Lips Of Faith - Gruit | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
83
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294 Ratings
Lips Of Faith - GruitLips Of Faith - Gruit
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
294
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.19%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
39
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a semi-light golden yellow to hazy amber color with a fairly decent transparency about it. The one finger white foamy head quickly dies and doesn’t leave any lacing. The smell had a fair amount of peanut butter (I’m not exactly sure where that came from but I do know I get that a lot in NB beers). Anyways, there is a fairly herbal to earthy nuttiness rolling underneath some light malts. The taste was mainly sweet and earthy with the normal tea-like quality for a gruit to show its face just slightly in the flavoring. There’s a sweet sticky tea-like aftertaste and a sweet sticky finish. Overall, I say this was fairly good for the style though I haven’t had too many gruits in my day. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth as it should be. Overall, I say this was a decent gruit, though not one that will go overtop, its solid for the most part.

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Photo of BEER88
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New style, yay!

Peachy golden color, 80% opacity. Head is creamy and large.

Smells like not much except for bright fruit and light malt. Some parsnip, some herbs.

Taste is mild with malt character, wheat undertones and a bright fruit finish. Cantelope and white grape make up most of the fruit profile. A very easy beer.

Feel is creamy and somewhat carbonated

Nice new beer to try during a concert. Would have again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Partially hazy amber yellow with well-retaining lemon-white head, fine in appearance and fluffy in consistency. Smells herbal and floral, but not very strong. Only subtly removed from, say Noble hops. Reminds me of, of all things, Guinness' Nitro IPA. Both this and Nitro IPA remind me of certain Cream Ales. But also reminiscent of Hefeweizens and hoppy Pale Wheat Ales in some ways. Well-balanced, inclusive of, but not favoring, honey, spice, pine notes, lemon tartness, huckleberry, yeastiness, and wheat character. A drier finish and with pepper, cloves, mild bitterness, slight puckering quality in the aftertaste. About as "dirty" as a Saison. It's very good, but not as bizarre as I was expecting and hoping. Feels medium, fine, crisp, refreshing, with abundant tingles.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the funkier beers I have ever had.

As expected, there is a nice herbal note to the beer, but it is balanced with a light sweetness. I wish the beer was a bit more hoppy to balance the malt. The mouthfeel is different - it goes from heavy to dry with each sip.

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Photo of Matt141
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LakerLeith
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light nectarine like color with one finger of white head. Solid retention and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Notes of wheat, sweet malts, apricot, pineapple, guava, white grape, lemon, unique herbs, and some subtle floral hops.

T: Citrus, honey, lemongrass, cracker, sweet malts, a lot of unique herbal tones and some subtle floral hops add some bitterness to the sweetness of the malts.

M: Light bodied, little carbonation, dry finish. Drinks like a light beer and leaves a lot to be desired.

O: This is an interesting brew. It doesn't look that appealing, it has some interesting notes on the nose but it still smells to much like a blue moon. The taste is actually very pleasant but the mouthfeel is severely disappointing. It was worth the try but I wouldn't purchase it again.

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

I liked it more than I was expecting to. I thought the herbs would be more potent, but they aren't. They are just bitter enough to balance the malt. It all works fairly well together. It is worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of delgotit99
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobbySads
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnieNepal
1.75/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

absolutely would not be my choice

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samuel906
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking pour; rich golden straw color, perfectly transparent, and a decent ivory white head. Nose is not quite what I was expecting, but is nice somewhat similar to a Heffeweizen. Mellow earthy bread and yeast, some pineapple and guava. Floral and subtly sweet. Taste is very interesting and new to me. Lots of new herbal flavors that are fairly difficult to describe. Mild honey sweetness with some citrus and lemongrass up front which gives way to some lingering woody bitterness and black pepper spice. It's very difficult to pick out specific flavors. Some mild alcohol booziness. Mouthfeel is light with some lively, but not overbearing carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall, this is certainly off the beaten path for myself and I would imagine many others. Some interesting flavors, and a fun experiment with flavor analysis. Certainly worth trying once, but not one that I will likely return to.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brauseboof
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Experimentation doesn't mean new. With our Gruit, it's all about revisiting the ancient craft of bittering with herb mixtures. In here horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers get together with rich malts to create a bitter dry, velvet-like sweetness worth revering." Brewed in the style of a Scottish Gruit Ancient Herbed Ale. Available as a single batch series in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy cream head of an off white tone over a mildly hazy standard amber body with thin specked sediment and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and tiered. 4

(Smell) The aroma brings notes of pale, soft wheat and pilsner malts with a moderate sweetness, a moderate tart fruitiness of apricot and grape and mild yeast profile and a delicate herbaceous, piney and lemony bitterness from the herb additions. I'm surprised by how close the aroma comes to being mistaken for a standard Belgian golden despite being infused with several uncommon and traditional herbs. Any uniqueness that they may bring is not showcased in the aroma at all- that being said, I don't know exactly what to expect. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor does a slightly better job at showcasing the flavor of the herbs used to bitter this beer and they come out more prominently in the taste as well. Pale and cracker malts with a touch of unmalted wheat body and flavor with a moderate sweetness. Continued tart fruit notes reminiscent of peach, pear and grape nods to a Belgian yeast style. The arrangement of bittering spices creates a notable bitterness with flavors of grass, herbal teas, soft citrus and delicate peppery spice, finishing with a strong dryness. Again, the blend of herbs isn't a far cry off from a mildly mannered European hop or two but does a decent job as a substitution, providing adequate bitterness and flavor compounds, enough to counterbalance the sweetness and yeast profile of this beer. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chewy and chalky dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet and tart to bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This beer was far more accessible than I would have ever guessed going in, as many of the flavors of the bittering herbs used in lieu of hops generated very similar flavor profiles to hops and a decent bitterness to pair as well. As the ancient herbed ale style is only an occasional surfacing style, I'd recommend that anybody interested in ancient-style ales try a beer like this one. The flavors in New Belgium's Gruit are not terribly unique but at the very least make an enjoyable beer. People hoping for a radically different bittering profile and range will be very underwhelmed but I was generally impressed by the range that these herbs could maintain alone and think that beers like this could make an appreciated comeback if the price of ingredients is reasonable. I can't say I know where to find any of them, so that may be a big starting problem! 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips of Faith Series: Gruit
3.71/5.00

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Photo of Hop_God
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Lips Of Faith - Gruit from New Belgium Brewing
3.64 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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