Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison | New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion SaisonLips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison
BA SCORE
3.39/5
341 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
341
pDev:
15.93%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 341 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of evilkorova
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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 EinWeizenbitte
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of spamages
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber brown in color and see through. The head does not stick around for long and there is light lace sticking to the sides. The head is white with almost a hint of yellow or brown.

S - Malty, crisp, with some fruity hints.
i can smell a slight sweetness to it.

T - Definitely sweet throughout the beer. The taste dies at a steady but fast pace. A very slight citrus but mostly fruity almost like an apricot.

M - Very crisp and elegant. The carbonation is light but noticeable. Light bodied beer with a smooth finish.

O - If I was in the mood for something sweet or needed a beer for desert I would pick one of these up. Not something I normally look for in a beer but definitely a refreshing change up.

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Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of nataku00
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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 ms11781
2.54/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to duff247. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a small head of white foam. The head dissipates rather quickly and ends up disappearing almost completely after 10 minutes or so. No real lacing to speak off except for a few small specks of foam here and there.

The taste is extremely yeasty throughout but it's particularly strong right off the bat. A bit of banana and bubblegum along with a bit of spice. There is a good dose of sweet fruit as well. It's tough to put a finger on which fruits exactly. It seems to be a few different fruits that are blended together pretty well.

The taste follows along closely with the nose. There is a huge yeasty character that is present throughout each sip. The sweet fruit comes in, along with a touch of almost clove-like spice before the whole thing seems to just completely fall off into a pretty bland finish. It's really odd as there seems to be a burst of flavor that hits a brick wall and disappears.

The mouthfeel is a bit fuller for the style and the carbonation seems low. It almost has a slick feeling to it. Despite all this, the beer dries out a bit at the finish. Not many beer with a fuller mouthfeel and low carbonation dry out like this one.

Overall this one was a bit odd. The yeast is perhaps too much in both the taste and the nose. The nose is ok but the same characteristics are in the beginning of each sip and then just disappear into a near flavorless finish.

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Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, Meridian ID. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark golden color, with a light white head and soapy lacing.

S: Fruity esters and an almost wheat-like grain character right off the bat. Belgian yeast and spices are apparent. Light banana bubblegum.

T & MF: Surprisingly dry, bready, with light stone fruit notes and prickly carbonation. Definite grainy character...popcorn? Dry finish...pretty light & refreshing body. I get more pear juice than passion fruit to my palette.

A hint of alcohol? Maybe, @ 8.5% its covered well.

O: Decent saison with nice fruit notes. Couldn't put back a bomber of this, though 8 ounces is relatively easily drinkable if you like Belgians.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
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 jayhawk73
1.97/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a medium amber color w/ a thin off white color in my CBS snifter.. Completely clear in appearance, with very little carbonation and very little lacing. The nose is yeast, coriander, some slight funk, and somewhat sweet. The taste is a trainwreck. Super, overly sweet- with yeast and spices coming through w/ a little fruit. Awful. Feel is thin, syrupy, and no carbonation... Overall, this is a horribly out of whack brew that I drainpoured 80% of. I can't imagine anybody voluntarily drinking this. Avoid at all cost.

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Photo of Dunkelhund
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a clear, dark reddish amber with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale golden head that leaves some good lacing. Strong, crisp, fruity aroma has notes of pear, banana and - is that prickly pear? I get a hint of pomegranate. Rich, fruity, malty flavor has banana, pear and butterscotch notes - and what must be prickly pear cactus. Smooth, firm-bodied, lively texture leaves a satisfying fruity and fizzy finish.

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Photo of mthomas84
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jdense
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bailey's PDX during HAF, 12.3.11.

Clear medium gold body with rose colored highlights, nary any head except for thin uneven broken layer of slightly off white foam, hard to judge any dissipation give full pour, decent lacing. Nose and taste mirrored, prickly pear sweetness more noticeable on taste, balanced by decent dose of coriander that's more prevalent in the nose. Mouthfeel just on light side of medium, good effervescence. An interesting Saison, but nothing I'd want to drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of Chaney
1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I poured this into my cracked DuClaw snifter... once again.

A: This poured out much, much dark than I expected. It looked like a fairly clear amber ale, through and through. The head was a mere white sawdust.

S: Wow, talk about differing from expectations! I expected this to be sort of tropical paradise, farmhouse, floral drink, but what I got was dank, spicy, low-grade Belgian one.

T: One would have to have a microscope to detect any farmhouse saison quality in this one. I'm not sure how to describe this mess, but I'll try: Diluted Belgian ale, with melted cherry "Jolly Rancher", with peach and coriander. None of this worked, by the way.

M: This was completely devoid of any sort of spritzy, bubbly carbonation, and the sweet grossness just lingered and lingered to no end.

O: This has my vote as one of the worst brews of the year. I tried and tried but I could not finish. Drain pour...

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Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Huhzubendah
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
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 beertunes
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a clean, clear orangeish-amber/light gold color with just the thinnest ring of off-white head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma wasn't particularly noticeable, the main aspects were yeasty spice over some base grains. The flavors were the same, clean grains with an OK spice flavor from the yeast. I didn't pick up any fruit or cactus flavors.

The body was on the thin side of medium for the style. Drinkability was good, you could have a couple, but I find most Saisons to be very drinkable. Overall, an OK beer, nothing wrong or bad, nothing outstanding or noticeable either. If you want to introduce someone to Saisons this would be a good one to use as a baseline. If you're already experienced with the style, you can skip this for a better example.

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