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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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709 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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Caleb

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-13-2013 20:40:14 | More by Caleb
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Arborescence

Finland

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, yellowish/golden. Pours a light head.

Aroma: Fresh, mild spices, citrus. There's a hint of caramel as well.

Taste: Floral and orangy flavours, mixed with mild hops, yeast, and malt. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Nothing particularly interesting; the added spices are mild.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, some light carbonation present.

Overall: I'm not overly impressed. It's a nice light ale with some promise, but it lacks depth. Easy enough to sip, and would fit a warm spring day, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 21:02:28 | More by Arborescence
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hayesez

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought during a road trip to Texas. I had stopped at the store on the way south and saw a few bottles of La Folie...but on the way back, they were all gone. I was pretty disappointed, but the beer guy there suggested that I give the Biere De Mars a shot...so here goes.

Split with my wife and her sister after the Eve 6 concert here at Rose. Poured into my Westvleteren chalice. A light cloudy amber with a thin white head; it's a nice looking beer.

The nose is not overly impressive...pretty mild. Bretty funkiness is mild but definitely prevalent. A bit of non-sweet orange peel smell and just a trace of the lemon that I'm looking for.

Ooh. Not what I was hoping for. Very muted , semi-bitter flavor. Perhaps a bit of fruit, but not very sweet at all. No tart, no sour, no big finish. Just kind of fades away to short-lasting mild bitterness. Medium bodied and decently carbonated, the beer has good mouthfeel...just lacking in some of the other departments. Ok, it's warmed up a bit and I do get a bit of the citrusy sweetness at the end, but I still have to chalk it up as pretty bland. The funkiness is not quite as prevalent on the nose (which was mild in itself) but still there.

Overall, I'm underwhelmed. Fairly easy to drink...just nothing to write home about.

Consumed: 5/8/2010

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 06:13:49 | More by hayesez
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DCon

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $7.99. Poured from the Bright Orange Labeled bottle into a 12oz Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on this bottle but its random with the Lips of Faith beers.

Aroma- Brett is the big time ingredient in this one! Straight to the nose. Sweet, malty, and light spices are all in the background too. A strange aroma for a Biere De Garde.

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger, frothy head that lasts for the longest time. Has a deep orange colored body with no clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor starts off malty, sweet, and the Brett/Belgian flavor comes around again. Semi-Dry Finish. Straight to the point with this one.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Highest Carbonation, Smooth, and brett finish with light hops and a pucker on the back of the tongue.

Overall Impression- An interesting Biere de Garde but didn't quite satisfy what I was wanting to find in this style. Not one of the top Lips of Faith beers either. The appearance was great but then went down hill from there. Wouldn't go back to again...

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 02:35:37 | More by DCon
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scottfrie

California

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy honey golden with a thin tan head that quickly reduced into a wispy scum leaving small spots of soapy lace.
S: Slight notes of citrus fruit, acidic brett funk and spices. Hard to pick out much of anything. Sweet and cheesy smelling.
T: Not very flavorful either. Hints of dry malt, wheat, hay, coriander, nutmeg, sour funk, bready yeast, orange and apple juice and stinky cheese. Slight hop notes. Light and slightly acidic flavors all around. Aftertaste is somewhat bretty and similar to the aftertaste of eating stinky cheese. Actually, as the beer warms, the brett comes out more and more. Even so it is not very potent.
M: Medium-thin body with low carbonation and a watery acidic mouthfeel. The carb started off lively after the pour, and the first couple sips were better, but this beer became damn near flat in a matter of minutes.
D: I was expecting more from this beer, but I'm no expert on Biere de Gardes, if that is what this is trying to be. Not a bad flavor, but the watery mouthfeel didn't help the light flavors. Brett was subtle but somewhat made it had to pick out much of anything else. Overall the beer just didn't feel right. Probably won't drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 04:26:02 | More by scottfrie
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HardTarget

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 FL.OZ. Brown bottle with best before 07Aug03 and serving temperature suggestion (50 F)

Aroma: Yeasty with a spicy orange note.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a very active sticky head that laced the glass. Took some patience for the head to die down to get the rest of the beer in the glass.

Flavor: Mild taste with a firm hop/lemon aftertaste that seems to evaporate on the tongue. Some cider notes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A light viscosity that is rounded by slight oat stickiness. Heavy carbonation that I feel is a touch overdone.

Overall: An unusual beer. The bottle describes it as a beer for March, between Winter and Spring. They seem to have wanted to blend a winter celebration beer with a lighter, fruitier Spring beer. The orange color is enough to justify a taste. A clove orange punch meets beer. Would recommend trying it out, but don’t get more than a six-pack, one beer didn’t invite a second.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 19:28:24 | More by HardTarget
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About 4 oz. out of 22 poured into a sample glass.

A: Pours a dark golden color with decent looking carbonation and lots of tiny yeast floaties. The head is a one finger barely offwhite color with decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Clean, crisp citrus - grapefruit, lemon, and the like - backed by a subtle sour funk. I really like how this smells, even if its a little simple smelling.

T: Not nearly as good as the smell, sadly. Hints of lemon, phenols, and funk backed by slight maltiness, before the finish trails off disappointingly. Somewhat lacking in flavor. To be fair, it's hard to judge the complexity of a small sample size, but I can't say I'm a huge fan of this.

M: Like I said, the finish is completely lacking in staying power, but it's far from undrinkable. Lighter texture and surprisingly lowish carbonation.

O: Not terrible, but I would rather spend a lot more on a bottle of La Folie - and I'm a cheap bastard, which should tell you something.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 22:20:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear bight creamsicle orange amber color. There is very little head and really no lacing to speak of.

The smell is that of a french saison. There is a moderate amount of spicy funk right off the bat. Following up I get a light sweet biscuity odor that lingers after the funk dies.

The taste is brett forward, not strong but very identifiable. The corriander and biscuity malts creep up to follow. There is also a residual sweetness and a sort of cabbage taste that knocks down the funk. This comes off more as a traditional saison than a wild ale in taste, mostly because of the lack of dryness in the funk. Biere de garde would fit that middle ground I guess.

Lighter in body and very ample carbonation. Quite a bit more creamy than most brews of the style, even though I am not rating this as a Wild Ale.

This is a very good beer, albeit very expensive for what it is. I rated this as a Biere De Garde, this is not a Wild in my eyes at all. It sucks to say, but if it was made in France, bottled in a crusty capped 750ml bottle and labeled as a saison it would have gotten much better reviews. But it is very average for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 23:44:42 | More by BDLbrewster
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SpecialK088

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap in a pint glass

Pours a very light golden color with a big fluffy head. Very sticky lace down the side of the glass

Very spicy almost smells like peppercorn also has some strong barly and alcohol notes.

Flavor is much like the nose except a sweeter spice seems to come out of it. Very boozy with a dry spicy finish.

Medium body pretty stragihtforward mouthfeel a slight bit oily and a good level of carbonation

Its to boozy for me to say I would want another one or that its easy to drink. Maybe I got the bottom of the keg and need to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 14:20:09 | More by SpecialK088
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken 7/10/10

Appearance: Light amber/orange with a fluffy head that turns into minimal lacing

Smell: Very interesting with some sourness and barnyard - some lemon, some bready malts

Taste: A slight disappointment considering the smell - very mild, not much sourness, some funkiness - lemon, orange - not bad but it tastes like it could be a lot better - some weird flavors in the mix, but they do work together

Mouthfeel: Light body with good carbonation, on the dry side

Overall: Definitely drinkable year-round, but I'm not sure if I would be interested in more than a bomber

This is certainly not a bad beer, but it is not as good as some of the other Lips of Faith beers. It has some interesting funk, but it kind of falls flat because the taste is too weak. It's not watery though, and I guess it would be good in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 01:53:09 | More by angrybabboon
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AlesRTasty

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - orange, nice white creamy head atop. not hazy as advertised.
S - you can smell the oats and the hops. quite nice and inviting.
T - fairly tasty. again the oats are definable. I taste no lemon verbena though, which is disappointing.
M - mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and smooth. -
D - ah, there is nothing special about this brew. It's not like it taste like crap, I just don't look forward to drinking another one.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 00:14:07 | More by AlesRTasty
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a muggy yet still bright copper with sunshine hay highlights. Not much in the way of head or bubbling. Foggy morning green apples with some herbal notes of verbena and others I can't place. Also a tart blackberry aroma as well. The taste has odd tart fruits up front with some undertoned musk from the Brett. Lots of musk in the front of that palate thate recedes to watered down fuji apple juice. The plate is a little funky, tart of course, but vaguely fruity to an extent. This beer is just ok in my book. Glad I tried it, but for $9.99 I will not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 05:07:10 | More by scruffwhor
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Higravity

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was really ready to get down on this beer, but I think I over hyped it in my own mind. The color was a straw tinted orange with a bit of haze and a chunky white head in my Duvel glass. Smells citrus with a little pinnaple or date over a sweet malt driven yeasty fullness. Taste is twisted and not really one I like a bit to citrus and the yeast messes weird with everything else. I will have to try this again but right now, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 14:01:33 | More by Higravity
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Kirch

California

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass: New Belgium Globe
Aging Notes: One year at ~60F in the dark
Bang for the Buck (oz*%/$): 22*6.2/10 = 13.64

A: Orange, white lacey head, slightly cloudy from yeast

S: Horse-y farmhouse Brett with hints of orange

T: Brett dominates (horse-stable hay, a little dung almost), notes of orange

M: Silky, coating, lingering, pleasant

O: Worth drinking, a little one-dimensional with the brett.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:45:25 | More by Kirch
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brew pours a bright orange with a dense 2-finger off white head and leads with a nose dominant with bright and florally citrus- orange and lemon verbena- with other tones of spice and bready malt. The palate's frothy delivery of dry, toasted biscuit malt and mild bitterness gets uplifted a little by the citrussy freshness and bit of Brett, but it succumbs on the finish to just a faint touch of that acid reflux-like twang that completely ruined the Clutch for me. At least a yeasty black pepper tone saves the finish a touch.

Overall, I can't really hate a lot on this brew, but it is rather unmemorable. I feel like farmhouse brews can be some of the most interesting and complexly flavored beers out there, and this one is supremely ho-hum.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 21:13:15 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a wild ale? Must be categorized incorrectly. My bottle says "Ale brewed with spices"

Appearance: Big head, leaves some nice frothy lacing.

Smell: Spicy, sweet breadiness. Light citrus, apricot and hops. I don't get any funk.

Taste: Again, spicy, sweet breadiness, barley, wheat, cinnamon, orange peel. No brett. No funk. Perhaps a bit of cider.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, heavy carbonation.

NOT a wild ale in my book, tastes more like a Biere de Garde, and the title seems to suggest it. Would be a decent christmas spiced beer. Big disappointment, at least when rated to style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 23:06:00 | More by craytonic
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samie85

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange hue with two fingers of off-white head.

S-Smells of mild, tart cherries with some hint of spice that I can't seem to put my finger on with some leathery, Brett notes.

T-Slightly acidic and lemony/leathery brett on the finish.

M-Mildly carbonated with sticky mouthfeel and a medium body.

D-A very drinkable beer, however this is a mildly flavored American Wild. A good gateway beer for those who haven't had sours, but for those that love and adore sours, this one is a little bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 21:02:49 | More by samie85
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the Wine Source in Baltimore, MD
No bottle date.

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

Poured into a snifter. Hazy orange gold body, topped with some solid, off-white foam that's dense and lasting. Leaves lacing behind.

Herbaceous aroma, with strong lemon and mint notes hopping out. Some light berry-like sweetness in the background.

Clear lemon verbana flavor up front. Rich flavor. Leans too heavily on sweetness. Should have a drier body or should try to balance that sweetness with more hops. If there is Brett, I don't detect it. Pleasant flavor, quite strong. Has a bready-like malt finish that is well-balanced by bright citrus finesse.

Medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. Not much else to say here...with stronger herbal beer, I would ideally look for some lightness in the body with either more effervescence or with less sweetness.

Biere De Mars is a well-made beer. Very solid appearance, aroma and big bold flavor. Not sure if this is modeled after another style or what. Biere de Garde seems like a stretch...
Even though it's well-made, I don't think I would ever buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 17:01:57 | More by MusicaleMike
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed-up brassy straw gold with a low, fleeting white head. It eventually lingers as a collar and leaves some lace.
Lemon verbena is evident on the nose. And I only know this having recently smelled a bottle of verbana hand cream (not mine and didn't use, so don't worry or question anything) to which this bears a great similarity. The hand cream didn't contain brettanomyces, so it didn't have aromatic notes of manure-slathered suede like this does.
Though while the spice and the yeast come through a bit, the nose is muted as a whole.
It's quite toasty as it hits the tongue. It lingers here a bit, then begins to adhere to the mouth with a chalky yeast-drenched sourdough starter with papery oxidation notes. Brett starts mildly with sour apples and peppercorns, and never gains any traction. The herbs used as washed out as well, as the bitter crushed pill notes, lemon peel, and dried florals of the hops overshadow them, but fail to gain any notoriety of their own.
The body is gaseous and light seeming. This is plain boring. If tasted blind (and had the Brett not made itself evident on the nose), I'd have guessed this was an infected, amateurish pale ale from some start-up brewery struggling with bottling issues.

But, really, what's the difference?

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 08:25:34 | More by cokes
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br3wmeister

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour yields a small white bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing. The beer itself is a golden color with almost no haze. It smells of damp wood, light hops and mild malt sweetness. The flavor is very dry some what bitter with a light tartness. Hints of apricot, mix with a nice toasty flavor. Some pine hop character as well. The body is some what light with a nice dryness and some crispness from the carbonation and hops. I would have to say this is not my favorite style but it is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 00:36:14 | More by br3wmeister
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Mitchel

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Biere De Mars is a clouded orange with a fluffy white head that holds for an extremely long time. Great lacing too. It smells like spices and orange, more specifically, coriander. There is definitely a floral aroma.

This beer is lightly hoppy and hits with a little bit of a white pepper taste. I am thinking of orange peel and clove here. A little sour, a little grainy adn husky. Relatively light in the mouth and doesn’t linger.

Taken as a whole, this beer is not bad. It has lots of good qualities, but nothing that jumps out at me as being a great beer that I would drink all of the time (not that it is available all of the time). I would like this on a hot day….otherwise known as a San Antonio Winter day. God it’s hot here! All the more reason to drink cold beer; Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 05:21:29 | More by Mitchel
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palliko

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is a hazy orange with ivory foam and nicely retentive lacing. Aroma has notes of orange curacao, spice and floral hops. Initial taste is of watery malt, spices (pepper and cloves), citrus, biscuits, fruit and a hint of honey. Finish is dry, filled with yeast, and not good. A true Belgian style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 17:54:05 | More by palliko
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rand

California

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 650 mL bomber to D'Achouffe tulip glass

A: Attractive orange-apricot in color, forms a sharp, tightly bubbled head that leaves little lacing as it cascades down the glass. Lots of suspended yeast, almost clouds the beer.

S: A subtle bouquet yields hints of honey, coriander, crackery bread. Subdued nose, takes some effort to actually smell anything.

T: The flavor profile is largely honey-orange notes that bend phenolic mid-sip. Earthy spice is noted, maybe some sage and coriander, but just barely. Palate is slightly more layered than the nose, but not by much. Finishes sweet with lingering medicinal residue.

M: Nicely carbonated, breaks through the oily complexion. Medium-bodied.

Kinda torn here. The brew is smooth and easy to drink, but I've already forgotten about it, and that's not what I'm looking for from the style, let alone the Lips a Faith series. I had Jolly Pumpkin's Oro De Calabaza recently so my expectations are a bit skewed.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 07:41:16 | More by rand
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with a thin frothy white head that subsided quickly. The aroma is lemony with a bit of a wheat like character blended in with dry malts. The aroma lacks any of the Belgian frutiness from the esters and I think it should have some esters as it seems more like an American Hefe than a Belgian seasonal specialty. The flavor was pretty good with as nice spicy lemony flavor blended in with a dry wheat and malt flavor. Finishes with a yeasty taste that reminds me of drinking green beer. The oats are noticeable in the finish as it has more body than a wheat beer but tha lack in head retention makes it kind of noticeable that care was not taken during the brewing process. Probably a great beer to have on a hot day at the beach or while mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 17:26:11 | More by RenoZymurgist
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bashiba

Iowa

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy orange with off white head.

The smell has a light musty and spicy aroma, a bit of sourdough as well.

The flavor is dominated by the bready victory malt flavor, huge cracker like malt. The spices and a light musty yeast come through after a bit along with a bit of light citrus. Tastes very much like they dumped a spicier yeast into a batch of Fat tire.

The mouthfeel is light with a touch of carbonation.

To much biscuit, not enough of everything else, will avoid this one in the future, even though its not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:40:38 | More by bashiba
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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