Lips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond AleLips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond Ale

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 03-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by drizzam:
Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bomber into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The body of the brew was a clear golden yellow in color and it was topped by a ridiculous four finger white fluffy head. Excellent head retention and very nice lacing. I noticed that the carbonation seems through the roof with this beer...a heavy curtain of bubbles rising quickly to the top of the body of the brew.

S - Belgian yeast with strong citric notes...mainly lemons and some orange rind. A slight pepper aroma as well. Smells like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale should.

T & M - My first impression is that the peppery spiciness comes through a lot more than you would expect for the style, certainly more than the aroma let on. Nicely balanced with that citric lemon that I smelled earlier. As I drink it the pepper seems to tone itself down, though I may just have gotten used to it from drinking it. Toward the end some grassy hops appear, but they are just there to add a bit of complexity. Medium bodied with that same heavy carbonation I noticed earlier providing a little tongue tickle. The alcohol is very well hidden.

D - Overall, I nice little Belgian Strong Pale Ale. There are better out there but this is a solid brew from New Belgium.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed light golden with with a well retained white fluffy head,aromas of honey malt,overripe tropical fruit,and light acidity,almost like white grape.Flavors are pretty mild for the style,not to much yeastiness,somewhat sweet upfront with some green apple and or white grape skin in the finish.Really drinkable at the abv% its at,not overly complex but I like a toned down version of the style more than one that goes over the top.

Photo of Beaver13
2.24/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is slightly metallic and vegetal malts with some Saaz and Noble hops and some musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet malts with some noble hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall, tastes a lot like a subpar, strong, overly sweet pilsener. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear straw color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some grassy hops, lemons, oranges and peppers. The flavor is a mix of lemons and oranges with some wheat, pepper and Belgian yeast. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear yellow-straw color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner and other light malts with soft pear flavors and lighter leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth light and moderately sweet light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of pear and lighter amounts of ripe banana flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade a bit before being overtaken by light leafy hops. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was an easy-drinking beer for the style despite the relatively high-ABV. It's really closer in the flavor profile to a BPA than anything else. Worth a shot.

Photo of cokes
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, straw yellow with a modest stack of white suds. It falls relatively rapidly, but endures as a fluffy, low-slung, collar which leaves plenty of lace.
Doughy, wheat bread nose with underlying graininess and black pepper. Vague lemon peel notes, and a more rotund sense of Pinot Grigio, or maybe just white grapes washed with grain alcohol.
Plain white bread as it touches the tongue. Intermittant fuller, grainier wheat notions, and a apparition of lemon. Very little yeast nuance. Just shrugs of pepper. Hopping is herbal, hay-like, dry. Booze comes out on the swallow, especially as it warms.
Fullish bodied, lightened a bit with the eddies of CO2, though they die out over time, leaving it fat and sloppy.
It's just big and terribly bland. The malts carry no intrigue. The yeast is damn near invisible, and it's hopped solely for balance. Had there been some initiative from any of these, there would probably be something here to like.

Photo of HalfFull
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw from a 22 oz. bomber into a large wine glass An inch of foam descends slowly as a light boil emanates from the glass, yet offers decent lacing.

Nose offers a light yeast funk, particularly through the foam. Bit of ripe granny smith apple. An intriguing nose, particularly for a Stateside version of the style. Touch of spice accompanies. Quite nice and unique.

Flavors of yeast and malt comingle well. Light and fruity in a sense and with a firm finish. Bit of citric spice and a nice carbonation accompany a nice malt background. Offers a spritzy feel and an easy drink.

This brew raises the bar for New Belgium in my view. Very nice..

Photo of BeanBone
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by more than two fingers of bubbly white head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lemony and floral hops, golden fruit, peppery spice, and a touch of yeast over a pale malt body. A hint of booze as it warms.

Flavor: A mix of apples, white pepper, grassy hops, and Belgian yeast over a Pilsener-like pale malt backbone. There's no booze at first, but a spicy alcohol component shows up and compliments everything nicely as it warms. There's a lot going on here, but it's all balanced nicely. Grapes and apples over crackery malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and just a little slickness from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Drinks much faster than the moderately-high alcohol would suggest, so watch out.

Verdict: New Belgium's Blond Ale is a solid, easily drinkable, though ultimately pretty forgettable beer. It drinks more like a Saison than a Duvel, but could use a bit more character regardless of the style.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brenda also picked this up for me tonight at Albertsons... The bottle says 8.5% (beernews says 7.5, but they're wrong :-) Poured into my Delirium goblet.

Bottle says, "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."

3 finger beautiful meringue like head... tons of crusty lacing and a nice cap for more than half the glass.... the brew is a brilliant pale golden... surprisingly lite in color actually, but oh so pretty.

Nose seems lighter than I was expecting... mildly phenolic with some spicy/grassy hoppiness... bits and pieces of pale malts help push the "Belgian" qualities and the significant hoppiness forward... lite pear essence show with alot of warmth... so does hints of white pepper.

Pale malts deliver on the palate... some spicy pear begin at the front of the palate and moves quickly into (more than the aroma) grassy hops that make me think of freshly cut hay... again some lite white pepper with some very background green apple..

Very crisp and finishes pretty dry with some lingering esters and hoppiness.. great carbonation and lite/medium body... this is nicely done ... it is NOT going to blow your mind, but it is a sipper that deserves to be savored and contemplated... but at the same time, the drinkability is pretty high for me... the confusion!!

I like this and will probably buy it again.... I want to see a "Lips of Faith Belgian DIPA" or a "Lips of Faith Huckleberry Lambic"... come on ... live up to Galt's challenge!!


Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a small white head of lace on top maybe one finger in depth but no more then that. Very cloudy and hazy with small minute particles floating around and some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

light, and very bright with the first initial smell being of light yeast and wheat that seemed to have a nice little edge of fresh grass to it that melded very well. Some very very light aromas of fruit maybe some peaches or apricots as it warmed but very light. crisp and clean with a bright east flavor sitting right up front that offered more then adequate hints of peach and grain and wheat in the flavor. That nice light grass flavor was also very present and offered a nice little bitter finish to it.

Photo of MEsquandoles
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into NB globe glass.

Great head retention, cloud white on top of golden that becomes see-through after chill haze warms. Looks like pilsner malt.

Smells like their Trippel (at least the ones they used to make before the new logo and addition of spices). Some banana and clove, but not as much as most Tripels. Could pass as a saison. No sediment.

Very clean...kinda bland actually. Mostly melon and strawberry, some straw. Creamy at the beginning, and knowing NB, there's prolly oat in it. Mostly pilsner malt, some grass. Belgian yeast at the end. A strange metallic aftertaste, maybe some synthetic cork or rubbery-ness in there too.

The noble hops were nice when it was fresh, but not really there now.

Very easy drinking for 8.5%!

Tastes like New Belgium. It really seems they were going for NB version of Duvel. I much prefer the NB version of Orval (Le Fleur Misseur)over this.

Photo of blackie
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pale golden in color, an attractive head recedes to a sustained thin layer

s: full pale and pilsner-like malt nose, on the sweet end with a good deal of yeasty spice, clove and banana, papery noble hop nose

m: carbonation light-medium, body medium and a touch slick, lacking the delicacy of the finer examples of the style

t: belgian pale and crisper pilsner malts tend towards the sweeter end of things, fruity banana and spicy clove notes, noble hop flavor with a mild bitterness, plenty flavorful, likeable but a little rough around the edges

d: a little challenging for the style, but could've been a situational issue, nice beer regardless

pint at Hot Tomato in Fruita after a full day of intense mountain biking

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear gold color with a massive, long-lasting white cap of foam. Forms a mesa in my glass as it recedes at a snail's pace while dropping mad lace on the glass.

Nose reminds me of steamed carrots and salted barley soup. Mild sweetness and crystallized graininess. Interesting to say the least...some light fruit wafts in upon further inspection.

Very much tastes like bread dough with a twinge of light and tart fruitiness, think crushed strawberry juice. Belgian yeast influence is lighter than I would like and the grains are somewhat neutral, with a hay like flavor contribution. For such a light bodied beer, it hides the 8.5% ABV exceptionally well. Very drinkable, but really not all that exciting.

Photo of Zorro
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear yellow colored beer with a tall white head. Very pale color for the style.

The smell is herbal and soapy to the nose. There is a little bit of pepper and rose petal here but it doesn't have much malt character at all. A slight lemon aroma with the bare hint of malt but that is about it.

Starts out dry in the mouth with a lemon pepper flavor and a lingering banana aftertaste. Decent bitterness with a slight melon and rose flavor. Have to say it again, a very dry beer.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

A good dry beer that seems to be more Saison. A dry refreshing beer that is great for summer.

Photo of rmcnealy
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.


Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at The Firkin.

My first trip to The Firk', and the first beer of the night there. It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of stiff white froth. The nose comprises light lemon, pine, wheat, corn, and a healthy serving of Belgian yeast. The taste is pretty much identical, though some coriander makes itself known as well, not content to let the others have all the fun. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid BSPA, but falling short of greatness. Still pretty tasty and enjoyable, though.

Photo of Vixie
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really nice looking beer. It's a nice yellow/orange color with a full white long lasting head.

The smell is very citrusy. The first thing that it reminded me of was lemon, but a hint of orange in there as well. I can also detect some malt, and a hint of spice.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Quite a bit of citrus, with a hint of spice. I can detect some pepper and some coriander in there. There is a bit of a floral hops finish to it, almost overwhelmed by the citrus notes.

Feel is pretty good, a high amount of carbonation does help. Ends up feeling a bit thin, though.

While I don't think this is near as good as Duvel, not a bad effort. It is a bit sweet for the style, but a hint of spice helps balance it. I actually quite enjoyed this one, as I like non hoppy tasting beers. if your tastes run towards a more fruity beer, give this one a try.

Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. A white head rises to over two fingers with good retention. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: A huge funky barnyard yeast aroma up front and dominate. Light grassy and hay aromas linger.
T: Were did the funky yeast go? Basically some sweet malt and grain.
M/D: A medium body with a higher carbonation. Crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, but I am pretty board with this half way through.

I like the nose, but that does not carry over. Pretty bland overall. Not one of t he better Lips of Faith beers.

Photo of froghop
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear pale yellow with a medium size white bubbly head, and good lacing.

smell is of some malt, some grain, and a floral backing.

taste is weak, a little watery, wheat, some malt, and some hops, ends a little dry, and somewhat bitter.

overall i expected more.

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of white, foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of fruit, mild hops, and some malt.

T: Tasted of citrus, banana, hops, phenols, and malt. Not the most overly complex of flavors, but decent.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but not a beer that's overly memorable.

Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a two-finger, egg shell white head of pillowy, fluffy foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - Aroma is yeasty, fruity and floral with notes of caramel a grains. It was good but not spectacular.

T - Spicy first sip with some fruitiness (apple?) and sweet caramel. Like the aroma, it's good but there are better out there.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a little alcohol warmth.

D - Although there are better tasting Belgian strong ales out there, I really enjoyed this one. It is very easy drinking.

Photo of emmasdad
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blonde color, with a nice rocky white head. Somewhat bready on the nose, with aromas of Belgian yeast, light malt and some hops. Kind of light on the palate, with a hint of peppery spice and a little malt backbone. Very easy to drink, especially for the alcohol level listed on the bottle.

Photo of harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes verbatim on 10/21/10

A: light straw, white foam over the surface, thick meringue about 1/16" which is persistent.

S: Pears, gardenia, bananas. Not bad.

T: Good blonde ale. Crisp, floral. Surprised by this one.

M: Sharp on palate then loses it's intensity quickly and slides down gullet. Light body.

D: Good beer. If I'm in the mood for a blonde, this would be good, only prefer lower bottle size.

Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011 for $5.79.

Pours a clear yellowish color with lots of carbonation and fluffy white head. It reminds me a lot of how Miller Lite commercials are made to look haha. Good strong scents of wheat and malts to this 8.5% abv one time only beer. The taste is so smooth. Lots of taste to it, among them are sweet malts, complex wheats and a slight bit of bitterness. A rather well made beer, a little on the expensive side for 1 beer but well worth it!

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pours a straw color with just the slightest haze and lots of apparent effervescence. Head is two fingers of creamy white foam. Appetizing!

Smell: pretty overwhelming graininess. There's a little pepper and a little pear, but it's mostly just grain. Not a huge fan.

Taste: still a little grainy, but much better than the aroma. Flavors here are again pear, pepper and a general sweetness. Alcohol bite and warmth are pretty huge on this beer; in this respect, it is quite unsubtle. I feel like this beer lacks refinement; still, it's not horrible.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with huge carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable, but some of its harsher flavor qualities bring this one down a bit.

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Lips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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