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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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708 Ratings

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-16-2013 04:04:56 | More by BillRoth
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass; no bottle dating, but it was from the 2012 release. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy of white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, pineapple, coriander, pepper, floral, grass, straw, earth, and herbal. Fantastic aromas with nice complexity and balance; there is a lot of brett presence. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pineapple, coriander, bread, toast, floral, grass, straw, earth, pepper, and herbal. Light earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, coriander, bread, toast, floral, straw, grass, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; nice brett flavor complexity; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is highly excellent Biere De Garde! Great balance and complexity of flavors, with nice brett complexity; very smooth and easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a lot; one of the better Biere De Gardes I have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:05:03 | More by superspak
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4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for this bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a foamy one finger head. Quick dissipation, not much lacing.

S: Slightly musty and a little funky. There is also some citrus/fruit aromas; some pineapple, banana, and a little bit of strawberry. Has a little bit of spice as well.

T: Some nice spices and a little bit of citrus and pineapple, but I get a lot of strawberry/banana flavor. Slightly sour, but pleasant.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Overall, the flavor is really nice, the strawberry/banana flavor caught me completely off guard, but I really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 03:33:46 | More by mdaschaf
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3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and light amber appearance, usual consistent quality control with New Belgium, impressive lacing and retention. Aroma was a lot of different things going on. Wheat, citrus, pepper, breadiness.

The citrus and breadiness are the biggest flavor and mouthfeel components. Coriander, while not massive, is certainly there, and the vast majority of the time for me, its not a spice I'm down with. Can't really identify the aftertaste, it isn't the greatest, like coriander badness and mild bitterness that isn't hop derived, more akin to a metallic descriptor. Seems like this is comparable to vrienden at times, but breadier and without any sour or brett notes.

And I'm pretty sure the bottle said something about having brett, but you really wouldn't know it if you drank this beer fresh. It was so "meh" for me, I won't be aging it to find out if it improves, because it doesn't seem to have a high ceiling potential given that the most brett the bottle seemed to have was on the outside paint label.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:18:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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North Carolina

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

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills 2/16/12.

Pours a dark brownish orange with a soft white head that has good retention. The nose offers little but some faint toasty malt. The flavor is toasty up front followed by some peppery spice and has a yeasty, faint baked apple-like finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied though a little dry.

This is a little underwhelming overall. The flavor is enjoyable but not overly impressive. I probably won't have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 23:01:56 | More by tdm168
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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up from the COOP a while back... been sitting in the back of the fridge waiting for another crack at it. Poured into my Delirium goblet.

Very clear gold/orange pour for the first pour.. but was definitely more hazy on the later attempts... foamy white head with descent lacing.

Nose begins fairly fruity... more like a BPA than anything close to an American Wild.. underripe apples and some mild apricot.. a bit of brett funk, but pretty muted really.

Flavor has all the same elements of the aroma with some pronounced citrus zest.. lite toasty malty sweetness.. again the brett characteristics are very much in the background right now... medium bodied with pretty prickly carbonation.

I would never in a million years call this an American Wild... instead more likely a Biere de Garde ... or maybe a descent crack at a saison.

I will probably buy another one of these just to put in the cellar and forget about for a long time... I want to see if the brett really does anything.. but for now.. it's only okay.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 06:52:42 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
An unfiltered look, but darker than a typical wheat beer. Amber/caramel color, hazy, light head that endured.
Mostly citrus smell, some lemon grass overpowered by malt.
Taste was a bit of the opposite. More lemon than malt, yet the malt makes it 'thicker' than it looks. Drinks well

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 16:55:11 | More by Mebuzzard
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brown-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light fruits - mild pears with hints of lemon - nondescript sweet malt, and good amounts of funk from the brett.

Tastes good. Mild malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by fruits - pears and lemons as intimated by the smell - with mild hints of brett joining in midway through the sip. The funk and fruit flavors carry through to a relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could go for another.

Overall this is a very mild funky experience and I could see this being a good beer to introduce people to brett. Nothing exceptional but worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:53:13 | More by glid02
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-03-2012 20:32:17 | More by sendbeer
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As its been over two years since I’ve sampled one of these, I thought I’d give it a shot. In the glass the beer appears a somewhat hazy orange with a modest semi-creamy light tan head, which after its decomposition leaves a fine coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a pleasant malt sweetness, hints of ripe fruit, with a bit of bread dough; start is sweet with a pleasant grain profile and the top moderate in feel. Finish has a cutting acidity, the hops light but pleasant to the palate, a decent drinking beer, but I rank it second to last on new Belgium’s beer list, the last being Loft, just can’t say they appeal to me, nonetheless they are drinkable and will appeal to many.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 21:56:46 | More by Gusler
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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight banana, sweet malt, some hops, and some coriander spice in the background. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is very smooth and slight thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then some sweetness and banana flavors dominate, slight hop background comes through next, some tart malt is present, and finishes with a hint of dry spice. Overall, a very good beer that I had in combination with a Flank Steak and both were amazing. My first experience with the Lips of Faith series and I can't wait to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 02:54:16 | More by Tone
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:
Took this bottle over to MDAschaf for a small tasting.

appearance: orangish murky brown with no head just lacing

smell: sour, sweet, malty, spices,

taste: sweet, clove, coriander, strawberry banana, strange

mouthfeel: little to no carbonation, medium body

drinkability: The flavor profile was so strange, I almost want to get another bottle to see if the bottle was mishandled or if this beer truely this funky.


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 18:27:03 | More by THECPJ
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-21-2013 07:02:13 | More by zestar
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, ss 09

split and served with a bunch of grub from sala thai

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, murky copper body, light beige crest and mild retention

smell: very light brett, sweet floral aroma, candied sugar, hay

taste: just not overly exciting - light brett yeast, candied sugar, barnyard flavors, white pepper, lemon. needs more edge, more funk

mouthfeel: muddy sweetness, lacks zest you would anticipate

drinkability: fine

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:51:26 | More by dirtylou
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

11-15-2013 01:38:22 | More by dmorgan310
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-09-2014 04:48:57 | More by afsdan
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Poured a slightly murky amber color with a thin white lacing on top of the beer.

The aroma has some funk to it along with some fruit, lemon and cherry coming through as well. The taste has some citrusy lemon and spice with a mild brett flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it was a good tasting easy drinking wild ale but not a real flavorful one. It tasted a little watered down and the flavors seemed a little muted compared to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 03:51:14 | More by billab914
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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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3/5  rDev -17.8%

02-04-2013 22:19:32 | More by drummermattie02
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4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium goblet at the Dog & Pony, the Biere de Mars is a hazy dark gold with a creamy off-white head that leaves delicate, foamy lace rings.

Smell is nice, soft and sweet fruity ale esters, a hint of mustiness.

Taste is not as sweet, more spicy (I'm thinking hops/yeast rather then actual spices, although perhaps some bitter orange peel), a bit of sourness, but some nice saison esters too, the tropical fruit notes coming through more as it warms. I like the nose better b/c it's cleaner and sweeter.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but with a crisp finish, medium light body

Drinkability is pretty high, a really nice Biere De Mars. I prefer more fruity esters in the style, which came out more as it warmed. I'm not a big fan of brett on it's own, but there wasn't much horse here, and enough extra ompph that it provided a nice layer of depth without overwhelming my palate. When this keg blew, I was sad.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 23:36:33 | More by ccrida
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-01-2013 23:12:03 | More by Zaphog
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 11:50:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a medium orange color with a light orange head that doesn't last that long.

This smells very orangy, but not overpowering in any way. Has light notes of spice and lemon.

This beer tastes very nice, its smooth to drink but almost too drinkable, like a session beer but I don't think that's the intention. This taste is orangy but that goes quickly to some light hopes and a nice bitter end. Overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 00:56:36 | More by jrallen34
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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Poplar Wine and Spirits in Casper.

It pours a hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam and has excellent lacing. A great looking brew!

The smell is spicy with dashes of pepper, fruity with some orange and lemon citrus and some tropical fruit, and a light nose of funk. Pretty good nose overall.

The taste is of orange and lemon zest, spice(pepper and others), a light tartness, some fruity sweetness, a very light note of Brett, and a rather spicy and bitter finish.

My memory of the previous version was that it had much more of that barnyard smell and taste to it but things got out of hand with that version so I guess caution is the word for NB in brewing this one. Pretty good stuff and I'm glad it's in town.

It has a medium mouthfeel with the carbonation on the low end of medium.

Drinkability? A good choice for regular revisits as it is pretty easy to drink. I'm not sure about putting this one in the American Wild Ale style though...

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 22:56:35 | More by Bitterbill
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into Duvel tulip. Pours a copper color with a one finger off-white head that subsides to minimal upon sitting. There was no apparent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of fruit, malt, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of fruit, bread, and very subtle alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew. It is very drinkable and not overpowering. Definitely suggest this for anyone who has yet to try it or want to try this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 22:00:00 | More by thagr81us
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
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