Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.44 | pDev: 15.7%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by DDKennemore:
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DDKennemore from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Aug 21, 2012
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mthomas84 from California

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Dec 18, 2011
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Aaron420 from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this on into a New Belgium goblet/over sized wine glass mix.

A: Poured a light amber color with a one to two finger white head. That left a fair amount of lacing.

S: A nice fruity smell up front with some Belgium yeast following close behind. With a small amount of hop aroma to follow.

T: A very sweet flavor with just a mild funk to it. Can taste the Belgium yeast but not much of the hops that where in the aroma.

M: Very light bodied, low carbonation, with a slight touch of alcohol.

O: Not a bad beer but will not be rushing to buy out the stock at the local beer store.

Feb 21, 2012
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duceswild from England

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Jul 06, 2012
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paulozanello from Brazil

3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color, transluscent and with lots of carbonation. Head is white an fluffy with moderate retention and lacing.
Aroma is strong and very yeasty with a bready/malt start followed by fruity notes like orange, passion fruit and apricots. Sweet honey and spicy finish.
Taste starts out sweet with bready and honey malts followed by citric and sweet fruits like orange and pinneaple, finishing dry with spicy notes.
Body is light for the style and mouthfeel dry and a little astringent. Carbonation is moderate and alcohol is surprisingly hidden at 8.5%.
Overall a great drinkable beer from New Belgium. I like how it starts out sweet and ends very dry. The fruit and spice are also well balanced.

Feb 25, 2012
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Duff27 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Jan 15, 2012
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FanofHefe from Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light amber color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves no noticeable lacing.

Very fruity aroma featuring mostly pear and apple. A hint of bready malt and yeasty spice.

The flavor is not much different from the aroma except that the spiciness from the yeast comes through much stronger. The pear outshines the apple in the flavor and the overall sweetness is far more than expected.

Medium mouthfeel. Probably too sweet and not light enough overall for a saison in my book.

Feb 13, 2012
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jsanford from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy light copper with a creamy white head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Getting a good amount of passion fruit in the nose, along with a solid Saison base of sweet, grainy malt, ripe pears, and spicy yeast.
T - More passion fruit but not a lot of prickly pear (what does one taste like anyways?). Definitely enjoying the Saison base, though, good balance of ripe fruit and spicy, coriander-heavy yeast. A bit boozier then I'd like, too. When did a Saison get so "extreme"?
M - Crisp and quenching, with a medium body and sharp carbonation.
O - Overall an enjoyable Saison, but I'm not sure if all the "prickly pear" and "passion fruit" embellishment was needed. Probably would have liked just the plain Saison base better its own.

Jan 11, 2012
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doucmehu from Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber shared with my wife, her pick at the store. I don't try all of the LOF beers, but they are usually pretty solid.

A: Pours a light golden caramel with an average, just off-white head. Very little lacing, but some legs give an indication of solid body.

S: Smells of belgian yeast and mild tropical fruits, some alcohol and a bit of spice similar to a tripel.

T: Toasty malts with belgian yeast are mild, and met with some not-so-sweet tropical fruit. Towards the end some peppery spice shows up. Alcohol is detectable.

M: Fairly smooth and silky, with an almost tannin-like buttery warmness. Carbonation is fairly low. There is definitely some alcohol burn, finished off with some mild bitterness at the back of the tongue.

O: I found this to be a decent beer, but a big disappointment considering the price and the brewer. The fruits could have played a larger part, and the body and mouthfeel seemed off for the style.


Jan 23, 2012
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rrski198 from Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Apr 13, 2014
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Agold from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours clear and orange, with a short head with ok retention and a few spots of lacing. Aroma has a nice spice element with a bit of tropical almost pineapple fruit and some apple. Flavor is very nice. Dry, reminds me of tropical fruit gum and pineapple/melon, but in a very appealing way. If the beer was a bit drier and there was a bit of tartness it would have been perfect. It is also a bit on the sweet side, but it is definitely not cloying. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I want and carbonation is a bit light for me, however I really do enjoy this beer. If drinkability was still a field I would knock it a bit. Even though I like it, this is a bit tough to get through. Very nice beer though.

Apr 19, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a 2 inch foamy orange white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty much solely of yeast and fruit. Taste is of malt, yeast, spices, and a fruity flavor but not really passion fruit in nature. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smells and flavors seem a bit muddled.

Dec 14, 2011
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DoktorZee from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the New Belgium pub in the Denver Airport.

A - clear amber with a tiny head and practically no lacing

S - ripe fruit, with a bit of skunkiness

T - definite hops kick that melts a spicy, tangy, ripe fruit. Fruit character really sticks in the throat and lingers.

M - very light but highly carbonated - sharp in the mouth

O - Intersting twist on the usual Saison. Very fresh, but also more unidimensional than I expected. Decent, but not exceptional.

Jan 08, 2012
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Renegrenade from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Aug 21, 2012
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artcurtis from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my NB globe.
Pours nice deep and golden. Smallish, light head. Very nice looking, even though the head disappears rather quickly.

S - Fruit and alcohol. Especially fruit. Really like the nose on this. The fruit doesn't have a sweet smell, but rather refreshing.

t - Pretty good. Definitely improves as it gets closer to room temp. Cold fridge is too cold for this one for sure. The fruit mingles nicely with the Saison flavors. Pretty typical of the style, very tasty. Nice, subtle alcohol notes and a almost sweet-free frutiiness.

m - Pretty on point for a Saison. If you are familiar with the style, no surprises here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Not mindblowing, but a very solid, tasty Saison. Definitely recommended if you enjoy the style.

Nov 05, 2011
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nataku00 from California

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark copper with half a finger of off white soapy head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin collar and a soapy film on the surface leaving minimal lacing. Moderate amount of fine carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet fruity esters, pear and apple, light floral hops, and some bready malts. Pretty mild aromas and I don't get much passion fruit.

Taking a sip, light floral bitterness, then mainly fruity flavors, esters mainly but resembling pear, more passion fruit than in aroma, and sweet apple. A bit sweeter than I like my saisons, leading to a medium finish with lingering esters and alcohol on the tongue.

Light to medium body with an initial sharp and prickly carbonation. Fairly easy to drink but with a distinct alcohol burn, but not particularly nuanced in the flavor.

Dec 23, 2011
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sendbeer from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Dec 03, 2012
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Nov 20, 2014
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horrorspecialty from Virginia

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Nov 16, 2011
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jeffoatess from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Jan 03, 2012
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zaphodchak from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of white head that retains a bit. Clear amber body.

Smell is typical saison. Some Belgian yeast, a bit of spice, relatively little funk.

Taste is sort of biscuity (or perhaps bready, some solid, neutral base), with some of the sweetness that I can only guess is prickly pear. Black pepper comes in at the end, which is faintly bitter. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is relatively bright, but not too 'prickly' (pun intended).

It's pretty good, even as a non saison-lover. Not outstanding, but good.

Nov 19, 2011
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UTCengOwl from Texas

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Nov 27, 2011
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nickthegun12 from Alabama

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yea...i do believe this is pretty decent beer!

the appearance is light brown golden color with a fast rising head, that fades within a minute....

smells like great french saison yeast...with excellent fruity notes over the top of it

the taste is a little too fruity, and you really can't taste the saison flavor a whole lot

the feel is dry!...exactly how it should be

overall this is the second time i've purchased this ale...i love it, but its def experimental!

Jan 07, 2012
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Dec 05, 2011
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alwaysanswerb from California

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Dec 03, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 342 ratings