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Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration) - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wild beer with brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-02-2010)
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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear honey orange color with a 2 inch tan head that fades to a tiny cap. Small thin rings of lace here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of slight vinegar, flowers, and funky must (from the Brett and lacto). Somewhat of an weak smell from this one. Taste is of sour vinegar, watered down jamaica (Mexican hibiscus drink), and funk/earth. The taste is somewhat weak overall and kind of disappointing. Good carbonation makes for a soda-like mouthfeel. Overall, a decent wild ale but I was expecting something better.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 04:23:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep orange amber that was nearly clouded over with haze. Nice tight head of a finger in height rises up and settles across the top with gorgeous swirls of lacing across the sides of the glass. First whiff seems a bit light to be honest, light funk, sour notes, pears, and hints of malts starting to come though. No alcohol present at all and the sour seems very understated at this point. The forst sip totally redeems it though as the sour fruits and oak notes start to perk up. Nice touches of grapeskins, sour, sour grapefruit like flavors rip through the palate. Dark fruits, prunes, hints of vanilla and light notes of brown sugar can be picked up through the haze of barnyard funk. Rich medium body is more then well carbonated and really lets the flavor pop across the palate. Final sips are dy, vinegar rich and full of apple and pear back flavors

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 10:25:57 | More by mikesgroove
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2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Beachwood

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a thin off-white head.

S: The nose is really cidery. Lots of apples, some white grapes, flowers, and some metal. There are perhaps some sour cherry notes as the beer warms up.

T: Gah, intensely metallic with apples, light cherries, and some definite cough syrup (which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up). Maybe some banana flavors in there too, and a mild malty sweetness.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: What a let down. I've enjoyed most of the New Belgium beers I've had, but this was not something I cared for at all. I'm glad I just got a small pour rather than splurging on a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 20:43:54 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with burnt orange highlights; the modest head leaves a nice pattern of stringlets around the snifter

Smell: The hibiscus provides a unique, strawberry floral character to the aroma; just a tinge of sourness as well

Taste: Opens with a distinct strawberry character, that grows in both sweet and tart directions by mid-palate; there is a bit of a cidery element, as well, not to mention a vinous quality that emerges, after the swallow; the sour flavors are understated but linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly not a beer likely to appeal to the sour aficionados out there, this is a enjoyable beer with a unique strawberry floral character; rather refreshing, in the way a dry Rosé might appeal to a certain type of wine drinker

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 00:41:54 | More by brentk56
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a light tartness that's reminscent of La Folie and the soft bready-sweetness displayed in Allagash White Ale, Vrienden weaves these flavors in a delicate and sociable balance.

Pouring a medium amber-copper hue and with subtle carbonation that builds a dainty off-white head that withstands most of the session, the beer carries a mild haze and void of any lace.

Varying aromas take you from tart apples and cherries to light breads, wheaty grain, and confectioner's sugar, and then back again with the next whiff. The sour or musty notes are very moderate, if not tame. Light spice of corriander and curracco orange peel beging to reinforce a witbier notion.

Early sweetness of part bready, part grainy taste gives a rich boldness to the grain bill. A quick rebuttal of tartness ranges from crabapples, limes, white grapes, and tart cherries; and toward flavors of currant and black pepper. Lightly tanic, acidic, and wine-like, the beer only demonstrate these flavors in a very subtle demeanor.

Medium malt richness seems odd in a wild ale, as the residual starch and sweetness hold a firmness in texture and serves to refute the acidity and tanic astringency that normally accompany such sour ales. Finishing less refreshing, less crisp, and without stripping the palate cleanly, the beer delivers a bready-tart flavor/feel that lingers well into the finish and aftertaste.

In some ways, I feel that the sour components contaminate a solid witbier base. And in others I feel that the wheaty malts hinder the boldness of the sourness. It's definately an American wild ale on training wheels.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 15:33:29 | More by BEERchitect
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2.1/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Meridian Pint during the Allagash and New Belgium event.

Wow, what a HUGE difference!

New Belgium version is a clear pale orange color with a thin white head, a collar throughout, and a bit of lacing.

The nose is really, really tame compare to the Allagash tasting. There is a bit of bread and really not much else. Flavor is bready with just a mild touch of earthiness in the background. Really bland. Body is light with a touch of malt sweetness. Really? Not good at all. For shame.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 22:56:20 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that has good retention properties; a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of hibiscus flowers in the nose along with some notes of sourness.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sourness and is dominated by floral flavors of hibiscus. It also has notes of apples and herbs.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:00:49 | More by metter98
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce pour - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark copper-amber body with a third of an inch of wispy, white head. Smallest smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: There's a slight fruity juiciness on the nose, a bit of sugared candy, and a fuzzy tartness, giving it a hint of the liquid leftover in a can of fruit cocktail dosed with a couple light stray drops of alcohol.

Taste: Lightly sweetish taste of pale malted barley, then a fruitiness of apple juice, a vague notion of berries, and a small pour of rose water. Mildly tart. Almost nil bitterness. Small hint of the alcohol within. Small late-arriving hint of fruit-flavored candy, like taking in some Nerds candy at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: It simply doesn't satisfy in the wild or sour department, leaving it to rely on the interesting fruity aspects of the beer, but, then the ratcheted up ABV keeps it from being really refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 16:24:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I really ever go to but I wanted to change things up a little yesterday.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed peach orange color with a great fluffy white head that clung like glue to my glass as it settled very slowly.Tart fruit really stood out in the nose,the funk is subdued but is noticable,a bit of toasted grain as well.Flavors are tart and semi sweet,a decent shot of herbal,lemony hops show themselves as well,the funk lays underneath but again is noticable.Not a bad beer,it is a bit tame for the style wich is fine by me,a change of pace that wont happen very often for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 14:52:54 | More by oberon
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3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

I've heard things about this one, so was pretty jazzed to get to try it at the Firk' last night. It pours a mostly clear peach juice topped by a finger of off-ecru foam. The nose comprises apricot, light Brett, green apple, light caramel, lime, and light toffee. The taste holds notes of white grapes, spinach, cedar, cranberry, and some exceedingly light caramel cowering in the back. My companion and I agreed that a fair way to sum up the taste would be bad (read: stale and kinda poor-tasting) white wine. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a gloopily oily feel. Overall, I was decidedly unimpressed with this brew: very lacking in the sour department, not entirely pleasant to have sit in the mouth, and a mildly harsh aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 01:22:07 | More by TMoney2591
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About passed on this & then saw it was a collaboration with Allagash, so I took a chance...

Pours copper with one finger + of pearl head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Apple peels, sourness & honey suckle, a touch of barnyard late in the game

T: Pears, apple peels, wheat tartness, slight green apple tartness/crispness up front. Cherry tartness comes through as this warms, along with hints of lemon & white grape & just a hint of boozeyness, leather & apple juice type sweetness & the earthy sourness picks up a bit. Finishes tart with green apples, white grape juice & a touch of burnt candi-sugar

MF: Light bodied, effervescent

Drinks easy, not a very challenging wild here, but worth a try. I tend to like all of these Lips of Faith series more on draft

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:43:30 | More by russpowell
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain, grass and hibiscus flowers. The flowers are the dominant aroma. There is very little tartness or sourness in the aroma which is disappointing. The flavor is also disappointing. I get a lot of wheat and toffee malt, as well as quite a bit of hibiscus and other floral notes. There is a grain component to the flavor as well as some very light tartness. I don't get any of the lacto sourness that I was expecting, especially since the label specifically mentions lactobacillus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but I was expecting a sour beer and that is not really what this is. This beer tastes about like a flowery version of the Imperial Berliner Weiss that New Belgium released earlier this year. I think New Belgium and Allagash could do better than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 20:26:38 | More by Mora2000
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It had okay retention and left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of hibiscus, yeast and some sour notes. Some slight funkiness.

T - It was spicy and fruit with some nice caramel backbone. Slightly funky with some sour bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very snappy, dry finish.

O - This is a very nice wild ale. It is very unique and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:22:31 | More by zeff80
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011
The beer arrives with a two finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a nice layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as I drink it. The beer is a clear, full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pale-toasty whole grain bread-like character up front, but this moves into a lightly tart, fruity smelling apple note that also has a floral-fruity-tart plum character and a solid caramelized backdrop that peeks through significantly at times. As the beer warms up the whole grain character becomes more noticeable in the finish.

As it first hits my tongue the beer has a medium full richness to it. There is a light tartness to the beer and ample fruit flavors in the middle and there is a touch of astringent character to the finish that takes the place of a hop bitterness. Solid flavors of apple, touches of plum and even some fresh fig notes make up the fruit character that plays a pretty dominant role in this beer. The astringency in the finish seems to be derived from toasted grain or grain husks. Despite the creamy texture this beer is quite quaffable; the body seems to be mostly from something other than residual malt and the light lactic acid found here likely boosts this a bit. Some of the light acidity here seems to come from a hint of acetic character, but only just a smidge. The malt character is pretty substantial; it tastes quite a bit like biscuit malt or victory malt was used here. There is also a touch of crystal malt character towards the finish that makes me think of caramel apples.

The acidity is actually really light here, there is just enough to boost the perception of fruitiness, but I wouldn't really call this a sour beer. It is also quite clean without any real funkiness to it at all. Somehow this beer is a bit unsatisfying in the end; the acidity / tartness is just too muted and overall this beer just seems light. There is a nice mix of flavors and aromas to this beer, but they just seem to lack any real presence or finesse. Not a bad beer, but I was certainly expecting more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 22:14:27 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose on this is positively bland. It just smells like a really weak Belgian ale, if anything at all. The flavor at first seemed mundane, but grew on me over time. (Though a lot later than I would have preferred, honestly.) Decent over-ripe fruit tones are touched by a dirty funky kind of thing. It's decent, I guess. But I would expect more from New Belgium really.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:09:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep amber with two fingers of white head, solid thick lace.

S: Strong malty nose mixed with the hibiscus makes it very flowery. Pungent, interesting smell.

T: Hibiscus is heavy giving and herbal flowery tea like undercurrent to the beer. Fairly sweet malt, red apples, with notes of leather (Brett?) and lactic acidity. Unique flavour, though I don't taste the endive.

M: Full-bodied, a very firm and brilliantly sructured beer. Soft carbonation overall, with the mild acidity mentioned.

D: Unique is a very good description, I have never had anything quite like it. Also compared to the other Lips of Faith beers in the series it is on the inexpensive side which I was happy to see. Well worth a pickup.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 21:29:00 | More by Halcyondays
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy body of deep orange with a slight red hue to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a white creamy and bubbly head that turns rocky but last a good bit.

S- The soft fruity tartness has a brightness to it and a soft brett cheese rind hint to follow. The finish has a hint of lettuce in the background.

T- The crisp light fruit with a note of tartness has a soft hibiscus tang in the finish and a very light watery lettuce/endive note in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp texture but not much alcohol noticed.

O- This beer has a hibiscus flavor that is sharp but soft and the brett has some nice support but there is no real main character in this beer making it taste a little flat as it opens up.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 21:25:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a distinct reddish tinge. Small off-white head.

Smells sweet and flowery with a strong hibiscus scent. Smells fairly yeasty lots of fresh bread aroma. Little bit of Brett funk but mostly it lends a sweetish scent something like acetone.

Starts out sweet with a light sourness to it not unlike sour cherries. Hibiscus, vanilla and butter are fairly big here. This tastes a little woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is an OK beer, probably won't try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:24:17 | More by Zorro
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3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber sampled next to the Allagash version.

Darker golden orange with tangerine orange hues and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Less funky than the Allagash but much more floral smelling.  Flowers more prominent with lots of citrus fruit notes.

Less funky, dry and not really sour or vinegary.  Much stronger floral and citrus presence with hints of pineapple and orange peel. Just kind of bland really and inferior to the other version.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 05:47:08 | More by corby112
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3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a normal copper colored beer, decent head to it. Mild flower and tart smell to it, neat, nothing blew me away or was offputting. Minor fruit smellies.

Taste stayed the same way, flowers, fruit rind, easy to drink, covered alcohol well. Minorly sour. More than anything I've ever had with an Allagash name on it, that's for sure.

Its no le terroir in terms of sourness and appreciability, but it is a nice delicate introduction to wildales. Still good.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:16:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light amber color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts, slightly tart berries/cherries, and soft spicy hops, in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly sweet indistinct malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart cherries and berries, more cherry influence than in the aroma. Very light amounts of earthy hops come into play midway through the sip before quickly fading into a crisp finish.

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

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a pretty neutral beer as far as the style goes. A nice intro to sour beers but nothing worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 23:20:19 | More by glid02
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the COOP over the holiday weekend.. Poured into my Delirium goblet while listening to some tunes and putting a trade box together.

Off white 1/2" head has nice lacing, but somehow nearly no retention.. the brew is a very nice orange copper.

Nose shows lite acetic apple cider and some background cherry.. minor funk with something that I can only describe as tea leaves.

Red apple skin with some astringency.. earthy mid palate and bits of leftover toasty elements... not really "sour", just a bit off. The wild notes are there, and show with warmth.. nice musty funk as the temperature rises... dank hay and dry basement.. still it seems the lite maltiness and sorta juicy fruits come back on the finish....

I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around this one.. Shared one with Sammy... another with the brother... this one is not leading me any better...

Nothing is really wrong with the end product, but it is still a big mash-up from front to back and never gels..


Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 06:25:15 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice appearance on this beer- beautiful orange with just a hint of pink from the hibiscus and a creamy white head. Unfortunately, the head is a little short- but it does stick around and leaves some lacing. Lots of bubblegum in the nose, and very little sour. There is a way arom as well that is not unpleasant. I suspect that this will sour up quite a bit over time. The taste has noticeable hibiscus, which lends a fruitiness, more bubblegum, some graininess, and once again, only lightly sour notes. Tastes a bit yeasty in fact. As is, this is drinkable and fairly pleasant, but doesn't come off as a sour. This is one I'll try again in a year or two and see how it's soured up.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:40:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a foamy 2 finger off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of tart cherry, lemon, grass, apple, grape, banana, pepper, coriander, floral, clove, earth, light funk, biscuit, and yeast spices. Some nice aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of pepper, apple, lemon, grape, floral, coriander, light cherry, biscuit, light funk, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of grape, apple, lemon, pepper, coriander, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Flavors taste a touch stale; but there is some nice balance and complexity. Pretty minimal amount of tartness in the taste surprisingly. Fairly dry on the finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation; and a slightly slick mouthfeel with a lot of prickly carbonation. Quite smooth to drink but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian style ale. Not nearly as sour as I was hoping; but there is some nice complexity and flavor balance. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 04:14:42 | More by superspak
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomb, split and paired with the superbowl

purchased primarily because blackie gave it a 4.1

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, hazy orange body, light beige ring

smell: nothing overly distinguishable...strawberry, a touch funky, heavy lean to the sweet side of the style

taste: Meh - not sure how this collaboration didnt turn out great, but it definitely did not. The hibiscus provides a floral flavor with sweet berries and an earthy core. I'm not sure what the point of the endive was, but it's not really adding anything here. Boring, and quite dissapointing.

mouthfeel: heavy sweetness, not much in the way of wild ale traits

drinkability: alright

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:09:29 | More by dirtylou
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Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
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