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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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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 Viciousknishs
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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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 peacehammer
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

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Photo of champ103
3.21/5  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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
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

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of DeSoto
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gonna try this Saison from New Belgium. Hopefully it sticks to the style as much as it can. I love Hennepin. So with the adding of prickly pear and passion fruit this style sounds exciting.

Bottle: 22oz. bomber
Served into a 15 oz. snifter
No bottle date

Appearance: Reddish golden hue to this one. Very little head and retention was minimal. Looks good for the style. A little too much clarity. Not enough funky haze.

Smell: Great yeast profile. Can pick up a small amount of passion fruit. But works well. Not too overwhelming. Really surprised.

Taste: Nice sour notes, but not long on the drink. Real simple and straight forward. Not enough funk like in the appearance. Wanted a little bit more from this one.

Mouthfeel: Too clean. Still want more sourness from the yeast or malt. Okay, but does the style little justice.

Overall: A good drink. Maybe the extra fruit listed made me more curious than normal. Okay drink but not a must have for Barnyard folk.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Prickly Passion Saison was had on-tap at the Sanctuary. It was served in a flute-tulip glass.

Appearance- The head is very airy and puffy, reaching about two-fingers in width. There is a bunch of lace as the head degrades at a glacial pace. The body is a pretty amber-orange with some gold and ruby highlights.

Smell- The slight sour zest from the fruit and earthy yeast is first up in the nose. Then the passion fruit and pear juice completely overwhelms, and it does so in a very good way. It is very sweet and slightly sour. Always enjoy unique beer profiles!

Taste- The fruit of the drink includes red apple and pear notes. Passion fruit sneaks in there and really starts to fill the palate. Sweet is definitely more noticeable than the sour.

The finish has a very unique vanilla and smokey note to it. It must be how the yeast is interacting with all that sweet fruit. I probably would score this much higher if there was a little more zing from the sour and musty side of this saison.

Mouth feel- The feel is just okay. Nothing going on that makes it easier to drink. It is bordering on light, and it is a little too fizzy on the tongue for my taste.

Overall- This really is a unique beer, and the positive aspects of discovering this beer outweigh the parts I did not enjoy.

This would be pretty remarkable if New Belgium went more extreme with the musty yeast of a saison. Or even better, if they kicked up the sour quality to counter-act how incredibly sweet this fruity cocktail is.

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Photo of dankster
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from quail creek.

Clear orange with a touch of amber. not much head or lacing

Smell is very sweet and fruity. more than the average saison. heavy pear and even cactus noted.

Taste is sweet with some citrus but more tart fruits are present. cactus is more noted as the brew warms. very unique taste that i personally like but some might not get. pear comes though better when cold.

Mouth is slick and clean like all lips of faith imo.

overall a different take on classic saison's but i like it. the price is a tad heavy at 8 a bomber but great for the holidays. might age well but not sure may have to try.

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

This pours 'pink-orange, grapefruit' according to the lady, with a one finger eggshell head that faded quickly for me. On the nose there are notes of banana, green apples, that soft wheat character that I sometimes find in saisons, and yeast. In the mouth, it broadens out a bit with wheat bread providing a base for the sweeter fruit notes and esters to ride on top. It's well-integrated. It's a little broad and softer than I normally like in saisons, which I often reach for on hotter days of the summer to quench thirst with some style.

Overall, I can't speak to any one aspect of this beer that didn't come out fine, but the end product isn't anything extraordinary. There are better saisons I think, but this is by no means not a good one. It just didn't speak to me.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of white head that retains a bit. Clear amber body.

Smell is typical saison. Some Belgian yeast, a bit of spice, relatively little funk.

Taste is sort of biscuity (or perhaps bready, some solid, neutral base), with some of the sweetness that I can only guess is prickly pear. Black pepper comes in at the end, which is faintly bitter. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is relatively bright, but not too 'prickly' (pun intended).

It's pretty good, even as a non saison-lover. Not outstanding, but good.

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but was just released so it's fresh. It was a clear copper color with slight carb streams. It had a small fizzy head that quickly settled into a thin, incomplete collar. Minimal lacing and none sticking.

The aroma was good with the tropical fruit in the lead but quickly followed with more traditional saison elements. Pretty sweet smelling so was worried that it might taste too sweet but it didn't. It's sweet but there is just enough yeast and spice to keep it down. I do wish the mix was higher on the yeast/spice. As-is it's a fruity saison instead of a saison with fruit highlights. Mouthfeel is light with good carb levels and a fruity finish. Not really dry like a normal saision.

Overall, an interesting take on the style that does somewhat succeed. If you are wanting a pure saison you'll be disappointed but if you are open to a new take and don't mind sweeter beers then you are in for a treat. Avail here in TX. Seasonal I believe but maybe one-time release. Rotation - interesting enough that I'm going to get at least one or two more for now. [O;Y]

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Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden brown with a nice white head that fades to a small layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty inviting. The typical Saison aromas are there with notes of lemon zest and fruity esters along with a passion fruit sweetness.

T: Wow this thing is pretty sweet but it works. The fruit juices are at the forefront with a nice sweetness which is followed by the clove and esters from the Saison yeast.

M: The feel is medium bodied and only slightly drying on the finish.

O: The was tasty and an interesting take on a Saison. Definitely not traditional but I appreciate what they did here. I'd drink it again for sure...I may grab another and lay it down for a while to see how it develops.

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Photo of ZSimon
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Westpark Beer and Wine, Richmond, VA. Purchased after New Belgium "Beer Theater" featuring NB brewmaster Peter Bouckaert.

Pours brilliant, clear amber-y orange, a surprise from a style that is more typically pale and cloudy. But lack of yeast sediment doesn't prevent the yeast from doing its job and providing a wild range of fruity esters as well as a drying finish. A subdued nose is the weak point, if there is one. If anything, it sets expectations a bit lower, which only enhances the powerfully fruity flavors of mango, sweet bubblegum, and a healthy dose of bittering hops. Mouthfeel is typical of New Belgium, which is to say, exceptional- mouth-filling but slightly slick, though the flavors definitely stick around well afterward. Prickly pear and passionfruit additions might be tough to source year-round, I would love to see this one-off Lips of Faith (or something similar) added to the rotation.

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Photo of artcurtis
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my NB globe.
Pours nice deep and golden. Smallish, light head. Very nice looking, even though the head disappears rather quickly.

S - Fruit and alcohol. Especially fruit. Really like the nose on this. The fruit doesn't have a sweet smell, but rather refreshing.

t - Pretty good. Definitely improves as it gets closer to room temp. Cold fridge is too cold for this one for sure. The fruit mingles nicely with the Saison flavors. Pretty typical of the style, very tasty. Nice, subtle alcohol notes and a almost sweet-free frutiiness.

m - Pretty on point for a Saison. If you are familiar with the style, no surprises here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Not mindblowing, but a very solid, tasty Saison. Definitely recommended if you enjoy the style.

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