Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen - New Belgium Brewing
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3.7/5 rDev +9.8%
A: Pours a relatively cloudy golden burnt orange in color with some moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming along the edges of the glass and some faint rose + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film, a mottled thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of banana and clove which is quickly overshadowed by strong aromas of curry + coconut.
T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat and pale malts with light to moderate flavors of banana. That is quickly followed and overshadowed by moderate to strong flavors of coconut curry (with the curry being slightly stronger than the coconut). There is a moderate amount of spiciness to this beer and light notes of clove in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and hints of spicy warming.
O: Definitely interesting and more drinkable than some of the other curry beers that I have tried previously - not nearly as spicy or intense. The beer hides the alcohol fairly well but this is not really an easy drinking or sessionable beer. I'm glad that I decided to try the beer as it is quite interesting but it is tough to finish the entire bomber.
09-15-2013 20:27:04 | More by dbrauneis
3.65/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured this from the bottle (I love the lips of faith bottles!) Into a colorado avs shaker pint.
Pours a cloudy gold color with an inch of foamy white head. Nice to see that although NB has decided to pasturize their beers they did choose to let this one make it through alive. Smells like a bit of bread but mostly a sweet curry scent, and the flavor follows. I'm getting the bready background, banana, clove, cinnamon, somehow its reminding me of cocoa mole. Good medium mouthfeel, but easy drinking. Overall, its a good beer. The coconut curry and hefe base beer work well together, but as I drank this bits and pieces remind me of cocoa mole, and in the end I was just wishing that it was.
09-15-2013 13:45:31 | More by SFACRKnight
4.68/5 rDev +38.9%
Coconut Curry pours a a cloudy bright yellow color with no head. There is a sweet aroma with strong curry notes. The taste is sweet, with strong creamy curry flavors. Flavors are present, and blend very well; coconut is barley noticeable. Overall a very fantastic and different beer.
09-14-2013 22:51:38 | More by vette2006c5r
3.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Tried this at a tasting with some friends, certainly not something I would have ever picked out myself.
Expectations were low. Surprisingly, I think New Belgium did rather well in terms of making a coconut curry hefe. Solid curry taste, and rather drinkable.
Now, with all of the above said, I still don't know why any brewery would want to make a coconut curry hefeweizen. There is no way in hell I would ever consider ordering a full pour of this. Big pass.
09-14-2013 18:33:26 | More by thebigredone
3.73/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Marin Brewing pint glass. June 2013 bottle date, so about 2 months old.
A - Hazy yellow - orange. Eggshell head dissipates quickly.
S - Curry is upfront, then you smell the coconut (also very prominent). The classic hefeweizen banana and clove comes thru at the end.
T - Curry flavor is upfront, but right behind with coconut and banana and clove. Has that nice light hefeweizen flavor after the initial curry rush. All flavors blend nicely.
M - Medium. Medium high carbonation. Very nice for this style. Even w/ all the flavor, still refreshing.
O - Definitely weird, but good weird. I would buy this again, but must be in the mood.
09-11-2013 03:57:11 | More by jeff1973
3.93/5 rDev +16.6%
appearance: Very hazy. Not seeing the coconut floaties I keep hearing bout but definitely thick with something. Fairly dark yellow gold. Pretty thick off white head and lacing. Not a bad looking beer.
smell: Very nice. Sweet and spicy with nicely balanced coconut and curry front and center.
taste: more of the same. Quite a nice surprise. Based on reviews I was worried this would be a failed experiment. Not at all imo. Interesting and well executed. Again, coconut and curry well balanced and front and center sweet/spicy. NIce dry rich spice finish.
overall: Well done. Pairing this with red curry, pecan encrusted fish.
09-10-2013 22:39:42 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a 50 cl weizen.
A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a 3 finger, bubbly, white head. Disintegrates, leaving dry residue, and desecrated bubbles behind. Dry spider web lacing.
S: As the name implies... coconut, curry, ginger, and nutmeg. Comes across as a little synthetic. Just an unusual combination, I guess.
T: Wheaty with sweet hints of coconut and ginger, and a little spice from the curry. None as strong as the nose gives off.... which is good. Well-balanced.
M: Light body. The spice notes infiltrate the nasal cavity as you tip it back. Leaves kind of an odd bitter, spicy finish, ultimately.
D: Sip and savor.
Atmosphere is really nice. Opaque, giant head, and some pervasive dry lacing. Nose consists of strong presence of its namesake components; coconut and curry, accentuated with some ginger and fall spice. Wheaty with well-balanced subtle infusions of its flavor components. Overall, this is a good quaff.
09-08-2013 03:08:01 | More by bmwats
3.53/5 rDev +4.7%
Appearance is a cloudy golden color with a white head that fades fast.
Smell is curry spice, light coconut, esters and some black pepper.
Taste Spicy sweet malt with the curry standing at the forefront. Coconut is there with some pepper. The hefewiezen does make an appearance with some banana and light cloves but the curry stands above the rest. Eating something salty helped reduce the curry and pull some of the beer flavor out.
09-08-2013 00:50:27 | More by jayhass
3.01/5 rDev -10.7%
22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
A - Chunky eggshell colored lace clutches the glass following the dense head's departure, sinking into the hazed apricot orange beer.
S - Curry by itself isn't bad, but when it's the focal point of a beer's aroma, not only does it become incredibly off-putting to me, but it completely blankets everything else this beer might have to offer. I smell no characteristic of a Hefeweizen, especially an 8% ABV one for that matter. In fact, i smell nothing but curry. It's like a trip down memory lane to my wife-then-girlfriend's condo with Indian neighbors who stunk up the whole floor.
T - After the offensive aroma, the taste takes a considerable step back and allows more than curry through, like some actual beer flavor! Pale malt offers notes of sweetness and graininess as well, transitioning into suggestions of banana and clove, but the likeness of a Hefeweizen is certainly not here when this beer finishes with a blend of spices, most notably curry. Coconut shavings are sprinkled on top, almost like an afterthought.
M - When the beer's huge amount of spice is considered, it's amazing how little it plays through into the feel, really landing at a tame, balanced dry finish that works wonderfully with the smooth, medium body and lingering touch of sweetness.
O - On one hand I truly enjoy the experimental and unique nature of the Lips of Faith series of beers but, on the other, I simply can't get on board with a beer that completely decimates its base style with obscene amounts of spice (thou I'm mainly referring to the aroma which is nothing but curry). I was intrigued and excited by this beer as I always will be by Lips brews but in the end Coconut Curry Hefeweizen doesn't do a thing for me.
09-07-2013 22:08:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.14/5 rDev +22.8%
Really happy to see another round of bizarre Lips Of Faith from New Belgium. They really stepped out of the box it seemed when I saw this bottle.
The hefe pours out a rich hazy, gold with a hint of amber/orange. The head flairs a bit and is slightly off white and bumpy. It settles down into this strange spotty fuzz that for some reason reminds me of a moldy surface of a fruit.
And... what is this? It appears I have a coconut shaving in my beer... maybe a few. Interesting... Unfiltered glory!
(Really, I found a few shavings...)
The smell is robust. You definitely get a great deal of intermingling between the coconut and the curry. Both are very prominent. There is a lot of pineapple going on with it and some earthy pepper. It smells fairly sweet. In the background you catch a hint of the banana-y hefe. Kind of a dirty scent as well, but not off-putting. It has all the hallmarks of walking into an Indian restaurant. The robust pungency is a bit in your face. Which can be good and bad at times.
Taste... wow, I knew the smell had this beer all wrapped up but I just can't believe to some degree that this was pulled off in a manner that actually comes together and works pretty well. The coconut and curry is right up there, blaring. You get a hint of cayenne pepper toward the end and a bouquet of banana, pineapple, clove, maybe a touch of licorice, and a rich and sweet hefe. The hefe comes through pretty well among the boisterous flavors and competition.
Mouthfeel is pretty wonderful. A creamy, medium to heavy body. The carbonation is very complimentary and the alcohol gives a nice warmth to the mouth that flows evenly with the warmth of the cayenne and curry. Not what I might consider refreshing, but weighing in at 8%ABV, this is a great body for such a hefe.
Overall, pretty aggressive. Aggressive keeps coming to mind. It really drives it home and lets you know what it has in store for you. A part of me likes it, a part of me kind of wants another. But at the same time, I have a hard time picturing myself 'in the mood' to drink this kind of thing. Even if I were dying for Indian food, I just don't know. It was quite well accomplished though, it wasn't gross whatsoever and it was interesting and pretty easy to drink all the way through. I can't think of how you could makes such a strange thing better, but at the same time I am left with the same crushing thought of, "When might I want to drink this again?" Maybe a camping trip in the spring?
Ah! Great job to New Belgium for pulling it off! It was good overall.
09-07-2013 02:15:34 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen from New Belgium Brewing
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