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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

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 Kenzie
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Kenzie, May 11, 2013
Photo of rph97
3.25/5  rDev -11%

rph97, May 10, 2013
Photo of brwnchrstpher
4/5  rDev +9.6%

brwnchrstpher, May 08, 2013
Photo of JReites
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

JReites, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice pale amber color. Thought from the style it would be cloudier.

S - Smell of orange peel is faint.

T - Sweet notes up front are followed nicely by sour/tart notes. You can taste the orange peel at the very end before the alcohol taste kicks in. Finish is a little strong for only 9% ABV.

M - Somewhat thin feeling when sitting on the tongue but more malt may not go well with the flavor profile.

O - Not my favorite Lips of Faith beer, but still worth a try if you like Belgian style ales.

Bowers-Brew, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Arsenal0328
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Arsenal0328, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of rjcoy06
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

rjcoy06, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Cam5sf49
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Cam5sf49, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of TonyT013
3/5  rDev -17.8%

TonyT013, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of kguard
3.25/5  rDev -11%

kguard, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of estlinska
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap into a 12oz pilsner-style glass at Vino's on 4/18/13. Pours a pale straw color with a lot of chill haze that clears a bit as the beer warms a tad. The head was very thin and the lacing was minimal (not unexpected from the style). The nose was very delicate and not very active overall. There was the faint smells of spicy and grassy smells with a touch of clove on the nose; maybe some peppercorn burn to the nose as well. There was some bready sweet malt there as well. The taste was pretty much the same. There was some spicy hops flavor to it, but it was more leaning toward the floral side. There was some definite taste of some orange pekoe tea to the brew. The beer finished very, very dry and the alcohol was very present with a strong burn; seemed a little out of place. Overall, a rather average brew for the Lips of Faith series.

estlinska, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of ediaz
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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

kjkinsey, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Saviorself
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Saviorself, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of JDizzle
3.25/5  rDev -11%

JDizzle, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of GregoryMo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

GregoryMo, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
3.66/5  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.

BMMillsy, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

bluckbeyes, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Rope
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in chalice.

Appearance-
A hazy yellow.

Smell-
Not a lot of the orange I was suspecting, and it almost smells like a Hofbrau lager.

Taste-
Very demure taste for an ale, bready, and a wisp of orange peel at the end.

Mouthfeel-
Well carbonated, a slight sweet linger.

Overall-
Certainly not bad, but nothing special.

Rope, Apr 12, 2013
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 ElCommodoro
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good, solid, flavourful beer. What was odd about it was trying to decide whether it was refreshing or not. All of the flavours were very fresh and refreshing, so were very delicious, but the beer itself was yeasty to the point of frothiness in a very unrefreshing way. So, despite all those fresh citrus and hop flavours that were nonetheless delicious, I would have to find new scenarios in which to drink this because normally I only drink beers with those flavours in the summer when it's hot. This, I would never want to drink if it were hot. It would be cloyingly frothy and unsatisfying. This is definitely a late-night beer, but with a zesty, summery taste. An interesting meeting of worlds. Give it a try if you're in the mood for something new and interesting.

ElCommodoro, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of RickDeLucio
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

RickDeLucio, Mar 31, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.