Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing
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3.81/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-02-2013 20:23:42 | More by andyfrancis
2.15/5 rDev -41.1%
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.
12-04-2012 06:30:24 | More by Beaver13
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
12-03-2012 06:01:40 | More by Mora2000
3.25/5 rDev -11%
(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.
12-18-2012 22:22:29 | More by rhoadsrage
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-18-2013 03:36:59 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
11-28-2012 04:50:09 | More by GilGarp
3.61/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
02-10-2013 01:55:06 | More by Sammy
4.19/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
09-21-2013 02:50:10 | More by RickS95
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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
11-26-2012 04:25:55 | More by russpowell
3.13/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
12-17-2012 01:49:26 | More by flayedandskinned
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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