Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa TripelLips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus

Added by GilGarp on 02-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 476
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1.78/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Honestly I have no idea how other people have given this beer high ratings. I'm in a room of six people and everyone hates it. It is literally undrinkable! I love La Fin Du Monde and other trippels but this beer was acrid, sour, and almost spoiled tasting... Would NOT not not recommend for anyone. The hibiscus and fruit were just not a good flavor in the beer. Open to trying other well-rated Lips of Faith beers but this one was not for me.

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Photo of Joekneale
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Let me first say, the beer is labeled a Feijoa Tripel, and it is part of the LOF 'experimental' family. With that said, I rated this beer harshly because I rated against the Tripel style - which it is a poor example of at best.

The only part of the beer that could have passed for a Tripel was the aroma. Light floral/perfumey notes and fruity undertones - characteristic of the style. It lacked a strong phenolic overtone, but was rich and complex.

The color was off for a Tripel, with a distinct red-purple tinge, not deep yellow/gold. It was not high in clarity, nor did it have a persistent creamy head usually associated with the style. NB gets this right with their other Tripels, the blame for the miss on all these factors, I think, is 100% caused by the fruit addition.

The taste and mouthfeel were also way off. There is a strong sour/acidic component of the beer that is reasonably balanced, but still quite dominant. A huge miss. Similarly, the fruit and sourness lend some puckering to the mouthfeel and take away the sense of deceivingly light body we usually expect.

My guess is that the only recipe design that went into this beer was someone at whole foods spotting Feijoa fruit and thinking, ''what if we add this to the Tripel grain bill?" Well, the answer is NOT a "Feijoa Tripel," whatever the hell that is, it is something closer to a Lambic. I understand that there are always beer drinkers wanting to try the next new thing - I support that. What bugs me about this beer is I ordered it expecting an interesting Tripel and ended up with a sour hybrid.

Beer styles serve a purpose in communicating between brewers, distributors, and customers. Wholly missing a beer style is not acceptable from a leading craft brewer, even for an experimental beer. The recipe might have started as a Tripel, but the outcome was such a distant miss it needed to be either redesigned as a Tripel before release or reimagined and relabeled as another type (lambic or sour). I'm not a huge fan of inventing styles or using cute marketing ("Feijoa Tripel") to poorly describe a one-off beer. Just my 2 cents.

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Photo of Mdez
2.19/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bought this a few months ago after reading about the Lips of Faith series and finding a tripel of the series. In finally opened it because it stated I should drink it by March 2014...and I was very disappointed. As someone stated on an earlier review, this tasted more like a sour than any tripel I've ever had. After a few sips, I was even considering pouring it and grabbing something else; it was just that bad. It was a sharp sour taste that has me thinking I should pour the rest of the bottle since I've only had half of it. Boy am I glad I didn't try a few...

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Photo of stevoj
2.21/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

on tap at Tour de Fat 2013. Overly tart attempt at a a tripel. thumbs down. Too sweet and cloying. Compared to Karmaliet, missed by a long shot,....leave out some of the fancy pants ingredients....

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Photo of msquared36
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber and clear.

Aroma is yeasty with a floral hint.

No idea why this is called a triple. It's a sour, a nondescript sour. The first couple sips where very tart, but with a delicate hibiscus aftertaste. For the rest of the sips, the tartness mellows but all floral notes are gone. No complexity.

Mouthfeel is watery with light carbonation.

Didn't expect a traditional triple, but this isn't even close. Which was a disappointment. It probably would have been a let down if I was expecting a sour as well. Maybe ok at the usual New Belgium price point, but not at the Lips of Faith cost.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Heavenly Feijoa Tripel pours a a golden color with a nice large lacing head. Their is a sweet yeasty aroma with strong hints of Belgian candies. The taste is slightly sour, but very sweet, lots of candy flavors. Way too sweet however, has a consistency of sugar water; very sugary. Overall almost a drain pour on this one, just its way to overly sweet and sugary.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

$8.59 for a 22oz bomber @ Bevco. Brewed with pale and black malt. Hopped with Target and Nelson Sauvin. Also brewed with Feijoa and hibiscus. 9.4% ABV.

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a tall creamy white head with superior retention and gorgeous lacing, in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs. The aroma is pure 3787 Trappist yeast...bananas and cloves, although it imparts more of a hefe-weizen green banana nose...not a brown banana nose. Faintly floral, although I wouldn't be able to discern hibiscus or Feijoa from the nose. Mouthfeel is lively and crisp with a tart acidity, almost like a hefe-weizen. Deceptively light body. Probably some sugar in here too, but they don't mention it on the website. The taste is a recap of the bananas, cloves, kiwi fruit tartness. Bitterness is very mild. The hops are barely noticeable. Slightly earthy mouthfeel in the finish with a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Overall, I'm not really digging this. The tartness kills it. I wish I got more hibiscus perfume but less tartness. It's interesting, but not something I could recommend or buy again. Ultimately, 16 oz of this went down the kitchen sink.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. One of two remaining (other is Tide & Its Takers) in a month of tripels. I'm at "novelty tripels" by this point.

A: Tawny gold. Below-average carbonation activity. Where's the big tripel head? I've got a think layer of froth that was gone before I took my first sip.

S: Immediate dislike. Not quite durian-level fruit funk, but close. Also, bready and yeasty, which is a highly unlikeable pair for the South America fruit aromas. I love a beer that smells "interesting;" this smells borderline bad.

T: Definitely more charm than the aroma. Dominant tart flavor that I guess is feijoa (small Brazilian sweet fruit). Similar to tart green grapes; the effect is like a fruited white wine. Back end is a scramble of flavors elbowing each other away: papaya, guava, more tropical melon flavors. A mess, but a tolerable one. Novelty is the top quality here.

M: Sluggish. After reading other reviews, my bottle sounds flat.

O: Clearly, I sort of hated this, although it's like nothing else. But yeah, I won't buy this again.

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Photo of yamar68
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one sounds good on paper...

Pours a dark, dead copper gold with a half finger of off-white head that recedes quickly, leaving me with a thin collar which produces decent lacing and bubbly beading.

Red grape juice, apple and pear, phenol heat, dandelion, sweet grains, sort of a weird mix going on.

Sweeter than I anticipated, even a bit sour. Sugary mango and pineapple with an odd, twangy finish. Hibiscus is completely buried and what the hell is a feijoa? Whatever it is, I'm not a fan.


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Photo of chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

on tap at USNWC in Charlotte.

Appearance: Deep, dark amber; fairly clear; small but durable off-white head.

Smell: way more like a wild ale than a tripel, there is a load of farmhouse funk in here along with the expected yeast and hints of citrus.

Taste: Heavenly Feijoa tastes a little better than it the smell suggests, largely thanks to a rather strong tartness. Still, too much off-flavor, likely intentional, from Brett and/or wild yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; Smooth with excellent, medium carbonation.

Overall: Unique, surprisingly tart, and, for a "tripel", way too much like a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

11 ounce pour - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Deep, dark golden body, fairly clear, with just under a half-inch of white foam.

Smell: Wow, okay. Smells like an odd champagne, where someone opened the body, drank a fair portion, then made some half-hearted attempt to 'cap' the bottle, only to come back a week or so later to find this.

Taste: Heavenly Feijoa tastes about the same. Sure, there's a toasted grain quality you know is from the barely, but the additions give it an overriding taste of 'off' champagne without even a mere drop of sweetness to it, leaving it unsettlingly dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's different, that much is certain, though it's not particularly palatable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Light amber. Small white head. Almost no wisps. Just a couple islands.

Smell - Boozy. Yeasty and estery. Some fruit. Decent.

Taste - Grainy up front, more of a tripel flavor after that. Earthy flavors in the middle. The fruit comes out in the back. Very tropical.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Kind of abrasive. Medium bodied. Not as bad as many American tripels tend to be.

Overall - Harsh flavors. Interesting fruit that doesn't blend in with the beer at all.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark golden color ale with a large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of hibiscus notes and tart Feijoa notes is not as enticing as I was expecting. Taste was dryer then expected with quite a bit of tart Feijoa notes with also quite a bit of hibiscus notes. Body was quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Off-balanced ingredient with low drinkability meant a deception in this case.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice amber color with near perfect clarity. Thin, foamy, crackling white head.

Lots of lemon, clove, pepper, banana, pear, and caramel. Smells sweet, but not sugary. Slight sewer aroma.

Weird flavors. Wet, cat urine, sweet and sweaty, airy, woody, high carbonation, mild sourness, barnyard-y, horsey, lemon, orange, spiced, odd bitterness... I can understand and appreciate the hibiscus, but the Feijoa addition is beyond weird and detracts greatly.

A bit too many flavors going to many different directions. This brew could use better blending and melding of flavors. This is a prime example of a potentially good brew having gone bad at the hand of an experimental brewer. Not recommended, unless you like bizarre over the top brews.

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Photo of impending
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


22oz into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear gorgeous golden copper, minor pure white head, minor lacing.

The aroma is not a strong suit, something less than pleasant, like singed hair on your knuckles is part of the mix. Minor floral joins minor pear and apple.

The taste surprises with the intensity of tropical fruits, mango pineapple grapefruit. Heavy phenol supplied flavors. Thicker than thin astringent mouthfeel.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very odd beer. Taste is very salty, really similar to a gose but with less wheaty character; some mild flower and light fruity flavors too, a touch of sweetness but more tangy/salty. Not really sure what to make of this but we finished the bottle without complaint so overall I guess I liked it.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber pours a medium copper color with nice clarity. Head is small and white, not much retention or lacing. This is one of the darkest tripels I have seen.

Nose is mangoes, alcohol and hibiscus flowers. No idea what a feijoa fruit is supposed to smell like, but apparently it is a South American fruit commonly described as pineapple-guava. That makes sense upon further inspection. The alcohol aromas are what have me worried, just too fusel.

Pretty tart on the flavor with the floral aspect imparted by the hibiscus being pretty extreme. I have had the Ciel Rosée D'hibiscus before and that had a sweeter, subtler flavor profile I found more enjoyable than this. Tastes a little like dried apricots to me. As with many of the LOF beers, this one's ABV is simply too high, the alcohol goes fusel as it warms like a bad HG Malt Liquor. Yeast, fruit, tropical alcohol and hibiscus just all muddles around without much flow or direction. Not as bad as some of NB's LOF offerings, but I dont really find it to be a very good tripel nor would I want to spend $8 on a bomber again.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Super clear pilsner like appearance. The head retention is good.
S- This is certainly a tripel. The Belgian yeast comes out in the aroma. It smells more banana than clove, but overall, it's a nice touch.
T- Tastes like belgian candi with a sticky finish. IT's not the most pleasant overall, but it works.
M-Light. With a filtration system, anything can look good, but not everything tastes good.
O-Really not so happy with this one. It lacks that smoothness. The acidity from the addition of the feijoe fruit makes it seem more like a sour than a tripel. It has lost its Belgian characteristics.

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Photo of Darkale
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

OK, I get it, American brewers push the envelope, and they add all kinds of interesting ingredients to their beers, OK.

At the same time, I would like a tripel to resemble a tripel, especially when I've paid almost ten dollars for this bomber.

This is a decent beer. I'm not sorry to have it in my beaten up old Duvel glass. But, it's not a tripel.

I am not sure what it is, but it's not a tripel.

I'm OK with it - again, I'm not sorry to be drinking it - but when I think of my favorite tripels... I do not think of this beer.

I wish that American brewers would stop screwing around with esoteric ingredients and would just brew solid beer.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium Lips of Faith
Heavenly Feijoa Tripel

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a New Belgium stemmed tulip. Served chilled....

A) Very light amber, kind of a clear copper. Good clarity... Lots of little bubble trails. Small soapy white head, with decent retention.

S) The aroma is kind of a sweet tart combo. Fruity and a little spicy too. You can pick out the yeast as well. A hint of the 9% ABV comes out.

T) Initially sweet, then spicy with kind of a lemon pepper taste. Then a little sour and leafy. Ends with alcohol heat. This has a lot of flavor twists and turns, unfortunately not all were enjoyable.

M) Medium bodied with a good jolt of carbonation, yet still fairly smooth... A fairly pleasing aftertaste, although a little less alcohol heat would have been fine by me.

O) Just okay in this beer drinker's opinion. Not a beer in the Lips of Faith series that I would revisit.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 3.12.13

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a fizzy cream-colored head that fades fast.

S - Floral spices, malty and sweet.

T - Spices, floral, fruity, spice, a bit cloying.

D - Medium body with good carbonation.

O - Sweetness is overpowering with some floral and fruity characteristics.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- 24K gold colour, small, quickly shrinking head of foam, not much lacing.

S- aromas of apple vinegar, a bit of honey like sweetness that comes and goes.

T- fruity tartness up front..apples and pears. candi sugar sweetness, some alcohol that burns during the swallow. Spices come through in the finish; light cloves, a bit of pepper.

M- medium bodied, very low carbonation, not the best of mouthfeels.

O- $17.99 for this LOF brew that just showed up in town. I love sour brews but this one isn't doing much for me. It doesn't seem to have any harmony of flavours going on.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Handsome amber color in the Duvel tulip with a negligible head and a decent carbonation. A little fruity aroma with a some passion fruit nose.

Sharp and fruity. More acidic than malty, but some sugars. No apparent taste of hops. Warm and tart fruitiness. This really tastes like passion fruit but a little more austere. Mineral taste. Aftertaste is bitterish, with malty warmth.

Not so promising at first, and the tart odd flavors are a little disconcerting. Beery but distracting. Overall, it seems like another interesting experiment but not as drinkable as one might hope. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

This is a real pretty looking beer. Rose hinting bronze and very clear body, with a creamy white and dollop accented top. Very small carbonation all abound through the body cascading very slowly on the vertical. No middle column of fire though. A real beautiful brew, but much darker than most tripels I've seen, not sure where this is going.

Nose is quite floral, almost a sense of strawberry like jam. A little muddy and dirt sensing. No malt sense or Belgian sensing sweetness or wine like character. A very jammy smelling brew, almost jelly and pectin, but this does not remind me of anything to style at all for a tripel.

Palate is quite a bit tart, with floral accents. Mouthfeel is quite dense and creamy, with hints of cream on the palate to go with it, but you can't get a sense of malt backbone on it. Big expansive feeling and quenching. Some soft bakery sweetbreads come out on the finish, it lingers with a nice sense of cookie snickerdoodle sugary sense on the aftertaste, but the mild tartness dominates. Boozy character is very well hidden.

You know, I am really not sure what to think of this but, as much as this is an interesting crafted beer, this is nothing like a Belgian tripel at all, and it is nothing what I want in this style. It's a real interesting brew, but when are tripels "puckery?". I am scoring this middle of the road, mostly because if I review this as a tripel that I desire, it's a failure, but if I look at this for what was crafted I would score it much higher. Therefore, it meets the middle and gets a 3 overall. Would I drink this again over other tripels, that's an obvious no. This beer almost needs it's own category. What that is... I have no idea, but even in that category I'll pass easily.

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Photo of Rope
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slight cloudy, copper. Little to no head?

Light lemony hop, very slight hibiscus. Alcohol at the end.

Whoa, sour. Much stronger up front sourness than I was expecting. The ending is a light tripel maltiness.

The sourness is playing tricks on me. Carbonation is small bubble goodness, good coating in the mouth, but the sour makes it seem like it is not.

This is the second hibiscus beer I have tried, and the taste is definitely unique. The combining with a Tripel is a fantastic experiment, because I feel the two flavor profiles clash. Points for being unique.

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