Lips Of Faith - Prickly Passion Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
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Added by Doodler on 11-02-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear, dark gold color with a tight-bubbled cap of beige head. Retention is decent and not much lacing.

Graham cracker maltiness with a hint of fruit juice and banana/clove yeastiness. Not much for the prickly pear and the passion fruit is subtle.

More of the fruit comes out in the taste and adds a light little tartness that is pretty nice. The cactus is there if you are looking for it, kind of an agave-esque plant juice...if you've ever licked a split agave branch or eaten Nopalitos, you know what I mean. The malts are toffee and caramel with a fair amount of sweetness. This one might actually benefit from more hops to add a little sharpness and focus to the beer...also would like to see a lighter, crisper malt profile. Its ok, but the passion fruit and the malt seem to clash for me. This falls under the ever-increasing category of "glad I got to try it, but probably wont buy again".

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

Blind Beer #3 from DougoftheFuture in Round 6 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Roughly a week after sharing the first two blind beers at Desaparecido's, I find myself back in the same kitchen. This time I only brought one blind bottle, a 22oz-er. Popping the cap we get aromas of banana and clove, the banana component becomes even more apparent once we poured it into the glasses. Appearance wise it has a color of an overripe golden delicious with reasonable dense head. The taste is belgian and strong, we both agree that this is a belgian style tripel. Desaparecido's wife thinks its a saison and we both agree that she's crazy. Neither Desa nor myself are overly fond of this beer, something cloyingly sweet in the malt profile that is throwing us off. I think the sweetness is also adding a slick taste to the mouthfeel, something I'm not overly fond of.

We decide to finish our glasses and allow Desa's wife to have the rest of her "saison" as she was thoroughly enjoying it.

The reveal: New Belgium Prickly Passion Saison. Well. At this point Desa and I are ready to pack up our pride and go home. The smug look on Desa's wife is devastating. There were no good saison qualities in this beer and it was way too malt heavy for what I expect even in a high gravity saison. If you re-packaged this beer as a tripel I would agree 100%.

Well played curveball!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1/4" inch of head, poured into a tulip.

Smells of funky and phenolic yeast, pears, and riesling.

It's a very sweet beer, presumably from the passion fruit and pear. It has a little of the standard saison funk and is boozy. Finishes semi-dry.

It has good carbonation and a crisp, light body.

It's an ok beer, but is a miss for the style. It was a bold attempt for a variation but the sweetness and high presence of alcohol were too much for me.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a dark shade of transparent orange with a two finger white head. A little dark for a saison, but it looks brilliant

S- there's a decent bit of passionfruit in the aroma, with hints of Belgian yeast and a little wheat. It's pretty solid

T- excessively sweet passionfruit. There's also the Belgian flavors from the yeast, that really aren't blending pleasantly with it at all. Just way too sweet IMO

M- it's actually pretty bueno with all that yeast

O- uh....this fell apart once I took a sip. Maybe a little huge for a saison....this probably could have been better as a passionfruit wheat type thing as opposed to a saison. The yeast just did not mix well with the flavoring

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Photo of doucmehu
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber shared with my wife, her pick at the store. I don't try all of the LOF beers, but they are usually pretty solid.

A: Pours a light golden caramel with an average, just off-white head. Very little lacing, but some legs give an indication of solid body.

S: Smells of belgian yeast and mild tropical fruits, some alcohol and a bit of spice similar to a tripel.

T: Toasty malts with belgian yeast are mild, and met with some not-so-sweet tropical fruit. Towards the end some peppery spice shows up. Alcohol is detectable.

M: Fairly smooth and silky, with an almost tannin-like buttery warmness. Carbonation is fairly low. There is definitely some alcohol burn, finished off with some mild bitterness at the back of the tongue.

O: I found this to be a decent beer, but a big disappointment considering the price and the brewer. The fruits could have played a larger part, and the body and mouthfeel seemed off for the style.


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Photo of jsh420
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours clear copper orange with a 2 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells banana yeast not very complex at all

taste brings the same flavors with some sweet malt and a little mustiness

mouthfeel - a medium body with little carbonation slightly sticky

overall a boring beer that did not live up to the name or idea

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Photo of HardTarget
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber glass fails to hold any more than a constantly fed and dying head of tight bubbles. Good clarity.

Smell: Sweet esters and Belgian yeast has me thinking Trippel. Fruity with some of the prickly pear earthiness coming through.

Taste: Very sweet, with a bit of sour pucker at the finish. A mild powdery yeast after the swallow and a long slow slightly alcoholic finish. Loads of sugar here, brings the pear flavor out but goes a bit cloying after a bit.

Mouthfeel: Prickles of tiny bubbles in a medium/heavy body. Slick texture coats the mouth and slowly fades away.

Overall: A good beer to bring out the prickly pears better flavors. A big of a bruiser with the heavy alcohol flavor and kick.

A good slow sipper.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruits, flowers and spicy musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet fruits, banana and toasty malts with some rye-like spice and a fairly dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I'd search out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Sycamore, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, golden amber color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled fruity but not like Belgian-fruity. There was some yeastiness and grain aroma present, too.

T - Fruity and a little sweet. A touch of spiciness and yeastiness. A light grain and caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a nice beer, but I wouldn't call it a good saison. The sweetness seemed out of place.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.52/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber hue with a cream tightly packed head. Head retention on the lower side. A frenzy of bubbles rising to the surface.

Estery saison yeast aroma. Citrusy with some vanilla.

Peppery saison flavor dominates the beer. Any fruit flavor is pushed into the background and doesn't add much. Lingering vegetal, slightly phenolic, bitterness on the finish. Somewhat sweet straight-forward malt profile.

The bitterness on the backend and little fruit flavor sort of kills it for me. Man this beer sucks.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a half pint of this at Max's in Baltimore. Color is a cloudy yellow, faint head. Smell is of faint fruitiness. Taste is light bodied, get the nice Belgian yeasts upfront with a subtle pear like finish. A bit of an interesting flavor, luckily the fruitiness doesn't overtake the beer and tends to stay balanced, but compared to other saison's I've tried this one just seems about average. ABV is well hidden and makes for a nice beer, just nothing spectacular.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color with a three finger white head that fades quick and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is full of fruit. Apricot, pear and passion fruit with black pepper, cloves, and ginger notes. Honey tones under crisp toasty bottom.

The flavor follows the nose with a light, crisp, toasty backbone with a touch of honey. Fruity with apricot, melon, pear, peach, star fruit, and passion fruit. Nice spicy notes on the finish of black pepper.

Medium body, smooth

Easy to drink, enjoyable, innovative twist on a saison.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
2.62/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: poured a very clear light brown color. Looked very frizzy on the initial pour. very bubbly head that faded way too fast.

S: smelled like more like a wheat beer with big fruity tones.

T: I hate to say this because it admits i drank it, but it kind of reminded me of Budweiser wheat w/ some fruit juice.

M: very confusing mouth to me, the finish was nothing like a saison.

O: Has to be one of the worst lips of faith beers I have had, Kick was awesome, clutch was okay, the dry hoped pale was pretty good, but this is junk.

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Photo of chipsandsalsa
4.72/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hardly any head, smells very fruity, and it could just be the draft but seems pretty flat for a saison. First taste is fruity then a crisp aftertaste. I thought it was tasty. Very easy on the palette for an 8.5%. Want to try it again from the botttle. Thumbs up!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft at Sams. The only interesting thing they had for once.

Pour is a little dark for a Saison, more toward orange. Nice white head.

Smell is loaded with Belgian yeast. Smells like it has a bite to it. Uh oh.

Taste is loaded with spicy, peppery yeast. Kind of feels like a Over-yeasty Belgian Pale. I dont get much fruit, its all taken over by the yeast. so disappointing.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy light copper with a creamy white head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Getting a good amount of passion fruit in the nose, along with a solid Saison base of sweet, grainy malt, ripe pears, and spicy yeast.
T - More passion fruit but not a lot of prickly pear (what does one taste like anyways?). Definitely enjoying the Saison base, though, good balance of ripe fruit and spicy, coriander-heavy yeast. A bit boozier then I'd like, too. When did a Saison get so "extreme"?
M - Crisp and quenching, with a medium body and sharp carbonation.
O - Overall an enjoyable Saison, but I'm not sure if all the "prickly pear" and "passion fruit" embellishment was needed. Probably would have liked just the plain Saison base better its own.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a bright clear copper with a thin off-white head that left no lacing.

Aroma of pear, candy sugar and floral notes.

Tasted of juicy pear, honey, candy sugar and spicy yeast. The 8.5% alcohol was very well-hidden.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this Saison from New Belgium. Maybe a touch too sweet but interesting.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Poured a nice solid strong clear copper color with some orange edges and a nice golden hue. There is a nice fluffy and active white head at about 1 inch tall.

The aroma is slightly sweet with some passion fruit tartness and some nice pear fruit juice notes. There is definitely some bready malt notes present int the nose.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Starts off with some nice malt sweetness and some grain. This is followed by some nice slight fruit sweetness and some slight tartness.

This is an ok brew. Its not amazing but its note crap. I doubt I would buy this gain though.

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

On tap at the New Belgium pub in the Denver Airport.

A - clear amber with a tiny head and practically no lacing

S - ripe fruit, with a bit of skunkiness

T - definite hops kick that melts a spicy, tangy, ripe fruit. Fruit character really sticks in the throat and lingers.

M - very light but highly carbonated - sharp in the mouth

O - Intersting twist on the usual Saison. Very fresh, but also more unidimensional than I expected. Decent, but not exceptional.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden/amber color, with a fair 1 finger white head.
Nose; fruity, floral, and a nice tartness (passion fruit I suppose).
Taste; notes of citrus and floral upfront with a hint of grains. Solid tartness with an earthy presence. Finishes with a definitive "meaty cactus" note and lingering tartness with a touch of grains.

Overall; having lived in AZ for numerous years, I am fairly accustomed to the prickly pear cactus and know what it tastes like. It certainly comes through for me and offers a unique addition to this beer. The passionfruit is certainly subtle, but adds a nice tartness which I prefer in a Saison. Additionally, I am impressed with the hidden abv.

Honestly, really surprised at the overall score and opinions on this beer; I dig it!

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Photo of hwwty4
2.32/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on tap in a New Belgium globe at Martin City Brewing Company.

This beer pours a rather pinkish copper with almost zero head and very little lacing. Starting off as a bit of a disappointment. The aroma is very fruity. Notes of nectarines, peach and star fruit. I really don't know what a Passion fruit smells like but I would assume its fairly close. Very boozy notes as it warms. The taste just falls flat. Overly boozy, fruity with a spicy yeast undertone. It really just doesn't play well together. The mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment for me. It finishes sweet and full. No dryness. I love saisons but this is another in a line of larger craft brewers making mediocre to sub par saisons. If your going to make the style, at least put out a decent product.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yea...i do believe this is pretty decent beer!

the appearance is light brown golden color with a fast rising head, that fades within a minute....

smells like great french saison yeast...with excellent fruity notes over the top of it

the taste is a little too fruity, and you really can't taste the saison flavor a whole lot

the feel is dry!...exactly how it should be

overall this is the second time i've purchased this ale...i love it, but its def experimental!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: a very clear, bright orange. off white head is busty at first, but dies to a rim. however, leaves some frothy lacing behind. good looking brew, but a little odd to see a saison that is this color and this clear...

S: passion fruit is right there on the forefront. black pepper and bananas. little bit of hop earthy character. chewy grain.

T: a tasty combination of grain and yeast here. not really getting the passion fruit on the palate to the same extent i did on the nose. finish is mostly dry with a little linger of belgian yeast fruitiness.

M: i would prefer some finer, crisper bubbles here. one of my biggest complaints on this brew. medium body.

D: not a bad drinking brew, but i cant really find anything super special here. the passion fruit is on the nose, but i really cant get much of it elsewhere, making this a little bit boring. sorry NB, but i would wait for the next LOF release.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet leaning saison, a bit mono-dimensional and forgettable.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Large yellow image of a prickly pear cactus and open flowers. Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour with a fair creamy head, moderate retention and surface memory with minimal strokes of lacing.

S - Generic sweetness with a yeasty note… Slight sense of fruit...

T - Sweet range, lightly yeasty, generic fruitiness softly approaching the prickly pear but little else… Maybe a touch of the passion fruit in the medicinal tropical hint. Maybe the French yeast is pushing that sweet edge?

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a fair sugary flow...

O - Quaffable and relatively approachable, maybe more so for a generic audience. But I'd rather offer more stimulating stuff, even to the non-initiated with Saisons...

Notes: Another blah, blah serving from New Belgium… They can do great things or so I thought, but this new range of bombers introduced to the region. Dunno… from fair to forgettable...

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Photo of billab914
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

220z bottle into my Mad Fox glass. Dark amber in color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of the Saison yeast to it in the form of an earthy, herbal like spice. I get a bready, toasty and caramel flavors coming out of the malts as well. Just a little bit of the juicy, pear flavors are there in the aroma.

The taste shows more of the malty, toasty, caramel flavors to it at first. The finish is where the saison yeast meets the juicy pear and passion fruit flavors. I get a good amount of tartness to the fruits that linger into the finish. The flavors just didn't work well together for me.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style and carbonation is average. Overall it was a decent beer, but not a great one. The flavors just didn't come together all that well for me in it. It was something that was cool to try the first few ounces of, but the rest of the glass wasn't very easy drinking.

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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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