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

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3.39 w/ 39 ratings

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by glid02 on 03-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 16
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mothman
2.04/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a little bit of white head. Decent retention. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Some malts. Bready and sweet with some spices. A touch of honey. It smells like bar soap. A bit of citrus fruit.

Taste: Over spiced and dry. Bready malts. A big soapy flavor in the aftertaste. Bananas and lemons, but it tastes like old.

Mouthfeel: Dry and cloying. Medium bodied. It ends sticky.

Overall, this beer was awful and I could not drink very much of it. Nothing with this beer worked. It tasted like soap and it tasted like old flavors. Definitely a drainpour.

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Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another iPhone review.

Pours clear golden in a nice tulip... seems like a pretty chintzy pour though. Nice white head ... good lacing and okay retention.

Nose tons of fruity esters and a bit of white peppercorn.

Flavor has same pear ester prevalence with lesser spicy phenols... a bit unbalanced.. grainy malt sweetness makes it a bit sickly sweet toward the end of the glass.

Body is a solid medium, but very coating despite a huge carbonation.

Not a lot going on really... seems all over the place and never meshes.


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
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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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a tulip. Poured golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, cracked pepper, banana, spices, wheat, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. It wasn't that bad, but wasn't that great either. Both the flavor and aroma leave something to be desired if I'm honest. The solubilized carbon dioxide on this one is way too high as it actually burned my palate. Worth trying to say that you have ticked it, but that is about it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

388th review on BA
Draft to Chalice
10 oz.

New Belgium Hub @ Denver Airport

App- Golden neon color with a one finger crackly head that was quick to recede. Very nice cling in the glass.

Smell- To me it smelled quite nice with some pilsner notes in there and a spot or two for some sugary malts, a little fruit and some small yeast. I know there are 10 ingredients but I couldn't name em all.

Taste- Okay, damn it. I was expecting big things and this just was not it. A bit off for me. I mean it's a bigger beer and can hide somethings but the fruity notes were fine, it was the chalky, and bubble flavors I take issue with.

Mouth- Medium bodied although I could claim it was a big light bodied beer with a complimenting light/med carbonation level. A bit of a buttery after taste.

Drink- Eh. I was glad I got to try it, but the flight back to CA I was pretty let down. A very different turn for the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of homebrew311
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
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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2/5  rDev -41%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of GilGarp
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

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