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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 338
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 17
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.

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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 338
Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy light copper with a creamy white head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Getting a good amount of passion fruit in the nose, along with a solid Saison base of sweet, grainy malt, ripe pears, and spicy yeast.
T - More passion fruit but not a lot of prickly pear (what does one taste like anyways?). Definitely enjoying the Saison base, though, good balance of ripe fruit and spicy, coriander-heavy yeast. A bit boozier then I'd like, too. When did a Saison get so "extreme"?
M - Crisp and quenching, with a medium body and sharp carbonation.
O - Overall an enjoyable Saison, but I'm not sure if all the "prickly pear" and "passion fruit" embellishment was needed. Probably would have liked just the plain Saison base better its own.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, golden amber color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled fruity but not like Belgian-fruity. There was some yeastiness and grain aroma present, too.

T - Fruity and a little sweet. A touch of spiciness and yeastiness. A light grain and caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a nice beer, but I wouldn't call it a good saison. The sweetness seemed out of place.

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Photo of jdense
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bailey's PDX during HAF, 12.3.11.

Clear medium gold body with rose colored highlights, nary any head except for thin uneven broken layer of slightly off white foam, hard to judge any dissipation give full pour, decent lacing. Nose and taste mirrored, prickly pear sweetness more noticeable on taste, balanced by decent dose of coriander that's more prevalent in the nose. Mouthfeel just on light side of medium, good effervescence. An interesting Saison, but nothing I'd want to drink on a regular basis.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper golden with a small white head that fades quickly leaving a few strands of lace.

S - Fruity and sweet with a lot of yeasty esters, over ripe banana and faint wheat. The fruit takes on a bad canned fruit aroma after it sits a bit.

T - Passion fruit and pear with a lot of yeasty notes, banana, bubblegum, sweet wheat malt and a touch of spice.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering sweetness.

D - Not a big fan of this one. The flavors don't seem to blend well together.

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

On tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark golden color, with a light white head and soapy lacing.

S: Fruity esters and an almost wheat-like grain character right off the bat. Belgian yeast and spices are apparent. Light banana bubblegum.

T & MF: Surprisingly dry, bready, with light stone fruit notes and prickly carbonation. Definite grainy character...popcorn? Dry finish...pretty light & refreshing body. I get more pear juice than passion fruit to my palette.

A hint of alcohol? Maybe, @ 8.5% its covered well.

O: Decent saison with nice fruit notes. Couldn't put back a bomber of this, though 8 ounces is relatively easily drinkable if you like Belgians.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of DCon
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Tapped from the Lips of Faith, Red/White Surfboard looking Tap Handle into a 10oz Perennial Ales Artisan Ales Stange Glass.

Aroma- Has a nice fruity, sweet aroma with nice pear in the background. Light yeast and a bit of hops but a musky fruit character that brings out the pear even more!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, frothy head that has good retention. Has a light copper colored body with good clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Good amount of citrus starts this one out and then has a bit of pear. Light bitterness at the finish and very light characteristics. No spices.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Citrus, and puckers the tongue on the finish.

Overall Impression- A different Saison and enjoyed how the pear character came out many times throughout both the drink and smell. Would like to see how this is in bottle as well. As a big fan of the Lips of Faith Series, there are many that are better than this one...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a 2 inch foamy orange white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty much solely of yeast and fruit. Taste is of malt, yeast, spices, and a fruity flavor but not really passion fruit in nature. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smells and flavors seem a bit muddled.

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

A: Belgian amber with a thin head and very slick lacing with little retention. Lot's of carbonation. Inviting.

S: That French yeast is front and center, and smells much like its Belgian brethren. Fruity, with pear standing out, and a little of the tropical notes from the passionfruit. Very Tripel-like.

T: As with the nose, the yeast is the standout. Some light fruits (pear, passionfruit, and banana), and a dry wine-like finish. Not too complex.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Pretty average overall. I wish that the yeast was tuned down a little, and the fruits were brought out more, but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in beautiful Ft. Collins.

I've been looking to try a fermented drink with prickly pears ever since I read Papazian's description of a prickly pear mead. This beer was good, but did not live up to my lofty expectations.

Looks like a saison. Hazy orange-gold, head of white foam. From first sip it's a bit too sweet and sticky for the style. White wine, black pepper, and clove are the big flavors. Again, the sweet body is out of place, but the flavors are nice. A solid dose of earthy hop bitters helps the beer out. But where is the prickly pear? Nowhere to be found. It's absence alone is enough to make this beer a disappointment to me.

A good saison, but there are plenty of those around these days.

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

On tap at the New Belgium pub in the Denver Airport.

A - clear amber with a tiny head and practically no lacing

S - ripe fruit, with a bit of skunkiness

T - definite hops kick that melts a spicy, tangy, ripe fruit. Fruit character really sticks in the throat and lingers.

M - very light but highly carbonated - sharp in the mouth

O - Intersting twist on the usual Saison. Very fresh, but also more unidimensional than I expected. Decent, but not exceptional.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a tight-bubbled cap of beige head. Retention is decent and not much lacing.

Graham cracker maltiness with a hint of fruit juice and banana/clove yeastiness. Not much for the prickly pear and the passion fruit is subtle.

More of the fruit comes out in the taste and adds a light little tartness that is pretty nice. The cactus is there if you are looking for it, kind of an agave-esque plant juice...if you've ever licked a split agave branch or eaten Nopalitos, you know what I mean. The malts are toffee and caramel with a fair amount of sweetness. This one might actually benefit from more hops to add a little sharpness and focus to the beer...also would like to see a lighter, crisper malt profile. Its ok, but the passion fruit and the malt seem to clash for me. This falls under the ever-increasing category of "glad I got to try it, but probably wont buy again".

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a North Coast snifter at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Gotta give it a try. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by around a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, light wheat, light clove, light black pepper, lightly tart fruit (vague, I know...I assume this is the prickly pear I'm smelling, but I've never really encountered the fruit in the wild, so I can't know for certain), and sweet flowers. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, that same vaguely tart fruit (again, prickly pear?), light mandarin orange, very light grass, light wheat, banana, and very light caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice beer, but a bit syrupy and wet for a saison, and one that seems to miss the point of the style a bit (if that makes any sense). It's not bad, though, on its own merits, just not something I'd ever really seek out again.

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Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber brown in color and see through. The head does not stick around for long and there is light lace sticking to the sides. The head is white with almost a hint of yellow or brown.

S - Malty, crisp, with some fruity hints.
i can smell a slight sweetness to it.

T - Definitely sweet throughout the beer. The taste dies at a steady but fast pace. A very slight citrus but mostly fruity almost like an apricot.

M - Very crisp and elegant. The carbonation is light but noticeable. Light bodied beer with a smooth finish.

O - If I was in the mood for something sweet or needed a beer for desert I would pick one of these up. Not something I normally look for in a beer but definitely a refreshing change up.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the DownTown Spec's a week or so ago, and a Saison sounds like a good style to try right now, so let's give this one a shot.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles on top that was pretty fizzy for a few minutes. Where the head fell, there was a little bit of lace on the glass. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they aren't sticking once they get to the top.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty interesting in this beer. I am picking up some of the Saison character from the yeast, but there is also a defined greeness to the beer that is getting more noticeable as it warms and may be even taking a slight minty impression. Getting past the green and such, there is some sweetness to this beer that is quite toasty like Munich malt, which is nice, but a little unusual. I am getting some spice in the nose as the beer is warming further that seems to be a mix of the alcohol and some of the additives as this is unusual for me.

Taste: The flavor departs from the aroma quite a bit. The greeness is there, but there is also a fruity thing going on that is an unusual mix of plums and white grapes. As the beer sits, it is getting more fruity in the mouth, and the sweetness is starting to come out more as light toffee than the Munich that I got in the nose. The carbonation is ample for the beer that this is, and balances the sweetness pretty well as any hopping is minimal to accentuate the rest of the beer. The alcohol is very well masked in this beer.

Opinion: Well, as must be apparent from my review, I am really not familiar with either the Prickly Pear or the Passion Fruits by themselves, so I don't have much to remark on there in how they interplay. I can remark on the whole experience in my senses, and from that perspective, this is an OK beer. I am not really sure how hard this was to achieve, but the beer is pretty smooth overall and doesn't have any aftertaste that is out of place. The balance between sweetness and other palate sensations is good, so if the pear is stupid bitter, they did a fantastic job. As it is, I doubt that I will need to go back to this one.

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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

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Photo of DeSoto
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gonna try this Saison from New Belgium. Hopefully it sticks to the style as much as it can. I love Hennepin. So with the adding of prickly pear and passion fruit this style sounds exciting.

Bottle: 22oz. bomber
Served into a 15 oz. snifter
No bottle date

Appearance: Reddish golden hue to this one. Very little head and retention was minimal. Looks good for the style. A little too much clarity. Not enough funky haze.

Smell: Great yeast profile. Can pick up a small amount of passion fruit. But works well. Not too overwhelming. Really surprised.

Taste: Nice sour notes, but not long on the drink. Real simple and straight forward. Not enough funk like in the appearance. Wanted a little bit more from this one.

Mouthfeel: Too clean. Still want more sourness from the yeast or malt. Okay, but does the style little justice.

Overall: A good drink. Maybe the extra fruit listed made me more curious than normal. Okay drink but not a must have for Barnyard folk.

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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.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a golden-amber color with a well-retained, off-white head that prov
ides tons of lace. A light malty sweetness weaves in and out of aromas of earthy saison yeast and tropical fruit notes. The tropical fruit from the nose is prominent on the pallet, and a sweet and sticky malt character meets spicy and earthy yeast tones. Medium in body, this Lips of Faith brew is also moderately-high in carbonation. Great for a sipping on a beach!


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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear rose color, small white head and no lace.

The smell starts with pale malts, there is a touch of earth and a sweetness that might be the prickly pear/passion fruit mix. Only a hint of funk is noticeable.

Pale malts and fruit sweetness start off the taste. The Belgian yeast is much more up front in the taste. A little watered down, not much hop presense. Goes down very easy.

I thought it was alright. Not my favorite of the Lips of Faith and certainly not my favorite Saison. I enjoy that they experimented with the style, but I won't grab another.

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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.