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

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mkorpal on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 31
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of kbutler1
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of zrab11
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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