Lips Of Faith - Dandelion Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Blonde Ale - American
3.77 | pDev: 8.75%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Growler thanks to Francois.

Decent fizzy head for growler, hazy golden orange color

Nose interesting but weird grainy fermentation aroma, light flowery and green, yeasty, more weed like than dandelion.

Taste flowery but earthy, dandelion like, fermented grain and sweet sugar juice, light bitterness, light lemon grassy hay. It's like the earthy weird parts of the dandelion was fermented with table sugar, not so great.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb for a growler.

Overall meh, unique kinda, but compared to the Hill Farmstead dandelion saison this doesn't even register on the same chart, it's kinda bleh.

May 17, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a bit of haze. The nose brings some flowers with a bit of spice. There are some definite citrus notes in there as well. The taste is spicy with a bit of lemon and citrus. Flowers and a bit of light bread. Good carbonation and decent body, although in the end everything seems divergent and really didn't come together for me.

Oct 29, 2010
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a golden color, cloudy with a small white head

S- Floral, citrus belgian yeast

T- Nice and crisp. Like I was drinking a field of Dandilions. Had a wheat feel as well. Some citrus

M- Nice feel on the palate. Cirsp, refreshing

D- A good reefreshing brrew you should try at least once

May 08, 2010
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Chambic from California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

01.19.10 at City Beer Store

A: bubbly and peachy gold; quite pretty

S: fresh and clean, like a nice spring/summer refresher

T: sooo not what I expected. I was looking for tartness and maybe some wildflower/weedy flavor, but I tastes more honey than anything else

M: interesting and unexpectedly good; rolled around in the mouth quite nicely

D: a nice beer, though, I think I'd rather have any other Lips of Faith

This beer really surprised me. Although the ratings I gave were fairly high (its components were nice), overall, I expected to like it much more than I actually did. It's like a been-there-done-that beer, so I may or may not have it again. Although, there's always the possibility that it's better the second time around.

Jan 25, 2010
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benclimbs from California

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

an interesting saison...bitter, perfummy, and a bit of fruit.

look is yellow orange cloudy with a thick head and some lacing. - poured in a tulip glass.

taste is very saison like, a bit of ripe fruit, some yeasts, and a very bitter clean hoppy character which is quite unique as i'm sure it comes from the dandelion.

mouthfeel is good, smooth and bubbly/carbonated.

a good beer, an interesting concept but nothing earth-shattering.

Jan 19, 2010
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augustgarage from California

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a generic tulip.

Cloudy pale amber with tangerine and straw highlights with a bumpy thin head of shock white foam.

The aromas are potent and unique - the best thing about this beer. Ester-heavy, yeast, and intensely floral - wildflowers, roses, daisies/mums - all backed by honey.

Oranges, ambrosia, weeds, and more honey on the palate. The crisp white grape juice notes combine with a light malt note into the finish, which while sweet, is nowhere near as cloying as dandelion wine.

Medium-bodied, smooth, and slightly sticky mouthfeel - lightly warming fruity alcohol.

This is almost too sweet, but is so fruity and floral that the glass goes down rapidly none-the-less.

What Midas Touch is to mead, this is to dandelion wine. Hard to rate as there isn't much to compare it to style-wise - a fascinating experiment.

Jan 12, 2010
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ccrida from Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draught at The Bier Stein in Eugene. Served in a Czechvar cervoise, New Belgium's Dandelion Ale is a hazy gold with a small white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is moderate, honey and flowers, with light fusels.

Taste is kind of generic strong blonde, with notes of grain, fusels and light banana and clove esters. Nothing particularly floral or herbal, or whatever one might expect to get from the dandelion, apparently it just provided the bitterness rather then hops?

Mouthfeel is very creamy, but a bit heavy of a Belgian Blonde (even though listed as an American Blonde here, the esters don't fit that).

Drinkability is average. Not very interesting, a little to strong and heavy, I expected a more uniquely flavored saison rather then a generic, strong dirty blonde!

Dec 28, 2009
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jantonius from California

4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with an amazing white foamy head

S: Slight earthy smell, with a hint of licorice

T: Very floral taste, with slight caramel notes

M: Light bodied, dry finish, high ABV

D: Unbelievable brew, especially for the out of the box thinking of brewing a beer sans hops. So many flavors come out of this beer to explain.

Nov 26, 2009
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John_M from Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Raven's Cafe today.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy peachy honey color with good head retention and OK lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty interesting, consising of honey, cola and alfalfa. Kind of an odd combination, but it's not bad. Flavors replicate the nose, except there is very little herbaceousness on this moderately sweet beer, with the flavor profile dominated by cola and honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth, and drinkabilty is pretty good. Alcohol is not detectable at all, and this beer was not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate.

Not the best Lips of Faith beer I've had from NB, but a very solid beer nonetheless. Interesting stuff.

Nov 25, 2009
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brownbeer from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer poured into a NB snifter.

A- Hazy gold with a white head.

S- perfumy and flowery, kumquat, bubblegum, citrus orange cleaner.

T- Very floral and citrusy. Unique.

M- Medium body that could use just a touch more heft.

D- Good in small quanities. Try one.

Oct 05, 2009
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dirtylou from New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, sheffields chicago

lost cell phone notes

appearance: served in a tulip - hazy golden body, white foam

smell: not sure i can pick up dandelion specifically but its rather floral - sweet yeast

taste: a floral flavor profile but not really exceptional in my eyes - comes off a bit too sweet and syrupy, honey, adequately spiced

mouthfeel: medium, high sweetness levels

drinkability: ok

Aug 24, 2009
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ShareANevada from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hopleaf.

Pours a soft, slightly milky tan, with a nice thick head soon reducing to film. Something about the appearance lets you know this isnt your typical brew.

Smell is light; some flowers and light sweetness. The taste lets just a little of the sweetness through, though I was slightly disappointed to not have our friend the dandelion showcase itself more here. Seemed to be very mild.

A drinkable, if mellow, brew. I can't say that I would reach for this during an evening session, other than a starter, however, I could see a couple glasses of this pairing very well with a lawnmower. Worth a spin.

Aug 10, 2009
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, July 2009
The beer arrives from the tap with a hazy yellow color; it is topped by a thin white colored head. There is a herbal spiciness to the aroma with notes of dried grass, and a touch of lemon. There is a touch of pale grain character to the nose that contributes some cracker like notes and there is also a touch of warming alchol noticed in the aroma. The nose isn't nearly as distinct, or even characterful as I was expecting it to be. It is solid, and definitely well balanced, but I almost feel like I could have gotten the same effect with hops.

This has a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it as I take my first sip. There is a light lemon-like flavor to it up front and there is a touch of herbal character in the finish. Some sweetness makes me think of a clover honey (especially when coupled with the herbal note); much of the sweetness here though seems to be perceived (rather than actual malt sweetness), which is derived from fermentation esters and fruitiness. While this beer does have a creamy texture, there is a ood prickly carbonation to this beer that provides some little peppery notes. There is a touch of clove flavor to this beer, but it does not really have an expressive fermentation driven flavor to it.

This beer is nice and easy drinking; there is a nice balance of flavors here, but it is somehow not as distinct as I was hoping. Given that this beer was inspired by the hop shortage though, I would definitely say the dandelion has made a valiant, and even eerily exact, substitution for a herbal hop variety. This is actually quite a good beer, but for some reason I feel a bit dissapointed that it wasn't as distinct in its Dandelion character as I might have wished.

Aug 08, 2009
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still sitting at Omaha's Crescent Moon. My life is an ongoing loop.

A finger-and-a-half of bone-white head with medium retention. Color was a deep-gold with a slight haze. Nose was really flowery sweet, like being in a botanical garden or a hothouse dedicated to sweet-smelling flowers. I remember both my grandfather and my uncle trying their hand at dandelion wine, but it was never this sweet. Mouthfeel was medium with a flowery-sweet taste, unlike any I can remember in a beer. Finish was silky, smooth, deceptive, given its ABV. I may need to ramp back after this. That speaks to its drinkability - it was highly pleasant to drink, but it was not a sessionable beer.

Aug 04, 2009
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4 on tap at Sycamore.

A - Poured a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a thick, two-finger head of ivory foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the New Belgium goblet.

S - It smelled very floral and I could definitely smell the dandelion. There was also a spicy/yeasty aroma.

T - It had a very floral taste with spicy and yeasty flavors. It had a nice caramel sweetness to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale that is very easy drinking despite the relatively high ABV.

D - This is a great brew it really tastes like a spicy tripel. Inventive and delicious...nice job New Belgium!

Aug 03, 2009
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xhuskr from California

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Summer kind of brew. On a hot day, I'd reach for this as one of my brews. No hops in the brew, but the Dandelions did their job making for a tasty, unassertive brew. Looked good from the tap, nice head and lace as consumed and never was battling with my food for top hitter. I'll have another for sure soon. Def worth a try. Turns out the NB distributor was there at the same time.

Jul 15, 2009
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beerbrains from Nebraska

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bartender set in front of me in an american pint glass filled with a hazey golden orange beer. The beer was capped with a fingers worth of white head that quickly disapated leaving little lacing.

Sweet honey and light floral aromas lift from the glass.

The taste is heavy on sweetness followed by a citrusy bitterness. If you've ever had dandilion greens in a salad you know the flavor. As the beer warms the strong upfront flavors mellow and other flavors begin to emerge floral esters, hints of grass, some alcohol on the finish. The belgian yeast adds fruitiness.
The bitter flavors linger in the mouth for sometime after I swallow.
Overall a very interesting experiment however I don't think I'm ready to trade hops for dandilions on a regular basis.

Jul 07, 2009
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br3wmeister from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bubbly white head surprisingly good retention with okay lacing. lightly hazed golden colored beer.

S- Light sweet aroma some honey, dandelion and light malt. Not much for hop presence in the aroma.

T- Light and malty, nice sweetness. I must say there is, what i can only imagine to be, dandelion flavor in there. Pretty light on the hops.

M- Light mouthfeel with mild dryness.

Jul 04, 2009
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pokesbeerdude from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at new belgium.

A: cloudy pale gold color, little head retention, tons of lacing, overall a nice looking beer.

S: light, pale malts, and a vegetable/floral scent. Not much going on but not bad.

T: slightly bitter, very tea like in flavor, pale malts, sweet and slightly sour. Delicate flavors, and a hint of booze. Nice.

M: dry and refreshing.

D: easy drinking beer, good flavor and refreshing. Highly sessionable at 7.8%.

Jul 01, 2009
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Floydster from California

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tulip at Beachwood BBQ on Sunday, reviewed from notes

Description of the beer: "...Inspired by the great hop shortage of 2008. Dandelion greens have a natural bittering effect much like hops. Reveling in the freedom of the Belgian brewing tradition, we thought this ubiquitous weed would make an interesting addition to a traditionally hopped beer. The result is a strong blond ale brewed with toasted pilsener malt, flavored with fresh picked dandelion greens and grains of paradise. Dandelion Ale is hazy and light gold in color with peachy aroma and a Belgian yeast strain. It has a unique bitterness, subtle maltiness and a creamy mouthfeel."

Color is a golden orange with some lighter tint, 3/4 inch white foamy head that lasted a few minutes, also a bit of lacing to go along with decent retention, aroma consisted of honey, floral accents, grass, roasted nuts, bananas, some mild spice, grains, and residual sugar, taste had mild bitterness at first, eathiness in the middle mixed with sweet malts and grains, finish was delicate with soft esters lingering in the aftertaste, some sweet orange peel comes out by the end, taste was pretty light overall but sweet too, weird balance but is seemed to work, sweet, fruity, and floral mouthfeel, medium bodied, high level of carbonation, taste lingered, could have drank another glass, did not seem nearly eight percent, light and smooth considering all the different flavors going on in this beer, would drink again, recommended

Jun 26, 2009
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Halcyondays from California

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head with good retention, thick lacing.

S: Pretty tight on the nose, I am getting white spices, and some tree fruit.

T: Very tasty all and all. There is really a saison-type flavour initially with major grass and herbal components along with pear and yellow apples, hint of pineapple too. As the beer warms, banana overtakes the parade of flavours, quite complex.

M: I had no idea it was this high in alcohol, it drinks like a 4% beer, but it also has the feel of that type of beer. Very light, spritzy, perhaps the lack of hops coincided with a lack of body, that is my postulation.

D: The taste is quite good and interesting, and that's what really stands out for me in this ale. Something to definitely try out if available. Very easy to drink, so the alcohol could catch up with you.

Jun 24, 2009
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went to Bittercreek tonight.. pretty much specifically to try this one... Poured into a pint glass..

1/4" head by the time it made it to the bar.. the brew is a slightly hazy golden... descent lace and a lite cap as the brew drained.

Aroma is strikingly perfumy.. very floral with a good malt backbone and a lite Belgian yeasty phenolic element.

Flavor has an interesting bitterness out of the gate that melts quickly into just enough pale maltiness to maintain.. midpalate isn't like anything I can think of that I've had before.. again.. a very perfumy (only adjective I can think of that nails it) with more Belgian yeastiness... The body is a solid medium with a more than adequate carbonation..

I had a hard time with this one... margin notes say "apricot" and "lily flowers" .. "oily citrus zest".

I actually really liked it toward the bottom of the glass and as it warmed up considerably... a pretty interesting brew for sure..

Edit: This brew should be in the Belgian Pale Ale... bordering on BSPA easily... no chance on this one being anywhere close to the colonies.

Jun 23, 2009
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Sanford from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a quickly receding white head. For me, the aroma is reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel, fruity, a bit spicy. The dandelions provide some bitterness, but also an herbal-spicy quality that I really enjoy. The beer is somewhat sweet, but it finishes with the afore-mentioned herbal bitterness, keeping it from being cloying. It has a rich, smooth mouth-feel, and regardless of its richness, is quite drinkable.

Jun 08, 2009
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Teke0611 from Colorado

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one over the weekend in Fort Collins at Road 34. New addition to New Belgium's Lips of Faith "umbrella".

It's a strong blonde ale. Can't tell you what the nose is supposed to smell like, as I haven't ever tried a beer with dandelion that I am aware of. Quite drinkable, save the 7.8% part. It looked good in the glass (even though they just had pint glasses to work with), a bit cloudy with a light head that faded quickly.

Kinda makes me think of SKA's true blonde but stronger, yet different from the double blonde bomber they do.

I don't think I will get this one again; it's too expensive for being a mostly average beer.

Jun 01, 2009
Lips Of Faith - Dandelion Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 36 ratings