Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing
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4.6/5 rDev +24%
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.
04-13-2013 14:50:24 | More by withliterature
4.51/5 rDev +21.6%
22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9% ABV, Best Enjoyed by March 2014
A - Heavenly Feijoa pour crystal clear allowing the deep golden color to shine vibrantly! A classic white head perches on top of the beer, slowly disappearing into the beer's surface but not without leaving plenty of lace behind to adorn the glass!
S - Sweet malt greets the nostrils with an offering of warmed honey-draped wheat biscuits and a plethora of Belgian yeast esters. Spicy notes of white pepper are sprinkled over earthy clay and lemongrass while coriander and sweet white grape mingle with floral attributes in the background. Alcohol is faintly present and dry, gently prodding this triple but it's got a great aroma!
T - The guava-like attributes of the Feijoa in this tripel really shine through in the beer's flavor, marrying the malty sweetness and yeast notes exceptionally well. Sweet tropical fruit and lemongrass citrus pave the way for earthy clay and white pepper spice before a touch of citric tartness quickly balances the sweetness. Alcohol flavors which waft out of the nose are hidden by the ripe taste of this beer nicely.
M - Heavenly Feijoa is very smooth at it's core but a lofty level of carbonation dances on the tongue, livening the smooth maltiness up a bit. Feijoa adds both sweetness to the beer but a great level of citric tartness which really pulls the sweetness back for a balanced and unique experience. Alcohol and floral notes dry out the finish, once again balancing the overall sweetness of the beer.
O - Exceeding my expectations, Heavenly Feijoa is an excellent collaboration between New Belgium and Dieu du Ciel that uses unique ingredients that engage this classic Belgian style with grace and balance. Sweetness is apparent and dealt with by tartness while yeast complexity and dry floral notes finish out for a wonderful twist on a tripel.
03-15-2013 00:30:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.46/5 rDev +20.2%
Appearance: orange hues. good clarity. small off white head
Smell: floral. fruity. candied sugar. spices. comes off slightly tart.
Taste: starts off slightly floral, but quickly gives way to tart and slightly bitter fruits. this taste hangs around for a bit but a nice tripel base becomes apart in the end. some yeast, some spices. a touch of alcohol on occasion
Mouthfeel: the tartness of the fruit and the dryness of the tripel come together nicely. nice heavier feel. some warmth
Overall: the base tripel is well done and is apparent but the hibiscus and bitter/tart fruit are the main stage here. really nice complexity. new belgium has a way with tripels. very interesting and well done beer.
07-08-2013 15:23:26 | More by SportsandJorts
4.41/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
10-15-2013 00:11:10 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
4.28/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
05-10-2013 06:30:30 | More by MattyG85
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
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