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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing

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330 Ratings

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Doodler on 11-02-2011)
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Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

champ103, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of alwaysanswerb
4/5  rDev +18%

alwaysanswerb, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

elNopalero, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%

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

dirtylou, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

ocelot2500, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +18%

TheSquire23, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Kopfschuss
2/5  rDev -41%

Kopfschuss, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4/5  rDev +18%

UTCengOwl, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

JohnGalt1, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3/5  rDev -11.5%

WYVYRN527, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +18%

pwsoldier, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
3/5  rDev -11.5%

gkunkle, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of DeSoto
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

DeSoto, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

brewcrew76, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Pintofbrown, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of dankster
3.83/5  rDev +13%

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.

dankster, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18%

1koolspud, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18%

TenHornsProud, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

EricCioe, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

zaphodchak, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of JebediahScooter
4/5  rDev +18%

JebediahScooter, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%

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]

TexIndy, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18%

horrorspecialty, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18%

RedHaze, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sorvats
4/5  rDev +18%

sorvats, Nov 16, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.