Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing

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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 337
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 8.8%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear copper appearnce with 2 finger head that quickly disappears

Smell- fruity and very spicy

Taste - Very smooth and alcohol is well disguised. Tastes just like is smells with fruity and spice notes. Slight sour notes on the palet.

Mouthfeel - decent but slightly watery

Overall - An ok Saison and ok beer. For the high price, I doubt I have much interest to revisit though as there are better offerings out there. (433 characters)

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,946 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A finger and a half worth of slightly airy off-white colored head... Modest retention settles to leave a full thick creamy lush lacing and moderately thick collar... A mix of lively moderately paced carbonation... The color is a pale gold... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Loads of light fruits to start... Pear... Apple... White grape fruit juice... Passion fruit... Some candied sugars... Some hay notes... Slightly musky... A bit funky... Attractive bouquet, but slightly artificial...

T - A blend of apple and white grape juice to start... Passion fruit... Perhaps a hint of kiwi... Some grassy notes lie beneath the surface... Candied sugars... Some booze on the finish that seems to linger a bit...

M - Medium bodied... Quite dense... A bit syrupy... Prickly carbonation... The finish is mostly dry with a hint of chalkiness... The slight booziness lingers in the back of the throat for a while...

D - Not a terrible beer, but there are much better saisons and much better fruit beers... Drinkable, but not something I would recommend nor likely buy again... (1,094 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a dark shade of transparent orange with a two finger white head. A little dark for a saison, but it looks brilliant

S- there's a decent bit of passionfruit in the aroma, with hints of Belgian yeast and a little wheat. It's pretty solid

T- excessively sweet passionfruit. There's also the Belgian flavors from the yeast, that really aren't blending pleasantly with it at all. Just way too sweet IMO

M- it's actually pretty thick....no bueno with all that yeast

O- uh....this fell apart once I took a sip. Maybe a little huge for a saison....this probably could have been better as a passionfruit wheat type thing as opposed to a saison. The yeast just did not mix well with the flavoring (744 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber glass fails to hold any more than a constantly fed and dying head of tight bubbles. Good clarity.

Smell: Sweet esters and Belgian yeast has me thinking Trippel. Fruity with some of the prickly pear earthiness coming through.

Taste: Very sweet, with a bit of sour pucker at the finish. A mild powdery yeast after the swallow and a long slow slightly alcoholic finish. Loads of sugar here, brings the pear flavor out but goes a bit cloying after a bit.

Mouthfeel: Prickles of tiny bubbles in a medium/heavy body. Slick texture coats the mouth and slowly fades away.

Overall: A good beer to bring out the prickly pears better flavors. A big of a bruiser with the heavy alcohol flavor and kick.

A good slow sipper. (741 characters)

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

from 220z bomber

A- pours a light copper color with a white fast receding head that leaves almost no collar or lacing

S- was lemon baked bread with grass and spice

T- was semi tart lemon with a touch of earthy sourness some baked bread and a few citrus hops

M- crisp and tart with low carbonation prichly hops and lemon in the aftertaste

O- an average saison that was to tart with a lemon taste for me it needs more spice and funk, only woth 1 try for me (461 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Poured a nice solid strong clear copper color with some orange edges and a nice golden hue. There is a nice fluffy and active white head at about 1 inch tall.

The aroma is slightly sweet with some passion fruit tartness and some nice pear fruit juice notes. There is definitely some bready malt notes present int the nose.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Starts off with some nice malt sweetness and some grain. This is followed by some nice slight fruit sweetness and some slight tartness.

This is an ok brew. Its not amazing but its note crap. I doubt I would buy this gain though. (636 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a large globe glass. Pours clear and a deep golden in color. Half an inch of whitish foam offers moderate retention, surrendering a bit too quickly in the end. A bit deeper in color for many of the style.

Aroma of yeast and a bit of spice. Touch sweet on the surface yet without any real distraction. Still more of a Belgian Pale aroma than what I might expect from a Saison. Bready grain notes with a touch of lemon.

Flavor is a bit rich for the style and slightly viscous given the light carbonation from the bottle. Some lemon yet trounced by a sweet (relatively that is) apricot presense. Touch of blood orange on the finish.

Feel is a tad rich and sweet and with a light carbonation for the style. Yeast notes are pleasant yet again a bit aside of expectation. Finish is a bit juice like yet not cidery in nature by any means. More of a hint of apple juice in a Tripel kind of way.

Overall worth a visit, yet this beer resides somewhere between a Tripel and a Saison, but is rather thin in body for either...In the end I think I'll take an original Belgian version next time. Interesting aromas yet not really cohesive in the delivery. (1,171 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.32/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Prickly Passion Saison pours a bit of a hazy golden color, with very small head. The smell unfortinuly was one of the worst things i ever smelled, it was sour baby vomit smell, mixed in with some flowers. The taste is very complex. There are some fruits, pears and plums mixed in there, with some flower like flavors, very complex, I cant pick out everything that is going on here. I found it left a strange taste on the tongue, and its just too complex and everything mashes together in a way that conflicts. Overall iam pretty confused about this one, some parts of the taste are good, while others are bad, not sure I would recommend this one. (646 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper golden with a small white head that fades quickly leaving a few strands of lace.

S - Fruity and sweet with a lot of yeasty esters, over ripe banana and faint wheat. The fruit takes on a bad canned fruit aroma after it sits a bit.

T - Passion fruit and pear with a lot of yeasty notes, banana, bubblegum, sweet wheat malt and a touch of spice.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering sweetness.

D - Not a big fan of this one. The flavors don't seem to blend well together. (506 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in beautiful Ft. Collins.

I've been looking to try a fermented drink with prickly pears ever since I read Papazian's description of a prickly pear mead. This beer was good, but did not live up to my lofty expectations.

Looks like a saison. Hazy orange-gold, head of white foam. From first sip it's a bit too sweet and sticky for the style. White wine, black pepper, and clove are the big flavors. Again, the sweet body is out of place, but the flavors are nice. A solid dose of earthy hop bitters helps the beer out. But where is the prickly pear? Nowhere to be found. It's absence alone is enough to make this beer a disappointment to me.

A good saison, but there are plenty of those around these days. (728 characters)

Photo of ms11781
2.54/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a small head of white foam. The head dissipates rather quickly and ends up disappearing almost completely after 10 minutes or so. No real lacing to speak off except for a few small specks of foam here and there.

The taste is extremely yeasty throughout but it's particularly strong right off the bat. A bit of banana and bubblegum along with a bit of spice. There is a good dose of sweet fruit as well. It's tough to put a finger on which fruits exactly. It seems to be a few different fruits that are blended together pretty well.

The taste follows along closely with the nose. There is a huge yeasty character that is present throughout each sip. The sweet fruit comes in, along with a touch of almost clove-like spice before the whole thing seems to just completely fall off into a pretty bland finish. It's really odd as there seems to be a burst of flavor that hits a brick wall and disappears.

The mouthfeel is a bit fuller for the style and the carbonation seems low. It almost has a slick feeling to it. Despite all this, the beer dries out a bit at the finish. Not many beer with a fuller mouthfeel and low carbonation dry out like this one.

Overall this one was a bit odd. The yeast is perhaps too much in both the taste and the nose. The nose is ok but the same characteristics are in the beginning of each sip and then just disappear into a near flavorless finish. (1,480 characters)

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

poured into a snifter.

hazy amber color with a finger's worth of head which quickly disappeared. smells of honey, lemon, olives, basil, oats (almost a new box of cheerios smell). slightly sour up front followed by a very nice traditional saison taste. honey, bread, pepper, and a citrus zest. light bodied, medium carbonation, no lacing at all. this is a very refreshing and very tasty saison. not as much up front with the belgian yeast/peppery taste, which males it stand out. wish it weren't a limited series, but of course, all saisons usually are. very nice and outstanding beer from new belgium brewing co. (613 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1/4" inch of head, poured into a tulip.

Smells of funky and phenolic yeast, pears, and riesling.

It's a very sweet beer, presumably from the passion fruit and pear. It has a little of the standard saison funk and is boozy. Finishes semi-dry.

It has good carbonation and a crisp, light body.

It's an ok beer, but is a miss for the style. It was a bold attempt for a variation but the sweetness and high presence of alcohol were too much for me. (492 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A pale apricot in color with a soft rose pink hue. The head is soft and creamy in appearance, with a light tan color.

S: Slightly tart and a little fruity. Hints of Kiwi, and some dark berries meld with a whole wheat bread aroma. I am also picking out some strawberry and honeydew smells. Definitely some yeast notes.

T: Strawberry and honeydew come out in the form of sweetness, that is followed by a hit a quick tangy notes. There is almost an earthy, fibrous, citrus thing.. Maybe kumquat.

M: Medium light in body, the citrus flavor adds a little bit of a crisp pick me up. There is a softness to this that I like. The carbonation does feel a touch low, but in general I like the mouthfeel.

O: Overall I like it, it is almost a little reminiscent of some white wines, almost. Tasty, refreshing, and dangerously easy drinking. Nice, easy drinking, and quite comfortable with a nice spring breeze blowing through. I could really go for a hunk of cave aged gouda with this guy. (988 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's (from notes)

A: Copper with light lacing.

S: Lots of yeast and farmhouse scents. Wet blanket.

T: A bit of funk with subtle citrus but mostly farmhouse. Subdued odd earthy flavors/aftertaste.

M: Nice and prickly. Coarse bubbly.

O: I think the earthiness came from the prickly pear. (305 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.09/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden/amber color, with a fair 1 finger white head.
Nose; fruity, floral, and a nice tartness (passion fruit I suppose).
Taste; notes of citrus and floral upfront with a hint of grains. Solid tartness with an earthy presence. Finishes with a definitive "meaty cactus" note and lingering tartness with a touch of grains.

Overall; having lived in AZ for numerous years, I am fairly accustomed to the prickly pear cactus and know what it tastes like. It certainly comes through for me and offers a unique addition to this beer. The passionfruit is certainly subtle, but adds a nice tartness which I prefer in a Saison. Additionally, I am impressed with the hidden abv.

Honestly, really surprised at the overall score and opinions on this beer; I dig it! (766 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Tapped from the Lips of Faith, Red/White Surfboard looking Tap Handle into a 10oz Perennial Ales Artisan Ales Stange Glass.

Aroma- Has a nice fruity, sweet aroma with nice pear in the background. Light yeast and a bit of hops but a musky fruit character that brings out the pear even more!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, frothy head that has good retention. Has a light copper colored body with good clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Good amount of citrus starts this one out and then has a bit of pear. Light bitterness at the finish and very light characteristics. No spices.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Citrus, and puckers the tongue on the finish.

Overall Impression- A different Saison and enjoyed how the pear character came out many times throughout both the drink and smell. Would like to see how this is in bottle as well. As a big fan of the Lips of Faith Series, there are many that are better than this one... (1,022 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bailey's PDX during HAF, 12.3.11.

Clear medium gold body with rose colored highlights, nary any head except for thin uneven broken layer of slightly off white foam, hard to judge any dissipation give full pour, decent lacing. Nose and taste mirrored, prickly pear sweetness more noticeable on taste, balanced by decent dose of coriander that's more prevalent in the nose. Mouthfeel just on light side of medium, good effervescence. An interesting Saison, but nothing I'd want to drink on a regular basis. (515 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (2,177 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 20 Dec 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Medium sized tight beige head. Medium carbonation. Clear rosy amber color. Aroma is fruity and floral. Starts floral and fruity-syrupy, passionfruit maybe, some yeast. Towards the middle the fruitiness fades a little and becomes more of a regular saison. Medium slick body, warming ethanol. Touch of clove at the end. Finishes sweet and yeasty.

Interesting but not likely to come back to this. (471 characters)

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