Lips Of Faith - Vrienden
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
3.72 | pDev: 13.17%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Lips Of Faith - VriendenLips Of Faith - Vrienden
Notes: Collaboration with Allagash Brewing Company

Wild beer with brettanomyces.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color, 1/2" head on it, off white. Flowers and tartness in the smells.

Taste was a mild going easy drinking wild ale affair. Some flowers and citrus rind. Its a 2.5 on the 1-10 sour scale. Real mild. Flowery. The brett character just wasn't there for me, I heard NB pastuerizes all their beers now, even wild ales, so that would seem to destroy any brett development, and this tasting was somewhat confirmation of the rumor.

Feb 11, 2016
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harrymel from Washington

3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, let's see what two years did here...

Pours a bubbly clear copper with a vigorous initial tow fingers of thick, meringue style foam that falls to a solid quilt of the same. Smells pretty simple: some peppercorn, light malts, some hints of brett (sweet, milky and funky) with just a slight floral note. Nice fruity flavor up front lends some lemon and pineapple juice with woody malt and a hint of tartness in the finish. Medium on light syrup with liberal, but quick dissipating carb and an off dry finish. Tasty beer, but nothing special.

Dec 26, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose on this is positively bland. It just smells like a really weak Belgian ale, if anything at all. The flavor at first seemed mundane, but grew on me over time. (Though a lot later than I would have preferred, honestly.) Decent over-ripe fruit tones are touched by a dirty funky kind of thing. It's decent, I guess. But I would expect more from New Belgium really.

Jul 30, 2012
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin copper color. You can see the carbonation in the drink. Rich-looking with some floaties in it. The head is immense and slightly annoying because it seemingly doesn't dissipate, instead just growing and growing.

The smell is killer. Sweet, tangy Brett yeast with a side of cinnamon. Very close to a 5 in the nose.

Gonna be a while before I can taste it because the head has simply not dropped. The yeast is evident, along with the hops. Pepper spice and the aforementioned cinnamon in the finish.

Kind of a mish mash of feelings. Very dry and carbonated. Tangy, sweet, very tart. Spicy. Medium bodied. Hoppy bitterness in the swallow with a long, dry finish.

It's a good beer, with lots of good flavors and feelings. The alcohol is very well hidden. It's a little more tart than sweet making it slightly less drinkable than I care for, but a good collabation.

Jul 04, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, fruit, sour, and slight earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbnoation. Overall this was a decent brew. Having had the Allagash version directly before this for comparison, I can honestly say that this one fell short of the Allagash version. There was just something a little off-putting on this one. Maybe it was the earthy note that I picked up on. But whatever it was, it definitely hurt this brew for me. Still worth trying though.

Jun 08, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, fab beer! Served it a bit cold, straight out of the fridge. Poured with voluminous, foamy, billowy, frothy, thick, cream, with a bare tinge of pink colored head that settles after a bit to a llight cover all the way down and a little lace. Color is a clear honey amber with loads and loads of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, brett, malt, hint florall, bit fruity (can't remember the last time I ate endive, much less smelled it; so no idea if it's here). Flavor is a light blend of nose qualities, plus slight tartness from brett and carbonic tang, balanced by the hibiscus, malt (as I recall, endive was bitter) and there is also a coming and going metallic at the end. Body is excellent, soft yet sharp, mouth filling and yet light; perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, on the long side, a trifle boozy, and very drinkable. Masterful work.

May 18, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a foamy 2 finger off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of tart cherry, lemon, grass, apple, grape, banana, pepper, coriander, floral, clove, earth, light funk, biscuit, and yeast spices. Some nice aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of pepper, apple, lemon, grape, floral, coriander, light cherry, biscuit, light funk, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of grape, apple, lemon, pepper, coriander, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Flavors taste a touch stale; but there is some nice balance and complexity. Pretty minimal amount of tartness in the taste surprisingly. Fairly dry on the finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation; and a slightly slick mouthfeel with a lot of prickly carbonation. Quite smooth to drink but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian style ale. Not nearly as sour as I was hoping; but there is some nice complexity and flavor balance. Enjoyable.

Apr 19, 2012
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of peach, yeast, funk, some floral elements, and some sweet bready malts.

T - Starts off with some building funkiness with some sweet light fruits and some floral flavors. Through the middle some sourness comes through with a bit of acidity and some yeast and farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of sourness, floral flavor, light fruit, and a bit of funk.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with sour, tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The fruit flavors are nice and the sour levels are at a nice level. Good balance overall with the hibiscus adding a nice element to the beer.

Apr 01, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

2.12/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Meridian Pint during the Allagash and New Belgium event.

Wow, what a HUGE difference!

New Belgium version is a clear pale orange color with a thin white head, a collar throughout, and a bit of lacing.

The nose is really, really tame compare to the Allagash tasting. There is a bit of bread and really not much else. Flavor is bready with just a mild touch of earthiness in the background. Really bland. Body is light with a touch of malt sweetness. Really? Not good at all. For shame.

Mar 26, 2012
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur December 22, 2011. 11 Ounce Pour.

(Appearance) pours a very hazy copper tone with a ring lace around the top of a cream white color and a wispy surface cover. Beer is consistently hazy. Interesting. 3.5

(Smell) aromas of cotton candy, bubblegum with tones of fruit and yeast included. Mildly cider-like in deliverance with several high points but little malt base to match. 3

(Taste) Very tart fruity flavors with a hint of bubblegum and caramel. Grainy tones. Lots of flavor, initially overwhelming but later mild. Cider tones are most prevailing. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) slick smoothness in texture and taste. Light/Medium body. Minor alcohol presence. 3

(Overall) Pretty decent wild ale. As the style goes, there's a lot of craziness here but mostly cider tones hold through in the end.Not overly impressive but worth a try. 3

Mar 20, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper colored body. The head settles down quite quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Lactic acid with a slightly spicy funk character. Creamy malt and some pepper in the background.

T - Spicy notes of wheat and pepper with a bit of pineapple character. Some mild funk comes out in the middle as soft malt and a touch of sourness cradel the peppery notes through the finsih.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable with a yeast character that is both that of a nice Belgian strong golden and a mildy wild ale. I don't know if I am really getting anything from the herb/spice additions, but they are so odd that I really don't know what to look for there.

Mar 19, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with nice lacing on a hazy crimson with golden hues body.

S: nice sour cherry, strawberry and earthy notes.

T: flavor is more mustly and dull but still sweet and sour cherry and strawberry flavor.

M: light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A little less forward with the flavor than I like my wild ales. This one is good but it seems to have held back a little.

Mar 19, 2012
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly cloudy light orange with two full fingers of head and very lively carbonation throughout. Retention is very good. A very nice looking beer.

S: Very dry smelling, I get some bready malts, light brett funk, and a good amount of floral notes.

T: Similar to aroma, yet not quite as clean. Beer starts out with some tropical fruity sweetness. Light Brett funk and a bit of floral notes again, yet not as strong as the aroma. The beer is still quite dry, but not as dry as I thought it'd be from the aroma. The aftertaste leaves an odd flavor, almost a lingering funkiness.

M: Way overcarbonated, but the body is appropriate.

O: A bit boring with an odd mixture of flavors. The aroma was promising, but the flavor did not follow through. Also, the beer is way overcarbonated - it is quite distracting.

Mar 19, 2012
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Pahn from New York

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Assuming it was bottled around the end of 2010. Thanks to BA codewarrior for sending this as a generous extra in March 2011. It's been in a cool dark place since then; consumed tonight (I waited a year because I'd heard the wild yeast and bacteria hadn't really done their job yet around release time).

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a tight, short-lasting ring of lacing. Pours a clear, bubbling orange that looks almost red-tinged. Leaves a few arches of lacing.

Smell: In the bottle: heavy brettanomyces tang and lactic sourness. In the glass: whoa, where did the wild ale aromas go? Peachy and mineraly, flowery and sweet. Were I to smell this glass of beer blind I would have no idea that there is lacto or brett in it (nor what style of beer I was smelling).

The peaches and flowers plus mild Belgian yeast aroma is nice, but it's too faint. 3.0 for being pleasant and without overt flaws, yet not nearly prominent enough to enhance the flavor / overall experience.

Taste: First sip: Interesting... fruity (peachy, almost strawberry) notes up front with the slightest lactic sourness, a big funky brett hit, dry finish, then nothing. Hard to emphasize enough how short-lasting the flavor is... not since Kelso's Flemish Red have I had a beer where the flavor goes in and out so fast. It's like, "Hi everyone--oop, gotta go! See you next time!" Lack of any aftertaste at all enhances this impression.

Second sip brings a more puckering lactic sourness up front, and a creamier middle, but runs away as quickly as the first.

There's no distinct hibiscus or endive flavor in the beer (surprise surprise), but the flavors that are present are pretty good and well balanced. I like the fruitiness, and the occasionally potent brett influence, but all in all the flavor is pedestrian. Every so often there's a 4.0 to 4.5 for flavor sip, but even then the complexity isn't outstanding, and they're few and far between.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Punchy carbonation, creamy feel. Extremely dry finish. Wish the flavor came close to the extremes of the feel.

Overall: A pleasing mouthfeel helps a beer a lot, and I had no trouble finishing the entire bottle, but I can't imagine choosing this beer over several reasonably available and superior wild ales or saisons.

It reminds me of Dogfish Head's Fungus Tea'Mungus, in that it's sort of "Wild Ale Lite" in flavor--but that beer had half the ABV of New Belgium's Vrienden, yet also twice the flavor. Yes, the implication I'm intending is that this beer and its short-lived, half-a-beer flavor profile deliver about half the flavor of "Wild Ale Lite." So, not a success, but no crazy flaws and easy to drink.

Jan 26, 2012
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elNopalero from California

3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the Lips of Faith series that I’ve yet to see in bottles around these parts. One of the perks of traveling for beer! Had no idea it was a collaboration brew until I put the review up.

It pours a light amber color with thin lacing. There’s a light oaky aroma, coming from time on wood? Not much else going on. There’s a mild tartness on the flavor but it drops off quickly. This was more midrange than I had hoped. Good, but nothing spectacular as nothing really stood out. Even minutes after finishing my pour I really had no lasting impression other than the oakiness.

Jan 24, 2012
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MBrausen from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 1 year old bottle stored at cellar temp. Poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a light apple color with a heavy foam and lots of active carbonation

S. Smells of sweet fruit, bready yeast and sour finish.

T. Tastes of sour fruit, sweet bread, figs and a slightly bitter finish.

M. Medium body with very heavy carbonation, slight tingle with a slightly dry finish.

O. A good beer, light feeling sour, a tiny bit bitter and a little bit tart. Nothing over the top in either direction. Another year of aging may have made this beer very good. But I feel like the carbonation was much more than needed to make it good. Still, worth a try.

Jan 22, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my New Belgium session notes.

It has a clear coppery amber color and a three finger soap sudsy head that sticks around for a while, mild lacing. Body is on the thicker side of medium textured, but not particularly syrupy per se... Aroma is a lot more subdued than I am accustomed to in a wild ale, but there is a light soured tartness to it blended with a flower bouquet. For something that has endive in it, I am surprised that there is absolutely NO trace of vegetal aroma, rather the endive seems to be expressing itself as just another form of minty / herbal hopping in both the aroma and in the finish of each sip. It's weird, but in an enjoyably novel way. Like many other BAs I find myself struggling to find the Brett. Oh, its there, but at a very subtle level that I've never tasted before, trying to hide behind a flower patch and biscuit malts spiced by that weird endive psuedo-hopping... In terms of lacto sourness level, this is sort of weak, maybe a 2 out of 10, so it makes a good introduction for friends who don't quite want to dive headfirst into the world of heavy Brett or Lacto all at once. It did give me the impression that if the sourness or Brett had been higher like your average Wild Ale, it would have drowned out the hibiscus and endive.

Intriguing wild ale overall with an emphasis on using unusual components that still manages to be restrained and subtle!

Jan 18, 2012
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lonestar4lunch from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium goblet with a ruby/orange color and a huge off white head that doesn't seem to go away. The aroma hits you as soon as you start the pour. It is a nice mix of fruit, floral and funk. I am digging the aroma. For real, this is beginning to look like an ice cream float on top, massive foam. The first sip is all over the place for me. It starts off with something that reminds me of sourdough bread then comes the apricot and sour notes with a slightly dry finish. The sour is very hidden and almost doesn't show up on every sip. I love it at room temp for sure. Very drinkable and the carbonation is just right. Give this one a shot.

Nov 23, 2011
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match1112 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a duvel tulip.a three finger off white head sits atop a burnt orange body. smell is a sweet funky fruityspicy mix. the taste consists of hibiscus flower and brett funk. mouthfeel is a smooth creamy full body with great carbonation and a short dry finish. overall this is pretty typical wild ale. worth the effort to track down.

Nov 02, 2011
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Cresant from Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was clear, bright and intense orange gold with an eggshell colored head. Traces of lacing remained.

The smell was floral and a bit spicy. Not loud.

The taste was spicy - peppery. There was a lingering gentle sourness. Endive and hibiscus are evident only because I know they are in there. Very well hidden alcohol. This one is not especially complex or bold but I'm glad I could try it.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine carbonation.

Oct 20, 2011
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BeerNutz324 from Iowa

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into an oversized pint glass. this is my first sour.

Ap-copper color, decent head, didn't last long though.

Ar- sour and bitter

T- bitter with a different/weird aftertaste. tasted similar to a hefe to me.

M- light, good carbonation

O- hmmm, I don't know if I like this style so much. I will give it another shot though. It may take some getting used to to appreciate this style of beer.

Oct 15, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a normal copper colored beer, decent head to it. Mild flower and tart smell to it, neat, nothing blew me away or was offputting. Minor fruit smellies.

Taste stayed the same way, flowers, fruit rind, easy to drink, covered alcohol well. Minorly sour. More than anything I've ever had with an Allagash name on it, that's for sure.

Its no le terroir in terms of sourness and appreciability, but it is a nice delicate introduction to wildales. Still good.

Oct 14, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear, bright orange with golden yellow edges. Thin white cap and thin lines of lacing left down the glass.

Sweet aroma of white grapes, apples, and perhaps a touch of banana and orange. There's also a bit of a floral and earth present as well.

Floral and fruit flavors follow the nose nearly identically. The floral and earth components play a slightly larger role than they do in the aroma, with a fruity sweetness throughout: white grapes and sweet apples.

Thin to medium mouthfeel. Crisp.

A drinkable, though somewhat boring and unexciting, wild ale.

Sep 27, 2011
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

17th Review
Bomber into proper pint

L: Translucent, hazy burnt orange with a 2+ fingernail head on medium pour. Looks like a mellow sunset into the clouds.

S: Flowers, flowers, and more flowers - like a fresh garden of beautiful colors. Hint of malt, but that is very hidden.

T: Sour/tart berries on the front to crisp and refreshing, palate cleansing touch of sweet. Nice.

M: Light and clean - not overly complex, but there is a lot going on here.

O: Quite a different beer from what I was expecting; however, it is decent for what it is. I'll be interested to see how this develops over time...I assume floral notes will be lost and a bit of the sour will come out more - I think that is when it will be very good.

The bottle says, enjoy with friends; as such, I cracked this with ricoch3t - good times!

Sep 20, 2011
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet

A- pours a dark, transparent shade of orange with a one finger white head. The head sticks around for awhile and is pretty dense. Lacing is nice. Looks pretty good

S- there's a floral, herbal aroma coming primarily out of this one...I'd assume that's the hibiscus coming through. Not a huge fan of flowers in my beer

T- it's....not sour. Well, I can tell the brett is there. But it's so mild that you barely notice it. There's an odd sweetness to it as well, along with floral qualities....must be the hibiscus it's brewed with. I'm not a fan

M- body is rather thick, but not in a syrupy way....more of a filling way, like most sahtis are

O- it's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it tastes nothing like any other wild ale I've ever had...and that's not a good thing

Sep 08, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Vrienden from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 280 ratings