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

Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)
280 Ratings
Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 173
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Avagadro
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
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 +22.7%
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 +22.4%
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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4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
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 +18.1%
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 +17.6%
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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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
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 +15.4%
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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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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