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Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

371 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-23-2013)
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hellisia, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

pathman, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jsnoek, Apr 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

mpenning13, Apr 19, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Mike, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

smogfood, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, dark amber in color, with a thin head of wheat-colored head that fades quickly, although decent lacing remains. There are quite a few chunks of gray sediment as well.

S: Very fruity, with pineapple dominating, peach in the background. Also some woody, earthy notes poke through.

T: Malt is minimally sweet, moving quickly on to tart fruit. I taste the pineapple juice I smelled, plus a hint of hard cider. Oaky Chardonnay comes through, then gives way to a bitter finish that is very one-dimensional; late in the finish, tart fruit pokes its head up once more.

M: Moist initially, with below-average carbonation. There's a faint booziness, then a semi-dry finish.

O: Decent, but not worth the money I paid. And not even close to the best "Lips of Faith" offering from New Belgium. Like McKayla, I'm "not impressed."

TappaKeggaBrew, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

wellsnb, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

1000lbgrizzly, Mar 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

abrodsky, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

leprechaunandfatman, Mar 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

kwkdmk, Mar 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

TrojanRB, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Inglewood, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

LambicPentameter, Mar 21, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.