Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison | New Belgium Brewing

127 Reviews
Read the review
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.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 341
Photo of SuperSpy
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A wonderfully clear and orange copper. A nice half-inch head and plenty of lively carbonation.

The aroma is tropical fruits, berries and just a hint of white pepper.

The beer is dry but not a crisp dry. The flavor is similar to the tropical fruit aroma. There is pineapple, starfruit and passion fruit with the addition of a bit of honeydew melon and peppery yeast esters.

This is a very interesting saison. I love the addition of prickly pear and the passion fruit. I think some brewers would be tempted to overwhelm the character of the saison with the fruit but this is well balanced. However, I think it would benefit from a better saison base recipe.

 658 characters

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.

 711 characters

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.

 360 characters

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.

 1,155 characters

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.

 765 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pear and apple with Belgian yeast, banana, clove, coriander, lemon zest, and some bready malts.

T - Starts off with some lightly tart pear and apple flavor with some bubblegum, banana, and clove yeast flavors. Through the middle, some more yeast character comes through with some farmhouse flavors, and bready malts. The finish is a mix of light tart fruit flavors with some bready malt, yeast flavors, and banana lingering.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly tart, dry, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. The fruit flavors add a nice element to the beer without being too strong.

 784 characters

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.  

 1,253 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rocky ecru head that strands a fair amount of lace

Smell: The fruit elements from the prickly pear and passion fruit come through, but where I would expect yeasty complexity underneath I get sugary sweetness

Taste: Starts out with a sugary character that is joined by the prickly pear and passion fruit at mid-palate; rather syrupy, after the swallow, with a honeyed aspect in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewhat syrupy; moderate carbonation

Overall: I like the fruit flavors infused in this beer but that is about all I like; otherwise, too sweet and syrupy and certainly not something that I would characterize as a Saison

 689 characters

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.

 1,589 characters

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.

 471 characters

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.

 988 characters

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle.
A - clear filtered light golden brown with a one half finger head and a constant trail of bubbles.
S - lightly fruity with not much else happening.
T - the taste follows the smell in that it is lightly fruity. Definitely pear and I do detect a bit of passion fruit. There is an underlying and very weak saison earthy taste but it is quite weak.
M - not as carbonated as I expect a saison to be and it's a bit syrupy with an alcohol bite.
O - I'm let down by this one and I regret having bought two bottles before a tasting.

 540 characters

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Prickly Passion Saison pours a bit of a hazy golden color, with very small head. The smell unfortinuly was one of the worst things i ever smelled, it was sour baby vomit smell, mixed in with some flowers. The taste is very complex. There are some fruits, pears and plums mixed in there, with some flower like flavors, very complex, I cant pick out everything that is going on here. I found it left a strange taste on the tongue, and its just too complex and everything mashes together in a way that conflicts. Overall iam pretty confused about this one, some parts of the taste are good, while others are bad, not sure I would recommend this one.

 646 characters

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.

 487 characters

Photo of argock
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Slightly hazy orange with 1-finger of eggshell frothy head with average retention and some spotty lacIng.

S: The aromas are weak except for the fruity esters and lightly caramel base maltiness. The hops throw some floral in there, but there just is not a lot of character there aside from strong but generic fruitiness.

T: The flavor is not a lot different than the aroma although there is a bit more complexity with more pronounced passion fruit and a lot more pear. The alcohol is strong and together with the fruitiness lends a syrupy character to the beer, kind of the opposite of a crisp saison. The hops are fruity and floral. Yeast esters are there but have a more banana and bubble gum quality. There is some black pepper I the finish. It comes off as a not subtle, high gravity Belgian pale ale.

M: The feel is all wrong with this beer if it's supposed to be a saison. It is way way too syrupy and heavy with low carbonation -all the things a saison is not supposed to be

O: A really disappointing beer from New Belgium and way off the mark. It tastes and feels more like an imperial hefeweizen with pear and pineapple added.

 1,287 characters

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

Pours a deep golden color with a small amount of haze. Off white one finger head.

Nose: Lemon, pepper, sweet pear, apple, honey.

Taste: Sweet, barny funk, juicy fermented apple, brown sugar, acidic zing.

Moderate carbonation with a crisp, fruity, and malty finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall this was a very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed the subtle fruitiness - it was well-balanced with the rest of the flavors. Alcohol is well concealed. Not a very good example of the style, but a good beer nonetheless.

 523 characters

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.

 724 characters

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).

 537 characters

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.

 712 characters

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.

 587 characters

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.

 352 characters

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.

 522 characters

Photo of MattyG85
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear golden copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patch. Lacing on the glass is moderate.

Smell: Aroma is upfront with Belgian yeast, cloves, and bananas. Yeast blends with a pretty sweet and fruity mix of grapes, apple, pears, passion fruit, and candied sugar. Also a bit of pepper and alcohol in the aroma. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Tastes very sweet too. Belgian yeast and clove is there but more subtle in the taste. A lot of fruit and sugar here. Notes of pear, grapes, apple, passion fruit, and banana. Also some hints of pepper, funk, and a little alcohol. Very sweet but not enough to be cloying. Its still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy and syrupy. Very sweet throughout.

Overall: A decent brew and an interesting experiment. The sweetness could of been balanced by some more yeasty barnyard funk but this was still enjoyable.

 1,057 characters

Photo of DCon
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $5. Tapped from the Lips of Faith, Red/White Surfboard looking Tap Handle into a 10oz Perennial Ales Artisan Ales Stange Glass.

Aroma- Has a nice fruity, sweet aroma with nice pear in the background. Light yeast and a bit of hops but a musky fruit character that brings out the pear even more!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, frothy head that has good retention. Has a light copper colored body with good clarity. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Good amount of citrus starts this one out and then has a bit of pear. Light bitterness at the finish and very light characteristics. No spices.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Citrus, and puckers the tongue on the finish.

Overall Impression- A different Saison and enjoyed how the pear character came out many times throughout both the drink and smell. Would like to see how this is in bottle as well. As a big fan of the Lips of Faith Series, there are many that are better than this one...

 1,022 characters

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...

 1,094 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.