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
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 341 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of csfcmitchell
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MooSully
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Fargrow
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of djs467
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of vobr0002
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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." Brewed in the style of a Saison with prickly pear and passion fruit added. A one time release by New Belgium Brewing Company as part of their Lips of Faith series. Released December 2011.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to my New Belgium Globe Glass. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head over a mildly hazy golden amber body. Retention is above average and lacing is thin and spotty. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. A nice appearance. 3.75

(Smell) Biscuity malt character, subtle spice, a hint of clean bread yeast character. Herbal hop presence pair with some faint fruit notes, none particularly taking the front in this beer. The nose is a bit too heavy on the grain and must and not enough with the bright spritely characters that passion fruit and prickly pear cactus should impart on the flavor. The balance is notably off in the aroma. Potency is medium. 3

(Taste) Fruit is certainly more evident in the flavor and the lightness is much more reminiscent of a saison. Biscuity malts are lightly spiced with a hint of syrupy sweetness on the finish. Passion fruit is notable as well as a minor tartness possibly attributed to the prickly pear fruit. It's still a bit mild on the excitement factor and the fruit isn't noticeable enough for a marked difference from general saison beers. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Very soft smooth mouthfeel, subtle carbonation. Body is medium for a saison and slightly below medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild. A pretty good mouthfeel, although it could have been a touch more spritely with carbonation. 3.5

(Overall) Amongst other Saison choices, this one doesn't impress all that much. I found the fruit additions to be very limited in the flavor and didn't do all that much for the beer overall. I enjoyed it for what it was, but don't foresee it being memorable amongst the versatile style. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith Prickly Passion Saison
3.3/5.0

 2,177 characters

Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WifeofKegatron
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MordorMongo
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

 1,064 characters

Photo of jco3rd
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright coppery color in the big tulip glass. Pleasant foam and spritzy mouthfeel. Nose of fermenting fruit.

What a classic Saison taste. It starts out sweet and fruity, then morphs into a dry, stony sensation. Amazing transformation with every sip. Through it all is a tangy taste with plenty of fruit. Tangerine peel and cornbread come to mind. Very light body, but alcohol seems to be completely hidden. Malty with that Belgian yeasty bitterness that goes well with the rich aromatics.

This is a tasty beer with a strongly flavored mouthful. Unfortunately it goes down very fast. Another one for the education in the Saison style but it's a very agreeable drink. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

 703 characters

Photo of ReeseMax3
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sam_bliss
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden Caramel color with a white head and okay retention.

S- Some saison yeast flavor to sour out the sweetness of all sorts of fruit and a little bubblegum.

T- Follows the nose to some extent, but the funky flavor is brought even more extremely than I expected. Big banana and some overripe peach.

M- Good amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is of course sour and leaves me satisfied rather than reaching for my next sip, as is the case too often with sweet fruity beers.

O- The is somewhat of a one-trick pony, but it is very good at that one trick!Worth a try if you get the chance

 594 characters

Photo of ChrisMason
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

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