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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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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -11.5%

09-12-2013 19:58:04 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-21-2012 01:33:55 | More by imperialking
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 19:20:24 | More by akorsak
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 20:00:50 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:32:27 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

1.95/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 19:23:11 | More by stakem
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Zorro

California

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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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-06-2012 21:19:12 | More by duceswild
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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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John_M

Oregon

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
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

05-08-2012 01:35:36 | More by Gonzoillini
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 05:12:46 | More by JohnGalt1
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

12-03-2012 20:36:03 | More by sendbeer
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afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

04-09-2014 04:55:36 | More by afsdan
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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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Tone

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 13:11:12 | More by Tone
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 03:27:36 | More by chinchill
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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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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +18%

03-05-2012 01:39:22 | More by THECPJ
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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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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 23:44:42 | More by scruffwhor
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:35:11 | More by bluejacket74
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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".

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:07:06 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 20:01:31 | More by Cyberkedi
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.5%

07-03-2013 20:50:15 | More by WOLFGANG
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.