Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing
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3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
Picked this up on special at the local store so figured it was worth a try. Disappointed, I was expecting more. Decent looking beer with average smell and taste. Best thing was that it was pretty easy to drink for 9% so bonus points overall. Okay but nothing I would try again at that cost.
03-21-2014 17:46:46 | More by JamieDuncan
3.69/5 rDev -0.5%
This pours a dark amber, which is not really a color I would associate with a tripel normally. Mildly bready nose. Flavor profile is a very mild tang with a consistent sweet edge, in a mature fruit kind of way. Seems the feijoa is really showing through; not that I have had the fruit before. A nice tripel. I could have quite a bit of this.
03-10-2014 03:41:04 | More by RblWthACoz
3.61/5 rDev -2.7%
Deep orange color. Good clarity. Solid head recedes to a bubbly foam. Minimal lacing.
Fruity, white wine-like, yeasty, grape aroma. Fresh flowers and grass.
Flavor of sweet white grape juice with a boozy quality. Interesting fruity quality. Mild leafy, oily hop out of balance with the sweet flavor. Not much yeast character in the palate. Just a little sweet for my taste.
Medium to full bodied. Syrupy and dense. Sticky texture. Descent carbonation.
Different but not exactly what I'm looking for in a tripel.
02-23-2014 22:24:10 | More by bnes09
1.98/5 rDev -46.6%
Let me first say, the beer is labeled a Feijoa Tripel, and it is part of the LOF 'experimental' family. With that said, I rated this beer harshly because I rated against the Tripel style - which it is a poor example of at best.
The only part of the beer that could have passed for a Tripel was the aroma. Light floral/perfumey notes and fruity undertones - characteristic of the style. It lacked a strong phenolic overtone, but was rich and complex.
The color was off for a Tripel, with a distinct red-purple tinge, not deep yellow/gold. It was not high in clarity, nor did it have a persistent creamy head usually associated with the style. NB gets this right with their other Tripels, the blame for the miss on all these factors, I think, is 100% caused by the fruit addition.
The taste and mouthfeel were also way off. There is a strong sour/acidic component of the beer that is reasonably balanced, but still quite dominant. A huge miss. Similarly, the fruit and sourness lend some puckering to the mouthfeel and take away the sense of deceivingly light body we usually expect.
My guess is that the only recipe design that went into this beer was someone at whole foods spotting Feijoa fruit and thinking, ''what if we add this to the Tripel grain bill?" Well, the answer is NOT a "Feijoa Tripel," whatever the hell that is, it is something closer to a Lambic. I understand that there are always beer drinkers wanting to try the next new thing - I support that. What bugs me about this beer is I ordered it expecting an interesting Tripel and ended up with a sour hybrid.
Beer styles serve a purpose in communicating between brewers, distributors, and customers. Wholly missing a beer style is not acceptable from a leading craft brewer, even for an experimental beer. The recipe might have started as a Tripel, but the outcome was such a distant miss it needed to be either redesigned as a Tripel before release or reimagined and relabeled as another type (lambic or sour). I'm not a huge fan of inventing styles or using cute marketing ("Feijoa Tripel") to poorly describe a one-off beer. Just my 2 cents.
02-23-2014 13:48:19 | More by Joekneale
2.13/5 rDev -42.6%
Bought this a few months ago after reading about the Lips of Faith series and finding a tripel of the series. In finally opened it because it stated I should drink it by March 2014...and I was very disappointed. As someone stated on an earlier review, this tasted more like a sour than any tripel I've ever had. After a few sips, I was even considering pouring it and grabbing something else; it was just that bad. It was a sharp sour taste that has me thinking I should pour the rest of the bottle since I've only had half of it. Boy am I glad I didn't try a few...
02-21-2014 03:43:59 | More by Mdez
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
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