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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

468 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 468 | Reviews: 109
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a crystal clear, light golden yellow with a loose white head that fades quickly without lacing. The nose is different, slightly fruity/metallic, similar to ripe bing cherries, and a touch of sweet booze. It tastes more like a fruit beer than a tripel bringing a potent mixture of herbal mixed berries (strawberry, blackberry, cranberry) guava, cantaloupe, and some grainy malt sweetness. Its mouthfeel is different than a regular tripel -- fruity, slightly tart, vinous dryness, yeasty, and a peppery bite --but it really hasn't held onto any of the characteristically sweet booziness that I'd expect. This beer had me at...weird fruit you've never heard of, hibiscus & a belgian beer base...and frankly it's a win. If you want a tripel with distinct fruit that overpowers the tripel base beer and has a slightly vinous, dry finish, go for it.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 3.12.13

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a fizzy cream-colored head that fades fast.

S - Floral spices, malty and sweet.

T - Spices, floral, fruity, spice, a bit cloying.

D - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Sweetness is overpowering with some floral and fruity characteristics.

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brass color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Floral and fruity aroma. Faint hint of berries and cut grass. Sort of a vinous quality except for the perceived tartness. A little bready malt.

Has a mild tartness that is a bit surprising. Fruit flavors dominate the flavor. I pick out strawberry and grapes. Fruity esters add to the vinous qualities. Malt is semi-dry that adds little but compliments the other flavors. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

The body is a little slick but otherwise solid. Not the most carbonated tripel on the shelf. I would of liked a litte more life.

Interesting beer. Never eaten a feijoa, but after drinking this beer, I think I would enjoy the experience. Wish more of the traditional tripel elements were more prevelant.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of rand
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -10%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
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