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

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83
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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
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 superspak
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.

superspak, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of ficklenicholas
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

ficklenicholas, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of antoines15
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of peach, yeast, funk, some floral elements, and some sweet bready malts.

T - Starts off with some building funkiness with some sweet light fruits and some floral flavors. Through the middle some sourness comes through with a bit of acidity and some yeast and farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of sourness, floral flavor, light fruit, and a bit of funk.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with sour, tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The fruit flavors are nice and the sour levels are at a nice level. Good balance overall with the hibiscus adding a nice element to the beer.

ngeunit1, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur December 22, 2011. 11 Ounce Pour.

(Appearance) pours a very hazy copper tone with a ring lace around the top of a cream white color and a wispy surface cover. Beer is consistently hazy. Interesting. 3.5

(Smell) aromas of cotton candy, bubblegum with tones of fruit and yeast included. Mildly cider-like in deliverance with several high points but little malt base to match. 3

(Taste) Very tart fruity flavors with a hint of bubblegum and caramel. Grainy tones. Lots of flavor, initially overwhelming but later mild. Cider tones are most prevailing. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) slick smoothness in texture and taste. Light/Medium body. Minor alcohol presence. 3

(Overall) Pretty decent wild ale. As the style goes, there's a lot of craziness here but mostly cider tones hold through in the end.Not overly impressive but worth a try. 3

Jadjunk, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles down quite quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Lactic acid with a slightly spicy funk character. Creamy malt and some pepper in the background.

T - Spicy notes of wheat and pepper with a bit of pineapple character. Some mild funk comes out in the middle as soft malt and a touch of sourness cradel the peppery notes through the finsih.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable with a yeast character that is both that of a nice Belgian strong golden and a mildy wild ale. I don't know if I am really getting anything from the herb/spice additions, but they are so odd that I really don't know what to look for there.

nickfl, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with nice lacing on a hazy crimson with golden hues body.

S: nice sour cherry, strawberry and earthy notes.

T: flavor is more mustly and dull but still sweet and sour cherry and strawberry flavor.

M: light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A little less forward with the flavor than I like my wild ales. This one is good but it seems to have held back a little.

kylehay2004, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly cloudy light orange with two full fingers of head and very lively carbonation throughout. Retention is very good. A very nice looking beer.

S: Very dry smelling, I get some bready malts, light brett funk, and a good amount of floral notes.

T: Similar to aroma, yet not quite as clean. Beer starts out with some tropical fruity sweetness. Light Brett funk and a bit of floral notes again, yet not as strong as the aroma. The beer is still quite dry, but not as dry as I thought it'd be from the aroma. The aftertaste leaves an odd flavor, almost a lingering funkiness.

M: Way overcarbonated, but the body is appropriate.

O: A bit boring with an odd mixture of flavors. The aroma was promising, but the flavor did not follow through. Also, the beer is way overcarbonated - it is quite distracting.

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of bthomas
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev +8.4%

BlackBelt5112203, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of biga7346
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

biga7346, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of markrmoser
4.5/5  rDev +22%

markrmoser, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of ChocolateJesus
4.5/5  rDev +22%

ChocolateJesus, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +8.4%

rab53, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

hoppymcgee, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Fitzmke, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of tigrstylz
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

tigrstylz, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of MisterKilderkin
3/5  rDev -18.7%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Pahn
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Assuming it was bottled around the end of 2010. Thanks to BA codewarrior for sending this as a generous extra in March 2011. It's been in a cool dark place since then; consumed tonight (I waited a year because I'd heard the wild yeast and bacteria hadn't really done their job yet around release time).

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a tight, short-lasting ring of lacing. Pours a clear, bubbling orange that looks almost red-tinged. Leaves a few arches of lacing.

Smell: In the bottle: heavy brettanomyces tang and lactic sourness. In the glass: whoa, where did the wild ale aromas go? Peachy and mineraly, flowery and sweet. Were I to smell this glass of beer blind I would have no idea that there is lacto or brett in it (nor what style of beer I was smelling).

The peaches and flowers plus mild Belgian yeast aroma is nice, but it's too faint. 3.0 for being pleasant and without overt flaws, yet not nearly prominent enough to enhance the flavor / overall experience.

Taste: First sip: Interesting... fruity (peachy, almost strawberry) notes up front with the slightest lactic sourness, a big funky brett hit, dry finish, then nothing. Hard to emphasize enough how short-lasting the flavor is... not since Kelso's Flemish Red have I had a beer where the flavor goes in and out so fast. It's like, "Hi everyone--oop, gotta go! See you next time!" Lack of any aftertaste at all enhances this impression.

Second sip brings a more puckering lactic sourness up front, and a creamier middle, but runs away as quickly as the first.

There's no distinct hibiscus or endive flavor in the beer (surprise surprise), but the flavors that are present are pretty good and well balanced. I like the fruitiness, and the occasionally potent brett influence, but all in all the flavor is pedestrian. Every so often there's a 4.0 to 4.5 for flavor sip, but even then the complexity isn't outstanding, and they're few and far between.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Punchy carbonation, creamy feel. Extremely dry finish. Wish the flavor came close to the extremes of the feel.

Overall: A pleasing mouthfeel helps a beer a lot, and I had no trouble finishing the entire bottle, but I can't imagine choosing this beer over several reasonably available and superior wild ales or saisons.

It reminds me of Dogfish Head's Fungus Tea'Mungus, in that it's sort of "Wild Ale Lite" in flavor--but that beer had half the ABV of New Belgium's Vrienden, yet also twice the flavor. Yes, the implication I'm intending is that this beer and its short-lived, half-a-beer flavor profile deliver about half the flavor of "Wild Ale Lite." So, not a success, but no crazy flaws and easy to drink.

Pahn, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the Lips of Faith series that I’ve yet to see in bottles around these parts. One of the perks of traveling for beer! Had no idea it was a collaboration brew until I put the review up.

It pours a light amber color with thin lacing. There’s a light oaky aroma, coming from time on wood? Not much else going on. There’s a mild tartness on the flavor but it drops off quickly. This was more midrange than I had hoped. Good, but nothing spectacular as nothing really stood out. Even minutes after finishing my pour I really had no lasting impression other than the oakiness.

elNopalero, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of MBrausen
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 1 year old bottle stored at cellar temp. Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a light apple color with a heavy foam and lots of active carbonation

S. Smells of sweet fruit, bready yeast and sour finish.

T. Tastes of sour fruit, sweet bread, figs and a slightly bitter finish.

M. Medium body with very heavy carbonation, slight tingle with a slightly dry finish.

O. A good beer, light feeling sour, a tiny bit bitter and a little bit tart. Nothing over the top in either direction. Another year of aging may have made this beer very good. But I feel like the carbonation was much more than needed to make it good. Still, worth a try.

MBrausen, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my New Belgium session notes.

It has a clear coppery amber color and a three finger soap sudsy head that sticks around for a while, mild lacing. Body is on the thicker side of medium textured, but not particularly syrupy per se... Aroma is a lot more subdued than I am accustomed to in a wild ale, but there is a light soured tartness to it blended with a flower bouquet. For something that has endive in it, I am surprised that there is absolutely NO trace of vegetal aroma, rather the endive seems to be expressing itself as just another form of minty / herbal hopping in both the aroma and in the finish of each sip. It's weird, but in an enjoyably novel way. Like many other BAs I find myself struggling to find the Brett. Oh, its there, but at a very subtle level that I've never tasted before, trying to hide behind a flower patch and biscuit malts spiced by that weird endive psuedo-hopping... In terms of lacto sourness level, this is sort of weak, maybe a 2 out of 10, so it makes a good introduction for friends who don't quite want to dive headfirst into the world of heavy Brett or Lacto all at once. It did give me the impression that if the sourness or Brett had been higher like your average Wild Ale, it would have drowned out the hibiscus and endive.

Intriguing wild ale overall with an emphasis on using unusual components that still manages to be restrained and subtle!

WastingFreetime, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +22%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.