Lips Of Faith - Pluot | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - PluotLips Of Faith - Pluot

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by chugalug06 on 05-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.39/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a fresh bottle, a meaty and corny aroma with a nice white head, a honey colored body.

A faint tartness, fruity, a little spice and an abnormal meatiness. A lot of corn, and a stale bread flavor. This may be the worst LOF beer I've had yet. A long lasting sweetness sit on the mouth, as well as an unpleasant Brett character that won't leave my mouth.

Why? Why is this real?

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Photo of SToneyBrew
1.44/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Look: absolutely no head; light orange

Smell: completely consumed by the "pluot"; very strong apricot; fruity, juice; not unpleasant but not great

Taste: um… pretty gross; it’s like a fruit juice adjunct beer; did not blend well; has a sticky, apricot aftertaste; mouthfeel is too sticky; the fruit juice is over powering; was looking forward to a nice fruit beer on a hot day, but this is a definitive pass

Overall: I continue to see the Lips of Faith Beers lack substantial quality. Maybe NB should slow things down and work on perfecting a few... instead of exploring so many. Still believe in the brewery... but I'm starting to lose Faith.

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Photo of homebrew311
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Apperance is gold, bubbly, and lifeless as far as head is concerned. Smell is odd, notes of lemons and plums come through along with a somewhat dirty note that I can't quite describe. Taste starts with candied fruit, heavy plum juice flavor, a bit of tartness, and a touch of pineapple. These flavors compete with eachother and make for a heavily sweet beer with little redeeming quality. No Belgian yeast is discernible on the nose or the palate. Mouthfeel is fizzy and thick, weird combo. Overall, this lips of faith was a fail. The fruit makes for a train wreck of flavor. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of beertunes
2.15/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in tulip. Poured a lightly cloudy honey yellow with just a thin ring of white head that had OK retention, very light lacing and very low carbonation.

The aroma was predominately lightly sweet malts, with a very light yeast/spice scent, a slight fruitiness, and no real personality. On the tongue, an odd fruitiness took the forefront, with the extremely light yeast being barely noticeable.

The body was way stickier and heavier than is desirable in a Tripel. Drinkability was OKish, but with the complete lack of personality, why bother? Overall, a nice try at something out of the box by NB, but it was a fail. You can try this or not, they're your tastebuds.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.17/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- pale gold, 2 finger head of foam, good lacing.

S- smells..umm...slightly spicy, earthy, to the point of being like socks dragged through the ground. A good thing the aromas aren't on the strong side.

T-starts off sweet with some lemonish note, some spice like clove, gets even sweeter and weirder, how's that for a describion?, in the finish. Is finishing this something I can do?

M- feels okay, mouthfeel wise.

O- took a few sips, a few more to give it a chance($17.99 for the bottle..(yikes), and I had no alternative to pour the rest down the drain. I don't need a 10% brew to get me going when it doesn't please my palate one bit. I don't know, these LOF series recently have all been major disappointments.

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Photo of powerss13
2.26/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

ST: Bottle poured into glass

A: Light clear golden hue; kind of looks like a cider without high carbonation. No head and no lacing what so ever

S: Aroma has a strong pungent smell, like a mix of hints of apricot and plum, with rotten raspberries

T: Starts with a settle clean taste, but then the horror comes. Dry rotten fruit taste comes in and just ruins everything.

MF: I wish it would go away faster.

O: Had good thoughts on this being from New Belgium. They have come short on other beers but they were average beers. This one has met the threshold of bad beers (in my opinion) with New Belgium. I will finish this beer because I have paid for it and strongly don't believe in wasting beer down a drain. PEROSNALLY I would say stay away....but it is your choice.

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Photo of cvm4
2.61/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a golden hue with an amber hint and little to no head. As a "tripel" it's pretty lack luster.

S - Too me, there's a lot of stuff going on here. It' very sweet and the smell is off putting.

T - Sweet, over-stewed fruits and random spices. Really an odd mix of flavors or just odd flavors that just don't mix well.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation and very cloying.

O - Would not buy again. I powered through this bottle.

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Photo of nickfl
2.62/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head fades away quickly and leaves no lace.

S - a musty stone fruit aroma with some rich malt.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front with apricot and some darker fruit character in the middle. Finishes very sweet with some green apple character.

M - Thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The aroma has some promise, but the flavor is flabby and finishes way, way too sweet. I feel like a lot of the lips of faith series have this same problem of utilizing a bad, cloyingly sweet tripel as the base beer for something that could otherwise be an interesting beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$8.59 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo.

Brewed with Pale malt and pluot ( a hybrid of plum and apricot) juice. Hopped with Target. Fermented with Brett Claussenii.
10% ABV, 5 IBU, 10% ABV.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear light and brilliant golden, forming a modest, wispy, slightly off-white head with excellent retention (thanks to brisk carbonation) and solid lacing. Carbonation is ~ 3.0 carbs or so. The aroma has the sour cherry pie nose of Brett lambicus with some horse blanket and a touch of dusty basement with moderate sour milk aroma. The mouthfeel is initially quite tart but then is followed by a big syrupy body (despite the brisk carbonation). Not nearly as dry as I was expecting given the usual character of Brett to ferment down to nothing. The taste is quite peculiar...sour milk, pear and pineapple syrup, rotten apricots, warming alcohols, an unpleasant odd metallic/passionfruit seed sourness, and a weird floral white wine taste. No fusels or DMS. Wayyyy to much Brett character. Totally out of balance between the Brett and the syrupy fruit mess.

This is probably the most unique beer I've had this year, but it's just not that good. One 22oz bottle is enough for 4-5 people because most people are not going to want to drink more than 4 ounces of this stuff. It's an interesting beer, but I'm going to be hard pressed to finish it. This tastes like someone took the syrup from a huge can of fruit cocktail with bananas and fermented it with Brett. This is another interesting (but ultimately disappointing) entry in the lips of faith series.

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Photo of kencarman
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly: thought one might confuse this with green apple: acetaldehyde, more like having a case of the apricot/plum fruit runs.

Appearance is very good: a slightly darker than Bud look with good clarity and pinpoint head.

Taste: fruity in a plum/apricot wa6y but wearing.

Sweet mouthfeel, a bit cloying. iN some ways a bit like a sweeter, more cloying, version of a malt liquor.

To enjoy wear nose plugs.

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Photo of KajII
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear pale orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that diminished in a matter of seconds, leaving nothing behind and having no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very mild of pale grain malt and a mild Brett yeast with hints of green apple, banana, plum, pineapple, a light vinous scent and a touch of spice.

The taste was sweet and fruity throughout, progressing slightly with a moderate yeast presence, a mild tartness and a hint of alcohol at the end. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow, being somewhat sweet, fruity and lightly tart.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a very soft carbonation.

Overall I was expecting bit more from this brew, although the taste was pleasant it seemed to be a watered down version of a Wild Belgian Ale...

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a rather hazy yellow/orange. A large mass of white froth grows from the pour. Laces well.

S-Sweetly fruity. Yeast is pretty noticeable. The fruits have and odd, stewed aroma to them. Not sure exactly what it is about the nose but there is an overall 'off' aroma for me.

T-Off-putting, mushy pale fruits like plum and pear. Tripel yeast notes. Apple juice. Some Belgian spice.

M-Flatter and sticky. Booze comes out quite noticeably. Not the best feel.

O/D- I did not like this beer very much. Not my favorite style and the pluot addition would be probably the last thing I chose to add to a beer. This was destined for failure with me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

this is close to undrinkable, following in the unfortunate trend of new Belgium lately. this is strange and terrible, all at once. it pours a really light yellow color, golden and clear, with a reasonable white head on top. the nose is ultra sweet, like straight white sugar, and a little caramel, and I don't really get the fruit at all, just its sweetness. the yeast is wrong for the style, and the alcohol is pervasive. we shared this bottle around the table, and it was a drain pour for all but me, who was reluctant to add this to black crown as my only undrinkable beers. the feel is rough too, light but sweet, a bad miss, and the sugar is just shocking. never once in this beer do I get pluot fruit, or either of its genetic parents. message to new Belgium, if you want to keep my business, your beers, especially this once fantastic lips of faith series, need to drastically improve. pull a u turn and go back where you came from when your beers were actually worth my time and money. this is offensive to your core supporters, and it will not be tolerated for much longer.

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Photo of harrymel
2.82/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Enjoy by May 2014

It's light golden with a etched surface of white soapy foam. Smells of raisins, plums, sweet malts, some sulfur, some farts - kinda smells like a grape "uncrustable" from Smuckers. Flavor is sweet, fruity, some malt, some grain and plenty more fruit flavor, almost has a red pez character. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a good wet finish. I'm not sure how I feel about this, it's like candy, with a fart with some beer and a light folding of the three.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up last night at the COOP for about $7... Pours a clear golden with a short lasting white head that dies back to basically nothing... only spotty lacing.

Nose is more fruity than "Belgian"... the juice element shine with a minor yeasty phenolic lite clove note... Pretty uninspiring.

The flavor is pretty sweet initially, but a fermented out tartness helps balance.. Some lite clove reminds me that this is supposed to have some sort of "Belgian" quality, but it is background and lost in the murky muddled mess of a beer.

Body is thick and does not have enough carbonation to cut through the residual sugars and heavy palate.

This is a fail for me when I had much higher hopes. The label alludes to some kind of wild yeast, but if true, it too is lost in the fray.


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Photo of n2185
2.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear yellow-gold with almost no head that quickly vanishes with no lacing.

S: lot of sweet light fruits like pears and grape juice. There are some Belgian spice and yeast notes, but they're subtle.

T: the fruits dominate here as well with white grapes and pears. There are light spice notes and candy sugar before a slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer is undercarbonated and has a juice-like body.
O: not a bad beer really, but the fruit and juice flavors are too heavy and overwhelm everything else.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Best before 5/2014.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and an odd combination of fruity and vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and rotten grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of metallic bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer with some odd fruity but vegetal aromas and flavors that make this one flirt with being undrinkable.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Urine yellow, fizzy fast moving head that doesn't grow or build much. No lacing. Good clarity. Unattractive.

Sweet, musty, grapey, apricots...

Champagne esque fizz, dry, sweet rose flavors, apricots, banana, cloves, and other awkward belgian flavors...

This brew is an un-blended near mess. A very average unremarkable brew, I imagine NB could do better than "Pluot". Not recommended.

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Photo of 12ouncecurls
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - poured a golden amber color, 3/4 inch head in a snifter glass dissipated fairly quickly. Head had a medium bubble consistency.

S - pretty faint for me, smelled of yeast: sweet, spicy, ester.

T - despite the 10% abv, very little alcohol taste, the taste was pretty range bound for me, almost tasted like a spicy orange juice, minus the sweetness. The wild Belgian yeast added that sharp/tart sweetness. Any stone fruit I tasted was relegated to the background.

M - thick mouthfeel for me, the slightly plum. Flavored sweetness had a sticky aftertaste that clung to the tongue with a dry slightly bitter aftertaste. Almost a residue.

O - overall, the carbonation helps this beer out. After the carbonation recedes the balance and residual flavored are not real pleasing. This was not meant to be a 6-pack Beer so for an experimental beer it was worth the experience. Tip of the hat to new Belgium.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.04/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, best by 5/2014. Pours clear yellow gold with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a dusting.

The aroma is sweet grains and tart fruits with some funk and a little butyric acid.

The flavor is sweet fruit juice with some tart notes and a little sourness and musty funk in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. The alcohol is well hidden but it packs a punch. It's a bit too much sweet fruits that doesn't play well with the funk. I'd have liked to see more from the brett.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear light gold with a small white head that has little retention and some lacing
S: smells fruity on the nose and that's pretty much it
T: taste is fruity esters, some spice, a bit of pluot, some sharp floral notes and whispers of bitterness. swallow is more fruitiness and pluots with a lingering grainy flavor
M: medium in the mouth with prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: Overall, average. NB can do way better and this beer is sadly lacking.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OK - My first thought is WTF is a Pluot? Google cleared that up - a Plum Apricot Hybrid which is extremely sweet and produces "a lot of sugar".

I am going to have to find some pluots in the store to try them to taste the raw character of this fruit.

My curiosity got the better of me so I had to buy it.

This one pours a nicely cloudy blonde to orange coloring with a nice white head that settles slow to leave rich lacing down the glass. This one is highly effervescent as well and continuously bubbles like a champagne.

Those is breaded fruit, no noticeable hopping with a sweet dominance that must be characteristic of the pluot. Surprisingly the 10% alcohol is not noticeable in the nose.

The taste is very sweet and fruity, not bitterness of hops that I can detect. The pluot must be incredibly sweet and very flavorful. I think to best way to describe this is imagine a flemish sour that is instead fruity. The body and characteristics are like a sugary sour (or Sweet N. Sour) to my palate. The hops make a finishing presence but are easily subdued by the fruitiness of this beer. There is also a spiciness to the finish that is almost peppery that is somewhat surprising.

The mouthfeel is adequately rich and is is not watery nor cloying. I would put it in the just right category for this experimental beer.

My best guess is hop heads will hate it, belgian fans will grow into and Sour fans will find it interesting. Lambic fans will say it tastes OK but I am going ot stick with what I like.

The bottom line is I do not see myself ever really drinking this beer again. But it is a very interesting and bold experiment. I do not regret trying it, it just isn't my preferred still or taste and is too sweet for my palate.

Although, I might try it one more time with some BW3's Hot Wings that have a 50/50 mix of Blazin' and Mango Habanero sauce. I have a sneaking suspicion that would really work together. But I do not see this one as a standalone beer. It needs something else, like a food pairing.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a nearly transparent shade of gold with a one finger, solid white head. Damn fine looking beer!

S- smells like Belgian yeast...very fruity and bubblegum-ish. Not the mot appealing aroma, but OK

T- it's...sweet. Almost sickly sweet. Lots of bubblegum. No bitterness to balance. Not very appealing at all

M- medium bodied, very syrupy. No bueno

O- this is a confusing beer. Not sure what they were going for here. The pluot is apparently a plum/apricot hybrid, but honestly, I didn't get much of either from the taste. Just a strange beer

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If not for the smell, I would have thought someone poured an MGD. Pale, near straw-colored, glassy clear body, with snow white bubbly head. Lots of visible carbonation.

Some sharpness from the fruit on the nose. Almost smells like being inside a production winery. Hints of bready yeast.

Incredibly fruit forward. Deep, dark fruit with spicy clove and winey finish. Not sure I would be able to pick it out of a lineup of wine coolers.

Syrupy. Leaves that pluot flavor coating.

I've been a sucker for the Lips of Faith series ever since Eric's Ale, but this one missed the mark for me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger of fast falling pearl colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Strong jammy notes apricots, over ripe pears & some boozeyness; great nose, about this beer's only good point

T: Pears, apricots, figs & some boozeyness up front, along with golden delicious apple skins. Tons of over-ripe orchard fruit, honey & just a general cloying sweetness as this warms, faint hints of pineapple as well. Finishes with passion fruit, over-ripe apricot & a kiss of booze

MF: Sticky, slight carbonation; skews too fruitty/malty for me. Some boozey warmth

Not a very good tripel, hard to get through a whole bottle. Duds are starting to become a little too common for this series. Come on New Belgium, I know y'all can do better...I wish we could get Funkwerks in Missouri...

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