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)

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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 +18%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of HalfFull
3.12/5  rDev -8%
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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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Belgian amber with a thin head and very slick lacing with little retention. Lot's of carbonation. Inviting.

S: That French yeast is front and center, and smells much like its Belgian brethren. Fruity, with pear standing out, and a little of the tropical notes from the passionfruit. Very Tripel-like.

T: As with the nose, the yeast is the standout. Some light fruits (pear, passionfruit, and banana), and a dry wine-like finish. Not too complex.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Pretty average overall. I wish that the yeast was tuned down a little, and the fruits were brought out more, but it was enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.56/5  rDev +5%
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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3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
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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3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
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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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of oline73
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
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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3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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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2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear, medium orangey amber. One finger of off-white head, average retention, good lacing.

Smell is fruity and powerfully yeasty, with a bit of spice hiding behind. I get unidentifiable pulpy fruit. Then a heavy load of pungent yeast. After that some clove and a touch of pepper sneak in. Pleasant.

Taste is not what I had hoped for. Those varied flavors, which mixed so well in the smell, really clash here. There is an odd twang, bitter/acidic - hard to pin down, but I don't like it. It seems like half hop bitterness, half nasty alcohol. Boo. Outside of that, it has a ton of yeast riding the wave of fruit.

Mouthfeel is good. Body is pretty light, actually feels a bit thin. Good carbonation, fairly quick finish (which I appreciate, since i don't like how it tastes).

This one is a disappointment. Something went wrong with the flavors, and they just don't work. I was excited about this beer, but IMO it's an experiment that didn't work. Guess that's why they call it lips of faith.

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3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
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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3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear rose color, small white head and no lace.

The smell starts with pale malts, there is a touch of earth and a sweetness that might be the prickly pear/passion fruit mix. Only a hint of funk is noticeable.

Pale malts and fruit sweetness start off the taste. The Belgian yeast is much more up front in the taste. A little watered down, not much hop presense. Goes down very easy.

I thought it was alright. Not my favorite of the Lips of Faith and certainly not my favorite Saison. I enjoy that they experimented with the style, but I won't grab another.

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3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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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3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the DownTown Spec's a week or so ago, and a Saison sounds like a good style to try right now, so let's give this one a shot.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles on top that was pretty fizzy for a few minutes. Where the head fell, there was a little bit of lace on the glass. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they aren't sticking once they get to the top.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty interesting in this beer. I am picking up some of the Saison character from the yeast, but there is also a defined greeness to the beer that is getting more noticeable as it warms and may be even taking a slight minty impression. Getting past the green and such, there is some sweetness to this beer that is quite toasty like Munich malt, which is nice, but a little unusual. I am getting some spice in the nose as the beer is warming further that seems to be a mix of the alcohol and some of the additives as this is unusual for me.

Taste: The flavor departs from the aroma quite a bit. The greeness is there, but there is also a fruity thing going on that is an unusual mix of plums and white grapes. As the beer sits, it is getting more fruity in the mouth, and the sweetness is starting to come out more as light toffee than the Munich that I got in the nose. The carbonation is ample for the beer that this is, and balances the sweetness pretty well as any hopping is minimal to accentuate the rest of the beer. The alcohol is very well masked in this beer.

Opinion: Well, as must be apparent from my review, I am really not familiar with either the Prickly Pear or the Passion Fruits by themselves, so I don't have much to remark on there in how they interplay. I can remark on the whole experience in my senses, and from that perspective, this is an OK beer. I am not really sure how hard this was to achieve, but the beer is pretty smooth overall and doesn't have any aftertaste that is out of place. The balance between sweetness and other palate sensations is good, so if the pear is stupid bitter, they did a fantastic job. As it is, I doubt that I will need to go back to this one.

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3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
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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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 341 ratings
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