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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

326 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | 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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KimenTshom

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

01-21-2012 04:58:16 | More by KimenTshom
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GrumpyJunglist

California

2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: poured a very clear light brown color. Looked very frizzy on the initial pour. very bubbly head that faded way too fast.

S: smelled like more like a wheat beer with big fruity tones.

T: I hate to say this because it admits i drank it, but it kind of reminded me of Budweiser wheat w/ some fruit juice.

M: very confusing mouth to me, the finish was nothing like a saison.

O: Has to be one of the worst lips of faith beers I have had, Kick was awesome, clutch was okay, the dry hoped pale was pretty good, but this is junk.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:16:47 | More by GrumpyJunglist
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dirtylou

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 17:35:14 | More by dirtylou
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out an orangish-amber with a flash head and minimal lacing. There are some medium sized sediment floaters in the glass, as well. Heavier side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells and tastes of sweet pineapple and passionfruit with a caramel malt and lemon verbena herbal accents. The flavor has an additional emphasis on green appleskins and musty malts that wasn't apparent from the nose. There is also a significant cooked vegetable off-flavor that I would have expected from a macro, not from New Belgium. It could have been a good brew if not for that off-flavor, and sadly I cannot recommend this one because of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 21:17:31 | More by WastingFreetime
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Sumner. Thanks man.

The beer is clear and golden orange hued with a small head that fades rapidly. The aroma offers dank hops, earth, fruit, alcohol. The flavor offers fruity hops and booze. Not too good. A few ounces of this beer is more than I need. Out of balance. Low carbonation with too much alcohol in the flavor. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:02:48 | More by Huhzubendah
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber into FFF XV pint...

A- Golden orange color with a two finger, light off white head. Foamy and spotted lacing about.

S- Smells like an American saison, yeast and esters are subtle and soft. Definitely get the light fruit prickly pear aroma. Peppery in the end.

T/M- A little sweeter than I like my saisons. Nice fruit flavors and yeast funk, though still not as full of farm flavors and phenols as the real deal. Bitterness is on the back end, but dissolves before finishing too harsh. Hops contribute floral flavor. Alcohol genuinely shows its face, not my cup of tea in a saison... Body is medium and a little too full per style. Carbonation could be kicked up also.

O- Would have enjoyed this more if released during summer months I think, but still wouldn't have loved it. Just too full, sweet, and alcoholic for a saison. Drop the ABV to a little under 5 and I'd be on board for a prickly pear saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 19:38:38 | More by TheGordianKnot
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freduardo

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

03-17-2012 03:55:55 | More by freduardo
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Reed

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

07-14-2012 18:30:38 | More by Reed
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zeledonia

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:03:47 | More by zeledonia
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MordorMongo


2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

01-14-2013 17:02:29 | More by MordorMongo
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aubrey


2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

11-04-2012 04:16:39 | More by aubrey
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Skunkdrool

California

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

02-18-2014 19:09:04 | More by Skunkdrool
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northstar23

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

10-09-2013 18:13:35 | More by northstar23
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KVNBGRY

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

08-01-2012 04:04:16 | More by KVNBGRY
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argock

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:14:23 | More by argock
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neorunner

Virginia

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 14:55:10 | More by neorunner
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billab914

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 19:33:31 | More by billab914
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2011 19:14:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 00:20:08 | More by StaveHooks
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jsh420

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:18:42 | More by jsh420
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:17:20 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 23:53:13 | More by beertunes
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-08-2012 04:45:14 | More by beerbrains
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3/5  rDev -11.5%

06-19-2012 20:59:49 | More by hiphopj5
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sneth019

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.5%

02-26-2012 22:37:55 | More by sneth019
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.