Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
3.8/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dull orange with a 3-finger white head, nice ring and a moderate amount of lace.
The nose is exotic and vineous (like some sort of oddball rose) with mandarin orange, peach, cherry and a ripe tropical funk smelling of dried mangos and passionfruit. I have no idea what a prickly pear cactus fruit tastes like so maybe it's in there, who knows. The malt has that typical Saison-crackery vibe while the yeast gives off a bit of pepper and a major clove tone.
The palate is a dry, spicy, frothy explosion of that creamy-crackery malt joined by more flavors of tropical fruits and a hoppy leafiness. The brew is very mildly bitter and replaces the tropical fruits with tree fruits (peach and cherry) on the long, dry finish. As a whole, the fruit is much milder on the palate, yielding to the dry malt and intense clove character.
Overall, a very interesting beer. I didn't really find too many faults with it- thought the fruit could have been bolder on the palate- but it didn't wow me all that much. With its dry, vineous qualities, however, this is pretty high on my list for food pairings. It paired awesomely with the simple salad I was eating- Japanese noodles, broccoli, napa cabbage, steak and a sesame-ginger vinagrette. The food brought out the sweeter, tropical fruit notes.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2011 22:29:41 | More by TheWhiskerReview
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at Max's (from notes)
A: Copper with light lacing.
S: Lots of yeast and farmhouse scents. Wet blanket.
T: A bit of funk with subtle citrus but mostly farmhouse. Subdued odd earthy flavors/aftertaste.
M: Nice and prickly. Coarse bubbly.
O: I think the earthiness came from the prickly pear.
Serving type: on-tap
10-29-2013 07:47:36 | More by gillagorilla
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.