Lips Of Faith - Gruit | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - GruitLips Of Faith - Gruit

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.66%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 296 |  Reviews: 52
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We open a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows a pale daffodil coloring, holding a creamy, bubbling head of white that stands nearly two fingers tall. This retains well, leaving wet, craggy lacing around the glasses. A chill haze briefly cuts clarity, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be very, very faint. The aroma is spicy, offering a blend of smoked beechwood, dark cloven spice, seaweed saltiness, biscuity pale and wheaty maltiness, green tobacco leafiness, mossy muskiness, white sugar cloy, sweaty caramel, tweed, cinnamon stick, sweet potato starchiness, avocado pit, freshly pressed olive oil, and hickory. The taste follows with a surprisingly sweet showing of sugary and salted caramel maltiness, soy sauce, green corn husk, raw yams, dusty mallow sweetness, smoked dark wheatiness, white peppercorns, honey herbal cough drops, jicama and parsnip rootiness, hollow chive fumes, creamy soy bean oiliness, lactic sourness, clean aluminum metallics, clover honey essence, and dandelion weediness. The body is slightly thicker than medium, and the carbonation is moderate to active. There is nice slurp and smack to the lip, harboring decent creaminess and frothiness. The mouth is coated and left drippy wet, but otherwise meets a long, drawn out dryness that finishing just behind the two front teeth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, despite the oddities and rarities of the featured ingredients, there is a warming, spicy, welcomed familiarity to this beer. We’ve tackled this style in the past, but found this to be a nicely rounded offering in the flavor department. The spices and herbs were hearty and authentic, and really help bring you back to the ancient rooting of this style. They don’t really take any one ingredient and run with it here, but rather gently blend and steep everything together, making it marketable and tamable for just about any adventurous beer lover. While its authenticity is noted, we would love to try some truly harsh and unabashedly flavored gruits.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear straw yellow colour with a +2 finger head of foam, usual excellence in lacing from New Belgium.

It smells earthy, flowery, some yeasty notes, some bitter notes. I kind of figured it would be a bit different than what I'm used to considering what's listed on the label as being used.

Good bready notes up front, lots of herbal/kind of spicy flavours follow up, unusual bitterness sensation. Finishes on the dry side.

There were tons of bubbles when I poured it in my glass but the carbonation is actually on the light side. The body itself is also on the light side.

Well, this ain't half bad. Best enjoyed by January 2015. I enjoyed it today.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

It pours a lovely, hazy golden color with a two-finger head that lingers and LOTS of bubbles.

The aroma is very nice: yeasty bread with underlying floral and fruit notes. I could smell it all day.

The taste is wonderful with an interesting, tongue-coating and pleasant bitter bite followed with sweet banana and a little funky yeast. There is a nice bitter finish as well. Fairly sweet.

The mouthfeel is not as bubbly as it looks but is relatively neutral.

Overall, I have no idea if this is close to the actual ancient ales but I quite enjoyed the experience and I'll likely pick up another bottle. Nicely done.

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Photo of warnerry
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
2.01/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours clear light gold with a medium frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is soapy floral bready malts with musty, earthy yeast.

The flavor is very sweet bready honey malts with some light spice bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall, not an impressive gruit - it's overly sweet and the spice is way subdued.

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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber.

Lovely suds, bright golden hue with a spectacular clarity. Unique floral and wild herbal aromas meet a mild malty breadiness. Big smoothness within a medium body, fruit and peppery with a cracker-like graininess. Suggestions of melon rind and peppercorn with some alcoholic warmth in the middle. Hint of pale honey and spice in the semi-dry finish.

A whole lot of fun drinking beers like this, old school but bright and drinkable.

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Photo of TraceKlein
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Torey
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light gold to light yellow in color. There's a quarter inch of light tightly knit white head. Brussels lacing. Nice and balanced aroma of herbs and light malt. Unfortunately I'm not familiar with this grouping to relay which one stands out the most. I get almost a lemon scent overall. The taste is much more aggressive on the herbal front and yet not overpowering. The malt and herbs are in a nice balance. There's almost that light lemon aftertaste that lingers nicely. The mouth is fairly light,crisp, and a touch salty. Very refreshing with nearly triple digit temps outside.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian style aroma with hints of citrus and spices. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of funk, cloves, and peppers. Citrus fruit hints of orange, mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Also some fruit hints of white grapes, green apple, banana, and pear. Floral and earthy scent from the Elderflowers, Horehound, and other exotic spices in the mix. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, cracker, and oat. Also some hints of sugar. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian style taste with big notes of spices and citrus fruit. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of cloves, peppers, and funk. Juicy citrus notes of pineapple, orange, mango, apricot, peach, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Wine like fruit notes of white grape, pear, and green apple along with some banana. Sweet notes of sugar. Big spicy and floral taste from the mix of spices including Horehound, Elderflower, and Myrtle. Pale malt backing with notes of wheat, grains, straw, oat, and cracker. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly prickly with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid brew. I haven't had a Gruit before so I'm not sure how representative of the style it is. This is very much like a Belgian Pale Ale. The exotic spices add a nice floral and drying kick.

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Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of whoneeds8
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kwkdmk
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of StuporJew
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my trusty DFH tulip.

A - Gruit pours a clear, straw-gold, with hugely-visible carbonation. A hard pour produces a creamy, fluffy white head with decent retention, and a great amount of stick to the sides of the glass. So far, so good.

S - This beer reeks of Saison yeast, but in that good, earthy sort of way. The nose makes it obvious that more than just hops went into this beer. That being said, the herbs are fairly minimal on the nose, with the wormwood and horehound making wispy appearances. The malt lends light citrus notes, redolent of pithy mandarin skin and pineapple.

T - Wow. I'm pretty impressed. Seeing as this beer only clocks in at 3 IBU's, it tastes like it should be closer to the 30 IBU mark. Grassy and herbal, with a good bit of smoky tones, and an obvious contribution from the wormwood on the very last smidge of the palate. The malts add a good amount of sweetness, but don't overwhelm, making this a wonderfully quaffable beer.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, without the prickly carbonation you would expect with a beer that yells "HEY!!! I WAS FERMENTED WITH SAISON YEAST!!!" like this one does. Almost creamy, truth be told. This is probably my favorite part of this beer.

O - I'm not going to lie. Going into this beer, I had fairly low expectations. Not because of which brewery produced it, but because of all the random herbs you see on the label, added in lieu of hops. (Although they DID use a tiny amount of Target, if you check NBB's website.) I am seriously blown away by how good of a job they did with this unique, refreshing, and innovative beer. If you're curious, (You should be, I was.) grab a bottle and try it. Assuming you like Belgian-style ales, this should tickle your palate in all the right places. Well done, New Belgium. Well done...


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Photo of samtrillo
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Translucent golden orange tinge with a tiny white head and a lot of lacing on the glass.

Belgian yeast in the nose with buttery biscuit. Flowery sweet. Grassy.

My first real gruit. I'm surprised by how not that different it is from a golden Belgian style; which I thought would be pointless beforehand but now I realize it's awesome. Not every beer needs hops. Bready malt and sour Belgian yeast plus that floral sweetness I was getting from the nose. There's something else there at the end. It's the bitterness that I don't recognize. But it's pleasant.

Overall a nice Belgian style ale. Not knowing it was a gruit you'd think nothing a strange probably. Knowing it is makes all the more cool. Here's to experimentation with old recipes!

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of iMiah
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jheezee
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%

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