Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing
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District of Columbia
1.75/5 rDev -48.4%
I poured this into my cracked DuClaw snifter... once again.
A: This poured out much, much dark than I expected. It looked like a fairly clear amber ale, through and through. The head was a mere white sawdust.
S: Wow, talk about differing from expectations! I expected this to be sort of tropical paradise, farmhouse, floral drink, but what I got was dank, spicy, low-grade Belgian one.
T: One would have to have a microscope to detect any farmhouse saison quality in this one. I'm not sure how to describe this mess, but I'll try: Diluted Belgian ale, with melted cherry "Jolly Rancher", with peach and coriander. None of this worked, by the way.
M: This was completely devoid of any sort of spritzy, bubbly carbonation, and the sweet grossness just lingered and lingered to no end.
O: This has my vote as one of the worst brews of the year. I tried and tried but I could not finish. Drain pour...
12-17-2011 04:04:10 | More by Chaney
1.9/5 rDev -44%
Pours a medium amber color w/ a thin off white color in my CBS snifter.. Completely clear in appearance, with very little carbonation and very little lacing. The nose is yeast, coriander, some slight funk, and somewhat sweet. The taste is a trainwreck. Super, overly sweet- with yeast and spices coming through w/ a little fruit. Awful. Feel is thin, syrupy, and no carbonation... Overall, this is a horribly out of whack brew that I drainpoured 80% of. I can't imagine anybody voluntarily drinking this. Avoid at all cost.
12-20-2011 01:57:44 | More by jayhawk73
1.95/5 rDev -42.5%
Bomber shared with friends and poured in a tulip. The brew appears a clear bright orange with a finger of white froth and lots of webby lace sticks to the glass.
The smell is wet dog and canned peas. Honestly was not ready for that. More sniffs bring out a light melon character mixed with veggies. A tinge of fruit and yeast emerge as the brew warms up.
The tastes includes notes of dirty melon like cantelouoe mated with canned peas. It is earthy and yeasty but not in the expected saison way. The fruit inclusion is more vegetative than anything. Faint yeast imparts some clove and spice. Some herbal hops emerge as it warms with almost a buttery caramel, toffee and awkwad sweetness.
This is a medium to fuller bodied offering for the style. It has a modest amount of carbonation and really just a horrible arrangement of character. I did not care for this at all despite the alcohol being well intgrated. Everything about this is off including the thick feel. I man'd up and consumed my portion. The others opted for the drainpour.
08-28-2012 19:23:11 | More by stakem
2.2/5 rDev -35.1%
Served on tap at Kudu Charleston, SC
A-Pours a dark amber with a nice finger of clean white foam, that dissipates rather quickly. A darker saison with a pretty nice body.
S-Plenty of pear in the nose. It does mix very well with the farm house yeasts though which hides the fruit in a nice manor. Maybe a bit of apple here as well, and definitely a hit of sweetness to round it out.
M-pretty bland, carbonated enough to keep in refreshing but nothing to really bring to the beer.
T-Pretty nasty. The beer starts off with a nice hit of fresh pear which is very much appreciated and surprisingly not too sweet or tart as I had feared. From then on out though this thing is gross. The pear combusted into a horrifically bitter and flavorless mix that tastes damn near identical to a macrobrew. The aftertaste leaves you sucking your cheeks for any saliva to get it off your palate.
O-Deceiving looks lead to a disappointing and pretty tough to consume brew.
09-23-2012 23:46:45 | More by RussBecker1
2.28/5 rDev -32.7%
Served on tap in a New Belgium globe at Martin City Brewing Company.
This beer pours a rather pinkish copper with almost zero head and very little lacing. Starting off as a bit of a disappointment. The aroma is very fruity. Notes of nectarines, peach and star fruit. I really don't know what a Passion fruit smells like but I would assume its fairly close. Very boozy notes as it warms. The taste just falls flat. Overly boozy, fruity with a spicy yeast undertone. It really just doesn't play well together. The mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment for me. It finishes sweet and full. No dryness. I love saisons but this is another in a line of larger craft brewers making mediocre to sub par saisons. If your going to make the style, at least put out a decent product.
01-07-2012 17:47:13 | More by hwwty4
2.4/5 rDev -29.2%
Prickly Passion Saison pours a bit of a hazy golden color, with very small head. The smell unfortinuly was one of the worst things i ever smelled, it was sour baby vomit smell, mixed in with some flowers. The taste is very complex. There are some fruits, pears and plums mixed in there, with some flower like flavors, very complex, I cant pick out everything that is going on here. I found it left a strange taste on the tongue, and its just too complex and everything mashes together in a way that conflicts. Overall iam pretty confused about this one, some parts of the taste are good, while others are bad, not sure I would recommend this one.
03-10-2012 03:06:58 | More by vette2006c5r
2.42/5 rDev -28.6%
On draft at Sams. The only interesting thing they had for once.
Pour is a little dark for a Saison, more toward orange. Nice white head.
Smell is loaded with Belgian yeast. Smells like it has a bite to it. Uh oh.
Taste is loaded with spicy, peppery yeast. Kind of feels like a Over-yeasty Belgian Pale. I dont get much fruit, its all taken over by the yeast. so disappointing.
01-13-2012 01:24:54 | More by VncentLIFE
2.48/5 rDev -26.8%
Amber hue with a cream tightly packed head. Head retention on the lower side. A frenzy of bubbles rising to the surface.
Estery saison yeast aroma. Citrusy with some vanilla.
Peppery saison flavor dominates the beer. Any fruit flavor is pushed into the background and doesn't add much. Lingering vegetal, slightly phenolic, bitterness on the finish. Somewhat sweet straight-forward malt profile.
The bitterness on the backend and little fruit flavor sort of kills it for me. Man this beer sucks.
01-20-2012 15:43:45 | More by BearsOnAcid
2.48/5 rDev -26.8%
Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear golden orange color with a small head of white foam. The head dissipates rather quickly and ends up disappearing almost completely after 10 minutes or so. No real lacing to speak off except for a few small specks of foam here and there.
The taste is extremely yeasty throughout but it's particularly strong right off the bat. A bit of banana and bubblegum along with a bit of spice. There is a good dose of sweet fruit as well. It's tough to put a finger on which fruits exactly. It seems to be a few different fruits that are blended together pretty well.
The taste follows along closely with the nose. There is a huge yeasty character that is present throughout each sip. The sweet fruit comes in, along with a touch of almost clove-like spice before the whole thing seems to just completely fall off into a pretty bland finish. It's really odd as there seems to be a burst of flavor that hits a brick wall and disappears.
The mouthfeel is a bit fuller for the style and the carbonation seems low. It almost has a slick feeling to it. Despite all this, the beer dries out a bit at the finish. Not many beer with a fuller mouthfeel and low carbonation dry out like this one.
Overall this one was a bit odd. The yeast is perhaps too much in both the taste and the nose. The nose is ok but the same characteristics are in the beginning of each sip and then just disappear into a near flavorless finish.
12-23-2011 02:50:00 | More by ms11781
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
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