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:
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Added by Doodler on 11-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't have a bottle, drinking off tap, so I won't be reading the silly label copy for you. Instead, just click the link, and see how awful it is for yourself. (I had a bottle, but shared it with a friend, knowing I had a keg to tap soon.)

(Hold the phone! A little Googling leads me to realize that stuff on the website is not the label copy, which I suddenly remember more clearly now. A found it reprinted on another blog/site/thing, and here it is: Peter [Bouckaert, Brewmaster] picked a prickly pear and paired it with a passion fruit. 'Perfect! Pitch it in!' he proclaimed. Now we have this pleasing prickly passion saison brewed with fruit juices and french saison yeast to our brewmaster's picking.

We've got a saison, flavored with prickly pear juice and passion fruit. It's clear and amber-colored (ostentatious-ly, nonetheless), with creamy off-white foam that starts big and slims down, but sticks around. Tiny dots, with big pools.

Aromatics: Sweetness and spice. Belgian yeast. Very fruity. Peach and apricot, passion fruit, melon, mango, and mellow pear. With funk and spice mingling in.

Taste: Starts with mild bitterness, leads into fruit, gets right into Belgian yeast character, while remaining a smooth ride. Soft, supple, and almost creamy. Very clean, other than the tasty Belgian yeast component. Well-integrated mix of fruit, nothing too "off" in this, quite delicious. Yup. Deee-licious.

Lightish body, long, lean, fruity finish. Lingering bitterness happily matched the malt and yeast character. I haven't called this "yummy" yet, but I'm close to doing so.

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Photo of ZSimon
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Westpark Beer and Wine, Richmond, VA. Purchased after New Belgium "Beer Theater" featuring NB brewmaster Peter Bouckaert.

Pours brilliant, clear amber-y orange, a surprise from a style that is more typically pale and cloudy. But lack of yeast sediment doesn't prevent the yeast from doing its job and providing a wild range of fruity esters as well as a drying finish. A subdued nose is the weak point, if there is one. If anything, it sets expectations a bit lower, which only enhances the powerfully fruity flavors of mango, sweet bubblegum, and a healthy dose of bittering hops. Mouthfeel is typical of New Belgium, which is to say, exceptional- mouth-filling but slightly slick, though the flavors definitely stick around well afterward. Prickly pear and passionfruit additions might be tough to source year-round, I would love to see this one-off Lips of Faith (or something similar) added to the rotation.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a hazy orange with thick foam and good lacing. Smells sweeter than most brews, belgian yeasts, banana and sweet fruit. Taste is of sweet belgian yeast with fruity and peppery notes.
Its obviously not a brew trying to win any awards, but its delicious, fun, and most importantly different and innovative. Nice brew.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The is attractive, showcasing some honey, citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet beer, Though there's also some light butter on the palate, and there's a hint of bitterness on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, tropical fruit finish. Alcohol is well disguised, and I was surprised to see the 8.5% abv.

While nothing extraordinary, this was still aa pretty tasty beer I thought.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden brown with a nice white head that fades to a small layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty inviting. The typical Saison aromas are there with notes of lemon zest and fruity esters along with a passion fruit sweetness.

T: Wow this thing is pretty sweet but it works. The fruit juices are at the forefront with a nice sweetness which is followed by the clove and esters from the Saison yeast.

M: The feel is medium bodied and only slightly drying on the finish.

O: The was tasty and an interesting take on a Saison. Definitely not traditional but I appreciate what they did here. I'd drink it again for sure...I may grab another and lay it down for a while to see how it develops.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but was just released so it's fresh. It was a clear copper color with slight carb streams. It had a small fizzy head that quickly settled into a thin, incomplete collar. Minimal lacing and none sticking.

The aroma was good with the tropical fruit in the lead but quickly followed with more traditional saison elements. Pretty sweet smelling so was worried that it might taste too sweet but it didn't. It's sweet but there is just enough yeast and spice to keep it down. I do wish the mix was higher on the yeast/spice. As-is it's a fruity saison instead of a saison with fruit highlights. Mouthfeel is light with good carb levels and a fruity finish. Not really dry like a normal saision.

Overall, an interesting take on the style that does somewhat succeed. If you are wanting a pure saison you'll be disappointed but if you are open to a new take and don't mind sweeter beers then you are in for a treat. Avail here in TX. Seasonal I believe but maybe one-time release. Rotation - interesting enough that I'm going to get at least one or two more for now. [O;Y]

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had purchased this bottle during my most recent visit to my aunt & uncle in DC and put it aside awaiting a slow moment. I just returned from Christmas dinner and things could not be slower at Abbaye de Chandler aka Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Peter picked a prickly pear and paired it with a passion fruit. 'Perfect! Pitch it in!' he proclaimed. Now we have this pleasing Prickly Passion Saison brewed with fruit juices and French Saison yeast to our brewmaster's picking."

I was interested while watching the cascading action of my pour eventually result in two-plus fingers of fizzy, tawny head with surprisingly good retention. The nose had the unmistakable mustiness of Saison yeast, but it also included a sweet fruitiness not wholly unlike bubble gum. Color was a hazy deep-amber. Mouthfeel was kind of on the effervescent/fizzy side and the taste was quite sweet, very fruity which cut some of the mustiness of the yeast. Finish was likewise sweet, but not cloying. The fruit juice(s) commingled nicely with the yeast to produce a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into new Belgium globe.

A: pour a sparkly clear copper color with dense white head, sticky lacing is present, minimal head retention

S: nose is very floral with fruity accents of passion fruit and citrus, notes of hibiscus along with some farmhouse yeast character. This has a very unique aroma.

T: taste starts with candied tropical fruit followed by a significant tartness pair with floral notes and a spices Belgian yeast finish. Nice range of flavors, this is an interesting and refreshing spin on a Saison

Mf: light body, high carbonation

O: this brew seems to be a little reserved in the dimension of funk and in its place are waves of floral and herbal notes. The prickly pear adds a unique dimension and provides an interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A pale apricot in color with a soft rose pink hue. The head is soft and creamy in appearance, with a light tan color.

S: Slightly tart and a little fruity. Hints of Kiwi, and some dark berries meld with a whole wheat bread aroma. I am also picking out some strawberry and honeydew smells. Definitely some yeast notes.

T: Strawberry and honeydew come out in the form of sweetness, that is followed by a hit a quick tangy notes. There is almost an earthy, fibrous, citrus thing.. Maybe kumquat.

M: Medium light in body, the citrus flavor adds a little bit of a crisp pick me up. There is a softness to this that I like. The carbonation does feel a touch low, but in general I like the mouthfeel.

O: Overall I like it, it is almost a little reminiscent of some white wines, almost. Tasty, refreshing, and dangerously easy drinking. Nice, easy drinking, and quite comfortable with a nice spring breeze blowing through. I could really go for a hunk of cave aged gouda with this guy.

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Photo of Agold
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden Caramel color with a white head and okay retention.

S- Some saison yeast flavor to sour out the sweetness of all sorts of fruit and a little bubblegum.

T- Follows the nose to some extent, but the funky flavor is brought even more extremely than I expected. Big banana and some overripe peach.

M- Good amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is of course sour and leaves me satisfied rather than reaching for my next sip, as is the case too often with sweet fruity beers.

O- The is somewhat of a one-trick pony, but it is very good at that one trick!Worth a try if you get the chance

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head.. The aroma is heavy on the fruit with some Belgian yeast, a little bit of alcohol and some biscuit malt. The flavor is quite a bit more complex than the aroma. I get a ton of prickly pear notes, as well as some passion fruit and Belgian yeast. There is also some nice white pepper notes as well as some other mixed spice and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I liked this one.

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Photo of Doodler
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Pours a golden copper with a white head and sticky lacing. Nose is fruity esters and spice with bready yeasts. Smells like a winter saison (Hiver/ Noel). Not as much fruit up front as I expected from the description. The inclusion of a combination of passion fruit and prickly pear juices, along with the malt-forward ale yeasts and light, sweet bubblegum flavors make this a unique brew. Is nicely carbonated, dry and holds a balanced bitterness on the finish. Certainly different. Try for yourself and see.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden honey color with a hint of copper. Translucent with no sediment or haze.

S: Belgian yeast, hints of caramel malt, agave/cactus nectar, copper, granny smith apple.

T: Juicy green apple, agave/cactus nectar, pear, and a very dense, moderately sweet malt base. Shortbread and copper in the malt and hops.

M: Much heavier and thicker than I'd expect for this genre. Ample carbonation.

O: Much less subtle flavor than saisons are supposed to have, but it's enjoyable if you called it something else (eg. Belgian Strong Ale).

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Photo of TwinButte
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Monks in Sioux Falls SD.

As far as Saisons go, this is a good one. The smell is very much that of a saison and has the flavor of one too but not as strong as most are. It has a strong malty backbone that drinks more like a pilsner. Light carbonation with fair amount of lacing.

Overall I was happy with this offering but it isn't a real strong saison. It has the funk but not enough. Love the high ABV!

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull orange with a 3-finger white head, nice ring and a moderate amount of lace.

The nose is exotic and vineous (like some sort of oddball rose) with mandarin orange, peach, cherry and a ripe tropical funk smelling of dried mangos and passionfruit. I have no idea what a prickly pear cactus fruit tastes like so maybe it's in there, who knows. The malt has that typical Saison-crackery vibe while the yeast gives off a bit of pepper and a major clove tone.

The palate is a dry, spicy, frothy explosion of that creamy-crackery malt joined by more flavors of tropical fruits and a hoppy leafiness. The brew is very mildly bitter and replaces the tropical fruits with tree fruits (peach and cherry) on the long, dry finish. As a whole, the fruit is much milder on the palate, yielding to the dry malt and intense clove character.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I didn't really find too many faults with it- thought the fruit could have been bolder on the palate- but it didn't wow me all that much. With its dry, vineous qualities, however, this is pretty high on my list for food pairings. It paired awesomely with the simple salad I was eating- Japanese noodles, broccoli, napa cabbage, steak and a sesame-ginger vinagrette. The food brought out the sweeter, tropical fruit notes.

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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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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
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