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Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem - New Belgium Brewing

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of tlema1
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Way too tart for my tastes...

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)
3.41/5.00

Photo of Devil_Doc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lillitnn92
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mtomlins
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JRPBoulevard
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pBRale
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of bnes09
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of todesengel135
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DrBobPierce
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%

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 kevbie
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of BeccaH
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Slightly tart but not sour. Very smooth.

Photo of Joey1566
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.