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Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Dark KriekLips Of Faith - Dark Kriek

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by GilGarp on 01-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 96
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 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 chinabeergeek
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date found. obtained in trade. poured into tulip. tasted in early june 2009.

dark cherry, ruby color. clear, w/ no bottle sediment. (is this force carbonated?) 1-finger of light tan head, fading to a wispy thin layer replenished by the glass etching and with each sip. decent lacing.

aroma: lots of fresh cherries, including the skins. some hints of caramel to the acidity (notes of balsamic, malt, and red wine vinegars). hints of hay and just the slightest hints of barn funkiness and a trace of possible oak aging.

taste: tart but fruity, with fresh, sweet, ripe cherries prominent. light vinegar notes to the mild to moderate acidity. subtle wood or oak w/ reminiscences of red wine. trace of farmhouse character. hay-like notes to the hops, with faint bitterness. ever so slightly watery overall tho.

light to medium body with moments of wateriness, but with lightly acidic and astringent notes too. carbonation is moderate and almost fizzy, but fluffy at times.

not as bad as some reviewers seem to think. a bit sweet for the style, but could work as a gateway to sour beers.

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Photo of jampics2
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Paul and Angelyn. Thanks, guys, nice of you to share :)

Dark brown with reddish highlights. Looks like a nice beer.

Smell is OK, cherries, wood, and malt. Nothing too extreme but smells promising.

Taste is tart then sweet. Cherries then vanilla then clean malt. It just doesn't come together as well as I think it should. I think the sweetness is throwing me off.

Mouthfeel was average and drinkability was decent. Overall, I just felt this beer lacked an identity, so it was hard to judge against a style. But it's not *bad*, just seems a little lost. Reminds me of myself when I was 17 and going to raves every weekend :D

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Unibroue Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a dark amber color with a slight ruby tint to it. The one-finger head of loose foam is tan colored and has a light pink-ish cast to it. Retention is okay and the lacing is thick, but kind of slippery.

I get oak and cherries. Both of which are pretty much 'in your face' scents. These are barely covering a nice barnyard kind of funk. I also get a light touch of yeastiness.

Okay, this is like a 'beginner' sour, I guess. There is a light cherry tartness here, which is nice, but much less than was anticipated. It does have a nice touch of oakiness, which is welcomed. A light caramel maltiness is down below the surface. The funk, from the nose, is almost non-existant in the taste. It maintains a light yeast presence.
I think that this would benefit from a good nudge in one direction or the other. It's not sweet enough to be a dessert beer, yet it's not really tart enough to truly be a sour, either.

This has a medium body and a mild level of carbonation. This gives it a 'light' feeling. Not really crisp or creamy, but easy drinking.

I could drink this one all night, if I were so inclined. The 8.0%abv is super well hidden, and the taste is nice and smooth. I was hoping for something a slight touch different than this, but it's still good.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good looking brew in the mini-snifter. Dark copper with mahogany edges, topped off with an ivory cap. Subtle hints of cherry buried among the malt - duplicated with the taste. Any sour funk or musty blanket is second level, not there with the initial semi-sweet quaff. A very light touch of the cherry throughout
A tasty brew indeed, I could drink this all evening long, the alcohol is not a taste factor. Very glad to have the chance to sample on tap at Pi pizzeria in the east loop.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.31/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Well, it looks how I think a "dark kriek" should look. It's a dark, but not opaque, red-brown. Not an astonishing amount of foam, but there's enough.

S - This isn't terribly impressive in the nose. There's a little vinegar and cherry Jolly Rancher. It's "OK," but pretty generic.

T - I'm sorry, it leaves me flat. My apologies to NB, but it tastes like a generic watery brown ale base with some cherries added. There's some sweet cherry, but I don't find this sweetness a problem at all. The whole package is just dull. Sourness is minor, the sweet/sour don't really play off each other at all. Cookie-like malts come forward as it warms, lending further support to my belief that this is just an ordinary brown ale with some attempted trimmings. 35% ale aged in barrels? I don't really get much barrel-aged character at all, if any. Basically, what I'm left with here is a brown ale with cherry juice, not much more. Kinda lame.

F - Feel is watery and weak. Here, I think bottle-conditioning would have helped.

D - I hate handing out ratings like this, especially to brewers I like, doubly so when the beer wasn't cheap (this one certainly was not). Still, I have to be honest...I like New Belgium, but this beer is a miss. Poor execution, it just seems like a lazy effort to me, a waste of a good idea. As a beer in general, throwing any style consideration or expectation out the window, it's not entirely offensive. I could *finish* the bomber, it doesn't repulse me - but there are too many other beers in my fridge I'd rather drink. Way too many.

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Photo of vacax
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming back to this brew after putting a little age on it. First of the Lips of Faith series to hit shelves in California.

Pours a rich amber color with some crimson to it. Large orange-tan had fizzes up then settles down to a very nice layer that is fairly dense foam which leaves nice lacing. Looking quite delicious here.

The smell is quite toasty with a tart top note, though not much cherry at all present. Smells a bit like marzipan plus a hint of sourness. Not as complicated as a full-fledged wild ale, but nothing wrong at all. Just don't expect a kriek. The taste starts with a very light tartness and an easy fruit sweetness. On the midpalate the tartness persists nicely and blends together with a toasty caramel malt backbone. On the finish the pucker hits its apex and the cherries become very clearly identifiable, a very nice affect.

This is a nice tasting beer, but anyone expecting a kriek would be sorely disappointed. The body is actually quite heavy, giving this a richness for savoring that most purely wild ales do not have. Moderate, fine/smooth carbonation. Not sure how many times I am typing this but this is not a kriek, but a nice malty treat with some tasty sour cherries in the mix. I recommend drinking the bomber by yourself and relax.

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Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a somewhat murky brownish red color with really red highlights when held up to the light. A quick 1/2 finger of loose, off-white head comes and goes leaving a light layer and thick collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet and sour, lots of funk, horse blankets, sour cherry aromas. A touch of biscuity malt under the blanket of sour funk.

T - Hmmm, some horse blankety funk, tart cherry with a hint of sweetness (not a good sweetness, almost a saccharine taste - definitely artificial tasting), acetic sourness, lots of woody flavors in the finish. Interesting and complex, but the flavors don't seem to mesh in a cohesive fashion...like something is missing, but I can't quite place what it is...maybe a little bit more sweet and/or tartness would help.

M - Plenty of carbonation gives this plenty of life, almost a champagne character. Body is pretty light. A bit of tartness, but not quite puckering. A long woody finish, maybe a touch too much - lingers into the aftertaste as everything else disappears.

D - Overall a good beer...a bit too much wood for my tastes. Maybe this would mellow some over time, think this doesn't have much age on it. Otherwise a good entry to the world of wild ales - not overly sour, but a good introduction to the funky and tart flavors. Not bad, but lots of other wilds I prefer over this one.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: This sour brown ale, true to its name, pours deep ruby-tinted brown, with a quickly-vanishing two-finger head that is also a rich burnt-straw-brown mahogany.

S: Overwhelmingly sour nose, with hints of a sweet whiskey background.

T: Pungently sour, the bite engulfs the tongue. The taste bears hints of oaken vanilla from the cask, and give it a dry finish.

M: Sharp, crisp, tangy. High carbonation, but little else to speak of.

D: Low. The sour acidity overwhelms, making more than 8-10 ounces a challenge, much less the entire bomber. Definitely not a session beer.

Maybe I'm just not a sour beer drinker, as this is perhaps a well-crafted beer for its style, but not what I like to experience when tasting a fourteen-dollar bottle of beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not very cherry-like, and not very tart, the Dark Kriek lets me down, especially knowing that New Belgium has an actual Belgian brewer (from Rodenbach?) in house.

And why it's listed here on Beer Advocate as an American Wild and not an Oud Bruin, I don't know, but...

The appearance is good. Not great. Some more lacing would be nice, but OK, I think it's on par.

The aroma offers a combination of wood (oak), delicate fruit, and caramelish and cocoa-like malt with just a thin sliver of tartness.

In the flavor, however, all of what the aroma offers up is opened up. It becomes almost another beast! It's wider and fuller. There's more oak flavor and dryness; and lots of dark fruit that includes raisin, date, plum, and fig as well as cherry. A firm bitterness balances it from below, and the acidity balances it. It finishes dry and invigorating with a swirl of dark fruit!

As to drinkability, I find it quite accesible, even for the uninitiated. Nicely done!

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Photo of KCHopHead
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Thin head if any. No lacing. Dark burgandy. Neat color.
S - I could smell the cherry and sourness 2 feet from my nose once the pour started going.
T - Not a big sour fan. American Wild Ale has a broad category and this falls in line with the sours. Very very tart with cherry. Maybe some woodiness if you look hard for it. The picture on the bottle does the beer justice with the little red sperm looking things.
M - It feels like an explosion of sourness. Probably the most carbonated beer I've had up front.
D - Luckily I have this cigar I just lit to get me through the 8% abv bottle.

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Photo of corby112
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper/ruby red color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off white head that immediately fades into a thin ring.

Slightly sour aroma with lactic notes and earthy oak presence. Just a hint of vanilla with a healthy dose of dark cherries and artificial syrupy cherry juice.

Slightly puckering but not nearly tart enough with a medium dry mouthfeell and lots of artificial syrupy sweetness. Slightly earthy from oak aging and a touch of vanilla.

The flavor is actually more sour/funky than the aroma would lead youto believe but still =very mild and nowhere near sour/puckering enough. Oak and vanilla notes acoompany the lactic sourness up front but they are quickly overpowered by the cloyingly sweet cherry and syrupy sweet artificial juice flavors. Slightly dry finish.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown/dark amber with just a thin head that settles to a ring. Good clarity. My bottle smells quite tart and not all that sweet with some lactic notes, tart cherries, some brown ale notes of dark grain and lightly toasted malt, and a touch of wood. I wouldn't say this is all that sweet, like many other reviewers have, its just that the sourness is not very sharp and so some of the more brown ale notes are played up. The cherries are mostly tart, but there is some dark cherry sweetness floating around as well. A hint of wood and even the barest touch of barnyard rounds it out. Strangely, this beer seemed more sour and more interesting right when I opened it up. As it aerates and warms it becomes flatter in taste, less exuberantly fruity, and less sour. Very gentle for the style in the mouth. Overall I liked this beer, but it lacks some punch and complexity to rise to a great kriek. Still, this was quite pleasant.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep dark brown with cherry highlights and a tan head

caramel malt, cherries, slight oakiness, and a sour yeasty undertone

malty, slightly sweet with some dry tartness, not really fruity and very woody. the sourness is kinda there but the overlying malt drowns out the sourness

medium bodied with a good layer of sour notes upfront, but falling off very quickly giving way to a considerable oaky malt layer to a semi sweet finish

i think it was past its prime, the woodiness of the malt or herbal undertones outshone the sourness that I was looking for. really not much going on at this point

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Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz silk screened bomber into a Duvel tulip. No dating info. Was a rich ruby color with a carb fount in the center from the etching. Quick sliding lace. It had a small beige head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar and center foam.

The initial aroma was rather subdued. Mainly oak from the wood aging with sweet malt and cherry. The cherry wasn't as pronounced at first but started to come thru as it warmed. I like a good sour cherry aroma and wished that this one popped more. The taste was good but again lacking in cherry tartness. Got a lot of the sweet and then a little sour at the end but nowhere near what others described. Not bad but not stellar either. Mouthfeel was hurt by lack of tart pop.

Overall, a good but not great beer. Could easily finish it but was disappointed in the lack of flavor. Mild recommend if you can easily get. For me, one and done unless I get one for free or at least try on tap.


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Photo of magictrokini
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sour cherry and yeast bomb. Poured hazy red-orange with a solid white head, good retention. Moderate lacing. Sour cherry nose with a shovelful of funky yeast. Graham-cracker pie crust as well. Taste was puckering sour. Cherries, no sweetness, and more cherries. The funky yeast lies in the background until the finish when it comes out in a buttery, cheesy way. The cherry and yeast drowned out any subtle spice or the citrus/lemon flavors that may have been there. Carbonated mouthfeel enhanced the sour, but the finish was shorter than expected. Finished the bomber, but there are easier drinking beers out there.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with dark ruby highlights when held to light. Pours with a good sized off white head that slowly dissipates to a small ring on the top of the glass. The nose is filled with aromas of cherries with some funk on them. Slightly sweet malt aroma a bit of oak in the mix. Taste is sweet and sour. I get lots of sweet and tart from the cherries along with the funk from the brett. Theres a residual malt sweetness mixed in with some vanilla that makes it seem almost under attenuated. It's not nearly as sour as many other lambics I've tried. Finished dry with a lingering tartness. Low carbonation, medium body, syrupy mouthfeel. Decent Kriek, but I've had better. I wonder if some time will add some more funk to this as its light on the funk and the acid.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours with a clear port-colored body and a small light beige head that disappears quickly. Plenty of cherry notes in the smell with some light sourness. Sweet and fruit-juicy character with a bit of dark malt mixed in. Tastes slightly tart, with strong sour cherry flavors. Faint mineral notes with some woodiness. Sweet and overall, but with a dryer finish. Light/medium body with high carbonation. Easy drinking, but a bit too much emphasis on the sweetness.

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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 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 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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Photo of brdc
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Depp burgundy color, nice off white head, good retention and lacing.
Rich cherry aroma, tart and sour, but all in delicate/small amounts.
Body is medium, even though the very pleasant taste lacks some depth, and does not linger around for long. Tart and sour, but very far from puckering. Lots of cherries, some acidity. Lacks complexity and depth, but it is still a very pleasant beer.

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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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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to HopDerek for the split on this one.

Pours a clear, deep, ruby red, with a finger of foamy pinkish head. Retains with some creamy bunching around the edges and thin wisps in the center, flaring up nicely and thowing up a big cascade that falls away into some thick spotty lace. The aroma is an even smelling mix of tart cherries, candied sweetness, yeast, floral tones, oaky tannins, and some light warth.

The taste is more lightly tart cherries, with a sugary candied malt and yeast backing to it. Moderate woody notes come out in the back, which mingles with some fading acidic notes that clings onto the palate with a lingering dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation to it, but also had a slicker and more viscous feel underneath as well, which carries a lot of the woody character. For an 8% beer, the ABV seems barely there at times, which helps make for a pleasant steady sipping experience with this.

While not overaly complex with some of the more funky and acidic qualities that you usually find in a Kriek, I still enjoyed this for the most part. Nice balance between the tart and sweeter notes, this didn't skimp on the cherry flavor, plus this drank very nicely for the size. Worth a look for a Wild Ale that's a bit different.

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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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