Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WastingFreetime on 11-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
334
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
25
For Trade:
2
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Fairly clear bright yellow; touch of murk.

Small bright white head; a curtain of lace.

Muted orange nose; not very odoriferous.

Thin mouthfeel.

Crisp taste, almost like champagne mixed with cider. White wine, champagne & slight citrus. Very dry and easy to drink. Although not overly flavorful, this is pleasant, & the ABV is well hidden. Worthy.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SStein
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Faint lemon yellow body color, with a bit of milky like appearance. Soupy off white head with little retention and basic white collar.

Aroma is just odd. Cocoa butter and a white chocolate like sweetness. Hints of sweet cream and vanilla, with a bit of orange mixed in. Non existent farmhouse quality, sweetness is dominant and gives the sense of a sweet beer is coming.

Sweetness dominates the palate but a wet wash makes for easy drinking, Lots of vanilla and white chocolate flavor, with mild sweetness. Orange manages a little bit of zest which is a nice angle with the chocolate flavors. Funk and tartness completely non-existent, and these flavors seem just out of place.

This tastes nothing like a farmhouse brew and while drinkable is just a bit too odd. Has some interesting qualities though.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Hazy straw to gold under a 1” cream colored foam collar. S: Light fruit and citrus aromas. T: Biscuit, orange, lemon, slight apple, morderate initial sweetness dries out on the finish with a touch of tart. F: moderately light, medium high carbonation O: light, refreshing Biere de Garde.

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Photo of MisterKilderkin
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vermilcj
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmbeer
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Famous in Michigan for their Farmhouse Ales, our friends at Brewery Vivant introduced us to their Biere De Garde Ale yeast strain. From there, we imagined a slightly tart, intentionally dry beer with hints of bergamot citrus that pairs perfectly with French cheeses." Brewed in the style of a Biere de Garde. Released in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft, this is a collaboration ale between New Belgium and Brewery Vivant, a one-off release in the Lips of Faith Series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance)Pours a golden-white head of a frothy foam consistency over a pale honey amber body with moderate haziness and pulpy sediment. Carbonation is plentiful and spirited. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Pale cracker malt and light cereal wheat with a reserved sweetness, accented by hints of light coriander spice and citrus peel. Mild grassy and peppery hop aromas with much of the bitterness coming from spice and rind notes. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Very light wheat and grainy pilsner malt up front joined by a subtle spiciness, finishing with a lingering dryness of cracker and pithy orange rind. Light, dry grape character suggests the Biere De Garde yeast strain. Markedly dry with an understated sweetness throughout. Fairly clean with mild, accessible flavors. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, peppery, chalky dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium crispness. Body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly earthy and spicy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Biere De Garde is a curious peek into a seldom brewed French style of ale, and Brewery Vivant sees it done fairly close to style. Some drinkers may be put off with the striking dryness of the beer and the limitations of flavor, but the yeast character as well as the orange peel generates enough interesting flavor to keep this beer moderately drinkable. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Biere De Garde Ale (With Brewery Vivant)
3.64/5.00

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3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boston_Steve
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of GTJayG
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Basoos1
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RyanStelzner
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bnes09
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

A little too much orange flavor. Sweet mid drink and slightly dry in the finish. Heavy body seems to clash with the citrus fruit flavor.

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Lips Of Faith - Biere De Garde from New Belgium Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 334 ratings.
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