Lips Of Faith - Pluot - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.74%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 05-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 371 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in standard ale glass at home from bomber.

A: good head, good lacing, dark straw color, robust carbonation
S: light vinegar aroma
T: fruity, sour; lambic-like; lemon, vinegar; quite sour, not very complex; booze well hidden
M: a bit thin

OK beer

More User Reviews:
Photo of andyfrancis
3.14/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If not for the smell, I would have thought someone poured an MGD. Pale, near straw-colored, glassy clear body, with snow white bubbly head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Some sharpness from the fruit on the nose. Almost smells like being inside a production winery. Hints of bready yeast.

Incredibly fruit forward. Deep, dark fruit with spicy clove and winey finish. Not sure I would be able to pick it out of a lineup of wine coolers.

Syrupy. Leaves that pluot flavor coating.

I've been a sucker for the Lips of Faith series ever since Eric's Ale, but this one missed the mark for me.

Photo of Beaver13
3.04/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, best by 5/2014. Pours clear yellow gold with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a dusting.

The aroma is sweet grains and tart fruits with some funk and a little butyric acid.

The flavor is sweet fruit juice with some tart notes and a little sourness and musty funk in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. The alcohol is well hidden but it packs a punch. It's a bit too much sweet fruits that doesn't play well with the funk. I'd have liked to see more from the brett.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by May 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A unique and zesty aroma of sweet and tart fruits, spice, and yeast. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk and clove spice. Big scent of the pluot with hints of apricot and plum along with hints of apple cider, orange, pineapple, papaya, pear, and a little banana. Candied sugar sweetness. Also picking up a little fall like cinnamon or nutmeg spice. Light hints of pale malt and a very subtle presence of hops. A very fruity and wine like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an interesting and juice like Belgian style taste of tart and sweet fruits with spices and yeast. Belgian yeast with some funk and clove spice with a little cinnamon. Big juicy taste from the pluot with notes of apricot and plums along with some tart apple cider, white grapes, papaya, pineapple, orange, pear, and banana. Sweet Belgian candied sugars. A little taste of bready pale malt. Hops are very subtle. The fruits dominate for the most part. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, tart, and somewhat sticky with a champagne like fizzyness. Alcohol heat feels fairly mild.

Overall: A pretty interesting and decent take on the Tripel style. Solid fruit flavors and the sweetness is actually kept from becoming too overwhelming. Not great but a lot better than the ratings its getting.

Photo of Auraan
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy orange with a one finger white head. Pretty nice looking. Scents of apricot, peach, melon, pineapple, and yes, pluot, as well as overripe fruit and sour fruit with a bit of earthy yeast and hints of alcohol that become more prominent as the beer warms. A good aroma, very fruit forward, very appealing as a result. Taste follows the aroma. Sweet fruit, apricot, tangerine, melon and yes, pluot, with white grape juice and moscato towards the end of the sip and on the finish. Very sweet, extremely fruity, but not bad. Quite nice if you want something fruity. There is a slight hint of alcohol as the beer warms, hiding behind all the fruity flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, quite sticky in the mouth, with moderate high carbonation. A bit of a sipping beer as a result, but it doesn't feel bad at all. Overall this is a nice beer. It's different, quite sweet, but good if that's what you want. The fruity flavors are on full display, and that feels like what this beer was supposed to be about. I enjoyed it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at Craft in Cowtown, for the Alberta New Belgium Brewing release party back in February (I gotta pack my written notes a little less securely, I think). A Tripel brewed with that Frankenstein fruit, the pluot, huh? Ok.

This beer appears a glassy, yet mostly clear, pale golden amber hue, with yet another (it's the locale, nothing I can do about that) thin cap of bubbly, fizzy ecru head, which leaves some decent webbed, hovering island lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of plum wine (and that time, back in business school, where the Japanese exchange student, he got bombed on such, and puked in the car ride home the next morning), proper cereal and caramel malts, earthy yeast, mild funk, and tropical fruit-borne hops. The taste is big, dark fruit wine (plums and apricots, sure, but blackberries and cherries too), yeast, much less funk than expected from the nose, bready caramel malt, candi sugar, a bit of free-association dry peach and other befuddled tropical fruit, and a barely bridled flinty booziness.

The carbonation is fairly soft, just a lilting frothiness for the most part, the body a steady medium weight, and generally smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes just off-dry, with the complex by default fruit and yeast contending with a burgeoning, rising alcohol edginess.

A nicely fruity, strong Belgian ale, Brett and all - yeasty, and still generally sweet, all in good measure. The pluot does well by its two-headed nature, supplying a sugary character that parries the elevated (even so for this style) booze, remaindering it to the 'well-integrated' pile. Happy to have had the chance to try this, in a heretofore unlikely as hell setting.

Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger of fast falling pearl colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Strong jammy notes apricots, over ripe pears & some boozeyness; great nose, about this beer's only good point

T: Pears, apricots, figs & some boozeyness up front, along with golden delicious apple skins. Tons of over-ripe orchard fruit, honey & just a general cloying sweetness as this warms, faint hints of pineapple as well. Finishes with passion fruit, over-ripe apricot & a kiss of booze

MF: Sticky, slight carbonation; skews too fruitty/malty for me. Some boozey warmth

Not a very good tripel, hard to get through a whole bottle. Duds are starting to become a little too common for this series. Come on New Belgium, I know y'all can do better...I wish we could get Funkwerks in Missouri...

Photo of TruePerception
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pluot, from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series. 10% ABV, ale brewed with pluot (plum/apricot hybrid fruit) juice. I can smell the fruit without bringing the beer up to my nose!

Appearance: No head. Dingy, yet bright yellow.

Smell: As is to be expected, lots of yellow/white plum and apricot smell. Faint apricot skin. Smells pretty sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry apricot flavor, with a moderate acid backing. Secondary hit of fairly strong caramelized sugars, as if from lighter wood, or perhaps white grape port, mixed with plum skin.

Pretty nice, actually! Not quite what I was expecting, but I like it.

Poured into a beer mug. 22 oz. bottle.

Photo of n2185
2.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear yellow-gold with almost no head that quickly vanishes with no lacing.

S: lot of sweet light fruits like pears and grape juice. There are some Belgian spice and yeast notes, but they're subtle.

T: the fruits dominate here as well with white grapes and pears. There are light spice notes and candy sugar before a slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer is undercarbonated and has a juice-like body.
O: not a bad beer really, but the fruit and juice flavors are too heavy and overwhelm everything else.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
10% ABV, Best enjoyed by May 2014

A - A wonderful plume of carbonation rises from the glass' etching to a low, poorly retained white head. The alcohol level brings the white foam down but little fingers of lace still adorn the glass above the crystal clear goldenrod beer.

S - Subtle apricot fruitiness emerges from the smooth pale malt aroma, increasing with intensity as the beer warms. Suggestions of candied plums and faint alcohol also come fourth with a trickle of wild Belgian yeast and soft spice notes.

T - A wonderful blend of apricot, dried mango, and candied plum fruitiness swirl around the delicate pale and pilsner malt sweetness that never gets too cloying. Mellow white pepper yeastiness and fruity alcohol finish Plout out.

M - Smooth and medium-full bodied, Plout is most definitely sweet though never quite over the top, lingering with alcohol warmth and a tickle of carbonation for a nice and deceptively potent summer beer.

O - Plout might drink like a mildly fruity lawnmower beer but this deceptively strong brew packs a punch behind it's smooth maltiness and faintly tart Belgian yeast.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up last night at the COOP for about $7... Pours a clear golden with a short lasting white head that dies back to basically nothing... only spotty lacing.

Nose is more fruity than "Belgian"... the juice element shine with a minor yeasty phenolic lite clove note... Pretty uninspiring.

The flavor is pretty sweet initially, but a fermented out tartness helps balance.. Some lite clove reminds me that this is supposed to have some sort of "Belgian" quality, but it is background and lost in the murky muddled mess of a beer.

Body is thick and does not have enough carbonation to cut through the residual sugars and heavy palate.

This is a fail for me when I had much higher hopes. The label alludes to some kind of wild yeast, but if true, it too is lost in the fray.

3/3/2.75/3/2.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine half-finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of spicy sweet malt and fruit juice, with no distinct individual fruit character, faint Belgian yeast and spicing. Flavor has more of the distinct pluot (plum / apricot hybrid) flavor, initially lightly estery, but developing more sourness and a bit of astringency. Medium bodied. Pluot captures the flavor of the fruit, but that may be too mild to carry the ale. The tripel yeast and spicing are fairly subtle here and are overwhelmed by the high ABV. Interesting, but unbalanced and too sweet/sour and boozy. I'm glad New Belgium is trying new fruits and styles, but this one is a miss.

Photo of metter98
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass that eventually faded away.
S: Sweet aromas of fruits and malts are present in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is sweet and has lots of flavors of fruity yeast along with notes of malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed to be a little too malty and sweet for my palate and didn't really fit the style.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with best before May 2014 printed on the side of the bottle. My second beer in the New Belgium Lips Of Faith series; an ale brewed with pluot juice. Tripel is not a style I am too familiar with either, and this might be my first time reviewing one on BeerAdvocate. Needless to say, I'm going in as unbiased as possible.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Aggressive pour straight down the center yields about one finger of soapy white bubbles on top of a golden yellow body with partial clarity and partial fogginess. Looks like a cloudy apple juice almost. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of some acidic apple juice, citrus, grains, corn, & alcohol fumes. Smells like a glass of cheap fumey pinot noir at times. White grapes, peaches, and apricots come out as the beer warms for a few minutes.

T - Taste follows the nose: acidic apple juice, white grapes, white wine, grain alcohol, some cherry. Plum and apricot isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when I drink this. The usual Belgian yeast derived pineapple fruitiness is present, along with some clove and some additional spiciness. A half-artificial Welch's grape juice taste is what keeps coming to mind, and it reminds me more of a white wine instead of red wine, like the bottle says.

M - Feel is slightly tart and citric, with some lip-puckering sourness to it, but then it is also dry and grainy in the finish, which makes for a strange combination of things. A bit fruity and sticky also. Not heavily carbonated, but still somewhat heavy bodied.

Overall, an all around strange brew. As much as I want to like it, I am having a hard time with it. Fruity, sour, grainy, & yeasty. I don't know how else to put it. Big 10.00% abv isn't noticeable at all in either the smell or the taste. Normally, I'd say you would have to be accustomed to the style to enjoy this, but this is still a strange take on the style. It was good for a novelty experience, but probably not a choice example of the style. Still, glad to have tried it. Pick it up while you can.

New Belgium Lips Of Faith Pluot ---3.5/5

Photo of SHODriver
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear light gold with a small white head that has little retention and some lacing
S: smells fruity on the nose and that's pretty much it
T: taste is fruity esters, some spice, a bit of pluot, some sharp floral notes and whispers of bitterness. swallow is more fruitiness and pluots with a lingering grainy flavor
M: medium in the mouth with prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: Overall, average. NB can do way better and this beer is sadly lacking.

Photo of dbriesemeister
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look - attractive honey amber color, ample head and lingering lacing

Smell - limited aroma, but fresh fruity smell, notes of plum and cherry

Taste - sweet malty beginning with combination of tart flavors, no bitterness to speak of

Feel - medium bodied, no strong carbonation despite the appearance, lingering sweetness

Overall - a curious beer; deceptively strong and surprisingly drinkable given the alcohol content

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK - My first thought is WTF is a Pluot? Google cleared that up - a Plum Apricot Hybrid which is extremely sweet and produces "a lot of sugar".

I am going to have to find some pluots in the store to try them to taste the raw character of this fruit.

My curiosity got the better of me so I had to buy it.

This one pours a nicely cloudy blonde to orange coloring with a nice white head that settles slow to leave rich lacing down the glass. This one is highly effervescent as well and continuously bubbles like a champagne.

Those is breaded fruit, no noticeable hopping with a sweet dominance that must be characteristic of the pluot. Surprisingly the 10% alcohol is not noticeable in the nose.

The taste is very sweet and fruity, not bitterness of hops that I can detect. The pluot must be incredibly sweet and very flavorful. I think to best way to describe this is imagine a flemish sour that is instead fruity. The body and characteristics are like a sugary sour (or Sweet N. Sour) to my palate. The hops make a finishing presence but are easily subdued by the fruitiness of this beer. There is also a spiciness to the finish that is almost peppery that is somewhat surprising.

The mouthfeel is adequately rich and is is not watery nor cloying. I would put it in the just right category for this experimental beer.

My best guess is hop heads will hate it, belgian fans will grow into and Sour fans will find it interesting. Lambic fans will say it tastes OK but I am going ot stick with what I like.

The bottom line is I do not see myself ever really drinking this beer again. But it is a very interesting and bold experiment. I do not regret trying it, it just isn't my preferred still or taste and is too sweet for my palate.

Although, I might try it one more time with some BW3's Hot Wings that have a 50/50 mix of Blazin' and Mango Habanero sauce. I have a sneaking suspicion that would really work together. But I do not see this one as a standalone beer. It needs something else, like a food pairing.

Photo of Etan
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a tulip. Somehow this is the second tripel brewed with pluots that I will have tried (the first being Perennial Violet, which I enjoyed).

A: Pours a crystal-clear straw gold with a moderate white head. Sort of odd to see a filtered tripel but ok.

S: Pluot juice is certainly noticeable in the nose, with some sweet stone fruit esters, cloves, grain.

T: The pluot juice is more subtle in the flavor, but brings a sweet fruitiness. Prominent note of booze, floral, cakey pale malt, perfumy.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, but it's a bit too sweet and boozy. The base tripel seems like it's the regular New Belgium Trippel, which I'm not a huge fan of.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a short white is head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, hazy

S: plum, slightly sweet and fruity, sweet malt

T: very sweet up front with heavy flavors of apricot and plum, candy sugar, finish is sweet and syrupy

M: thick, syrupy, low carbonation

O: odd beer, good for dessert, very fruity

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a nearly transparent shade of gold with a one finger, solid white head. Damn fine looking beer!

S- smells like Belgian yeast...very fruity and bubblegum-ish. Not the mot appealing aroma, but OK

T- it's...sweet. Almost sickly sweet. Lots of bubblegum. No bitterness to balance. Not very appealing at all

M- medium bodied, very syrupy. No bueno

O- this is a confusing beer. Not sure what they were going for here. The pluot is apparently a plum/apricot hybrid, but honestly, I didn't get much of either from the taste. Just a strange beer

Photo of bmwats
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: dark golden hue. little head. slight rising effervescence. plenty of beer ring lacing.

n: light sourdough grains and plenty of, well... pluot.

t: the fruit is prominent, but not overly sweet. sourdough bread is also prominent.

m: bitter. syrupy thick. pungently bitter finish that clings to the palate. dry, but maybe that's just the high alcohol content... which is also prominent.

d: high alcohol character will dictate a slowly paced experience.

atmosphere is pretty good. not much of a head, but some pretty decent lacing. nose is fruity and bready. flavor follows suit... kind of tarred like it smells... sourdough bread and fruit. not particularly sweet however. more bitter with lots o' alcohol. overall this is a good quaff.

Photo of themind
3.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange brew. The first Lips of Faith beer I have had and I am not sure what to think of it. The aroma is a fruity, sour weird thing that I cant put a handle on. The taste is fruit, floral, herbal something. It's very unique for sure. It's kind of like smashing your face into a bowl of your grandmothers Pot Pourri. I would not purchase this beer again but it was worth trying...I guess.

Bottom Line: It smokes Miller Light!

Bottom, Bottom Line: I must say the beer grows on you after half the bottle. Maybe it's the 10% ABV.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a cervoise at Tap House - Des Plaines.

Another Tap House LoF offering today. Lots of rubber chickens...how apropos. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises pluot juice (it's pretty plummy, but I assume it's the eponymous pluot), Belgian candi sugar, light clove, and a touch of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the pluot taking the leaad, followed by a strong current of sweet biscuit laden with clove, black pepper, and light cinnamon. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid flavored tripel, though one that let's the flavoring dictate terms to the tripel base (it doesn't really hurt the proceedings here, I'm just saying).

Photo of powerss13
2.26/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

ST: Bottle poured into glass

A: Light clear golden hue; kind of looks like a cider without high carbonation. No head and no lacing what so ever

S: Aroma has a strong pungent smell, like a mix of hints of apricot and plum, with rotten raspberries

T: Starts with a settle clean taste, but then the horror comes. Dry rotten fruit taste comes in and just ruins everything.

MF: I wish it would go away faster.

O: Had good thoughts on this being from New Belgium. They have come short on other beers but they were average beers. This one has met the threshold of bad beers (in my opinion) with New Belgium. I will finish this beer because I have paid for it and strongly don't believe in wasting beer down a drain. PEROSNALLY I would say stay away....but it is your choice.

Photo of cvm4
2.61/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a golden hue with an amber hint and little to no head. As a "tripel" it's pretty lack luster.

S - Too me, there's a lot of stuff going on here. It' very sweet and the smell is off putting.

T - Sweet, over-stewed fruits and random spices. Really an odd mix of flavors or just odd flavors that just don't mix well.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation and very cloying.

O - Would not buy again. I powered through this bottle.

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Lips Of Faith - Pluot from New Belgium Brewing
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