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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

734 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 36
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a clear glowing orange body with a thick antique white head that is cobweb. The head sticks to glass long after the rest of the beer is gone. There is a sea of tiny bubbles gliding through the surface.
S- This beer has a slight biscuit malt flavor under a soft orange peel and green vegitiation with slightly sweet musty finish.
T- This beer has a soft citrusy flower taste with a nice viburnum herbal note. There is a finish smooth creamy funk with a double cream brie rind finish. The soft biscuit notes grow as the beer warms up.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish note with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer gets better and better as it warms there is a soft funk that is nice with a unique brightness that keeps it light and very drinkable.

rhoadsrage, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +9.6%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
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

Mebuzzard, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DrBier, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color, some carbonation, tiny head, basically no lacing.

S - Scents of malts, yeast, floral, and slight citrus.

T - The taste is tangy/malty and bready.

M - Light body. There's a carbonated feel in the mouth.

D - Drinkable. This is my first Biere De Garde, very tasty brew from NB. A nice thirst quencher.

Wasatch, May 14, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from mentor as part of BIF 33. <Team Spring Rules!> Thanks for the opportunity. Label says best before 7Jul06. Enjoyed at cellarish temp, since my fridge crapped out last night.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the cloudy amber brew. Head lasts well, fading slowly, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is malty sweet and abundantly spiced. Taste is lightly sweet, with a citric tang, and spices on top. A bit busy for me. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not bad, was just hoping for a little bit more. An acceptable Biere de Garde that I would revisit if the occasion presented itself.

ppoitras, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

dmorgan310, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

iL0VEbeer, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Hazy orange ruby colored body with a fluffy, creamy white head. Carbonation bubbles stick on the walls, and the head recedes into a nice thin cap with a good bit of lace.

S: Evidence of the brett is first with lots of hay-like aromas. Citrus peels (orange, lemon, grapefruit), some sweetness but very inviting and fresh.

T: Strawberry first on the palate with big amounts of orange and lemon peel. The brett comes in on the back end giving it a nice funky flavor trailing off with pale malts.

M: Well carbonated, very bubbly and constantly active. Crisp and clean feeling. Really nice for the style and ABV.

I have been enjoying my way through a bunch of the Lips of Faith series, and this was quite a surprise. I had passed this one many times in favor of Tart Lychee and Cocoa Mole, but I'm glad I finally picked this one up.

ShanePB, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Zaphog, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

JohnGalt1, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of Tone
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.

Tone, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of glid02
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.

glid02, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Gusler
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.

Gusler, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: murky orange hue with plenty of haze and a good, if somewhat obfuscated, effervescence. Head pours two fingers of frothy ivory foam with a smooth lace left on the glass as it dissipates. Attractive.

Smell: a wet-earth aroma is prevalent with perfumey overtones. The spicing is interesting and hard to nail down; the bottle says this is lemon verbena. More soapy than citrusy, but generally not too bad.

Taste: toasty malt with a definite floral, perfumey character. The flavor plays well off of the aroma. There is this fascinating after-tone which appears almost as much in my nose as on my tongue, of candy necklaces and Canadian floral gums. Normally I don't go in for these kinds of shenanigans in a beer, but this is, surprisingly, working for me. Fascinating.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly big carbonation and a mammoth, sustained creaminess. Ba dow! Fantastic.

Overall: what a weird beer. On paper, I should not like its flavor, but in practice it just rings my bell. The mouthfeel alone is almost reason enough to have this beer again.

flagmantho, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -17.8%

drummermattie02, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
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...

Bitterbill, Aug 28, 2009
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Mars from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.