Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse - New Belgium Brewing
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3.47/5 rDev +2.7%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy light gold. Forms just over a finger's worth of white head over medium visible carbonation. 4/5
S: Some fruity tartness, lactic sour, cracker malts. Reminiscent of a saison yeastiness as well. 13/20
T: Fruit (yuzu), somewhat tart but less than the aroma suggested. Pilsner and light cracker malts, some yeast breadiness and a hint of dishwater soapiness. Saison pepperiness and a touch of barnyard funk near the swallow. A bit acidic and residual fruit in the finish. 29/45
M: A light body overall, but a little heavier than typical for a berliner-weisse. Low alcohol presence, carbonation sensation somewhat low for style as well. 6/10
O: Not a standout berliner by any stretch. I don't suspect the base beer was great, and the yuzu fruit just didn't play as nicely as I might have expected. Not anything to recommend, but not offensive. 14/20
Estimated final score: 3.47
Calculated final score: 66/100
Old BA score: 3.30
08-17-2014 20:12:33 | More by macrosmatic
3.29/5 rDev -2.7%
Served in a snifter at Tap House - Des Plaines.
Finally reached the end of the list of LoF beers I hadn't yet sampled with Yuzu. Yet the line to meet Svengoolie remains rather long. Nice. Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet lemon zest (gotta be the yuzu, but I'm not well-enough versed in the fruit to say so with much conviction), light biscuit, and a touch of Belgian candi sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, a general tidal wave of sweet lemon-drop-style lemon zest, light greens/grass, and even lighter bread. Not much tartness at all, frankly. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent enough brew, but the lack of any real tartness (my assumption is that they scrapped that aspect in favor of a higher ABV) and the inability of the yuzu to actually wow me in any appreciable manner hold it back in my book. Meh.
08-10-2014 02:35:29 | More by TMoney2591
3.79/5 rDev +12.1%
Pours a hazy lemon gold with white suds for a head, retains indefinitely.
Smells of coriander, sweet citrus, and biscuit malt.
Tastes of sweet citrus fruits and light grassy malt with some mild spice like coriander and lemongrass.
Medium body with soft tingly carbonation.
A nice interesting fruity ale, but I wish it was more tart. Worth a try, drinks easy and hides its strength.
08-03-2014 01:08:54 | More by Cylinsier
Lips Of Faith - Yuzu Imperial Berliner Weisse from New Belgium Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.