1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa TripelLips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

455 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 455
Reviews: 107
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-16-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel Alström Bros
Ratings: 455 | Reviews: 107 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

homebrew311, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +7.8%

SaxmanRick, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of bdtva
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bdtva, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Danobold, Mar 06, 2013
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.

chugalug06, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Whiskeydeez, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jsanford, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ADTaber, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.8%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 02, 2013
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.

n2185, Mar 02, 2013
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.

harrymel, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

RDW, Mar 02, 2013
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.

barnzy78, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Ristaccia, Mar 01, 2013
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.

kaseydad, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

ralphw56, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.8%

MarkyMOD, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

In researching the feijoa fruit, it certainly is as random as the bottle text implies: it's native to South America, but is cultivated in Oceania, Azerbaijan, Georgia (the country, folks), Russia, and South Africa. There's a collection for ya! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, light clove, light black pepper, mild booze, biscuit, and a vague avocado-like scent (I assume this is the aforementioned feijoa, but I have no earthly idea what that thing smells like). A strange menthol quality pervades. The taste brings in more of the same, but now the feijoa seems to really shine through, something akin to a jumbled citrus character spiked with guava and passion fruit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a solid tripel, though one whose use of outlandish fruit may have dug its grave in terms of greatness.

TMoney2591, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Wrigfen
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I also enjoyed this fine Tripel from their 750ml bottle. A great tasting beer, that may initially scare off buyers by tHe review of fruity taste. Yes, it is somewhat fruity but not overpowering. Anway while not my favorite this beer goes down smooth, especially on tap, tastes great and has no bad aftertaste. I will buy this again. Hey at 9 percent, it is a fine enjoyment. Like I said there may be better tripel's If you are a non fruity drinker, and none if you are, but if you are worried about the passion fruit tastes, relax it will not spoil you drinking experience. The fruit floors are subtle.

Wrigfen, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet grainy and lightly bready malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, hibiscus, feijoa, floral smells.

T - Sweet grainy, caramel, and lightly bready malts, lemon zest, hibiscus, other floral notes, feijoa, Belgian yeast, coriander, other spices.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a estery and herbal finish.

D - Nice floral saison. Good overall balance and the feijoa is a nice touch.

ngeunit1, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Beautiful looking brew, clear brassy color with a head that lasts. Lots of aromatics; tart tropical fruit, slight funky cheese, phenolic, hibiscus, intensely herbal, alcohol. Some funk on the palate, the pineapple guava make an impact as does the hibiscus. Bready malt backbone hold the beer together quite well. Some warmth, earthy, dry finish.

Once you get past the show there is that base Tripel, extreme beer for sure. Took a few sips in to really get into this brew and now I am hooked.

Jason, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Shatter
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Shatter, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Darkale
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

OK, I get it, American brewers push the envelope, and they add all kinds of interesting ingredients to their beers, OK.

At the same time, I would like a tripel to resemble a tripel, especially when I've paid almost ten dollars for this bomber.

This is a decent beer. I'm not sorry to have it in my beaten up old Duvel glass. But, it's not a tripel.

I am not sure what it is, but it's not a tripel.

I'm OK with it - again, I'm not sorry to be drinking it - but when I think of my favorite tripels... I do not think of this beer.

I wish that American brewers would stop screwing around with esoteric ingredients and would just brew solid beer.

Darkale, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light amber color with a small white head that disappears quickly. I love DDC, so I'm expecting a GREAT beer here. Scent is very familiar to some of the hibiscus beers that DDC brews. Hibiscus with peppercorn, white grapes, flowers, tart fruit aromas (I know this beer is brewed with some fruit that I've never heard of, but I'm assuming that's where this is coming from). There is a strange aroma of red meat as well...weird, but not bad. Taste is initially, surprisingly tart. Not puckering tart, but a unique tartness that lingers in the tongue and roof of your mouth while changing flavors. Very interesting taste here...a lot going on. Hibiscus and peppery spices are coming through with some floral flavors. There is a lingering tartness in the flavor that I am very fond of. Must be from this strange fruit that I have never heard of, because it doesn't seem like the tartness that comes from wild yeast or spoilage bacteria. Finishes with white grapes and green apple flavors. High ABV is not detected at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and somewhat wine-like. Not heavy on the carbonation, but suits this one well. Drinkability is pretty high. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. I really like the tart fruit flavors throughout with the yeasty spiciness. Solid brew.

DovaliHops, Feb 23, 2013
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.