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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Photo of lenbert
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This represents another round of firsts for me (my first Tripel and my first "Lips of Faith" series).

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. Had a generous head that left behind a lot of lacing. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: The aroma gives off a tangy citrus smell, though not as pronounced as I thought it would at first. This aroma seemed to grow stronger as it warmed.

Taste: Tart and tangy is the word with this one! Strong hints of pineapple and citrus up front with a yeasty funkiness in the aftertaste, which really lingers as aftertaste. Medium body and generous carbonation. For me, the alcohol is well hidden.

The taste profile of this beer is similar to me like an intense Berliner Weisse, with pineapple thrown into the mix. I really enjoy that style and the additional citrus undertones makes this one a winner for me.

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Photo of mverity
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass and had a lot of white bubbly head and had great lacing as I drank the beer. Color was like that of toasted wheat grain. Smell was mostly of tart yeast, and tangy citrus. Taste was interesting; like a Belgian triple mixed with a Berliner weisse. Medium body and highly carbonated. My first of the Lips of Faith series, and I was looking forward to this due to the Dieu du Ciel collab. Not particularly great.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a dark gold with one finger off wispy off white head. Barely any lacing present.

Smell: Strong pineapple, phenolic, spices.

Taste: Pineapple, tart fruit, belgian sour funk, slightly herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high ABV is hidden very well, slightly prickles the tongue and works with the flavors nicely.

Overall, this is a terrific beer. Love the sour funk that goes along with the fruit. A tasty and creative tripel.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange, two fingers of head, pretty damn good lacing.

S - A lot of pineapple, and alcohol, floral, phenols, and some funk.

T/M - Ahh, maybe the taste isn't that bad, but it's such a let down from the smell. Or maybe I just like the smell of pineapple more than the taste...

O - This one needs another try.

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Photo of iSip
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Heavenly Feijoa Tripel: While Imperial Russian Stouts may be the king of beers, there are plenty of great ones to choose from. But the Belgian Tripel is right up there, and aside from $12 bombers from Europe, they are hard to find. So I am always on the lookout, and decided to try this New Belgium offering.

The Feijoa has a lighter head, not much carbonation and a big aroma that shouts Belgian Tripel. The color is of old brass, which is the only sign that this is not your run of the mill golden colored Tripel.

The flavor starts out beautifully Belgian in all respects, and just when you expect that doughy Tripel finish, there comes a tart apple cider flavor (the feijoa??) to finish things off. Very much like a good sour. And it works for me.

If your heart is set on a pure Belgian Tripel, skip this brew, it will disappoint. But if you are in the mood for something completely different, give this a try. The Feijoa will never be a statement beer, but is a wonderful oddity. Go for it.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into sniffer. Purchased at hop city in ATL.
A: pours a rich golden copper, white one finger foam head, stringy lacing
S: malt, tart tropical fruit, hibiscus
M: thin srurpy, carbonat
T: malt, slight sweetness, tartness, tropical fruit, slight metallic finish
O: interesting brew, not sure if this is a triple from the taste due to the tartness

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Photo of TruePerception
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)



New Belgium / Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Heavenly Feijoa Tripel: 9% ABV, half a finger of root beer-like head, quick fade; Appearance: cream soda, faint rosiness, active carbonation; Smell molasses-y, pear/lime/guava; Taste: dry, lime rind, strong dull acidity towards outsidem golden raisin towards the end; Mouthfeel: soft, yet well carbonated; pretty good, Lips of Faith series

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour out of 22 oz bottle, clear amber pour with fizzy but fluffy off white head, aroma brought notes of biscuit, tropical fruit and Belgian yeast. Taste is surprisingly tart. with a pineapple sweetness. Spicy and funky on the finish with a very subtle bitterness. What is this beer? There is a touch of alcohol in the nose. But other than that, it does not really resemble a tripel. Fairly dry finish, but the lingering tartness inhibits some of the dryness. It is not unpleasant. I think farmhouse might have been a better characterization.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer is light amber in colour with a fairly large off-white head. Decent retention, good lace.

Nose contains honey, sweet malt, light fruits. I am not familiar with feijoa, but I suppose that is what I am smelling. The hibiscus is there as well.

The "additions" are very potent in the flavour. Again, what I presume to be feijoa is strong, and the hibiscus is pretty bold as well. Sweet malts, some spice. Not really my cup of tea, but I could imagine some people really liking it.

Full bodied, low to moderate carb, quite sticky.

Overall, not my thing, The flavours just don't work for me.

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Photo of Sark
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber

Appearance- not a bit of haze and quite carbonated, color of light amber, finger of eggshell-white head so densely bubbled you can't notice unless up really close-up

Smell- big hit of floral and yeast, herbs of lemon peel and very much so hibiscus

Taste- Tart beginning of light fruit (white grapes) with mild-mannered grains in the middle that are overpowered by a sour finish with almost red wine characteristics,

Mouthfeel- light and clean with lingering sugars on the tounge

Overall- In a word, intense. The balance isn't completely lopsided but it does ask for a tweak. This would be great with a meal on the salty/rich side like pasta with marinara as it could easily take the place of a wine.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice chunky lace on the glass. Attractive!

Smell: sweet and fruity aroma with a little bit of tropical character going on. There are also floral notes going on here; I've never had feijoa before but I want to try one now. I think I find a bit more interest in the novelty than in just the aroma itself, but I think with an experimental beer like this, that's part of the fun.

Taste: the fruit is much more to the fore in the flavor than it was in the aroma, along with an acidic tartness that comes along with a lot of fruit beers. Unfortunately, this tartness does not especially help this beer out. It's definitely got an interesting experimental tone, but tartness is too much to the fore and I think the underlying tripel itself is not quite the right base for this fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a very satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer isn't bad, but it doesn't float my boat. I like the novelty, but novelty will only take you so far. Unless you're particularly adventurous, you can probably give this one a miss.

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Photo of SteveTheDog
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So yeah, I did have to google a picture of a feijoa because I had no idea what it looked like and I've never had one before so I can't speak to how authentic it is.

It poured well, clear, like orange gold. The aroma was strong and full of citrus as expected and made me think of a sweet lemonade. The taste was nice and light and refreshing with a cleansing mouthfeel initially, however it was a bit sticky on the finish.

For a trippel, it's not bad and is a bold effort for New Belgium. I might get another one for an early afternoon on the patio.

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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 SportsandJorts
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: orange hues. good clarity. small off white head

Smell: floral. fruity. candied sugar. spices. comes off slightly tart.

Taste: starts off slightly floral, but quickly gives way to tart and slightly bitter fruits. this taste hangs around for a bit but a nice tripel base becomes apart in the end. some yeast, some spices. a touch of alcohol on occasion

Mouthfeel: the tartness of the fruit and the dryness of the tripel come together nicely. nice heavier feel. some warmth

Overall: the base tripel is well done and is apparent but the hibiscus and bitter/tart fruit are the main stage here. really nice complexity. new belgium has a way with tripels. very interesting and well done beer.

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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 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 ESPNman
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone IRS Snifter.

A - Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a faint hint of eggshell white head. Moderate lacing, slight retention around the edges of the glass.

S - Tons of sweet malt and fruit esters. Juicy, a bit of tart lactic notes, and plenty of spice. As far as a tripel goes, this one hits the right notes on the nose. A bit of pepper and alcohol round out the smell.

T - I must admit a bit of bias here... coming from Santa Barbara, I love the feijoa. It's a delicious and distinctive fruit, but I understand how it's flavor might not be for everyone. With that said, this beer does a fantastic job of bringing the almost kiwi-like (for those who haven't had it before) tartness to a triple. This beer beer is a classic triple... fruity, spicy, a little boozy, but with that tart, mouth-puckering kick of feijoa. It might not be for everyone, but I love the flavor of this beer. For the style, it's good. For me, it's excellent.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with plenty of sugary goodness. No alcohol on the finish (despite what the nose would lead you to expect), a tart bitterness there as well. Moderately drying, well carbonated.

O - This beer, as far as experiments go, was a success in my book. Not an every day kind of brew... but perhaps worth a re-visit someday by the good folks and New Belgium. Good for most people's tastes, and great for others. My particular attachment to the fruit has me leaning towards "great" for this one.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Whole Foods in Las Vegas NV for $8

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden amber colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, floral

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some pepper and a floral flavour. It ends with a herbal aftertaste.

Overall - I really enjoyed this one and it was going down fast. It was nice and refreshing and well balanced. A tad on the pricey side but I would like to see this in 6 packs.

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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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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 andyfrancis
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large white bubbles disappearing atop a straw-golden chalice. Singular trickle of bubbles rising from the bottom, sustaining lacy blotches on the surface.

Smells of banana and other fruity esters with light floral and spice hints. Very pleasant.

Whoa. Not what I expected. I didn't know what feijoa tasted like, but I think I do now. It's a little hard to tell what's what, being a tripel with fruit and flowers, but fruitiness dominates. Alcohol is pretty well hidden considering it's 9%.

Medium bodied, with a slow, mild sour burn on the finish. Banana aftertaste with a slightly waxy coating.

Not exactly my cup of tea. It's an interesting brew, but not for the narrow palated. If you're prone to experimenting with homebrewing or tasting, then you might give this a try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and saturated orange color, compact head of white foam. Some delicate lace around the edges but not much, lasting surface coverage. Again the clarity is very bright, glistening like a jewel.

Aroma is sort of flat, some fruit is there, grains, yeast, it's a little muddled.

Taste is slightly tart from the fruit, though it is more astringent at first. As it warms, it's a little easier to drink, but not one i'll pick up again. The tripel base is slightly boozy, with a labored sweetness and medium feel. Tart aftertaste, sort of acidic like bile. Vague earthiness lingers, hard to attribute it to any particular ingredient. Overall it's ok, but nothing too exciting, despite the exotic adjuncts and international collaboration.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Saw this sitting on the shelf at Highland Liquors in Denver. Thought I'd try it. Never had feijoas in beer before....I think.

Well, to style this pours a bit dark. It is light caramel and clear. Looks more like a IPA of sorts. Big white head, slightly pink. Settles to a collar and slight film. Great lacing.

Aroma is spicy, but the main nose pincher is the floral. Maybe more like honeysuckle with tropical fruit. A good twang on it.

Several tastes come in and go out through this beer. Belgian spice starts it out. Some coriander and white pepper. Then the guava comes with some other tropicals. At the end hibiscus says howdy doody with a bit of floral and film. Ends slightly sweet, but not dry...yet not thick.

Darn good for a summer porch just-a-sitting-here-and-a-drinkin

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like floral and grassy hops, with some earthy honey malt and fresh nuts and grains.
T: It tasted like sour cherry and bitter grassy and metallic hops, with some sweet wild honey and earthy grains. It had a clean and sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was thick and oily with a little fine natural carbonation. Great slick body.
D: This was an interesting beer. It had a fairly unique scent and taste, with a solid body. The alcohol was pretty well hidden, and the finish was fairly smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not my favorite tripel, but fun to try once.

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at D&T Drive Inn, in Houston.

A: Pours a beautifully hazed golden/orange/copper color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Good lace is left down the glass. This is a looker.
S: Yeast up front. Phenolic, earthy, peppery, and spicy. Followed by a light fruity aroma. Light passion fruits which are nice. Though the yeast is the show.
T: Light yeast, but not nearly as phenolic or earthy as the nose. Actually the fruits really shine here. A wonderful tart peach and cranberry flavor.
M/D: A medium body. Very effervescent, crisp, clean, and so refreshing. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen. A great sipper, and one with enough tart and refreshing qualities to make this a nice summer offering as well.

I don't get the relatively low scores here. I think this is great, and will be picking up more bottles when I get a chance. Something I highly recommended.

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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
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