Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
82
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476 Ratings
Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa TripelLips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
476
Reviews:
110
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.95%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of wedge
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

@ Ridgewood

Clear golden color with a small head that drops to a patchy covering. Floral and clove aromas meet some funkiness, earth, cracked pepper, powdery sweetness, grain, and dried banana. Tastes fruitier with a tart, flowery sweetness, yeast, light bread, and some husky grain. The fruitiness is interesting, being primarily of the tropical variety, but also includes some pear, cranberry, and grape. Slightly drying and a touch syrupy. I enjoyed this, though it does come across as a little messy overall.

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Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BigBarley
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

yes, underneath this crazy brew is a Belgian tripel, but man oh man you have to dig for it. the pour on this is clear as day, with a brassy color and a fading white head of about two inches. the aromas are really tart from this guavasteen fruit, its really all I smell. its somewhere between a passionfruit and a lemon, would work maybe better in a saison than a tripel. the flavor is Belgian yeast, that crazy fruity tartness, some residual sugar, and a hop profile similar to the mosaic, although I cant positively identify that. the finish is major pucker, not sour at all, but acidic from the fruit. I don't get much hibiscus at all, maybe a tiny bit on the back end, but its low key. very interesting brew, which I give the lips of faith series a lot of credit for. there is something more genuine about this than their other releases lately. I don't know what it is, but this is less contrived, more creative, more real, I don't know, it works as weird as it is. less carbonation than the standard tripel, but that doesn't slow it down much for me. medium body and a very well hidden strength. a would have preferred a 12oz. as this bomber is starting to feel like a chore, but its a quality offering worth nine of your hard earned dollars.

edit: despite being pasteurized, this has also aged really well, with the grain backing off to let the tart fruit and blooming hibiscus come to the fore. its been over a year i think now, time to open it up and try it again, much improved.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a clear medium golden amber with a thin white head with good retention and lacing. Interesting aroma of tropical fruit and light malt, somewhat floral. Flavor starts with bready malt and sweet / tart unusual fruit (Feijoa, I guess), then finishes quickly much drier and quite tart with a distinctive vinous quality and slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied although the beer appeared slightly viscous on the pour, it is not very heavy bodied. An intentionally odd and interesting ale. The tripel qualities are subsumed to the fruit and almost wild yeast flavors. I'm not a big sour fan and this leans in that direction, but I found its idiosynchratic qualties kept me interested. I would not seek it out again as outside my style interests, but glad I got to try it. Worth a try, especially if you lean towards interesting sour ales.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-orange with a nice white head.

S-nice scent of crisp belgian grains, corn, and pale belgian spices. it's good and authentic smelling. medium strength

T-comes in with an almost tart flavor of pale belgian spices and grains...almost similar to a saison. it's somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter with a matching after-taste. it's an odd beer that doesn't really seem to mesh too well.

M-low carbonation with a watery finish

O-really an odd take on any belgian style. i don't like it. it has the tripel flavors, the wild flavors, and a bit of bitterness. it's just not well balanced. i feel like New Belgium was trying a bit too much to be different. this isn't even going to be easy to finish. Don't bother.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a copper red with a medium-light white head, fair at best head retention, mild lace, interesting colour.

S: Tart fruit, some tropicality, hibiscus tea.

T: The base tripel is good and adds some notes of pear and sugar cane. The hibiscus is overt, taking over the beer at times. An interesting flavour, you don't find beers like this too often.

M: Medium-bodied, cloyingly sweet at places. Soft carbonation overall.

O: An interesting experiment, not the greatest beer in the world, but it's nice to see brewers have fun like this once and a while.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a crystal clear, light golden yellow with a loose white head that fades quickly without lacing. The nose is different, slightly fruity/metallic, similar to ripe bing cherries, and a touch of sweet booze. It tastes more like a fruit beer than a tripel bringing a potent mixture of herbal mixed berries (strawberry, blackberry, cranberry) guava, cantaloupe, and some grainy malt sweetness. Its mouthfeel is different than a regular tripel -- fruity, slightly tart, vinous dryness, yeasty, and a peppery bite --but it really hasn't held onto any of the characteristically sweet booziness that I'd expect. This beer had me at...weird fruit you've never heard of, hibiscus & a belgian beer base...and frankly it's a win. If you want a tripel with distinct fruit that overpowers the tripel base beer and has a slightly vinous, dry finish, go for it.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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 crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brass color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin skim. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Floral and fruity aroma. Faint hint of berries and cut grass. Sort of a vinous quality except for the perceived tartness. A little bready malt.

Has a mild tartness that is a bit surprising. Fruit flavors dominate the flavor. I pick out strawberry and grapes. Fruity esters add to the vinous qualities. Malt is semi-dry that adds little but compliments the other flavors. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

The body is a little slick but otherwise solid. Not the most carbonated tripel on the shelf. I would of liked a litte more life.

Interesting beer. Never eaten a feijoa, but after drinking this beer, I think I would enjoy the experience. Wish more of the traditional tripel elements were more prevelant.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of rand
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a D'Achouffe tulip glass

I'm always a sucker for collaborations, especially with two of my favorite breweries, and when I saw the exotic fruit added to the brew I had to pick this up. It's not going to start a cult following, it's a little strange, but I think overall it's satisfying, especially if you want to try something off the beaten path. There's a ton of fruit essence in there - when I popped the cap the smell reminded me of champagne.

A: Copper-tan in color, fairly clear, with a 1-inch wispy head that leaves little patches of lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of ripe fruit with tropical bend, but boozy, and combined with the carbonation reminds me of sparkling wine. Yeasty, cracker-y tone surrounds the bouquet.

T: The fruit hits first, and it's unexpectedly sour. There's no funk in the brew, but if I wasn't paying attention I might think this was a wild ale. Again, boozy - which almost dries the palate and reminds of wine. But the flavor profile is a little disjointed from front-to-back, wondering through tones of sour and dry and astringency. Finishes surprisingly short and somewhere between sour and earthy bitter.

M: Fairly light for the ABV...nicely carbonated. If it wasn't, the odd flavor-profile might become a little much.

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Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Chaney
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Beautiful, sunny, clear as a bell amber color, with a sticky white head that kept fighting and fighting for survival. It won.

S: Finally, a trippel without an in-your-face banana profile. I truly appreciated that. Fruity, floral, and with some quite a bit of grain funk. A bit of Band-Aid, but not too bad.

T: It had the over-the-top fruit component of an un-watered-down fruit juice. Holy cow! Interesting and I've never quite tasted anything quite like it. Sort of like a combination of pomegranate and cranberry.

M: Thick, thick, thick! However, the carbonation bill was comfortable on the palate. This was a bit cloying, yet I enjoyed the first half of my session with it. Lots of suds left on the glass.

O: I almost don't know what to make of this. On second thought, yes I do: Great beer in small doses.

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Lips Of Faith - Heavenly Feijoa Tripel from New Belgium Brewing
3.63 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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