Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing
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3.66/5 rDev -1.3%
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..
03-15-2013 04:47:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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
3.36/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
03-14-2013 02:44:54 | More by ocelot2500
3.96/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
03-12-2013 07:04:57 | More by vkv822
3.54/5 rDev -4.6%
Odd indeed! Feijoa, also known as Pineapple Guava (I had to look that up) blended with Hibiscus in a truly new tasting beer. Now if that doesn't pique your interest, add a serious dose of citrus up front and tripel it! Leave it to New Belgium to come from a different angle, and despite the odd combination, it ends up being quite drinkable. Nice clear amber appearance with a one inch head that quickly dissipates. The smell and taste are far from offensive, and the mouth is bittersweet. Enjoy it with a friend and you'll enjoy a really enjoyable beer discussion, this one is different but enjoyable and good for answering "what is that?" Heavenly indeed.
03-11-2013 23:57:46 | More by JimTeal
3.01/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
03-11-2013 12:42:12 | More by AlexFields
3.44/5 rDev -7.3%
Served at the brewery. Appearance is a clear gold with minimal white hrs and decent lacing. Nose is fruity with a weird savory character. Notes of berries and grain. Taste is quite tart with white grape and a champagne like profile. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and sucky with moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is kind of weird and not my favorite.
03-07-2013 20:01:54 | More by homebrew311
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
3.41/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.
S: Belgian yeast with candy sugar at first before tart and slightly sour fruit aromas bring up a finish with notes of bubblegum.
T: Belgian spices and bread up front with some candy sugar flavors. Tart and sour fruits bring up the finish with a lingering, lemony tartness.
M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery due to the tartness, but is a bit undercarbonated for my tastes.
O: An interesting take on a tripel. It's a bit odd, but not really bad. The flavors just don't quite mesh well and it's not as crisp as a good tripel should be.
03-02-2013 09:47:04 | More by n2185
3.66/5 rDev -1.3%
First release, in case there is another.
Foremost, I rarely, if ever, comment on the packaging - the graphic design on this bottle is really appealing. Pretty with white clouds and baby blue accented urban outline with ethereal rays pulling me in. Pours apricot with etched surface whites and brilliant clarity. Smells of hibiscus, peppercorn, manure, some sweet banana and some hints of plastic. Flavor is tart, foreign, some bitter, some alcohol, some pear juice and lemons with a hint of herbal tea and a little lotion. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a off wet finish. This is an odd beer, and takes a while to warm up to, but is worth a spin, and maybe worth a revisit.
03-02-2013 08:23:22 | More by harrymel
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
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