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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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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 kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head, decent retention and excellent lacing on a hazy crimson with golden hues body.

S: fruity saison aroma but more on the pear side as advertised. Also some strawberry green apple.

T: fruity, mostly apple and pear, with a strong malt profile than many other saisons. A syrupy sweet finish.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and nice moist finish.

Overall: A very easy to drink saison. A little syrupy in the texture but is a nice touch.

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Photo of brentk56
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky ecru head that strands a fair amount of lace

Smell: The fruit elements from the prickly pear and passion fruit come through, but where I would expect yeasty complexity underneath I get sugary sweetness

Taste: Starts out with a sugary character that is joined by the prickly pear and passion fruit at mid-palate; rather syrupy, after the swallow, with a honeyed aspect in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat syrupy; moderate carbonation

Overall: I like the fruit flavors infused in this beer but that is about all I like; otherwise, too sweet and syrupy and certainly not something that I would characterize as a Saison

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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great textural silkscreen on the bottle, a keeper design in the series. Tiny inkjet batch code printed on the lower green band: "111021031"

Poured the majority of the bottle into a tulip glass, resulting in a couple fingers of creamy eggshell foam. Frothy splashes of lace decorate the glass as it settles. Color is a deeply saturated amber orange, looks like a sunset. Bright clarity, lasting head retention.

Fresh green botanical aroma, earthy Belgian yeast, weeds. Warming up there's some phenolic yeast notes, clove and spice.

Some light bitterness, herbal, weedy, yeasty clove, coriander, husky toasted malt coarseness, dry finish. Seems like a textbook saison here, not getting much overt prickly pear, or anything tropical really. Very dry finish, not much sweetness really. Aftertaste of honey and bubblegum (there's the hint of prickly pear) though no residual sugars. Medium bodied, effervescent carbonation. Overall easy enough to drink, I wouldn't seek it out again, though I wouldn't turn it down either. Just a good saison, nothing too exotic.

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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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours a clear golden orange with a dense white head. Sweet fruit dominates the nose. Sugar and mango and pear make up most of the aroma. There is a bit of bread and yeast without much yeast/ester/phenol. Sweet fruit with a bit of bread and cracker malt flavor. Quite a bit of passion fruit with a little less of an emphasis on the prickly pear. A touch of grass on the finish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.86/5  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.

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Photo of oline73
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a finger of fluffy white head. Solid retention and mild lacing.

Smell: A little bit sweet with lots of grain coming through. Lots of herbal notes and a bit soapy.

Taste: Herbal up front with Belgian spice from the yeast. Not particularly fruity, which is a bit disappointing. Sweet grain and a bit watery overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall: The taste was alright but not nearly full enough. I wouldn't have this one again.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Musty notes of honey, clove, and pineapple (passion fruit?).

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with some clove and pepper. Vinous notes of white wine and honey in the middle with a finish full of pear, pineapple, and herbal hops.

M - A somewhat thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice blend of fruity malt and spicy yeast character that makes for a complex drink. My only complaint is the sweetness of the finish which hurts the drinkability and makes the fruity character seem a bit flabby and more one-dimensional than it might otherwise be.

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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 mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright coppery color in the big tulip glass. Pleasant foam and spritzy mouthfeel. Nose of fermenting fruit.

What a classic Saison taste. It starts out sweet and fruity, then morphs into a dry, stony sensation. Amazing transformation with every sip. Through it all is a tangy taste with plenty of fruit. Tangerine peel and cornbread come to mind. Very light body, but alcohol seems to be completely hidden. Malty with that Belgian yeasty bitterness that goes well with the rich aromatics.

This is a tasty beer with a strongly flavored mouthful. Unfortunately it goes down very fast. Another one for the education in the Saison style but it's a very agreeable drink. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a half pint of this at Max's in Baltimore. Color is a cloudy yellow, faint head. Smell is of faint fruitiness. Taste is light bodied, get the nice Belgian yeasts upfront with a subtle pear like finish. A bit of an interesting flavor, luckily the fruitiness doesn't overtake the beer and tends to stay balanced, but compared to other saison's I've tried this one just seems about average. ABV is well hidden and makes for a nice beer, just nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Brassy hue, crackling lace

SMELL: Medicinal, musty yeast, herbal, grainy, exotic fruit, mint, watermelon rind, green peppercorn

TASTE: Mild crispness, slick mouthfeel, spicy, mint, orangey, exotic fruit, peppery, bready, mild funk, yeast, warming alcohol, biscuity, faint tobacco, grainy semi-dry finish.

A good stab at the whole saison thing, I personally think the saison fad is wavering and only a handful really stand out. Too much booziness, the fruit gets lost from the alcohol and spiciness of the yeast. Not my bag baby ... pretty hard to drink this one but give it a go if you like the boozier saisons.

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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 feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't have a bottle, drinking off tap, so I won't be reading the silly label copy for you. Instead, just click the link, and see how awful it is for yourself. (I had a bottle, but shared it with a friend, knowing I had a keg to tap soon.)

(Hold the phone! A little Googling leads me to realize that stuff on the website is not the label copy, which I suddenly remember more clearly now. A found it reprinted on another blog/site/thing, and here it is: Peter [Bouckaert, Brewmaster] picked a prickly pear and paired it with a passion fruit. 'Perfect! Pitch it in!' he proclaimed. Now we have this pleasing prickly passion saison brewed with fruit juices and french saison yeast to our brewmaster's picking.

We've got a saison, flavored with prickly pear juice and passion fruit. It's clear and amber-colored (ostentatious-ly, nonetheless), with creamy off-white foam that starts big and slims down, but sticks around. Tiny dots, with big pools.

Aromatics: Sweetness and spice. Belgian yeast. Very fruity. Peach and apricot, passion fruit, melon, mango, and mellow pear. With funk and spice mingling in.

Taste: Starts with mild bitterness, leads into fruit, gets right into Belgian yeast character, while remaining a smooth ride. Soft, supple, and almost creamy. Very clean, other than the tasty Belgian yeast component. Well-integrated mix of fruit, nothing too "off" in this, quite delicious. Yup. Deee-licious.

Lightish body, long, lean, fruity finish. Lingering bitterness happily matched the malt and yeast character. I haven't called this "yummy" yet, but I'm close to doing so.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 22 oz bottle of Prickly Passion Saison

Clear golden beer with a white head. The aroma is very fruity,with a clear note of apple cider and hints of pears and apricots

A very fruity saison, with plenty of yeast too. Lightly funky. Lingering aftertaste. Only slight presence of alcohol.

Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

Unique and interesting brew, but not tempted to return (unless/until I acquire a taste for funk).

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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer served in a New Belgium globe glass because I have one and I like doing this.

Beer is pink / red with almost no head, no carbonation, no lacing. Nothing.

Aroma is yeasty and sweet, interesting.

Beer is way way too sweet, a little alcoholy and there is no fruit flavors in there and I've had prickly pear fruit. Nothing, not interesting nothing.

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Photo of stakem
1.98/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head.. The aroma is heavy on the fruit with some Belgian yeast, a little bit of alcohol and some biscuit malt. The flavor is quite a bit more complex than the aroma. I get a ton of prickly pear notes, as well as some passion fruit and Belgian yeast. There is also some nice white pepper notes as well as some other mixed spice and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I liked this one.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had purchased this bottle during my most recent visit to my aunt & uncle in DC and put it aside awaiting a slow moment. I just returned from Christmas dinner and things could not be slower at Abbaye de Chandler aka Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Peter picked a prickly pear and paired it with a passion fruit. 'Perfect! Pitch it in!' he proclaimed. Now we have this pleasing Prickly Passion Saison brewed with fruit juices and French Saison yeast to our brewmaster's picking."

I was interested while watching the cascading action of my pour eventually result in two-plus fingers of fizzy, tawny head with surprisingly good retention. The nose had the unmistakable mustiness of Saison yeast, but it also included a sweet fruitiness not wholly unlike bubble gum. Color was a hazy deep-amber. Mouthfeel was kind of on the effervescent/fizzy side and the taste was quite sweet, very fruity which cut some of the mustiness of the yeast. Finish was likewise sweet, but not cloying. The fruit juice(s) commingled nicely with the yeast to produce a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of billab914
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
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