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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing

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325 Ratings

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Ratings: 325
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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Photo of zhanson88


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a bright, golden orange with about 2" of fizzy white head. Slight lacing and below average retention. Not exactly saison-looking in color, but it is an attractive looking beer in terms of color and clarity.

Smell: Lots of bubblegum, banana and clove in this. Some juicy grapefruit, passion-fruit, and citrus become more prevalent as the beer warms more, but it isn't nearly as dominant as I was expecting. Not bad.

Taste: Lots of citrus, clove, and banana up front. Hints of pale malts and juicy fruitiness in the middle and on the back end. Finish has some floral hops and more fruit. Again, there isn't nearly as much fruit in this as I was anticipating, more a complement to the base beer. The saison in this beer isn't stellar, but it is decent. Overall, combines to make a passable beer.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, low carbonation. A bit dead for the style. Overall, I did enjoy this beer. Seemed interesting enough when I picked it up. Not necessarily something I'd have again, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:30:20 | More by zhanson88
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:03:47 | More by zeledonia
Photo of John_M


3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The is attractive, showcasing some honey, citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, Though there's also some light butter on the palate, and there's a hint of bitterness on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, tropical fruit finish. Alcohol is well disguised, and I was surprised to see the 8.5% abv.

While nothing extraordinary, this was still aa pretty tasty beer I thought.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 21:34:06 | More by John_M
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 06:57:59 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of chodinheaven


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber color with some soft carbonation visible. Small and bubbly white head that dissapates down to a thin sheet of bubbly patches very quickly. Minimal lacing. The smell is pleasant in it's passion fruit character and soft aroma of pear. A touch of alcohol and floral hops, but mostly a big whiff of pleasant smelling passion fruit and pears.

The taste is more bold than the aroma with a big and lingering juicy hit of passion fruit that leads into a softer hint of pear in the finish. The hops remain floral and a bit herbal with a small background feel of bread. The alcohol hits a little bit in the finish with a soft breath and doesn't become overbearing at any point. It actually seems to help with the balance, which is a bit out of whack with the bold and juicy passion fruit taste. The lingering aftertaste is a bit syrupy after a bone dry finish and has a strange band-aid linger to it that is slightly off-putting, but doesn't hurt the overall experience too much. Maybe its just an overripe fruit kind of taste. A medium to high carbonation level has a somewhat filling effect but that bone dry finish mellows it out a little.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. The character is bold and, even though its fruity, its not cloying by any means. Worth at least one try.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 06:23:34 | More by chodinheaven
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3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:03:36 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull orange with a 3-finger white head, nice ring and a moderate amount of lace.

The nose is exotic and vineous (like some sort of oddball rose) with mandarin orange, peach, cherry and a ripe tropical funk smelling of dried mangos and passionfruit. I have no idea what a prickly pear cactus fruit tastes like so maybe it's in there, who knows. The malt has that typical Saison-crackery vibe while the yeast gives off a bit of pepper and a major clove tone.

The palate is a dry, spicy, frothy explosion of that creamy-crackery malt joined by more flavors of tropical fruits and a hoppy leafiness. The brew is very mildly bitter and replaces the tropical fruits with tree fruits (peach and cherry) on the long, dry finish. As a whole, the fruit is much milder on the palate, yielding to the dry malt and intense clove character.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I didn't really find too many faults with it- thought the fruit could have been bolder on the palate- but it didn't wow me all that much. With its dry, vineous qualities, however, this is pretty high on my list for food pairings. It paired awesomely with the simple salad I was eating- Japanese noodles, broccoli, napa cabbage, steak and a sesame-ginger vinagrette. The food brought out the sweeter, tropical fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 22:29:41 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Photo of theformula


3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-07-2011 02:06:11 | More by theformula
Photo of Unchi


4/5  rDev +18%

12-06-2011 23:51:52 | More by Unchi
Photo of kiki3drt292


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-06-2011 05:57:37 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of Zorro


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan head.

Smell is a bit funky. Sweet and spicy scent with fairly strong pineapple. Smells a little sour possibly from passion fruit. Can't really make out the prickly pear, there is a fairly strong guava scent.

Starts out barely sweet at all, much drier than it smells. Not as spicy as it smells there is a woody flavor with a mild sweet and sour flavor from the passion fruit. Can't taste any prickly pear, from the times I had it in the Boy Scouts it was mildly sweet and not all that strong tasting. Not really picking up on coriander at all, there is a nice powdery yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little light.

Overall a funky beer. No real expectation to purchase this again, it is an interesting novelty though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 04:11:58 | More by Zorro
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-06-2011 01:52:19 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours crystal clear orange color with a finger of off white head. Poor retention.

S- smells of under ripe banana, sweet passion fruit and an estery saison yeast.

T- starts off with a passion fruit sweetness, green under ripe banana and plantains. Dry malt flavor with a estery belgian saison yeast on the finish.

MF- gooey mouthfeel witha medium body. Active medium carbonation.

D- slightly cloying not great drinkability.

Overall a great idea just a little poorly done. Not bad not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 01:21:28 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of kjkinsey


4/5  rDev +18%

12-05-2011 22:48:09 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of Oboogie


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-05-2011 22:20:55 | More by Oboogie
Photo of RedneckBeerz


3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured part of a 22 oz. bottle into a Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass which produced a golden yellow brew with a smidge of haze and a snow white half inch of head that dwindled almost as soon as it was poured. Minor ringed lacing around the glass.

The smell is very unique, although it's definately a Belgium Ale smell. Shaken with the glass under a coaster the smell is BOLD ... I don't know a description for it. It's not malt, or fruit, or sugar, it's just a BOLD aroma. Uncovered, the brew smells like Belgium crystal sugars.

The flavor is earthy yeasts, crystal sugars, and minor malts. Minimal tartness, medium dry on the tongue, with medium low carbination. This is my 1st Saison/Farmhouse Ale and my 6th Belgium Style brew and I've come to the conclusion that basically, of the styles that I have tryed, there is just to friggin much crystal sugars for me. They remind me more of wine than beer. Don't get me wrong, I am amazed at the brewing, fermenting processes that these "brews" go through. The multiple yeasts and fermentation temperatures, the ageing and bottle conditioning is amazing, but damned; the crystal sugars just overwhelm these brews TO ME (but then....I am a redneck).

I loved Alagash Four, Westmale Trappist Dupple, and St. Bernardus Abt. 12, but while the other 5 Belgium styles that I have tryed were very complex. it all came back to the crystal sugars. Even with an open mind, alot of these "brews" are beyond what I would consider joyful drinking. The sad part for ME is that every time I go to purchase beer, it seems like some other brewer is on the "Let's brew a Belgium" bandwagon.

Ok getting down off my bandwagon. To me this brew misses on the fruity aroma and flavor. I picked up no spice and the bitterness was on the low side and the touch of sweetness was more like a shovel full.

Perhaps more cellering would make this an outstanding brew, but as I drink it right now it is a C brew at best.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 14:44:32 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of HellesGood


4/5  rDev +18%

12-04-2011 21:57:03 | More by HellesGood
Photo of Halcyondays


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a medium white head, with very good retention and solid lace.

S: Clear malt character with some honeycomb and citrus. Herbal honey.

T: Has a fair amount of red fruit and spice. Not a lot more. A one-dimensional flavour. A good taste, but really not bringing anything new to the table.

M: Firm carbonation, medium-bodied, biting, frothy, a clear experience from the CO2.

O: This is an interesting beverage. The aftertaste is quite nice and brings some complexity. Overall it's solid, just has nothing to grab you. Well made, just overpriced at $7 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 07:14:15 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of peacehammer


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Aroma of sweet fruit, and yeast.  Pear notes present as well. Pours a nice orange. Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Lots of passion fruit flavor, pear as well. Some alcohol notes on the finish.  Worth a try, but nothing amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:39:45 | More by peacehammer
Photo of TwinButte

South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Monks in Sioux Falls SD.

As far as Saisons go, this is a good one. The smell is very much that of a saison and has the flavor of one too but not as strong as most are. It has a strong malty backbone that drinks more like a pilsner. Light carbonation with fair amount of lacing.

Overall I was happy with this offering but it isn't a real strong saison. It has the funk but not enough. Love the high ABV!

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 22:42:01 | More by TwinButte
Photo of champ103


3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger fluffy white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Kind of dank and musky. A light sweetness, very light fruit. Kind of bland.
T: Again, just kind of musky, dank, and sweet. I am not really getting any passion fruit or prickly pear.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Clean and smooth. I wish it was much dryer though. Not hard to drink. Enjoyable, if unremarkable.

Just a safe version of a Saison. I really wish this was dryer with more prickly pear coming through. I can't really recommend this, but nothing bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 21:10:26 | More by champ103
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4/5  rDev +18%

12-03-2011 06:18:51 | More by alwaysanswerb
Photo of elNopalero


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

Another in the New Belgium Lips of Faith series. Brewed with prickly pears (tunas) and passion fruit. Smells like a saison, looks like a saison… even tastes like a saison. Not a funky saison, rather one that’s toned down and has a malty, tacky finish. I don’t pick up on the tuna flavors, but I am also keeping in mind that tunas are by nature delicately flavored and mostly water/fruit fiber. As for the passion fruit? I can’t even think of what these look like, let alone how they taste. Regardless this beer is enjoyable and works well as a creative saison. I’d say the most distinguishing feature that sets it apart is the curious, lingering mouthfeel. Stronger than most at 8.5% but hardly noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 20:57:14 | More by elNopalero
Photo of dirtylou


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
Photo of ocelot2500


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:08:17 | More by ocelot2500
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.