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Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

77 Reviews
THE BROS
78
okay

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 400
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 19.83%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 08-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 400
Photo of GarrettB
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

October 12th, 2013 - This is one of those brews that seems like it might be a meal in a glass. But New Belgium keeps the flavors from becoming liquid food. Instead, it's an example of how non-traditional tastes can push boundaries aggressively, and spicily. The base of the aroma is like a hefeweizen, but a Japanese curry accent: ginger, brown sugar and...more ginger. I don't taste the coconut, but I do get plenty of that sweet, sugary Japanese curry. Like the aroma, the taste begins with a light hefeweizen touch, and then the curry kicks in. And THEN it kicks in the door, all the way to the aftertaste. The coconut begins to glow in the aftertaste once the brown sugar sweetness disappears. And there's almost a flavor like chicken, or at least, my brain is substituting in chicken to make the flavor make sense. Lemongrass makes a brief appearance too. All of these curious flavors are almost cloying, but stop just short of that, making this bold brewing adventure a real success, and a drinkable curiosity. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Max's Taphouse Fell's Point MD. 19th anniversary trip. Interesting taste with the curry. Don't get any coconut. Feel is smooth afterwards. Not a favorite, but liked it because it was different. (202 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"The list of spices in this coconut curry hefeweizen is almost as long as the list of awards bestowed on homebrewer, Remi Bonnart. Together, we brewed up a traditional German-style wheat beer whose fruity esters and spicy phenols pair perfectly with the spicy and fruity character of curry spices. Pour yourself a plateful." Brewed in the style of a German Hefeweizen with curry spice and coconut added. Brewed as a one-off release for the Lips of Faith Series, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy fizzed head of a pastel white color over a densely hazy pale amber body with abundant flecked sediment in suspension. Surface clumps of pulpy mess are an uncommon find, but easy to spot floating on the surface of this beer. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Abundant spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and evidently curry coalesce into a hearty, extremely potent nose bomb. Under the spice I catch notes of cereal wheat, pale malt, and the soft creamy sweetness of coconut milk. The notes of banana and clove commonly found in hefeweizen seamlessly blend into it all. Potency is very high. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor carries through much of the spices up front, heavy nutmeg, and curry powder up front, paler notes of wheat and coconut husk. The occasional chunk of raw ginger comes through and spices things up a bit. Hints of the hefeweizen yeast base creeps through, most notably banana and clove, which pairs surprisingly well with the spice profile to generate a flavorful spiced loaf banana bread. Finishes mildly sweet and profoundly spiced with a lingering curry, nutmeg and ginger trail well after the swallow. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and mild crispness. Body is heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is earthy and peppery spice over sweetness. Alcohol presence is low, and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This is one divisive beer! As over-the-top as Coconut Curry Hefeweizen is, I find myself enjoying it as a unique experiment in unapologetic spice overdose. There's no cutting the edge of the spice which leads the entire beer from aroma (some may say the appearance as well) to the finish, although the coconut comes through gracefully and as a pleasant pairing, dishing in a touch of welcome sweetness to counter. Far, far separated from the roots of the traditional German Hefeweizen, beers like this might cause for a passionate rewriting of the Reinheitsgebot- but paired with the right foods, there is a very special niche for experimental beers like this one. This would no doubt go excellent alongside quality Indian or Thai food cuisine, both of which commonly use many ingredients found in this beer, regularly in equally unreserved doses. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Coconut Curry Hefeweizen Ale
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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

Bomber bottled June 2013 at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of coconut and curry – delightful!
Head large (7.5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing into a 1-2 mm layer
Lacing OK – multiple islands of varying sizes with primarily tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy – much bottom sediment and one large surface floater
Flavor of coconut and Thai curry – not too spicy, just very flavorful; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.81. Final weighted score: 4.1
This was a good example (for me) of trying something against my better judgment and being well rewarded. I’ve been disappointed by most New Belgium offerings and only tried this because I love Thai curries. Surprise! This is a very aromatic beer in which I can actually taste the coconut mulled with the spices – a mild curry but still very good. Gotta find the sales receipt from whence this came to buy some more. (1,009 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Tap House - Des Plaines.

Continuing my run through some LoF beers in the shadow of Svengoolie, let's try out the Coconut Curry Hef, shall we? It pours a cloudy tawny-orange topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, light allspice, clove, coconut milk, and a bit of orange zest. The taste brings in more of the same, the spices taking charge and mixing well with the coconut milk. In addition, the orange zest now comes across more as chocolate-covered candied orange peel, and a bit of exotic spiciness enters the fray (I'm guessing the curry here). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a surprisingly really good beer. The flavors mix extremely well and meld very nicely with the base hef. The bartender and I agree here. (841 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled a year ago June 20th 2013. Poured 6/28/14. Sister's boyfriend bought this not knowing how old it was, but I knew it came out at least a year ago... turns out I was about right. The bottle says it's fine to age, so let's see.

Appearance: Hazy light amber sort of color with some yeasty bits floating around as well. No lacing, and any head on it dies right away.

Smell: The combination of coconut and curry almost comes off as an all-spice or cinnamon sort of aroma. Unusual, and smells like something I'd have in Autumn or Winter, but still pleasant and unexpected. Curry and coconut can also be picked out individually though. Banana-like qualities from the yeast are there as well. Very interesting nose on this one, as I expected.

Taste/feel: Well, very smooth texture with a pleasant carbonation. Enjoyable to drink on a hot summer day like today. The curry and coconut have likely toned down over the year this was on the shelf, but it didn't taste "skunked", and actually tasted pretty good ---- very unique. No heat from the curry, but you get the flavor, and there's also a good amount of coconut flavors there as well. Again, though, cinnamon/all-spice sort of flavors come out, and the banana flavor is still alive and well. 8%? Who would guess?

3.75/5 overall just because it's unique and I'm impressed with how well it stood up. It's not an excellent, jaw-droppping beer, but it's a surprisingly and dangerously easy drinking beer that's really quite enjoyable. (1,485 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is just as described by the label, having a finely balanced blend of coconut, (yellow) curry and wheat, with a touch of banana (and probably subtle spicing) from the yeast. These compose the bold and spicy aroma. These components, and some addtional spicing, mesh nicely in the complex flavor.

Feel: medium-light body; lively carbonation; a touch of peppery heat.

O: well crafted but certainly won’t appeal to everyone. (435 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- cloudy, thick medium honey. Slight head.

Aroma- sweet with a slight turmeric and white pepper.

Taste- Starts with mild coconut then enters spices including mild turmeric, hint of clove and tiny hint of nutmeg, finishing with a smooth semi-sweet coconut finish. A truly unique and complex brew. Would pair well with Thai food such as masaman curry.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 10/14/2013. (488 characters)

Photo of crvcac
4.16/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I don't know how to go about this beer. For what they were going for, they nailed it. Aromas of curry actually come through in a pleasant way without being too much. The bottle had quite a bit of particulate - to be expected. Overall, I applaud the creativity and willingness to chart into new territory, however, I wouldn't seek this out again. It's a one and done. (366 characters)

Photo of Scandalousmrt
1.86/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer tricked me. My first experience was an ounce sample to see if I wanted the full pint. These two sips were really not enough to fully appreciate how awful this beer is. The sample was actually decent and definitely different. It intrigued me enough to try it. The sample taste crisp with a slight hot spice. There was almost no taste of the curry. As soon as I tasted the full pint I knew I had made a terrible mistake. The smell of curry powder was almost overpowering and was followed by a nearly unbearable taste. All I could taste was curry powder. I have a hard time describing this as a beer because to me it was curry powder mixed in carbonated water. I would not recommend this beer to anyone. (710 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy - almost murky - gold, with a finger's worth of fluffy white head that doesn't last for very long. Lots of visible carbonation with some floating brown chunks on top despite being conservatively decanted.

S: Husky wheat malt, yeasty sweetness and a touch of spices. But not a big aroma overall.

T: Wheat grains, light crystal malts, a curry spiciness and some fruity yeast esters (primarily banana). I don't get a ton of coconut flavor - perhaps a bit on the exhale when you work at it. Yeast esters and bready sweetness in the hang with touch of hop bitterness and spices.

M: Light body, adequate carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: I don't think this is offensive, but the flavors just don't work in a hefeweizen style beer in my opinion. The coconut isn't big, which I think would have helped. The the curry flavors, while not terribly spicy, just don't get along with the wonderful subtleties that make a good hefeweizen. Far from a drain-pour, but not something I'd recommend. (1,099 characters)

Photo of jscheuf
1.34/5  rDev -62%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not sure how high everyone was at the brewery when they came up with this... but it was defiantly horriblle. The curry floating on top was very unappealing and almost had a grits like texture when it went down the coconut was faint and crept up slightly behind the wheat and curry. Huge New Belgium fan but this was just straight up bad haha (341 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

11 ounce pour - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Crabapple, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark, dull orange-gold body, a bit hazy, with a slim, white head cap.

Smell: A beer that definitely delivers on its branded namesake promise, coconut and curry. Sweetish, plump malted wheat, additional notes of banana.

Taste: Sugary upfront angle (giving a hint of cream soda from time to time), then, coconut, fenugreek -- oh, heck, all the varied curry notes, and finally the 'nana from the full-on wheat inclusion. Additional slight warming quality from the alcohol content pairs with the heat from the curry blend. Slow finish with sustained sweetness and more of the coconut and curry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Sure, it's a different, interesting combination, but, I would have preferred a slimmed down version in something less viscous and more effervescent. As it stands, it's heavy and heavy-handed in its aspects and not the easiest beer to get down. (967 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bright, golden, orange color with floating yeast flakes. Billowing egg shell white head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

Yeasty aroma. Hints of wheat. Bold spices, definitely curry in there. Subtle citrus fruit.

Mild wheat flavor. Smooth coconut. Spicy curry. Citrus and yeast flavor seems to clash with the spices. Strange tangy aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Descent carbonation. Yeasty, grainy texture.

Not too impressed. Nice complexity, however, the coconut and curry just seem out of place. It's definitely different and creative but not for the better in my opinion. (582 characters)

Photo of JerUrbans
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured form bomber bottle into a regular pint glass.

A vigorous pour produced a small white head. Hazy yellow beer with small bubbles and lots of sediment. Very cloudy and exactly what I would expect a hefeweizen to look like.

Smell is so sweet, with a coconut over load. Hints of topical fruit, and no big alcohol smell at all. Probably one of the best and most unique smelling beers I have had.

Taste is wonderful, I'm tasting banana, coconut, and at the end the heat of the curry is absolutely wonderful. If you like hefenweizen and are into beers with a peppery heat you should love this beer. I used to drink a lot of Paulaner hefenweizen and just loved that beer, to me this beer takes that beer and puts it into overdrive.

Mouth feel is really smooth and light.

Overall this is not a typical beer by any standard. But Lips of Faith pulls off something spectacular with this very interesting beer. (910 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold with a loose fluffy white head. Minimal retention. with some sticky lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Curry, clove, coconut flesh, ginger, and something floral. Slight spicy esters. Some nice clean pale malts with a slight smack of wheat. Sweet and grassy. Slight toasted bready element as well. Loaded with curry, but it's not aggressive. Also, mega ginger.

Taste: Yup, curry and ginger. A bit sweet and milky as well. Slight snap of wheat on the finish with some light bready malts to round it out. A touch of grass, clove, yeast, and something almost like graham cracker. Coconut flesh is buried and adds just a hint of flavor. Coconut gets a little more assertive as it warms, but never comes close to pushing down the ginger or curry. Softly spicy. A touch of pepper. A bit sweet overall, but it's tempered by the curry spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bordering on light with a clean moderate carbonation. A touch dry. Almost clean.

Overall: It's exactly what it says it is.

Curry but not so much it hurts. Balanced and unusual, but worth trying. (1,097 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy golden-yellow pour with a fluffy two finger white head with decent retention but minimal lacing. The nose is huge, spicy, and really unique. Ginger notes dominate along with hints of coconut, lemon, cloves, curry, pears, and some subtle banana. The taste follows suit with the ginger once again dominating and the curry and coconut emerging as it warms. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a snappy, tingly bite on the finish. Overall, this was a surprising beer considering the low ratings. Although it's not a beer I would typically seek out, it was just crazy enough that I had to give it a shot. Very refreshing and I'd love to try cooking with it. (658 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I saw this beer at TotalWine, I was super excited to try it. I love Coconut Curry flavor, and having that in a beer was so intriguing. When I checked out, the cashier even told me that she heard it was an amazing beer.

Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from such an unique flavored beer. It could be the most amazing thing or the worst thing ever.

The smell of the beer was very nice. I got notes of the spices - coriander, and a bit of clove. However, the taste was just not my thing. I definitely got the "curry" flavor, not so much of the coconut though. The beer was just a bit too cloying for me. I think it was the sweetness that threw me off.

I tried several sips, to give the beer a fair chance, but I just couldn't drink anymore. I love Hefeweizen beer. I like Coconut Curries, even beer with Coconut Curry dishes. But not Coconut Curry in my beer. (872 characters)

Photo of tomciu
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very aromatic. Banana, pear, coriander, spice. Color is not quite right. Head is very nice but quickly fades. Minimal lacing. Taste is unique with a pleasantly surprising spicy finish that is welcoming on the palate and lingers. Overall a very nice experience and am glad to have tried it but will not be seeking it out anytime soon. (333 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass; bottled in June 2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, pear, apple, coconut, clove, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, wheat, bread, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and unique aromas with good complexity and decent balance of hefeweizen, coconut, and spice notes; with good strength. Spices were overpowering in the nose. Taste of big banana, pear, wheat, bread, coconut, clove, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, lime, light bubblegum, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, pear, wheat, bread, coconut, clove, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced hefeweizen style. Aromas were overpowering with spices, but the taste was extremely well balanced and delicious. A very enjoyable offering. (1,409 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Intense amount of carbonation bubbling within with a light head. Very cloudy with small bits of white floating chunks within. Safe to say this yellow golden brew is not filtered. Aroma of faint pale wheat but mainly of coconut. The mouthfeel is pretty intense between carbonation,spices,and floating residue for a Hefe. The flavor is unique as promised. I get a burst of coconut and a bit of heat from the curry. Then I get the sweetness from the coconut with a very gentle bit of heat. Aftertaste is coconut and pale wheat. Unique brew,but not something I would seek out. (572 characters)

Photo of Lana_Christine
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Considering the complexity of this beer, I think it was quite delicious. The appearance is the perfect golden hue you'd expect from a hefe/wheat beer. I definitely could smell ginger, pepper and coriander moreso than coconut or curry. But, those 2 ingredients, upon tasting, cooled the other spices down.
All in all, for a complex 8% ABV beer, I'd recommend it. (362 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, coconut, spice, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with coconut milk, cinnamon, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice sweet and spice qualities but I am not getting any distinct curry presence in the smell or taste. (645 characters)

Photo of Dmart1223
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, you can't say this beer isn't interesting.

Coconut Curry pours a hazy gold with a little that dissipates quickly. Sediment floats around, and it's a little unappetizing.

But it smells like a big bowl of beery potpourri. The first whiffs were like lemon honey butter and boozy coconut, and some coriander and a little lime come in later.

The taste is a combination of the look and smell: Lots to think about, but a little messy. It starts boozy and wheaty and moves into some dusty cinnamon and cayenne mixed with an obvious dose of creamy coconut. It's almost like a funky, spicier take on a pumpkin beer.

It definitely gave me a lot to think about, but I'm not sure if it all worked together. I'd describe it as ambitious, but incomplete. It might be worth trying with some actual Indian food at some point. (822 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good complex brew. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, cream-colored, thick, soon to dissipate head and plenty of lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber. Aroma is very mild - my lame snooter could only pick up some malt and spice. Flavor has those qualities, tho much stronger, plus good tang up front (which works so well to balance the mouth's softness), some residual heat (also part of mouth), coconut curry is right there, not too sweet. Body is at first quite soft, but then a lot of other qualities previously mentioned along with very good tang yield a masterpiece in terms of palate. Finish is fairly long, slightly boozy, and oddly drinkable yet not too much. Fun beer to have on occasion. (712 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.