Lips Of Faith - Metric 10/10/10 | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by glid02 on 03-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
16.67%
 
 
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2
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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

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4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in standard pint glass. 10's so they say, brewed in the 10th day in the tenth tank, 10% ABV, etc.

A: Pale golden yellow very clear. Tight white head with very good retention bout 1 finger. with some lacing.

S: Fruity, floral with some spice.

T: Floral and pepper notes take center stage here.

M: 10% well hidden. Active carbonation provides good mouthfeel.

D: Not one I would have gone for but it was a refreshing change.

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of GilGarp
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Falling Rock as part of Craft beer week. "Half pint" served into a tulip glass.

Not much information provided other than it's 10% (duh) and that it's a Belgian strong pale ale. Appearance is indeed a pale golden yellow color with good clarity. The head is short but tight and with good longevity.

Aroma is mostly spicy but slightly fruit and floral notes as well. The alcohol comes through too.

Flavor is very strong and completely dominated by black pepper. There is some lemon peel in there too but pepper is in total control.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. The alcohol is noticible but not bad for a 10% beer.

Overall this beer reminds me of a ramped up NB tripel. Bigger flavor, bigger ABV, and bigger pepper. If you like that, you'll enjoy this.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear golden color with a thick, if not persistent, white head. Crisp, malty, fruity aroma has hints of honey and citrus. Flavor is malty and fruity, slightly sweet, with a hint of sour orange and a fair alcohol nip. Texture is edgy, tingly and lively.

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3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, a beer brewed on my parents' 20th wedding anniversary,

A: Pours goldenrod with a medium lightly fizzy white head, solid lace.

S: Pear and banana esters, very fruity.

T: Nice mix of apple and pear, with hints of banana, orange and lemon. Fruity, yeast driven flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, solid weight, clean. Biting carbonation, clearly American here.

O: Very nice American made Belgian beer. Good flavours, not overly sugary, well worth a try.

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3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011
The beer arrives with a one finger thick, pale head that sits on top of a brilliantly clear, golden hued beer. Up front there is an aroma of cracker-like grain, which quickly gets overtaken by a estery, fruit and honey-like malt character as well as a nice spiciness. The fruitiness reminds me of ripe melons and pear and the spice notes contribute aromas of ginger, quite a bit of floral character, and maybe a touch of white pepper. There is quite a bit of pale malt and grain character to the nose as well.

The beer tastes lightly sweet as it first hits my palate, but it gets sweeter as it rolls across the tongue. It picks up some spiciness and alcohol warming towards the finish. A honey-like sweetness lingers on the palate, but ultimately the finish is dry, slightly peppery and a bit phenolic (with both a touch of medicinal as well as clove like notes). The body is chewy and viscous and it has enough heft to stick to the palate for a bit before being cleaned up by the spiciness and alcohol that lingers in the finish. The pale grain character has quite a bit of cracker like, not really hay like, but definitely grainy notes to it. The sweetness accentuates the fruitiness that is here and reminds me of melon, concentrated-filtered cider and, in combination with the alcohol, of Brandy.

This is not a bad beer, but it is really not all that great either. It is a middle of the road example of a Pale, Belgian Strong ale, but it was certainly worth trying.

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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Crescent Moon: This ale was brewed on 10-10-10 from 10 ingredients at 10:10 am then fermented in Fermentation Vessel #10 for 10 days resulting in a abv of 10%. Why? The story goes when New Belgium brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, decided to leave old Belgium for New Belgium, he had to shelve his preference for the metric system and embrace the English standard in the US. Liters and hectoliters, divisible by ten, were replaced with gallons, barrels and "case equivalents". Bouckaert realized that October 10th, 2010 represented an opportunity to celebrate his beloved metric system with a beer conceived, brewed and fermented by the Tens. The 10 ingredients include a lager yeast, polish noble hops, multiple malts, black pepper and grains of paradise. It has a fruity nose from spicing and a dry finish.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with hints of pears and green apples. Also present are hints of earthy and slightly grassy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by soft pear flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries up with the addition of earthy hops that carry through to a crisp ending. Very light hints of indistinct spices linger on the palate.

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

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer - it seemed like a watered-down BSPA but it wasn't robust enough to stand on its own as a Belgian Pale.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured a clean clear light gold color with about an inch of white head that decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma had solid grain and spice, but yet again I meet that NB grape scent. The flavors were similar. I never pick up grape on the tongue like I do in the nose. The beer had good grains and a nice yeast taste.

The body was good, just a touch too sticky to be very good. Drinkability was very good, I can see me having a few more of these. Overall, a solid, tasty brew. A must try if you see it.

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3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bittercreek pub, very nice appearance, 2" white head on a light yellow/wheat colored beer. Left some great lacing on the tulip shaped glass. Smell of floral and alcohol. Nice light taste with hints of citrus, and some malt, biscuit with a little hops at the back end. Pretty easy to drink for 10%, but it seemed closer to an Imperial Pilzner to me. Still a nice beer.

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3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: brIght gold, minimal white head, , some spotty lacing

S: lots of spice, cloves and coriander, Belgian yeast, dry bready character along with some white grapes

T: starts of very malty and sweet with white grapes and black pepper, finish is sweet and syrupy

Mf: body looks light which is deceiving, very thick and a bit syrupy

O: lacking in balance, some decent things going on, not sure that I'd try again

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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