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Lips Of Faith - Biere De GardeLips Of Faith - Biere De Garde

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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.

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 334
Photo of n2185
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: sweet fermented fruit aromas up front with light Belgian spices, straw, and barnyard aromas.

T: Belgian spices up front with slight fermented fruit flavors. Slightly musty barnyard flavors bring up the finish with light bread notes.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a little watery for my tastes.

O: I'm not terribly familiar with the style, but this was an enjoyable beer overall. The watery body was the weakest part, but it's still tasty.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear nectarine-orange color with a single finger of white head. Subtle lacing.

Nice aroma of citrus, banana, white wine, green apple, candy sugar and herbal notes with a hint of earthiness to them.

The citrus, candy sugar and earthy herbal notes from the aroma are present along with white pepper, and white wine. Finishes with a hint of white wine twang and booze.

Medium bodied and a tad sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I'll have this one again. The medley of flavors makes for quite the interesting beer,

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A- fluffy, gaseous and bubbly head... Two fingers thick... Dark golden wheat-colored.... The beer is not cloudy, but yet it is opaque.... After the head dissipates, it leaves plenty of lace along the glass's sides and atop the liquid.

S- Tart, earthy, herbal, yeasty, sour fruit, apricot, something reminiscent of citrus

T- yeasty, slight hint of salt, earthy fruit, some sweetness that is a bit off-putting and syrupy, the orange peel seems to resemble something designed more to be an aroma

M- pleasantly sweet and tart initially, but the orange peel makes for something cloying and creates a thick, spicy middle that seems out of place in this otherwise light, easy-drinking beer.

O- A decent beer with some positive attributes, but the orange peel, the centerpiece of this beer, proved to also be its biggest hindrance.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.16/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a small creamy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty stinky, almost rotting, oranges with a little bready malt.

The flavor is sweet oranges and musty yeast with a kind of dry and lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, kind of odd - sweet musty oranges with a dry bitter, kind of off finish.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a bone white layer of pillowy head. Quite a bit of lacing left behind. Nose is full of bright orange citrus, candied apricot, notes of white grape, grapeskin, clove among other spicy notes. The taste is extremely fruity with an emphasis on citrus. Light waves of tartness play along with plenty of fruity sweetness. The sorachi ace hops fit in perfectly and provides a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with light body. Overall, a nice refreshing brew with plenty of character. Abv is very well hidden.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$8.59 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale, Munich, C-120 malts and orange peel. Hopped with Target and Sorachi Ace.
9% ABV, 18 IBU's, 235 kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a sparklingly clear medium golden with peach accents, forming a tall meringue white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.5 carbs. The nose is grassy, yeasty, lemony with floral hops and mild orange peel. As it warms, it gets quite boozy in the nose. The mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly tart, boozy, with firm carbonation and a very dry finish. The taste is a recap of the aroma...grainy malt, grassy hops, fruity yeast esters, a touch of barnyard funk, perceptible alcohol that is a little harsh at first and then gets more harsh as it warms. Dry lemon pepper/lemon vodka finish. Cardboard aftertaste, mild fusels.

Not really digging this one. Flawed. I can't recommend it although I will finish the bottle.

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Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, shenanigans. This was supposed to be done with sour cherries as I recall - where'd these orange peels come from....

Pours a nice golden yellow with a solid sheet of whites - these falls away quickly leaving a central dome. Smells include an up front slap of orange peel, some seeds of paradise character, some dried apricots, belgian yeast and a bit of grain. Taste is rich, sweet and slightly citric. The juice comes thru, but seems just juicy and sweet, not tart or sharp as I like my citric juices. The grain is also more malty than I would have predicted, some bits of apricot here as well. Medium on chubby body with lighter carb. This beer is okay, glad it's a one and done though.

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Photo of spoony
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bomber into a tulip glass.

A-A normal pour produces a thin white head with poor retention. The brew is golden in color and clear. There is a bit of lace on the glass towards the end.

S-The smell is sort of sweet and doughy with light spice and pale pils-like malts. The alcohol is well-concealed for 9%. The advertised orange peel comes through less like sweet citrus/orange and more like pithy, spicy bitterness. Kind of uninspiring on the nose.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. The body is doughy, semi-sweet, and lightly fruity. Alcohol remains pretty well-concealed, but occasionally peaks through with fruity warmth. Orange flavors are spicy and bitter.

M-The feel is nice with a softer carbonation, medium heft, and a touch of slickness on the finish.

O-I have had better New Belgium beers. There is not any one thing wrong with this beer, but the whole package just doesn't deliver much flavor. I feel like the base is too doughy and cloying and there is not enough grass/straw/spice to offset the sweetness. The odd orange flavor did not help the situation, either.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served cold into an etched bottom goblet from New Belgium.

Their biere de garde is a pale golden yellow color with thick creamy white head. It settles slowly and leaves some good lacing in its wake.

Aroma is sweet, floral, and slightly funky. Light tropical fruit hoppiness.

Flavor is not quite what I expected. It's sweet and fruity as the aroma would lead one to believe but the bitterness and yeast funk don't go together very well here. Vegetal and medicinal and not really to my liking.

Mouthfeel is okay with light body and nicely judged carbonation. The balance is towards the sweet.

Overall not really a great example. Maybe worth a try if you like to take a chance but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a copper hue and a short-lived off-white head of a half inch. A partial skim coat with zero lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with caramel-spiked malt with apples and citrus. Some faint burnt rubber and cloves follow through.

Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Sweet malt, apples, and melons start the palate. Shades of orange and pears follow though.

Finishes with caramel-coated apples and a boozy warmth.

The orange peel is overshadowed by the malt and burnt rubber overtone and the carbonation is seriously lacking for the style. A bit of a miss on this one.

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Photo of rangerred
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap.

Appearance is a clear light gold with a one finger white head.

Aroma is quite citrusy with lots of pears and apples. Some light bready malt as well. There is a little bit of Earthyness but it is well restrained.

The taste is very fruity again with pear and apple being dominant. There is a very juicy quality this beer that is delicious. Some earth and wood along with a light bitterness leading to a slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit of the heavy side, though, limiting drinkabililty.

Overall, a pretty good beer from New Belgium but far from spectacular. I would order it again, though, if I came across it.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a collaboration between New Belgium and Brewery Vivant.

Fresh bottle review.

It pours out a mostly-clear sunny yellow color with about two minutes of loose foam that fizzles down to nothing without any lacing left behind. Medium-light texture and carbonation levels.

Very strong dried apricots, medium levels of marmalade, yeast, and herbal tea aroma. The flavor follows suit, but only semi-drier than the sweetness implied by the nose. I also pick up on grassy and straw / hay with a squeeze of lemon and a mild Swiss cheese sort of flavor from the midsip through the finish as the beer warms up in the glass. The ABV is very well hidden.

I can tell that the yeast strain they used here was borrowed from Vivant, there's a certain "Farmhouse" level of mild funk (not an sour or acid kind of funk, but rather an expensive soft-runny unpasteurized cheese kind of funkiness.) This light, mild funkiness shows some potential to get bigger, raunchier, and more challenging with some cellaring time, so I'm going to be on the lookout for more bombers in the store to try and age in the basement for about six months to a year.

Summary: Dried apricot, orange peel, and herbal tea with mild Swiss cheesy-yeast profile.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rich yellow-orange with a finger of bright white head. Malty biscuit aroma with mild orange.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Quite a bit of caramel sweetness up front with hints of corn, yeasty esters, and orange. Bready finish.

Not bad, but the malt seemed pretty overbalanced.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

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Photo of RickS95
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pale ale looking with a somewhat clear, nectarine colored pour. Faint haze, but still mostly clear. The head is a nice contrasting bright white and has decent retention. A swirl kicks the bubbles back into motion and leaves a spotty lace.

I'm really undecided on the scent. It's got a German-ish, European smell, which I don't care much for, but at the same time, it's got some Belgo yeasty notes and American citrus smells as well. As it warms, the alcohol and peppery yeast come thru.

The taste is pretty spectacular. It's alcohol forward, along with plenty of malt to offset the yeast and citrus. Complex taste and feel.

Complexion at its finest with sweetness up front, spicy comes on mid-sip, then a savory hop bitterness and acidic tropical fruit feel in the dry, spicy finish. Alcohol and heat from the hops lingers well into the finish. Medium body.

The beer didn't do much for me early on, but the flavor more than made up for it. It's a smooth beer, an easy drinker, despite some aggressive ingredients. Your palate is constantly being challenged.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Hazy yellow in color with some off white head that dissipates a bit, but what is left behind leaves a nice sticky lacing.

Smell- A slight hint of citrus and that is about it.

Taste- Has a roasted lager flavor with a hint of citrus. Doesnt work well.

Mouthfeel-Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

Overall- Not feeling it. Tastes with a cheap lager with a hint of orange.

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Photo of impending
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


22oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear pale new penny copper, encouragement required for a minor off white head, minor lacing.

The aroma is a delight. Peaches mango pineapple encompassed in candied jelly orange slices. Slight mustiness.

Flavor surprises with pronounced undulations. Starts sweet and fruity then dips abruptly to a low earthy note, rolls to a dry finish which accompanies the orange pineapple herbal aftertaste that lingers pleasantly. Notes of Hi-C. Increasingly earthy with warmth.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can see, but if I remember correctly, this was a one-off brew that was produced back in October 2012, so this bottle is about 16 months old.

Appearance - Initially pours a glowing, hazy golden orange that resembles honey. After a bit of time, the haze seems to clear up a bit, revealing a bit more translucence to the beer. Atop the body sits a one finger head the color of bright white that dissipates to a mere ringlet around the edge with a small bit of film across part of the top of the beer. Tiny wisps of silkworm web lacing stick to the sides of the glass in places.

Smell - I'm honestly surprised by how prevalent the aroma of orange is on the nose given the amount of time that's passed. Clementine, orange juice and fresh-peeled flesh along with some hints of nectarine, and a distinct ester astringency as well. There is also a hint of spice and flatbread characteristic from the yeast, I presume. After a little warmth, there is a green apple, vinous component to the smell, much like you might get from a steel-tank chardonnay or a sauvignon blanc.

Taste - The taste of this beer is very much in line with the aroma--no surprises. A lot of the same elements of orange peel and golden delicious apples, as well as a noticeable ester quality. Very crisp and bright on initial pour, but some warmth increases the presence of the malt, with club cracker and graham coming through a bit alongside notes of baking spices In spite of the fruit and spiciness of this beer, the finish is surprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a clean finish that doesn't have any lingering bitterness or off flavors. I wouldn't mind if it had a little more heft to it.

Overall, I'm impressed with how this beer has developed. I opened a bottle back in May 2013 and while I didn't take down any notes, I don't remember being terribly impressed with the beer. Of course, I also have had a lot more practice reviewing since then, so it's possible I've become a bit better at picking out more subtle aromas and flavors. Either way, this is an excellent collaboration between New Belgium and Brewery Vivant, and in a style that I've not had the opportunity to try much of; well done.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was a clear golden yellow with a little white foam and very little lace. But, the smell of sweet citrus and spice filled the nose with a plesant aroma of all the wonder smells. The taste was of orange and lemon citrus, along with a hint on spices that I cannot say what! Great finish on the aftertaste and palate. Not acidic or bitter. I will say that the colder this ale, the better the taste and flavor and balance. When it started to warm up, the flavor had a dull acidic finish. So, drink while cold!

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Photo of SHODriver
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a deep yellow to light orange topped with a small white head with little retention
S: smells kinda barnyardy with some orange
T: a little toasted malt, fruity esters, a bit of yeast flavor and some spice notes, some orange and alcohol. boozy on the swallow with a bit more tropical fruit flavor
M: medium body with soft carbonation, drying on the finish
O: pretty solid beer. it seems to be true to style so it gets good marks. I've had a few beers of this style and I just can't get behind it. Worth a try though

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Doughy yeast, sour orange peel, and a mild earthiness.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice blend of malt and juicy orange. There is a yeasty cracker like flavor mid-palate. Finish is bitter orange peel and warming alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Sticky dry finish.

O - This is a decent beer. Tasty, but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Birthday beer from my wife.

A- Clean, golden-blonde body shows just the slightest haze. 1-finger, off-white head falls to a light foam and leaves some awesome stick. Not much yeast, even with a swirl on the final pour.

S- Belgian funk with the crack of the cap threw me a bit. Candy sweet with some grassy hops. Apple peel. Dare I say "farmhouse" or "horse blanket?" Some cellar-like or corked quality even though I know this isn't necessarily aged or corked, especially as it warms.

T- Interesting. Belgian funkiness for sure. Almost corn-like at the beginning, then a rush of green apple. Light grainy flavors. Any citrus contributed by orange peel addition is subdued. Quite sweet throughout with a dryish finish. Any hint of higher ABV is fairly masked. Just a touch assertive. I really wavered between a 3.5 and 4.

M- Moderate-heavy carbonation. Dry.

O- Definitely on the blonde side of the Biere de Garde spectrum. Funkier than most I've had. Yeasty quality does remind me of Vivant's Farmhand and its variants. 9% ABV does make for robust flavor without any burn. I'd almost think it a Belgian strong ale if I wasn't told differently. I'd like to grab another bottle as I know my wife's Brie en croute is going to make a holiday appearance very soon. May be a good pairing.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a light smooth head. Some leveled lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average active carbonation while drinking. Some floating sediment in the glass. Light golden color to the brew.

Smell: The front is a soft soapy feeling of leafy greens, cloves, and a medicinal aroma. The orange peels add a very sour character. The yeast is bright and potent.

Taste: Follow the front of the aroma very closely. The soapy leafy greens are felt right away. The orange peel is felt much more in the body in a pretty authentic way. Candied sweetness finishes this beer off.

Mouthfeel: Light and airy. Yeast lacing left behind on the palate.

Overall: Better then I expected. I've had three of these Lips of Faith beers now and they all have certainly been unique. Not exactly great beers but an interesting drinking experience.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light burnt copper color and is topped off with a thin white head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is very pleasant, lots a citrus( lemons and lemon zest) come through. Mild grass and wheat smells are also present. Smooth and crisp as it hits your tongue, this ale quickly warms up your mouth with cloves, grapes medium wheat and banana flavors all wrapped around a semi tart and sweet body, which by the way is light to medium. The aftertaste is a bit more sweeter and almost reminds me of a sweet-tart. The alcohol is well hidden, this a very well brewed beer and it goes down very well. This is my first Biere De Garde and I gotta say I’m a fan for life.

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Photo of Mgm54
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from memory and a few notes

Serving Type - 4oz pour from the New Belguim "Ranger Sation" Brewpub in Snowmass Village

A - lighter than I would have expected, but the color well represented the cistrus taste of the Beer. It was straw yellow, similar to a Wit, but much less hazy (although not entirley clear either)

S - Citrus and yeast are the main elements of the nose, with notes of lemon along with it.

T - Again, Citrus and yeast are the predominant flavors, but there is a lemon zest to be found, likely caused by the use of the Sorachi Ace hop. The sutle but distint lemon citrus flavor in this beer give an ejoyable play of the orange. No decernable booze, which is surprising concerdering the flavor profile and that this beer is 9% ABV.

M - Average mouthfeel, quite light, although it does have some cloying effect to it.

O - enjoyable beer, I would recomend trying it once, as the Sorachi Ace is an interesting hop, and this is a good example of it.

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