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

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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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear honey orange color with a 2 inch tan head that fades to a tiny cap. Small thin rings of lace here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of slight vinegar, flowers, and funky must (from the Brett and lacto). Somewhat of an weak smell from this one. Taste is of sour vinegar, watered down jamaica (Mexican hibiscus drink), and funk/earth. The taste is somewhat weak overall and kind of disappointing. Good carbonation makes for a soda-like mouthfeel. Overall, a decent wild ale but I was expecting something better.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that has good retention properties; a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of hibiscus flowers in the nose along with some notes of sourness.
T: The taste has a mild amount of sourness and is dominated by floral flavors of hibiscus. It also has notes of apples and herbs.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a light tartness that's reminscent of La Folie and the soft bready-sweetness displayed in Allagash White Ale, Vrienden weaves these flavors in a delicate and sociable balance.

Pouring a medium amber-copper hue and with subtle carbonation that builds a dainty off-white head that withstands most of the session, the beer carries a mild haze and void of any lace.

Varying aromas take you from tart apples and cherries to light breads, wheaty grain, and confectioner's sugar, and then back again with the next whiff. The sour or musty notes are very moderate, if not tame. Light spice of corriander and curracco orange peel beging to reinforce a witbier notion.

Early sweetness of part bready, part grainy taste gives a rich boldness to the grain bill. A quick rebuttal of tartness ranges from crabapples, limes, white grapes, and tart cherries; and toward flavors of currant and black pepper. Lightly tanic, acidic, and wine-like, the beer only demonstrate these flavors in a very subtle demeanor.

Medium malt richness seems odd in a wild ale, as the residual starch and sweetness hold a firmness in texture and serves to refute the acidity and tanic astringency that normally accompany such sour ales. Finishing less refreshing, less crisp, and without stripping the palate cleanly, the beer delivers a bready-tart flavor/feel that lingers well into the finish and aftertaste.

In some ways, I feel that the sour components contaminate a solid witbier base. And in others I feel that the wheaty malts hinder the boldness of the sourness. It's definately an American wild ale on training wheels.

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a two finger fluffy white head.

Smell: Mildly sour with some fruity citrus hints. There is a very mild sweetness as well.

Taste: This one is acidic and mildly sour. I'm also picking up a fruity sweetness, some bready malt, and a very little bit of bitterness, perhaps from the greens.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and super dry.

Drinkability: Very well balanced and I enjoy the combination of flavors.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It had okay retention and left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of hibiscus, yeast and some sour notes. Some slight funkiness.

T - It was spicy and fruit with some nice caramel backbone. Slightly funky with some sour bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very snappy, dry finish.

O - This is a very nice wild ale. It is very unique and tasty.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I really ever go to but I wanted to change things up a little yesterday.Poured into a tulip glass a hazed peach orange color with a great fluffy white head that clung like glue to my glass as it settled very slowly.Tart fruit really stood out in the nose,the funk is subdued but is noticable,a bit of toasted grain as well.Flavors are tart and semi sweet,a decent shot of herbal,lemony hops show themselves as well,the funk lays underneath but again is noticable.Not a bad beer,it is a bit tame for the style wich is fine by me,a change of pace that wont happen very often for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce pour - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark copper-amber body with a third of an inch of wispy, white head. Smallest smattering of lace on the descent.

Smell: There's a slight fruity juiciness on the nose, a bit of sugared candy, and a fuzzy tartness, giving it a hint of the liquid leftover in a can of fruit cocktail dosed with a couple light stray drops of alcohol.

Taste: Lightly sweetish taste of pale malted barley, then a fruitiness of apple juice, a vague notion of berries, and a small pour of rose water. Mildly tart. Almost nil bitterness. Small hint of the alcohol within. Small late-arriving hint of fruit-flavored candy, like taking in some Nerds candy at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: It simply doesn't satisfy in the wild or sour department, leaving it to rely on the interesting fruity aspects of the beer, but, then the ratcheted up ABV keeps it from being really refreshing.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About passed on this & then saw it was a collaboration with Allagash, so I took a chance...

Pours copper with one finger + of pearl head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Apple peels, sourness & honey suckle, a touch of barnyard late in the game

T: Pears, apple peels, wheat tartness, slight green apple tartness/crispness up front. Cherry tartness comes through as this warms, along with hints of lemon & white grape & just a hint of boozeyness, leather & apple juice type sweetness & the earthy sourness picks up a bit. Finishes tart with green apples, white grape juice & a touch of burnt candi-sugar

MF: Light bodied, effervescent

Drinks easy, not a very challenging wild here, but worth a try. I tend to like all of these Lips of Faith series more on draft

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep orange amber that was nearly clouded over with haze. Nice tight head of a finger in height rises up and settles across the top with gorgeous swirls of lacing across the sides of the glass. First whiff seems a bit light to be honest, light funk, sour notes, pears, and hints of malts starting to come though. No alcohol present at all and the sour seems very understated at this point. The forst sip totally redeems it though as the sour fruits and oak notes start to perk up. Nice touches of grapeskins, sour, sour grapefruit like flavors rip through the palate. Dark fruits, prunes, hints of vanilla and light notes of brown sugar can be picked up through the haze of barnyard funk. Rich medium body is more then well carbonated and really lets the flavor pop across the palate. Final sips are dy, vinegar rich and full of apple and pear back flavors

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Photo of womencantsail
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Beachwood

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a thin off-white head.

S: The nose is really cidery. Lots of apples, some white grapes, flowers, and some metal. There are perhaps some sour cherry notes as the beer warms up.

T: Gah, intensely metallic with apples, light cherries, and some definite cough syrup (which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms up). Maybe some banana flavors in there too, and a mild malty sweetness.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: What a let down. I've enjoyed most of the New Belgium beers I've had, but this was not something I cared for at all. I'm glad I just got a small pour rather than splurging on a bottle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

I've heard things about this one, so was pretty jazzed to get to try it at the Firk' last night. It pours a mostly clear peach juice topped by a finger of off-ecru foam. The nose comprises apricot, light Brett, green apple, light caramel, lime, and light toffee. The taste holds notes of white grapes, spinach, cedar, cranberry, and some exceedingly light caramel cowering in the back. My companion and I agreed that a fair way to sum up the taste would be bad (read: stale and kinda poor-tasting) white wine. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a gloopily oily feel. Overall, I was decidedly unimpressed with this brew: very lacking in the sour department, not entirely pleasant to have sit in the mouth, and a mildly harsh aftertaste.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy amber color with a frothy, white, light head that starts out about two fingers, and slowly recedes down to about a quarter of an inch. Flowery and malty aromas, with some fruit sweet notes. The beer is crisp and slightly sour, with a blend of fruity/cidery notes (apple/pear) and flowery notes. The fruit transitions into a cherry-type flavor on the finish and aftertaste. There is a lot going on with this beer. In mouth, the beer is slightly dry, and along with the crispness makes this beer light. The finish is crisp, and the aftertaste lingers with a slighty sour cider note. Decent beer, and very complex. Tasty!

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Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium is really hit and miss with me, their Lips of Faith series especially. Le Terroir was amazing so I'm willing to give this one a shot.

It poured light in body and a pretty clear copper in color with a one finger off white head that sticks to the sides of my snifter. It kind of smells like a saison. There is some spice, yeast, cloves, and then a malty/honey like sweetness (although not overly sweet). The flavor is kind of short lived, like it doesn't stick around long enough for you to try to pick it apart. This makes me think that this beer is lacking something. It's sweet and only a little tart/sour. It has a honey like sweetness with light spice. The taste itself isn't too bad. In fact it's pretty tasty. For the style however, this beer is lacking substantially. It drinks pretty light and doesn't have a lasting aftertaste. It has good flavor but not what you'd hope for or expect from the style. This beer is ok and that's about it. It doesn't stand out but it's a tasty beer to drink.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow in color with brownish highlights that had no head and left absolutely no lacing sticking to the glass. I honestly didn't get too much sour or acidic character but I did detect some brown sugar with belgian yeast in the nose alongside dark fruits and faint caramel notes. The taste was also lacking the wild ale characteristics but was belgian yeasty with mild fruity, brown suagr, and caramel accents but no sour bite at all. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a mild fruity, yeasty, and sweet finish. Definitely not digging this brew at all especially since there is nothing wild about it. They have to go back to the drawing board on this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain, grass and hibiscus flowers. The flowers are the dominant aroma. There is very little tartness or sourness in the aroma which is disappointing. The flavor is also disappointing. I get a lot of wheat and toffee malt, as well as quite a bit of hibiscus and other floral notes. There is a grain component to the flavor as well as some very light tartness. I don't get any of the lacto sourness that I was expecting, especially since the label specifically mentions lactobacillus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but I was expecting a sour beer and that is not really what this is. This beer tastes about like a flowery version of the Imperial Berliner Weiss that New Belgium released earlier this year. I think New Belgium and Allagash could do better than this.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice appearance on this beer- beautiful orange with just a hint of pink from the hibiscus and a creamy white head. Unfortunately, the head is a little short- but it does stick around and leaves some lacing. Lots of bubblegum in the nose, and very little sour. There is a way arom as well that is not unpleasant. I suspect that this will sour up quite a bit over time. The taste has noticeable hibiscus, which lends a fruitiness, more bubblegum, some graininess, and once again, only lightly sour notes. Tastes a bit yeasty in fact. As is, this is drinkable and fairly pleasant, but doesn't come off as a sour. This is one I'll try again in a year or two and see how it's soured up.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011
The beer arrives with a two finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a nice layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as I drink it. The beer is a clear, full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pale-toasty whole grain bread-like character up front, but this moves into a lightly tart, fruity smelling apple note that also has a floral-fruity-tart plum character and a solid caramelized backdrop that peeks through significantly at times. As the beer warms up the whole grain character becomes more noticeable in the finish.

As it first hits my tongue the beer has a medium full richness to it. There is a light tartness to the beer and ample fruit flavors in the middle and there is a touch of astringent character to the finish that takes the place of a hop bitterness. Solid flavors of apple, touches of plum and even some fresh fig notes make up the fruit character that plays a pretty dominant role in this beer. The astringency in the finish seems to be derived from toasted grain or grain husks. Despite the creamy texture this beer is quite quaffable; the body seems to be mostly from something other than residual malt and the light lactic acid found here likely boosts this a bit. Some of the light acidity here seems to come from a hint of acetic character, but only just a smidge. The malt character is pretty substantial; it tastes quite a bit like biscuit malt or victory malt was used here. There is also a touch of crystal malt character towards the finish that makes me think of caramel apples.

The acidity is actually really light here, there is just enough to boost the perception of fruitiness, but I wouldn't really call this a sour beer. It is also quite clean without any real funkiness to it at all. Somehow this beer is a bit unsatisfying in the end; the acidity / tartness is just too muted and overall this beer just seems light. There is a nice mix of flavors and aromas to this beer, but they just seem to lack any real presence or finesse. Not a bad beer, but I was certainly expecting more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the COOP over the holiday weekend.. Poured into my Delirium goblet while listening to some tunes and putting a trade box together.

Off white 1/2" head has nice lacing, but somehow nearly no retention.. the brew is a very nice orange copper.

Nose shows lite acetic apple cider and some background cherry.. minor funk with something that I can only describe as tea leaves.

Red apple skin with some astringency.. earthy mid palate and bits of leftover toasty elements... not really "sour", just a bit off. The wild notes are there, and show with warmth.. nice musty funk as the temperature rises... dank hay and dry basement.. still it seems the lite maltiness and sorta juicy fruits come back on the finish....

I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around this one.. Shared one with Sammy... another with the brother... this one is not leading me any better...

Nothing is really wrong with the end product, but it is still a big mash-up from front to back and never gels..


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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a distinct reddish tinge. Small off-white head.

Smells sweet and flowery with a strong hibiscus scent. Smells fairly yeasty lots of fresh bread aroma. Little bit of Brett funk but mostly it lends a sweetish scent something like acetone.

Starts out sweet with a light sourness to it not unlike sour cherries. Hibiscus, vanilla and butter are fairly big here. This tastes a little woody.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is an OK beer, probably won't try again.

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