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Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La!
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%


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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mkorpal on 02-26-2011)
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a small nonic, the pour was a deep, dark red color, clear with a tan head that had a tinge of red and leaves behind splotchy, sticky lace.

S - Sour raspberry -- strong enough to mostly mask the malt flavors.

T - Sweet, but not objectionable. As anticipated from the nose, it is quite heavy on raspberry flavor. Minimal sourness, and a light malt background.

M - Near medium body has good feel and medium carbonation. The 8.5% ABV is not obvious.

O: a very good dark fruit beer: easily recommended as a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 00:18:09 | More by chinchill
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

was told by the bartender at falling rock that this was like a cherry based la folie, but he was absolutely wrong. its not lactic at all like the la folie, its only moderately sour, and most of that is in the nose from what must be a bit of brett. any sour flavor comes from sour cherry juice, and this felt like a glass of spoiled koolaid to me rather than a special sour beer. if its other fruit than cherries in here, its lost on me. it looked like cough medicine, smelled similar, and finished long and sweet. a glass was more than i cared to drink really. it had a syrupy texture and left the teeth coated with sugar. the cherry seemed artificial and in way way way too heavy of a dose. maybe some age would do this good, but i thought it was a pretty weak effort, especially since the lips of faith beers have all been so incredible lately. this is definitely one to skip unless you like cherry jolly ranchers in your beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 18:58:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Graciously served by the staff at The Fred a dark mahogany-hued body, reddish at the edges, and capped by a small, beige head.

Smell: A fruity, reasonably tart nose, as one would expect, smelling of ripe raspberries, again, as one would expect. Little hints underneath the berries of middling, modest malts and sweet-scented golden syrup.

Taste: A big sweetish sip of just-juiced raspberries and, while tart, it's not overly tart. In fact, let's just call the entire thing 'gently' tart. Scaffolding of dark bready malts, though relatively light in flavor. The purported 8.5% ABV is nowhere to be seen. Drying, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's good and I cheerfully downed my goblet, but it's no New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Then again, what is?

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 21:12:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color, but with red and rose hilights. Head retention is pretty good in this beer and there is pretty good lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable raspberry chocolate, with undertones of vanilla and cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except I was surprised by the sour component. My initial reaction wasn't very positive, but the beer grew on me over time. The intermix of sweet and sour is actually pretty nice, and this beer certainly delivers plenty of flavor. Oddly, mouthfeel is probably this beer's weakest link. The beer drops off on the finish, which surprised me given the amount of flavor I picked up. Consequently, the finish is a bit short, with the sour winning out over the sweet component of the flavor profile.

An interesting beer, but not sure this is one I'll want to try again any time soon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 19:34:27 | More by johnmichaelsen
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Homefield Grill, Round Rock TX.

Pours with a deep plum body that hints at black cherry at its edges. A light pink tint graces the beige head, which settles to a ring of foam and retains well for the alcohol level. Aroma is that of syrupy sweet taffy full of dark fruity notes (blackberry, raspberry, bing cherries), cotton candy, and bubble gum.

The flavor is crisp up front with a slight tartness and bready belgian grains. Raspberry juice is there, but doesn't integrate well into the rest of the full body. Sweetness trades places with sour mid-sip, suggesting sugarplum and saltwater taffy. Mouthfeel is dry overall, but still has enough residuals to coat the palate with a full body. Low carbonation. All in all, Ooh La La is certainly a unique beer, but unfortunately falls closer to NB's Transatlantique Kriek than La Folie or Le Terroir in terms of quality.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 20:38:28 | More by wagenvolks
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft. Pours a clear, dark reddish color with a light pink head. The raspberry note dominates the aroma in this beer as I expected and wanted. Sweet raspberry flavors with a touch of tartness. Pretty straght forward beer but overall I find myself comparing it to other raspberry beers like Respberry Tart from New Glarus and compared to that, Ooh La La falls a little flat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 16:33:36 | More by kbutler1
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oline73

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of off white head that has a hint of pink to it. The head fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet natural raspberries along with some malt. Mildly buttery.

Taste: The raspberry dominates, but this beer isn't too sweet. The finish is a bit tart. The buttery note that showed up in the smell doesn't show up here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The raspberry really dominates and doesn't leave room for much else. Good beer if you're in the mood for raspberries.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 20:10:17 | More by oline73
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light layer o pink hued white head. Color is a dark raspberry pink.

Aroma: Mainly raspberries. I get a little Belgian background flavors. Maybe a bit of spice.

Taste: Again, all raspberries. Not sour, but more like raspberry puree. A little oak and a light amount of tart. A hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Dry. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, this was a decent beer, but nothing I would go crazy over. Just a whole lot of raspberries. Pretty easy to drink, however.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 01:34:42 | More by mothman
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birchstick

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, ruby red with a frothy white head. Smells of tart raspberries and that's about it. The palate is much the same - raspberries dominate everything from the start to finish. I was hoping for a little more complexity, however what was there was really good. It reminds me of a to Ed down blushing monk that I had a couple of weeks ago. I would highly recommend this to lovers of raapberries and raspberry beers. To everyone else, it is worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 00:27:58 | More by birchstick
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Following the description given to me by the bartender (which I can't really remember right now), I had to try this one. It pours a dark ruby-tinted black-brown (it's possible this stuff is actually purple, but the light's not all that bright in here...I can only call it as I see it) topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose is composed almost entirely of dank-ish raspberry, though some dark greens make quick appearances every now and again. The taste holds notes of rich raspberry, light blood orange, light tart ruby red grapefruit, and very light cocoa in the back. This raspberry taste is one of the freshest I've ever experienced in a beer. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decently smooth feel. Overall, another enjoyable offering from the Lips of Faith line. Right on.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 04:42:20 | More by TMoney2591
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drowninginhops

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass.

A: Deep purple color. Two finger light tan with medium retention. Good lacing.

S: Raspberry and chocolate malts.

T: Raspberry and chocolate with a kiss of alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D: Nothing that I thought it would not be.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 15:47:17 | More by drowninginhops
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acelin

Kansas

2.17/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the New Belgium Hub at the Denver International Airport.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is deep purple, black at the core and purple black at the edges. A very thin enamel colored head ( less than half a cm) dissipated quickly. No lacing left down the side of the glass.

The nose was simply raspberries; evidently this is similar to their 1554 ale, then fermented with raspberries to 10% ABV. No malt or hops in the nose.

This is where the beer fails. Nothing but raspberries up front, with a little booze. The middle had a little biscuity body, but still had lots of raspberry, as did the finish - this "beer" tasted like a fruity wine cooler. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel was watery for a 10% ABV beverage.

Overall a silly "beer."

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 01:36:02 | More by acelin
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zrab11

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice dark purple with minimal head

S- Smells of raspberries.

T- Has a nice tart but sweet raspberry flavor.Finish's with a nice tang to it

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i was very impressed. If you don't like raspberried you wont like this beer. But it wasn't too strong on the raspberries and i liked how you tasted both sweet and tart at the same time. If it didn't have that balance i think it would be too sweet or too harsh to drink. Loved this beer. will get again

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 16:46:12 | More by zrab11
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with mikesgroove during the Growler Party this weekend! Served from growler into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured a deep dark purple with a two finger light purple head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapes, earth, and a bitter note. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapes, earth, and grape pits. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I really liked this one out of the growler better than when I had it on tap if I'm honest. The bitterness on this one was a little off-putting, but it could have come from the seeds of the grapes used to make this one. At least that would be my guess. Very easy drinking for an 8.5% brew which is kind of scary. A definite worth trying for any Fruit/Veggie fan out there.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2011 11:03:12 | More by thagr81us
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another big growler that we opened up for the party last night, this was actually well received by my wife as well. poured into a snifter and enjoyed on 5.14.11

deep and dark purple pour with a huge head of purplish and pink tones that seemed to never stop climbing. just a huge, huge beer that left soo much lacing on the sides it was incredible.

aroma is deep grapes and hints of acidic notes. warming brings out more sugary notes and hints of a berry like tartness that continue to help it evolve but this was by far and away dominated by the grapes. flavor was no different as each sip was a mouthfull of muscat that had a nish and smooth conistency and a light sour finish that left the palate dry and looking for more. really nicely done and an interesting beer for sure.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2011 18:35:02 | More by mikesgroove
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brownish purple color. Two finger light tan with pinkish hints to it head shows medium retention. Good sticky streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a simple underlying aroma in this beer. Raspberry puree and chocoalte malts mix together very well with the raspberry starting off and the chocolate finishing it up. No alcohol tone at all to this beer. Such a wonderful aroma like chocolate covered raspberries.

T- There is a light raspberry upfront to this beer which I expected. The thing I was hoping to not taste but I did was the New Belgium base malt giving off it's trademark Tootsie Roll flavor. Lucky for me this is in the ending of the front of the beer and doesn't stick around for long. Middle of the beer shows some light nutty flavor and faded earthy hops (very light). Ending shows off a little more of the raspberry flavor but this mingles with a nice almost milk chocolate like flavor. There is a nice alcohol bite on the ending which is after a final chocolate raspberry flavor comes through.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Two flavors are left on the palate which are chocolate and raspberry. Aftertaste is mostly chocolate raspberry with a kiss of alcohol. Flavors of the beer were put together very nicely and I couldn't have asked for anything more with what they were going for. No off flavors at all in the flavor of the beer while I was drinking it. Very light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was what it said it was going to be. I don't agree with how this one is labeled on this site and I am putting this last score down kind of with that in mind. I was glad to see this beer finally as I was curious if I was ever going to be trying it. A nice chocolate and raspberry blend with this beer. If you can find it I would try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 04:34:31 | More by alleykatking
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler purchased at Green's at Piney Grove in Columbia, SC

A: Pours a dark dark dark purple, with red highlights. Minimal white head quickly dies, no lacing.

S: Mild raspberries.

T&M: Very powerful raspberry sweetness. More like a wine than a lambic. Little to no carbonation. Maily raspberries with a lot of tartness on the fade. Smooth and medium bodied. Tangy finish.

Not too bad. I was hoping for more of a beer feel, but it may mix well with some of my IPA's. I wouuldn't call this a lambic, more of a fruit beer or heavy duty wine. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: growler

04-30-2011 23:45:49 | More by cdizinno
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Halcyondays

California

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep deep red with a small light pink head. Solid head retention, limited lace.

S: Real nice pure raspberry fruit, not Raspberry Tart, but nice.

T: Some good raspberry flavour, but no real malt strucutre, a bit sugary. There are some good points, but I expected more.

M: Medium-bodied, cloying at times, fairly smooth, no acidity. The 8.5% was nowhere to be found, so that's a plus.

O: This is a fruit beer, and an OK one. Actually reminded me of Great Divide's raspberry beer a lot. Needs some balance, I blended it with Petrus Aged Pale to add some acidity and that made it a much more balanced and pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 01:19:20 | More by Halcyondays
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at Hop City, on the first day growlers were available. Enjoyed with the wife.

A- Pours a dark dark dark what appears to be purple, with red highlights at the edges. Minimal white head quickly dies, not much lacing.
S- Nice tones of raspberries. Fresh, but not overpowering.
T- Just like the nose, notes of raspberries with the resemblance of a base brown ale behind it. Raspberries have a faint tartness to them.
M - Medium body, smooth, with a tangy finish.
O - Not bad at all. I wouldn't really call this a lambic, more of a fruit beer, but it's still tasty. And the 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: growler

04-17-2011 17:57:12 | More by mrandypandy
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to todes for the share.

As noted by other reviewers, this is not a lambic, it is really a fruit beer. I also had no clue it was anywhere near 8.5% until I clicked on this page.

A - The brew pours a deep brownish-purple hue and is capped with a pink-tan head of moderate volume; leaves a bit of lace, too.

S - Smells like NG Raspberry Tart, which is basically like a melted raspberry fruit popsicle. The nose suggests wholesome and natural ingredients, and is on the verge of decadence; it is not, however, beer-y in any way.

T - The taste is significantly more nuanced than the aroma, which is more of a one-note (albeit a good one-note); the malt presence is discernible, and there is some bitterness which betrays the use of hops, so this is like a ‘real’ beer. Raspberry juice is still prominent, and there is a bit of a saltiness reminiscent of Gose that accompanies the tart fruit flavor. Roasty, nutty and chocolate tones are on the finish.

M - Moderately carbonated with a light enough body so as to not be syrupy, but heavy enough to carry some intensity of flavor.

O - This was nice. I could drink a lot more of this.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2011 01:31:37 | More by ktrillionaire
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely not a lambic as others have pointed out.

Very dark purple in appearance... Almost looks like an opaque grape juice! Aroma is light but fruity and slightly tart in the nose. Medium-ish body attributes to this extremely fruity beer. Taste is of raspberry/grape/blueberry. Little malt presence other than in the body- even though it's medium/light, without the body it does have, this would be mistaken for juice :)... I'm not a huge fruit beer fan, but this is definitely drinkable and refreshing... Slightly sour, but nowhere near a sour ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2011 22:54:48 | More by TheGordianKnot
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica this past St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance - Give in a NB Sniffer. Pours a dark brown/purple red color. About a half finger of slight pink head is achieved that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Raspberry, and more raspberry. Slight tart notes, malts, and...that's it. Somewhat one dimensional.

Taste - Sweet up front, then just a hint of tartness. Huge raspberry flavor all around. It really reminds me of the Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale but on steroids.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, thick and creamy.

Overall - Decently good, however, did get a bit cloying at the end. Not as tart as I would have liked but pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 03:11:16 | More by SpdKilz
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DovaliHops

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As some of the other reviewers, I'm rating this as a fruit beer and not a lambic. If I were to rate it as a lambic, I would give it an F. But for a fruit beer, this is pretty damn good. Had it on tap at my work. Pours a dark purplish color with a large, light maroon head. A very pretty beer. Scent is sweet raspberries with some cherrries and a hint of nuttiness. Taste is lightly tart with some raspberry/cherry sweetness. Much more sweet than tart. Mouthfeel is full bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is fairly high...would be more drinkable if not so sweet. Overall, this is one of the better fruit beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 05:24:38 | More by DovaliHops
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rating this as a fruit beer, as it's not a lambic, nor is it advertised as one. 40% raspberry juice, 60% imperial dark ale. Served in a New Belgium goblet at Fountainhead.

A - I've never seen a beer that looks quite like this one. Pours with two-plus fingers of creamy dark pink foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind splotchy lace. The body appears black, but reveals ruby transparency when held to the light.

S - Reminds me of raspberry yogurt, with a mild lactic character but not much acidity. The heavy raspberry aroma is backed up by caramel, chocolate, and butterscotch malt flavors.

T - Quite heavy on the raspberry juice - somewhat tart, but very sweet and ripe. Minimal sourness, and a light roasted malt and chocolate finish that evokes a decadent dessert platter. Could use a bit more sourness for balance.

M - Creamy, medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a roasty dry finish. The 8.5% ABV is a bit of a shocker.

D - I had no problem finishing my goblet with the well-hidden alcohol, but I don't think I'd want more than one in a session. If it's still on-tap next time I'll definitely have it again though. Quite unique, and will probably be a big hit with the ladies.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 03:49:46 | More by MasterSki
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Edit: This beer should not be any where close to a Lambic category... it is definitely a fruit beer... a good fruit beer, but "lambic" is laughable.

Hefty pour into a big goblet at Bitter Creek.. astonishingly pink head.. No kidding, seriously pink foam.. It is dark in the restaurant, but as close as I can tell, the brew is clear and deep red wine burgundy... it is still brown down along the stem of my goblet, but the glass is no doubt deep red.

Nose is a raspberry overload... tart and mildly tannic... a bit of something that I can only describe as cocoa.. but the fruit blows everything else off the plate.

Flavor is pungent tart berry essence from front to back... just enough malt sweetness to help tie things together and then the berry notes come back swinging on the finish... a bit tannic twinge toward the bottom of the glass... No EtOH.

This is an after dinner beer... I've made the mistake of trying to pair it with Poutine and later with Fish and Chips.. bad for me... I can see it being a sipper for a while... order it early and let it warm up while you eat... and then have a sip or two while you digest.

Body makes me think 6%... carbonation is pretty nice, but I expect no less from my Bitter Creek.

Very nice fruit beer.. 12oz is waaay too much. I would definitely like to see this one bottled, but honestly, I would probably only buy a few... It would be too much very quickly on my palate.

4/4/4/4/3

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 07:05:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.