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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
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126 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 338
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 16
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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 338
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the Wine Source. In a mini tulip.

A: The saison is amber, a melange of orange and golden brown. Still transparent, I can clearly see whatever I put on the other side of the glass. The first pour generated a small white head, not much lacing, that quickly dissapated; a thin wisp of head is all that remains.

S: Mildly tart fruit juices mix with musty Belgian yeast. Green apples, ginger and lemongrass are strong, plenty of sweetness to go around. Light breadiness follows before transitioning back to the fruits. The aromas are just wigged out enough to be a saison.

T: Sweetly spiced, the pears and passion fruit add a mildly tart juciness. The yeast adds more fruitiness with a bit of an edge. As with the other fruited Lips of Faith offerings, the sweetness overruns most of the Belgian aspects, although a saison is so nebulous that it tends to do okay. There are light candi sugars, adding to the fruity sweetness. Breadiness is faint in the aftertaste. Interesting with a bit of prickly tartness.

M: Another sweet fruit beer, perhaps a little too much so. But hey, I'm just happy to have access to the Lips of Faith series. (1,155 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/orange color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hint of hops, strong floral, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, floral, slight hops, and a hint of dough. Overall, lacking in appearance, good feel, and average aroma and body. (446 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick, fizzy head and no residual foaming. Syrupy looking bronze color with nice bubbling.

Yeasty, passsion fruity aroma with a little toasted cracker malt and light limey citric hop aroma.

Light, syrupyness to the palate along with a slow minor heat wave on teh finish and linger. Fruity, yeasty, dry, and a little tart. You can taste the passion fruit, but not overwhelming. A nice addition to the beer. Theres also a limey flavor I'm thinking is from teh hops mixing with the passion fruit. An intersting saison. Glad I tried this fruity, tart, sipper. (557 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had on tap at Bryant lake Bowl (from notes). It arrives brilliant reddish amber with a thin white foam collar. Fruit nose and palate. On the palate a subtle sweetness blends with a touch of bitter, a hint of oak and a touch of sour.Medium light body and above average carbonation. It strikes me as a hybrid between a beer and a wine. (333 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
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 (580 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a clear, dark reddish amber with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale golden head that leaves some good lacing. Strong, crisp, fruity aroma has notes of pear, banana and - is that prickly pear? I get a hint of pomegranate. Rich, fruity, malty flavor has banana, pear and butterscotch notes - and what must be prickly pear cactus. Smooth, firm-bodied, lively texture leaves a satisfying fruity and fizzy finish. (422 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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". (927 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Some off-white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lace.

(S)- A vibrant yeasty fruit profile: peach, pear, white grape, and apple.

(T)- Similar to the smell, but even heavier on the yeast. Some fruits, but a bit muted compared to the smell.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level and an ok balance, though not as dynamic or as vibrant as the smell led me to anticipate. Some good fruits, but rather muddled and more in a sweeter sense.

(D)- Overall, not bad, but not all that great either. I would say save your $ for something else. (597 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like grassy and waxy hops, with wild yeast and fresh wheat and sweet prickly pear juice.
T: It tasted like sweet prickly pear juice and sour Belgian yeast, with grassy and waxy hops and fresh wheat. It had a sweet and sour and bitter aftertaste that was nice and clean.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Surprisingly heavy and thick.
D: This was a nice balanced and complex beer. Not really delicious, but the scent and taste and body were all enjoyable. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Probably best fresh. Interesting beer to try at least once. I liked it. (665 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a very clear, deep gold-amber with a finger of off white head.

Smell. Fruity belgian yeast and some sweet pears, green grapes, and apples.

Taste. Again the fruity belgian yeast, some light fruits and a bit of sweet grains.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer for a summer day. Easy drinking. (346 characters)

Photo of argock
2.83/5  rDev -17%
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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet leaning saison, a bit mono-dimensional and forgettable.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Large yellow image of a prickly pear cactus and open flowers. Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a fair creamy head, moderate retention and surface memory with minimal strokes of lacing.

S - Generic sweetness with a yeasty note… Slight sense of fruit...

T - Sweet range, lightly yeasty, generic fruitiness softly approaching the prickly pear but little else… Maybe a touch of the passion fruit in the medicinal tropical hint. Maybe the French yeast is pushing that sweet edge?

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a fair sugary flow...

O - Quaffable and relatively approachable, maybe more so for a generic audience. But I'd rather offer more stimulating stuff, even to the non-initiated with Saisons...

Notes: Another blah, blah serving from New Belgium… They can do great things or so I thought, but this new range of bombers introduced to the region. Dunno… from fair to forgettable... (1,121 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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 (328 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a hazy orange with thick foam and good lacing. Smells sweeter than most brews, belgian yeasts, banana and sweet fruit. Taste is of sweet belgian yeast with fruity and peppery notes.
Its obviously not a brew trying to win any awards, but its delicious, fun, and most importantly different and innovative. Nice brew. (352 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into new Belgium globe.

A: pour a sparkly clear copper color with dense white head, sticky lacing is present, minimal head retention

S: nose is very floral with fruity accents of passion fruit and citrus, notes of hibiscus along with some farmhouse yeast character. This has a very unique aroma.

T: taste starts with candied tropical fruit followed by a significant tartness pair with floral notes and a spices Belgian yeast finish. Nice range of flavors, this is an interesting and refreshing spin on a Saison

Mf: light body, high carbonation

O: this brew seems to be a little reserved in the dimension of funk and in its place are waves of floral and herbal notes. The prickly pear adds a unique dimension and provides an interesting take on the style. (767 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bright clear copper with a thin off-white head that left no lacing.

Aroma of pear, candy sugar and floral notes.

Tasted of juicy pear, honey, candy sugar and spicy yeast. The 8.5% alcohol was very well-hidden.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this Saison from New Belgium. Maybe a touch too sweet but interesting. (370 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pear and apple with Belgian yeast, banana, clove, coriander, lemon zest, and some bready malts.

T - Starts off with some lightly tart pear and apple flavor with some bubblegum, banana, and clove yeast flavors. Through the middle, some more yeast character comes through with some farmhouse flavors, and bready malts. The finish is a mix of light tart fruit flavors with some bready malt, yeast flavors, and banana lingering.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly tart, dry, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. The fruit flavors add a nice element to the beer without being too strong. (784 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of Chaney
1.78/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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... (902 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruits, flowers and spicy musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet fruits, banana and toasty malts with some rye-like spice and a fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I'd search out. (415 characters)

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