Lips Of Faith - Jessica's Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pokesbeerdude on 04-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of donaldchapman
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights, a lasting tan head, and good clarity.
S - Chocolate malt aromas accompanied by a host of spices, very complex.
T - Starts with a chocolate porter like flavor that fades quickly to reveal licorice root and other spices on the back of the palate. Lightly hopped focusing mostly on the spice character.
M - Good body and carbonation, very smooth.

This beer is pretty good, it is definitely balanced toward the spices. The licorice root gives it a sweetness at the end that mingles well with the malt character.

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Photo of Slats
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

6.8% By Volume
98% Ale Brewed with spices, 2% Ale (what ever that means)

appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown. Not much head and just a ring after it settles down. Not much lacing either.

smell: Light roasted coffee ( similar to my favorite city+ roasts) and some smoke. Tiny bit of fruitiness emerges with some warmth. Reminds me of Worcestershire.

taste: Crazy blend of sweet malts, smoke, hops. Spices are on the finish with a good nutty aftertaste. aftertaste is the best part, really enjoyed just letting it sit and roll off.

mouthfeel: silky carbonation. Medium mouth feel. Alcohol warmth sneaks in a bit but does not numb.

drinkability: This has winter warmer written all over it. A bit to complex and unusual to session but makes a good "sip and ponder".

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Photo of 11thFloorBrewing
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass (Loose Lips party at Falling Rock).

Appearance - pours very dark with a one finger beige colored head, when held up the light color is very dark red

Smell - some coffee aroma, was served too cold to get a lot of aroma

Taste - malty, caramel, some hop bitterness, clean, nice after taste, almost a nutty flavor, spicing is well balanced

Mouthfeel - medium body, chewy, a little low on carbonation but not bad

Drinkability - lots of flavor, definitely drinkable but not a summer beer, they should release another batch for ski season.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the NBB for a growler. Mental note: never go on a Friday afternoon. At least not while CSU is in session. The place was mobbed with college kids getting their free samples before going to the Drunken Monkey.

I noticed this new lips of faith and asked for a taste before deciding on a growler. Glad I did...

Although it was very busy, the bartender was nice enough to explain it with a bit more description than the other reviewer before me had. He said that Jessica (from accounting/financing/somethingmathmatical) was responsible for this unique porter.

It's a baltic porter brewed with ginger and a certain type of cinnamon with a funky name.

It has a nice deep brown color and good head but little retention. The aroma is rich with malt and cinnamon but not much hop.

A little higher in alcohol and slightly sweet, it has a pleasant spicy taste to it that went great with the left-over smoked BBQ ribs I had back home.

I think they should revisit this style in December. It reminded me of some great "christmas" beers I have had in the past like Deschutes Jubelale and Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

Way to go Jessica!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the new beer from the Lips of Faith series. It was described very briefly as a porter brewed with lager yeast. There were some other differences as well, but our helper didn't really explain much more than that.

Sampler at the brewery.

A: Poured a very dark brown, not quite as dark as the 1554 on the table, but almost there, almost no head at all.

S: Could pick out a few malt smells, cinnamon, and some nutty flavor.

T: Very heavy on the pale malts, very little to no dark malt taste, funky cinnamon aftertaste, hints of nutmeg as well. I can't detect any hops in this one. Something isn't quite right. I think it may need to age a little bit.

M: Nicely carbonated, interesting, pretty thin though.

D: The sampler at New Belgium was enough for me, it wasn't offensive, but just not quite right. I think in a few months after it has settled a bit more, it'll be a lot better.

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Lips Of Faith - Jessica's Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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