Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison - New Belgium Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
11-12-2011 21:21:38 | More by ZSimon
4.1/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
11-05-2011 04:06:43 | More by artcurtis
3.9/5 rDev +15%
22 oz bomber. Pours a golden copper with a white head and sticky lacing. Nose is fruity esters and spice with bready yeasts. Smells like a winter saison (Hiver/ Noel). Not as much fruit up front as I expected from the description. The inclusion of a combination of passion fruit and prickly pear juices, along with the malt-forward ale yeasts and light, sweet bubblegum flavors make this a unique brew. Is nicely carbonated, dry and holds a balanced bitterness on the finish. Certainly different. Try for yourself and see.
11-02-2011 03:08:52 | More by Doodler
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.