Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! - New Belgium Brewing
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by alleykatking:
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
05-09-2011 04:34:31 | More by alleykatking
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3.94/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-12-2013 00:18:09 | More by chinchill
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
On-tap at Closed for Business in Charleston, SC.
Pours a deep purplish-ruby color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of medium malts with large amounts of lightly tart berries and red grapes.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly tart berry and grape flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors turn darker with hints of plums, fading out into a mildly sweet ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall I was a bit let down by this beer as most other NB sours are nothing short of fantastic. Still, a decent beer that's worth a shot if it comes around and one that is certainly worth a shot to see for yourself.
03-11-2011 02:29:39 | More by glid02
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
05-16-2011 11:03:12 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
04-03-2011 03:11:16 | More by SpdKilz
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
Had this on tap at the Black Star Co-op. They seem to bring in a lot of interesting sours. Woo!
This beer poured a solid red with a white head. Pretty decent for the style, but not unexpected.
The nose was like that of a raspberry Italian soda. It smelled bright, fruity and tart. However, it was a bit too sweet and one dimensional for a higher score.
The taste was almost exactly the same. Refreshingly sour and tart, but a bit too one dimensional and sweet. Easy to down, but not inspirational by any measure.
03-17-2011 02:50:26 | More by UTCengOwl
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-29-2011 07:05:29 | More by JohnGalt1
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
05-15-2011 18:35:02 | More by mikesgroove
3.48/5 rDev -7%
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.
10-12-2011 20:10:17 | More by oline73
3.48/5 rDev -7%
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.
04-30-2011 23:45:49 | More by cdizinno
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
Had on tap at Black Star Co-op.
A - Very dark brown, almost black with a red tint. Slight pink/brown to the very slight, thin head. I was actually pleased to not see a large pinkish head found on some fruit beers.
S - Definite yet subtle sweetness to the smell and definitely a berry tone to it. Really intrigued me, as I was afraid the berry would be overpowering. There is some maltiness to the smell as well. Only a hint of sourness.
T - Great balance of sweet, sour, and malty. As other reviewers noted, there was no surprise in the taste given the smell.
M - Moderate thickness with moderate to light carbonation. In general, I prefer less pronounced carbonation, and this beer delivered.
D - Very drinkable. I was very sad when my glace was empty, which happened quite quickly. Not sure where all the alcohol was hiding!
It is a perfect after dinner beer and would complement most desserts, including bacon toffee.
03-21-2011 17:30:31 | More by psujmatt
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
A - Truly unique looking beer. A black beer almost dark purple looking at times. Has a huge pink head that had good retention and left some chunks and fat lace on the side.
S - Raspberry, cream, smells a lot like raspberry yogurt. I don't get any real tart notes off of this, but it smells like a nice fruit beer.
T - To start with, this is not a lambic. From what I understand it is a blend of 40% raspberry puree and 60% black ale. It definately tastes like a raspberry fruit beer, but it is a really good blend. It reminds me a ton of raspberry yogurt, and the malts are a good compliment to it. Very different, but good.
M - Full bodied, with appropriate carbonation to keep it from getting too sticky.
O - Very interesting beer, while I'm not in love with it, it's still very good and pretty easy to drink. I'd recommend trying this to anyone, as it's quite different and unlike anything I can think of having before.
03-29-2011 04:38:18 | More by AgentZero
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
09-10-2011 04:42:20 | More by TMoney2591
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
11-04-2011 19:34:27 | More by John_M
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-11-2011 01:31:37 | More by ktrillionaire
4.43/5 rDev +18.4%
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
05-27-2011 16:46:12 | More by zrab11
2.17/5 rDev -42%
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."
05-31-2011 01:36:02 | More by acelin
Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! from New Belgium Brewing
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