Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
341
Reviews:
127
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

32 ounce growler - $6.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, copper-amber body with a finger of pearl foam. Small flecklets of lace on the way down.

Smell: Sweet-scented, tropical fruitiness (but also some overly ripe apricot) with a noticeable candy-like angle to it laid onto bready malts and a muddled medicinal hint. I'm not liking where this is headed.

Taste: Treacle doused bready pale malts with a full, forward sweetness. Tropical fruitiness, but also some less-than-tropical apricot puree. Low medicinal hint, faintly spicy. Warming alcohol presence on the thankfully expedient finish. I didn't like where this ended up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Near sticky on the tongue and totally lacking some much appreciated, much needed crispness.

Overall: A bit heavy on the palate, a bit too warming, and too sweet for me, making it a rather unbalanced, unrefreshing saison.

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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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 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 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 TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a North Coast snifter at the Schaumburg Whole Foods.

Gotta give it a try. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by around a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, light wheat, light clove, light black pepper, lightly tart fruit (vague, I know...I assume this is the prickly pear I'm smelling, but I've never really encountered the fruit in the wild, so I can't know for certain), and sweet flowers. The taste holds notes of nutmeg, that same vaguely tart fruit (again, prickly pear?), light mandarin orange, very light grass, light wheat, banana, and very light caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice beer, but a bit syrupy and wet for a saison, and one that seems to miss the point of the style a bit (if that makes any sense). It's not bad, though, on its own merits, just not something I'd ever really seek out again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Sumner. Thanks man.

The beer is clear and golden orange hued with a small head that fades rapidly. The aroma offers dank hops, earth, fruit, alcohol. The flavor offers fruity hops and booze. Not too good. A few ounces of this beer is more than I need. Out of balance. Low carbonation with too much alcohol in the flavor. No thanks.

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Photo of stakem
1.98/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber shared with friends and poured in a tulip. The brew appears a clear bright orange with a finger of white froth and lots of webby lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is wet dog and canned peas. Honestly was not ready for that. More sniffs bring out a light melon character mixed with veggies. A tinge of fruit and yeast emerge as the brew warms up.

The tastes includes notes of dirty melon like cantelouoe mated with canned peas. It is earthy and yeasty but not in the expected saison way. The fruit inclusion is more vegetative than anything. Faint yeast imparts some clove and spice. Some herbal hops emerge as it warms with almost a buttery caramel, toffee and awkwad sweetness.

This is a medium to fuller bodied offering for the style. It has a modest amount of carbonation and really just a horrible arrangement of character. I did not care for this at all despite the alcohol being well intgrated. Everything about this is off including the thick feel. I man'd up and consumed my portion. The others opted for the drainpour.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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 Duff27
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
1.75/5  rDev -48.5%

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 beernads
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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 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 JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight at the COOP.. poured into my Delerium goblet.. short lasting white head leaves no lacing... the brew is a polished orange.

Nose is fruity and shows a lot of yeasty esters.... pink bubblegum and banana... I smell a saison, but there are too many background elements that never allow it to mesh.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a bit of clove phenol.. I get some passion fruit (I think) .. but the prickly pear seems no where to be found .. This is a "saison" I guess, but the fruits get blown out by an aggressive yeast profile.. really pretty sweet.. the residual sugars are amplified by the clove and banana... finish reminds me of Bazooka Joe... never gels at all... and the sweetness gets a bit cloying in the second glass.

Carbonation is a bit light for a saison... body is to thick...

Meehhh... Okay... I think it would be better on tap. I doubt I will buy it again.

3.5's across the board and that is being pretty generous... I see what the brewers were going after, but it just doesn't work for me.... sorry.

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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 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
3.4 out of 5 based on 341 ratings.
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