Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can see, but if I remember correctly, this was a one-off brew that was produced back in October 2012, so this bottle is about 16 months old.
Appearance - Initially pours a glowing, hazy golden orange that resembles honey. After a bit of time, the haze seems to clear up a bit, revealing a bit more translucence to the beer. Atop the body sits a one finger head the color of bright white that dissipates to a mere ringlet around the edge with a small bit of film across part of the top of the beer. Tiny wisps of silkworm web lacing stick to the sides of the glass in places.
Smell - I'm honestly surprised by how prevalent the aroma of orange is on the nose given the amount of time that's passed. Clementine, orange juice and fresh-peeled flesh along with some hints of nectarine, and a distinct ester astringency as well. There is also a hint of spice and flatbread characteristic from the yeast, I presume. After a little warmth, there is a green apple, vinous component to the smell, much like you might get from a steel-tank chardonnay or a sauvignon blanc.
Taste - The taste of this beer is very much in line with the aroma--no surprises. A lot of the same elements of orange peel and golden delicious apples, as well as a noticeable ester quality. Very crisp and bright on initial pour, but some warmth increases the presence of the malt, with club cracker and graham coming through a bit alongside notes of baking spices In spite of the fruit and spiciness of this beer, the finish is surprisingly dry.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a clean finish that doesn't have any lingering bitterness or off flavors. I wouldn't mind if it had a little more heft to it.
Overall, I'm impressed with how this beer has developed. I opened a bottle back in May 2013 and while I didn't take down any notes, I don't remember being terribly impressed with the beer. Of course, I also have had a lot more practice reviewing since then, so it's possible I've become a bit better at picking out more subtle aromas and flavors. Either way, this is an excellent collaboration between New Belgium and Brewery Vivant, and in a style that I've not had the opportunity to try much of; well done.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 02:47:43 | More by LambicPentameter
4.66/5 rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A-The color of hand squeezed orange juice. Light orange, yellow almost. Clarity in body, yet has a slight murkiness as well. Thick snow-white frothy head. Great foamy lacing. Lively carbonation.
S-Fresh squeezed orange. Bergamot orange leads into Earl Grey tea. Champagne. Mimosa. Soapy. Cupcake.
T-Lush sour juicy orange. Vanilla. Bergamot. Earl Grey. Sweet sugary bread. Frosted flavors. Fruit Loops.
M-Never experienced this so delicate, tender, fine sensation. Fragile softness. Low, light body. Not thin or watery, just, SOFT. Medium carbonation. Slight spicy finish reminiscent of cinnamon on your tongue. Dry sour finish, but the flavor makes your palate salivate for more. Bitters sprinkled throughout. Sour cheesy yeasty aftertaste, like yogurt or cottage cheese mixed with pineapple or peaches.
O-A unique beer. A style that needs to be brewed more, so much going on with this Biere de Garde. The softest LIQUID I have ever had the pleasure of feeling. I like the cheesy, musty qualities to this beer, propelling the brew into a true food, not just beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 03:47:04 | More by shacawgo24
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.
A- fluffy, gaseous and bubbly head... Two fingers thick... Dark golden wheat-colored.... The beer is not cloudy, but yet it is opaque.... After the head dissipates, it leaves plenty of lace along the glass's sides and atop the liquid.
S- Tart, earthy, herbal, yeasty, sour fruit, apricot, something reminiscent of citrus
T- yeasty, slight hint of salt, earthy fruit, some sweetness that is a bit off-putting and syrupy, the orange peel seems to resemble something designed more to be an aroma
M- pleasantly sweet and tart initially, but the orange peel makes for something cloying and creates a thick, spicy middle that seems out of place in this otherwise light, easy-drinking beer.
O- A decent beer with some positive attributes, but the orange peel, the centerpiece of this beer, proved to also be its biggest hindrance.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2013 03:36:59 | More by ONovoMexicano
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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