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Lips Of Faith - Eric's AleLips Of Faith - Eric's Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
50/50 blend of fresh strong golden lager and three year wild beer. Peaches added then re-pitched with lager yeast using the fructose for the final fermentation.

Lips Of Faith #3

Added by Floydster on 05-04-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
269
Ratings:
690
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
15.52%
 
 
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Reviews by hayesez:
Photo of hayesez
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a recent trade from nkersten. Nice name...they spelled it wrong, but I'll let them slide this time. I'm a fan of the La Folie and have heard very good things about this one. Wasn't planning on cracking it open at this point in time, but I have a trip to Idaho in a couple of days and will be driving through Denver...figured I'd better give it a shot in case I need to stop and try to pick up some more.

Split with my wife and poured into my Stone snifter. Bright golden yellow with a good sized stark white head. Surprisingly a decent amount of lace is left on the glass as this one is slowly put away.

Smells funky - nice Brett notes that aren't overpowering. A tinge of sweetness on the nose as well, but I certainly couldn't place it as peach juice. I enjoy the smell of this - smells like it is going to be tart...

And tart it is...not overpowering, by any means, but a definite funkiness. The tart is well balanced with a very mild sweetness. It actually works quite well, oscillating back and forth between the tart and the sweet. I would classify the sweetness as fruity - not necessarily peaches (as far as I can tell), but some orange and lemon perhaps. I enjoy the astringency of this beer...I could drink quite a bit of it without slowing down. Crisp, thirst-quenching, and refreshing. Looks like I'll be making a pit stop in fort Collins on the way home.

Consumed: 6/20/2010

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More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

7/23/15
5 years later, something still seems missing.
Tastes more like La Folie with the same weird grape jelly note, and peach jelly instead of fresh peaches. Odd aftertaste, just sort of bland. For the new price of $15 you'd expect some complexity but it's just not there, sadly. Wonder what happened to this, it seems that it's been neutered.

4/19/10: 4.22
First time seeing the bottles, this one was served up at Four Moon Tavern. Had this on draft last week at Map Room, so i've got a good frame of reference for draft vs. bottle.

Poured into a New Belgium globe, there was a steady pillar of carbonation visible in the center, similar to the Duvel tulip. Bright orange, with a gentle broken skim on top, and wavy drips of lace all around.

Aroma was more toned down from the tap version, but sweeter and peachy from the juice in here, very fruity vs. being more sharp and acetic on draft. Just the barest whiff of barrel funk, just enough I guess for a broader audience...

Flavor has been sweetened slightly, peach figures big, sweet and natural with a tart lactic snap behind that. Light and airy, very spring/summery. Not as sour as the draft version, but not a complete loss for sour heads. This is very reminiscent in feel to New Glarus Cranbic. Soft and fruity with just enough tartness to qualify as sour.

Something seems missing though, which is a trend in the Lips of Faith bottle series... maybe the pasteurization/filtering has something to do with it? This has been the most impressive though, after La Folie.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. 1 pint 6 fl oz. Branded red pry-off crown cap. Fancy screen-print label art. 2015 vintage. Best before April 2, 2017.

Served chilled into a tulip. Expectations are quite high given the deliciousness of New Belgium's Le Terroir and La Folie.

HEAD: ~2 inches wide. Fluffy and white. Good adequately thick consistency, good complexion. Retention is above average - ~4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant gold. Clean; no yeast is visible within. Appears well-carbonated.

It's a nice looking sour ale. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: It does smell a bit off, actually - hinting at vomit. Hm. Peach, pear, acid, pilsner malt, lime, sour apple, and lactobacillus bacteria. I don't pick up on any lambicus yeast(s), and the bacterial sourness seems somewhat one-dimensional. Sourness seems disappointingly tame...maybe 3/10 in terms of intensity?

Suggests an imbalanced but enjoyable sour ale that lacks the complexity of, say, La Folie.

Not boozy.

TASTE: The sourness is indeed disappointingly reticent and downplayed, coming in at a 3-4/10 in terms of intensity of flavour. The peach is nice, ringing distinct and vivid, but the depth of flavour just isn't there; this doesn't burst with fresh orchard peach fruit like it ought to. Additionally, it almost hints at marmalade or peach jam - playing it sweet when it should play it sour. Hints of other fruits come into play throughout: sour green apple, lime, cider, maybe even pear. The malt backbone is clean and light, comprised of pilsner/golden malts. Lactobacillus seems to provide the entirety of the sourness; neither pedio nor lambicus yeast make appearances.

It does slightly remind me a bit of vomit; I'm not sure if that's just the acidity combined with some kind of off-note. The beer is not as off-putting as that descriptor makes it sound, and it really is quite faint - but it's there.

Not particularly well-balanced. This lacks the intricacy and depth of flavour of superior sour ales (like New Belgium's own La Folie), but it's pleasant enough for what it is. I hoped for a more tart peach presence.

As a blend, it tastes quite young. Using older constituent sours would obviously help curb this, but maybe the heavy reliance on pilsner malts is also doing the beer a disservice.

Ale esters are strangely absent. Oddly, there's zero wood/barrel presence whatsoever. No acetic notes, no unifying oak, no wine. I'd like to see New Belgium ditch the foeders in favour of barrels, and give this more time in wood.

TEXTURE: Acidic. Somewhat refreshing. Smooth, wet, light. Not as smacky as most bacterial sours are. It doesn't induce puckering.

Decently executed, but not quite there. Not boozy, astringent, gushed, or hot or anything, but lackluster.

OVERALL: This entry into the Lips of Faith series is better than most of its brethren, but never quite rises to the high quality seen in La Folie or Le Terroir. Pricey by Lips of Faith standards, to boot. It's enjoyable and I'm glad I tried it once, but I wouldn't purchase a second bottle. More sourness, more wood presence (i.e. any wood presence), and deeper peach notes would really improve this. Basically, if you're going to brew a fruited sour, I recommend going big on the fruit and huge on the sourness. This, unfortunately, does neither.

If anything, this has me curious to try the older constituent sour used in the blend. As-is, the blend hardly seems harmonious; indeed, it even seems diluted. Discerning drinkers familiar with New Belgium's other sours will find this ultimately to be quite a let-down, but generally speaking it's well above average.

Low B- (3.28)

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear "peach" color and a nice head that, though it faded quickly, left a copious amount of lace

Smell: Peach cider, tart stone fruit with sweet undertones and vanilla

Taste: After a brief sweet peach appearance, the tartness appears quickly and provides a nice blend of peach flavors that exaggerate but exemplify the fruit itself; the flavor profile never reaches the sour apogee of some other beers of the style as the sweetness harnesses the sour tendencies and provides a nice blend through the finish, where a hint of the vanilla (peaches and cream) appears

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: With its balanced flavor profile, this is very easy to drink; highly recommended

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot of peaches, not very sour, not a lot of wood notes. Some vanilla and fruit undertones. This was obviously brewed for the masses. It's definitely well made, just not how I remembered it.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brownbeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a deep golden look about it. A small white head doing its best to stick around.

The aroma is like a lactic candied peach.

Very refreshing tartness bursts onto the tongue immediately and flows into a slightly sweet peach and mango finish. The oak makes just a slight appearance late. Chuggable.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. Perfect warm weather quencher or a pairing with lighter fare.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il, poured into a 10oz. snifter

It pours an clear amber honey with a very minimal head that dies quickly into just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The nose is very inviting, huge peach smells with a noticeable acidic tartness. There is also some funky Brett notes a the end.

The taste mirrors the huge tart peach flavors dominate most the of palette with some white wine notes as well. Towards the middle and end the Brett influence becomes heavy with a funky dryness. The sourness level is medium at best but the fruit influence is big and that makes it a great approachable sour tasting beer.

The carbonation level was on the high side and coupled with the tart dryness of the finish made for a light, bubbly and pretty easy drinking wild ale. I was excited to hear it was on tap at my local beer bar since I have wanted to try it for a long time and it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blitz134
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A chance to have a one-off release from New Belgium, you say?!?! I didn't miss the opportunity to have this one while I was in Denver at the Falling Rock.

Clear yellowish with orange hints in the body. White head formed a thin layer on top, grips the glass sporadically. The smell is amazing on this. Its tart and sour with tart apples and cherries. Subtle hints of wood come forth as well. The flavor follows suit. This one makes my jaws tingle a bit. The mouthfeel is definately thicker than I was expecting, pushing medium bodied. The flavor really lingers. Definately an amazing brew, nice and tart but not overly so. Good stuff....

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andyfrancis
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small fluted glass. Looks a bit like ginger ale, with a thin white, bubbly head. lots of bubbles line the glass, and there are a few constant vertical streams.

Smells a bit like a fruity white wine.

Wow. Surprisingly light and refreshing. Detectable peach undertone. Not nearly as sour as I expected. Great finishing flavor. You could pass this off as champagne to someone who didn't know any better. I like it better than any champagne I've ever tried though.

More drinkable than any sour beer I can remember. Fruit beer too for that matter.

Great gateway sour.

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Photo of warnerry
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of peaches, oak and some tartness. The flavor is peaches with medium tartness. The beer finishes very dry. There is also some oak and vanilla notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice sour ale from New Belgium.

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Photo of ledouge
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of magictrokini
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ PP-Carlsbad. Pours clear gold with a shortlived white head. Fresh peach aroma with a little wheat/grass aroma. Taste is tart peaches, but not overwhelming to the point of puckering. The peach flavor tastes fresh and real, not canned or dried. Dry, somewhat sweet finish. It was very close, but I liked this more than La Folie.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shiny new copper penny color with plenty of haziness. Just a trace of a fingernail of off white is barely present. The aroma is solely that of sweet peaches and oak. The Brett is barely detectable and took a few passes to appear. The flavor is strongly sweet with peach the has almost an apple like finish. The oak is present after the fade. The mouth is heavily carbonated and lightly syrupy.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Hazy golden orange and yellow with a moderate white head that falls away quickly. Some lacing down the glass.

Strong sour, Brett funk, and sweet fruits--peaches and apples.

The flavor is wonderfully balanced and the sweet peach juice really makes its presence known. The initial swallow is bitingly sour, in a good way, followed by mellowing, juicy peach. Really quite spectacular.

Light to medium mouthfeel, with a touch of syrupy heft adding some body.

A wonderful combination of tart sourness, Brett, and a mellowing peach sweetness. No one flavor is particularly dominant and both are able to shine. Incredibly well done!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that fades back into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A fruity, sour, and funky aroma with a scent of citrus, funk, and oak. Solid presence of Brett yeast giving hints of funk along with some oak and wood hints. Big fruit presence with big hints of peaches along with some sour cherry and white grape. Citrus fruit hints of orange, mango, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, and straw. Light hints of candied sugar. A very nice fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely fruity, funky, and moderately sour taste with notes of citrus, funky yeast, and oak. Upfront Brett and lacto yeast with a good dose of funk. Subtle notes of oak and wood. Big taste of fruit with notes of peaches, cherry, white grape, and pear. Citrus fruit notes of mango, orange, apricot, pineapple, and melon. Pale malt notes of straw, wheat, and grains. Also some sweet notes of candied sugar. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, puckering, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good spin on a Sour Ale. Good funky Brett presence with some good fruit notes.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow and light orange, nice white head, about 1/2" deep on it. Aroma was mildly peachy, I wouldn't say I was disappointed in the low level of peachyness in the nose, it was just mellow.

Mellow on the tongue as well, moderate sour, easy to drink, seemed like the base beer may have been a blonde ale or something very light. Didn't pick up much in the way of oak or wood flavor from a barrel. A little bretty, would have prefered more sour flavors instead of the gritty brett drying effect.

Ultimately, this was a good sour excursion, but I would have liked to have had a bit more substance in terms of the peach flavor and maybe the acidic and tartness. I hear people were getting this at one time for $8 a 22oz bottle, I'd definitely make the purchase at that price if I ever had the opportunity, who knows, it even might sour a little more if you laid it down.

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Photo of iSrALE
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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