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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

469 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 469 | Reviews: 109
Reviews by BeerAficionadoMCMXC:
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Super clear pilsner like appearance. The head retention is good.
S- This is certainly a tripel. The Belgian yeast comes out in the aroma. It smells more banana than clove, but overall, it's a nice touch.
T- Tastes like belgian candi with a sticky finish. IT's not the most pleasant overall, but it works.
M-Light. With a filtration system, anything can look good, but not everything tastes good.
O-Really not so happy with this one. It lacks that smoothness. The acidity from the addition of the feijoe fruit makes it seem more like a sour than a tripel. It has lost its Belgian characteristics.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich brass tone with a nicely formed almost creamy looking head that lasted for a good while.Aromas are very tart with some phenolic yeasty spice,as it begins to warm some funk starts to creep in.Flavors are tart a pretty dry,some toasted grain and pithy citric notes,again the funk as well alcohol creeps.A bit to tart and yeasty for me but for those who like the tart funky stuff they will enjoy this beer.

Photo of withliterature
4.59/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't accurately rate for the appearance, because I served this on the back porch in the dark, so I'm guessing.

If I were rating this beer based on its exemplification of the Belgian Tripel style, I don't know if I could give it a 4.5. I didn't get as much yeasty, funky flavor as I expect from something like La Fin Du Monde, for example. I was also hesitant when I saw "brewed with feijoa and hibiscus," because I thought it might prove very sweet or perfumey. But the more sips I took of this beer, the more I loved it.

The mouthfeel is super dry, and the experience of drinking is almost like sipping a brut champagne. Lots of floral scent and flavor, but no overt sweetness. Managed to be fruity and complex, but still very pleasantly dry. The flavor has some of the funkiness I associate with Tripel beers, but little yeast, making for a clear, bright flavor. I couldn't taste alcohol despite the 9% ABV.

I'll definitely be buying this again. One of the best beers I've tried this year.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large white bubbles disappearing atop a straw-golden chalice. Singular trickle of bubbles rising from the bottom, sustaining lacy blotches on the surface.

Smells of banana and other fruity esters with light floral and spice hints. Very pleasant.

Whoa. Not what I expected. I didn't know what feijoa tasted like, but I think I do now. It's a little hard to tell what's what, being a tripel with fruit and flowers, but fruitiness dominates. Alcohol is pretty well hidden considering it's 9%.

Medium bodied, with a slow, mild sour burn on the finish. Banana aftertaste with a slightly waxy coating.

Not exactly my cup of tea. It's an interesting brew, but not for the narrow palated. If you're prone to experimenting with homebrewing or tasting, then you might give this a try.

Photo of Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a smallish white head that quickly goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is peppery tropical fruits with some musty yeast.

The flavor is a little bready malt with lots of sweet tart fruits and some peppery spices. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low but sharp carbonation.

Overall, I liked the mix of tart fruits and spices. It's not very much like a tripel though.

Photo of mverity
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Beautiful looking brew, clear brassy color with a head that lasts. Lots of aromatics; tart tropical fruit, slight funky cheese, phenolic, hibiscus, intensely herbal, alcohol. Some funk on the palate, the pineapple guava make an impact as does the hibiscus. Bready malt backbone hold the beer together quite well. Some warmth, earthy, dry finish.

Once you get past the show there is that base Tripel, extreme beer for sure. Took a few sips in to really get into this brew and now I am hooked.

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best enjoyed by March of 2014.

Appearance: Pours a copper golden orange color with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, sweet, and very citrus juicy smelling Belgian style aroma. Belgian yeast with hints of funk, peppers, and a slight clove hint. Huge aroma of fruits. Hints of apples, pear, grapes, and banana. Big hints of citrus mango, pineapple, and guava along with some orange, lemon zest, kiwi, and passion fruit. Pale malt hints of biscuit and crackers. Hints of floral and grassy hops. A unique and good Belgian style aroma.

Taste: Like the smell gives off, a unique fruity and zesty Belgian tinged taste. Almost tastes more like a champagne than a beer. Spicy Belgian yeast with notes of peppers, funk, and a little clove. Big juicy fruit taste with a prominent taste of white grape juice, apples, pear, and a slight banana taste. Big citrus taste with notes of pineapple, mango, guava, lemons, passion fruit, orange, and kiwi. Soft pale malt notes of bready biscuit, grains, and cracker. Very floral with some earthy and grassy hop notes in the background. A really interesting and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a pretty lively carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and fairly prickling with the carbonation. Pretty smooth with minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A pretty wild and creative take on the Belgian Tripel style. Really good citrus and sparkling fruit notes.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours into my New Belgium chalice, it looks to be a slightly hazed amber body with a rose' shade from the Hibiscus additions. Fat creamy layer of lacing off white beige in color, leaves behind fine Belgian style lacing. Aroma has tart tropical fruit with floral hibiscus notes, earthiness with some cherry blossoms collides nicely for my senses. Flavor has some more upfront tartness, as tart as lime/lemon notes with a bitter earthy load of floral hibiscus additions, the feijoa fruit I'm not familiar with but these are the flavors I'm getting the tartest tripel style ale I've ever tasted. The website does mention Nelson Sauvin and Target hops but I'm having a hard time picking up actual hop character. Very much fruity and bitter with vegetal earthiness from the floral additions, a strange unique trip from New Belgium and Dieu du Ciel! Mouthfeel leaves me puckering a bit on the palate but no gut wrenching sour notes, carbonation carries everything well medium bodied overall not much alcohol detectable on the palate. Finishes dirty and dry, with some residual sweetness left behind on the palate between each sip. Overall, I'm feeling like it's more miss and than hit, compared to either of the breweries individual efforts, I'll continue to try these as I see them in stores in Ohio.

Photo of chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

on tap at USNWC in Charlotte.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber; fairly clear; small but durable off-white head.

Smell: way more like a wild ale than a tripel, there is a load of farmhouse funk in here along with the expected yeast and hints of citrus.

Taste: Heavenly Feijoa tastes a little better than it the smell suggests, largely thanks to a rather strong tartness. Still, too much off-flavor, likely intentional, from Brett and/or wild yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; Smooth with excellent, medium carbonation.

Overall: Unique, surprisingly tart, and, for a "tripel", way too much like a farmhouse ale.

Photo of GilGarp
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber served chilled into a New Belgium chalice.

The Heavenly Feijoa Tripel is a pale amber color with great clarity. The head is thick at first but settles quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is similar to New Belgium's standard tripel but with more floral character. Similar in the sense of pale malts and that familiar NB yeast. I'm not sure what hibiscus smells like but gives me some idea.

Flavor is surprisingly tart but not the way that a wild ale would be from the yeast. This is tart from fruit. Again, pretty sure I've never had feijoa but this beer seems to have plenty of it. The base beer is probably the same or very similar in recipe to their 6-pack tripel so the character of the fruit is really what sets it apart. I think the herbal hibiscus is mostly in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Honestly, not a beer with great drinkability given the tartness but certainly one to share.

Overall an interesting take I the tripel but I still prefer the traditional style.

Photo of tdm168
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bottlemixx

A - orange with a thin lacing of white head

S - Belgian yeast funk and apples

T - apple, sweet fruit, herbal, mild tartness, Belgian yeast funk

M - alcohol warmth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a decent Tripel, but to me it was a bit sweet. The strange tartness also seemed to come out of no where. With the exception of these, this had all the hallmarks of a nice Tripel. It was fruity, estery, warm, and funky. It's probably worth a try.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep amber body with fluffy white head and nice lace.

Nice tart fruit nose. Maybe this is feijoa; I wouldn't know.

Pleasantly tart taste, relatively refreshing but a bit lingering. A bit like green apples. This tastes much more like a doubleweight berliner Weiße than a tripel.

Decent feel, a bit coarse and clingy, but decent.

Tart for sure, not overbearing, and well crafted for using weird ingredients.

Photo of RickS95
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's a strange looking beer, but only because it's so cloudy. Think orange juice that's just been engulfed by a dark rainy cloud. Pour is a very dingy , old faded orange. Extremely rich looking. There's a white head with average retention up top. Decent thin lace. Looks like a very orangey wit.

I don't know what feijoa is, but this beer smells good. Very pineappley nose. Lots of citrus juices. Floral with a smack of alcohol. Faint white pepper.

Grapefruit juice. Looks like it and tastes like it. Must be orange rind because it's far more bitter than sweet. You can taste the hibiscus, reminds me of dandelion. Orange makes a cameo in the lingering finish.

More bitter than sweet. There are small bursts of sweet, but it's fairly bitter and the carbonation makes the bitter feel even stronger. Alcohol brings some heat to the equation. Fairly heavy, even for a tripel. Warming, dry finish.

It's a strange beer, which sometimes collaborations are. I can't say good or bad, but I can say unique. Some will love this and others will hate it. I'm leaning towards good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Light amber. Small white head. Almost no wisps. Just a couple islands.

Smell - Boozy. Yeasty and estery. Some fruit. Decent.

Taste - Grainy up front, more of a tripel flavor after that. Earthy flavors in the middle. The fruit comes out in the back. Very tropical.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Kind of abrasive. Medium bodied. Not as bad as many American tripels tend to be.

Overall - Harsh flavors. Interesting fruit that doesn't blend in with the beer at all.

Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BBD Mar 2014

Pours bronze with a pinky of pearl colored head. Head fell away fast average head retention

S: Apple peels & blossoms, white grapes, pears

T: Follows the nose, some pineapple & hibiscus up front, plus a touch of boozeyness. Pineapple, pears, a smidge of grapefruit as this warms, plus apple juice. Finishes fruitty with candi sugar, dryness, & little bit of lemon zest & a kiss white pepper

MF: Fairly syruppy, low carbonation

Not bad drinkability, a bit too sweet for me to love it, not bad though

Photo of Kegatron
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Clear copper with a rich bright-white head. Robust lacing that sticks in heavy swathes down the sides of the glass. The hibiscus gives the aroma a fresh flowery feel, backed by notes of spice, sugars, dough and a juicy smelling fruity tartness. The taste is very similar, with tart juiciness and a backing of sugars and bready sweetness. Some extra bitter fruitiness and spicy esters give the profile an edge down the middle of it. Finish is dry and flowery. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft crispness that fills the mouth. That 9% ABV is just beautifully hid here and I would never have guessed that it was this high beyond just a smidge of light alcohol sweetness that is present. This is extremely smooth. I didn’t know how this marriage of flavors was going to work for me but I ultimately ended up really enjoying this. The feijoa in particular really added a nice juicy sweetness that went well with the characteristics of a Tripel. I would gladly have this again.

Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brass color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Floral and fruity aroma. Faint hint of berries and cut grass. Sort of a vinous quality except for the perceived tartness. A little bready malt.

Has a mild tartness that is a bit surprising. Fruit flavors dominate the flavor. I pick out strawberry and grapes. Fruity esters add to the vinous qualities. Malt is semi-dry that adds little but compliments the other flavors. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

The body is a little slick but otherwise solid. Not the most carbonated tripel on the shelf. I would of liked a litte more life.

Interesting beer. Never eaten a feijoa, but after drinking this beer, I think I would enjoy the experience. Wish more of the traditional tripel elements were more prevelant.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter, this unique tripel pours a pale copper with a thick white head of tight beaded bubbles and great lacing that lasts and lasts. Nose of tart pineapple and grapefruit, yeasty funkiness, and sweet malts. Flavors are tart and sweet fruits to all sides with pineapple, peach, grapefruit, and a wild yeast flavor lending itself to a nice moderately tart finish. A big ale that finishes moderately dry. Incredibly unique without rocking the boat too much for the style. Alcoholic warmth increases with temperature. Very nice.

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and saturated orange color, compact head of white foam. Some delicate lace around the edges but not much, lasting surface coverage. Again the clarity is very bright, glistening like a jewel.

Aroma is sort of flat, some fruit is there, grains, yeast, it's a little muddled.

Taste is slightly tart from the fruit, though it is more astringent at first. As it warms, it's a little easier to drink, but not one i'll pick up again. The tripel base is slightly boozy, with a labored sweetness and medium feel. Tart aftertaste, sort of acidic like bile. Vague earthiness lingers, hard to attribute it to any particular ingredient. Overall it's ok, but nothing too exciting, despite the exotic adjuncts and international collaboration.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a clear amber-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Spicy belgian yeast, a bit of clove and pepper, some light tropical fruits and a faint bit of what I'd have to describe as sweet bell peppers .

Taste. Nice lightly tart orchard and tropical fruits, a little bit of spicy belgian yeast, and a slight herby, peppery quality. Different and not bad at all.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, medium-low carbonation. Slightly watery feeling.

Overall. Refreshing and easy drinking. Some nice flavours going on for sure, but the other qualities of the beer didn't quite measure up ...which is a little unusual I guess.

Photo of Darkale
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

OK, I get it, American brewers push the envelope, and they add all kinds of interesting ingredients to their beers, OK.

At the same time, I would like a tripel to resemble a tripel, especially when I've paid almost ten dollars for this bomber.

This is a decent beer. I'm not sorry to have it in my beaten up old Duvel glass. But, it's not a tripel.

I am not sure what it is, but it's not a tripel.

I'm OK with it - again, I'm not sorry to be drinking it - but when I think of my favorite tripels... I do not think of this beer.

I wish that American brewers would stop screwing around with esoteric ingredients and would just brew solid beer.

Photo of TruePerception
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

3/13/13

Collaboration

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.