Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem - New Belgium Brewing
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3.66/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with the signature Lips of Faith silkscreen artwork indicating that this is a collaboration between New Belgium and Red Rock. Reviewing from notes after drinking about a week ago, and I apparently forgot to note the enjoy by date. However, I still have the bottle, so I'll have to come back and update my review once I'm in a place that I can check. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series Belgian-style tulip glass.
Appearance - The body of this beer seems to be emanating light from within, glowing a tangelo color with an amber twinge to it. The beautiful faded lemon chiffon colored suds are two fingers thick and have a very humid appearance to them. Glistening with the moisture of the beer rather than dry and sticky looking. Retention isn't terribly long, but it's not short either, and after the foam disappears, there is a wall of Lorraine swiss cheese lacing on the side of the glass for the full two fingers that the head previously occupied. Across the surface of the liquid is a mottled film of varying thickness. Overall, one of the more attractive beers I've seen.
Smell - As one would expect with a beer that uses dandelion greens for bittering instead of hops, there is a very herbal, and almost mineral quality to the aroma. Baby greens and faint mineral spirits provide some astringency to counteract fruity notes of peach, nectarine and pear. As the beer warms a tad, I get some woody tannins as well, but this one is mostly bitters and fruit on the nose.
Taste - Okay, I think this one be misclassified on BA. I don't claim to be an expert on Gruit, but this beer reminds me more of the only other example of that style than it does any BSPA I've ever had. It doesn't have any of the yeasty, spicy phenolic elements that are common with the latter style, and it has a great deal of the mineral, bitter greens quality that I remember from the Gruit style. The bitterness has a different feel in the mouth than hop bitterness--it reminds me of alcohol tea in some ways. In addition to the mineral qualities, there is an underlying roundness from the fruit juice, with stone fruit and pear present.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation, and as noted, the feel is interesting due to the use of dandelion greens instead of hops--at least, that's what it feels like the difference comes from. It has a slightly watery, but lingering quality--again, reminding me of brewed iced tea. Not unpleasant, but not what I'm used to for a beer.
Overall, a very unique beer, and while it's not one I'd likely get again (even if that were an option), I applaud the creativity in creating it. I again think that it's a bit tough to classify this one as a BSPA, but styles aren't rigid--it's probably not really much of a Gruit either. But it's a good thing to keep in mind when forming expectations.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2014 15:57:56 | More by LambicPentameter
4.08/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 00:15:09 | More by DrDemento456
Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.