Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 11-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 330 | Reviews: 72
Reviews by Mora2000:
Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and wheat, with a hint of orange thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of juicy orange notes, as well as a ton of coriander and wheat. This beer tastes like a Belgian witbier on steroids. I like most of what I taste but there is too much coriander in the beer for me to be a huge fan. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle pouring into a large red wine glass.

Looks nice...lots of bubbles rising through the light copper bulb, forming a frothy off-white head.

Smells of citrus and funk, like the civic center farmer's market. Lemons fade into orange into barnyard hay.

Orange up front, followed quickly by some biting clove and spice. Some lingering boozy citrus flavors. Not overly funky as some can be.

Slightly astringent. While there is some detectable alcohol, I wouldn't have guessed it was as high as 9%(until I was almost through the bottle).

I'm not sure if I would buy it again, but wouldn't advise against trying it. Eric's Ale is still my favorite of the Lips of Faith series, but this is an interesting beer worth adding to an afternoon sampling of a few other beers and cheeses.

Photo of Beaver13
2.16/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a small creamy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty stinky, almost rotting, oranges with a little bready malt.

The flavor is sweet oranges and musty yeast with a kind of dry and lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, kind of odd - sweet musty oranges with a dry bitter, kind of off finish.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip)

A- this beer pours a clear golden yellow body with a sea of carbonation and a thick sticky bubbly white head that remains on the glass in sheets.

S- The cooked corn DMS is followed by an orange peel note and a woody almost minty bergamot note that grows when it opens up.

T- the mellow pale malt flavor has an earthy bergamot flavor followed by a light tartness with some citrus notes in a dry finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency noticed.

O- There is a nice bergamot flavor to the and some softer notes of the biere de garde style but I don't care for the yeast and the cooked corn flavors are off.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served cold into an etched bottom goblet from New Belgium.

Their biere de garde is a pale golden yellow color with thick creamy white head. It settles slowly and leaves some good lacing in its wake.

Aroma is sweet, floral, and slightly funky. Light tropical fruit hoppiness.

Flavor is not quite what I expected. It's sweet and fruity as the aroma would lead one to believe but the bitterness and yeast funk don't go together very well here. Vegetal and medicinal and not really to my liking.

Mouthfeel is okay with light body and nicely judged carbonation. The balance is towards the sweet.

Overall not really a great example. Maybe worth a try if you like to take a chance but I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Champane's Cellars. Light coloured body with lasting off-white head. Mild orange peel and yeast aroma. The taste is a blend of the spices I normally get in a biere de garde, with the taste of orange peel out and above everything else. Decently drinkable. Booze definately in the taste.

Photo of RickS95
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pale ale looking with a somewhat clear, nectarine colored pour. Faint haze, but still mostly clear. The head is a nice contrasting bright white and has decent retention. A swirl kicks the bubbles back into motion and leaves a spotty lace.

I'm really undecided on the scent. It's got a German-ish, European smell, which I don't care much for, but at the same time, it's got some Belgo yeasty notes and American citrus smells as well. As it warms, the alcohol and peppery yeast come thru.

The taste is pretty spectacular. It's alcohol forward, along with plenty of malt to offset the yeast and citrus. Complex taste and feel.

Complexion at its finest with sweetness up front, spicy comes on mid-sip, then a savory hop bitterness and acidic tropical fruit feel in the dry, spicy finish. Alcohol and heat from the hops lingers well into the finish. Medium body.

The beer didn't do much for me early on, but the flavor more than made up for it. It's a smooth beer, an easy drinker, despite some aggressive ingredients. Your palate is constantly being challenged.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronnze with a thumb of pearl colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, hay, apple skins & raw booze once warm

T: Follows the nose, a touch of white grapes & rose water, along with pineapple up front. More pineapple, some lemons & green apple as this warms, a touch of grassyness & tartness too. Finishes with lemon zest, grassyness & pineapple & just a bit of phenols on the edges

MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation that smooths out as it warms, some warming notes as this warms, some stickyness

A nice Americanized take on the style, very drinkable, but way too clean to be a straight up reproduction of the style

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle date
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear, very pale orange with a two finger white head. The head slowly recedes to a finger leaving tons of thick lacing in its wake. Good looking brew.

Aroma: Lots of light lemon and pear in the big yeast presence. Some light caramel malt notes taking a backseat in the yeast forward nose. Some more faint citrus loiters underneath the malt.

Taste: Huge citrus right out of the gate with grassy hops right behind it. The yeast takes flight almost immediately; more citrus and pear just as the nose indicated. Unfortunately, very little malt is in the flavor profile. What malt I can detect under the deluge of citrus is cracker like and not very chewy or bubble gum-esque as I like in Biere de Gardes. The malt does peek through a bit more as the beer warms. Finishes dry with a more bitter finish than Im accustomed to in a Biere de Garde which makes the beer seem unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Lightly chewy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A decent Biere de Garde. I think with some tweaking, this recipe could really be something special. I definitely prefer my Biere de Gardes to be less bitter, lower in alcohol with a bigger, chewier malt presence in the flavor profile. I expect Biere de Gardes to be the picture of balance. Definitely not worth the 9 dollar price tag.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from growler into a New Belgium globe (proper!). Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, spices, earth, banana, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, fruit, spices, earth, and subtle grape juice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out to me unfortunately. I had one of New Belgium’s brews awhile back (Biere de Mars) that was labeled as the same style that was WAY better. I really wish this one would have carried on the legacy. I really didn’t like the grape juice aspect going on in this one as it was slightly palate invasive. If that is your thing I would try it, if not, I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a fluted tulip glass it pours a high clarity orange, delicate lacing and white foam that lasts for a good while. Initially a few fingers of foam, and rapid streams of visible carbonation in the glass.

A slightly sulfuric note from the yeast at first, later the citrus and coriander take over.

Pleasant tart orange flavor, clover honey, vague pale malt, semi-complex yeast and hop character. Body is light to medium with a creamy feel to it. Somewhat overt alcohol presence as it warms, seems more and more like a screwdriver with some spices tossed in. Overall enjoyable, citrus forward and not too heavy on the spices or yeast. Leaning more towards Belgian IPA territory than Biere de Garde, hop forward and light bodied.

Photo of n2185
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: sweet fermented fruit aromas up front with light Belgian spices, straw, and barnyard aromas.

T: Belgian spices up front with slight fermented fruit flavors. Slightly musty barnyard flavors bring up the finish with light bread notes.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery for my tastes.

O: I'm not terribly familiar with the style, but this was an enjoyable beer overall. The watery body was the weakest part, but it's still tasty.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9% ABV, numbers screened on bottle.

A - Carbonation lazily streams through the mostly clear goldenrod colored beer to the loose and fleeting white head. Delicate wisps of lace stretch up the glass in a sea foam-like pattern.

S - Stinky would be a good word to describe this beer. Pungent yeast spiciness throws caution to the wind and piles on coriander seed and lemongrass with a cellared, dry wood musty funk while a unique orange peel citrus aroma finishes up. Some pilsner malt sweetness collects in the background but the focus of this aroma is on the yeast's unusual characteristics.

T - Sweet malt erupts in the beer's flavor really changing what one might expect from this beer with a sniff. Dry crystal malt and light white bread toast notes blanket the more subtle yeast flavors of spice, earthy clay, and modest funk. Aside from the addition of orange peel which pops in faint citrus, light apricot and white grape fruitiness trickle in along the finish adding complexity to the already deep beer.

M - This Lips of Faith Biere de Garde is incredibly well-lagered with a velvet smoothness and complimentary soft water feel that's barely interrupted by light carbonation, though the beer never feels flat. High alcohol doesn't intrude either but offers a good dry balance because of the low hop level for an even finish.

O - New Belgium's newest Lips of Faith, a Biere de Garde collaboration, is quite intrepid, shining with a serious farmhouse nose and malty, deep flavor profile of mixed fruits and spice traits, all produced by the yeast. If you're looking for an escape from the seasonals; something new and unique, check this beer out! Additionally, it should be noted that this bomber drinks too damn easy for it's alcohol level. Check yo' self befo' you wreck yo' self!

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light burnt copper color and is topped off with a thin white head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is very pleasant, lots a citrus( lemons and lemon zest) come through. Mild grass and wheat smells are also present. Smooth and crisp as it hits your tongue, this ale quickly warms up your mouth with cloves, grapes medium wheat and banana flavors all wrapped around a semi tart and sweet body, which by the way is light to medium. The aftertaste is a bit more sweeter and almost reminds me of a sweet-tart. The alcohol is well hidden, this a very well brewed beer and it goes down very well. This is my first Biere De Garde and I gotta say I’m a fan for life.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Trying to box up some beers tonight... This is the first and last brew poured into my slim tulip.. good enough white head with okay lacing and retention.. the brew is clear golden.

Nose is thick pale malts and orange notes.... not even orange zest, almost orange juice.. light yeasty phenols and esters.. Pretty terrible.

Flavor is not in the Biere de Garde territory at all... orange zest and light BSPA notes... Americanized notes that are pushed into a style that is tough to get right... and "Americanized" does not work right at all.

Too much of everything and NOTHING meshes well.. Too many of these NB LoF brews are shelf quality and leave nothing out there.. I can't believe that anybody would qualify this as a proper Biere de Garde... Let your yeast do the work... not the handful after handful of additions.

Not good at all. I will not buy again.

4/3/2.5/3/2.5

Photo of SHODriver
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a deep yellow to light orange topped with a small white head with little retention
S: smells kinda barnyardy with some orange
T: a little toasted malt, fruity esters, a bit of yeast flavor and some spice notes, some orange and alcohol. boozy on the swallow with a bit more tropical fruit flavor
M: medium body with soft carbonation, drying on the finish
O: pretty solid beer. it seems to be true to style so it gets good marks. I've had a few beers of this style and I just can't get behind it. Worth a try though

Photo of TBoneJones
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Funny enough this looks like the Midas Touch beer I sampled the other night (surely the only similarity, just saying). Golden yellow body with a white finger of a head that all but settles to nothing.
Smells unique to me. Peaches, pear, citrusy. Tart to the nose for sure, but also a sourness i dont care for.
Upon taste I'm greeted with the orange tart but it's the other rustic grainy notes that my pallet's not quite agreeing with. Musty, biscuity, tangy, lemon-grassy but on the bland side.
The more i sipped this i realized that im not liking is the lemongrass taste which i believe is a result of the orange rind playing its role. Harsh. If that flavoring took more of a backseat it seems this would be easier to drink.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle pours a mostly clear, light gold color with a lively, bubbly white head. Nice lacing and retention is average.

Holy shit...the nose is exactly like Trix cereal! Silly wabbit, this beers for me...bitch. This may sound redundant, but the aroma is bright fruits with a grainy malt along with a lemongrass hoppiness and light apple skin. Interesting and quite pleasant.

Taste is sweeter than it needs to be and the Trix cereal comparisons are still appropriate. The yeast is (unfortunately) pretty tame and throws some mild fruit and hay flavors out...but nothing to compete with the grainy sweetness. Its like a sweet wit mixed with an American BSPA. Not a big fan of this one...the LoF series continues to be hit-or-miss...with more misses than hits unfortunately.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Biere De Garde from their Lips of Faith series last month for 8.99 at The Lager Mill. This beer was from when New Belgium collaborated with Brewery Vivant last year, I really like the beer that Brewery Vivant put out from that collaboration, Escoffier, and since I liked that beer so much I thought I would try the one that New Belgium put out, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The bottle looks pretty good, just like most beers from the Lips of Faith series, I like the nod to Brewery Vivant with the nice looking roosters. It poured a fairly hazy yellow color that took on some nice golden hues when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, the color was good and the head and lacing were very good, I liked the way it looked.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice citrus aroma, I get a slight bit of lemon, but it's the orange rind that seems to stick out the most and it blends nicely with a medium barnyard funk aroma. After that I get a straw like aroma, with a good amount of bready malts with a light caramel malt aroma in the background. Towards the end I get a little more fruit with some lighter apple like aromas coming through. This beer had a good aroma, it fairly complex and nicely balanced, neither the orange rind or the barnyard funk were too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some nice citrus fruit flavors, there's some lemon in the background, but it's the orange rinds that stick out the most, but they aren't overpowering. Up next comes a slightly lower amount of medium barnyard funk with some wet hay sticking out the most. Up next comes a nice honey flavor with some Belgian Witbier like spice with cloves sticking out the most. Towards the end I get a nice crisp apple and slight pear flavor. On the finish there's a medium amount of light bitterness with a little bit of tartness to go with some orange rind, light barnyard funk, and apple coming through in the aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, it was pretty complex and it had a nice balance to it.

M- smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, medium bodied, with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little fizzy. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of the style, I don't have a ton of experience with this style, I like it, but there aren't too many Biere De Gardes available to me, so i try just about everyone I see and so far this is my favorite, I really liked how complex it was. This beer had great drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling, refreshing, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, it would be nice to have a bottle of this on a warm summer day and I wouldn't rule out drinking a couple bombers of this, I think it's a nice and refreshing summertime beer. What I liked the most about this beer was how balanced it was, neither the orange rinds or the barnyard funk were to overpowering, I really liked that. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I didn't like or would change. I would buy this beer again, if there's any left when I go to the store next time I'll get a bottle to throw in the cellar and see how it develops overtime, it was a little pricey, but it is 9% and I think it's worth the price, I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style or doesn't mind a little funk with their beer. All in all i was pretty happy with this beer, I still like Escoffier more, but this is still a fine beer that I enjoyed drinking. Brewery Vivant and New Belgium did a good job with this beer and I hope they come together to collaborate on some more beers in the future, nice work guys..

Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored beer with a small white head.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and bitter orange rind and coriander. Clear solvent alcohol smell. Smells like warm vodka. Little bit of honeysuckle and noble hop grassy scent.

Starts out toasted malt and a little caramel. Slight sour taste maybe there is some Brett in this. Mild bitterness and bitter orange flavor, the citrus lingers.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is average, there are better beers out there.

Photo of Rope
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in chalice.

Appearance-
A hazy yellow.

Smell-
Not a lot of the orange I was suspecting, and it almost smells like a Hofbrau lager.

Taste-
Very demure taste for an ale, bready, and a wisp of orange peel at the end.

Mouthfeel-
Well carbonated, a slight sweet linger.

Overall-
Certainly not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of ClementiPizzeria
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you New Belgium for ending my 2012 with a bang. I brought in 15 gallons of this beautiful french style Biere De Garde and it was the fastest pouring draft of the year.

We served this beer on draft in the 16oz NB glasses.

The dark 24karate golden-hue was especially wonderful to observe during the holidays.
My only criticism of this beer was the aroma. It definitely did not have a distasteful scent its was just.... barely there.

The beautiful sour taste upfront was dreamy. The French know their beverages. The Vivant + New Belgium Tag team on this beer was worthy of awarding it a title fight. The medium bodied fruity flavor was deliciously topped with a stupendous amount of hops. I would put this in my top 5 for 2012 on flavor alone.

The texture was evident in its smooth finish that left a wonderful bitter after taste.

I've only gone through 10 gallons. I'm saving the last 5 to tap this upcoming June. I can't wait to pair this brew with the fresh fried blue-gill special I will be serving come May.

Photo of mastodonj
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light amber with ample head, slightly cloudy.
Smell is interesting and complex. I get citrus, wheat, hops, coriander (?), yeast.
Taste is bitter on the tongue, almost buttery in the mouth and that citrus comes into play.
All very low key.
Mouthfeel is as complex as the smell. Really not to be missed.

Overall, it's a beer that doesn't get old. Also it needs to be said that the warming is noticeable, more so than any winter warmer (9% doesn't seem that much higher than most warmers). Dangerously drinkable!

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear nectarine-orange color with a single finger of white head. Subtle lacing.

Nice aroma of citrus, banana, white wine, green apple, candy sugar and herbal notes with a hint of earthiness to them.

The citrus, candy sugar and earthy herbal notes from the aroma are present along with white pepper, and white wine. Finishes with a hint of white wine twang and booze.

Medium bodied and a tad sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I'll have this one again. The medley of flavors makes for quite the interesting beer,

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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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