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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
good

307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
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 rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -11%

(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
Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

scottfrie, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

GRG1313, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of flayedandskinned
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

flayedandskinned, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Ejayz
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Ejayz, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Lob, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

Zorro, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

ArrogantB, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Tamarack22
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Tamarack22, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of salinasa
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

salinasa, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of cletusdog
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

cletusdog, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of cmoody91
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

cmoody91, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of stairwell2811bre
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

stairwell2811bre, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jheezee, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of JBatman
1/5  rDev -72.6%

JBatman, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of adam_e
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

adam_e, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Tone, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Kopfschuss, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MN_Beerticker, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

grittybrews, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of BrownAleMale
2.7/5  rDev -26%

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.

BrownAleMale, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Glibber
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Glibber, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

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 JohnGalt1
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%

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

JohnGalt1, Dec 05, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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