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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

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110 Reviews
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 473
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 26.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Charlie Jewell's in Redlands, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with some malt, grain, fruit, and hibiscus aromas. Taste is much the same with sour hibiscus and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but a little of this beer goes a long way.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

yes, underneath this crazy brew is a Belgian tripel, but man oh man you have to dig for it. the pour on this is clear as day, with a brassy color and a fading white head of about two inches. the aromas are really tart from this guavasteen fruit, its really all I smell. its somewhere between a passionfruit and a lemon, would work maybe better in a saison than a tripel. the flavor is Belgian yeast, that crazy fruity tartness, some residual sugar, and a hop profile similar to the mosaic, although I cant positively identify that. the finish is major pucker, not sour at all, but acidic from the fruit. I don't get much hibiscus at all, maybe a tiny bit on the back end, but its low key. very interesting brew, which I give the lips of faith series a lot of credit for. there is something more genuine about this than their other releases lately. I don't know what it is, but this is less contrived, more creative, more real, I don't know, it works as weird as it is. less carbonation than the standard tripel, but that doesn't slow it down much for me. medium body and a very well hidden strength. a would have preferred a 12oz. as this bomber is starting to feel like a chore, but its a quality offering worth nine of your hard earned dollars.

edit: despite being pasteurized, this has also aged really well, with the grain backing off to let the tart fruit and blooming hibiscus come to the fore. its been over a year i think now, time to open it up and try it again, much improved.

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2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

In researching the feijoa fruit, it certainly is as random as the bottle text implies: it's native to South America, but is cultivated in Oceania, Azerbaijan, Georgia (the country, folks), Russia, and South Africa. There's a collection for ya! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, light clove, light black pepper, mild booze, biscuit, and a vague avocado-like scent (I assume this is the aforementioned feijoa, but I have no earthly idea what that thing smells like). A strange menthol quality pervades. The taste brings in more of the same, but now the feijoa seems to really shine through, something akin to a jumbled citrus character spiked with guava and passion fruit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a solid tripel, though one whose use of outlandish fruit may have dug its grave in terms of greatness.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Handsome amber color in the Duvel tulip with a negligible head and a decent carbonation. A little fruity aroma with a some passion fruit nose.

Sharp and fruity. More acidic than malty, but some sugars. No apparent taste of hops. Warm and tart fruitiness. This really tastes like passion fruit but a little more austere. Mineral taste. Aftertaste is bitterish, with malty warmth.

Not so promising at first, and the tart odd flavors are a little disconcerting. Beery but distracting. Overall, it seems like another interesting experiment but not as drinkable as one might hope. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 1/29/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, tart apple, strawberry, lemon zest, grape, pepper, clove, flower petals, light bubblegum, light honey, pale candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters with the flower and fruit additions. Taste of tart apple, pear, strawberry, grape, lemon zest, pepper, clove, flower petals, honey, candi sugar, bubblegum, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fair amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, strawberry, pepper, clove, floral, honey, candi sugar, bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt and ester flavors; with moderate floral/fruity presence and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice and unique Tripel style. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

This is a real pretty looking beer. Rose hinting bronze and very clear body, with a creamy white and dollop accented top. Very small carbonation all abound through the body cascading very slowly on the vertical. No middle column of fire though. A real beautiful brew, but much darker than most tripels I've seen, not sure where this is going.

Nose is quite floral, almost a sense of strawberry like jam. A little muddy and dirt sensing. No malt sense or Belgian sensing sweetness or wine like character. A very jammy smelling brew, almost jelly and pectin, but this does not remind me of anything to style at all for a tripel.

Palate is quite a bit tart, with floral accents. Mouthfeel is quite dense and creamy, with hints of cream on the palate to go with it, but you can't get a sense of malt backbone on it. Big expansive feeling and quenching. Some soft bakery sweetbreads come out on the finish, it lingers with a nice sense of cookie snickerdoodle sugary sense on the aftertaste, but the mild tartness dominates. Boozy character is very well hidden.

You know, I am really not sure what to think of this but, as much as this is an interesting crafted beer, this is nothing like a Belgian tripel at all, and it is nothing what I want in this style. It's a real interesting brew, but when are tripels "puckery?". I am scoring this middle of the road, mostly because if I review this as a tripel that I desire, it's a failure, but if I look at this for what was crafted I would score it much higher. Therefore, it meets the middle and gets a 3 overall. Would I drink this again over other tripels, that's an obvious no. This beer almost needs it's own category. What that is... I have no idea, but even in that category I'll pass easily.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Saw this sitting on the shelf at Highland Liquors in Denver. Thought I'd try it. Never had feijoas in beer before....I think.

Well, to style this pours a bit dark. It is light caramel and clear. Looks more like a IPA of sorts. Big white head, slightly pink. Settles to a collar and slight film. Great lacing.

Aroma is spicy, but the main nose pincher is the floral. Maybe more like honeysuckle with tropical fruit. A good twang on it.

Several tastes come in and go out through this beer. Belgian spice starts it out. Some coriander and white pepper. Then the guava comes with some other tropicals. At the end hibiscus says howdy doody with a bit of floral and film. Ends slightly sweet, but not dry...yet not thick.

Darn good for a summer porch just-a-sitting-here-and-a-drinkin

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a copper red with a medium-light white head, fair at best head retention, mild lace, interesting colour.

S: Tart fruit, some tropicality, hibiscus tea.

T: The base tripel is good and adds some notes of pear and sugar cane. The hibiscus is overt, taking over the beer at times. An interesting flavour, you don't find beers like this too often.

M: Medium-bodied, cloyingly sweet at places. Soft carbonation overall.

O: An interesting experiment, not the greatest beer in the world, but it's nice to see brewers have fun like this once and a while.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very odd beer. Taste is very salty, really similar to a gose but with less wheaty character; some mild flower and light fruity flavors too, a touch of sweetness but more tangy/salty. Not really sure what to make of this but we finished the bottle without complaint so overall I guess I liked it.


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3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up today at Home Brew Stuff in Garden City.. Poured into my HotD goblet... clear light golden brew... 1" off white head.. short lasting.. no real lacing..

Nose is very tart... underripe guava and a big hibiscus presence (lemony/cranberry).. grainy pale malts come in under the radar and deliver clovey phenols.. some pepper with warmth.

Flavor is all over the map for me... Very tart fruitiness that is dominant and doesn't let up until the finish.. Belgian qualities develop mid palate and show slight pear esters and more clove and peppery notes... The Feijoa presence is too present to make this a very enjoyable brew.. And the hibiscus is just too tart/cranberry.. almost tannic grapeskin with warmth.

Body is medium/lite and shows a decent carbonation..


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a clear medium golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Interesting aroma of tropical fruit and light malt, somewhat floral. Flavor starts with bready malt and sweet / tart unusual fruit (Feijoa, I guess), then finishes quickly much drier and quite tart with a distinctive vinous quality and slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied although the beer appeared slightly viscous on the pour, it is not very heavy bodied. An intentionally odd and interesting ale. The tripel qualities are subsumed to the fruit and almost wild yeast flavors. I'm not a big sour fan and this leans in that direction, but I found its idiosynchratic qualties kept me interested. I would not seek it out again as outside my style interests, but glad I got to try it. Worth a try, especially if you lean towards interesting sour ales.

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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.