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

BA SCORE
85
very good
30 Reviews
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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:
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Added by mkorpal on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
68
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mkorpal
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very very deep purple to black with a very thin wispy off pink head. Somewhat girly looking beer.

Smell is lots of raspberry goodness. But, making a very pleasent and welcome appearance is a bit of brett funkyness. Some malt rounds out the nose.

Taste is that slightly dirty, but very fresh raspberry that Frambozen features. Lots of that, along with a nice bit of sour, and some funk. Unlike a lot of fruit lambics, this beer actually features the sour that it should, as opposed to a mess of fake sugars. I really like it.

Light mouthfeel, with good rounded carbonation.

Very drinkable. Great flavor, good base beer, and very a nice blend. Good job on this very special release. If you got it, your lucky.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brownish purple color. Two finger light tan with pinkish hints to it head shows medium retention. Good sticky streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a simple underlying aroma in this beer. Raspberry puree and chocoalte malts mix together very well with the raspberry starting off and the chocolate finishing it up. No alcohol tone at all to this beer. Such a wonderful aroma like chocolate covered raspberries.

T- There is a light raspberry upfront to this beer which I expected. The thing I was hoping to not taste but I did was the New Belgium base malt giving off it's trademark Tootsie Roll flavor. Lucky for me this is in the ending of the front of the beer and doesn't stick around for long. Middle of the beer shows some light nutty flavor and faded earthy hops (very light). Ending shows off a little more of the raspberry flavor but this mingles with a nice almost milk chocolate like flavor. There is a nice alcohol bite on the ending which is after a final chocolate raspberry flavor comes through.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Two flavors are left on the palate which are chocolate and raspberry. Aftertaste is mostly chocolate raspberry with a kiss of alcohol. Flavors of the beer were put together very nicely and I couldn't have asked for anything more with what they were going for. No off flavors at all in the flavor of the beer while I was drinking it. Very light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was what it said it was going to be. I don't agree with how this one is labeled on this site and I am putting this last score down kind of with that in mind. I was glad to see this beer finally as I was curious if I was ever going to be trying it. A nice chocolate and raspberry blend with this beer. If you can find it I would try this one out.

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Photo of psujmatt
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Black Star Co-op.

A - Very dark brown, almost black with a red tint. Slight pink/brown to the very slight, thin head. I was actually pleased to not see a large pinkish head found on some fruit beers.

S - Definite yet subtle sweetness to the smell and definitely a berry tone to it. Really intrigued me, as I was afraid the berry would be overpowering. There is some maltiness to the smell as well. Only a hint of sourness.

T - Great balance of sweet, sour, and malty. As other reviewers noted, there was no surprise in the taste given the smell.

M - Moderate thickness with moderate to light carbonation. In general, I prefer less pronounced carbonation, and this beer delivered.

D - Very drinkable. I was very sad when my glace was empty, which happened quite quickly. Not sure where all the alcohol was hiding!

It is a perfect after dinner beer and would complement most desserts, including bacon toffee.

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Photo of zrab11
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice dark purple with minimal head

S- Smells of raspberries.

T- Has a nice tart but sweet raspberry flavor.Finish's with a nice tang to it

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i was very impressed. If you don't like raspberried you wont like this beer. But it wasn't too strong on the raspberries and i liked how you tasted both sweet and tart at the same time. If it didn't have that balance i think it would be too sweet or too harsh to drink. Loved this beer. will get again

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Photo of joshclauss
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark body. Looks like hot jam. Rich, hot pink head that can hold its own against the deep reddish-purple hue of the beer.

S: Floral and heavy raspberry notes almost overwhelm the yeast, but not quite. This is where the name comes from, for sure.

T: Bright fruit and not much else. Not as much residual sugar, but there's not a big malt backbone to diversify the flavors. However, it's probably meant to be a more crisp drink, so it's not disappointing. A perfect Spring addition to the lineup. The flavor is only augmented by the nose...a really complementary pair.

M: The fruit adds a certain viscosity that brings more body, but this is definitely a patio treat.

O: This beer is what it should be - a nice practice in Lambic with equal representation between the fruit and yeast. It's less about it being a beer and more about being a solid cocktail, and that's a good thing. It points out what beer can be, and why I like exploring it so much. Not always the biggest New Belgium guy, but well done here. It's what we all wish Framboise would be.

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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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