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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 11-14-2012)
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flayedandskinned

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 01:49:26 | More by flayedandskinned
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Ejayz

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-16-2012 18:28:32 | More by Ejayz
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Lob

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-16-2012 05:53:47 | More by Lob
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Zorro

California

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored beer with a small white head.

Smells strongly of toasted grain and bitter orange rind and coriander. Clear solvent alcohol smell. Smells like warm vodka. Little bit of honeysuckle and noble hop grassy scent.

Starts out toasted malt and a little caramel. Slight sour taste maybe there is some Brett in this. Mild bitterness and bitter orange flavor, the citrus lingers.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is average, there are better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:21:30 | More by Zorro
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 16:19:42 | More by ArrogantB
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Tamarack22

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-15-2012 02:43:02 | More by Tamarack22
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salinasa

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-14-2012 06:14:28 | More by salinasa
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cletusdog

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-14-2012 01:46:56 | More by cletusdog
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cmoody91

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-13-2012 02:15:05 | More by cmoody91
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stairwell2811bre

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

12-12-2012 15:29:27 | More by stairwell2811bre
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-11-2012 17:13:45 | More by jheezee
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JBatman

Indiana

1/5  rDev -72.6%

12-10-2012 19:23:18 | More by JBatman
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adam_e

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-10-2012 16:08:46 | More by adam_e
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Tone

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, earthy malt, slight alcohol, floral hops, slight citrus (coriander?), and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Biere de Garde. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, floral hops, spice, slight citrus, alcohol, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body. A fairly traditional Biere de Garde and the standard New Belgium malt/yeast flavor is easily discernible.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:02:13 | More by Tone
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-09-2012 07:58:30 | More by Kopfschuss
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-09-2012 03:36:56 | More by MN_Beerticker
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grittybrews

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 18:16:12 | More by grittybrews
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 21:46:30 | More by BrownAleMale
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 16:39:32 | More by drabmuh
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Glibber

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-07-2012 04:02:11 | More by Glibber
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 03:04:05 | More by emerge077
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Trying to box up some beers tonight... This is the first and last brew poured into my slim tulip.. good enough white head with okay lacing and retention.. the brew is clear golden.

Nose is thick pale malts and orange notes.... not even orange zest, almost orange juice.. light yeasty phenols and esters.. Pretty terrible.

Flavor is not in the Biere de Garde territory at all... orange zest and light BSPA notes... Americanized notes that are pushed into a style that is tough to get right... and "Americanized" does not work right at all.

Too much of everything and NOTHING meshes well.. Too many of these NB LoF brews are shelf quality and leave nothing out there.. I can't believe that anybody would qualify this as a proper Biere de Garde... Let your yeast do the work... not the handful after handful of additions.

Not good at all. I will not buy again.

4/3/2.5/3/2.5

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 01:38:36 | More by JohnGalt1
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Beaver13

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 06:30:24 | More by Beaver13
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 01:50:36 | More by zeff80
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-03-2012 06:02:17 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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