Lips Of Faith - Gruit
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
3.62 | pDev: 13.26%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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brwnchrstpher from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Dec 03, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Oct 05, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Apr 24, 2014
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lucasj82 from Indiana

2.2/5  rDev -39.2%

Sep 30, 2014
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LIPS of faith:
honestly I dont recognize any of the herbs named on the label
poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A: Very light amber pour - healthy eggshell white 2 full fingers of head, settles leaving GENEROUS lacing.

s: nothing strong to the nose at all: a bit of maltiness with just a touch of "grassiness" is all I can discern

t HMMM not at all what I'm used to that's for sure - but I guess I like this regardless ! never ever tried any style even close to this - hard to describe:
IDK what to call this - took my 3rd draw and still cant come up with any words for this
UNUSUAL - no hoppiness not what i'd call maltiness either

I love the IDEA of an ancient style brew
but however - my modern palate really cant appreciate the final product! just not yummy to me.

b lite mouthfeel and easy carbonation

D: ez guzzlin - go for it !!!

Apr 28, 2014
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Braseltonage from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

May 18, 2014
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brywhite from California

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 06, 2015
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elNopalero from California

4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This felt like a ‘gateway gruit,’ as it wasn’t overly herbal or medicinal, and I could see it being a good introduction to some of the more intense gruits I’ve tried.

This pours a clear golden color. The aroma has a lot going on—I could list the ingredients, but I’m not familiar with anything on it although I did my best to nose some yarrow in the wild so I’d recognize it for just this sort of occasion. Let’s just say it’s floral and intriguing. It’s not a hoppy tasting beer but there is a clear bitterness on it, with the floral herbal blend on the flavor. I found it light, delicious, and refreshingly interesting. Paired wonderfully with a summer berry pie.

Jul 02, 2014
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gruit pours a cloudy golden color, with lots of head. The aroma is very sweet, and very yeasty. The taste has a strong banana, very yeasty, and strong ester notes. The flavors are very present, but way too sweet. Overall its very similar to a Belgian triple.

Apr 13, 2014
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zestar from California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Aug 10, 2014
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Mar 31, 2015
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AlexFields from Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -24%

Apr 09, 2014
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Eisen from Washington

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick white head with thick lacing, fades into a one finger head that stays throughout. A light, grassy color. Smells like grass, candy, bitter herbs. Tastes like a bitter candy, smooth but with gentian. Very crisp and clean but a little watery. Very drinkable. Overall, a worthwhile beer to seek out for the interesting bunch of herbs that are mixed in.

May 20, 2014
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AgentMunky from New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Firestone Walker tasting glass. Best by January 2015.

A: Clearish gold. Good white head and effervescence.

S: Smells spicy; coriander. Floral and malty. A hint of malt.

T: Eww. It tastes like dirt. Earthy-bitter with a watery-sweet maintaste. Too much herb, not enough anything else.

M: Round and sort of pleasant. Bitter endtaste.

O: Not my cup of tea. Whether it's the beer or the style, I couldn't say. Not recommended; will not have again.

Notes: Brewed with bog myrtle, horehound, yarrow, wormwood, and with elderflower added.

Jun 15, 2014
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carteravebrew from Colorado

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Aug 05, 2014
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Duff27 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Nov 07, 2014
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sendbeer from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Jul 21, 2014
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jonathaniler from Florida

5/5  rDev +38.1%

Aug 08, 2014
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einman from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

May 05, 2014
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warnerry from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 23, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 3/4/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of peach, pear, apricot, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, bread, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, woodiness, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy gruit spicing, and pale/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, bread, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, woodiness, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, apple, light banana, clove, wheat, bread, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, woodiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy gruit spicing, and pale/bready malt flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice gruit style! All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy gruit spices, and pale/bready malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 18, 2014
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nov 19, 2014
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Not sure if I've had this style or not, too lazy to look it up. Damn tasty tho. Super smooth, like a halfway between a low ABV sour or brett and a lager or blonde ale. Bitterness is pronounced yet smooth and dry, letting some of the complex flavors of the herbs stout out nicely. Good choice.

Aug 18, 2014
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Aug 29, 2014
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 05, 2015
Lips Of Faith - Gruit from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 297 ratings