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Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GilGarp on 01-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a dark walnut brown body that is clear but dense with a faint glow of red glinting at the base of the glass. There is a cream head of an oatmeal color. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The smell of earthy malts turns quickly to dark cherries and a faint funk note that is reminiscent of a fish pond but stays pretty faint and turns into more of a band aid aroma.

T- The bright tart flavor of cherries is supported by a dark slightly sweet note with brown malt qualities and faint cola qualities. There is a tartness in the finish that lingers for a second finishing the beer like is started.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and a prickly fizz at the finish. There is no alcohol heat but a soft astringent pucker in the back of the mouth enhances the fruit flavor.

D- The big earthy dark cherry flavor tasted like real fruit with a nice soft support from the dark malt flavor and a nice hint of funk. I didn't really taste any wood or barrel notes as mentioned on the bottle but this beer didn't need any.

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Photo of 100floods
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty stoked for this beer when I got it. I was told it wouldn't hurt to age it, but i decided i could always get another one and hold on to that. I'm always a fan of New Belgium's specialty beers, nice break from their standards.

This beverage pours a dark ruby red with absolutely no head of lacing, pure drink. Nice hints of fresh, slightly sour cherries, but just barely. The flavor is very nice. The tartness from the cherry juice hits the pallet gently. It's not so much sour as it actually tastes like cherries, but the tartness leaves a little. Each sip is a little different though. The oak barrels mellow thinks out, there's a wood flavor, like chewing on a toothpick, but sometimes that tastes like chocolate, just barely. The beer definite is about the cherries and how it interacts with everything else.

for 8% this is a really gentle beer, but don't get me wrong, I like this beer, and i'm not a huge lambic fan. Like La Folie this a great intro beer for those interested in lambics.

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Photo of julian
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Garnet/red, but very dark with some light passing through. Medium-medium high clarity. Head formation is minimal and short lived.

Smell: Definitely smell those cherries along with the tartness I'd expect from a spontaneously fermented ale. It's not sour, just tart so there's even a bit of sweetness from the fruit. Looking forward to seeing how this one tastes!

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is in fact very palatable. It's not sour, or pungent or overbearingly "vinegary" which I've experienced with some hardcore Lambics. If anything, this is one of the sweetest Lambic's I've ever tried. The aroma is spot on, not eluding to anything that is or isn't there. Medium carbonation, sightly sweeter finish.

Drinkability: I personally really like this beer. It's a little sweet and not typical of a traditional Lambic, but that's what I like about it. I can taste the fruit, and not my taste buds aren't just bombarded with an overly tart sourness. I could drink another few bottles methinks.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber today, the first I've seen of the Lips of Faith series outside of the brewery. The bottle has a beautiful screen-printed label with tiny red bubbles all over. It states this beer is 65% ale brewed with cherry juice and 35% ale aged in wood barrels.

Color is dark redish amber brown with good clarity. The small amount of white head diminishes quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

Aroma is slighty sour with obvious oak and cherry in the nose.

Flavor combines sweet, sour, and tart in almost equal measures. Sweet comes first followed quickly by sour cherries and finishing with a tart green apple snap. The experience is intense and unusual and I find myself taking frequent small sips to feel the wave of flavors again and again.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, well carbonated and smooth. The sour tannic quality of the beer is slightly wearing on the palate.

Drinkability is good for the style. It isn't too sour or overly carbonated like some and it seems to get better as it warms to room temperature.

Overall a very nice offering. This would make an interesting side-by-side comparison with La Folie. It's certainly more subtle and it may be even better.

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Photo of ChadS99SVT
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice clear cherry red, pretty much no head.

S- Mild cherry fruit-rollup smell

T- thin light cherry taste finishs with a lightly tart cherry flavor

M- I really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this beer it really just dances on your tounge and just melts away to a semi-tart finish down the sides.

D- Drinkability is not as bad as I would of thought. its light enough that you can enjoy the whole 22oz bottle. Beyond that you might be pushing it.

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Photo of katan
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into a glass. going to the cellar for one.

A - Pours a deep dark brown color with some amber highlights. Strong head formation, brownish in color - quickly breaks down to a film. Appears lightly carbonated.

S - Combination of fruits and yeast. I get quite a bit of cherry and other fresh fruits, but then it is balanced by a very earthy brett and wild yeast. Tobacco, leather come to mind.

T - Starts off lightly malty, brown ale like with some crystal malts. The brett yeast comes in big time, very wild, very earthy - deep. The cherries and the sewetness come in later, bringing the beer back into balance. Finishes with a strong sour fruit flavor and just a hint of wood tannins.

M - Moderate body, strong carbonation. Very well built for a beer of this style. Let the yeast run. Finishes somewhat cloying and sweet, but right on the center of the tongue the brett yeast brings some bitter balance.

D - A very complex ale - I can only see drinking one of them. But the flavors are so unique that in itself is very drinkable. ABV will sneak up on you. Can be filling, but thats okay for a slow sipper like this one.

A very unique beer. I enjoyed every bit of it.

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Photo of maskednegator
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coca-Cola in color, viscosity and transparency. 1/2" white head foams up and immediately evaporates.
Smell: Cherries, dark roasted malts, white pepper, green apples.
Taste: Black currants, green apples, oak, roasted malts, chocolate. Butter and a little tobacco in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, thin carbonation. Drying, tannic finish.
Drinkability: Crisp, light and refreshing. A stout for the beach.
Verdict: Combination's good, but overpriced at 10 bucks/bottle. Would be better if it was live, with some Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body capped by only a frail, thin, beige head.

Smell: Fragrant aroma that's densely fruity, smelling of cherry preserves, jelly, jam, liqueur, pits, you name it. Beyond that, there are hints of dark malts and soil-strewn wood.

Taste: Sweet Bing cherries blended with tart Morellos and dusted with cocoa powder and cinnamon and liberally dashed with Kirsch. Sure, sure, there're some toasty malts presents, but, for the most parts, it's cherrytime! No appreciable hop character or bitterness. Dull, earthy wooden character lumbers through midway. While the taste begins to lean towards sour, it still hits the finish fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Hey, this is a yummy beer! I found it surprisingly easy to drink considering the ABV%. True, it's no La Folie, but who is?

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, reddish brown color with creamy, light tan foam that clung to the glass. The smelll was sour and tart and fruity (cherries) with some funk and a hint of sweetness. The taste was lightly tart with the flavor of dark, tart cherries, and a bit of funk. There was a light sweetness but not overly or syrupy. There were some barrel-wood flavors, reminiscent of La Folie. The mouthfeel was lightly tart but also slightly sweet; medium body with a soft carbonation feel. Flavors of cherries and earthy notes linger. This was a very pleasant beer; very good, but not as sharp as a Belgian Kriek.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3rd cherry beer of the night. Enjoyed this one while watching the Flyers take down the Devils in game 3.

Russet colored appearance. Creamy white head without much hang-time.

Aroma is mostly of tart cherry with a decent malt backbone.

Taste is sweet and sour with emphasis on the sweet. Mostly cherry with a little bit of an oaky funk to it.

I got this beer as a gift from my sister on her recent visit from San Diego, so thanks to her. Best cherry themed beer I had tonight. I'll have to see if I can get my sister to send out another!

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish brown, emphasis on the brown. Fizzy dirty white head,3 only about a 1/2 inch thick. Quickly fades to a thin ring around the glass. Very active carbonation rising to the top.

S - Very sour at first whiff with some woody notes quickly coming in. As the beer warms the aroma of cherries becomes more pronounced. A note of something earthy and herbal is in there as well.

T - A little on the sweet side initially before a quick sour kick comes in. Very strong taste of oak and cherries. Hints of vanilla. The sourness is a nice balance to the sweetness without being overbearing at all. Not near as sour as many wild/lambic/bruin beers I have had...not sure what NB really qualifies this one as. A slight herbal quality in the finish.

M/D - On the dry side with a medium body. Leaves a somewhat slick resin in the mouth. Very easy drinking with a deceptively high ABV.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Domingo!

A: A beautiful stained mahogany color, not a lot of head but a beautiful red brown, and plenty of carbonation.

S: Very tart. Smells a little like La folie, Luscious sweet cherry comes in at the end, and possibly a little bit of oak. Very nice..

T: Wow.. sour, but not as brutal as La folie.. A nice robust fruit flavor hits after the sour... nice, but not amazing... we'll see how it goes as it gets a little warmer..

M: Good carbonation.. feels very clean.

D: Not an every day beer, but for special occasions, and for a good "sipper" Perfect for having a glass in front of a fire place after a hard day of hot tubbing at the ski resort..

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a crystal-clear, deep garnet-red. Small 3/4 finger, light-khaki colored head forms and then quickly disappears. Some drooping smears and specks of lace are left behind.

S: Aromas of sour cherry, spices, tart red apple, and sweet spiced cherry juice. Very mild oakiness.

T: Tart cherry, lemon, cherry juice, toasted malt, vanilla, and some barely there oak. As it warms a toasty malt and/or dry oakiness becomes more apparent in the finish.

M: Certainly tart but definitely not sour. Sticky and fruity with some interesting peppery notes during the middle and finish. A bit of dryness and quite a lot of sticky tang.

D: I decided to try this after having La Folie on draft last night at Jerry's on Division. It's not even in the same league...but maybe that was the intention. I liked it, but would really like to try this on draft.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz single from Aggie Liquors in Ft. Collins, $7.
Note: This beer is not a lambic...

A: Coca cola colored, with a similar head, reduced to a film, spots of lacing, not really much though. Lots of red and deep brown accents. Very clear.

S: Oak barrel, funk, a little hint of a dry red wine, cherries are there, but the funk and oak really dominate this one, sour. Medicinal flavors as well.

T: Caramel, sour cherries, and a little hint of sour funk, lots of oak flavors, big time roasted presence as well. Sour leaves a little too soon, which is sad, because it is really a nice presence. I wish there was a little more cherry flavor too, but all in all, not too shabby. I'm glad I picked up a few of these.

M: Medium thick, slight alcohol warmth, a little bit of a sour pucker, and quite dry from the oakiness, really begs for another sip.

D: It goes down easy enough, alcohol is pretty well hidden, and it isn't overbearingly sour either. Pretty nice beer all around. I wish there was just a little bit more in the way of cherries. Not too sure about the whole bottling the Lips of Faith series either. Its interesting, and helps get out to a bigger audience, but it kind of goes against how the series started. Mixed feelings towards that.

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Photo of stevefinny
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours dark brown with a ruby hue and a one inch head of tan. After the retreat of foam some streaky lacework remained atop a placid surface.

Aromatics lead off with faint cherries, roasted malt, and cocoa. Hints of wet horse, ground nuts, and raisins follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, smacking mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy and tacky.

Tart cherries and roasted caramel start the palate. Bits of coffee beans, cocoa nubs, oaky tannins, and vanilla follow through.

Finishes with a building tartness, lingering cherries, fading cocoa, and earth-rubbed raisins.

Pretty tasty and a decent level of complexity. The tartness level stops short of sour and the funk and acid is on the light side. The roast seems a bit much to integrate with the cherries, although that may mellow.

Just expected something on another level from NBB when it comes to the funky stuff.

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown. Small, off-white foam head. Not a particularly gorgeous beer.

Smells like tart cherries ... maybe a bit of oak. Pretty straight forward aroma, actually. I was expecting a bit more complexity.

Taste is, again, not as complex as I had hoped. There's a smidgen of oak (35% in oak barrels? Really?) Definitely some tart cherries. No real funk, slightly sour, but none of the fresh, popping sourness of the better beers out there. Some bubbles, but could use more carbonation.

Certainly drinkable. It's appealing, but too expensive.

** as this beer warmed up, it really grew on me. It is a flavor bomb? No. Is it crazily sour/oaked? No. Was it increasingly pleasant to drink? Yes.

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Photo of boomer31
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep copper/red with a tan head

S - Light acidic nose and big cherry with a touch of lemon zest

T - Very malt forward, cherry then a touch of tart sourness. The cherry is fantastic. A hint of sweetness from the malt melds great with the sourness

M - Rich mouthfeel, odd for the style. Highly carbed

D - Not very sour, great balance of malt and sourness.

Overall this is not what I was expecting. I figured this would be more sour with only a hint of cherry...quite the opposite.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of gmcfarre
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into New Belgium Chalice

A - Pours with cola-like effect: dark brown with ruby accents and a light tan, mellow head. Lacing is minor.

S - Dark sour cherries with a complimentary dose of oaked malt sweetness. Spicy alcohol starts to awaken in the scent as this beer warms.

T - Starts with a bit of syrupy dark cherry sweetness, and that main flavor never really leaves your tastebuds. Alcohol is apparent with a whiskey-esque oaked flavor. These two main flavors are nicely combined, but there isn't much room for more subtle flavors with these strong tastes competing. Very tart and sour.

M - High carbonation with a tart, puckering mouthfeel. Light to medium body and a slightly dry finish.

D - Dark malt adds some interesting flavor that a normal kriek wouldn't present. Alcohol is doable for a bomber and flavor stays interesting throughout. A bit pricey, but its nice to see New Belgium trying these classic Belgian styles.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown/amber color but extreamly clear. Head and lace are just so so. Smell of cherries and toasty malt. Some wood on the nose too. Taste is very sweet up front and the malt never really shows itself. Finished tart but surprisingly smooth. Highly carbonated giving it an active mouth. Overall very enjoyable. Not the best wild ale I've had by a long shot but well worth a go.

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Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 113 ratings
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