft and light and provides just enough sparkle to the body; a light stickiness is left behind, but overall I would say the finish is pretty clean in terms of aftertaste.

Overall: A pretty tasty beer, but not necessarily something I would go ga-ga over or anything. Very drinkable though -- moderately light ABV and flavors that don't necessarily overwhelm the palate, it's not to be overlooked, but not to be blown out of proportion.

bamadog, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of melliott2811
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere de Mars

"A celestial collision of orange-hued ale, citrusy lemon verbena, and unidentified flying brettanomyces."

22oz bottle poured into SanTan specialty glass. I've had this one before in 12oz bottles before it was added to the LoF series.

A: Clear golden beer with an inch of white head that fades fairly quickly

S: Sweet and sour aroma evoking fruits. My brain wants to think oranges because of the color of the beer & bottle, but that's not it.

T: A slight souring from the Brett, but more a background note until the very end of the swallow. The taste is more sweet than the aroma, with spices dancing in the background.

M: Light to medium body with good carbonation.

D: Refreshing any-time-of-the-day summer beer. A little sweet overall for my preferences. Go for the Lips of Faith La Folie if you're looking for something sour.

melliott2811, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of cooch69
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 22 ouncer into a tulip glass.
It pours a slightly cloudy orange with some copper highlights. It has some slightly vigorous carbonation.
This beer smells like lemon pepper seasoning. I'm also getting farmy and barny nuances. It does smell like a fruity farmhouse ale. Not much hops in the nose, but that should'nt be of concern because as far as I know the French farmhouse ales maltier than the saison counterparts.
The flavor is very vibrant lemon and oranges. It is also a little funky but not as much as expected. This is pretty dry but not bone dry like some others. There is a nice perppery and floral hop flavour but the other fruity flavors make them seem blended in pretty well.
This beer is ultra cramy in the mouth and it's carbonation and flavour would probably make it excelent with a lot of chesses.

cooch69, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. Abv info not given.

A-Pours a cloudy golden amber with a one finger white head that sticks around.

S-All I get is sour and funky notes. No malt or hops are apparent.

T-Not nearly as sour as it smells. There is a lot of sweet malt at the beginning. Some sour and funky notes come through in the middle. The beer finishes with a sweet fruit taste.

M-Medium bodied, crisp, and smoothly carbonated.

D-The interplay between sweet and sour works just fine, but the sweetness would limit this to a pint.

Not a bad offering from NB. A 10 ounce glass of this would be the perfect serving size.

mjl21, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like fresh cut hay and lemon zest, with some apricots and creamy yeast and roasted barley.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and fresh cut hay, with grassy hops and creamy yeast. It had a mostly clean and mild bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty full body.
D: This was not a terribly exciting beer, but fitting scent and taste and body for the style. Mellow character with very smooth finish, so quite easy to drink. Nice to try, but nothing special.

Pencible, May 18, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku
Thanks to Yoshi Optimator for this one! Cheers!

A - Hazy amber/apricot color with 2 fingers of soapy tan bubbles. Zero lacing with a thin cap.

S - Earthy citrus, acidic, white wine, granny smith apples, sharp sourdough bread, dusty grains, over ripe tropical fruit, pineapple and mango, sweet but funky. Fruity alcohol coming through.

T - Follows the nose with earthy citrus, grainy bread, peppery, old grass, apple juice, muted lemons, dry yeast. There's a hint of acidity, but not as much as the nose describes. The finish brings more pepper along with some bitter melon rind.

M - Annoyingly high carbonation, you can't hold a drink in your mouth for more than 2 seconds or it just completely turns to foam. The body is thin for a split second. So you have extreme opposites.

I'm not exactly sure but pretty sure this is a few years old. An interesting beer for sure. The mouthfeel threw it off a little for me. I'm not a fan of swallowing straight foam. Great aroma. The funk is delicate without being light, very earthy with notes of sourdough bread and tropical fruit.

StaveHooks, May 20, 2014
Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz 2012 bottle, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a beautiful gold, mostly clear until the yeast hits, with a huge sticky white head that leaves great traces of laces throughout the glass.

S: Fruity and earthy Belgian yeast, spices...citrus zest, lemon & orange peel, hint of banana (there is wheat in this)...more malt presence than I thought there would be...caramel sweetness, grassy, dusty hay, and a bit of Brett funk but not much.

T: Pretty bready on the taste too, spices are evident, faint banana, coriander, clove, grassy dryness, lemon, caramel, faint traces of Brett sourness, some woody creaminess.

MF: Refreshing, crisp, lightly sweet, light to medium body, with some creamy notes.

O: Decent...not exactly what I was expecting, this definitely isn't overly funky or Brett-ed out...pretty balanced. Couldn't drink a lot of this.

Scotchboy, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Bcant
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered orange/red ale with a small white head that leaves a very small amount of lacing. Good clarity for an unfiltered.

The aroma is predominantly citrus: orange and lemon (which is an ingredeant).

Orange with lots of spice, coriander, clovers and a touch of pepper in the finish.

Crisp and refreshing, a great beer for the summer.

Bcant, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off-white head atop a hazed, brownish gold beer.
Aroma of grainy malt, wheat, doughy yeast, and lemon.

Taste shows grainy malt and wheat. Hint of yeast. Good dose of lemon. Decent hop balance. A dry, sour, tartness plays big, especially at the finish. Has an almost phenol like characteristic.

Good body and mouthfeel.
Tastey, but mouth-puckering at times and not the most drinkable beer.

A little different as expected. Overall, a solid beer, but not something I'd look to sample again anytime soon. Thanks to bditty for the bottle.

PhantomVodoo, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours shades of hazy mix of tangerine and grapefruit juice. Very thin head that completely disappears minutes from pouring. Very nice lacing, though. Smells of lemon grass, slightly spicy yeast, wheat twang, and, if left to warm up too much, alcohol. Tastes of mild satsumas, lemon, and some hints of apple and biscuity malts. The finish is of hop bitterness and a pleasant tartness. I like the flavors present here, but I wish they would stand out more. Mouthfeel is moderate fullness with moderate carbonation.

I really don't know how this compares to other biere de gardes, as this is my first, but I was really hoping for more character from a farmhouse ale a la saison. Still tastes good to me though.

goochpunch, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of zoso493
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This my first wild ale and I bought it without knowing much about, so I'm excited to see how it goes. Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very thick-looking honey color with a one-finger that probably would not have been there if not for a very vigorous pour. Pretty hazy, as well.

Smell: This one has a pretty solid barnyard scent to it and smells more like a Belgian than anything. There are a lot of spices and grassy hops and some yeast and that's about all I can pick out.

Taste: Very earthy beer. A lot of spices in the taste as well that combine with some lights hops to give it a pleasantly bitter finish. There are also some slightly rotten fruit tastes in there and some lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: A decent amount of body and carbonation to this beer. It's also pretty crisp and leaves your mouth feeling dry after taking a sip.

Drinkability: This is not a memorably drinkable beer. It's a bit sour so it takes a while to get down. This bomber has been pretty difficult to finish.

Overall, this is a very average beer. I don't have anything to compare it to in the style, but I wasn't hugely impressed. It has some interesting nuances and is worth a try, but I probably wouldn't reach for it again.

zoso493, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-05-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Fairly clear gold with a big 2-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Spice, some funk, hay, honey, floral. Nice complexity.

T - Tastes like it smells. Herbal spicy, lemon, mint, cracker, Brett funk, white pepper, finishes on the medicinal bitter side.

M - Thin body and light-medium carbonation.

O - Not world class but quite enjoyable.

Tucquan, May 11, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pretty hazy, lazy orange hue. head is thick and white. retention and lacing are good. pretty farm-y looking brew.

S: a little bit of barny bretty funk starts off the aroma. grapefruit juice. the grain is there, but has a decent amount of barn-ness tied in with it.

T: grapefruits and pears. a little bit of barny must, but just for a moment and has a slightly drying affect. there is a bready pils flavor too behind the scenes almost. finish is pretty clean and also dry.

M: moderate amount of fizz with a touch of tart. very medium body.

D: drinks a lot easier than the ABV would suggest. almost a little too light. i like a bit more meat on my BDG's. otherwise, good flavor and the touch of brett on the nose is nice.

Jimmys, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep golden color. Very clear but lots of bubbling. Head formation is pretty white. Well retained.

S - Strong brett yest note, lots of tobacco, white pepper, spicy. Underlying sour notes, somewhat fruity.

T - Starts off very light, a little bit malty. The wild yeast comes through. No hopping - mostly balanced. Finishes with a lightly grainy note. The sweetness overwhelms the wild ale attributes.

M - Solid beer body, light and airy carbonation as well. Finishes very clean.

D - Very drinkable - ABV is manageable. Not at all filling, in contrast to the carbonation.

katan, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasing, if a bit soft, bretty Golden Ale.

Presentation: 22oz brow capped bottle. Screen printed label with floating orange dots-bubbles falling to rest at the bottom noting the name of the brew and series. Side learning notes the general intent and characteristic of the brew. Shows 6.2% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep to medium amber pour, light haze in the final serving, with a fair frothy head and retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Softly bretty and funky, very softly so… light touches of lemon, hint of spice...

T - which is pretty much what one finds in the taste. The nicely generic brett is there, touches of funk, light sour apples, some citric notes, hints of fruit and spice, mellow and generic if pleasing.

M - Medium to medium-light body and carbonation with a nice crisp sense in the finish and a light dryness.

O - Nothing too profound but it ultimately comes together rather nicely and offers a nice flow.

Notes: A bit too generic or soft for a brett brew, I guess. But this might be a good entry point to some funk? Good brew in any case, even if a tad unremarkable.

Daniellobo, May 07, 2012
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Attained through a trade.

Just got home from work and made some lentils with a spicy Spanish sausage cooked with red wine and olive oil. I decided to crack open this bottle that I got from a friend out in California to accompany my meal and act as an after meal dessert.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with half a finger of head. The head doesn't last long at all. It's dissipating quickly as we speak. I give the beer a few swirls in my snifter. The lacing is non-existent. The beer is slightly effervescent; a few bubbles are making their way up to the top of the glass.

Smell: The nose picks up a citrus note like lemon. There's an earthy aroma here too, rather herbal. The citrus and earthy notes are likely from a combination of hops and the spices used in the beer.

Taste: The malt profile on this doesn't stick out. I don't pick up any sweet or toasted malts. I think it's there to support the spices and supposed brett yeast that they added. I can pick up citrus notes, those are there for sure. A blend of tropical and acidic fruit like mangoes and lemon. On the aftertaste there is a slight herbal flavor, and a very subtle brett character as well. The brett can easily go unnoticed.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some oils coating my tongue, teeth and gums after each sip.

Drinkability: It's an incredibly drinkable beer. It goes down easy, and after 22 ounces of this I feel like I only took a few sips. I could easily drink two of these in an evening, and I'm not someone who can handle a lot of alcohol.

I wasn't that impressed with this beer. It's definitely not a wild ale, as there is really no sourness or funkyness to this beer. That doesn't make this a bad beer, but it doesn't align with the expectations one has when purchasing it, and it doesn't follow suite with the style it's under.

Ek0nomik, Nov 11, 2009
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.