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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 11-14-2012)
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Reviews by brewandbbq:
Photo of brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a copper hue and a short-lived off-white head of a half inch. A partial skim coat with zero lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with caramel-spiked malt with apples and citrus. Some faint burnt rubber and cloves follow through.

Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet malt, apples, and melons start the palate. Shades of orange and pears follow though.

Finishes with caramel-coated apples and a boozy warmth.

The orange peel is overshadowed by the malt and burnt rubber overtone and the carbonation is seriously lacking for the style. A bit of a miss on this one.

brewandbbq, May 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

sabitu, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of andyfrancis
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

andyfrancis, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

Beaver13, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Bizoneill, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of vfalstad
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

vfalstad, May 23, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

stereosforgeeks, May 14, 2013
Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Beer21, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

rhoadsrage, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -11%

LXIXME, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ste5venla, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ONovoMexicano
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.

ONovoMexicano, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

AlexChillton, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

GilGarp, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Sammy, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of somnus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

somnus, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

RickS95, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

freewill35, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jheezee, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of KMcG
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

KMcG, May 12, 2013
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

russpowell, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Glibber
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Glibber, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Chuck_25
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Chuck_25, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of flayedandskinned
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

flayedandskinned, Dec 17, 2012
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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.