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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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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 281
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy medium amber in color with a very large fluffy off white head. Looks like frothy iced tea.

S: Very soft floral notes. There is a bready note, almost a toasted biscuit aroma that seems to be a common theme amongst NB beers. There is a little bit of a caramel thing going on, and something in the finish that I can't quite define.

T: Well this is interesting. Starts off with a little bit of a tangy kick, but then settles into a sweeter beer with some raison notes and a bit of a dubbel feel. The finish shows some dark grains, a touch of yeast, and almost a little metal taste. It ends with a little more tartness. Interesting.

M: Light in body, very active carbonation, and slightly dry.

O: This is a very interesting composition of flavors. Something very complex, yet still tastes simple. While I enjoy it, I am not compelled to get more. It is interesting, but not amazing.

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Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent golden orange with a big light tan head. Smells of herbal mustiness. Taste is a sharp tartness up front, followed by a sweet malt middle and a vinegar earthy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light, high carbonation. Overall an interesting beer. The price is very steep, at over 11 dollars a bottle I doubt I will buy this again.

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

On tap at the Tap Room in the Coddingtown Whole Foods in Santa Rosa.

A: Slightly hazy golden color. A finger of head that left pretty good lacing.

S: Berries. a nice tart smell that is really appealing. Little tingling from the funk

T: Very nice flavor. Nice and sour without a vinegar flavor. A little sweet, but still good. A good amount of funk.

M: Very carbonated. Good medium body.

O: Never been crazy about anything from New Belgium, yes even the Lips of Faith, but I thought this a solid.

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Photo of Soonami
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lips of Faith Vrienden (from 22 oz bottle) is an interesting beer that I think suffers from having such odd ingredients in it. Other LoF sours I enjoyed, especially Le Terroir, but this one seemed to fall a little flat. The hibiscus flowers provide a nice bit of aroma in the nose and but really contribute very little to actual taste and the endive give a weird vegetably bitterness like broccoli water. I was not terribly impressed and would not seek this out again in the future.

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

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a finger of foamy, just off-white head that leaves a little fine lacing.

Smell. Berries, funky yeast, a little wine.

Taste. Sour strawberries, belgian yeast, a little wine again. Fairly tart, and a little floral. Just enough sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Just above light in body with medium, spritzy(?) carbonation.

Overall. Decent fruity tart beer but not really comparable to a sour. Good tasting, nonetheless. Like a nice tart belgian fruit beer. Sure.

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Photo of Cavery
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another great brew at Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary. Review from notes dated Aug 13th 2011.

A: Brown agave nectar body with a raspberry color filter. Reds mate with yellows for a moderately filtered blood orange body. Soap sud foams that look like fine pearls, but relatively fleeting. Not much retention or lacing, patchy at best.

S: Slight raspberry and lemon juice nose that is more earthy than sweet. Berry character hides behind a veil of rustic tartness. An aged fruit and berry nose that avoids sweet syrups and overly ripe fruits. There's definitely a hard to pinpoint earthiness about the nose, not particularly spicy or herbal; but more minerals than fruits.

T: Clean cranberry, cherry, and zest free citrus rind flavors. There's an almost old fruit flavor in here that doesn't come off too sharp. Little bit of not too better melon rinds. Clean but not great flavor, fairly mild. Tad bitter in the back from old dried cranberries that have started to lose potency.

M: Fizzy pan sizzle from the bubbles that had a cooling down fajita liveliness. Medium body that fights to be more full. It is a civil war between warm moisture and desert dryness, but for the most part they at are a stasis of a fairly strange mouth feel.

O: Pretty good beer, but not of upper quality. Honestly tastes like a collision of ideas. It didn't push forward in any one direction. Though it did find somewhat of a happy medium. Decent but not something i'd scream about. The flavors were clean, but not particularly indicative of the brewer's vision. I don't know what the goal of this beer was, but I think there were at least two goals that didn't get met by either party.

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Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Papago, poured into a tulip.

Clear, shiny copper. A minuscule, filmy grayish head of thin, short lived bubbles quickly becomes a tiny ring.

The nose: sweet cherries, pear syrup, light lactic tartness, green apple. Sweet, soft, enjoyable.

The flavor’s similar, though there are more maraschino cherries here. Also Sweet pears and green apple, with the very light lactic tartness hitting in the back. Lingering fruity notes. Fairly light, but enjoyable.

The medium body is fairly viscous, with a peppery flash of carbonation and moderate fizz. Slightest hints of boozy fumes. Crisp.

Good stuff. Balanced, light and drinkable. My only request would be for more sourness, and I’m sure the Allagash version of this beer delivers in that regard.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a fizzy looking white head.

S - Tart fruit - green apples, pears, grapes, hints of soft grain.

T - Apple and grape skins, tart berries, pears, candy sweetness mineral like character, soft citrus, cherries, and some light funkiness behind all the fruit. Aftertaste is tart floral.

M - Creamy medium body.

Subdued but balanced. The sourness and funk is light but it's still a tasty brew.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Vrienden pours as a light copper color and is clear with a small lace. The smell is a mix of floral aromas and hints of the sour that is to come on the taste.The beer is slightly sour, but the sour notes don’t overpower the overall taste. We also get floral and grassy notes with an herbal-like taste that lingers. This beer reminds me of Le Fleur Misseur due to the floral notes.

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

Bought a 1PINT, 6FL.OZ. Bottle of this from Kahn's Wines and Spirits in Indianapolis, IN for $10.49. Poured from the Tatted/Graffitied bottle with random sayings into my Schlafly Tulip Glass. Has 101110063 on the bottom ridge of the bottle (where a usual B.O.D. is) but not sure if this means anything...

Aroma- Nice citrus beginning and a mild sour, medium tart finishing aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that stays for the entire drink! Great retention. A clear, dark light amber body is present and a good lacing is left.

Flavor- A rich maltiness starts off this drink in a positive way and the sourness takes over. Citrus hops are also introduced mid way through and then a spicy bitterness ends this beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Highly Carbonated, Has a bit of a puckering mouthfeel at the finish, and leaves hop on the palate.

Overall Impression- This was a good Belgian Specialty but was expecting more from the Collaboration. I'm not sure if I wanted more sour/tart attributes here or what. While it was categorized in the "American Wild Ale" Style, it didn't really fit with the other beers listed... Enjoyed HIGHLY and since I have never seen this beer in Missouri, it was great to finally get to enjoy this!

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Photo of Wisconsin93
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Copper, not at all translucent, head immediately disappears

S- fruity at first, all spice, cinnamon, hibiscus, smells a little like apple cider with other fruit notes

T- lemon, citrus, alcohol taste in the mid-palate, nothing too crazy here, a little tart, not too spicy or bitter

M- very carbonated, very refreshing, kind of boring

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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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Photo of stercomm
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a a bomber into an Allagash tulip glass I got at a glass night at the Flying Saucer.

A - Hazy orange amber, great creamy tan head to start off, quickly recedes leaving some minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Starts out light on the scents; get some funk from the Brett, then get almost a candied floral aroma.

T - Lots going on here; certainly get the Brett, get a slight hint of vanilla, some hibiscus and almost a sweet and sour tartiness.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation, has a tartness to it that tingles the tongue.

D - I like this, lots going on yet at the same time is very refreshing.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy body of deep orange with a slight red hue to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a white creamy and bubbly head that turns rocky but last a good bit.

S- The soft fruity tartness has a brightness to it and a soft brett cheese rind hint to follow. The finish has a hint of lettuce in the background.

T- The crisp light fruit with a note of tartness has a soft hibiscus tang in the finish and a very light watery lettuce/endive note in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp texture but not much alcohol noticed.

O- This beer has a hibiscus flavor that is sharp but soft and the brett has some nice support but there is no real main character in this beer making it taste a little flat as it opens up.

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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 corby112
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber sampled next to the Allagash version.

Darker golden orange with tangerine orange hues and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Less funky than the Allagash but much more floral smelling.  Flowers more prominent with lots of citrus fruit notes.

Less funky, dry and not really sour or vinegary.  Much stronger floral and citrus presence with hints of pineapple and orange peel. Just kind of bland really and inferior to the other version.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orangish amber. Two to three fingers of off white head. Leaves really nice looking film and lacing. The film has some larger bubbles and an almost wispy look to it.

S: Toasted grains, funky, bretty yeast. Slight apple like fruit. For me, I'm really not getting a lot out of the nose, although my sinuses have been on their period lately so maybe it's me.

T: Taste is better. Bready toasted grains, funky yeast, apple/pear like fruit. There's a prounounced strawberry or raspberry like after taste. I like that. Alcohol is nicely masked.

M: Has a silky feel. Smooth with good carbonation.

O: They did a very good job with the appearance and mouthfeel, but fell just a bit short on the more important taste and smell. Vrienden is by no means a bad beer, but I probably wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of Offa
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper, medium-big off-white head steadily shrinks to foamy ring and wisps. Some decent lace.

Aroma is flowery grain, light apple and pear, faint yeasty bread, very strong honey, a hint of metal.

Taste is zesty, yeasty, light funkiness up front, light dryish juiciness, and a grain finish that is lightly fruity. It has faint sourness with very faint hibiscus elements. It’s very drinkable and it’s good, but not great, a bit bland and subdued, with the elements being somewhat vague. Feel is good, slightly creamy.

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

Pours a dark orange with white, creamy head...slightly cloudy.

Smells slightly sweet with some subtle floral notes. There isn't a lot going on in the nose with this one.

Tastes like it smells. There is some lingering sweetness and a hint of sourness but not a lot stands out.

The mouthfeel is nice, as it's almost creamy but has a higher carbonation. It's lighter in body but not bone dry.

This is a good beer that has hints of the sour notes and some slightly floral aspects in the nose but nothing stands out enough to make this particularly special.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium amber thats somewhat cloudy with ruby highlights and a fluffy two fingers of head leaving nice lacing. The nose hits you with bretty funk, lemon oil, light caramel malts along with a somewhat sour floral note. The taste brings a light sourness along with an earthiness, sour red fruit and some citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and light at this abv but it is refreshing with nice acidity and carbonation. Refreshing beer though not overly interesting.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to like this beer more than I did when I saw it available at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Two great breweries, a great style, but something about it fell a little short.

Appearance was a light to medium brown with a good amount of carbonation and haze that was there throughout.

Aroma was spicy but somewhat on the weak side and not nearly as complex as I had hoped.

Flavor was a little sour but, again, not as much as I had hoped and a little hot on the alcohol side.

I will give this beer another try if I see it again and modify my review if I change my mind but at this point I can't really recommend.

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Photo of muttyd
2.19/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale amber/yellow with a moderate 1/4 inch white head. Beer looks good, but it goes down hill from there. Very muted, mild aroma. Some brett funk, sweet corn, pale malts. Flavor is also pretty mellow: slightly sour apples, pale bready malts, and some herbal hops. Everything about this beer is subtle and/or masked behind other mild characteristics. Not at all impressed. Mouthfeel is pretty good, but even that doesn't redeem this beer.

Avoid this one, folks.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(22oz bottle). Pours light amber with white head and active carbonation. Aroma has some florals, something vegetal (endive?) and a bit of fruit. Taste is sweet and bitter (again the endive) with a bit of tart. Medium bodied with slick texture. Fizzy on the tongue. Slightly tart finish, but the endive is noticeable. An ok beer, but when factoring in the price, a fail. Why endive?

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