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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

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395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-16-2013)
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Photo of JamieDuncan


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up on special at the local store so figured it was worth a try. Disappointed, I was expecting more. Decent looking beer with average smell and taste. Best thing was that it was pretty easy to drink for 9% so bonus points overall. Okay but nothing I would try again at that cost.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 17:46:46 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a dark amber, which is not really a color I would associate with a tripel normally. Mildly bready nose. Flavor profile is a very mild tang with a consistent sweet edge, in a mature fruit kind of way. Seems the feijoa is really showing through; not that I have had the fruit before. A nice tripel. I could have quite a bit of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 03:41:04 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of bnes09


3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange color. Good clarity. Solid head recedes to a bubbly foam. Minimal lacing.

Fruity, white wine-like, yeasty, grape aroma. Fresh flowers and grass.

Flavor of sweet white grape juice with a boozy quality. Interesting fruity quality. Mild leafy, oily hop out of balance with the sweet flavor. Not much yeast character in the palate. Just a little sweet for my taste.

Medium to full bodied. Syrupy and dense. Sticky texture. Descent carbonation.

Different but not exactly what I'm looking for in a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:24:10 | More by bnes09
Photo of Joekneale


1.98/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Let me first say, the beer is labeled a Feijoa Tripel, and it is part of the LOF 'experimental' family. With that said, I rated this beer harshly because I rated against the Tripel style - which it is a poor example of at best.

The only part of the beer that could have passed for a Tripel was the aroma. Light floral/perfumey notes and fruity undertones - characteristic of the style. It lacked a strong phenolic overtone, but was rich and complex.

The color was off for a Tripel, with a distinct red-purple tinge, not deep yellow/gold. It was not high in clarity, nor did it have a persistent creamy head usually associated with the style. NB gets this right with their other Tripels, the blame for the miss on all these factors, I think, is 100% caused by the fruit addition.

The taste and mouthfeel were also way off. There is a strong sour/acidic component of the beer that is reasonably balanced, but still quite dominant. A huge miss. Similarly, the fruit and sourness lend some puckering to the mouthfeel and take away the sense of deceivingly light body we usually expect.

My guess is that the only recipe design that went into this beer was someone at whole foods spotting Feijoa fruit and thinking, ''what if we add this to the Tripel grain bill?" Well, the answer is NOT a "Feijoa Tripel," whatever the hell that is, it is something closer to a Lambic. I understand that there are always beer drinkers wanting to try the next new thing - I support that. What bugs me about this beer is I ordered it expecting an interesting Tripel and ended up with a sour hybrid.

Beer styles serve a purpose in communicating between brewers, distributors, and customers. Wholly missing a beer style is not acceptable from a leading craft brewer, even for an experimental beer. The recipe might have started as a Tripel, but the outcome was such a distant miss it needed to be either redesigned as a Tripel before release or reimagined and relabeled as another type (lambic or sour). I'm not a huge fan of inventing styles or using cute marketing ("Feijoa Tripel") to poorly describe a one-off beer. Just my 2 cents.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 13:48:19 | More by Joekneale
Photo of Mdez


2.13/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bought this a few months ago after reading about the Lips of Faith series and finding a tripel of the series. In finally opened it because it stated I should drink it by March 2014...and I was very disappointed. As someone stated on an earlier review, this tasted more like a sour than any tripel I've ever had. After a few sips, I was even considering pouring it and grabbing something else; it was just that bad. It was a sharp sour taste that has me thinking I should pour the rest of the bottle since I've only had half of it. Boy am I glad I didn't try a few...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 03:43:59 | More by Mdez
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2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber and clear.

Aroma is yeasty with a floral hint.

No idea why this is called a triple. It's a sour, a nondescript sour. The first couple sips where very tart, but with a delicate hibiscus aftertaste. For the rest of the sips, the tartness mellows but all floral notes are gone. No complexity.

Mouthfeel is watery with light carbonation.

Didn't expect a traditional triple, but this isn't even close. Which was a disappointment. It probably would have been a let down if I was expecting a sour as well. Maybe ok at the usual New Belgium price point, but not at the Lips of Faith cost.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 22:46:35 | More by msquared36
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3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by March 2014. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/peach color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like hibiscus, stone fruit/tropical fruit (which I assume is the Feijoa), bready malt, and some peppery spice. It has a fruity taste that's hard to describe, but like the aroma it reminds me of a stone fruit and tropical fruit, along with some citrus making it an unusual mix that I wasn't expecting. It's a bit sweet and tart. I can also taste some bready malt and floral notes (hibiscus). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated and easy to drink. I think it's a good brew overall, I liked it. $8.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 23:46:16 | More by bluejacket74
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1.65/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Honestly I have no idea how other people have given this beer high ratings. I'm in a room of six people and everyone hates it. It is literally undrinkable! I love La Fin Du Monde and other trippels but this beer was acrid, sour, and almost spoiled tasting... Would NOT not not recommend for anyone. The hibiscus and fruit were just not a good flavor in the beer. Open to trying other well-rated Lips of Faith beers but this one was not for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:48:12 | More by
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3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Medium pumpkin/amber gold with a lacey white head.

S - Buttery, floral, sweet toasted bread.

T - Juicy orange, not peel, citrusy hops, herbal/floral finish.

M - Crisp, tart, refreshing.

A unique beer to be sure. The juicy citrus aspect was surprising but not unwelcome. There are notes of a Flanders red in there as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:31:18 | More by REDAMI
Photo of pschafer


3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - light color with a nice white head that hung in there for about half the glass.

Smell - I did not get the smell of a triple, but it did have a distinctive floral scent. it was quite intriguing.

Taste - it had a slight sour note that I did not expect and the fruity notes did remind me of a triple that was lacking in the smell, or maybe my olfactory senses were not working very well this day.

Mouthfeel - the juxtaposition of the sour note and the fruity notes made for a very interesting mouthfeel. I was surprised and pleased at the same time.

Overall - I am torn between a 3.75 and a 4.00, but the taste and the mouthfeel won out and it will be a 4.00. After all, isn't that what makes up 80% of beer drinking - Taste and mouthfeel?

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 13:22:15 | More by pschafer
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Quebec (Canada)

2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of hibiscus notes and tart Feijoa notes is not as enticing as I was expecting. Taste was dryer then expected with quite a bit of tart Feijoa notes with also quite a bit of hibiscus notes. Body was quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Off-balanced ingredient with low drinkability meant a deception in this case.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 17:27:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma of herbs and grain, soft fruit and a slight must.
In the taste, mild tartness, fruit snack like fruitiness close to grape and tangerine. Big malt, perhaps wheat, and a lingering sour. Quite nice with just a bit of herbal tea and little alcohol heat.
Light spritzy champagne like body.
Overall, inspired beer, more wild than triple.
Give me the Feijoa!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:35:38 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with my brother Sam.

Pours a pretty deep golden colour, hinting towards a coppery tone, with a fairly fine head of shiny white that leaves intricate lace. Body is firm and bold and hold masses of tiny carbonation. Looks good.

Yep, nose has feijoa alright, and it's a distinctive smell, somewhere between lime and banana. It's fresh and bright, and very fruit-forward. There's a mild toffee sweetness behind it, perhaps a little Belgian yeast note, but not a lot from the tripel side of the equation. Still the fruit is really well done, and it certainly delivers what it promises.

Taste is also full of fruit, giving pithy flesh, more tropical notes and a tartness that attaches itself to some of the phenolic characters from the yeast. Carbonation gives a fine tingle, but also adds to an already fairly pronounced acidity. Finish is long with lingering underripe fruit and a slight vegetative organic finish.

Overall, this is very interesting: and the feijoa is really well showcased here. I'm not sure if you'd do much better than this in using that particular fruit in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:45:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A random from a recent trip to Wisconsin.

A - Pours a nice hazy copper colour, thumb of light fluffy head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet on the nose with hints of mandarin and mango, burnt sugar notes and hints of cloves and banana.

T - Not your typical tripel as it comes across surprisingly sweet with pineapple and mangos, yet finishes with tart citrus and Belgian funk. Surprisingly bitter with sour citrus rind lingering on the palette alongside some bubble gum and cloves. ABV is non-existent making it dangerously drinkable.

M - Lighter bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry.

O - A very tasty brew offering up some unique flavours for the style and a unique balance between sweet and sour. Highly recommended brew and something I could easily session. A collaboration brew that represents the quality Canadian brewers can bring to the table. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:39:46 | More by andrenaline
Photo of lenbert


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This represents another round of firsts for me (my first Tripel and my first "Lips of Faith" series).

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. Had a generous head that left behind a lot of lacing. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: The aroma gives off a tangy citrus smell, though not as pronounced as I thought it would at first. This aroma seemed to grow stronger as it warmed.

Taste: Tart and tangy is the word with this one! Strong hints of pineapple and citrus up front with a yeasty funkiness in the aftertaste, which really lingers as aftertaste. Medium body and generous carbonation. For me, the alcohol is well hidden.

The taste profile of this beer is similar to me like an intense Berliner Weisse, with pineapple thrown into the mix. I really enjoy that style and the additional citrus undertones makes this one a winner for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:03:44 | More by lenbert
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3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass and had a lot of white bubbly head and had great lacing as I drank the beer. Color was like that of toasted wheat grain. Smell was mostly of tart yeast, and tangy citrus. Taste was interesting; like a Belgian triple mixed with a Berliner weisse. Medium body and highly carbonated. My first of the Lips of Faith series, and I was looking forward to this due to the Dieu du Ciel collab. Not particularly great.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 18:58:16 | More by mverity
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4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a dark gold with one finger off wispy off white head. Barely any lacing present.

Smell: Strong pineapple, phenolic, spices.

Taste: Pineapple, tart fruit, belgian sour funk, slightly herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high ABV is hidden very well, slightly prickles the tongue and works with the flavors nicely.

Overall, this is a terrific beer. Love the sour funk that goes along with the fruit. A tasty and creative tripel.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:11:10 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange, two fingers of head, pretty damn good lacing.

S - A lot of pineapple, and alcohol, floral, phenols, and some funk.

T/M - Ahh, maybe the taste isn't that bad, but it's such a let down from the smell. Or maybe I just like the smell of pineapple more than the taste...

O - This one needs another try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 23:37:14 | More by lancecenter
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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Heavenly Feijoa Tripel: While Imperial Russian Stouts may be the king of beers, there are plenty of great ones to choose from. But the Belgian Tripel is right up there, and aside from $12 bombers from Europe, they are hard to find. So I am always on the lookout, and decided to try this New Belgium offering.

The Feijoa has a lighter head, not much carbonation and a big aroma that shouts Belgian Tripel. The color is of old brass, which is the only sign that this is not your run of the mill golden colored Tripel.

The flavor starts out beautifully Belgian in all respects, and just when you expect that doughy Tripel finish, there comes a tart apple cider flavor (the feijoa??) to finish things off. Very much like a good sour. And it works for me.

If your heart is set on a pure Belgian Tripel, skip this brew, it will disappoint. But if you are in the mood for something completely different, give this a try. The Feijoa will never be a statement beer, but is a wonderful oddity. Go for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 22:13:13 | More by iSip
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3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into sniffer. Purchased at hop city in ATL.
A: pours a rich golden copper, white one finger foam head, stringy lacing
S: malt, tart tropical fruit, hibiscus
M: thin srurpy, carbonat
T: malt, slight sweetness, tartness, tropical fruit, slight metallic finish
O: interesting brew, not sure if this is a triple from the taste due to the tartness

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:47:40 | More by outdoor7or24
Photo of TruePerception


3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)



New Belgium / Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Heavenly Feijoa Tripel: 9% ABV, half a finger of root beer-like head, quick fade; Appearance: cream soda, faint rosiness, active carbonation; Smell molasses-y, pear/lime/guava; Taste: dry, lime rind, strong dull acidity towards outsidem golden raisin towards the end; Mouthfeel: soft, yet well carbonated; pretty good, Lips of Faith series

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 07:28:52 | More by TruePerception
Photo of chickenflea


3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour out of 22 oz bottle, clear amber pour with fizzy but fluffy off white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, tropical fruit and Belgian yeast. Taste is surprisingly tart. with a pineapple sweetness. Spicy and funky on the finish with a very subtle bitterness. What is this beer? There is a touch of alcohol in the nose. But other than that, it does not really resemble a tripel. Fairly dry finish, but the lingering tartness inhibits some of the dryness. It is not unpleasant. I think farmhouse might have been a better characterization.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:42:16 | More by chickenflea
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Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer is light amber in colour with a fairly large off-white head. Decent retention, good lace.

Nose contains honey, sweet malt, light fruits. I am not familiar with feijoa, but I suppose that is what I am smelling. The hibiscus is there as well.

The "additions" are very potent in the flavour. Again, what I presume to be feijoa is strong, and the hibiscus is pretty bold as well. Sweet malts, some spice. Not really my cup of tea, but I could imagine some people really liking it.

Full bodied, low to moderate carb, quite sticky.

Overall, not my thing, The flavours just don't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:31:45 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Sark


3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber

Appearance- not a bit of haze and quite carbonated, color of light amber, finger of eggshell-white head so densely bubbled you can't notice unless up really close-up

Smell- big hit of floral and yeast, herbs of lemon peel and very much so hibiscus

Taste- Tart beginning of light fruit (white grapes) with mild-mannered grains in the middle that are overpowered by a sour finish with almost red wine characteristics,

Mouthfeel- light and clean with lingering sugars on the tounge

Overall- In a word, intense. The balance isn't completely lopsided but it does ask for a tweak. This would be great with a meal on the salty/rich side like pasta with marinara as it could easily take the place of a wine.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:11:40 | More by Sark
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3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice chunky lace on the glass. Attractive!

Smell: sweet and fruity aroma with a little bit of tropical character going on. There are also floral notes going on here; I've never had feijoa before but I want to try one now. I think I find a bit more interest in the novelty than in just the aroma itself, but I think with an experimental beer like this, that's part of the fun.

Taste: the fruit is much more to the fore in the flavor than it was in the aroma, along with an acidic tartness that comes along with a lot of fruit beers. Unfortunately, this tartness does not especially help this beer out. It's definitely got an interesting experimental tone, but tartness is too much to the fore and I think the underlying tripel itself is not quite the right base for this fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer isn't bad, but it doesn't float my boat. I like the novelty, but novelty will only take you so far. Unless you're particularly adventurous, you can probably give this one a miss.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 04:06:03 | More by flagmantho
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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
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