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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

458 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-16-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SkinniePost, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of rand
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a D'Achouffe tulip glass

I'm always a sucker for collaborations, especially with two of my favorite breweries, and when I saw the exotic fruit added to the brew I had to pick this up. It's not going to start a cult following, it's a little strange, but I think overall it's satisfying, especially if you want to try something off the beaten path. There's a ton of fruit essence in there - when I popped the cap the smell reminded me of champagne.

A: Copper-tan in color, fairly clear, with a 1-inch wispy head that leaves little patches of lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of ripe fruit with tropical bend, but boozy, and combined with the carbonation reminds me of sparkling wine. Yeasty, cracker-y tone surrounds the bouquet.

T: The fruit hits first, and it's unexpectedly sour. There's no funk in the brew, but if I wasn't paying attention I might think this was a wild ale. Again, boozy - which almost dries the palate and reminds of wine. But the flavor profile is a little disjointed from front-to-back, wondering through tones of sour and dry and astringency. Finishes surprisingly short and somewhere between sour and earthy bitter.

M: Fairly light for the ABV...nicely carbonated. If it wasn't, the odd flavor-profile might become a little much.

rand, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

dfillius, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +7.8%

eawolff99, Mar 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

oline73, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Fusebuddy, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Chaney
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Beautiful, sunny, clear as a bell amber color, with a sticky white head that kept fighting and fighting for survival. It won.

S: Finally, a trippel without an in-your-face banana profile. I truly appreciated that. Fruity, floral, and with some quite a bit of grain funk. A bit of Band-Aid, but not too bad.

T: It had the over-the-top fruit component of an un-watered-down fruit juice. Holy cow! Interesting and I've never quite tasted anything quite like it. Sort of like a combination of pomegranate and cranberry.

M: Thick, thick, thick! However, the carbonation bill was comfortable on the palate. This was a bit cloying, yet I enjoyed the first half of my session with it. Lots of suds left on the glass.

O: I almost don't know what to make of this. On second thought, yes I do: Great beer in small doses.

Chaney, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight pale malt, citrus, spices (clove?), and hops. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of alcohol, wine grapes, hops, citrus, spices, and sweet malt. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, blend, and body.

Tone, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of zaphodchak
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

zaphodchak, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Cvescalante, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

KevinGordon, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

creez, Mar 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Daniellobo, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

duceswild, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ajdemma, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Cyclone8, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

bbadger, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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..

3.5/3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

oriolesfan4, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 15, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber color with a small, quickly fading white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet fruits with a touch of spice and floral notes.

Tastes of tart fruits upfront layered on top with spices and sweetness. Fruits lead off with green apples, grape, and banana.I am not quite sure what feijoa is, but I do pick up some tropical fruit notes that blend into the banana. After this, some sugary sweetness comes in with a touch of floral notes and bread. Ends with clove and peppery spice. Comes through with some alcohol warmth as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a particularly fruity tripel that may not be for everyone. I wish the bready malt came through a bit more, and the tartness was toned down a bit.

ocelot2500, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jrohrbacher, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip

Clear, dark coppery-orange with a foamy white head with pleasant lacing.

Intriguing, tart, fruity upfront with a Belgian yeast spice/phenolic quality and lightly funky finish.

Taste follows the nose, tart fruit, floral notes followed quickly by phenolic, Belgian yeast notes and again light funk in the finish. Also lightly vinous, grape notes in the finish.

Mild, prickly carbonation in a medium body.

Definitely a unique and complex beer. There is a mix of tart fruits, floral notes, peppery Belgian yeast character and lightly vinous notes.

vkv822, Mar 12, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
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