Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale AleLips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CosmoHopHead on 07-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow and orange, 3/4" head, white, retention was good. Aroma hit the belgian yeast notes more than it did the hops.

Taste dropped way more bitterness than your average Belgian. The hops came out to play a lot more on the tongue than they did in the nose. Finishes clean, but before you get there, there is plenty of belgian spice rack and black pepper.

Good at what it is.

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Photo of popery
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 4/29/11. Draft, City Beer Store. A very nice Belgian IPA. I rather like the Lips of Faith series. They mostly would make for excellent introductions to their various styles, since they’re friendly, enjoyable versions that still pack good flavor and some complexity. This isn’t quite competing with the best of the sub-style, but it’s nearly there and very good in its own right. Good citrus/grass/floral hop notes blend with Belgian yeastiness and a touch of earth. Taste is a bit sweet but finishes dry with a gentle bitter bite. A very pleasant beer and another win for New Belgium’s fancy line.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a golden with a thick white head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves some great lacing the entire length of the glass.

S-floral, Belgian yeast, hoppy

T-tastes much like the nose with floral and citrus notes, Belgian yeast, a somewhat chalky aftertaste. It is light and refreshing but finishes very dry.

M-Somewhat thin with a good amount of carbonation

D-One could definitely drink a few of these in a session if they desired, but for me the dry finish cuts into the drinkability.

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of Belgian IPAs, however this one seemed middle of the road. I've had better offerings from New Belgium.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from brown bomber bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours with a solid 2 finger fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing. Clear copper/orange color.

S - Typical IPA aroma: hops and little malt character.

T - Unlike the nose, the hop character is actually quite subdued which I didn't expect. Not much hop flavor at all. The middle of the beer brings out a malty sweetness and Belgian yeast flavors along with some honey and biscuit flavors. The alcohol presents itself towards the end. The beer seems a little off balance even for an IPA.

M - The beer is actually rather thin and perhaps a little undercarbed?

D - Somewhat.

Overall, this is a decent beer but certainly not outstanding at all.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-22-2011 14:26:41

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Photo of scarfield
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App- Pours an orangeish-gold color with a thick fluffy head. Excellent lacing through the glass.

Smell- Citrus hops comes to the nose first, with the spicy aroma of Belgian yeast also weighing in heavily.

Taste- Bananna and clove from the yeast fight it out with citrusy hops. A bit of staleness to the beer, but then again I am drinking it quite a while after I bought it. Also a dominant bubblegum taste in there as well after the shock of the hops dies down.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, but moderately thick. Not at all syrupy.

I found it to be a pleasant beer, very good looking in the glass, an interesting combination of flavor, even if they were not blended or mixed the best. I would have no problem purchasing this again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Skosh Monahan's, on to the beer:

Goldenrod colored beer with long lasting suds sitting on top, leaving lots of lace around the glass. It's got a pleasant aroma, one consisting of lemon peel, some "funk", and some sourdough character.

It's got the depth of a good Belgian IPA, yet it is quite easy to approach. Mellow grapefruit and citrus peel are obvious upfront, moderate dry funk, leather, and a pinch of pepper round it out. Complimenting the rather easy character of this beer is the medium mouthfeel and gentle crispness.

While it may not be as much "fun" as other beers in the Lips of Faith series, Belgo comes out as one of the more approachable, and in the end remains a quality beer.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: slightly hazy, light amber/straw in color, pours 2 inches of thick white head that fades slowly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Estery, citrus, orange peel, lemon, pepper, hoppy, floral notes, some subtle pine resin, honey.

Taste: citrus, orange peel, pine resin, black pepper, hoppy, honey, floral, sweet up front, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A tasty beer. The belgian yeast mellows the hoppieness and bitterness of the IPA. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler.

Appearance-Sunny yellow/orange body, lots of haze and carbonation clinging to the glass. Head is about 3 fingers of soapy white. Retention is oustanding along with some real nice lacing.

Smell-Array of different hops. Floral/Earthy, Piney, and lots of citrus...grapefruit, lemon. Spiciness and yeastiness are pretty subtle and are overpowered by the hops.

Taste-Starts off very bready then you get hit with the hops, but it's not too pungent, but certainly isn't as juicy as i'd like. Towards the back end some of the belgian characeristics do come through. A little bit awkard balance wise.

Mouthfeel-Moderate carbonation, and pretty light to medium bodied...pretty watery.

Overall-I love the fact you can get a Belgian IPA in a 6 pack for a good price year round, so that's good. It's just missing some of the belgian charactistics I like, and a little thin, needs a little more bang to it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aorma is full of floral hops notes, as well as a little bit of pine and some Belgian yeast notes. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of caramel malt, with some floral and pine hop notes taking a secondary role. The Belgian yeast also contributes quite a bit to the flavor, showing the beer is a Belgian IPA opposed to a regular American IPA. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of wcpmohr88
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an unadorned pint glass.

A: Nice golden color. Good head at first that dies down, but leaves a little bit more than average lacing.

S: Slightly sweet, but subtle.

T: Subtly sweet, but hoppy. Not as much toasty malt as I was expecting, but I'm fairly new to the style so I'm learning my way around it. The mix of mild sweetness and hops is what draws me to the style, and is thus what would bring me back to this beer.

M: Pretty normal. Not "slippery" by any means, but a little more carbonated than what I was expecting (but nowhere near a macro).

Overall, this was a pretty solid beer. I'll try other ones in the style, as it's becoming a new favorite of mine, but if I see this in a bar, I'll probably order it. Seems like one of NB's better offerings. If only they could can it like they do for Fat Tire...

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glimmering straw gold beer with a nice lace down the glass. Nose is fruit and spice, apples, pears, unripe grapefruit, pepper and pine, and bread with a hint of earthiness underneath. Carbonation and hop bite is strong and tingles the tongue. Love it. Spice spreads out and lingers on the tongue, and it seems to be a combination of hop and yeast creating the tangy spice. Looks like in the glass but has a solid mouthfeel. Very nice beer and, to me, seems to be a much better beer than the initial rating from BAs. Glad I got a six pack of this one.

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Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Liberty Station in Houston TX

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is the hops. Grassy, floral, medicinal. A phenolic and peppery yeast in the nose that is enjoyable.
T: This is enjoyable, but the phenols are just a bit to prominent. Plenty of grassy and medicinal hops. Light biscuit malts with a grainy and sugary sweetness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and smooth. Easy enough to drink considering the alcohol. I finished my pint without a problem, though one is enough.

Nothing wrong with this. It was just not a hit with me for what ever reason. Though this is worth a try without a doubt.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Belgo I picked up tonight seems to be a "regular" (Non-Lips of Faith series) version of the beer. Either way, this is the only listing on BA for this beer, so here goes!

A - Pours a rich, hazy golden hue, with a thick, almost creamy white head that lingers for a few moments before receding to a fairly thick lacing.

S - Belgian yeast/candi sugars, faint hops, pine, apricot, and pear. The aromas are a bit subdued, but they're there.

T - Taste is of Belgian candi sugars/yeast, apricot, apple, and grapefruit with a moderate hop presence. Unlike the other beers of this style I've tried, this one seems to strike a great middle ground between the American IPA and Belgian Tripel/Pale ale elements, rather than leaning strongly towards one style with hints of the other. This stuff is quite quaffable!

M - Medium body, with mild carbonation, and a slick, smooth feel overall. Very drinkable, this one could sneak up on you easily.

O - Overall, I found this to be one of the more solid offerings I've had from New Belgium. If I start seeing this in 6-packs, I just might jump on it. Definitely a steal for the price.

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Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a nice looking beer here. Pale gold, but crystal clear, with a tight cap of off-white suds.

Mostly belgian yeast on the nose, but it is heavy and robust. Very floral and maybe even a bit soapy.

Lots of belgian yeast to lead the way. Floral and spicy yeast notes are there, but not much in the way of bitter hops. A hint of bitterness and some alcohol warmth, but the highlight here is the belgian yeast and it is tasty and adds a bit of complexity. However, the overall flavor falls a bit flat.

Very soft carbonation, medium bodied and mostly smooth with a dry feel.

This is a nice beer. Very belgian in flavor. I would like to see a bit more of the IPA side of this, but overall a well done brew.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw mahogany colors mix to hold a stable two finger dollop of white foam... Strong citrusy hops and a belgian yeast do come to the nose, some bright fruits as well. A little pear tastes good on the tongue, a hint of piney hops add balance. Nice medium body makes a bold presentation with cozy mild carbonation.
Ok NB this is pretty good.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and effervescent golden yellow body; good head formation and retention.

Smell is soft and not nearly as hopped as I’d expected considering the bill. Still, it definitely presents the Belgian yeast characteristic and some pale malt.

Taste is prettay, prettay good. Kicks off with Belgian yeastiness then gives way to those delicious hops (Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo!!!). It’s pretty well balanced, but I think I’d like it even more if the hops tipped the scale in their favor. That yeast is pretty robust, managing to stay strong in the finish. Hops are almost more bitter/herbal than citrussy. Malt is playing a nice light role here, allowing the hops and yeast to be the stars. Carbonation and body are fine, just fine.

Probably wouldn’t want more than two of these in a row, but I’ll definitely be making Belgo a part of my regular rotation of beers. I’m glad New Belgium made it a year-round offering. This and Ranger have given me a newfound sense of respect and faith in New Belgium. Keep it up!

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Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm...this isn't the Lips of Faith series Belgo...but whatever. I can't find the "regular" one. In any case I tend to find I like hoppy Belgian beers. I usually don't like Belgian styles as much as American styles of beer but if it's a Belgian style beer that's more hoppy then sign me up.

She's a good-lookin' beer. The beer is a clear golden yellow with just a tad of sediment but just barely. The head is bubbly-frothy, white, and a bit stays on the surface as you drink it. What I like most about this beer's appearance is the lovely lacing it leaves on the glass. I can see the evidence of every gulp I took.

The Belgo smells very floral from hops and very yeasty, no doubt from Belgian yeasts. It's like a more hoppy saison in a way. I get some sugary sweetness, some lemon citrus, straw, and black pepper as well.

This is yummy. Yeast, straw, biscuity and some citrusy, bitter hops. It's just a tad boozy but it blends right in. The sugary sweetness lies underneath throughout.

A light-medium body has a medium-high carbonation which makes this light and refreshing. It's pretty smooth though the carbonation adds bite but the hops make for a dry finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at New Belgium Hub in the Denver Airport

A: The pour is clear pale golden in color with a frothy white head.

S: A fruity hop character with a nice citrus quality to it. Mild tropical fruit notes and plenty of yeast and esters, maybe some spices, too. Sweet bready malt makes up a decent amount of the aroma.

T: The flavor sort of falls flat. Not a ton of hop flavor, mostly just bitter orange peel and a touch of pine. Some yeast and a little bit of spice character. A nice bread and malt flavor, though.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side of medium.

O: A rather nice aroma, but the flavor just fell way short.

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Photo of hreb
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool 12 oz bottle poured in UK pint glass. Beer is a yellowish amber with a fat yellow-white head. Big cascade (centennial?) hops aroma. Underneath the array of hops is the combination dry and sweet flavor typical of fermenting with sugar, reminiscent of Belgian golden ales. Totally serves the style well with a well balanced load of hops. Tons of lacing on the glass.

After having to resort to drinking Fat Tire at a wedding I am pleasantly surprised with this choice from New Belgium, CO.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium must have switched up the recipe and name....cuz the Belgo I am trying is not part of the Lips Of Faith and it is only 7% ABV....according to the bottle. The color is a clear copper with thin white head that is lacing slightly. The nose has almost a cotton candy / gumball aroma. The taste has plenty of what most belgium ales has that unique sweet malt taste that is balanced by a bouya of Hops that makes the beer finish a bit bitter. The mouthfeel is ok....certainly alot going on to cover the higher ABV content. Not sure O could do more than one. Overall it is a failrly unique beer and worth a sample.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Raleigh Times

Clear orange-gold with a fat, sticky head of creamy foam that leaves rings of lace plastered all over the glass. Grassy, pale piney aroma. Slightly peppery pale fruit. Flavors of green, sticky bitterness. Not too much in the way of yeasty phenolics. Simcoe seems to be pretty noticeable which blends well with a sweet pale malt base. Fine mouthfeel; medium body and quite drinkable. I like it...not blatantly Belgian-inspired, but satisfying nonetheless.

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Photo of bnes09
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful lemon yellow beer with two fingers of head. Head levels to a solid layer of creamy froth that sticks around forever. Blankets the glass in soap-like lacing.

Bright and intense aroma of a pinewood forest. I can tell these hops are going to pack a punch. Belgium yeast aroma is able to surface as well to mellow things out while adding depth.

Hops pack a huge punch from the get-go. The flavors of pine-sol and soap provide a sharp bitterness that dries the tongue on contact. Tart lemon flavor comes through also. Malt flavor is there but takes a back seat behind the hop army. Yeast imparts a soothing banana and clove character that carries into the aftertaste and compliments the hops. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Medium bodied and bone dry texture. Lively, bubbly carbonation.

When I think of a Belgian IPA, this is exactly what I imagine. New Belgium hit this one out of the park! One of the most perfect Belgian style beers I have tried to date. Absolutely exceptional!

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Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deuane shared a bottle with me.

A - Poured with a semi-clear, golden-orange body...the head stood one finger and was foamy and white in color...head retention was bubbly yet it stuck around...nice lacing

S - Both the hops and the spices were underlying...neither one wanted to jump out and shine...the nose leaned towards a sweeter aroma and it showed off some bitterness

T - This is suprisingly bitter all around...the hops are strong in that department...they aren't displaying many other flavors though...there is a sweet caramel in the middle and it lasts until the finish...the finish is where the spices come in, but again they are pretty subdued

M - Medium bodied...smooth...on the sweeter side with some bitter hops and underlying spices coming through

O - Well, Deuane warned me this one probably had some age on I can only imagine what this is like fresh...if I were ever to get my hands on a fresh bottle I will update my review...but for now this was just an on-par Belgian IPA

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Photo of chocosushi
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the 7% Explorer Series Edition.
6oz->Hennepin Goblet.

A ~ Pours pale amber/orange. Head descends quickly leaving the typical Belgian ring around the glass that doesn't leave, with a cluster of tiny bubbles in the center. Carb is tight.

S ~ Mango, Guava Juice & Bubble Yum, mostly. Leafy foliage & candied lemon notes are in there as well. Yeast is shining through is a not-too-phenolic way.

T ~ Guava & Mango follow through, to a lesser extent, with a strong overtone of Pomander, candied citrus peels & Grapefruit zest. Malt lends notes of old-fashioned donuts. White pepper & grass on the back end.

M ~ Dry with a good amount of hop bitterness AND aromatics. Not overdone on the European malts. Balance.

D ~ First Belgian IPA I ever had when it was an LoF. Excellent decision to adjust the ABV & include it with the other Explorer brews. Love this beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange with billowing off-white head, leaving nice lacing rings behind.

Smell: Banana, grapefruit and other tropical goodness balanced by clove and white pepper.

Taste: Hoppy with lots of tropical fruit (grapefruit, mango), with underlying estery Belgian yeast supplying banana and clove. Somewhat bitter and peppery at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a fairly light body for the abv and also for an IPA. Very refreshing with a dry finish.

Overall: Very good Belgian IPA here. Glad they made this former Lips of Faith beauty into a year round six pack offering. Great move, New Belgium!

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