Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
82
good

109 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 472
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 6.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Photo of spoony
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a reddish, copper-colored brew. The head is thin, and drops pretty quickly to a patchy cap of foam. There is some chunky carbonation visible.

S-The smell is syrupy sweet at first with lots of tropical fruit and booze. There is also tart, white grape and tropical flower smells. The whole thing reminds me of a cheap wine (think M/D 2020).

T-The taste is also quite sweet with tropical guava flavors, mildly tart white grapes, and apple. The alcohol is also very noticeable in a fragrant, sweet, medicinal sort of way. Some cereal grain comes in, too.

M-The feel is decent for the style and it matches the beer pretty well, but I could have used a little more carbonation to balance the sweetness.

O-This is a boozed-up version of a fruit beer. If you like fruit beers, but are looking for something with a bit more firepower than your local raspberry wheat, look right here. I'm not sure this brew is really my type of thing, but after I got over the initial sweetness shock, it drank OK. I would be curious to see New Belgium try a tripel with less fruit using this base beer. (1,144 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

@ Ridgewood

Clear golden color with a small head that drops to a patchy covering. Floral and clove aromas meet some funkiness, earth, cracked pepper, powdery sweetness, grain, and dried banana. Tastes fruitier with a tart, flowery sweetness, yeast, light bread, and some husky grain. The fruitiness is interesting, being primarily of the tropical variety, but also includes some pear, cranberry, and grape. Slightly drying and a touch syrupy. I enjoyed this, though it does come across as a little messy overall. (513 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

yes, underneath this crazy brew is a Belgian tripel, but man oh man you have to dig for it. the pour on this is clear as day, with a brassy color and a fading white head of about two inches. the aromas are really tart from this guavasteen fruit, its really all I smell. its somewhere between a passionfruit and a lemon, would work maybe better in a saison than a tripel. the flavor is Belgian yeast, that crazy fruity tartness, some residual sugar, and a hop profile similar to the mosaic, although I cant positively identify that. the finish is major pucker, not sour at all, but acidic from the fruit. I don't get much hibiscus at all, maybe a tiny bit on the back end, but its low key. very interesting brew, which I give the lips of faith series a lot of credit for. there is something more genuine about this than their other releases lately. I don't know what it is, but this is less contrived, more creative, more real, I don't know, it works as weird as it is. less carbonation than the standard tripel, but that doesn't slow it down much for me. medium body and a very well hidden strength. a would have preferred a 12oz. as this bomber is starting to feel like a chore, but its a quality offering worth nine of your hard earned dollars.

edit: despite being pasteurized, this has also aged really well, with the grain backing off to let the tart fruit and blooming hibiscus come to the fore. its been over a year i think now, time to open it up and try it again, much improved. (1,487 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a clear medium golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Interesting aroma of tropical fruit and light malt, somewhat floral. Flavor starts with bready malt and sweet / tart unusual fruit (Feijoa, I guess), then finishes quickly much drier and quite tart with a distinctive vinous quality and slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied although the beer appeared slightly viscous on the pour, it is not very heavy bodied. An intentionally odd and interesting ale. The tripel qualities are subsumed to the fruit and almost wild yeast flavors. I'm not a big sour fan and this leans in that direction, but I found its idiosynchratic qualties kept me interested. I would not seek it out again as outside my style interests, but glad I got to try it. Worth a try, especially if you lean towards interesting sour ales. (874 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-orange with a nice white head.

S-nice scent of crisp belgian grains, corn, and pale belgian spices. it's good and authentic smelling. medium strength

T-comes in with an almost tart flavor of pale belgian spices and grains...almost similar to a saison. it's somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter with a matching after-taste. it's an odd beer that doesn't really seem to mesh too well.

M-low carbonation with a watery finish

O-really an odd take on any belgian style. i don't like it. it has the tripel flavors, the wild flavors, and a bit of bitterness. it's just not well balanced. i feel like New Belgium was trying a bit too much to be different. this isn't even going to be easy to finish. Don't bother. (709 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of rand
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,277 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,788 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up today at Home Brew Stuff in Garden City.. Poured into my HotD goblet... clear light golden brew... 1" off white head.. short lasting.. no real lacing..

Nose is very tart... underripe guava and a big hibiscus presence (lemony/cranberry).. grainy pale malts come in under the radar and deliver clovey phenols.. some pepper with warmth.

Flavor is all over the map for me... Very tart fruitiness that is dominant and doesn't let up until the finish.. Belgian qualities develop mid palate and show slight pear esters and more clove and peppery notes... The Feijoa presence is too present to make this a very enjoyable brew.. And the hibiscus is just too tart/cranberry.. almost tannic grapeskin with warmth.

Body is medium/lite and shows a decent carbonation..

3.5/3.75/3.75/3.5/3.5 (794 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
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. (1,879 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of JimTeal
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
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 (313 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.41/5  rDev -5%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (450 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.