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Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration) | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild beer with brettanomyces.

Added by mcallister on 08-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 281
Photo of Avagadro
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: light copper in color with great clarity. Head is minimal, as well as lacing.

S: granny smith apples and bing cherries create a tangy sweet bouquet.

T: semi sweet, semi sour, 100% delicious. Cherries take over, and join with vanilla and orange zest.

M: semi-full body, with a slight creaminess.

D: I feel that this is closely related to a flanders red ale. I would prefer this over duchess any day!

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Photo of Lupuliniac
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great representation of a flemish red sour. What's unique here is not a hop bitterness in the afterglow but the subtle spicy earthyness of the hibiscus endive additions. Pours a ruddy straw color with a fleeting head. Smells boozey and minerally. A sour mustiness is also present throughout without much offense. The delight here is really the finish with a clean light body and just sweet enough malt character.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An amazing, refreshing, interesting sour. Golden and spritzy in appearance. Smells funky, tart, appley, lemony, woodsy (cedar). Taste is lightly tart, lemony, like a sauvignon blanc perhaps. Drinkable as all get out. Delicious. I must get more! Also a great starter sour/wild for those who are new (as I am). It was a hit with a tasting group of 8 people. Everyone liked it.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Wine Glass
Purchased at Barriques

Appearance: The pour is an amber color with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. I wasn't expecting a long lasting head given the presence of lactobactillus and the higher ABV. The lace on the side of the glass is practically non-existent. The beer looks slightly effervescent.

Smell: The nose has a nice floral aroma with some pepper and apple mixed in as well. The brettanomyces is definitely present, and it's playing really nicely with the lactobactillus. There's a nice acidic edge in the nose mixed in with a bit of barnyard funk.

Taste: The palate starts out with some bitter pale malt that quickly goes away. The brettanomyces and lactobactillus really do this beer wonders. It doesn't have a very strong brett flavor, nor is it extremely acidic, but the acidity is cutting out nearly any sweetness that would sit in this beer, which not being a fan of sweets I applaud. There's some apple and cherry flavor that comes through, both being tart. The brettanomyces gives the beer a nice funky edge, though it's very faint.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied. Carbonation was perfect right upon opening the bottle.

Drinkability: I shared this bottle with some family members, but I could definitely go through this bottle myself. The combination of flavors and the carbonation level is perfect. This was an excellent beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, split with friends on New Years Eve. This was the best beer of the night for me, including some heavy hitters like a KBS vertical and Black Ops and tons of Surly goodies. There's just something about this beer I loved.

The glass looks great. Nice amber color with some mild haze and active carbonation. Some white fluffy head crowns the glass and sticks around for a bit.

The nose is wonderful. Light and fruity with some great apple notes and spices such as hibiscus. Some brett and light sour fruit as well. Really expressive and depth for the professional American Wild Ale drinker, but some balance and pleasant overall profile for the novice. All were present and loved the nose on this one.

The taste is like a cider beer with some nice spices and wild edge. There's notes of grain and a touch of sweetness, then lots of apple and apple skin, hibiscus, and brett. Finally some sour cherry and earthiness ground this and add a sour edge from the lacto funk. A unique and very enjoyable beer - this is a perfect gateway to brett beers.

Mouthfeel was a touch too full-bodied for me, but it was still well carbonated and very drinkable. One of the best of the lips of faith series so far. I'm looking to grab another bottle to cellar. Highly recommended.

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4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somehow the "lactobacillus" painted on the bottle's side escaped my attention, and I instead, inexplicably, bought this bomber because it says it's brewed with endive, and that sounded trippy. And then, well, as I sat down to pour this, I realized what a coincidental combination this is: one of my favorite meals is combining the endive salad at Brugge (in Indianapolis) with one of their sour house beers. So, hey, so long as the bitterness of the leafy vegetable comes through and balances against the sourness of the bacteria, this could be a real treat.

It pours, smells, and tastes surprisingly tame. At first this was disappointing, but then I got to thinking about how weird I've gotten with beer expectations. It's like, if I hadn't have examined the bomber more closely before pouring it, this would taste plenty firm. If the lactobacillus had been a surprise--if I were just expecting an endive beer--then it would have been a fantastic compliment to the pleasantly tame, oddly spicy bitterness of the malt and yeast complexities that make up the front of the beer. So then I reassessed things, decided to take this beer for what the brewer wanted it to be, instead of what I wanted it to be, and realized it kicks all sorts of ass.

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4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium collaborates with Allagash for a brett and lacto fueled adventure.
Served in a New Belgium globe glass.

a: A vibrant cloudy copper holds up a thick, burnished head that is thick and lacey like a latte.

s: A very floral, semi sour nose is very exciting and inviting.

t: A pleasant, balanced sour taste finishes on a wonderful hibiscus note.

m: Vrienden has a rich, full body that finishes light and floral.

d: A really nice offering from a series that is usually over powering for most (the Lips of Faith Series). Easy drinking and very versatile in food pairing.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a beautiful amber color with a tiny white head that dissipates quickly.

S-Fruity, floral, malty, and slightly musty.

T-Floral, fruity, some tart apple, and hint of vinegar. It is very complex and the flavors blend well together. I love the use of Brett and Lactobacillus.

M-Pretty thick, not quite syrupy.

D-The only thing that really hinders this beer drinkability is its high abv., which makes it a sipper.

Overall, I loved this beer. I will now be seeking out more wild ales.

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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light red pour with a light creamy head. Sweet and fruity aroma with just a barely noticable hop presence, strong escence of coriander. Initial taste is similar to a pale ale or a golden ale, but then finishes like a white ale with a smooth palet cleansing effect.

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4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an etched New Belgium tulip glass from a 22 ounce bottle.

A: Deep amber, almost crimson hue with a creamy off-white head that retains very nicely. Lacing is sticky, and coats the inside of the glass.

S: The aroma is definitely funky, with some citrus, wood, and extremely floral notes, along with just a hint of a grassy character.

T: Very unique flavor. Malt provides a backbone with some caramel and biscuit, but it's overpowered by some barnyard funk, citrus, apples, and some floral, grassy notes. Tart, but not so much that it leaves the mouth in pain like some wild ales.

Notes: This is a medium bodied brew of the wild style, and by wild, I mean it. The endive brings out extra grassy, vegetal flavor, and the hibiscus definitely provides a floral element to the beer that even certain hops couldn't express. Very tasty, and easy to drink. Could be my favorite of the LOF series so far.

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Photo of holden303
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours an amber color with a hint of orange to it, a good full 3 fingers of head that quickly dissipates to a finger or less.

S: Tart, citric acid, definitely pick up the brettanomyces funk.

T: Tastes like it smells, mildly tart, the brett gives it a sourness and then a flavor I can't put a name to, perhaps the hibiscus or endive?

M: Very crisp with good carbonation, doesn't coat the mouth.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, I'd prefer it to be a bit more sour but that's just my taste. It's very sessionable, overall a great beer!

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4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really pleasant nose, sweet-tart and a whiff of funk, though the hibiscus profile is not as prominent as I expected. Tart but not very tart, with barely a suggestion of herby spice on the finish. It's complex but not puzzling, and it's very drinkable, especially considering the 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this puppy just sitting at my local while I was looking to buy my case of this years Boulevard BBQ. I was pretty stoked to find it. I love Allagash beers and I think that some of New Belgium's Sours are the best available. 2 of my favorite beers of 2010 have been Allagash Odyssey and Eric's Ale. Both breweries do some fantastic beers and I was stoked to hear that they were going to do a collaboration brew and it was going to be available with limited distribution.

Poured a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a old copper with a 3 finger head that leaves very evenly distributed lacing down the sides of the glass. It always throws me off to see a funked beer pour something that's perfectly translucent. To me, funked beers should pour hazy. I really wish they would leave them unfiltered, allowing the buggies to do some damage after it was bottled. The nose is a collage of aromas that brett can produce. Up front is musty closets, old hay, damp earth, a bit of barnyard intermingled with fresh flowers and a subtle malty sweetness. Really top notch. The flavor profile is a bit more subdued. The brett comes through with musty clothes and dry grasses. There is just a hint of a lactic tang. Either the hibiscus comes through or the hops, but there is a definite floral flavor. Just a bit of malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit watery for me. I would have expected the brett to dry it out a little more. If you toss out the aroma, this beer is just average. The aroma is fantastic.

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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Pours a stunningly clear reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: Musky basement funky, some Brett, and sweet malt. Simple, but very nice.
T: At first a quick snap of fruity tartness hits the tongue. Pears and apples, though that quickly fades. Some barnyard or basement like funk lingers on. I really like it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very smooth, crisp, and dry at the same time. So easy to drink. This was gone in no time, and I could easily drink another and another.

A really interesting beer. Proof that Wild Ales don't have to be all sourness and still be different at the same time. Something I would highly recommend.

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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dark, orangish amber color with a medium sized slightly off-white head that diminishes slowly. Scent is saison-like with a bit of barnyard funk and spicy notes. Very fruity and floral smelling. Not very much tartness detected in the nose like I was expecting. Brett is detected though! To me, this beer tastes just like a well-crafted saison. Very funky and spicy notes with just a tiny hint of tartness. Very tiny hint. Not as much as I was hoping for. The floral notes collide beautifully with the spices and Brett character. Fruity with green apples, lemon, and very light banana. Mouthfeel is complex and well carbonated. Drinkability is high. This is a tasty beer! Got one aging to see how the Brett and Lacto work their magic.

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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: A purely transparent deep amber body is teeming with carbonation. There's about a finger of white head that dissipates too quickly. A nice body, but I wanted more from the head.

S: The tart apples and sweet malts make their presence known even from a distance. The beer also has strong notes of hibiscus along with a little funk. There are also some faint hop notes as well as vanilla. The malts and apples are a little too dominant, making this aroma a little too sweet and without balance.

T: There is great balance here as the hops really open up. This helps to offset the strong apples and dark fruits, as well as the lighter touches of strawberries and funk.Te aggressiveness of the hops along with the dry floral quality really help balance out the sweeter aspects and the funk gives it a great overtone.

M: Thin but not watery, the body has a good amount of carbonation that is almost enough. Maybe a little more substantial body or carbonation could have put this beer over the edge.

D: I consider this the much superior relative of another beer I just recently had, Goose Island's Fleur. That had a lot of the same characteristics and flavor profiles, but Vrienden ups the intensity but brings a greater balance with the hop presence, making it much more strenuous on the palate but much more rewarding in the end.

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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous amber pour with pillowy white head. Panoply of floral aromatics on the nose with tingly citrus. Funky cheese is noted too, wild. Palate offers nice mix of sweet candied flavors, citrus, and wild sour flavors from the magical yeast. Very drinkable.

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4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into The Bruery tulip.

Pours a beautiful clear copper, with a one-finger off-white head that settles quickly enough into some soapy suds. Not much in the way of retention or lacing, but my expectations for those areas are rarely too terribly high for well-made (ie, not overcarbonated) wild ales.

Nose begins with a sweet caramel underlayer, with a bit of a floral character to it that's perhaps the hibiscus coming through. Light pears in there also, though the caramel masks it somewhat. Tart red fruit is there also, though not overwhelming. Certainly pleasant, but not too wild.

Taste comes through a bit more. Very tart without really heading into sour territory, with a nice blend of apples and even some tart cherries alongside a strong chardonnay note. The floral qualities really shine here, adding a unique layer to it. An almost earthy tanginess, though not quite, with a faint mustiness to it; the lightest hint of barnyard mixes with the light alcohol note. Like the nose, quite pleasant, and the tart fruit stamp this with a more distinct identity.

Mouthfeel is rather sticky, full bodied, moderate carbonation - nothing too special, but not bad.

Drinkability is good - mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side, but easy to appreciate. Nice complexity. Very enjoyable, and quite unique.

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4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Fountainhead in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: This pours a lightly hazy, mostly transparent cherry color. A small, soft pillowy white head rests on top and gradually fades to a ring around the rim. Sheets of lace are left to watch the beer recede.

Smell: Tart cherries, soft pears, and I think I get some hibiscus, although that is not an aroma I am intimately familiar with. A bit of Brett.

Taste: The tartness is more apparent in the flavor than it was in the nose. There is a soft sweet malt to start, but tart green apple skin, and mostly tart cherries really shine through. The Brett shines through in the middle and toward the end, and an earthy character starts to push through. Ultimately, though, the Brett is not too strong, and the tart cherry flavor is pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: The feel starts out juicy, turns slightly creamy for a second, and then finally finishes dry. What a voyage for the feel. Medium carbonation and a fuller than medium body.

Drinkability: This is a pretty nice, some interesting fruit notes, not outrageously sour, which I think I prefer at this stage in my limited Wild experience.

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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with burnt orange highlights; the modest head leaves a nice pattern of stringlets around the snifter

Smell: The hibiscus provides a unique, strawberry floral character to the aroma; just a tinge of sourness as well

Taste: Opens with a distinct strawberry character, that grows in both sweet and tart directions by mid-palate; there is a bit of a cidery element, as well, not to mention a vinous quality that emerges, after the swallow; the sour flavors are understated but linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly not a beer likely to appeal to the sour aficionados out there, this is a enjoyable beer with a unique strawberry floral character; rather refreshing, in the way a dry Rosé might appeal to a certain type of wine drinker

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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a deep amber with two fingers of white head, solid thick lace.

S: Strong malty nose mixed with the hibiscus makes it very flowery. Pungent, interesting smell.

T: Hibiscus is heavy giving and herbal flowery tea like undercurrent to the beer. Fairly sweet malt, red apples, with notes of leather (Brett?) and lactic acidity. Unique flavour, though I don't taste the endive.

M: Full-bodied, a very firm and brilliantly sructured beer. Soft carbonation overall, with the mild acidity mentioned.

D: Unique is a very good description, I have never had anything quite like it. Also compared to the other Lips of Faith beers in the series it is on the inexpensive side which I was happy to see. Well worth a pickup.

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4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a nice deep amber color that verges onto brown toward the center of the glass and has a nice bubbley white head rise out of it before falling to a ring around the glass.

S= Great smell. Sort of a clean sour note to it if that makes any sense. It has a funky earth tone to it taht I'm attributing to the Hibiscus and Endive. Really plesent smelling without being outragously sour smelling. There's actually a lot of complexity in this guy. With a swirl a little alcohol aroma comes out more and is intertwinded with the fruity earthy sour notes so make it a little more harsh.

T= The taste is interesting. Not nearly as sour as it could be. A very light sour actually with a strong earthy vegetable sort of flavor to it. There is a good amount of funk to it as well. A little woodiness comes through and the sour notes sort of stick to the roof of your mouth for some reason if that makes sense. Very interesting.

M= Dirty and raw feeling. I love it. Sort of a rough finish that lasts in your mouth.

D= Pretty good. This is a decent brew. I wish it would have soured just a little more. On the sour scale I would call this a soft sour and my preference is more of the mid ground. Worth checking out however.

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