Lips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.46/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
"While light in color, body and texture, this blond isn't timid, Belgian yeast gets it on with Saaz and Styrian Golding hops for appreciated complexity and crisp finish." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Golden/Blonde Ale.
Poured into a New Belgium Globe snifter. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a pale golden white head of a creamy froth consistency over a moderately hazy golden amber body. Carbonation is light, varied and sparse. Lacing is light and spotty, retention is very good. 4
(Smell) Strong tart cider notes including pear, apple and mango with lesser citrus fruits, tangerine and orange. Cracker and light wheat malt makes the bulk of the malt build and provide a modest body. The hop aromas are effectively faded to nonexistent. There is a fairly tart tone throughout the aroma. It is unclear if this was the original intent for this beer considering its age, but it has transformed well despite time. Medium-high potency. 3.75
(Taste) Up front, lots of pear fruit juice and cracker malt to build a light but flavorful body, finishing on a dry wheat malt and orange peel note with a dash of bold alcohol. The tartness is much further subdued in the flavor than the aroma perceives. Overall, it has held together nicely but many of the flavors have started fading out or turning south of their prime. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly oily and lightly tart. Carbonation adds a wave of crispness and fizz to the texture for a bright, vivacious mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for the style. Alcohol presence is medium/bold. Balance is equally sweet vs tart over bitter. As the subtleties have started to fade away a lot of the sharper off-tones have begun to settle in. 3.5
(Overall) Belgian Style Blond is another beer that is beyond it's prime in 2014, but buying a responsibly aged bottle shouldn't be out of the question, as this could have done far worse. I could see New Belgium brewing this again in the future, hopefully in smaller bottle formats. 3.5
New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith Belgian Style Blond Ale
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 22:40:57 | More by Jadjunk
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served chilled in a tulip.
Poured a light, translucent golden amber that was fully filtered, no sediment. Produced a bubbly consistent lace that left a mere thin layer. Smells are of slight hop, malts, fresh pears, grapes, yeast. They are not very robust and the taste matches the aromas. They are quite light. The mouthfeel is refreshing and it leaves a slight bitter bite that fleets quickly. A decent brew. The 8.5% abv is not terribly suprising as there is a slight booziness to it. Glad I tried it.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2011 02:46:18 | More by rmcnealy
Lips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.