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Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 395
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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)

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of andyfrancis
3.51/5  rDev -3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem from New Belgium Brewing
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