Lips of Faith: Anne-Françoise Spiced Imperial Dark Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
93 Ratings
Lips of Faith: Anne-Françoise Spiced Imperial Dark AleLips of Faith: Anne-Françoise Spiced Imperial Dark Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Lips of Faith was brewed in collaboration with Anne-Françoise Pypaert of Villers-Devant-Orval. Dry-hopped and spiced with spruce tips and Grains of Paradise and aged on white oak spirals.

Added by superspak on 07-02-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwarren82
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like old leather, but in a good way. Very interesting way.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured the 12oz bottle into a teku glass

It's a very good herb beer, would recommend. A tad pricey, yet worth it

It was my first at New Belgium and not disappointed. Long live American CRAFT! Cheers

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Photo of Shade1951
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color - little head to speak of. As for smell, maybe it's just me, but I smell almost nothing. Well, at least there's nothing weird or offensive.

The flavor is quite good, though. I get maybe figs, dark fruit, a bit of spice. Alcohol doesn't overwhelm. Good carbonation, medium body.

I wouldn't go out of my way to find this again - but I would definitely pick up a bottle or two if I came across it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty ruby color with some blushing rosy highlights when held to the light. Head is a slim ring but a welcome sight.

Aroma is mostly stiff alcohol with some hints of prunes, oak, and aromatic dark malts.

Flavor is a touch too woody for me, with some washed out grape sucker and prune juice. Some metallic notes and hot alcohol burn follow.

Feel is hot and boozy, very carbonated, with a balanced dry-buzzing finish.

Overall, it's not great, but worth trying if you're really that curious. For me it's like sucking a grape sucker that's been rolled in wood chips and left in a still.

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sisterofba
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Mostly clear dark mahogany brown pour. 1.5 fingers of off-white head leave great lacing.

S: Caramel malts and spice. Spruce and vanilla... complex and festive.

T/F: Rich caramel and toffee character to the malts. Definite sweetness cut by a dry spice. The spruce comes through... peppery... vanilla from the oak aging. Zesty... syrupy. Medium body. Good carbonation. The finish is a bit of toffee and spice.

O: Different... very tasty, prominent spice but not overpowering letting the flavor of the underlying beer as well as the barrel come forward. A nice brew... will drink 2 and cellar 2 for some vertical goodness. Way better than I've come to expect from New Belgium.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As I have been winnowing down the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I have been making concerted efforts to do brewery-oriented horizontals whenever possible. Not only is it possible for me with New Belgium, but I have eighteen (18) beers to get through. Stand by!

From the bottle: "Aged on white oak spirals"; "In collaboration with Anne-Françoise Pypaert [of] Villers-Devant-Orval"; "Spiced Ale brewed with spruce tips and aged on oak spirals": "Our brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert and Belgian brewmaster, Anne-Françoise Pypaert found inspiration in the forest for this bright, dry-hopped ale brewed with spruce tips and Grains of Paradise and aged on white oak spirals."

I Pop!ped the cap & despite it being a fresh bottle, I have begun to embrace a gentle pour followed by an in-glass swirl. I was met by two fingers of big, foamy, rocky, light-tan head that stood up & then sat down, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity & coppery highlights. Nose smelled like a liquefied spice cake, bready with loads of spices, kind of reminiscent of treacle and/or anise. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was rather an oddball, very malty & bready with a cool mintiness and a bitter spiciness, very much of treacle and anise, but mixed with spearmint or wintergreen. My bottle had not yet reached its embossed "Best By" date, but I think that this one has a lot of room to age. Finish was semi-dry, very much like liquefied spice cake. I liked it well enough now, but the potential for it to age quite nicely was evident. Buy one for now & one for later.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calraven
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The dark reddish amber beer pours out into a Snifter glass with a 1/4” light tan head that soon recedes leaving only a ring around the glass and a thin film and several irregular peaks of foam on the surface. By about half way through the beer the sides of the glass have lots of clinging small speckles and there is only a single thin, irregular island of foam. Sipping creates scattered patches and small legs of lacing along with an arch of lacing.

The aromas include a complex mixture of spruce tinged with what seems to be cherry and citrus. There’s also some woodiness, a bit of peppery spice and some light earthy notes.

Some of the flavors are as expected from the nose. There is a rich malt base with its touch of sweetness. There are also some spruce, cherry notes and earthy notes. There’s a noticeable hint of citrus, and some touches of woody, peppery and spicy character.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with the light but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness, the spruce tinged with cherry and the citrus fade, leaving behind the woody, peppery, spicy notes to fade into a dry and slightly bitter, earthy ending that also has a degree of peppery warmth.

Overall this is an interesting beer with a great deal of complexity and unfamiliar flavor combinations. I'd like to try it again sometime so as to be able to spend more time sorting things out. That said it's not a beer I'd choose to add to my rotation and I suspect that I'd not be going out of my way to look for more if they were to brew it again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle picked up at the COOP.. refrigerated since purchase... Pours clear chestnut.. hints of cocoa among dark toast and dry dark fruity Belgian esters.... oakiness helps dry things out and round out a beer that is sorta all over the place. Pretty tasty and very complex, but I think I am probably not in the mood for a beer like this tonight.

All 3.75s

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Photo of smithj4
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid-November for $3.99. Enjoy by 28MAY17.

Beer poured amber burgundy with a nice white head with the initial pour.

Nose was light fruity esters.

Taste was dark fruits over a huge malt base accentuated by a touch of bitterness from the spruce tips and grains of paradise.

Mouthfeel was classic Belgian yeast strain, very light across the palate and smooth.

Overall a solid brew that i would have again.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Enjoy By: 28MAY17.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Sweet cherry-like aroma with some yeasty quality and a bit of booze.

T- Somewhat sweet flavor with toasted malt and spice characteristic. Great balance as the ABV is superbly well-hidden. Has some oak to it as well as some dark fruit like cherry and plum.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- What a great BSDA. I wasn't going to try it but I kept hearing people rave about it so I got a single. I may just get a 4-pack because this is one of the best Belgian beers I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of chris826
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MMOSNN
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark-cherry red in color, two-finger off-white head, and nice lacing.
Smell - orange, coriander, tart cherry, sweet caramel and bready malts.
Taste - orange and cherry hit hardest with a mix of sweet and tart notes, along with coriander spice, yeast and malts round out the foundation.
Feel - good carbonation, slightly thin body, smooth finish.
Overall, this makes for an interesting Belgian dark since orange is most prominent, but it definitely works. I also like the cherry notes, but it could use more body.

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Lips of Faith: Anne-Françoise Spiced Imperial Dark Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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