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
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -1.4%
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 +10.8%
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 +8.9%
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 superspak
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Thorpe429
2.12/5  rDev -42.7%
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 nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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 wethorseblanket
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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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