Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration) - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by mmva321:
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a tulip.
A: A purely transparent deep amber body is teeming with carbonation. There's about a finger of white head that dissipates too quickly. A nice body, but I wanted more from the head.
S: The tart apples and sweet malts make their presence known even from a distance. The beer also has strong notes of hibiscus along with a little funk. There are also some faint hop notes as well as vanilla. The malts and apples are a little too dominant, making this aroma a little too sweet and without balance.
T: There is great balance here as the hops really open up. This helps to offset the strong apples and dark fruits, as well as the lighter touches of strawberries and funk.Te aggressiveness of the hops along with the dry floral quality really help balance out the sweeter aspects and the funk gives it a great overtone.
M: Thin but not watery, the body has a good amount of carbonation that is almost enough. Maybe a little more substantial body or carbonation could have put this beer over the edge.
D: I consider this the much superior relative of another beer I just recently had, Goose Island's Fleur. That had a lot of the same characteristics and flavor profiles, but Vrienden ups the intensity but brings a greater balance with the hop presence, making it much more strenuous on the palate but much more rewarding in the end.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 06:58:31 | More by mmva321
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3.05/5 rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Alright, let's see what two years did here...
Pours a bubbly clear copper with a vigorous initial tow fingers of thick, meringue style foam that falls to a solid quilt of the same. Smells pretty simple: some peppercorn, light malts, some hints of brett (sweet, milky and funky) with just a slight floral note. Nice fruity flavor up front lends some lemon and pineapple juice with woody malt and a hint of tartness in the finish. Medium on light syrup with liberal, but quick dissipating carb and an off dry finish. Tasty beer, but nothing special.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2012 08:25:49 | More by harrymel
Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
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