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Lips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond AleLips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond Ale

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 03-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"While light in color, body and texture, this blond isn't timid, Belgian yeast gets it on with Saaz and Styrian Golding hops for appreciated complexity and crisp finish." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Golden/Blonde Ale.

Poured into a New Belgium Globe snifter. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pale golden white head of a creamy froth consistency over a moderately hazy golden amber body. Carbonation is light, varied and sparse. Lacing is light and spotty, retention is very good. 4

(Smell) Strong tart cider notes including pear, apple and mango with lesser citrus fruits, tangerine and orange. Cracker and light wheat malt makes the bulk of the malt build and provide a modest body. The hop aromas are effectively faded to nonexistent. There is a fairly tart tone throughout the aroma. It is unclear if this was the original intent for this beer considering its age, but it has transformed well despite time. Medium-high potency. 3.75

(Taste) Up front, lots of pear fruit juice and cracker malt to build a light but flavorful body, finishing on a dry wheat malt and orange peel note with a dash of bold alcohol. The tartness is much further subdued in the flavor than the aroma perceives. Overall, it has held together nicely but many of the flavors have started fading out or turning south of their prime. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly oily and lightly tart. Carbonation adds a wave of crispness and fizz to the texture for a bright, vivacious mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for the style. Alcohol presence is medium/bold. Balance is equally sweet vs tart over bitter. As the subtleties have started to fade away a lot of the sharper off-tones have begun to settle in. 3.5

(Overall) Belgian Style Blond is another beer that is beyond it's prime in 2014, but buying a responsibly aged bottle shouldn't be out of the question, as this could have done far worse. I could see New Belgium brewing this again in the future, hopefully in smaller bottle formats. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith Belgian Style Blond Ale

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a tulip.

Poured a light, translucent golden amber that was fully filtered, no sediment. Produced a bubbly consistent lace that left a mere thin layer. Smells are of slight hop, malts, fresh pears, grapes, yeast. They are not very robust and the taste matches the aromas. They are quite light. The mouthfeel is refreshing and it leaves a slight bitter bite that fleets quickly. A decent brew. The 8.5% abv is not terribly suprising as there is a slight booziness to it. Glad I tried it.


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Photo of bld81
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass:
A: huge frothy multiple finger head lingers well and bubbles up, leaving mountains of foam and rich lacing, bright yellow and very clear
S: lemony notes balanced by spicy black pepper, underlying richness reveals the more Belgian qualities with yeast and bread
T: first sip: taken by surprise on how bitter it presets itself, yeasty, lots of lemon, later appears some more orange notes and honey
M: at first thought it was very spicy and interesting, rich with carbonation, later seems more mellow and creamy
O: For nearly 9% alcohol, hardly a session summer brew, enjoyable but not one I'd think to grab when looking for the style

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Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011 for $5.79.

Pours a clear yellowish color with lots of carbonation and fluffy white head. It reminds me a lot of how Miller Lite commercials are made to look haha. Good strong scents of wheat and malts to this 8.5% abv one time only beer. The taste is so smooth. Lots of taste to it, among them are sweet malts, complex wheats and a slight bit of bitterness. A rather well made beer, a little on the expensive side for 1 beer but well worth it!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a small white head of lace on top maybe one finger in depth but no more then that. Very cloudy and hazy with small minute particles floating around and some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

light, and very bright with the first initial smell being of light yeast and wheat that seemed to have a nice little edge of fresh grass to it that melded very well. Some very very light aromas of fruit maybe some peaches or apricots as it warmed but very light. crisp and clean with a bright east flavor sitting right up front that offered more then adequate hints of peach and grain and wheat in the flavor. That nice light grass flavor was also very present and offered a nice little bitter finish to it.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear bright yellow with a frothy white head and huge patches of lace.

S - Pilsner malt, pear, light clove, slightly soapy, honey.

T - Sweet malt, pear, lightly fruity with a touch of spice and honey.

M - Medium body and creamy/

D - Not very complex. A little bland but easily drinkable.

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Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bomber into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The body of the brew was a clear golden yellow in color and it was topped by a ridiculous four finger white fluffy head. Excellent head retention and very nice lacing. I noticed that the carbonation seems through the roof with this beer...a heavy curtain of bubbles rising quickly to the top of the body of the brew.

S - Belgian yeast with strong citric notes...mainly lemons and some orange rind. A slight pepper aroma as well. Smells like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale should.

T & M - My first impression is that the peppery spiciness comes through a lot more than you would expect for the style, certainly more than the aroma let on. Nicely balanced with that citric lemon that I smelled earlier. As I drink it the pepper seems to tone itself down, though I may just have gotten used to it from drinking it. Toward the end some grassy hops appear, but they are just there to add a bit of complexity. Medium bodied with that same heavy carbonation I noticed earlier providing a little tongue tickle. The alcohol is very well hidden.

D - Overall, I nice little Belgian Strong Pale Ale. There are better out there but this is a solid brew from New Belgium.

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Photo of colts9016
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirum Tremes Glass at 51 degrees. This is my second Lips of Faith beer would like to try more.

Appearance: A monster two finger head that is frothy and foamy with good retention. The head on the beer left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is an amber color with orange copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with some carbonation bubble coming from the center of the glass.

Nose: A fragrant floral aroma with peppery notes. There is a subtle earthiness. There is a nice fragrant perfume aroma, fruity esters, phenols, honey, yeast, bread, toasty malt, orange, and lemon.

Taste: A very mellow but flavorful beer. There is a lot of floral, fruity esters, yeast, a bit of sourness, phenols, a earthiness, a perfume floral, lemon, orange, honey, and a nice toasty note in the malt.

The mouth feel is carbonated, creamy, and coating.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. This beer is good it has a slight funkiness in flavor. I really enjoyed drinking it, I am going to let the others it in the cellar and see what happen in the future.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from growler into my new belgium globe,clear pale gold straw with a fluffy snow white cap that laces well.
Yeasty belgium style with a hint of foot, some mellow malt and a pronounced booziness in a good way.
Bready malt and yeast with a boozey quality.
Some what crisp and dry, a little bubbley for me but hey, not at all offensive.
Well this is certainly a bigger beer, I like that, not a huge fan of that belgium yeastyness. So drink up if'n you like, Good beer for sure just can not hang for more than a few.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a slightly pale golden color with some nice yellow straw hints. Pretty clear and clean looking with no haze at all. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms on the beer. It is quite soapy and active carbonation races to the top of the glass.

S - Aroma starts of with some mild grain notes. Then there is some slight fruit juice, like apple and some banana notes. There is also some slight phenols and spice but these are mild. Some slight grassy and earthy hop character on the back end as well as some slight bitter notes.

T & M - Starts off with the same profile as the nose. Grain and malt come rushing in. Bready biscuit notes and some nice earthy grain and husk notes. There is some slight tartness and mild fruit juice sweetness as well coming in. Hints of pear and apple as well as some banana. The phenols are there but toned down as well and there is some funk but nothing too crazy. The mouthfeel is nice and light with a dry finish. There is some slight hop grassyness on the back end that also finishes nice and bitter. Overall fairly good example of the style.

D - Very drinkable brew. Refreshing and easy to put a few back the ABV is not noticeable on the palette.

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Photo of harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes verbatim on 10/21/10

A: light straw, white foam over the surface, thick meringue about 1/16" which is persistent.

S: Pears, gardenia, bananas. Not bad.

T: Good blonde ale. Crisp, floral. Surprised by this one.

M: Sharp on palate then loses it's intensity quickly and slides down gullet. Light body.

D: Good beer. If I'm in the mood for a blonde, this would be good, only prefer lower bottle size.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by more than two fingers of bubbly white head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lemony and floral hops, golden fruit, peppery spice, and a touch of yeast over a pale malt body. A hint of booze as it warms.

Flavor: A mix of apples, white pepper, grassy hops, and Belgian yeast over a Pilsener-like pale malt backbone. There's no booze at first, but a spicy alcohol component shows up and compliments everything nicely as it warms. There's a lot going on here, but it's all balanced nicely. Grapes and apples over crackery malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and just a little slickness from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Drinks much faster than the moderately-high alcohol would suggest, so watch out.

Verdict: New Belgium's Blond Ale is a solid, easily drinkable, though ultimately pretty forgettable beer. It drinks more like a Saison than a Duvel, but could use a bit more character regardless of the style.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Very pale golden/yellow, super clear, very active with huge fluffy white foam that stays a while and leaves good lacing.

Spicy, fruity and boozy up front. Some malty sweetness in the mix too. Light grassy hops detectable. Pleasant enough.

Light grainy flavors, mild malty sweetness, and a touch of hoppy bitterness and flavor. A bit of spicy yeasty character adds another layer of depth. Balanced. Good but not great.

A bite from the strong carbonation is followed by the creamy texture of this light/medium bodied brew. Low but notable viscosity, and clean finish with just a hint of bitterness.

This drink really easily, especially for its girth. But I don't want my 8.5% beer going down like water. This is a good beer, but not worth seeking out. I'd have been more than satisfied with a smaller sample than the bomber.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed light golden with with a well retained white fluffy head,aromas of honey malt,overripe tropical fruit,and light acidity,almost like white grape.Flavors are pretty mild for the style,not to much yeastiness,somewhat sweet upfront with some green apple and or white grape skin in the finish.Really drinkable at the abv% its at,not overly complex but I like a toned down version of the style more than one that goes over the top.

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Photo of jampics2
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. 

The beer is golden with a nice head and pretty decent lace.  Active carbonation is noted.  The color has touches of Chardonnay and looks bright and wonderful.  It could have a touch better head and lace, but is really nice looking.

The smell is defined by some yeasty esters give a touch of peppery spice.  Some hops make it bright and citrusy.  Sweet Belgian candy malt rounds out the smell.    Honey and apple, plus some pear round things out. 

This beer is sweet and bright with tons of pineapple and orange.  Mild hoppiness but great expression.  Has a clean sweet malt.  Almost a white wine taste.  Some peppery spice and apple cider, with hay and grass.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean.  It has an almost champagne-like mouthfeel with a lighter body and a sparkling carbonation.  This is a fantastic beer, really underrated and ignored,  probably because it's cool to not be a New Belgium fan.  This beer could get a lot of people into craft beer, especially white wine drinkers. 

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Photo of Jayli
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from a77cj7 via Under 100 Fishing for Minnows BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear straw colored yellow - carbonation is rather lively. A two finger of white sudsy sits on top, that turns in to a creamy head as it slowly recedes leaving thick sticky sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is yeast, lemon, pepper, and pale malts.

T: Taste starts with a yeasty, pepper flavoring before moving in to pale malts. Middle and finish has a bready, grainy, earthy hop with a bit of soapy flavor.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation, crisp feel at first, slightly oily finish.

D: Goes down somewhat easily, nice kick, ok representation of style. That being said, I could definitely drink this for a while - nice easy drinking.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a two-finger, egg shell white head of pillowy, fluffy foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - Aroma is yeasty, fruity and floral with notes of caramel a grains. It was good but not spectacular.

T - Spicy first sip with some fruitiness (apple?) and sweet caramel. Like the aroma, it's good but there are better out there.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a little alcohol warmth.

D - Although there are better tasting Belgian strong ales out there, I really enjoyed this one. It is very easy drinking.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a yellow-hued body with good clarity and topped with a large, building, white head. As this seems to me to be a hommage to Duvel, let's do this up right with the Duvel tulip glass. Many a glob of lace on the descent.

Smell: Sweet-smelling nose of positively pale malts, Sunflower honey, white wine, candied lemon peel, and somewhere between 2-5 uncracked cloves.

Taste: A sweet taste of pale malts well on the light side of the malt spectrum. A bit honeyed, presumably from the candi sugar, with touches of cereal grains, it reminds me of, in all truth, a bit like Kellogg's Honey Smacks. Splashes of Prosecco. Hint of lemon initially, then some orchard fruits and banana (still only hints, mind you) as it warms. Not much hop character or bitterness. Very modest hint of spicy yeast character. Light acidity. Finishes sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation after the initial head-forming flourish.

Drinkability: Seemed sweeter and a tad lighter in the mouth than Duvel, although, as it's currently priced in GA, it makes for an admirable, cheaper alternative.

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Photo of theresalynn
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice pour. Settles quickly. Very well carbonated. Coloring is like yellow straw with little opacity. Smell is quite reminiscent of American lagers. Taste starts with some citrus tones. Finish is slightly bland. Very drinkable for extended periods of time. Recommended for hot days while working in the yard.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at The Firkin.

My first trip to The Firk', and the first beer of the night there. It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of stiff white froth. The nose comprises light lemon, pine, wheat, corn, and a healthy serving of Belgian yeast. The taste is pretty much identical, though some coriander makes itself known as well, not content to let the others have all the fun. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid BSPA, but falling short of greatness. Still pretty tasty and enjoyable, though.

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Photo of atsprings
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Borough during Raleigh Beer Week served a crisp slightly dark yellow with almost no head, which quickly dissipates to nothing. The aroma is mild spice with sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts with a nice citrus hop presence and a bit of spice as well. The beer is very smooth, crisp and refreshing, I was surprised this one is 8.5%, very well hidden alcohol. This is very easy drinking and enjoyable, one I would love to have again.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bill!

A - Pale yellow with a big 3 inch head having a lot of stamina. There's a significant amount of carbon dioxide as well. Great looking beverage.

S - Grainy soap comes to mind.

T - There's a slight Belgian yeast flair among subtle leaf, grass and sweet bread.

M - Dry and crisp in a refreshing way.

~ I classify this as a sessionable and easily drinkable brew. This is a good beer for warm summer evenings, or even as early as spring.

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Photo of WJVII
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sampling glass this brew is nice and golden blond with a thin white head that left trace as settled. The aroma is of faint clove and banana with mild hops. The taste was crisp and had a nice malt start with the banana and slight alcohol flavor to follow with a decent hop finish of clove and pine. The body was lighter with lower carbonation. I think this is a nice brew to share on a hot summer day (as I did).

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into NB globe glass.

Great head retention, cloud white on top of golden that becomes see-through after chill haze warms. Looks like pilsner malt.

Smells like their Trippel (at least the ones they used to make before the new logo and addition of spices). Some banana and clove, but not as much as most Tripels. Could pass as a saison. No sediment.

Very clean...kinda bland actually. Mostly melon and strawberry, some straw. Creamy at the beginning, and knowing NB, there's prolly oat in it. Mostly pilsner malt, some grass. Belgian yeast at the end. A strange metallic aftertaste, maybe some synthetic cork or rubbery-ness in there too.

The noble hops were nice when it was fresh, but not really there now.

Very easy drinking for 8.5%!

Tastes like New Belgium. It really seems they were going for NB version of Duvel. I much prefer the NB version of Orval (Le Fleur Misseur)over this.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear gold color with a massive, long-lasting white cap of foam. Forms a mesa in my glass as it recedes at a snail's pace while dropping mad lace on the glass.

Nose reminds me of steamed carrots and salted barley soup. Mild sweetness and crystallized graininess. Interesting to say the least...some light fruit wafts in upon further inspection.

Very much tastes like bread dough with a twinge of light and tart fruitiness, think crushed strawberry juice. Belgian yeast influence is lighter than I would like and the grains are somewhat neutral, with a hay like flavor contribution. For such a light bodied beer, it hides the 8.5% ABV exceptionally well. Very drinkable, but really not all that exciting.

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Lips Of Faith - Belgian Style Blond Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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