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

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +33.7%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of joshclauss
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark body. Looks like hot jam. Rich, hot pink head that can hold its own against the deep reddish-purple hue of the beer.

S: Floral and heavy raspberry notes almost overwhelm the yeast, but not quite. This is where the name comes from, for sure.

T: Bright fruit and not much else. Not as much residual sugar, but there's not a big malt backbone to diversify the flavors. However, it's probably meant to be a more crisp drink, so it's not disappointing. A perfect Spring addition to the lineup. The flavor is only augmented by the nose...a really complementary pair.

M: The fruit adds a certain viscosity that brings more body, but this is definitely a patio treat.

O: This beer is what it should be - a nice practice in Lambic with equal representation between the fruit and yeast. It's less about it being a beer and more about being a solid cocktail, and that's a good thing. It points out what beer can be, and why I like exploring it so much. Not always the biggest New Belgium guy, but well done here. It's what we all wish Framboise would be.

joshclauss, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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

zrab11, May 27, 2011
Photo of psujmatt
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

psujmatt, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

alleykatking, May 09, 2011
Photo of djs467
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

djs467, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of mkorpal
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very very deep purple to black with a very thin wispy off pink head. Somewhat girly looking beer.

Smell is lots of raspberry goodness. But, making a very pleasent and welcome appearance is a bit of brett funkyness. Some malt rounds out the nose.

Taste is that slightly dirty, but very fresh raspberry that Frambozen features. Lots of that, along with a nice bit of sour, and some funk. Unlike a lot of fruit lambics, this beer actually features the sour that it should, as opposed to a mess of fake sugars. I really like it.

Light mouthfeel, with good rounded carbonation.

Very drinkable. Great flavor, good base beer, and very a nice blend. Good job on this very special release. If you got it, your lucky.

mkorpal, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

MasterSki, Mar 30, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

thagr81us, May 16, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

mikesgroove, May 15, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

ktrillionaire, Apr 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

nickhiller, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +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.

SpdKilz, Apr 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

AngusOg, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

jacewg, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Philly82785, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

dhbiker0889, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

MarkyMOD, Oct 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of mrandypandy
4/5  rDev +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.

mrandypandy, Apr 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +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.

TheGordianKnot, Apr 09, 2011
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Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.