Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
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 twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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 thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this at the $5.99 price point which is the only reason I bought it, the $9 Lips of Faith beers are almost never worth it (sours excluded of course). Bright orange in the glass, mild head. Aroma is quite entertaining, I wasn't in love with it but there is something interesting about it, the yeast maybe. Its not quite what I would expect from brett so I don't if that is the yeast they used but it is certainly unique and hard to describe. Flavor had a bit of orange and then that crazy yeast again. I will say I wish it was lower ABV (like 7%) but oh well.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Two fingers of stark white head top a mostly clear golden ale.

S: Lemon verbena and dry yeast.

T: An interesting bière de garde with fairly herbal flavours and a flowery finish.

M: Perfect. Creamy, thick, and delicate. Lightly carbonated with a hint of fennel spice and light cirtric zest.

O: Incredibly drinkable and highly recommended. I would have again and again and again.

Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear bright golden-yellow with a large, billowing, off white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film leaving sheets of fine lacework down the glass.
S: To me this just reeks of apricots – in a good way of course. I can’t get the smell out of my head, but if I concentrate hard enough, I get notes of peach, golden raisins, clove and spiced apples.
T: Still lots of apricot mixed with clove and cinnamon-like spices, dry grains, yeast and orange peel. The finish is lightly bitter and the aftertaste is full of stone fruits.
M: Full body, heavy mouth, a bit syrupy, fluffy carbonation.
O: Pretty good flavor but a bit syrupy. Could be a little cleaner and dryer. Would drink again.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from beastmaster. Pours clear light golden with a healthy white head. Aroma of straw, honey, and citrus zest. Straw-honey-orange peel flavor, relatively easy going down, with a clean finish. Like marmalade but just a hint too sweet. Light mouthfeel & medium carbonation. Easy drinking fun beer.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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 homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a bone white layer of pillowy head. Quite a bit of lacing left behind. Nose is full of bright orange citrus, candied apricot, notes of white grape, grapeskin, clove among other spicy notes. The taste is extremely fruity with an emphasis on citrus. Light waves of tartness play along with plenty of fruity sweetness. The sorachi ace hops fit in perfectly and provides a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with light body. Overall, a nice refreshing brew with plenty of character. Abv is very well hidden.

Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, shenanigans. This was supposed to be done with sour cherries as I recall - where'd these orange peels come from....

Pours a nice golden yellow with a solid sheet of whites - these falls away quickly leaving a central dome. Smells include an up front slap of orange peel, some seeds of paradise character, some dried apricots, belgian yeast and a bit of grain. Taste is rich, sweet and slightly citric. The juice comes thru, but seems just juicy and sweet, not tart or sharp as I like my citric juices. The grain is also more malty than I would have predicted, some bits of apricot here as well. Medium on chubby body with lighter carb. This beer is okay, glad it's a one and done though.

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Hazy straw to gold under a 1” cream colored foam collar. S: Light fruit and citrus aromas. T: Biscuit, orange, lemon, slight apple, morderate initial sweetness dries out on the finish with a touch of tart. F: moderately light, medium high carbonation O: light, refreshing Biere de Garde.

Photo of Mitchster
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$8.59 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale, Munich, C-120 malts and orange peel. Hopped with Target and Sorachi Ace.
9% ABV, 18 IBU's, 235 kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a sparklingly clear medium golden with peach accents, forming a tall meringue white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs. The nose is grassy, yeasty, lemony with floral hops and mild orange peel. As it warms, it gets quite boozy in the nose. The mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly tart, boozy, with firm carbonation and a very dry finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma...grainy malt, grassy hops, fruity yeast esters, a touch of barnyard funk, perceptible alcohol that is a little harsh at first and then gets more harsh as it warms. Dry lemon pepper/lemon vodka finish. Cardboard aftertaste, mild fusels.

Not really digging this one. Flawed. I can't recommend it although I will finish the bottle.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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,

Photo of Beaver13
2.16/5  rDev -41%
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 n2185
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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 GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of spoony
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bomber into a tulip glass.

A-A normal pour produces a thin white head with poor retention. The brew is golden in color and clear. There is a bit of lace on the glass towards the end.

S-The smell is sort of sweet and doughy with light spice and pale pils-like malts. The alcohol is well-concealed for 9%. The advertised orange peel comes through less like sweet citrus/orange and more like pithy, spicy bitterness. Kind of uninspiring on the nose.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. The body is doughy, semi-sweet, and lightly fruity. Alcohol remains pretty well-concealed, but occasionally peaks through with fruity warmth. Orange flavors are spicy and bitter.

M-The feel is nice with a softer carbonation, medium heft, and a touch of slickness on the finish.

O-I have had better New Belgium beers. There is not any one thing wrong with this beer, but the whole package just doesn't deliver much flavor. I feel like the base is too doughy and cloying and there is not enough grass/straw/spice to offset the sweetness. The odd orange flavor did not help the situation, either.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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 rangerred
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap.

Appearance is a clear light gold with a one finger white head.

Aroma is quite citrusy with lots of pears and apples. Some light bready malt as well. There is a little bit of Earthyness but it is well restrained.

The taste is very fruity again with pear and apple being dominant. There is a very juicy quality this beer that is delicious. Some earth and wood along with a light bitterness leading to a slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit of the heavy side, though, limiting drinkabililty.

Overall, a pretty good beer from New Belgium but far from spectacular. I would order it again, though, if I came across it.

Photo of grittybrews
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich yellow-orange with a finger of bright white head. Malty biscuit aroma with mild orange.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Quite a bit of caramel sweetness up front with hints of corn, yeasty esters, and orange. Bready finish.

Not bad, but the malt seemed pretty overbalanced.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a collaboration between New Belgium and Brewery Vivant.

Fresh bottle review.

It pours out a mostly-clear sunny yellow color with about two minutes of loose foam that fizzles down to nothing without any lacing left behind. Medium-light texture and carbonation levels.

Very strong dried apricots, medium levels of marmalade, yeast, and herbal tea aroma. The flavor follows suit, but only semi-drier than the sweetness implied by the nose. I also pick up on grassy and straw / hay with a squeeze of lemon and a mild Swiss cheese sort of flavor from the midsip through the finish as the beer warms up in the glass. The ABV is very well hidden.

I can tell that the yeast strain they used here was borrowed from Vivant, there's a certain "Farmhouse" level of mild funk (not an sour or acid kind of funk, but rather an expensive soft-runny unpasteurized cheese kind of funkiness.) This light, mild funkiness shows some potential to get bigger, raunchier, and more challenging with some cellaring time, so I'm going to be on the lookout for more bombers in the store to try and age in the basement for about six months to a year.

Summary: Dried apricot, orange peel, and herbal tea with mild Swiss cheesy-yeast profile.

Photo of RickS95
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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 BrownAleMale
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Hazy yellow in color with some off white head that dissipates a bit, but what is left behind leaves a nice sticky lacing.

Smell- A slight hint of citrus and that is about it.

Taste- Has a roasted lager flavor with a hint of citrus. Doesnt work well.

Mouthfeel-Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

Overall- Not feeling it. Tastes with a cheap lager with a hint of orange.

Photo of bnes09
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

A little too much orange flavor. Sweet mid drink and slightly dry in the finish. Heavy body seems to clash with the citrus fruit flavor.

Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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