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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa TripelLips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel

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395 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-16-2013)
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Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 19:40:22 | More by Chaney
Photo of Tone


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 17:17:59 | More by Tone
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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:14:50 | More by zaphodchak
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3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:21:25 | More by smakawhat
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3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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..


Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:47:23 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.51/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:30:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:44:54 | More by ocelot2500
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3.96/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 07:04:57 | More by vkv822
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3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:57:46 | More by JimTeal
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3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 12:42:12 | More by AlexFields
Photo of homebrew311


3.44/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 20:01:54 | More by homebrew311
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2.96/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:48:17 | More by chugalug06
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North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 09:47:04 | More by n2185
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3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 08:23:22 | More by harrymel
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3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 13:06:44 | More by barnzy78
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3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 02:17:31 | More by kaseydad
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 21:07:53 | More by TMoney2591
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 20:55:02 | More by Wrigfen
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 05:28:40 | More by ngeunit1
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3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 03:36:23 | More by Jason
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3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:39:20 | More by Darkale
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4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 09:39:04 | More by DovaliHops
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3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium chalice.

A- The color lands somewhere between a deep gold and a light amber, leaning more towards the side of a light amber. Upon being poured the beer produces a 2 finger fizzy bubbly white head the quickly dies down into a 1 finger head, before dissipating all together and leaving behind a heavy collar around the edges of the glass and a large amount of lacing dancing upon the surface. A very clear and clean looking triple. with a beautiful color to it. It's the quickly dissipating head really, that leaves more to be desired. A minimal amount of lacing is left around the edges of the chalice while drinking, more-so towards the end.

S- Fruity from what I suspect is the feijoa blended along with the spicy esteryness of new belgium's standard triple. The sweet floral notes from the hibiscus are also noticeable and they blend quite well with the scent of the Belgian yeast and fruit.

T- Just like in the smell the fruitiness of the feijoa blends incredibly well with the notes of banana and clove, and the sweetness of the pale malts. The overall flavor is sweet with a bit of tart sourness from the fruit that gives it a great deal of character. Unlike most triples that end with a sweeter finish, this beer ends with more of a sour finish that is not at all overpowering and rather pleasant.

M- Lighter bodied with a good deal of carbonation that helps to give it that extra edge.

O- While this is definitely an interesting take on the style, it is not one that I would choose to drink more than once (personally). Its a nice sipper that is interesting enough that it could make a great conversation starter at a small get together. Definitely one to share with friends who are into beer oddities. (although admittedly there are much stranger beers out there.) It has many of the qualities I've come to expect form the majority of New Belgiums LIps of Faith beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 02:11:07 | More by Zachtheporter
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber served chilled into a New Belgium chalice.

The Heavenly Feijoa Tripel is a pale amber color with great clarity. The head is thick at first but settles quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is similar to New Belgium's standard tripel but with more floral character. Similar in the sense of pale malts and that familiar NB yeast. I'm not sure what hibiscus smells like but gives me some idea.

Flavor is surprisingly tart but not the way that a wild ale would be from the yeast. This is tart from fruit. Again, pretty sure I've never had feijoa but this beer seems to have plenty of it. The base beer is probably the same or very similar in recipe to their 6-pack tripel so the character of the fruit is really what sets it apart. I think the herbal hibiscus is mostly in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Honestly, not a beer with great drinkability given the tartness but certainly one to share.

Overall an interesting take I the tripel but I still prefer the traditional style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 04:45:34 | More by GilGarp
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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
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