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 kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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 DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured part of a 22 oz. bottle into a Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass which produced a golden yellow brew with a smidge of haze and a snow white half inch of head that dwindled almost as soon as it was poured. Minor ringed lacing around the glass.

The smell is very unique, although it's definately a Belgium Ale smell. Shaken with the glass under a coaster the smell is BOLD ... I don't know a description for it. It's not malt, or fruit, or sugar, it's just a BOLD aroma. Uncovered, the brew smells like Belgium crystal sugars.

The flavor is earthy yeasts, crystal sugars, and minor malts. Minimal tartness, medium dry on the tongue, with medium low carbination. This is my 1st Saison/Farmhouse Ale and my 6th Belgium Style brew and I've come to the conclusion that basically, of the styles that I have tryed, there is just to friggin much crystal sugars for me. They remind me more of wine than beer. Don't get me wrong, I am amazed at the brewing, fermenting processes that these "brews" go through. The multiple yeasts and fermentation temperatures, the ageing and bottle conditioning is amazing, but damned; the crystal sugars just overwhelm these brews TO ME (but then....I am a redneck).

I loved Alagash Four, Westmale Trappist Dupple, and St. Bernardus Abt. 12, but while the other 5 Belgium styles that I have tryed were very complex. it all came back to the crystal sugars. Even with an open mind, alot of these "brews" are beyond what I would consider joyful drinking. The sad part for ME is that every time I go to purchase beer, it seems like some other brewer is on the "Let's brew a Belgium" bandwagon.

Ok getting down off my bandwagon. To me this brew misses on the fruity aroma and flavor. I picked up no spice and the bitterness was on the low side and the touch of sweetness was more like a shovel full.

Perhaps more cellering would make this an outstanding brew, but as I drink it right now it is a C brew at best.

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Photo of HellesGood
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of peacehammer
3.12/5  rDev -8%
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 TwinButte
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Monks in Sioux Falls SD.

As far as Saisons go, this is a good one. The smell is very much that of a saison and has the flavor of one too but not as strong as most are. It has a strong malty backbone that drinks more like a pilsner. Light carbonation with fair amount of lacing.

Overall I was happy with this offering but it isn't a real strong saison. It has the funk but not enough. Love the high ABV!

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Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
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 alwaysanswerb
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of elNopalero
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

Another in the New Belgium Lips of Faith series. Brewed with prickly pears (tunas) and passion fruit. Smells like a saison, looks like a saison… even tastes like a saison. Not a funky saison, rather one that’s toned down and has a malty, tacky finish. I don’t pick up on the tuna flavors, but I am also keeping in mind that tunas are by nature delicately flavored and mostly water/fruit fiber. As for the passion fruit? I can’t even think of what these look like, let alone how they taste. Regardless this beer is enjoyable and works well as a creative saison. I’d say the most distinguishing feature that sets it apart is the curious, lingering mouthfeel. Stronger than most at 8.5% but hardly noticeable.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, split

appearance: served in hopleaf tulip, strong amber body with a 1/2" beige head. Appearance certainly off-line with style

smell: medicinal, light tartness

taste: the most hit or miss series in all of beer - this beer is a fail. If it's a saison, it's one of the worst saisons I have ever had. The flavor profile is medicinal and artificial with no real yeast crispness - the tartness seems forced. Drinkable, but obviously really derivative for the style, and not in a good way.

mouthfeel: bigger than a saison without any of the desired traits

overall: pass

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden color with a tight, white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of light fruity notes.

Tastes of fruit mostly with some malt body. Fruits lead off with some tropical fruit, apple, and a bit of banana. A bit of clove spice comes through with a touch of pepper as well. A fair amount of sugary sweetness comes in and adds to the fruits, along with a touch of grains.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is good if you like really fruity beers. I however prefer them to be drier with a touch of funk.

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Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Kopfschuss
2/5  rDev -41%

Photo of UTCengOwl
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 WYVYRN527
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of gkunkle
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of DeSoto
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gonna try this Saison from New Belgium. Hopefully it sticks to the style as much as it can. I love Hennepin. So with the adding of prickly pear and passion fruit this style sounds exciting.

Bottle: 22oz. bomber
Served into a 15 oz. snifter
No bottle date

Appearance: Reddish golden hue to this one. Very little head and retention was minimal. Looks good for the style. A little too much clarity. Not enough funky haze.

Smell: Great yeast profile. Can pick up a small amount of passion fruit. But works well. Not too overwhelming. Really surprised.

Taste: Nice sour notes, but not long on the drink. Real simple and straight forward. Not enough funk like in the appearance. Wanted a little bit more from this one.

Mouthfeel: Too clean. Still want more sourness from the yeast or malt. Okay, but does the style little justice.

Overall: A good drink. Maybe the extra fruit listed made me more curious than normal. Okay drink but not a must have for Barnyard folk.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper golden with a small white head that fades quickly leaving a few strands of lace.

S - Fruity and sweet with a lot of yeasty esters, over ripe banana and faint wheat. The fruit takes on a bad canned fruit aroma after it sits a bit.

T - Passion fruit and pear with a lot of yeasty notes, banana, bubblegum, sweet wheat malt and a touch of spice.

M - Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering sweetness.

D - Not a big fan of this one. The flavors don't seem to blend well together.

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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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