Lips Of Faith - Pluot - New Belgium Brewing
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4.36/5 rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Notes from the back of a coaster dated 12-4-13.
12 oz. tulip on tap at Ed's in Winona, MN. Hazy straw/orange color with a few white bubbles. Good lacing, but small white head.
Aroma is predominately fruity, mostly plum and apricot jam (as one could imagine). Mild funk and booze flavors. Pale malt along with a definitely spicy (mostly clove) yeast. Slight chardonnay type smell.
Flavor is fruit, alcohol, and sour. Apricot and plum are of course dominant as in the nose. Flavor is sweet but not cloying, and the alcohol is definitely noticeable but not overpowering.
Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Overall this is a beer that will scare most people away, but I loved it. Very, very complex with just enough funk to cut through the sweet fruitiness.
Serving type: on-tap
01-25-2014 21:56:02 | More by Phocion
3.04/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 23:20:24 | More by AtrumAnimus
Lips Of Faith - Pluot from New Belgium Brewing
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