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

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82
good

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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Photo of harrymel
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.

harrymel, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of bkrbdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bkrbdan, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.7%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

denimdemon, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

FreshmanPour77, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of ChrisMason
4/5  rDev +8.4%

ChrisMason, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of GeoCait
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

GeoCait, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of klipper
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

klipper, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of seth72104
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

seth72104, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

CelticAleMan, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of rumorsofsurf
3/5  rDev -18.7%

rumorsofsurf, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev +22%

deapokid, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

RblWthACoz, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Jlang2012
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Jlang2012, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin copper color. You can see the carbonation in the drink. Rich-looking with some floaties in it. The head is immense and slightly annoying because it seemingly doesn't dissipate, instead just growing and growing.

The smell is killer. Sweet, tangy Brett yeast with a side of cinnamon. Very close to a 5 in the nose.

Gonna be a while before I can taste it because the head has simply not dropped. The yeast is evident, along with the hops. Pepper spice and the aforementioned cinnamon in the finish.

Kind of a mish mash of feelings. Very dry and carbonated. Tangy, sweet, very tart. Spicy. Medium bodied. Hoppy bitterness in the swallow with a long, dry finish.

It's a good beer, with lots of good flavors and feelings. The alcohol is very well hidden. It's a little more tart than sweet making it slightly less drinkable than I care for, but a good collabation.

RickS95, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of fitius5150
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

fitius5150, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Cris4545
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Cris4545, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, fruit, sour, and slight earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbnoation. Overall this was a decent brew. Having had the Allagash version directly before this for comparison, I can honestly say that this one fell short of the Allagash version. There was just something a little off-putting on this one. Maybe it was the earthy note that I picked up on. But whatever it was, it definitely hurt this brew for me. Still worth trying though.

thagr81us, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +8.4%

bsuedekum, May 27, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +8.4%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2012
Photo of captainwerd
3/5  rDev -18.7%

captainwerd, May 19, 2012
Photo of drpimento
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, fab beer! Served it a bit cold, straight out of the fridge. Poured with voluminous, foamy, billowy, frothy, thick, cream, with a bare tinge of pink colored head that settles after a bit to a llight cover all the way down and a little lace. Color is a clear honey amber with loads and loads of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, brett, malt, hint florall, bit fruity (can't remember the last time I ate endive, much less smelled it; so no idea if it's here). Flavor is a light blend of nose qualities, plus slight tartness from brett and carbonic tang, balanced by the hibiscus, malt (as I recall, endive was bitter) and there is also a coming and going metallic at the end. Body is excellent, soft yet sharp, mouth filling and yet light; perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, on the long side, a trifle boozy, and very drinkable. Masterful work.

drpimento, May 18, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.