Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion SaisonLips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Doodler on 11-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of JayS2629
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color with a three finger white head that fades quick and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is full of fruit. Apricot, pear and passion fruit with black pepper, cloves, and ginger notes. Honey tones under crisp toasty bottom.

The flavor follows the nose with a light, crisp, toasty backbone with a touch of honey. Fruity with apricot, melon, pear, peach, star fruit, and passion fruit. Nice spicy notes on the finish of black pepper.

Medium body, smooth

Easy to drink, enjoyable, innovative twist on a saison.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber color with some soft carbonation visible. Small and bubbly white head that dissapates down to a thin sheet of bubbly patches very quickly. Minimal lacing. The smell is pleasant in it's passion fruit character and soft aroma of pear. A touch of alcohol and floral hops, but mostly a big whiff of pleasant smelling passion fruit and pears.

The taste is more bold than the aroma with a big and lingering juicy hit of passion fruit that leads into a softer hint of pear in the finish. The hops remain floral and a bit herbal with a small background feel of bread. The alcohol hits a little bit in the finish with a soft breath and doesn't become overbearing at any point. It actually seems to help with the balance, which is a bit out of whack with the bold and juicy passion fruit taste. The lingering aftertaste is a bit syrupy after a bone dry finish and has a strange band-aid linger to it that is slightly off-putting, but doesn't hurt the overall experience too much. Maybe its just an overripe fruit kind of taste. A medium to high carbonation level has a somewhat filling effect but that bone dry finish mellows it out a little.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. The character is bold and, even though its fruity, its not cloying by any means. Worth at least one try.

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Photo of dankster
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from quail creek.

Clear orange with a touch of amber. not much head or lacing

Smell is very sweet and fruity. more than the average saison. heavy pear and even cactus noted.

Taste is sweet with some citrus but more tart fruits are present. cactus is more noted as the brew warms. very unique taste that i personally like but some might not get. pear comes though better when cold.

Mouth is slick and clean like all lips of faith imo.

overall a different take on classic saison's but i like it. the price is a tad heavy at 8 a bomber but great for the holidays. might age well but not sure may have to try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head, decent retention and excellent lacing on a hazy crimson with golden hues body.

S: fruity saison aroma but more on the pear side as advertised. Also some strawberry green apple.

T: fruity, mostly apple and pear, with a strong malt profile than many other saisons. A syrupy sweet finish.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and nice moist finish.

Overall: A very easy to drink saison. A little syrupy in the texture but is a nice touch.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had on tap at Bryant lake Bowl (from notes). It arrives brilliant reddish amber with a thin white foam collar. Fruit nose and palate. On the palate a subtle sweetness blends with a touch of bitter, a hint of oak and a touch of sour.Medium light body and above average carbonation. It strikes me as a hybrid between a beer and a wine.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear copper appearnce with 2 finger head that quickly disappears

Smell- fruity and very spicy

Taste - Very smooth and alcohol is well disguised. Tastes just like is smells with fruity and spice notes. Slight sour notes on the palet.

Mouthfeel - decent but slightly watery

Overall - An ok Saison and ok beer. For the high price, I doubt I have much interest to revisit though as there are better offerings out there.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan head.

Smell is a bit funky. Sweet and spicy scent with fairly strong pineapple. Smells a little sour possibly from passion fruit. Can't really make out the prickly pear, there is a fairly strong guava scent.

Starts out barely sweet at all, much drier than it smells. Not as spicy as it smells there is a woody flavor with a mild sweet and sour flavor from the passion fruit. Can't taste any prickly pear, from the times I had it in the Boy Scouts it was mildly sweet and not all that strong tasting. Not really picking up on coriander at all, there is a nice powdery yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little light.

Overall a funky beer. No real expectation to purchase this again, it is an interesting novelty though.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber glass fails to hold any more than a constantly fed and dying head of tight bubbles. Good clarity.

Smell: Sweet esters and Belgian yeast has me thinking Trippel. Fruity with some of the prickly pear earthiness coming through.

Taste: Very sweet, with a bit of sour pucker at the finish. A mild powdery yeast after the swallow and a long slow slightly alcoholic finish. Loads of sugar here, brings the pear flavor out but goes a bit cloying after a bit.

Mouthfeel: Prickles of tiny bubbles in a medium/heavy body. Slick texture coats the mouth and slowly fades away.

Overall: A good beer to bring out the prickly pears better flavors. A big of a bruiser with the heavy alcohol flavor and kick.

A good slow sipper.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bright clear copper with a thin off-white head that left no lacing.

Aroma of pear, candy sugar and floral notes.

Tasted of juicy pear, honey, candy sugar and spicy yeast. The 8.5% alcohol was very well-hidden.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this Saison from New Belgium. Maybe a touch too sweet but interesting.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the Wine Source. In a mini tulip.

A: The saison is amber, a melange of orange and golden brown. Still transparent, I can clearly see whatever I put on the other side of the glass. The first pour generated a small white head, not much lacing, that quickly dissapated; a thin wisp of head is all that remains.

S: Mildly tart fruit juices mix with musty Belgian yeast. Green apples, ginger and lemongrass are strong, plenty of sweetness to go around. Light breadiness follows before transitioning back to the fruits. The aromas are just wigged out enough to be a saison.

T: Sweetly spiced, the pears and passion fruit add a mildly tart juciness. The yeast adds more fruitiness with a bit of an edge. As with the other fruited Lips of Faith offerings, the sweetness overruns most of the Belgian aspects, although a saison is so nebulous that it tends to do okay. There are light candi sugars, adding to the fruity sweetness. Breadiness is faint in the aftertaste. Interesting with a bit of prickly tartness.

M: Another sweet fruit beer, perhaps a little too much so. But hey, I'm just happy to have access to the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours a clear golden orange with a dense white head. Sweet fruit dominates the nose. Sugar and mango and pear make up most of the aroma. There is a bit of bread and yeast without much yeast/ester/phenol. Sweet fruit with a bit of bread and cracker malt flavor. Quite a bit of passion fruit with a little less of an emphasis on the prickly pear. A touch of grass on the finish.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright coppery color in the big tulip glass. Pleasant foam and spritzy mouthfeel. Nose of fermenting fruit.

What a classic Saison taste. It starts out sweet and fruity, then morphs into a dry, stony sensation. Amazing transformation with every sip. Through it all is a tangy taste with plenty of fruit. Tangerine peel and cornbread come to mind. Very light body, but alcohol seems to be completely hidden. Malty with that Belgian yeasty bitterness that goes well with the rich aromatics.

This is a tasty beer with a strongly flavored mouthful. Unfortunately it goes down very fast. Another one for the education in the Saison style but it's a very agreeable drink. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

Another in the New Belgium Lips of Faith series. Brewed with prickly pears (tunas) and passion fruit. Smells like a saison, looks like a saison… even tastes like a saison. Not a funky saison, rather one that’s toned down and has a malty, tacky finish. I don’t pick up on the tuna flavors, but I am also keeping in mind that tunas are by nature delicately flavored and mostly water/fruit fiber. As for the passion fruit? I can’t even think of what these look like, let alone how they taste. Regardless this beer is enjoyable and works well as a creative saison. I’d say the most distinguishing feature that sets it apart is the curious, lingering mouthfeel. Stronger than most at 8.5% but hardly noticeable.

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Photo of lazjuarez
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this bomber back from New Belgium. Poured into a New Belgium chalice.

A: Pours a golden hue, clear, and a light 1/4 finger worth of head. A good amount of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass, light lacing as it recedes.

S: Nose is of green apples, Lemongrass, a very light acidic note, and in the end I'm getting some Belgian yeast (although I know it's French yeast).

T: Taste is a bit tart, albeit very minuscule. Tartness is smoothed over by earthy yeast and citrus notes. I'm not keen to the passion fruit/prickly pear in this saison, but I'm definitely picking out some citrus and pear notes.

M: Medium- bodied, light and refreshing, as well as perfectly carbonated. Great hot summer day drink, but at 8.5% ABV, it was well disguised.

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Photo of Rutager
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a very clear, deep gold-amber with a finger of off white head.

Smell. Fruity belgian yeast and some sweet pears, green grapes, and apples.

Taste. Again the fruity belgian yeast, some light fruits and a bit of sweet grains.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer for a summer day. Easy drinking.

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Photo of zac16125
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chalice
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Slightly hazy amber orange with 1 fingers width of light off white colored head which dissipates down pretty quickly to only an outer ring and leaves a trace amount of spotty lacing.  

S: Pear and apple aromas, a big Belgium yeast character with the banana and spicey notes, bready malts, some clove. I really like the aroma, although it comes off more as a tripel than a Saison.

T: A lot of spice. Similar to the nose, there are pear and Belgium yeast banana notes.   It's pretty well balanced with a decent amount of fruit sweetness, mixed with the big spice character. Some booze becomes noticable later on in the drink but not to a fault.  Decent flavor profile but not terribly complex and certainly not to style.  

M/D: Medium bodied with a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel.  Decent carbonation but somewhat low for the style, good drinkability and does a nice job of keeping the ABV subdued.  

O:  Not a bad beer, in fact I actually enjoyed drinking it, but to me it comes off as a middle of the road tripel and definitely doesn't fit the style.  I wouldn't turn it down if someone handed me a glass of it, but I probably wouldn't buy it again either.  

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Photo of EricCioe
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours 'pink-orange, grapefruit' according to the lady, with a one finger eggshell head that faded quickly for me. On the nose there are notes of banana, green apples, that soft wheat character that I sometimes find in saisons, and yeast. In the mouth, it broadens out a bit with wheat bread providing a base for the sweeter fruit notes and esters to ride on top. It's well-integrated. It's a little broad and softer than I normally like in saisons, which I often reach for on hotter days of the summer to quench thirst with some style.

Overall, I can't speak to any one aspect of this beer that didn't come out fine, but the end product isn't anything extraordinary. There are better saisons I think, but this is by no means not a good one. It just didn't speak to me.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a half pint of this at Max's in Baltimore. Color is a cloudy yellow, faint head. Smell is of faint fruitiness. Taste is light bodied, get the nice Belgian yeasts upfront with a subtle pear like finish. A bit of an interesting flavor, luckily the fruitiness doesn't overtake the beer and tends to stay balanced, but compared to other saison's I've tried this one just seems about average. ABV is well hidden and makes for a nice beer, just nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Prickly Passion Saison was had on-tap at the Sanctuary. It was served in a flute-tulip glass.

Appearance- The head is very airy and puffy, reaching about two-fingers in width. There is a bunch of lace as the head degrades at a glacial pace. The body is a pretty amber-orange with some gold and ruby highlights.

Smell- The slight sour zest from the fruit and earthy yeast is first up in the nose. Then the passion fruit and pear juice completely overwhelms, and it does so in a very good way. It is very sweet and slightly sour. Always enjoy unique beer profiles!

Taste- The fruit of the drink includes red apple and pear notes. Passion fruit sneaks in there and really starts to fill the palate. Sweet is definitely more noticeable than the sour.

The finish has a very unique vanilla and smokey note to it. It must be how the yeast is interacting with all that sweet fruit. I probably would score this much higher if there was a little more zing from the sour and musty side of this saison.

Mouth feel- The feel is just okay. Nothing going on that makes it easier to drink. It is bordering on light, and it is a little too fizzy on the tongue for my taste.

Overall- This really is a unique beer, and the positive aspects of discovering this beer outweigh the parts I did not enjoy.

This would be pretty remarkable if New Belgium went more extreme with the musty yeast of a saison. Or even better, if they kicked up the sour quality to counter-act how incredibly sweet this fruity cocktail is.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 20 Dec 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Ulmer Munster snifter.

Medium sized tight beige head. Medium carbonation. Clear rosy amber color. Aroma is fruity and floral. Starts floral and fruity-syrupy, passionfruit maybe, some yeast. Towards the middle the fruitiness fades a little and becomes more of a regular saison. Medium slick body, warming ethanol. Touch of clove at the end. Finishes sweet and yeasty.

Interesting but not likely to come back to this.

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Musty notes of honey, clove, and pineapple (passion fruit?).

T - Thick, sweet malt up front with some clove and pepper. Vinous notes of white wine and honey in the middle with a finish full of pear, pineapple, and herbal hops.

M - A somewhat thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - A nice blend of fruity malt and spicy yeast character that makes for a complex drink. My only complaint is the sweetness of the finish which hurts the drinkability and makes the fruity character seem a bit flabby and more one-dimensional than it might otherwise be.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/orange color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hint of hops, strong floral, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, citrus, floral, slight hops, and a hint of dough. Overall, lacking in appearance, good feel, and average aroma and body.

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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great textural silkscreen on the bottle, a keeper design in the series. Tiny inkjet batch code printed on the lower green band: "111021031"

Poured the majority of the bottle into a tulip glass, resulting in a couple fingers of creamy eggshell foam. Frothy splashes of lace decorate the glass as it settles. Color is a deeply saturated amber orange, looks like a sunset. Bright clarity, lasting head retention.

Fresh green botanical aroma, earthy Belgian yeast, weeds. Warming up there's some phenolic yeast notes, clove and spice.

Some light bitterness, herbal, weedy, yeasty clove, coriander, husky toasted malt coarseness, dry finish. Seems like a textbook saison here, not getting much overt prickly pear, or anything tropical really. Very dry finish, not much sweetness really. Aftertaste of honey and bubblegum (there's the hint of prickly pear) though no residual sugars. Medium bodied, effervescent carbonation. Overall easy enough to drink, I wouldn't seek it out again, though I wouldn't turn it down either. Just a good saison, nothing too exotic.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a medium white head, with very good retention and solid lace.

S: Clear malt character with some honeycomb and citrus. Herbal honey.

T: Has a fair amount of red fruit and spice. Not a lot more. A one-dimensional flavour. A good taste, but really not bringing anything new to the table.

M: Firm carbonation, medium-bodied, biting, frothy, a clear experience from the CO2.

O: This is an interesting beverage. The aftertaste is quite nice and brings some complexity. Overall it's solid, just has nothing to grab you. Well made, just overpriced at $7 a bomber.

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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
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