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:
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Added by GilGarp on 01-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark reddish brown hue with a small off white head. Light retention and no real lace.

S: Aroma is made up mostly of tart cherries. There are hints of yeast and caramel malt.

T: Lots of tart cherry in the flavor. Hints of brett. Very light oak, and a touch of mineral and bread.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.

D: Not too bad.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red-brown hue, with a small head of browning-white bubbles. Lots of spirited carbonation running up the edges of the glass, leaving a lot of audible crackling. Head dissipates after a while. Not bad.

Fair bit of funk on the nose. Some barnyard, oxidation, sweat and seltzer acidity, with sweet notes of cherry juice seeping through. Certainly pretty funky, which is what you expect from the style, and the kriek aroma provides some grounding. Nice.

Some acidity on the palate, with an initial sharp note that rapidly drops to a duskier copper bitterness. Tastes extremely oxidised, and quite full of funk. The cherry aromas on the nose are absent here, which is a surprise, and quite a disappointment. The major component is the copper character, which rather unpleasantly reminds me of blood. Mouthfeel is lightly effervescent.

This is an odd brew. It has the funk, but not the acidity of a Wild, and the cherry juice is really only hinted at. It's not undrinkable, but it is unusual, and I had some difficulty getting my head around it.

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

This is well carbonated as a careful pour still easily produces a three-finger thick, just lightly browned, tan colored head. A rich, cherry pie aroma is evident as I pour this dark, concentrated plum colored beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep cherry red color. A deeper inspection of the nose at first misses out on the rich cherry character, instead it smells a bit thin and tart, but the finish has that rich, cherry note to it. Ample grain character is noticeable up front with some grassy notes as well as a touch of toasty, perhaps biscuit like malt character. Overall the aroma comes off as being a touch thin, though it is nicely cherry'd.

Thick feeling as it first hits my mouth, but it feels thicker than the relative dryness would suggest. A nice tart cherry character seems to make up much of the richness, though as far as a sour beer goes this beer is definitely on the tame side. The finish has a bit of a bite to it that seems to be contributed to by some astringent tannins, perhaps a hint of acetic acid, as well as some toasted malt character. The tartness here seems more lactic derived and from the cherries than from acetic, but I think all three mix together well enough, and nothing expressive enough, to really pull the differing sources apart.

Not an overly complex beer, but I really like that the beer is not really sweet. Yes it could be more funky, definitely more tart / sour, but the light tartness that is here nicely balances the rich-leaning, enjoyable body.

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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 Bitterbill
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I paid $8.99 for the 22oz bottle at Wilburs in Ft Collins

It pours a clear ruby red with a 1 finger head of shrinking. There is plenty of lacing though. It is a very nice looker.

The smell is of cherries, some funk, light caramel sweetness, and a definite tart aroma. Good.

The taste is both tart and sweet at the same time. I like the cherry tartness but the sweet tones remind me of cherry cough syrup. That said, there is a goodly amount of funky flavour to distract me...until the finish where it gets all sugary sweet again. I wish the tart notes dominated.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is on the light side. Some alcohol is now peeking through..I think for the style, it has way too high an abv.

Drinkability? The flavours are not working in harmony for me and it's just too boozy for the style. 22oz at one sitting is about 10oz too much. I'm very fond of well made beers that are fruit influenced(Raspberries and Cherries are tops for me) but this one doesn't please my palate all that much.

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Photo of froghop
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark ruby with a small light beige head that dissipates quickly.

smell is of cranberry, malt, cherry, and earth.

taste is tart, cherry, wood, and some sour malt, ends tart and slightly bitter.

overall one of the better fruit beers that i have had.

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

Thanks to KRAMER17801 for providing me with this bottle.

Pours a clear deep garnet red color with 1 finger of beige head. OK retention leaves some lacing behind. Smells of cherry jam, wood, brown sugar, and malts. Tastes of cherry syrup and jam with a touch of tartness. Honey, lite funk, and doughy malt follows with some cinnamon and brown sugar in the back. Medium in body with a mellow but poppy carbonation. Smooth with a lite tartness, but seems a little too sweet and cherry overridden. Could use a little more spicy kick in the finish. Pretty easy to drinks, hides its alcohol amazingly. Definitely worth a try, good for dessert.

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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 photomike
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cherrywood color with a solid head; average retention and minimal lacing.

Smell, as others have said, is dominated by cherries. I don't detect much tartness, though, and am getting a bit of funk. I can already tell I'm not gonna love this beer.

Taste is really underwhelming. Not very tart or sour at all. I am getting mostly some subdued dark cherry flavors with a kind of sweaty sock funk background. Dry, and with bit of cocoa in there as well. Doesn't all fit together very well, and tastes downright bad when cold. I strongly recommend letting this get close to room temperature before drinking.

Mouthfeel is nice. Slick and easy to drink with a medium body.

Drinkability is very high; it is hard for me to understand how this aspect of this beer could be so well done, while the rest of it is such a mess. The high alcohol is extremely well hidden, and without too much sweetness.

Overall, a miss, especially at 10 bucks a bomber. Will not rebuy.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my New Belgium snifter.

*note: although i have sampled a few beers of this style before, it is in no way one of my favorites, nor am i in any way an expert in what i should be looking for, so that said the following review is my honest .02$, take it with a grain of salt.

A - single finger head that fades quickly, but sits atop a beautiful dark deep mahogony colored brew.(looks a bit like a dark red wine)

S - tart cherries, lots of them, with vinager and possible some type of wood??

T - more of the same from the nose, fairly tart. some sweetness does pull through before a dry finish.

MF - almost no carb. very very smooth with a medium body

D - Not bad, again not my favorite style, i would have another but would not seek it out, I would much rather have the Duchesse

note* this seemed to me more or a sour than a fruit/lambic.

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Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a big off-white head that hangs around for a little while and dissipates to a healthy collar with a swirl of bubbles along the top. Little lacing.

The aroma is mostly sweet with both cherries and some brown sugar sweetness. The cherries don't show much tartness in the nose.

The taste is slightly more tart version of the aroma with the cherries taking on some tartness after the initial blast of fruity sweetness and brown sugar at the outset. The finish has a hint of acidity but is mostly the tartness/sweetness of the cherrieslingering on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation and not very dry or tart for the style.

This is a decent enough lambic but nothing too groundbreaking. It relative lack of acidity and funk makes it more drinkable than the some of the others in the category even it is not nearly as complex as those.

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Photo of rossthefireman
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I love the color of the beer. A rich deep amber color. Good head when poured

S- Decent smell. You can smell the sour funk along with a little of the sour cherry.

T- Slightly disappointed. Its a good sour but not great. The cherries are definately sour and I get a dry cider/wine like finish.

M- Good mouth feel. Nice carbonation and hits the palate well, goes dwon pretty smooth and a dry finish

D- Its drinkable , but not for everyone.

This beer was decent, but I was hoping for more. I find this beer has a 'red wine' like flavor profile to it. Every time I took a sip, the finish reminded me of a young cab or young pinot. A dry acidic finish. Vinegary and cider like flavors at the end. The cherries were tart and I liked that, but that just kind of added to the red wine like taste for me.
I dont know if this will benefit from some aging or not, but it needs some fine tuning at the brewery. I believe this beer has potential at the brewing level.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: thick foamy head slowly settles to a nice layer, ruby red color, pretty stream of bubbles in the middle
s: light malts with strong tart cherry aroma
t: very tart cherries as expected with light indication of wood-aging, slight acidity, mild sweetness
m: highly carbonated, medium body, clean finish
d: not a bad beer, but wouldn't buy another one

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to drseamus for bringing this.

A: Nice vibrant clear red color. Minimal white head.

S: Big raspberries up front. Little weird yeast smell in there that was hard to pin down and not that pleasant.

T: Very big cherry juice flavor. Not what I was thinking of with a Kriek. Not quite an ale.

M: Very light body fairly refreshing.

D: I think they could have gone further with this. Reminded me of RedBach quite a bit. I wish they would have turned up the tartness a bit.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a homebrew club meeting. Thanks Dwight.

A - Poured a light mahogany, with a 1/2 finger head. Couldn't tell the color, because it disappeared instantly and left no lacing.

S - All dark cherry. Overwhelms and blocks out other smells.

T - Dark cherry and honey.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, and slightly slick.

D - Overall good. Would probably drink again.

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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 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 SFBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 22 oz bomber and poured into a tulip glass.

A- Nice 1 inch, lively off white head with some light trailing lace. Beautiful deep red, amber color.

S- Sweet dark cherry, currant. Slight toasty aroma with a distant cinnamon note.

T- Lush sour cherry flavor and an extremely mild mysterious bitterness wonderfully complemented by very dry oak wood lasting pleasantly on the tongue, begging for a culinary pairing. At 8.0% the alcohol is defiantly present and speaking. Finished extremely dry with subtle notes of cinnamon and dark chocolate hidden behind the lingering cherry/oak flavor.

M- Puckering sourness adding to a pleasant, long lingering dryness, awakening the senses
D- Not the most drinkable ale (or style IMO). Might be a better value in a 12 oz bottle to share as a pre-dinner compliment to an appetizer or even to drink on its own with some ice cream or cold dessert.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass and enjoyed in the company of Mauerhan and the very sexy Aimstatus.

A: A rich and dark cherry-brown hue with a nice looking 1-finger head. Lacing is light, but seems just about right for the style.

S: I pick up the sour notes immediately, along with the currant and cherry aromas. There also is some oak/woody characteristics that are extremely subtle, but evident with a few concentrated whiffs.

T: A very mild sour mixed in with the cherry-like flavors. Other than that, I don't pick up much of anything else. Slight alcohol as well.

M: Medium to light in body with an ample amount of carbonation.

D: The flavor is decent and the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: Worth taking a chance on...and as a friend suggested...a good gateway sour. Try it. Cheers!

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Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's Market in El Segundo for $11.89, third time I have had this beer now, drinking currently, poured into my Craftsman snifter

A-Dark red, 3/4 inch creamy off white head, good retention, decent lacing
S-Light cherry juice, sweet malts, brown sugar, some oak, and mild tart
T-Pretty juicy but slightly sour at first as well, caramel and sweet malts in the middle, finish is full of cherries but more sweet than sour, gets more fruity as it warms
M-Needs more carbonation, medium bodied, sweet, slightly tart, and cloying mouthfeel, taste lingers
D-Could drink a bomber, not too heavy, can be too sweet at times but still fairly balanced, eight percent is hidden well

Great start to a new Lips of Faith series from New Belgium, would have liked a stronger sour component but not too many complaints otherwise here, will drink again, recommended

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Photo of drseamus
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark red body with a thin white head.

S: Cherries are in there but it is a pretty tight nose.

T: Somewhat tart but it doesn't seem fully committed to the kriek style. It needs to go further, especially for the ABV. As it warms, it gets a bit better but still isn't where it need to be.

M: Thin body with decent tongue prickling.

D: Not New Belgium's best offering. It seems like they pulled up short of a full kriek especially in terms of the tartness. I wish they had gone all the way.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Joey, thanks man!

22 oz. bomber poured into my Ommegang chalice.

Pours a pretty clear rustic amber hue with a quick one finger light tan head that falls to a thin layer of foam. No lacing to speak of, boo. Smell is pretty one dimensional; dominating tart cherries, hay, and earth. Taste begins with a quick sour bite followed by unripe cherries and oak. Midway some grassy flavors and cherry juices. Aftertaste is dry with apples, some pale malts, and more acidity. Light to medium body with a crisp feel and a lively carbonation. Pretty drinkable for the 8%, surprised it's that high to be honest. Much more enjoyable closer to room temp. Shitty night, fuck the Sooners. Blake Griffin is the ugliest human on the face of the planet.

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

A - Pours red tinged brown, not much head reduces to ring, some soapy lacing.

S - Sharply sour cherries and malt, some barn.

T - Initially quite sour, mellows mid taste, adds a little barn to the finish. Cooked cherry pulp also tasted.

M - Medium to thin bodied, good carb, ok balance.

D - Not my style, but not bad!

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

A- Poured into a New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a clear brownish-red color with a brief off-white head that settles to ring along the inside of the glass. A moderate amount of lacing sticks around for a good while.

S- Tart, acidic dark cherries and crisp, clean sour notes. Some oak barrel in the background.

T- Moderately sour at first, with flavors of ripe fruit and oak towards a finish that has a funky barrel taste to it as the second wave of sourness sinks in. This beer becomes a lot more tasty and drinkable as it warms up.

M- A medium-light feel with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

D- An easy drinking experience. The 8% ABV is well-hidden.

Definitely worth a try for anyone who is a fan of the style.

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Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Tan, 1/2 finger head that fades quickly to nothing. Dark, ruby colored body.

Smell is tart cherries and slight oakiness. Nice tannin notes.

Taste is a nice, but mellow tartness up up front with a mellow sweetness in the finish that's matched with a nice oakiness. Very mild acidic taste along with some roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is nice and light. Clean and mildy sweet finish.

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Lips Of Faith - Dark Kriek from New Belgium Brewing
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