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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing

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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 emerge077
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.

emerge077, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
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

JohnGalt1, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
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.

Beaver13, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3/5  rDev -17.8%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

n2185, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of babayaga
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

babayaga, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Dieck
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Dieck, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of crownrl28
3/5  rDev -17.8%

crownrl28, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

GilGarp, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +9.6%

blindpiggie, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ccrida, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of bkrbdan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

bkrbdan, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

freduardo, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

SHODriver, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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,

Monkeyknife, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Pinche_Oso, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

FreshHawk, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerHunter76, Nov 18, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.