Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 445 | Reviews: 106 | Display Reviews Only:
1.65/5 rDev -55.5%
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.
01-25-2014 02:48:12 | More by
1.98/5 rDev -46.6%
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.
02-23-2014 13:48:19 | More by Joekneale
2.13/5 rDev -42.6%
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...
02-21-2014 03:43:59 | More by Mdez
2.56/5 rDev -31%
Heavenly Feijoa Tripel pours a a golden color with a nice large lacing head. Their is a sweet yeasty aroma with strong hints of Belgian candies. The taste is slightly sour, but very sweet, lots of candy flavors. Way too sweet however, has a consistency of sugar water; very sugary. Overall almost a drain pour on this one, just its way to overly sweet and sugary.
07-03-2013 03:54:04 | More by vette2006c5r
2.58/5 rDev -30.5%
$8.59 for a 22oz bomber @ Bevco. Brewed with pale and black malt. Hopped with Target and Nelson Sauvin. Also brewed with Feijoa and hibiscus. 9.4% ABV.
Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a tall creamy white head with superior retention and gorgeous lacing, in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs. The aroma is pure 3787 Trappist yeast...bananas and cloves, although it imparts more of a hefe-weizen green banana nose...not a brown banana nose. Faintly floral, although I wouldn't be able to discern hibiscus or Feijoa from the nose. Mouthfeel is lively and crisp with a tart acidity, almost like a hefe-weizen. Deceptively light body. Probably some sugar in here too, but they don't mention it on the website. The taste is a recap of the nose...green bananas, cloves, kiwi fruit tartness. Bitterness is very mild. The hops are barely noticeable. Slightly earthy mouthfeel in the finish with a slightly metallic aftertaste.
Overall, I'm not really digging this. The tartness kills it. I wish I got more hibiscus perfume but less tartness. It's interesting, but not something I could recommend or buy again. Ultimately, 16 oz of this went down the kitchen sink.
04-08-2013 23:59:21 | More by Mitchster
2.58/5 rDev -30.5%
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.
02-12-2014 22:46:35 | More by msquared36
2.83/5 rDev -23.7%
This one sounds good on paper...
Pours a dark, dead copper gold with a half finger of off-white head that recedes quickly, leaving me with a thin collar which produces decent lacing and bubbly beading.
Red grape juice, apple and pear, phenol heat, dandelion, sweet grains, sort of a weird mix going on.
Sweeter than I anticipated, even a bit sour. Sugary mango and pineapple with an odd, twangy finish. Hibiscus is completely buried and what the hell is a feijoa? Whatever it is, I'm not a fan.
04-06-2013 23:17:23 | More by yamar68
2.85/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
04-21-2013 14:43:24 | More by chinchill
2.88/5 rDev -22.4%
11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Deep, dark golden body, fairly clear, with just under a half-inch of white foam.
Smell: Wow, okay. Smells like an odd champagne, where someone opened the body, drank a fair portion, then made some half-hearted attempt to 'cap' the bottle, only to come back a week or so later to find this.
Taste: Heavenly Feijoa tastes about the same. Sure, there's a toasted grain quality you know is from the barely, but the additions give it an overriding taste of 'off' champagne without even a mere drop of sweetness to it, leaving it unsettlingly dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It's different, that much is certain, though it's not particularly palatable.
04-03-2013 00:24:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.9/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
05-06-2013 23:43:38 | More by Alieniloquium
2.9/5 rDev -21.8%
22 oz bomber. One of two remaining (other is Tide & Its Takers) in a month of tripels. I'm at "novelty tripels" by this point.
A: Tawny gold. Below-average carbonation activity. Where's the big tripel head? I've got a think layer of froth that was gone before I took my first sip.
S: Immediate dislike. Not quite durian-level fruit funk, but close. Also, bready and yeasty, which is a highly unlikeable pair for the South America fruit aromas. I love a beer that smells "interesting;" this smells borderline bad.
T: Definitely more charm than the aroma. Dominant tart flavor that I guess is feijoa (small Brazilian sweet fruit). Similar to tart green grapes; the effect is like a fruited white wine. Back end is a scramble of flavors elbowing each other away: papaya, guava, more tropical melon flavors. A mess, but a tolerable one. Novelty is the top quality here.
M: Sluggish. After reading other reviews, my bottle sounds flat.
O: Clearly, I sort of hated this, although it's like nothing else. But yeah, I won't buy this again.
05-13-2013 14:14:34 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
2.96/5 rDev -20.2%
Very nice amber color with near perfect clarity. Thin, foamy, crackling white head.
Lots of lemon, clove, pepper, banana, pear, and caramel. Smells sweet, but not sugary. Slight sewer aroma.
Weird flavors. Wet, cat urine, sweet and sweaty, airy, woody, high carbonation, mild sourness, barnyard-y, horsey, lemon, orange, spiced, odd bitterness... I can understand and appreciate the hibiscus, but the Feijoa addition is beyond weird and detracts greatly.
A bit too many flavors going to many different directions. This brew could use better blending and melding of flavors. This is a prime example of a potentially good brew having gone bad at the hand of an experimental brewer. Not recommended, unless you like bizarre over the top brews.
03-06-2013 00:48:17 | More by chugalug06
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.