Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)
BA SCORE
3.7/5
Good
280 Ratings
Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
280
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a two finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, funk, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, fruit, sour, and slight earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbnoation. Overall this was a decent brew. Having had the Allagash version directly before this for comparison, I can honestly say that this one fell short of the Allagash version. There was just something a little off-putting on this one. Maybe it was the earthy note that I picked up on. But whatever it was, it definitely hurt this brew for me. Still worth trying though.

 745 characters

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of captainwerd
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

 857 characters

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of zvanwink
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of notalumberjack
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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.

 1,155 characters

Photo of ficklenicholas
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of antoines15
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of peach, yeast, funk, some floral elements, and some sweet bready malts.

T - Starts off with some building funkiness with some sweet light fruits and some floral flavors. Through the middle some sourness comes through with a bit of acidity and some yeast and farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of sourness, floral flavor, light fruit, and a bit of funk.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with sour, tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The fruit flavors are nice and the sour levels are at a nice level. Good balance overall with the hibiscus adding a nice element to the beer.

 769 characters

Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

 497 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur December 22, 2011. 11 Ounce Pour.

(Appearance) pours a very hazy copper tone with a ring lace around the top of a cream white color and a wispy surface cover. Beer is consistently hazy. Interesting. 3.5

(Smell) aromas of cotton candy, bubblegum with tones of fruit and yeast included. Mildly cider-like in deliverance with several high points but little malt base to match. 3

(Taste) Very tart fruity flavors with a hint of bubblegum and caramel. Grainy tones. Lots of flavor, initially overwhelming but later mild. Cider tones are most prevailing. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) slick smoothness in texture and taste. Light/Medium body. Minor alcohol presence. 3

(Overall) Pretty decent wild ale. As the style goes, there's a lot of craziness here but mostly cider tones hold through in the end.Not overly impressive but worth a try. 3

 853 characters

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.

 773 characters

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.

 410 characters

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly cloudy light orange with two full fingers of head and very lively carbonation throughout. Retention is very good. A very nice looking beer.

S: Very dry smelling, I get some bready malts, light brett funk, and a good amount of floral notes.

T: Similar to aroma, yet not quite as clean. Beer starts out with some tropical fruity sweetness. Light Brett funk and a bit of floral notes again, yet not as strong as the aroma. The beer is still quite dry, but not as dry as I thought it'd be from the aroma. The aftertaste leaves an odd flavor, almost a lingering funkiness.

M: Way overcarbonated, but the body is appropriate.

O: A bit boring with an odd mixture of flavors. The aroma was promising, but the flavor did not follow through. Also, the beer is way overcarbonated - it is quite distracting.

 848 characters

Photo of bthomas
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of biga7346
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of markrmoser
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of ChocolateJesus
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Lips Of Faith - Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 280 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.