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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 588
Photo of descobar
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Disclosure: aged 3+ years
Smell: malt sweetness, cooked chili peppers, spices, some caramel, wood, and a stale cheesy thing most likely from the Belgian yeast
Look: pours medium amber with a very decent 1/2" off-white head with average retention. its definitely hazy but clears slightly as it warms. some sediment is visible. did not observe any lacing.
Taste: not much apparent bitterness and lots of malty sweetness combined with the flavors and heat coming from the chilies. the cedar aging is more prevalent here than in the nose.
Feel: this a medium body beer leaning on the full... the texture is oily and rich. the carbonation remains moderate and the astringency is strong but not overwhelming and burns just a bit against the palate. The finish is sweet and long with persistent heat from the peppers.
Overall: Experimental beer with lots of complexity. The bitterness has faded leaving lots of sweetness behind. Mostly has held up well. If fresh, I probably would have rated it a high 3, very close to 4.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful gold-red color, with very pretty strata of sediment and solid head. Pungent aromatics, with pineapple and mango, lemongrass and orange-flower, and some funky peppery notes. Sweeter than I expected, focusing on the fruit elements of the Anaheim and (heretofore unknown to me) Marash chilies, which ride alongside flavors of grains-of-paradise, coriander, and lemon-balm, the latter boosted substantially by the hopping. Most of the bite, in fact, is derived from the Belgian yeast, which seems to be working on some invert-sugars as well in this admittedly pretty fascinating collaborative project. There are some very soft, very vegetal vanilla notes on the end, as well—the only really effect I can detect from the Spanish cedar barreling, excepting, perhaps, the pervasive (and somewhat sugary) smoothness.

As usual, I'm more impressed with a Lips of Faith iteration than with New Belgium's standard stock of beers.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
4.52/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured center from bomber into a snifter. Cloudy dark copper color with 2 fingers of egg shell white thick foamy head. Sticky lacing and and thick retention. Tiny bubbles slowly rise across the entire glass. Looks great.

S: Orange peel and light coriander in the nose with some cherry skin.

T: Orange cream malt body, light mild chili spice. Orange rind finish with a touch of bitter lime. Complex and not over the top, and I love the subtlety.

F: Creamy champagne soft mouthfeel. Chilies aren't hot on the palate but do have a tiny zing.

O: I'm not sure that I've ever liked a chili beer before, and I enjoy this. Again, complex without being over the top and delightful in its subtlety.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes L: Pours deep brilliant amber under a clingy 1” white foam collar. S: Chili aromas with traces of malt. T: Begins with rich malt flavors and then the chili comes trhough with some vegetal character then the heat hits with a pleasant accent and a bitter hop presence on the finish. F: Medium body and carbonation, some heat from the chili but it is not overwhelming. O: Nicely balanced beer that goes very well with cheese.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I liked this one. A touch malty, some bready notes, and an unexpected kick from the chiles. (Yes, I didn’t realize it was a chile beer when I first tasted it.) Nothing overpowering, mind you, but enough to give it some character. The ABV limited my enjoyment, as one was more than enough.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split between a pair of tulips. 132 01 2156 is the code on the bottom of the bottle. No idea what that means. It's a chile beer, so I expect it to have some chile flavor. Hopefully a little heat.

Pours clear golden-amber with a medium sized pale head and a fair amount of carbonation. Head fades to a thick film fairly quickly, but leaves some lacing and sticks around at that level. Smell is sweet malty and a little chile. Mostly vegetal, a little spicy. A little yeast.

Taste is surprisingly soft and mellow -- pleasant but not loud. More of the sweet maltiness, again a little chile. If it didn't advertise itself as a chile beer, and I wasn't consciously expecting chile, I'd probably not recognize the flavor as chile. Heat is basically absent. Someone who thinks beans are spicy might think this is spicy.

Mouthfeel is airy and smooth, very pleasant. Overall, a pretty good beer, with a slight chile addition.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"We're about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish Cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!" Brewed in the style of a Chile Ale. Released as a one-off collaborative effort between New Belgium and Cigar City Brewing in 22 oz. bottle and on limited draft.

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

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy pastel white over a moderately hazy amber body with lively and plentiful carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Pale malt aromas with a touch of caramel bread for sweetness. Aromas of peppery, grassy hops with mild fruit notes are complemented alongside aromas of ripe peppers, fairly vegetal and herbal, but they add hints of tingling heat and complement the bit of sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Subtle bready caramel and pale malt body with soft tropical yeast-borne notes is mildly amplified with the flavor, rather than the heat, of Anaheim and Marash chilies, which generate a soft vegetal and earthy flavor as well as bitterness without going overboard on the heat. This beer is relatively easy to drink for a Chile ale due to the accessibility of the flavors and mildness of the chile heat. It finishes on a subtle heat of mild pepper juice before a solid note of dry Spanish Cedar lingers on the back end. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is oily slick, mildly chewy and softly dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a smooth frothiness and low crispness. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is equally earthy and peppery bitter to sweet. The alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A well-made Chile beer despite my reservations about the style itself. I think these two breweries found a solid niche in that chiles can be used to generate bitterness and flavor as well as heat, and thus come in handy as the occasional unique additive. We need to see more beers like this, and less that focus entirely on the extreme heat shock-factor. This beer was a pleasant surprise. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Cigar City Brewing + New Belgium Ale

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Photo of mr-jj
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is clear orange-amber with a three finger white head with long retention and nice lacing. Aroma is nice - some pine and light fruits. Flavor is fruity and light on the palate followed by the chilies. Not very spicy or hot, but definitely a distinct bite and flavor that mixes with some mild bitterness on the finish. Body is light/medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer that blends the chili flavor nicely without overpowering the base of the beer.

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Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +14.6%

New Belgium Brewing - Lips Of Faith Series: Cigar City Brewing X New Belgium [Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Marash Chilies] (22oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 8.5% ABV)

Many "LOF" brews have caught my eye, but this is the first one that I've come across that nobody I immediately know has tried... It poured a medium looking body with a exuberant orange hue and brilliant clarity, also producing a nice rocky 1.5 inch head... A decent amount of carbonation helps the head retain a decent cap as is dissipates, leaving a solid amount of lacing just from the head... A light hoppy note is the first to introduce itself with the spiciness close behind... Boasting a small amount of earthiness also, but no one aroma jumps into the spotlight... Immediately the spiciness hits the palette accompanied by a sweetness as well as a decent amount of carbonation... Midway it develops some smoky, almost nutty characteristics with a nice bitterness keeping my palette on it's toes... The finish is bold, with an almost creamy mouthfeel, all adding to a very well rounded brew... The spice I assumed this beer would have is definitely there, but is very well balanced by the sweetness and (mostly woody) earthiness... It lacks an intrinsic complexity I assumed all LOF series brew would possess, but in this case, "less is more" was classfully pulled off in this delightful ale... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Solid beer with good malt backbone and nice, but somewhat subdue citrus hops. Chilies are subtle but detectable without adding much in the way of intense heat. Great with Indian food.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%

From notes on 1/23/14

Sweet spicy aroma. Dark orange brownish body with a fluffy white head. Drinking this on tap at Brews Brothers. Interesting taste. Not my thing. Good Belgian sweetness, but the peppery spiciness hits you. I like spicy, but not really in beer. But, for a peppery beer, its not bad.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -14%

Cloudy orange pour with a frothy one-finger white head. Mild aroma of honey and light malt. Taste has a mild chili pepper flavor upfront. Not very spicy, though. Also has some wood, malt and mild citrus hop flavors. Medium bodied and creamy.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. The color of dark reddish honey with a moderate amount of white head. Aroma is rather tart, vinous, and fruity (apricot, cherry, citrus), with a subtle undercurrent of caramel and pine resin. Indeed, this is a rather hoppy brew, dry grapefruit rind and pine needles on the palate, along with an array of interesting fruit flavors ... Cherry, raisin, and yes, chillies, although these register more as bell peppers rather than the hot stuff per se. A subtle heat does build over time. Body is quite light and well attenuated, a little caramel malt heft is apparent, and the carbonation is fairly high. Finishes dry and hoppy with an ongoing fruity note: Dried fruit roll up, woody understated pine bough, gooseberry, and a lingering wildflower honey sweetness. I was somehow expecting a bit more from such a vaunted duo of collaborators. More from the malts I suppose, more body, and less of a homogenized fruity character. Oh well. The chillies do come through in an understated albeit pleasant fashion.

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Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance - Pours a clear copper with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - bready caramalts, yeast, hint of citrus hops, mild aroma of spiciness.

Taste - Similar to the aromas, however, a pleasant moderate spiciness from the chilies comes through. There is also a nice slight woodsy flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant spiciness from the chilies and a tad sticky.

Overall - An enjoyable chile beer that isn't overpowered by the spiciness of chilies. The spiciness was just enough to let the other supporting ingredients shine as well. Looking forward to seeing the next batch of Lips of faith series come into Cowtown.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

Pretty tasty but just a smidge under-peppered for the style. Otherwise a smooth, red ale type of beverage that's not bad at all. Way easy to drink considering the percent EtOH. Looked good as the head hung around forever.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a cervoise at Tap House - Des Plaines.

My second new bar today that happened to be a Tap House, and this one has a New Belgium Lips of Faith tap takeover of sorts going on. Oh, and Svengoolie's here, too. I like this place. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet malts, earthy pepper greenery (like sniffing the outside of a fresh pepper), light Belgian yeast, and a touch of allspice. The taste leads with the sweet malts and spicy Belgian yeast, then some decent pepper heat bubbles through. This heat, when at its zenith, matches surprisingly well with the surrounding beer, rather than trying to outdo it. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a bit of a surprise here, in that I enjoyed this beer and the interplay of pepper heat and Belgian-y base. Not bad.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep gold color, maybe even a little amber. Nice thick off white head. Really good lacing.

Not a bunch of smells here that I could discern. A slight honey scent. I get a slight smell from the cedar. But honestly I'm a little disappointed that this beer doesn't smell better.

Taste is right on par with what I would expect. Nice light wood flavor that mixes well with the spice of the peppers. Not too much pepper either. Spicyness on the finish, which lingers. Slight hops, but the citrus from the hops mixes well with the spices. This is a very good beer, with no one flavor dominating.

Easy drinking beer if you don't mind the spicyness on the finish. Not crisp, not creamy, middle of the road texture.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is hazed golden amber with lots of white head. Nose has a bit of stale grain, some sweet candied sugar, lemon, passion fruit, and a hint of peppery spice. Taste is pretty much the same, a bit sweet of candied sugar, some fruitiness and a hint more peppery spice. Medium body, a touch syrupy and heavy in back, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of morimech
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with an attractive two finger head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Massive amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Rather timid and uninteresting aroma. A touch of floral and earthy notes. I pick up a little honeycomb as well. Not much going on.

Not sure what they are going for. Probably a mediocre amber ale if not for the chiles. And the chiles do not add that much just a little spice kick in the finish. Seems the brewers thought people would be scared off by them. Has some interesting citrus hop qualitie however that picks up the score a bit.

The feels deceptively light in body. Superb carbonation gives the beer plenty of life without being harsh.

Probably one of the more disappointing collaborative efforts put out there. The brewers must of put out there B team for this effort.

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Photo of barczar
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light between with a lingering cream head. Aroma is heavily cherry, with a hint of phenol. Vegetal character, and the chilis don't chime out until the taste. Flavor is not quite as cherry laden, more smoky spice, with a hint of cherry tartness.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.76/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a nice cloudy umber color with a thick off white head that is very long lived and is staying for a very long time. The lacing is super thick as well with an amazing fluffy texture.

The nose is spicy, savory and sweet all at the same time. Great malty complexity with lots of floral and fruit notes with some peppery, pine, grass and bread hints are there as well.

The taste is rich with lots going on here. The malt is sweet and dry and the same time. There are distinctive fruity tones with shard sharp dry ones that must be a result of the chilies mixed with malt. The hops are a nice bitter ride from beginning to end that are only enhanced by the mild chili bite. The pepper is sweet and mild. The hop finish is bitter and clean.

The mouthfeel is perfect for this one, just the right amount of richness.

Overall this one is surprisingly good. Most brew masters that try a chili combination often get too much of the negative chili affect without the good flavor. This one blends the hops to chili ratio just right.

Excellent, just got to try it!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear honeyed-gold. Head is a super creamy off-white with solid retention. Moderate carbonation with some slightly sticky lacing.

Smell: Solidly bready with a slight toasted undercurrent. Yeast drops some solid clove and banana with a touch of peppery spice. Peppers add a vague backing spiciness coupled with a deep vegetal aroma. Slightly sweet with some earthy and grassy hops. Punch of grapefruit through the back. Some nice cedar aromas offer a bit more spice and a mild woody element. Pretty mellow, but has some solid spice layers.

Taste: A punch of Belgian yeast right up front. Mildly fruity with some grapefruit find and zest. A touch of orange. Nice balance of earthy vegetal pepper with some slightly sweet pale malts. Bready backbone with a touch of caramelized sweetness. Cedar builds a bit as it warms offering its distinct spicy woody element. Peppers throw a very restrained spice on the back of the sip with a solid punch of vegetal pepper up front. Yeast is a bit aggressive given the delicate nature of some of the flavors. Almost medicinal on the back with some phenolic characteristics.

Mouthfeel: A touch creamy. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean.

Overall: BAM! Who let Emeril loose?

A good idea in theory, but a bit of a letdown in execution. The cedar and chilies are a great combo and the malts and hops are all on line, but the yeast strain dominates a bit too much and overtakes and otherwise solid beer.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer poured a clear golden with scant head.

The aroma was fairly understated: Mostly sweet with a savory pepper component -- but without any hint of peppery hotness.

The taste followed the aroma for the most part: malty sweet with a hint of peppers. It has a nice malt backbone. The hops addition seems not to be a major flavor component of this beer. There is only a slight bit of heat from the peppers. Hops appear more prominently in the aftertaste. Interestingly, this beer got more interesting as it warmed: The pepper heat increased slightly as did the hops. (I say "interesting" because I would have thought this style would be best when cold. But maybe the presence of peppers changes things.)

This beer has a fairly light body as expected. The level of carbonation is also right for this style.

Overall, this beer was better that expected. Although the peppers don't contribute a great deal to the aroma and flavor, they have a nice background presence. Overall, malt carries the day rather than the hops. Some might penalize this beer for that, but I favor malt over hops, so I'd look for this beer again.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter
Best by Nov. 2014

A - orange-golden color, not much head, decent retention
S - bready malt with a tinge of spiciness
T - breaded malt, biscuit, a little pepper on the swallow. Tastes like a BPA with very mild pepper. Don't really pick up much cedar.
M - light carb, has light feel as well
O - overall, worth a try. Not bad.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought this because I thought it was brewed with cherries not chillies. Ow well 10 bucks here we go!

A - Looks like a pale ale with an orange yellow tint and a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit. Great lacing.
S - Mild pepper hint, sweet malts, and bready biscuit malts. Like the mesh of sweet and spicy smells.
T - Caramel, toffee, biscuit malts, and a pepper bite. Some mild skunky hops in the finish. Not sure what Anaheim peppers don't seem very spicy.
M - Easy to drink and doesn't muddle the palate with an intense burn.

Overall I have been bamboozled this beer is not great or terrible beer but not great at all. Feel it's not worth 10 bucks a bottle though.

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