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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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708 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 34 | 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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dhbiker0889

Colorado

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-07-2012 22:03:14 | More by dhbiker0889
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery -- talk about fresh and properly-served!

Brewed with Pale, Aromatic, C-40 and Carapils malts, all fairly lightly-toasted. Willamette, Cascade and Magnum hops are very much kept in abeyance here, with only 18 IBU. The malts dominate the smell and the taste.

Unpasteurized (as all of this brewery's ales are!), unfiltered, bottle-conditioned spring ale on its first run of the season ("Beer of March" served fresh in late December? -- go figure!).

Semi-cloudy, orange-colored pretty looking beer.

Notes of orange and lemon in the nose, with wheat and maybe even oats. Taste matches, but lays a bit lower than the smell.

Very drinkable and very pleasant. You who live in Colorado need to try this one at the brewery. You who don't live in Colorado -- well, tough luck! Come and get it!!


UPDATE FOR THE 2006 RUN, January 24, 2006

Much more long-lasting head -- huge, rocky, solid and chunky with incredible carbonation. It's a bit creamier brew, so I would up the mouthfeel to 4.0 from last winter's run. prAna was right -- this time around, they've done better on this one! The addition of more brettanomyces yeast makes for a horsier flavor, which I enjoy, but some people loathe. Makes it a more distinctive beer, and more of a love-hate brew as well.

For you hop-heads, it seems hoppier this time as well. Go get some.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2004 04:25:44 | More by ColoradoBobs
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freed

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium has really nice lables, and great bottles. They're simple and classy.

The beer itself is quite attractive as well. Gold around the edges, and orange in the middle. It has a nice multi-textured head, very much like you'd expect from a trappist. The aroma is somewhat odd, almost like a empty grain silo.

The taste very pleasing. There are several layers of maltiness with a subtle yeast fruitiness at the end of the sip. There's little hop noticable, but enough to start the saliva glands. Its a very complete beer, with a wide variety of flavors. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2003 15:34:34 | More by freed
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shbobdb

Indiana

2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy dark yellow like a homebrew; however, that is acceptable for the style. What makes the looks of this beer astounding is the head. Holy moley, the head is rock-solid. Rocky rocky whiteness. And the lacing is quite impressive.

I'm not sure what I expected from the nose on this beer . . . but it is suprisingly muted -- especially considering . . .

The taste! Wow. I really enjoyed this beer during my first 'non-review' casual drink. Perhaps, since this is a semi-wild brew there is a fair amount of bottle-to-bottle variation, but I'm not sure how I feel about this guy at all. It tastes heavily of tootie-frootie gum. Tootie-footie that was rubbed in sweaty horse. Like I said, I really liked this beer last time, and that was (presumably) from the same batch and just a few days earlier.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and dry. Bone dry. Most likely from the bugs in the brew. However, the character really works for this beer.

It's confusing. How could it be so good last time and so unsatisfying this time? Very confusing indeed. Though I would check it out. I definately now know what brett contamination tastes like.

Thanks for letting me try this ColoradoBob. It's definately unique. It's like a rollercoaster that you puke after: you don't regret taking the ride, but you're not so sure you'd do it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 01:26:43 | More by shbobdb
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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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harrylee773

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.2%

07-02-2012 01:08:21 | More by harrylee773
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bubbly orange copper color accompanied by a 1/2" head and some lacing. Little retent on the head. Fizzy like soda.

S- very sweet scents in the nostrils, strong apple aroma was the easiest to distinguish.

T- flavor is the brew is quite interesting as it changes tremendously as it warms. Always sweet & grainy. Slight alcoholic flavor in the background. Apple sweet flavor. Lemonish aftertaste. Wheat and oats become much more apparent as the brew warms.

M- thinner brew with a smooth yet creamy texture. Some tickle from carbonation. As it warms, it tends to leave your mouth dry.

D- Tons of differentg flavors in there. This is a brew that needs full attention to be appericated. Not a session brew. Wonderful desert brew. This is a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 05:37:01 | More by tonistruth
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marcobrau

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold to light amber with plenty of carbonation that settles to quarter-inch or so of foam with Brussels lace. Smells a touch sour. Light caramel malt flavor with bitter finish and a touch lactic. Much more bitter than I expected and not bitter in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:15:07 | More by marcobrau
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Skye1024

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

08-03-2012 23:51:25 | More by Skye1024
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csiewert

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-29-2011 19:50:09 | More by csiewert
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Murph

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orangey peach color with a lot of yeasties that I conciously tried to keep out and a nice big creamy white head that fades to a thick film with some nice lacing. Very bready malt aromas without much of the expected spicy, zesty citrus aromas that I love in the style. Quick hit of spicy pepperyness with a bit of lemon before the overiding bready malt takes over and brings the beer to its somewhat cloyingly malty finish. Very disappointing for the style and brewery. Refreshingly crisp and medium light in the start the brew seems to grow fuller and more cloying the longer it sits on my tongue. Overall a decent brew but slightly disappointing having sampled several other brews from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 15:37:24 | More by Murph
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden amber-orange with a medium head. Aroma is a blend of orange citrus and musty elements.

Taste is mildly toasted malt with a good musty, yeasty presence. Some hops, some faint citrus bitterness, maybe even a barnyard or two. Very dry overall, a little off-putting, whereas the draft has a pleasant orangey sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium and full with a wheaty texture. The draft version puts the bottle to shame -- it's almost a different beer altogether. I would rate the draft a full point higher than the bottle…if I wasn't so busy drinking all of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 02:26:02 | More by assurbanipaul
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

03-25-2013 06:02:33 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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BierReise

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale poured a cloudy deep orange color with lots of scary looking floaties resembling of the milky way. Head was loose and settled quickly. Aroma is complex, grainy malts, lemon citrus, funky yeast and bread dough and spices all rolled into one. Has a light and crisp mouthfeel that is lively and playful. Flavor is citrusy and slightly tart. Yeast also contributes to a complex flavor. Overall a very interesting and pleasurable ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 22:21:46 | More by BierReise
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like ginger ale.

Musty, and fruity, green grape and golden apple come to mind. Yup theres some horse in there, as well as an herbal quality.

Things come together on the taste, it stacks up well to other biere de mars that ive enjoyed. The qualities present in the aroma are there in the tasting, but the malt also reveals itself. A touch of caramel segues into a clean and dry flavour of pale malt and the wheat used. The tanginess of the lemon also asserts itself at the finish.

Light bodied and well balanced. The barnyard and fruity esters are a nice compliment to the touch of caramel and pale malts.

Im enjoying this brew and find it pretty drinkable. Guess im like the old cowboy in the Jon Dore Show, i like the horse, it has nothing to do with the alcohol. If you dont know what im talking about i hope someday you do. Id recommend this to fans of biere de garde's. Id also be happy to drink this again. I just dont understand the classification of this beer...

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 08:40:32 | More by demcorhip
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iKrystin

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-16-2012 06:56:48 | More by iKrystin
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-21-2013 22:19:08 | More by firstlighthiker
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gpogo

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden body with moderate carbonation. White head that dissipates to nothing.

A- Sweet malty aroma. Light sour aroma, nothing too heavy.

T- Sweet malty flavor, incredibly smooth tasting. Very light bret. A bit on the sweet side perhaps, but delicious.

M- Medium body, moderate-light carbonation.

D- Yes. Wonderful. Very light bret taste, anyone could enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 21:16:37 | More by gpogo
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Quaffer

Nevada

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: This was a hazey, amber-orange beer with lots of chunks of yeast floating throughout. The cream colored head rose up big (up and out that is; I should pay better attention). It was fluffy and dense, settling down very slowly and leaving a lot of lace. The beer looked good, but it was all downhill from there.

Smell: The aroma was very light. Just some mild malt and a clean, crisp hoppiness. Possibly a whiff of yeast. I took a sniff directly from the bottle, and it smelled like a sour dish rag. Ecchhh! Let me just put that bottle way over there . . .

Mouthfeel: Very thin and very rough.

Taste: Besides the roughness of the mouth feel, the biggest thing I noticed about this brew was its dryness. There was a combination of sour tartness and hops upfront that quickly dissipated into nothing, leaving a very dry feeling in the mouth. Then, a funky after taste, partially because of the yeast, emerged on the sides of the tongue that just wouldn't go way. And trust me, I wanted it to.

As the beer warmed up, a little bit of malt flavor started to develop. While it did stop me from giving this beer an even lower "taste" rating, it did not save it.

This was my first and last time with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 17:57:23 | More by Quaffer
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From babydoc in BIF18. Thank you once again. Poured into a big burgundy glass, very cloudy, hazy, yeasty dirty orange with very little head. The nose is yeast, alcohol, and some citrus fruits. Taste is heavy on the citrus rind with a hint of alcohol. Buttery notes are present. Mouthfeel is medium. Simple to consume, New Belgium could easily be a favorite brewery for me, if only someone would carry them out this way.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 22:22:02 | More by pentathlete
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear yellow-orange with a small head with large bubbles. The smell conists of light yeast and a light sweet twang with not much else poking through. The taste reveals that the smell is somewhat of a sleeper with a roasted malt and light citrus twang, faint hops, and just a slight hint floral flavoring. It is very light bodied and finishes neither dry nor sweet, but right in the middle. *Note, there is a spot during the wave of taste that is very reminiscent of Fat Tire and I believe it is the roasted malt. Pretty good, but not great. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 03:28:10 | More by BeerAngel
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-21-2012 21:40:14 | More by poppyjohn
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Westuh

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-29-2014 00:48:34 | More by Westuh
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beertaster13

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer that accompanies light meals very well. Pours a hazy orange with yellow streaks, the white head holds up throughout the session. The smell is of earth and citrus with lightly toasted wheats. A slight banana note hints the nose. The taste is light with toasted grains and apples, lemon really add something, hints of spices with bananas in the end really cleanses the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 22:57:21 | More by beertaster13
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1/4" off-white head that recedes to a ring quickly. No lace. Murky orange color that becomes a little clearer towards the bottom of the glass.

S - Oats. Grain. Funky cheese! Slight chocolaty malt. Dull citrus. Wheat sourness as the beer warms up. A little more funk this time around as well. Phenolic.

T - Woodsy, earthy flavor. Some hefe like banana, fruit notes. Spice. Lemon way in the rear. Candy sugar. Fairly complex beer, a lot going on.

M - Rich, round, creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Unique beer. I have had about four spread out over the last 4 months and it keeps evolving somewhat. I am anxious to see where it goes. I think it will continue to drink well for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 03:06:59 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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