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Lips Of Faith - Fall Wild Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: beertooth on 09-29-2009

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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stumbling Monk. $4.50, served in 0.4L New Belgium tulip glass.

A - dark ruby brown, lacy pillowy head.
S - brown sugar, cherries, bready yeast.
T - raisins, brown sugar, cherries, hint of sourness.
M - lighter in malt body than I expected. This is good because I didn't want a super sweet/heavy beer.
D - good drinkability. I wouldn't order this often, since it's not my type of beer - but it was very drinkable considering I usually don't like lambics or bret beers.

The flavor and funkiness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. I recommend drinking only slightly chilled.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.21/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drank this on tap into a chalice.

The beer is dark amber with a light white head, lacing and retention ok.

The aroma is very light sour, not much there.

The taste is even worse than the aroma. There is a light sourness but its bitter and terrible. I had this after having bockor, temptation and consecration, and this beer just needs to go away.

Mouthfeel is bad, and this not drinkable at all. Even my girlfriend who knows nothing was like this sucks.

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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark copper with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet fruit and Brett funk with a hint of spice. The taste is an enjoyably funky blend of slightly sour fruit and mild caramel malts, intriguing to say the least. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation and a hint sticky alcohol. This is a very enjoyable brew for a blustery fall day.

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Photo of botham
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago. pours a deep brown color, amber undertones and one and a half fingers of off white head that is lightly fluffy in consistency. good retention and solid lacings.

aroma is of dark fruits upon a base of deep bready grain. a subtle funk gives the brew some life with a light musty note in the background. raspberries and a light note of smashed cherries round out the profile.

taste follows the nose with a more pronounced funk from the bret that takes on hay and musty characteristics. nice on the palate, but it could use some more funk and/or sour (for a wild ale).

mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly smooth with a slick finish of residual sticky malts and a touch of funk.

drinkability is good. for a wild ale, this is a bit subtle when it comes to funk and sour, but it is still well put together and reasonable easy to drink.

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4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hopleaf.
$5 for a tulip glass.

This beer is a hazy, burnt amber with a finger of tight off-white head that leaves thick lacing.

The smell is sweet with lot's of sugary malts. There is also a strong hit of belgian yeast, very spicy! I'm picking up on some banana, clove, and musty cherries. Lot's of fruity esters. It reminds me of a more malt foward saison. There is a tiny bit of brett funk too with some grassy hay. Some alcohol is present as well.

The first gulp is a huge blast of trappist yeast, fruity esters, and sweet caramel malt. Berries, bananas, cherries and wee bit 'o funk. The sourness hits and vanishes in the finish. I can also taste the alcohol more and more at it warms up along with a little more sour and funk. I'm not sure of the ABV% though.

Mouthfeel is full and medium carbonated.

This is an interesting beer from New Belgium. I find their Lips of Faith series to be hit or miss, but this is a hit. I'd like to lay some bottles down for a while to see what happens to the brett and booze. This is just what I needed on this crisp September evening.

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Lips Of Faith - Fall Wild Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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