Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! | New Belgium Brewing

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85
very good
68 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mkorpal on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Groenebeor
2.2/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the New Belgium Hub at the Denver International Airport.

Poured into a tulip glass. Color is deep purple, black at the core and purple black at the edges. A very thin enamel colored head ( less than half a cm) dissipated quickly. No lacing left down the side of the glass.

The nose was simply raspberries; evidently this is similar to their 1554 ale, then fermented with raspberries to 10% ABV. No malt or hops in the nose.

This is where the beer fails. Nothing but raspberries up front, with a little booze. The middle had a little biscuity body, but still had lots of raspberry, as did the finish - this "beer" tasted like a fruity wine cooler. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel was watery for a 10% ABV beverage.

Overall a silly "beer."

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Photo of mattafett
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of ajs4bd
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Plastikdust
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep deep red with a small light pink head. Solid head retention, limited lace.

S: Real nice pure raspberry fruit, not Raspberry Tart, but nice.

T: Some good raspberry flavour, but no real malt strucutre, a bit sugary. There are some good points, but I expected more.

M: Medium-bodied, cloying at times, fairly smooth, no acidity. The 8.5% was nowhere to be found, so that's a plus.

O: This is a fruit beer, and an OK one. Actually reminded me of Great Divide's raspberry beer a lot. Needs some balance, I blended it with Petrus Aged Pale to add some acidity and that made it a much more balanced and pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, ruby red with a frothy white head. Smells of tart raspberries and that's about it. The palate is much the same - raspberries dominate everything from the start to finish. I was hoping for a little more complexity, however what was there was really good. It reminds me of a to Ed down blushing monk that I had a couple of weeks ago. I would highly recommend this to lovers of raapberries and raspberry beers. To everyone else, it is worth a shot.

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Photo of oline73
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of off white head that has a hint of pink to it. The head fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet natural raspberries along with some malt. Mildly buttery.

Taste: The raspberry dominates, but this beer isn't too sweet. The finish is a bit tart. The buttery note that showed up in the smell doesn't show up here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The raspberry really dominates and doesn't leave room for much else. Good beer if you're in the mood for raspberries.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

was told by the bartender at falling rock that this was like a cherry based la folie, but he was absolutely wrong. its not lactic at all like the la folie, its only moderately sour, and most of that is in the nose from what must be a bit of brett. any sour flavor comes from sour cherry juice, and this felt like a glass of spoiled koolaid to me rather than a special sour beer. if its other fruit than cherries in here, its lost on me. it looked like cough medicine, smelled similar, and finished long and sweet. a glass was more than i cared to drink really. it had a syrupy texture and left the teeth coated with sugar. the cherry seemed artificial and in way way way too heavy of a dose. maybe some age would do this good, but i thought it was a pretty weak effort, especially since the lips of faith beers have all been so incredible lately. this is definitely one to skip unless you like cherry jolly ranchers in your beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light layer o pink hued white head. Color is a dark raspberry pink.

Aroma: Mainly raspberries. I get a little Belgian background flavors. Maybe a bit of spice.

Taste: Again, all raspberries. Not sour, but more like raspberry puree. A little oak and a light amount of tart. A hint of spice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Dry. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, this was a decent beer, but nothing I would go crazy over. Just a whole lot of raspberries. Pretty easy to drink, however.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cdizinno
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler purchased at Green's at Piney Grove in Columbia, SC

A: Pours a dark dark dark purple, with red highlights. Minimal white head quickly dies, no lacing.

S: Mild raspberries.

T&M: Very powerful raspberry sweetness. More like a wine than a lambic. Little to no carbonation. Maily raspberries with a lot of tartness on the fade. Smooth and medium bodied. Tangy finish.

Not too bad. I was hoping for more of a beer feel, but it may mix well with some of my IPA's. I wouuldn't call this a lambic, more of a fruit beer or heavy duty wine. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jtthegreat
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Black Star Co-op. They seem to bring in a lot of interesting sours. Woo!

This beer poured a solid red with a white head. Pretty decent for the style, but not unexpected.

The nose was like that of a raspberry Italian soda. It smelled bright, fruity and tart. However, it was a bit too sweet and one dimensional for a higher score.

The taste was almost exactly the same. Refreshingly sour and tart, but a bit too one dimensional and sweet. Easy to down, but not inspirational by any measure.

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Lips Of Faith - Ooh La La! from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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