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

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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)

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Added by mkorpal on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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30
Ratings:
68
pDev:
12.3%
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of zrab11
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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 thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with mikesgroove during the Growler Party this weekend! Served from growler into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured a deep dark purple with a two finger light purple head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapes, earth, and a bitter note. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapes, earth, and grape pits. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I really liked this one out of the growler better than when I had it on tap if I'm honest. The bitterness on this one was a little off-putting, but it could have come from the seeds of the grapes used to make this one. At least that would be my guess. Very easy drinking for an 8.5% brew which is kind of scary. A definite worth trying for any Fruit/Veggie fan out there.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another big growler that we opened up for the party last night, this was actually well received by my wife as well. poured into a snifter and enjoyed on 5.14.11

deep and dark purple pour with a huge head of purplish and pink tones that seemed to never stop climbing. just a huge, huge beer that left soo much lacing on the sides it was incredible.

aroma is deep grapes and hints of acidic notes. warming brings out more sugary notes and hints of a berry like tartness that continue to help it evolve but this was by far and away dominated by the grapes. flavor was no different as each sip was a mouthfull of muscat that had a nish and smooth conistency and a light sour finish that left the palate dry and looking for more. really nicely done and an interesting beer for sure.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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 cdizinno
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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 mrandypandy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at Hop City, on the first day growlers were available. Enjoyed with the wife.

A- Pours a dark dark dark what appears to be purple, with red highlights at the edges. Minimal white head quickly dies, not much lacing.
S- Nice tones of raspberries. Fresh, but not overpowering.
T- Just like the nose, notes of raspberries with the resemblance of a base brown ale behind it. Raspberries have a faint tartness to them.
M - Medium body, smooth, with a tangy finish.
O - Not bad at all. I wouldn't really call this a lambic, more of a fruit beer, but it's still tasty. And the 8.5% ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to todes for the share.

As noted by other reviewers, this is not a lambic, it is really a fruit beer. I also had no clue it was anywhere near 8.5% until I clicked on this page.

A - The brew pours a deep brownish-purple hue and is capped with a pink-tan head of moderate volume; leaves a bit of lace, too.

S - Smells like NG Raspberry Tart, which is basically like a melted raspberry fruit popsicle. The nose suggests wholesome and natural ingredients, and is on the verge of decadence; it is not, however, beer-y in any way.

T - The taste is significantly more nuanced than the aroma, which is more of a one-note (albeit a good one-note); the malt presence is discernible, and there is some bitterness which betrays the use of hops, so this is like a ‘real’ beer. Raspberry juice is still prominent, and there is a bit of a saltiness reminiscent of Gose that accompanies the tart fruit flavor. Roasty, nutty and chocolate tones are on the finish.

M - Moderately carbonated with a light enough body so as to not be syrupy, but heavy enough to carry some intensity of flavor.

O - This was nice. I could drink a lot more of this.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica this past St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance - Give in a NB Sniffer. Pours a dark brown/purple red color. About a half finger of slight pink head is achieved that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Raspberry, and more raspberry. Slight tart notes, malts, and...that's it. Somewhat one dimensional.

Taste - Sweet up front, then just a hint of tartness. Huge raspberry flavor all around. It really reminds me of the Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale but on steroids.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, thick and creamy.

Overall - Decently good, however, did get a bit cloying at the end. Not as tart as I would have liked but pretty good.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As some of the other reviewers, I'm rating this as a fruit beer and not a lambic. If I were to rate it as a lambic, I would give it an F. But for a fruit beer, this is pretty damn good. Had it on tap at my work. Pours a dark purplish color with a large, light maroon head. A very pretty beer. Scent is sweet raspberries with some cherrries and a hint of nuttiness. Taste is lightly tart with some raspberry/cherry sweetness. Much more sweet than tart. Mouthfeel is full bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is fairly high...would be more drinkable if not so sweet. Overall, this is one of the better fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rating this as a fruit beer, as it's not a lambic, nor is it advertised as one. 40% raspberry juice, 60% imperial dark ale. Served in a New Belgium goblet at Fountainhead.

A - I've never seen a beer that looks quite like this one. Pours with two-plus fingers of creamy dark pink foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind splotchy lace. The body appears black, but reveals ruby transparency when held to the light.

S - Reminds me of raspberry yogurt, with a mild lactic character but not much acidity. The heavy raspberry aroma is backed up by caramel, chocolate, and butterscotch malt flavors.

T - Quite heavy on the raspberry juice - somewhat tart, but very sweet and ripe. Minimal sourness, and a light roasted malt and chocolate finish that evokes a decadent dessert platter. Could use a bit more sourness for balance.

M - Creamy, medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a roasty dry finish. The 8.5% ABV is a bit of a shocker.

D - I had no problem finishing my goblet with the well-hidden alcohol, but I don't think I'd want more than one in a session. If it's still on-tap next time I'll definitely have it again though. Quite unique, and will probably be a big hit with the ladies.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Edit: This beer should not be any where close to a Lambic category... it is definitely a fruit beer... a good fruit beer, but "lambic" is laughable.

Hefty pour into a big goblet at Bitter Creek.. astonishingly pink head.. No kidding, seriously pink foam.. It is dark in the restaurant, but as close as I can tell, the brew is clear and deep red wine burgundy... it is still brown down along the stem of my goblet, but the glass is no doubt deep red.

Nose is a raspberry overload... tart and mildly tannic... a bit of something that I can only describe as cocoa.. but the fruit blows everything else off the plate.

Flavor is pungent tart berry essence from front to back... just enough malt sweetness to help tie things together and then the berry notes come back swinging on the finish... a bit tannic twinge toward the bottom of the glass... No EtOH.

This is an after dinner beer... I've made the mistake of trying to pair it with Poutine and later with Fish and Chips.. bad for me... I can see it being a sipper for a while... order it early and let it warm up while you eat... and then have a sip or two while you digest.

Body makes me think 6%... carbonation is pretty nice, but I expect no less from my Bitter Creek.

Very nice fruit beer.. 12oz is waaay too much. I would definitely like to see this one bottled, but honestly, I would probably only buy a few... It would be too much very quickly on my palate.

4/4/4/4/3

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Photo of AgentZero
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Truly unique looking beer. A black beer almost dark purple looking at times. Has a huge pink head that had good retention and left some chunks and fat lace on the side.

S - Raspberry, cream, smells a lot like raspberry yogurt. I don't get any real tart notes off of this, but it smells like a nice fruit beer.

T - To start with, this is not a lambic. From what I understand it is a blend of 40% raspberry puree and 60% black ale. It definately tastes like a raspberry fruit beer, but it is a really good blend. It reminds me a ton of raspberry yogurt, and the malts are a good compliment to it. Very different, but good.

M - Full bodied, with appropriate carbonation to keep it from getting too sticky.

O - Very interesting beer, while I'm not in love with it, it's still very good and pretty easy to drink. I'd recommend trying this to anyone, as it's quite different and unlike anything I can think of having before.

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Photo of joshclauss
4.6/5  rDev +23%
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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Photo of psujmatt
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
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 UTCengOwl
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Closed for Business in Charleston, SC.

Pours a deep purplish-ruby color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of lightly tart berries and red grapes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly tart berry and grape flavors. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors turn darker with hints of plums, fading out into a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a bit let down by this beer as most other NB sours are nothing short of fantastic. Still, a decent beer that's worth a shot if it comes around and one that is certainly worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of mkorpal
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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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