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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
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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 LSUPT
4/5  rDev +7%

LSUPT, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of drowninginhops
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

drowninginhops, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AgentZero, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

John_M, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

chinchill, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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?

ChainGangGuy, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

glid02, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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

JohnGalt1, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

DovaliHops, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

SocalKicks, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DaveRinn
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DaveRinn, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of tbone1384
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Palsie
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Palsie, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of wagenvolks
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

wagenvolks, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

UTCengOwl, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

kbutler1, Oct 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

leschkie, Feb 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

nataku00, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

AlexFields, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.