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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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a decent head that fades to cover the top of the beverage.

S: Fruit is present. Hints of grapes and alcohol. Not as good as other saisons.

T: Some fruit comes through but it's hard to say what it is. I'm certainly not getting a scream of prickly pear. There is a bit of sweetness that quickly gets replaced by an off putting bitter flavor that is rather dull.

M: Sits with a lightish medium body which quickly becomes too bitter on account of the carbonation.

You know, I avoided saison style beers for the longest time because the first few I had were so bad, then I tried some that were really great. This one reminds me of why I tend to avoid them. The flavor is rather dull and gross with the flavors blending into a mix that doesn't represent any of them individually.

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Photo of oline73
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a finger of fluffy white head. Solid retention and mild lacing.

Smell: A little bit sweet with lots of grain coming through. Lots of herbal notes and a bit soapy.

Taste: Herbal up front with Belgian spice from the yeast. Not particularly fruity, which is a bit disappointing. Sweet grain and a bit watery overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall: The taste was alright but not nearly full enough. I wouldn't have this one again.

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Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Brassy hue, crackling lace

SMELL: Medicinal, musty yeast, herbal, grainy, exotic fruit, mint, watermelon rind, green peppercorn

TASTE: Mild crispness, slick mouthfeel, spicy, mint, orangey, exotic fruit, peppery, bready, mild funk, yeast, warming alcohol, biscuity, faint tobacco, grainy semi-dry finish.

A good stab at the whole saison thing, I personally think the saison fad is wavering and only a handful really stand out. Too much booziness, the fruit gets lost from the alcohol and spiciness of the yeast. Not my bag baby ... pretty hard to drink this one but give it a go if you like the boozier saisons.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a large globe glass. Pours clear and a deep golden in color. Half an inch of whitish foam offers moderate retention, surrendering a bit too quickly in the end. A bit deeper in color for many of the style.

Aroma of yeast and a bit of spice. Touch sweet on the surface yet without any real distraction. Still more of a Belgian Pale aroma than what I might expect from a Saison. Bready grain notes with a touch of lemon.

Flavor is a bit rich for the style and slightly viscous given the light carbonation from the bottle. Some lemon yet trounced by a sweet (relatively that is) apricot presense. Touch of blood orange on the finish.

Feel is a tad rich and sweet and with a light carbonation for the style. Yeast notes are pleasant yet again a bit aside of expectation. Finish is a bit juice like yet not cidery in nature by any means. More of a hint of apple juice in a Tripel kind of way.

Overall worth a visit, yet this beer resides somewhere between a Tripel and a Saison, but is rather thin in body for either...In the end I think I'll take an original Belgian version next time. Interesting aromas yet not really cohesive in the delivery.

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Photo of peacehammer
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Aroma of sweet fruit, and yeast.  Pear notes present as well. Pours a nice orange. Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Lots of passion fruit flavor, pear as well. Some alcohol notes on the finish.  Worth a try, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruits, flowers and spicy musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet fruits, banana and toasty malts with some rye-like spice and a fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I'd search out.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a dark shade of transparent orange with a two finger white head. A little dark for a saison, but it looks brilliant

S- there's a decent bit of passionfruit in the aroma, with hints of Belgian yeast and a little wheat. It's pretty solid

T- excessively sweet passionfruit. There's also the Belgian flavors from the yeast, that really aren't blending pleasantly with it at all. Just way too sweet IMO

M- it's actually pretty bueno with all that yeast

O- uh....this fell apart once I took a sip. Maybe a little huge for a saison....this probably could have been better as a passionfruit wheat type thing as opposed to a saison. The yeast just did not mix well with the flavoring

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours crystal clear orange color with a finger of off white head. Poor retention.

S- smells of under ripe banana, sweet passion fruit and an estery saison yeast.

T- starts off with a passion fruit sweetness, green under ripe banana and plantains. Dry malt flavor with a estery belgian saison yeast on the finish.

MF- gooey mouthfeel witha medium body. Active medium carbonation.

D- slightly cloying not great drinkability.

Overall a great idea just a little poorly done. Not bad not great.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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.


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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer served in a New Belgium globe glass because I have one and I like doing this.

Beer is pink / red with almost no head, no carbonation, no lacing. Nothing.

Aroma is yeasty and sweet, interesting.

Beer is way way too sweet, a little alcoholy and there is no fruit flavors in there and I've had prickly pear fruit. Nothing, not interesting nothing.

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Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger fluffy white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Kind of dank and musky. A light sweetness, very light fruit. Kind of bland.
T: Again, just kind of musky, dank, and sweet. I am not really getting any passion fruit or prickly pear.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Clean and smooth. I wish it was much dryer though. Not hard to drink. Enjoyable, if unremarkable.

Just a safe version of a Saison. I really wish this was dryer with more prickly pear coming through. I can't really recommend this, but nothing bad by any means.

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Photo of nataku00
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice, and the Saison makes a decent heady appearance of a finger and a half thick off white foam, and the body is cleanly filtered, with a nice copper color.

The aroma is fruity of course, with lots of citrus notes, pretty much lemon with a hint of orange. There is a faint metallic fragrance meshed with slight bubble gum.

The taste is a little sweeter than I thought, somewhat in the way of honey with a mild tartness of sour grapes.

Feels full in body and kind of syrupy. The sour pucker factor keeps this decently a thirst quencher for the air conditioning, but there is a warm finish to this brew.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1/4" inch of head, poured into a tulip.

Smells of funky and phenolic yeast, pears, and riesling.

It's a very sweet beer, presumably from the passion fruit and pear. It has a little of the standard saison funk and is boozy. Finishes semi-dry.

It has good carbonation and a crisp, light body.

It's an ok beer, but is a miss for the style. It was a bold attempt for a variation but the sweetness and high presence of alcohol were too much for me.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a bright, golden orange with about 2" of fizzy white head. Slight lacing and below average retention. Not exactly saison-looking in color, but it is an attractive looking beer in terms of color and clarity.

Smell: Lots of bubblegum, banana and clove in this. Some juicy grapefruit, passion-fruit, and citrus become more prevalent as the beer warms more, but it isn't nearly as dominant as I was expecting. Not bad.

Taste: Lots of citrus, clove, and banana up front. Hints of pale malts and juicy fruitiness in the middle and on the back end. Finish has some floral hops and more fruit. Again, there isn't nearly as much fruit in this as I was anticipating, more a complement to the base beer. The saison in this beer isn't stellar, but it is decent. Overall, combines to make a passable beer.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, low carbonation. A bit dead for the style. Overall, I did enjoy this beer. Seemed interesting enough when I picked it up. Not necessarily something I'd have again, but worth a try.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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." Brewed in the style of a Saison with prickly pear and passion fruit added. A one time release by New Belgium Brewing Company as part of their Lips of Faith series. Released December 2011.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to my New Belgium Globe Glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head over a mildly hazy golden amber body. Retention is above average and lacing is thin and spotty. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. A nice appearance. 3.75

(Smell) Biscuity malt character, subtle spice, a hint of clean bread yeast character. Herbal hop presence pair with some faint fruit notes, none particularly taking the front in this beer. The nose is a bit too heavy on the grain and must and not enough with the bright spritely characters that passion fruit and prickly pear cactus should impart on the flavor. The balance is notably off in the aroma. Potency is medium. 3

(Taste) Fruit is certainly more evident in the flavor and the lightness is much more reminiscent of a saison. Biscuity malts are lightly spiced with a hint of syrupy sweetness on the finish. Passion fruit is notable as well as a minor tartness possibly attributed to the prickly pear fruit. It's still a bit mild on the excitement factor and the fruit isn't noticeable enough for a marked difference from general saison beers. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Very soft smooth mouthfeel, subtle carbonation. Body is medium for a saison and slightly below medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild. A pretty good mouthfeel, although it could have been a touch more spritely with carbonation. 3.5

(Overall) Amongst other Saison choices, this one doesn't impress all that much. I found the fruit additions to be very limited in the flavor and didn't do all that much for the beer overall. I enjoyed it for what it was, but don't foresee it being memorable amongst the versatile style. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith Prickly Passion Saison

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Poured a nice solid strong clear copper color with some orange edges and a nice golden hue. There is a nice fluffy and active white head at about 1 inch tall.

The aroma is slightly sweet with some passion fruit tartness and some nice pear fruit juice notes. There is definitely some bready malt notes present int the nose.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Starts off with some nice malt sweetness and some grain. This is followed by some nice slight fruit sweetness and some slight tartness.

This is an ok brew. Its not amazing but its note crap. I doubt I would buy this gain though.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 22 oz bottle of Prickly Passion Saison

Clear golden beer with a white head. The aroma is very fruity,with a clear note of apple cider and hints of pears and apricots

A very fruity saison, with plenty of yeast too. Lightly funky. Lingering aftertaste. Only slight presence of alcohol.

Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

Unique and interesting brew, but not tempted to return (unless/until I acquire a taste for funk).

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Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a golden color with a decent white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are a little light, belgian yeast esters, apples, pear, malts. The feel is medium to perhaps a little thin. The taste is okay, a little light, but some mild bitterness, sweetness, apple, malts, the higher alcohol is well covered.

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Photo of philbe311
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A finger and a half worth of slightly airy off-white colored head... Modest retention settles to leave a full thick creamy lush lacing and moderately thick collar... A mix of lively moderately paced carbonation... The color is a pale gold... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Loads of light fruits to start... Pear... Apple... White grape fruit juice... Passion fruit... Some candied sugars... Some hay notes... Slightly musky... A bit funky... Attractive bouquet, but slightly artificial...

T - A blend of apple and white grape juice to start... Passion fruit... Perhaps a hint of kiwi... Some grassy notes lie beneath the surface... Candied sugars... Some booze on the finish that seems to linger a bit...

M - Medium bodied... Quite dense... A bit syrupy... Prickly carbonation... The finish is mostly dry with a hint of chalkiness... The slight booziness lingers in the back of the throat for a while...

D - Not a terrible beer, but there are much better saisons and much better fruit beers... Drinkable, but not something I would recommend nor likely buy again...

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Photo of gatornation
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 220z bomber

A- pours a light copper color with a white fast receding head that leaves almost no collar or lacing

S- was lemon baked bread with grass and spice

T- was semi tart lemon with a touch of earthy sourness some baked bread and a few citrus hops

M- crisp and tart with low carbonation prichly hops and lemon in the aftertaste

O- an average saison that was to tart with a lemon taste for me it needs more spice and funk, only woth 1 try for me

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Photo of sweemzander
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Some off-white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lace.

(S)- A vibrant yeasty fruit profile: peach, pear, white grape, and apple.

(T)- Similar to the smell, but even heavier on the yeast. Some fruits, but a bit muted compared to the smell.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level and an ok balance, though not as dynamic or as vibrant as the smell led me to anticipate. Some good fruits, but rather muddled and more in a sweeter sense.

(D)- Overall, not bad, but not all that great either. I would say save your $ for something else.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet leaning saison, a bit mono-dimensional and forgettable.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Large yellow image of a prickly pear cactus and open flowers. Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a fair creamy head, moderate retention and surface memory with minimal strokes of lacing.

S - Generic sweetness with a yeasty note… Slight sense of fruit...

T - Sweet range, lightly yeasty, generic fruitiness softly approaching the prickly pear but little else… Maybe a touch of the passion fruit in the medicinal tropical hint. Maybe the French yeast is pushing that sweet edge?

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a fair sugary flow...

O - Quaffable and relatively approachable, maybe more so for a generic audience. But I'd rather offer more stimulating stuff, even to the non-initiated with Saisons...

Notes: Another blah, blah serving from New Belgium… They can do great things or so I thought, but this new range of bombers introduced to the region. Dunno… from fair to forgettable...

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Photo of Aaron420
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 341 ratings.
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