Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 16
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Doodler on 11-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 337 | Reviews: 126
Reviews by ocelot2500:
Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden color with a tight, white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of light fruity notes.

Tastes of fruit mostly with some malt body. Fruits lead off with some tropical fruit, apple, and a bit of banana. A bit of clove spice comes through with a touch of pepper as well. A fair amount of sugary sweetness comes in and adds to the fruits, along with a touch of grains.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is good if you like really fruity beers. I however prefer them to be drier with a touch of funk.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Aaron420
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this on into a New Belgium goblet/over sized wine glass mix.

A: Poured a light amber color with a one to two finger white head. That left a fair amount of lacing.

S: A nice fruity smell up front with some Belgium yeast following close behind. With a small amount of hop aroma to follow.

T: A very sweet flavor with just a mild funk to it. Can taste the Belgium yeast but not much of the hops that where in the aroma.

M: Very light bodied, low carbonation, with a slight touch of alcohol.

O: Not a bad beer but will not be rushing to buy out the stock at the local beer store.

Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruits, flowers and spicy musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet fruits, banana and toasty malts with some rye-like spice and a fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I'd search out.

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Brassy hue, crackling lace

SMELL: Medicinal, musty yeast, herbal, grainy, exotic fruit, mint, watermelon rind, green peppercorn

TASTE: Mild crispness, slick mouthfeel, spicy, mint, orangey, exotic fruit, peppery, bready, mild funk, yeast, warming alcohol, biscuity, faint tobacco, grainy semi-dry finish.

A good stab at the whole saison thing, I personally think the saison fad is wavering and only a handful really stand out. Too much booziness, the fruit gets lost from the alcohol and spiciness of the yeast. Not my bag baby ... pretty hard to drink this one but give it a go if you like the boozier saisons.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head.. The aroma is heavy on the fruit with some Belgian yeast, a little bit of alcohol and some biscuit malt. The flavor is quite a bit more complex than the aroma. I get a ton of prickly pear notes, as well as some passion fruit and Belgian yeast. There is also some nice white pepper notes as well as some other mixed spice and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I liked this one.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had on tap at Bryant lake Bowl (from notes). It arrives brilliant reddish amber with a thin white foam collar. Fruit nose and palate. On the palate a subtle sweetness blends with a touch of bitter, a hint of oak and a touch of sour.Medium light body and above average carbonation. It strikes me as a hybrid between a beer and a wine.

Photo of MattyG85
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patch. Lacing on the glass is moderate.

Smell: Aroma is upfront with Belgian yeast, cloves, and bananas. Yeast blends with a pretty sweet and fruity mix of grapes, apple, pears, passion fruit, and candied sugar. Also a bit of pepper and alcohol in the aroma. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Tastes very sweet too. Belgian yeast and clove is there but more subtle in the taste. A lot of fruit and sugar here. Notes of pear, grapes, apple, passion fruit, and banana. Also some hints of pepper, funk, and a little alcohol. Very sweet but not enough to be cloying. Its still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy and syrupy. Very sweet throughout.

Overall: A decent brew and an interesting experiment. The sweetness could of been balanced by some more yeasty barnyard funk but this was still enjoyable.

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 22 oz bottle of Prickly Passion Saison

Clear golden beer with a white head. The aroma is very fruity,with a clear note of apple cider and hints of pears and apricots

A very fruity saison, with plenty of yeast too. Lightly funky. Lingering aftertaste. Only slight presence of alcohol.

Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

Unique and interesting brew, but not tempted to return (unless/until I acquire a taste for funk).

Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yea...i do believe this is pretty decent beer!

the appearance is light brown golden color with a fast rising head, that fades within a minute....

smells like great french saison yeast...with excellent fruity notes over the top of it

the taste is a little too fruity, and you really can't taste the saison flavor a whole lot

the feel is dry!...exactly how it should be

overall this is the second time i've purchased this ale...i love it, but its def experimental!

Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of white head that retains a bit. Clear amber body.

Smell is typical saison. Some Belgian yeast, a bit of spice, relatively little funk.

Taste is sort of biscuity (or perhaps bready, some solid, neutral base), with some of the sweetness that I can only guess is prickly pear. Black pepper comes in at the end, which is faintly bitter. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is relatively bright, but not too 'prickly' (pun intended).

It's pretty good, even as a non saison-lover. Not outstanding, but good.

Photo of dirtylou
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, split

appearance: served in hopleaf tulip, strong amber body with a 1/2" beige head. Appearance certainly off-line with style

smell: medicinal, light tartness

taste: the most hit or miss series in all of beer - this beer is a fail. If it's a saison, it's one of the worst saisons I have ever had. The flavor profile is medicinal and artificial with no real yeast crispness - the tartness seems forced. Drinkable, but obviously really derivative for the style, and not in a good way.

mouthfeel: bigger than a saison without any of the desired traits

overall: pass

Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed amber with a finger of cream colored head. Never clears, average lacing & traces of head retention

S: Appleskins, wet cereal, & some pineapple

T: Follows the nose, some pear notes, slight pineapple flavor along with passion fruit up front. Golden delicious apples & white grape as this warms, some dryness & lemon peel as well, some phenolic notes too. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness, juicy fruit & with smatteering of tropical & orchard fruit & slight sourness/tartness

MF: Medium bodied, slght carbonation

Drinks fine, the ABV is fairly well hidden, a passable saison, but a one & done for me. Glad I tried it, but not memorable by any stretch of the imagination

Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a large globe glass. Pours clear and a deep golden in color. Half an inch of whitish foam offers moderate retention, surrendering a bit too quickly in the end. A bit deeper in color for many of the style.

Aroma of yeast and a bit of spice. Touch sweet on the surface yet without any real distraction. Still more of a Belgian Pale aroma than what I might expect from a Saison. Bready grain notes with a touch of lemon.

Flavor is a bit rich for the style and slightly viscous given the light carbonation from the bottle. Some lemon yet trounced by a sweet (relatively that is) apricot presense. Touch of blood orange on the finish.

Feel is a tad rich and sweet and with a light carbonation for the style. Yeast notes are pleasant yet again a bit aside of expectation. Finish is a bit juice like yet not cidery in nature by any means. More of a hint of apple juice in a Tripel kind of way.

Overall worth a visit, yet this beer resides somewhere between a Tripel and a Saison, but is rather thin in body for either...In the end I think I'll take an original Belgian version next time. Interesting aromas yet not really cohesive in the delivery.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1/4" inch of head, poured into a tulip.

Smells of funky and phenolic yeast, pears, and riesling.

It's a very sweet beer, presumably from the passion fruit and pear. It has a little of the standard saison funk and is boozy. Finishes semi-dry.

It has good carbonation and a crisp, light body.

It's an ok beer, but is a miss for the style. It was a bold attempt for a variation but the sweetness and high presence of alcohol were too much for me.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the Wine Source. In a mini tulip.

A: The saison is amber, a melange of orange and golden brown. Still transparent, I can clearly see whatever I put on the other side of the glass. The first pour generated a small white head, not much lacing, that quickly dissapated; a thin wisp of head is all that remains.

S: Mildly tart fruit juices mix with musty Belgian yeast. Green apples, ginger and lemongrass are strong, plenty of sweetness to go around. Light breadiness follows before transitioning back to the fruits. The aromas are just wigged out enough to be a saison.

T: Sweetly spiced, the pears and passion fruit add a mildly tart juciness. The yeast adds more fruitiness with a bit of an edge. As with the other fruited Lips of Faith offerings, the sweetness overruns most of the Belgian aspects, although a saison is so nebulous that it tends to do okay. There are light candi sugars, adding to the fruity sweetness. Breadiness is faint in the aftertaste. Interesting with a bit of prickly tartness.

M: Another sweet fruit beer, perhaps a little too much so. But hey, I'm just happy to have access to the Lips of Faith series.

Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great textural silkscreen on the bottle, a keeper design in the series. Tiny inkjet batch code printed on the lower green band: "111021031"

Poured the majority of the bottle into a tulip glass, resulting in a couple fingers of creamy eggshell foam. Frothy splashes of lace decorate the glass as it settles. Color is a deeply saturated amber orange, looks like a sunset. Bright clarity, lasting head retention.

Fresh green botanical aroma, earthy Belgian yeast, weeds. Warming up there's some phenolic yeast notes, clove and spice.

Some light bitterness, herbal, weedy, yeasty clove, coriander, husky toasted malt coarseness, dry finish. Seems like a textbook saison here, not getting much overt prickly pear, or anything tropical really. Very dry finish, not much sweetness really. Aftertaste of honey and bubblegum (there's the hint of prickly pear) though no residual sugars. Medium bodied, effervescent carbonation. Overall easy enough to drink, I wouldn't seek it out again, though I wouldn't turn it down either. Just a good saison, nothing too exotic.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly fruity, it smells like pears, passion fruit, green apples, bready malt and some Belgian yeast. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pears, passion fruit, bready malt and some banana, and there's also a lingering earthy bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and smooth with moderate carbonation. I think it's a nice brew, it's worth a try. $8.99 a bottle.

Photo of jsh420
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours clear copper orange with a 2 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells banana yeast not very complex at all

taste brings the same flavors with some sweet malt and a little mustiness

mouthfeel - a medium body with little carbonation slightly sticky

overall a boring beer that did not live up to the name or idea

Photo of Rutager
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a very clear, deep gold-amber with a finger of off white head.

Smell. Fruity belgian yeast and some sweet pears, green grapes, and apples.

Taste. Again the fruity belgian yeast, some light fruits and a bit of sweet grains.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer for a summer day. Easy drinking.

Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A finger and a half worth of slightly airy off-white colored head... Modest retention settles to leave a full thick creamy lush lacing and moderately thick collar... A mix of lively moderately paced carbonation... The color is a pale gold... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Loads of light fruits to start... Pear... Apple... White grape fruit juice... Passion fruit... Some candied sugars... Some hay notes... Slightly musky... A bit funky... Attractive bouquet, but slightly artificial...

T - A blend of apple and white grape juice to start... Passion fruit... Perhaps a hint of kiwi... Some grassy notes lie beneath the surface... Candied sugars... Some booze on the finish that seems to linger a bit...

M - Medium bodied... Quite dense... A bit syrupy... Prickly carbonation... The finish is mostly dry with a hint of chalkiness... The slight booziness lingers in the back of the throat for a while...

D - Not a terrible beer, but there are much better saisons and much better fruit beers... Drinkable, but not something I would recommend nor likely buy again...

Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A pale apricot in color with a soft rose pink hue. The head is soft and creamy in appearance, with a light tan color.

S: Slightly tart and a little fruity. Hints of Kiwi, and some dark berries meld with a whole wheat bread aroma. I am also picking out some strawberry and honeydew smells. Definitely some yeast notes.

T: Strawberry and honeydew come out in the form of sweetness, that is followed by a hit a quick tangy notes. There is almost an earthy, fibrous, citrus thing.. Maybe kumquat.

M: Medium light in body, the citrus flavor adds a little bit of a crisp pick me up. There is a softness to this that I like. The carbonation does feel a touch low, but in general I like the mouthfeel.

O: Overall I like it, it is almost a little reminiscent of some white wines, almost. Tasty, refreshing, and dangerously easy drinking. Nice, easy drinking, and quite comfortable with a nice spring breeze blowing through. I could really go for a hunk of cave aged gouda with this guy.

Photo of nataku00
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark copper with half a finger of off white soapy head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar and a soapy film on the surface leaving minimal lacing. Moderate amount of fine carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet fruity esters, pear and apple, light floral hops, and some bready malts. Pretty mild aromas and I don't get much passion fruit.

Taking a sip, light floral bitterness, then mainly fruity flavors, esters mainly but resembling pear, more passion fruit than in aroma, and sweet apple. A bit sweeter than I like my saisons, leading to a medium finish with lingering esters and alcohol on the tongue.

Light to medium body with an initial sharp and prickly carbonation. Fairly easy to drink but with a distinct alcohol burn, but not particularly nuanced in the flavor.

Photo of TexIndy
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but was just released so it's fresh. It was a clear copper color with slight carb streams. It had a small fizzy head that quickly settled into a thin, incomplete collar. Minimal lacing and none sticking.

The aroma was good with the tropical fruit in the lead but quickly followed with more traditional saison elements. Pretty sweet smelling so was worried that it might taste too sweet but it didn't. It's sweet but there is just enough yeast and spice to keep it down. I do wish the mix was higher on the yeast/spice. As-is it's a fruity saison instead of a saison with fruit highlights. Mouthfeel is light with good carb levels and a fruity finish. Not really dry like a normal saision.

Overall, an interesting take on the style that does somewhat succeed. If you are wanting a pure saison you'll be disappointed but if you are open to a new take and don't mind sweeter beers then you are in for a treat. Avail here in TX. Seasonal I believe but maybe one-time release. Rotation - interesting enough that I'm going to get at least one or two more for now. [O;Y]

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at the COOP.. poured into my Delerium goblet.. short lasting white head leaves no lacing... the brew is a polished orange.

Nose is fruity and shows a lot of yeasty esters.... pink bubblegum and banana... I smell a saison, but there are too many background elements that never allow it to mesh.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a bit of clove phenol.. I get some passion fruit (I think) .. but the prickly pear seems no where to be found .. This is a "saison" I guess, but the fruits get blown out by an aggressive yeast profile.. really pretty sweet.. the residual sugars are amplified by the clove and banana... finish reminds me of Bazooka Joe... never gels at all... and the sweetness gets a bit cloying in the second glass.

Carbonation is a bit light for a saison... body is to thick...

Meehhh... Okay... I think it would be better on tap. I doubt I will buy it again.

3.5's across the board and that is being pretty generous... I see what the brewers were going after, but it just doesn't work for me.... sorry.

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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.