Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde - New Belgium Brewing
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4.19/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very pale ale looking with a somewhat clear, nectarine colored pour. Faint haze, but still mostly clear. The head is a nice contrasting bright white and has decent retention. A swirl kicks the bubbles back into motion and leaves a spotty lace.
I'm really undecided on the scent. It's got a German-ish, European smell, which I don't care much for, but at the same time, it's got some Belgo yeasty notes and American citrus smells as well. As it warms, the alcohol and peppery yeast come thru.
The taste is pretty spectacular. It's alcohol forward, along with plenty of malt to offset the yeast and citrus. Complex taste and feel.
Complexion at its finest with sweetness up front, spicy comes on mid-sip, then a savory hop bitterness and acidic tropical fruit feel in the dry, spicy finish. Alcohol and heat from the hops lingers well into the finish. Medium body.
The beer didn't do much for me early on, but the flavor more than made up for it. It's a smooth beer, an easy drinker, despite some aggressive ingredients. Your palate is constantly being challenged.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2013 02:50:10 | More by RickS95
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours with a light smooth head. Some leveled lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average active carbonation while drinking. Some floating sediment in the glass. Light golden color to the brew.
Smell: The front is a soft soapy feeling of leafy greens, cloves, and a medicinal aroma. The orange peels add a very sour character. The yeast is bright and potent.
Taste: Follow the front of the aroma very closely. The soapy leafy greens are felt right away. The orange peel is felt much more in the body in a pretty authentic way. Candied sweetness finishes this beer off.
Mouthfeel: Light and airy. Yeast lacing left behind on the palate.
Overall: Better then I expected. I've had three of these Lips of Faith beers now and they all have certainly been unique. Not exactly great beers but an interesting drinking experience.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2013 04:00:09 | More by KFBR392
Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
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