Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by 1000lbgrizzly:
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy burnt orange, only a weak carbonation stream present at the center. Not much head lingers, but it has some applause-worthily sticky dotted lacing.

S: Tangerine at the forefront, peach and other fragrant fruits behind it. Background of yeast and earthy herbaciousness.

T: Awesome fruit combinations again, with that herbacious note, probably courtesy of the dandelion greens, coming in somewhere in the finish. Semi-dry. Very pleasant.

M: Superb fluidity, maybe a high sugar content giving it a light syrup feel, seemingly hidden carbonation. Somewhat mouth-drying, taking away from the refreshment.

O: Easy drinker despite the 9% ABV. Good balance between easy-to-enjoy fruit and appreciable herbs. Personally, I prefer the fruit to have more influence, but they went for the balanced, mature beer, which I have to credit them for. Also, kudos for integrating dandelion greens well- not sure if it'll be a trend, but the creativity is impressive!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from our brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing, this being our sixth interpretation together since 2008, expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of wood-aged beer. Bitterness imparted from dandelion greens and grains of paradise will have you blowing wishes for sips." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Released as a one-off beer as part of the Lips of Faith Series, this collaborative ale between New Belgium and Red Rock was released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy white color over a moderately hazy peach-amber body with plentiful lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and tiered. 4

(Smell) Lightly tart peach juice and earthy spice up front, with a pale and pilsner malt backbone, light caramel and fruit sweetness and a mild grassy bitterness. Some mild graininess and trace alcohol hides beneath the combination of accessible aromas. Potency is mild/medium. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor falls close to the aroma, with a blend of grassy and herbal bitter notes, likely dandelion, mixed with a grainy and lightly chewy malt profile and some oaken flavor and dryness on the finish. Less peach juice and grain of paradise than in the aroma, although a meager fruity acidity still remains prevalent throughout. The alcohol is not quite as sneaky as one might hope, as the flavor is slightly rough and grainy around the edges. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, lightly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a very light crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is grainy and herbal bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light, some mild graininess slightly slows drinkability. 3.5

(Overall) There's no doubting that I am unlikely to see the ingredients revealed to go into Paardebloem come together to form any beer again, and I don't particularly mind this. While I appreciate the uniqueness of using dandelion greens as a bittering agent and the cautious inclusion of wood-aged blending techniques, I think that this beer has a bit too much going on for its own good. The flavors combine as muddy and contrast sharply. This was one of my lesser favorite collaborative beers in the Lips of Faith series. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Paardebloem Ale (With Red Rock Brewing)

Photo of andyfrancis
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At the risk of being crude, it looks like a urine sample from someone who is slightly dehydrated. Cloudy, dark yellow with an off-white foamy head.

Quite a bouquet on the nose. Flowers, fruit, and wood blending together nicely. Getting some funky cheese now and then.

Interesting...first thought: too much with the peach juice. It does taste a little bit like grassy weeds along with something new I'm guessing is the grains of paradise. A little too sweet for my taste, almost a wine cooler bite.

Surprisingly full bodied given its lighter color. Leaves a waxy fruit coating.

I wanted this to be a nice summer beer, but ultimately it's too heavy in the fruitiness, mouthfeel, and booziness.

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet tart fruits, some bready malt and a bit of funk.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some tart tropical fruits, some funk, vinous notes and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting fruity funky belgian.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Hazy peach color with a very fine 1” cream colored persistent foam collar that hugs the side of the glass. S: has a peachy nose with some spice and white bread. T: A mix of peach, plum, spice and bread flavors with a balancing mild bitter finish. F: Creamy medium body and above average soft carbonation. O: Very nice. Too bad they stopped making this.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head that recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A juicy, sweet, tart, and fairly funky Belgian tinged aroma. Very fruity and juicy upfront with a big scent of peach. Also some fruit hints of apple, white grapes, pear, and a little citrus orange. Belgian yeast with hints of funk and some clove and white pepper spicing. Floral and grassy hints from the dandelion greens. Slight hints of wood. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A pretty interesting and nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, tart, and sweet fruit driven taste with some nice notes of funky spice and flowers. Big taste of peach fruit upfront along with some fruit notes of white grapes, apple, pear, and orange. Kind of wine like. Belgian yeast provides some notes of funk. Spice notes of white pepper and clove. Noticeable floral notes which must come from the dandelion greens. Soft bready malt background with notes of grains, wheat, biscuit, and cracker. Light presence of wood. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, tart, and somewhat syrupy. Finishes fairly dry. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: This came out pretty good. Sweet but far from cloying. Nice wine like fruit notes with some funky yeast and an interesting kick from the greens.

Photo of Keemohoppy
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The barrel aged impact is surprisingly overwhelming, giving the description. Overall, the beer does have a light, blooming feel. I struggled with the whole bomber and probably would have been content with 6-10oz. Nevertheless, it was a unique blend of ingredients, which combined with the aging, produced a above average result.

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, thanks once again to doktorzee for the cross-border souvenir from his tour of Colorado breweries this past month. Slick, tactile label. Paardebloem means 'dandelion' in Dutch, which I suppose pays heed to the style's origins, and one of the guest ingredients.

This beer pours a cloudy, bright golden amber hue, with one finger of briefly apparent, thinly foamy, bone-white head, which leaves a vast array of tree stump lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of mild grainy pale malt, a decent apple and pear fruitiness, mild Belgian yeast, a soft citric tartness, and weedy, grassy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, somewhat alcohol-tinged pale malt, a Belgian candi sugar character affecting it to a certain degree, more diluted drupe fruitiness, soft earthy, peppery yeast, mild weedy greens, and a hint of astringent woodiness.

The bubbles are average, and decently supportive, the body an adequate medium-heavy weight for the style, and more or less smooth. It finishes definitely on the sweet side, as the pale malt kicks it up a notch, the guest fruit sugars stick in, and the yeast and hop notes fade into the ether.

An agreeable enough BSPA, especially the 'strong' part of the equation, seeing as the alcohol presence is so understated here. An asset to focus on, to be sure, as I'm not specifically enamoured with anything else going on here.

Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

The appearance is that of a wit almost with a very cloudy pour. The beer looks a lot like grapefruit juice, but it's got little floaties in it. Milky golden orange color with a bright pilsner like white head up top. Not too thick and it doesn't retain well, but it's got a thin spotty lacing.

Complex scent with a combination of bitter dandelion with a funky nose of Belgian yeast. Floral.

Same goes for the taste. Strange fruit taste mixed with a splash of dandelion. Complex.

Mouthfeel is all over the place. Tart and funky wrestling with floral and bitter. The battle never ends. There's no transition from one to the other, it's ongoing. Medium bodied. There's plenty of ABV, but you'd never know it.

Overall, it's much better than I expected. I'm not a fan of dandelion in beer, but in this it provides a great balance to the sweet, fruity tartness. Good beer.

Photo of nimrod979
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, Poured into a Flying Dog chalice.

Appearance: Pours a quite hazy orange-ish color with a thick white head. Retention seems to last forever and tons of lacing coating all sides of the glass. Good looking brew

Aroma: Odd mix of something floral, slight wood and peach juice and some funky yeast.

Taste: Wheels just keep falling off the further I get. Funky yeast with a tart peach juice up front. Dry, and herbal thing going on in the middle. Grassy and spicy, a little bitter on the backend. Kinda weird, and actually kinda boring. Reminds me of that Peach Porch Rocker... or whatever that other Lips of Faith beer was.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body. A little heavier than i expected but hides the 9% well. All in all, the dry and bitter finish is kinda weird and turns me off. It's oky but it doesn't do much for me.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, says Best Enjoyed by May 2014. Guess this was in my fridge longer than I thought. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy dark golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like peaches, herbs/earthiness, white grapes/wine, citrus, and some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of clove and grassiness. It's fruity, tart and bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I liked it.

Photo of n2185
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Light spice notes with yeasty bread, bubblegum, and candy sugar. Light fruit notes like bananas and pears come through with just a slight tartness.

T: Belgian spices here as well with a surprising tart fruit kick reminiscent of peaches or raspberries. There are some sweeter candy sugar and bread flavors underneath, but the tart fruit dominates. The finish is dry and a little bready.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer's tartness contributes to it feeling light and refreshing. Dangerous considering its abv.

O: An enjoyable beer overall. Not the best beer in the world or overly complex, but drinkable, enjoyable, and refreshing with some interesting flavors and aromas.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9% ABV, Best enjoyed by May 2014

A - Paardebloem pours a hazy light peach orange color that's topped by a loose and frothy white head. The bubbles reduce to sticky lace and a chunky floating pile.

S - Tart lactic acid is reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse right off the bat but Paardebloem has deep and delicate nuances of spice, wood, and cut grass. Between the yeasty aroma and additional earthy characteristics lies a faint trace of fresh peaches. Paardebloem has a certain heft to the aroma but remains refreshing and summer-like nonetheless.

T - Surprisingly lighter in flavor that the aroma suggests, Paardebloem also has a dramatic shift in the actual taste as well. Peach juice is forwards quite a bit while the rest of the beer coming together quite nicely; spiciness mingles well with the wood-aged beer that introduces earthy notes as well as the faint herbal qualities of the dandelion.

M - Moderate carbonation dances on the tongue giving the medium-bodied beer a somewhat lighter feel on the back end. Mildly sweet fruit juice works well to balance the inherent tartness within, drying out with a touch of alcohol and spice for a great finish!

O - Paardebloem is a unique beer that carries nuances of quite a few styles blended together for a well-rounded and surprisingly drinkable early summer beer. All of the additions; peach juice, grains of paradise, and dandelion greens, work well together though quite nuanced. The blend is nice but seems to come off cautious. Certainly another Lips of Faith series beer worth a try though!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up at the COOP for $7 ... Saw it for $10 at a different establishment. Pours golden with a very slight haze... a short lived white head does provide spotty lacing.

The dandelion greens are fairly present in the aroma.. bitter and "green".. some honey essence makes the spicy notes bloom a bit... smells sweet and a bit peppery.

The Belgian yeastiness comes out as mild apricot ester ... again pretty peppery with more of a background dandelion green flavor... is too sweet IMO...

The residual sweetness actuates a fairly low carbonation making the beer feel pretty thick. I like my one glass (and maybe the next), but this is going to be a chore to finish.

I much would have preferred a lower ABV brew with a spritzier texture and more drinkable.

I had a couple bottles of the Red Rock Paardebloem and enjoyed it much more.


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of peach and nectarine, mild bready malt and slight sourness. Flavor is peach and pear juice, neutral sweet malt, slight citrus, herbal bitterness; finishes with a mildly peppery citrus with hints of grassy hops. Light to medium bodied. An interesting take on a Belgian strong pale, without typical Belgian yeast characteristics, leaning towards a saison style yeast. Odd and different fruit and spice flavors. I'm not sure this quite comes together, but it is an interestingly off beat pale ale. Glad I tried it, but probably a one and done.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a large collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of Belgian yeast and sweet malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a nice balance between malts and yeast but seems a little too sweet.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with best by May 2014 printed on the bottle. Another beer to me from the Lips Of Faith series that new Belgium does. I haven't had too many of these, and I'm excited to have it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful bright lemon orange colored body with a finger of fluffy soapy white head. Thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Wow, this is some pretty interesting and complex smelling beer. Candied peach, pear, apple, wheat, white wine, tropical rum notes, alcohol fumes, musty yeast, vinegar acidity, vegetal earthiness probably imparted from the dandelion & grains of paradise, and creamy earthy oak wood. One of the most unique smelling beers in a long time.

T - Taste follows the nose: juicy peach, apricot, mango, grainy wheat, white wine, tropical rum notes & creamy woody oak as the beer sits.

M - Feel is crisp and dry, with some fruity tartness and dry white wine on the finish.

Overall, an interesting and unique beer. Still a bit hot & boozy after some time in the bottle, and definitely a slow sipper at 9.00% abv. Glad to have had it, and I look forward to more of these Lips Of Faith beers.

New Belgium / Red Rock Lips Of Faith Paardebloem ---4/5.

Photo of bismarksays
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Slighty hazy golden, fluffy white head initially, decent lacing. If the head had stayed longer, I probably would have given this a higher rating.

S/T: Tart, citrus, sour grassy (like the inside of a dandelion green), and what one could describe as "Belgian" yeast notes. Some sweet malt notes as well, more like a pils malt than a caramel note. Subtle nose overall, but complex.
Flavor follows the nose, Bright citrus notes and sour dandelion green dance. As it warms, the malt provides a remarkable balance.

M: Slightly slick, but coats the tongue. Perhaps a bit more syrupy than I would have cared for, If I am nit picking. Medium carbonation.

O: Very tough beer for me to judge. Everything was on the border of good to great. I really was unsure about what to expect and I am not sure if the exceeded expectations also played a role in what I was experiencing. An interesting beer and worth trying.

Photo of BeccaH
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Slightly tart but not sour. Very smooth.

Photo of dbriesemeister
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a local beer bar.

Look - rich cloudy honey yellow color, medium head, lingering lacing

Smell - limited aromas (although it was served pretty cold), faint notes of honey

Taste - sweet malty flavors of nectarines and honey, limited bitterness

Feel - crisp start, balanced carbonation, no real lingering bitterness

Overall - very creative and flavorful beer - I'd compare it to a style, but I'm not familiar with dandelion beers as a style!

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this one as it pours is lovely. The beer pours a rich clouded golden color that even lean to the orange range The head is rich, slow to settle and leaves an elegant lacing down the glass.

The nose is floral fruit with a dominant apricot presence that is elegant and well done. While subtle it is definitely there and something to be enhanced by a nice bell shaped glass.

The hops make their presence known about halfway through the quaff. The initial is a surprisingly dry apricot floating on a river of malt. Very pleasant.

The mouthfell is more effervescent than I had expected. The Beer is elegant and flavorful, complex and enjoyable.

Overall I really like this one. Even though it is more fruity than I would typically like it rather enjoy it..

Photo of Etan
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A BSPA with wild yeast, dandelions, peach juice, grains of paradise, partially oak-aged. Sounds interesting enough! 22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice clementine-orange with a thick-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Some mild floral notes, peach, yogurty lactic aroma, vanilla, cloves.

T: Light lactic flavor, bready malt, white cake, mild leafy bite, some spices, floral and estery and dry in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with light yet crisp carbonation.

O: This is simpler and less interesting than I thought it would be. The big standouts are the yogurty (but not tart) lactic flavors and the mild leafy spiciness of the dandelion greens. Not a particularly compelling combination.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The First "Lips of Faith" beer I ever found purchased at a Sandwich shop just a mile away from Vintage Estate in Ohio for $8.99. Can't remember the name.

A - Decent carbonation just a 1/4 inch that settles to a thin lace ring. Beer is a dark orange amber color like old peach juice. Very hazy but no sediment chunks. This is very amazing since this beer is over 10 months old.
S - Smell is great love the stone fruit and peach notes. The grainy aspect is timid and there next to the fruity pale ale yeasts. I could see this being much more pronounced fresh.
T - Not as fruity or tart as I expected in a way the grains and fruit notes kind of meshed together to make for just a one sweet note I get with every sip. I don't really pick up any wood or Dandelion greens which I know are very bitter and somewhat medicinal. In a way it is quite excellent in this stage.
M - Very smooth I am not sure how this beer was fresh but at this stage the ABV is super hidden with mostly sweet fruit flavors and the occasional bitter sting in the finish. Medium bodied at most.

Overall it was totally worth picking up in a way despite it's age it still has a smooth fruit flavor combination and the base Belgium pale ale is well crafted. At least twice as good as the "Brainless on Raspberries" I had recently for the same price.

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- cloudy golden peach. Medium head.

Aroma- fruity with notes of sweet green grapes and hints of earthy dryness like clay dust.

Taste- A complex brew. Starts on the sweet side reminding us somewhat of sweet blond Belgian ales, then gently introduces a hint of sour (probably the dandelion greens), with a faint wisp of vanilla in the lingering finish.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 6/30/2013.

Photo of ZoomanCru
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Paardebloem - Belgian Strong Pale Ale (9%) - New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Beautiful apricot orange. This brew is very cloudy and opaque. Slight greenish hue at the edges. Thin, one finger head that settles quickly but leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell: Warm peach cobbler like aroma, hints of spice and very delicate and almost tea like. Has a certain creaminess on the back of the throat that's very appealing. Grains of paradise notes subtle with peach pulp and a slight vinous tweak.

Taste: Spicy, sweet, complex, boozy, warm. Tons of different flavors bombard the palate in a kamikaze assault, but finishes amazingly clean and balanced despite the fray. Foretaste is sweet and peachy, transitioning to a slight sourness that balances the significant malt profile. True taste is slightly leafy (amazed that I can actually taste the dandelion) with a distinct alcohol warmth. Love that it's sweet but not cloying, and overall finishes pretty dry. A lot like some other belgian strongs but way more drinkable. All the flavors are pretty subtle, but combine very well.

Mouth: Pretty light bodied, flavors pass over the palate without adhering. Carbonation is light, could maybe be a little more carbonated, but overall very pleasant.

Home tasting, 22oz bottle into Snifter. 1/6/14.

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Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem from New Belgium Brewing
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