Lips Of Faith - Peach Porch Lounger - New Belgium Brewing
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3.58/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours very pale golden with slight haze. Thin layer of white bubbles, even with an attempt at vigorous pouring in the latter stages of the pour. Nose has a tingly, perfumey peach character. On the palate, there's a mingling of sour and peach flavors that is medium thick, not quite syrupy. Perfume takes over more as it warms. Good carbonation tingle on the finish that leads to a tart, peachy aftertaste. Hard to get excited about any particular element of this beer, or the parts together as a whole. I suppose they get kudos for concealing the insanely high abv.
09-09-2012 01:59:32 | More by yemenmocha
3.25/5 rDev -6.9%
I hesitated to purchase this since it was $9 and I wish I had listened to my instincts. This was not bad its just overpriced, should have been $5.99. Orange color, short head. The smell was interesting syrupy, yeasty, and then a real blast of brett, hoggy. I found the smell to be the best part just because I was trying to figure out what all was going on with it Flavor was sort of syrupy, hint of fruit, not a strong peach component, sort of average. Lips of Faith beers are very hit or miss for me, I've had some real disappointments (transatlantique kriek, imperial berliner weisse,) and some really fantastic beers (super IPA, fresh hop IPA, cocoa mole, eric's ale, le terroir, tart lychee).
09-08-2012 21:20:42 | More by ArrogantB
4/5 rDev +14.6%
22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9.4% ABV, date code printed in screened label.
I've read G.Love is a huge fan of craft beer. Another cool beer/music collab from New Belgium!
A - Finely hazed, this bright golden orange beer shimmers with color. Hey, it even looks like a peach! The densely packed bubbles which rest on the beer, fed by constant carbonation streaming from the glass' nucleation point, leave thin wispy lace trickling down the glass as it recedes.
S - Peach Porch Lounger opens with a bold dry aroma that's reminiscent of a Belgian farmhouse ale and almost whisks you away to the backwoods-y, beat up porch depicted on the label. White pepper and fine clove spice notes follow with a squeezed peach juice undertone. A touch of toast emerges, but aside from a pale base, the maltiness coming through has a pilsner-like sweetness which fades into the musty, dry finish nicely. As the beer warms, a subtle English-hopped earthy aroma opens up, really adding to the already natural, earthy nose.
T - Quite similar to the aroma, only unexpectedly more pronounced, Peach Porch Lounger takes a sudden twist. Foreshadowed by mild musty funk in the aroma, Brett comes in to play in a big way in flavor, opening with a bolder musty, dry funk that's akin to that dingy corner of the basement everyone has ignored. Take that as you will. White pepper, grey clay, wet rocks, and clove find their way in from a more subtle Belgian yeast strain which, along with earthy English hops, dries out the palate tremendously. While absent in aroma, there's a gently nod to molasses in flavor with just a drop adding complexity to the finish. Despite the name, I find peach is tertiary in flavor, finishing out with a light squeeze of leftover juice. With all that's going on here, it becomes quite easy to ignore the sweet malt base which adds plenty of complexity all it's own.
M - At almost 9.5% ABV, the alcohol hides surprisingly well in this beer; phenols and heat totally absent. What does show from the big, and somewhat unnecessary, alcohol level is the sticky sweetness and fuller body. I get that it's a "lounging" beer, but all ingredients under consideration, I'd personally have enjoyed this as a somewhat thinner, lighter bodied beer allowing the peach juice to emerge more. The feel is still quite good, however, keeping the beer's complexity alive with a very dry balance and light citric acidity from the lemon peel. Gentle, prickly carbonation dances on the tongue; the last defense in keeping this beer from total cloying sticky sweetness.
O - At it's core, Peach Porch Lounger is a superbly crafted beer, expertly brewed to balance layers of deep complexity from the malt base to the yeast esters and beyond. But that complexity is lost when you're looking for a thoughtless lounging beer you can kick back with and enjoy more than one glass of. It's unnecessarily high alcohol content distracts from the peach nuances which are emphasized in both the name and on the label as well as the additional adjunct ingredients. Not to say this needs to be a light lager robust with sugary peach flavor, just something a little more approachable; something that won't knock you on your ass. When all is said and done, New Belgium's second collaboration with a musician, G.Love this time around, is a fine experimental beer that suggests many different styles, blended into one for a rather enjoyable outcome but certainly not something I would want to kick back and relax with if given the choice, as one glass becomes taxing enough towards the finish.
09-08-2012 19:23:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
District of Columbia
3.18/5 rDev -8.9%
A: Pours a gold tinted straw, a finger of nice beige head. Pretty good retention but no lacing.
S: Smells like a very fruity (stone fruit) wheat beer, sweet straight up white molasses. Overall artificial and jammy.
T: Kind of a jammy, sloppy peach, unbalanced mild to moderate sweetness which imparts a flabby-ness, with a touch of spice on the back end.
M: Medium body and carbonation, slight bite.
O: Not offensive, but very far from well crafted. Tastes like they went overboard on the additions.
09-08-2012 03:53:59 | More by pmarlowe
3.13/5 rDev -10.3%
Light straw color that's a little cloudy. Foamy white head.
Has that Lips of Faith sour smell to it along with a lot of molasses. Not much peach.
Sour with Belgian candy sugar and molasses. Grtting the tartness of the peaches but not the flavor. Gets weird and plasticy in the mid but finishes sour and fierce.
A tiny bit thin, but the sourness keeps it refreshing and interesting.
09-07-2012 22:57:16 | More by NStLincoln
2.93/5 rDev -16%
This one didn't do it for me. It reminded me of something from AB...or Leinenkugel. Something with beer.
The look is the best thing. Nice golden pour, but the head--for a farmhouse/saison--is far from ideal.
Aroma of banana, peaches, apricot, and citrus peel. Sweet, wet dough. Something is not coming together quite well.
Taste isn't bad, except for the style. I give a 2.5. (3.0 for taste, -.5 for off style). It's a mess. Peach just gets in the way here. The banana and yeasty characteristics are shoved out of the way. Apricot tries to hold on, but the sweet peach just doesn't do it.
Filmy. Carbonation can't get rid of it. While not a bad beer, it certainly isn't up to LoF standards imho. Maybe use real peaches??
09-05-2012 19:48:45 | More by Mebuzzard
3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
Picked this up tonight at the Boise COOP... Pleasantly surprised at the price... pretty sure was under $6... Poured into my HotD goblet... short lasting white head... no real lacing and little retention.. the brew is slightly hazed polished golden.. very pretty despite the head negatives.
Fruit nose seems like a bit of "cooked or canned peach"... a bit of an earthy note makes me think "brett", but it is very mild.. some light pale malt helps carry the fruit... never sweet smelling..
Honestly, the peach sorta moves in the palate.. but it seems more like apricot... Not getting too much in the "brett" area... fruity.. mild earthy notes...
Body is a bit high.... but that is expected given the ABV... I would prefer something that is fruity and funky and ready to drink NOW... I have a little doubt that this one is gonna get better in the cellar.. I will probably buy a few for later tastings.
Overall... I am banking on this one being fairly cheap and will get better with some age.
09-05-2012 05:07:42 | More by JohnGalt1
3.98/5 rDev +14%
A - copper with a thin white head that has little retention; carbonation bubbles rising to the top
S - some yeast, a hint of peach, fruity, some warming alcohol, maybe some white grapes
T - funky, yeast, some peach, faint white grapes, alcohol, molasses is there adding some earthiness
M - warm, medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp
I like this. The alcohol is bit heavy but the peaches are a bit sweet. The Belgian yeast adds some funk and some additional fruit. This is a nice twist on a Saison. It's worth a try.
09-01-2012 16:49:55 | More by tdm168
3.88/5 rDev +11.2%
Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy medium golden amber. Half finger fine off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spicing, light bready malt and a hint of lemon. Flavor is mild malt, lemon, light fruit (but not identifiable as peach), saison spicing. Finishes semi-dry with light wild yeast. This starts off slightly sweet, but finishes straight to saison style. Light bodied, but very active carbonation gives a pleasant sharpness and mouth feel. An interesting take on the saison style.
09-01-2012 03:20:58 | More by LiquidAmber
Lips Of Faith - Peach Porch Lounger from New Belgium Brewing
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