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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing

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332 Ratings

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Doodler on 11-02-2011)
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Herky21, Mar 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

dhbiker0889, Nov 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Rihup, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Dactrius, Aug 26, 2012
3/5  rDev -11.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

beersis81, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

wagenvolks, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

captainbearcat, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a decent head that fades to cover the top of the beverage.

S: Fruit is present. Hints of grapes and alcohol. Not as good as other saisons.

T: Some fruit comes through but it's hard to say what it is. I'm certainly not getting a scream of prickly pear. There is a bit of sweetness that quickly gets replaced by an off putting bitter flavor that is rather dull.

M: Sits with a lightish medium body which quickly becomes too bitter on account of the carbonation.

You know, I avoided saison style beers for the longest time because the first few I had were so bad, then I tried some that were really great. This one reminds me of why I tend to avoid them. The flavor is rather dull and gross with the flavors blending into a mix that doesn't represent any of them individually.

Jamesthebrit, May 28, 2012
Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear orangeish-amber/light gold color with just the thinnest ring of off-white head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma wasn't particularly noticeable, the main aspects were yeasty spice over some base grains. The flavors were the same, clean grains with an OK spice flavor from the yeast. I didn't pick up any fruit or cactus flavors.

The body was on the thin side of medium for the style. Drinkability was good, you could have a couple, but I find most Saisons to be very drinkable. Overall, an OK beer, nothing wrong or bad, nothing outstanding or noticeable either. If you want to introduce someone to Saisons this would be a good one to use as a baseline. If you're already experienced with the style, you can skip this for a better example.

beertunes, Dec 16, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
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

jsh420, Jan 23, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle.
A - clear filtered light golden brown with a one half finger head and a constant trail of bubbles.
S - lightly fruity with not much else happening.
T - the taste follows the smell in that it is lightly fruity. Definitely pear and I do detect a bit of passion fruit. There is an underlying and very weak saison earthy taste but it is quite weak.
M - not as carbonated as I expect a saison to be and it's a bit syrupy with an alcohol bite.
O - I'm let down by this one and I regret having bought two bottles before a tasting.

Beer4Baltimore, Mar 11, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz served into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a brassy amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. The head maintains well and forms a thin ceiling. Very little lacing.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, pears, peaches, lemon, hay, green apples, banana taffy, fruit bread, caramel malt.

T - Stone fruit upfront-mainly peaches, candy sweet malt, hints of banana taffy, biscuity, peppery alcohol hits towards the end. Finishes wet for a Saison.

M - Prickly carbonation, light alcohol heat, heavy bodied.

It reminded me of peach cobbler. It was pretty sweet and didn't really finish dry enough. I wouldn't seek this one out.

StaveHooks, May 20, 2012
Photo of neorunner
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #3 from DougoftheFuture in Round 6 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Roughly a week after sharing the first two blind beers at Desaparecido's, I find myself back in the same kitchen. This time I only brought one blind bottle, a 22oz-er. Popping the cap we get aromas of banana and clove, the banana component becomes even more apparent once we poured it into the glasses. Appearance wise it has a color of an overripe golden delicious with reasonable dense head. The taste is belgian and strong, we both agree that this is a belgian style tripel. Desaparecido's wife thinks its a saison and we both agree that she's crazy. Neither Desa nor myself are overly fond of this beer, something cloyingly sweet in the malt profile that is throwing us off. I think the sweetness is also adding a slick taste to the mouthfeel, something I'm not overly fond of.

We decide to finish our glasses and allow Desa's wife to have the rest of her "saison" as she was thoroughly enjoying it.

The reveal: New Belgium Prickly Passion Saison. Well. At this point Desa and I are ready to pack up our pride and go home. The smug look on Desa's wife is devastating. There were no good saison qualities in this beer and it was way too malt heavy for what I expect even in a high gravity saison. If you re-packaged this beer as a tripel I would agree 100%.

Well played curveball!

neorunner, Jan 31, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

220z bottle into my Mad Fox glass. Dark amber in color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of the Saison yeast to it in the form of an earthy, herbal like spice. I get a bready, toasty and caramel flavors coming out of the malts as well. Just a little bit of the juicy, pear flavors are there in the aroma.

The taste shows more of the malty, toasty, caramel flavors to it at first. The finish is where the saison yeast meets the juicy pear and passion fruit flavors. I get a good amount of tartness to the fruits that linger into the finish. The flavors just didn't work well together for me.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style and carbonation is average. Overall it was a decent beer, but not a great one. The flavors just didn't come together all that well for me in it. It was something that was cool to try the first few ounces of, but the rest of the glass wasn't very easy drinking.

billab914, Jan 01, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

32 ounce growler - $6.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, copper-amber body with a finger of pearl foam. Small flecklets of lace on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-scented, tropical fruitiness (but also some overly ripe apricot) with a noticeable candy-like angle to it laid onto bready malts and a muddled medicinal hint. I'm not liking where this is headed.

Taste: Treacle doused bready pale malts with a full, forward sweetness. Tropical fruitiness, but also some less-than-tropical apricot puree. Low medicinal hint, faintly spicy. Warming alcohol presence on the thankfully expedient finish. I didn't like where this ended up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Near sticky on the tongue and totally lacking some much appreciated, much needed crispness.

Overall: A bit heavy on the palate, a bit too warming, and too sweet for me, making it a rather unbalanced, unrefreshing saison.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 29, 2011
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2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Slightly hazy orange with 1-finger of eggshell frothy head with average retention and some spotty lacIng.

S: The aromas are weak except for the fruity esters and lightly caramel base maltiness. The hops throw some floral in there, but there just is not a lot of character there aside from strong but generic fruitiness.

T: The flavor is not a lot different than the aroma although there is a bit more complexity with more pronounced passion fruit and a lot more pear. The alcohol is strong and together with the fruitiness lends a syrupy character to the beer, kind of the opposite of a crisp saison. The hops are fruity and floral. Yeast esters are there but have a more banana and bubble gum quality. There is some black pepper I the finish. It comes off as a not subtle, high gravity Belgian pale ale.

M: The feel is all wrong with this beer if it's supposed to be a saison. It is way way too syrupy and heavy with low carbonation -all the things a saison is not supposed to be

O: A really disappointing beer from New Belgium and way off the mark. It tastes and feels more like an imperial hefeweizen with pear and pineapple added.

argock, Feb 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

freduardo, Mar 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Reed, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear, medium orangey amber. One finger of off-white head, average retention, good lacing.

Smell is fruity and powerfully yeasty, with a bit of spice hiding behind. I get unidentifiable pulpy fruit. Then a heavy load of pungent yeast. After that some clove and a touch of pepper sneak in. Pleasant.

Taste is not what I had hoped for. Those varied flavors, which mixed so well in the smell, really clash here. There is an odd twang, bitter/acidic - hard to pin down, but I don't like it. It seems like half hop bitterness, half nasty alcohol. Boo. Outside of that, it has a ton of yeast riding the wave of fruit.

Mouthfeel is good. Body is pretty light, actually feels a bit thin. Good carbonation, fairly quick finish (which I appreciate, since i don't like how it tastes).

This one is a disappointment. Something went wrong with the flavors, and they just don't work. I was excited about this beer, but IMO it's an experiment that didn't work. Guess that's why they call it lips of faith.

zeledonia, Dec 10, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

aubrey, Nov 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Skunkdrool, Feb 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

northstar23, Oct 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

KVNBGRY, Aug 01, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.