Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing
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4.01/5 rDev +9.9%
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..
06-03-2013 03:56:36 | More by StoutHunter
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
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
05-30-2013 02:14:18 | More by brewandbbq
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
22 oz. bomber poured into tulip.
A: Clear, bright gold color with a thick, but fairly quickly receding white head and a bunch of sediment floating about. However, there is some lively carbonation.
S: Smells of spice, alcohol, white grape, orange, honey and yeast, although the alcohol is the most overpowering aspect.
T: Thankfully, the powerful alcohol profile doesn't make its way into the taste. The profile here is pretty complex, and it's tough to pick out specific flavors. Says it's brewed with orange peel, but it's a pretty dry and not very estery at all, actually. There's a heavy dollop of honey along with some Belgian spices, spicy hops, a bit of alcohol on the back with a bit of orange zest, which is the only indication that it was brewed with orange peel.
M: Mouthfeel is good for the style and about what you'd expect. Pretty light and lively...carbonation is high. Easy enough to drink, although you can definitely tell it's a higher ABV beer.
O: Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. It's a good Belgian strong ale with a twist of orange zest at the end. For a Biere de Garde, it's above average, but not amazing. Since it's a one time only beer, it would probably be worth buying if you run across it. This is one of the stronger outings by New Belgium's Lips of Faith line.
05-25-2013 03:00:33 | More by TTAmod
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.
S - Doughy yeast, sour orange peel, and a mild earthiness.
T - Starts off sweet with a nice blend of malt and juicy orange. There is a yeasty cracker like flavor mid-palate. Finish is bitter orange peel and warming alcohol.
M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Sticky dry finish.
O - This is a decent beer. Tasty, but nothing mind blowing.
05-17-2013 04:28:55 | More by TreyIsWilson
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 10/3/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, orange peel, honey, bread, herbal, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt notes. Taste of pear, apple, grape, orange peel, herbal, honey, bread, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, honey, bread, herbal, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, light funk, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors with good malt balance; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium body; with a moderately slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Biere de Garde style. Good balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, and malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
05-17-2013 04:10:55 | More by superspak
3.61/5 rDev -1.1%
I highly enjoyed this beer. The appearance had a honey golden hue, slightly cloudy. The use of orange peel was not overpowering but utilized perfectly. The taste was crisp with a clean finish but had some creamy tones as well. This is more of a light and perfect for summer beer and I would definitely have it again.
05-11-2013 17:23:03 | More by Kenzie
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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