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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

466 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 109
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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of SkinniePost
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Cvescalante
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.