New Belgium / Cigar City - Lips of Faith - Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Mara | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium / Cigar City - Lips of Faith - Ale Brewed With Anaheim And MaraNew Belgium / Cigar City - Lips of Faith - Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Mara

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Anaheim and Marash chilies

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Schilzaga
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle, noting best by November 2014 printed on the bottle. Lips of Faith series that has been getting a lot of chatter at the holiday parties this year (2013). This one immediately showed up on my radar because of recent discussions about peppers in beer, so here we go...

Poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice.

A - Pours about as well as any Belgian from a bomber. 1 inch of head that slowly recedes but small head is steady.

S - Initially smells like a typical Belgian, but has a musty, woody smell as it warms a bit.

T - Taste is great. Drier than most Belgians. The peppers aren't spicy, but more warm in the mouth. The dryness is a crisp refreshing departure from the sweet, candy taste of typical Belgians.

M - So smooth, creamy and crisp. I really really like the feel of this. The citrus and warmth at the end really feels nice.

I'd recommend this to anyone trying a chili beer. By far the best I've had. It's so smooth and easy to drink. Definitely an odd combo with the Belgian base style. It all goes together well... spanish cedar, the chilis, the citrusy, hoppy bitterness. So good. Highly recommended.

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber color with a handsome creamy head in the Ommegang chalice. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue and a silky mouthfeel. Interesting earthy and woodsy smell with a vegetable note.

The flavor of chiles is very elegant and enticing. The chiles provide more warmth than heat, which is a refreshing change. A modest malty flavor with a hint of cedar. The aftertaste is that distinctive roasted taste of red chile skins along with the capsicum glow. Eventually the Pale Ale sort of bitterness adds to the finish.

One of the best pepper-flavored brews I've had. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego for $8.79.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The body was clear, orange amber, and the carbonation was lively, forming a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma was very tropical, reminding me of both mango and passion fruit. The taste was layered, with the first impression being a weaker IPA like herbal hop presence, but then the hints of chili peppers poked out. The finish had a bit of vanilla beans in it. The beer did feel lacking in the texture, as it felt a little watered down and over attenuated. I would have liked it to have some sticky feel to it, as it would have med the flavors linger better. I was happy I tried this once, but it's not something I would go out of my way to find again.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with best by November 2014 printed on the bottle. Here we have the unnamed collaboration beer between New Belgium and Cigar City. My third beer from the Lips Of Faith series - I need to start trying more of these, clearly. Expectations are pretty good, but I have no idea what to expect!

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just under two fingers of soapy fluffy off-white head on top of a semi-clear burnt sienna orange colored body. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of brown / white bread, dried fruit, musty yeast, black pepper, and lots of indistinct spice and herbal vegetal qualties, obviously imparted from the chiles used.

T - Taste is pretty nice. The peppery heat is only slightly noticeable on the finish, but it mostly just feels like a peppery rye sort of heat. Bitter fruity hops in the vein of grapefruit, oranges, light banana, and some dry bready yeast. Tastes like a nice chile IPA. Vegetal peppers and some heat on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, clean, and crisp, with some vegetal peppery heat and some resinous hop bitterness lingering on the finish.

Overall, a nice albeit strange beer from New Belgium and Cigar City Brewing. Interesting and highly drinkable, with moderate chile spice. I can assuredly say that this was a success, and probably one of the more memorable chile beers that I've tried. Recommended.

New Belgium / Cigar City Lips Of Faith Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Marash Chiles ---3.5/5

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City Collaboration pours a golden color with a small lacing head. There was a sweet candy like aroma. The taste was light but very sweet, candy sweet, with apple like notes. Light and easy to drink but flavorful. Overall its a candy and fruit sweet beer; no chilies.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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