Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

463 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 108
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Photo of ocelot2500
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.

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Photo of JimTeal
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of AlexFields
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

6.0/10

Photo of MeisterMayhem
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of homebrew311
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bdtva
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of chugalug06
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of n2185
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of harrymel
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer - Naperville, IL

Pours amber in color with a foamy, white head that holds nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet and floral with apple and honey. Tastes are tart and chardonnay-like with apple, grape, banana, honey. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth and it finishes tart and dry. Alcohol is well concealed and warming. Overall, I liked it, but wasn't close some of the other tripels on the market.

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kaseydad
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wife picked this up. Had to go to Wikipedia to discover what Feijoa was.

Pours a nice amber colored ale with a very white foamy head. Light lacing.

Getting a big floral whiff from the first sniff and mellow fruit. On the sweeter side. Banana. Guava.

The taste is slightly bitter with a decent dose of fruit and malt mixed in. There is an interesting flavor and, like other reviewers, if I knew what feijoa tasted like I might be able to describe this better. There is the distinct guava characteristic. Mouth-watering rind finish. Cranberry juice-like salivation finish in the mouth. Has the Tripel elements as well. The Belgian yeast is present and slight spice as well.

Overall this was ho-hum. Venturing to introduce a new fruit was cool, but the taste got somewhat tiresome for me. I do see consuming this with something spicy might enhance the experience....but sadly...one and done.

Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.