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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing

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83
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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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, floral notes, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and floral bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but has a better smell in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The collaborative efforts of New Belgium and Brewery Vivant converge to pull the declining Biere de Garde style out of extinction. The often lager-inspired farmhouse-style ale is largely misunderstood and under-represented even in France and the low lands of Belgium. But these Belgian-influenced brewers capture the taste with authenticity and grace.

Deep straw abd honey-gold in color, the ale exhibits a mild yeasty haze that diffuses its transparity. As it builds a short statured, short lived head, its character is somewhat fizzy and it recedes into a translucent sheet of foam. Intricate lacing provides much more aesthetic value than its foam stance suggested.

Heady aromas of bread dough, yeast extract and a grainy-sweet back allow for an overall scent of baking breads, musty grain, and freshly bailed hay. But its the overtones of zesty orange peel that steals the show, even as the scent of light butter, cork, and cellar-like must keeps the earthy malt scents complex.

Its dense pilsner malt taste reminds me of how close that barley comes to making enriched baking bread- its doughy-sweet, tangy, and earthy taste is raw and starchy. Balanced with medium acidity, the ale takes on cidery taste before diving head on into the bold orange peel additions. Buttery taste fuses with light honey and grain for a finish that's earthen with dusty wood, cumin, and white pepper.

Its smooth, medium body takes off with an oily-sweet film of citrus-infused olive oil. The buttery slickness allows the malt sweetness to linger deep into finish, where alcohol warmth, semi-dryness, and racy carbonation balances against the malt and oil.

The beer really captures all of the taste of traditional Biere de Garde, however its brevity of alcohol, brash orange peel use, and lack of full dryness keeps the beer simplified and less characterful than those from the French farmlands. This is one of those styles that have a soft spot in my heart and I root for them, regardless of the brewers behind the scenes.

BEERchitect, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

kjkinsey, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

GRG1313, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really with some scattered lacing on a clear bright light golden body.

S: musty grains and wheat, yeast, orange but not sweet orange

T: earthy and herbal hops, yeast, musty grains, hint of Chardonnay, bitter grape, green apple.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: a little boring and bland. I wanted a little more sweetness from this one. Unfortunately the lips of faith series has again disappointed.

kylehay2004, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -17.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -17.8%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

emerge077, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one and a half finger of off-white foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange, grains and floral notes.

T - It tasted of lots of orange flavor with a fruity bite. Nice sweet caramel with a subtle bitter bite of grasses and pine.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and sneaky potency.

O - This is a very tasty Belgian style ale. It really doesn't seem to fit any style but it is tasty.

zeff80, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves decent lace.

S - Clove, pear, pineapple, and thick malt.

T - Lots of malt up front with pepper and clove in the middle. Finishes with more dense, bready malt and fruit.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but not especially good either. The alcohol is a touch hot in the finish and it could use a bit of hop flavor to balance things out.

nickfl, Jan 28, 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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really liked this new lips of faith release. it poured a glowing orange color, clearish mostly, but with a few yeast floaters. a lacy and light white head rests on top. the nose is decidedly orangey, peel and juice, with some other funny fruit juice in there as well, and a really bright ale yeast. the flavor has a little sweetness from the fruit, but not sugary, maybe some coriander in here too. malt profile is sort of ambery sweet, but much lighter in body than that. finish is relaxed and peppery a little bit. mouthfeel is supercharged carbonation, not unpleasant, but really active. medium body, lots of character. this was a great bomber, and one i wouldnt mind seeing sneak into the regular rotation, its got a great punch without being boozy, its complex without being challenging, and its really different. i enjoyed this one a lot.

edit: does not age particularly well, should have had this bottle fresh. with some two years on it, it has gone off a bit, weird malt now, and the yeast just never really turns on. a let down from the cellar, be warned.

StonedTrippin, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a New Belgium glass because I can. This was an OK beer but was not a Biere de Garde in any sense of the style that I'm aware of, tastes like a Belgian pale ale with some orange peel.

Beer is yellow and clear with a big white head, good retention, lot and lots of lacing, moderate carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is yeasty, bready, mildly citrus.

Beer is light to medium in body, a little citrus, a little biscuit, a little bitter on the end, grainy a little but not bad or detracting, an OK beer but I won't bother repeating this one. Not my favorite.

drabmuh, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -11%

mendvicdog, Jul 02, 2013
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 mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

mdfb79, May 20, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

InspectorBob, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

imperialking, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +9.6%

weeare138, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +9.6%

drewone, Feb 17, 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
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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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