Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing
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3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and wheat, with a hint of orange thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of juicy orange notes, as well as a ton of coriander and wheat. This beer tastes like a Belgian witbier on steroids. I like most of what I taste but there is too much coriander in the beer for me to be a huge fan. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
12-03-2012 06:01:40 | More by Mora2000
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
12-02-2012 00:51:19 | More by n2185
3.03/5 rDev -17%
22 oz bomber into a tulip.
Pours a yellow gold with a white one-finger head. Clear.
Aroma is fruity orange nose, with a bit of funk and sweetness (maybe cookie or other light malt?).
Taste is sweaty, almost meaty, light acidic and tang. Pepper. Best descriptor I saw was briny. I'm a big fan of briny scotches like Laphroaig, but it doesn't really work here, and I'm not enjoying it.
Decent carbonation and body. I love New Belgium but am not buying again.
12-01-2012 00:47:05 | More by babayaga
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
11-30-2012 03:55:48 | More by twiggamortis420
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
Bottle opened on 11.12.12.
A - Pours a clear, light orange with a fizzy yellowish head with good retention.
S - Spice, lemon, orange.
T - Lemons, black pepper, orange citrus.
D - Good carbonation with a light body.
O - Light and orange. Not much going on here, Blah.
11-28-2012 07:01:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
11-28-2012 04:50:09 | More by GilGarp
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours an effervescent bronnze with a thumb of pearl colored head. Good lacing & head retention
S: Breadyness, hay, apple skins & raw booze once warm
T: Follows the nose, a touch of white grapes & rose water, along with pineapple up front. More pineapple, some lemons & green apple as this warms, a touch of grassyness & tartness too. Finishes with lemon zest, grassyness & pineapple & just a bit of phenols on the edges
MF: Medium bodied, fairly lively carbonation that smooths out as it warms, some warming notes as this warms, some stickyness
A nice Americanized take on the style, very drinkable, but way too clean to be a straight up reproduction of the style
11-26-2012 04:25:55 | More by russpowell
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
Appearance is pale golden orange with an eggshell head which quickly dissipates, leaving scattered, light lace.
Smell is classic BdG, caramel and orange marmalade.
Taste is less so, the orange peel comes off bitter, the esters and malt far from rich, and a touch husky. Vinous, slightly acidic finish.
Mouthfeel is dry, powdery.
Drinkability is ok, an average BdG at best. Nice nose, the taste and body to live up to my expectations in the style however. A little to much ethanol, clean but too drying. I like the white wine notes, interesting, but I wish the base BdG was richer.
11-24-2012 22:41:07 | More by ccrida
3.98/5 rDev +9%
A: poured into a duvel tulip to a deep yellow to light orange topped with a small white head with little retention
S: smells kinda barnyardy with some orange
T: a little toasted malt, fruity esters, a bit of yeast flavor and some spice notes, some orange and alcohol. boozy on the swallow with a bit more tropical fruit flavor
M: medium body with soft carbonation, drying on the finish
O: pretty solid beer. it seems to be true to style so it gets good marks. I've had a few beers of this style and I just can't get behind it. Worth a try though
11-23-2012 00:53:24 | More by SHODriver
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
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,
11-21-2012 23:10:00 | More by Monkeyknife
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-21-2012 12:16:39 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev +9.6%
22 ounce bottle split into tulips.
Pours a translucent orange/yellow color with roughly an inch of bubbly white head. The head dissipates a bit too quickly, but it does leave a healthy dose of sticky lacing behind. A nice bubbly ring hangs out continually around the surface. A good looking beer here.
The aroma is of orange citrus predominantly, with a bit of lemon zest and coriander hidden behind it. A fair amount of wheat and some delicate grass are noticeable, along with a bit of yeasty funk and white pepper. Reminds me a bit of a tripel or a saison in that regard.
The flavor is more complex. Orange citrus still leads the way, but there is a brine-like flavor and texture similar to a gose that really offsets it (in a great way). The yeast, white pepper, and wheat seem to bring it all together in a coherent backbone, and there is a much more noticeable grass/herb flavor than in the nose. Hints of lemon and coriander again.
The mouthfeel is smooth and almost sweet in the beginning, but it gives way to a more brine-like and tart astringency later. FInishes clean, and there is ample carbonation.
Overall, this is a complex, interesting brew. Refreshing and light-bodied, it's making a great compliment to this sunny afternoon. Definitely a strong member of the Lips of Faith series, in my book.
11-18-2012 19:36:05 | More by eclipse54
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
22oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear pale new penny copper, encouragement required for a minor off white head, minor lacing.
The aroma is a delight. Peaches mango pineapple encompassed in candied jelly orange slices. Slight mustiness.
Flavor surprises with pronounced undulations. Starts sweet and fruity then dips abruptly to a low earthy note, rolls to a dry finish which accompanies the orange pineapple herbal aftertaste that lingers pleasantly. Notes of Hi-C. Increasingly earthy with warmth.
11-18-2012 06:34:56 | More by impending
3.03/5 rDev -17%
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.
11-17-2012 05:37:13 | More by harrymel
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.