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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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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

mattafett, Jun 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

amcmaho1, Feb 18, 2012
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 Jtthegreat
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Jtthegreat, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

savagepm, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +7%

AngusOg, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

LSUPT, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

EasyReader, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

jeffthepony, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 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 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 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
Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

oline73, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

mothman, Oct 03, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

birchstick, Sep 20, 2011
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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 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 acelin
2.17/5  rDev -42%
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."

acelin, May 31, 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
Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.