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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 pat61
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Bryant laske Bowl. It arrives bright gold with a thin finely bubbled white foam collar. Fruit and saison yeast aromas dominate the nose. It tastes mostly plum with traces of apricot over light bread. Medium to medium light body, above average carbonation. Different, decent but not their best work.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed this bottle shared with the wife poured chilled in a cervoise and goblet.

The color is golden with hazy look and quick dropping white head with fine bead and visibly carbonated. Fruity floral, juicy and spicy aroma with yeast ester with mild alcohol aroma. The feel has tangy lightly sour texture with medxium high carbonation with slight spice and mild sweetness upfront with mostly dry finish with mild alcohol influence.

The tangy fruit is noticeable with stone fruit quality and tangy melon-like aspect with strong phenolic yeast with mild malt presence and spice with mild toasted grain with fruit that subsides rapidly and gives way to a dry alcohol warmth in the finish. This is not a bad beer -okay except that fruit is lackluster just an ordinary tripel I suppose with alcohol heat and yeast more upfront in the taste than is necessary.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Cross pollinate your tastebuds with Belgian impagination and you'll be sipping this ale while visions of pluots dance in your head. Pluots? A hybrid of apricots and plums that impart a subtle sweetness. Ferment that with a wild Belgian yeast strain and you have a fruity yet spicy nature with a body reminiscent of red wine. Delicious." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel, this was an entry into the Lips of Faith Series. Released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of an off white color above a mildly hazy orange amber body with plentiful lively carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Aromas of wheat, pale and cracker malt, grain, a touch of honey and light fruit juice with a mild acidity. Light earthy and yeasty spiciness, moderate grainy alcohol character and mild sweetness. Despite the addition of pluot juice, the overall aroma comes off as formulaic and ordinary along the guidelines of the style. Potency is medium. 3

(Taste) The flavor is cleaner and more enjoyable than the aroma predicted. Light cracker malt with a touch of cereal wheat, a mild graininess, finishing lightly dry with a lingering juiciness. The addition of fruit juice comes through most in the finish, adding a considerable amount of fruity sweetness and mild tartness lingering after the swallow. Slightly lower discernible ethanol and esters than I'm used to for the style, although these could be simply overshadowed by the pluot juice. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly syrupy, mildly chewy, moderately clean, and faintly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and light crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is fruity sweet and mildly tart over bitter and boozy. Alcohol presence is medium, and there are no off characters to note. 3.5

(Overall) Pluot Ale is a bit too ordinary to please, as many of these fruit-based experimental ales in the Lips of Faith series come off as kitchen sink recipes, not too thoroughly thought out or tested. Pluot smells a lot like a textbook Tripel, but drinks sweet and juicy due to the unreserved addition of fruit juice, much more than I think I'd ever care for. Despite the occasional gruff and assertive nature of the Belgian Tripel, I think that success for this beer requires balance and subtlety, which I why I don't find it memorable. 3.25

New Belgium Brewing's
Pluot Ale

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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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a cervoise at Tap House - Des Plaines.

Another Tap House LoF offering today. Lots of rubber apropos. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises pluot juice (it's pretty plummy, but I assume it's the eponymous pluot), Belgian candi sugar, light clove, and a touch of sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the pluot taking the leaad, followed by a strong current of sweet biscuit laden with clove, black pepper, and light cinnamon. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid flavored tripel, though one that let's the flavoring dictate terms to the tripel base (it doesn't really hurt the proceedings here, I'm just saying).

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Photo of Pencible
3.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with almost no head.
S: It smelled like kiwi and apricots, with some wild honey and peach.
T: It tasted like sweet apricot and peach and kiwi, with some honey and cantaloupe. It had a clean tropical aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Nice smooth body.
D: This was a great unique beer, with delicious tropical scent and taste. The body was nice, and the finish was smooth, with well hidden alcohol. So it was easy to drink. Quality brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass at Craft in Cowtown, for the Alberta New Belgium Brewing release party back in February (I gotta pack my written notes a little less securely, I think). A Tripel brewed with that Frankenstein fruit, the pluot, huh? Ok.

This beer appears a glassy, yet mostly clear, pale golden amber hue, with yet another (it's the locale, nothing I can do about that) thin cap of bubbly, fizzy ecru head, which leaves some decent webbed, hovering island lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of plum wine (and that time, back in business school, where the Japanese exchange student, he got bombed on such, and puked in the car ride home the next morning), proper cereal and caramel malts, earthy yeast, mild funk, and tropical fruit-borne hops. The taste is big, dark fruit wine (plums and apricots, sure, but blackberries and cherries too), yeast, much less funk than expected from the nose, bready caramel malt, candi sugar, a bit of free-association dry peach and other befuddled tropical fruit, and a barely bridled flinty booziness.

The carbonation is fairly soft, just a lilting frothiness for the most part, the body a steady medium weight, and generally smooth, with a touch of airy creaminess. It finishes just off-dry, with the complex by default fruit and yeast contending with a burgeoning, rising alcohol edginess.

A nicely fruity, strong Belgian ale, Brett and all - yeasty, and still generally sweet, all in good measure. The pluot does well by its two-headed nature, supplying a sugary character that parries the elevated (even so for this style) booze, remaindering it to the 'well-integrated' pile. Happy to have had the chance to try this, in a heretofore unlikely as hell setting.

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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 M_C_Hampton
3.69/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden colored with a short white is head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, hazy

S: plum, slightly sweet and fruity, sweet malt

T: very sweet up front with heavy flavors of apricot and plum, candy sugar, finish is sweet and syrupy

M: thick, syrupy, low carbonation

O: odd beer, good for dessert, very fruity

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Photo of Phocion
4.37/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the back of a coaster dated 12-4-13.

12 oz. tulip on tap at Ed's in Winona, MN. Hazy straw/orange color with a few white bubbles. Good lacing, but small white head.

Aroma is predominately fruity, mostly plum and apricot jam (as one could imagine). Mild funk and booze flavors. Pale malt along with a definitely spicy (mostly clove) yeast. Slight chardonnay type smell.

Flavor is fruit, alcohol, and sour. Apricot and plum are of course dominant as in the nose. Flavor is sweet but not cloying, and the alcohol is definitely noticeable but not overpowering.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a beer that will scare most people away, but I loved it. Very, very complex with just enough funk to cut through the sweet fruitiness.

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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 chickenflea
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, first, I love this series. Very creative collaborations. This is one of the better ones. Let this age in the bottle for almost a year. It was a good decision. High ABV is unnoticeable except for a slight warming in the stomach. Nose is Belgian yeast, plum and candi sugar. A slight farmhouse funkiness is present as well. Pour was a beautiful light golden color. Small fizzy head. Lots of tiny bubbles in a slightly hazy body. Taste is perfect. Lightly sour with candi sweetness. A little grape seed bitterness on the finish. Medium heavy body is mitigated by effervescent mouthfeel. A very nice beer. One I would drink again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Sark
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber

Appearance - bright white finger of head, a bit pebbly, the carbonation half reminds me of big bubbled soda, quite transparent golden yellow, very nice lacing though

Smell - ripe summer fruits, peaches and plums for sure, the apricot in this hybrid fruit doesn't stand out too much but is faintly noticeable, a bit of graininess and light malts as well, hops are slightly citrus but more earthy in aroma, I was expecting a bit more nose action

Taste - slightly sweet on the tip but then the fruits take hold with their sugars, there is a slight sour acidity that's not too shabby, a little strange but definitely not unenjoyable, very faint malts and the yeast a definite on it's way back, the finish is only slightly hopped and the 10% abv is really difficult to notice

Moutfeel- medium body with a bit of sugar residue left on the tongue

Overall- not a brew to swear by but definitely appreciate it's complexity. I'm surprised at the balance it was able to achieve given the ingredients. Interestingly, this beer might be a way to get some of the white winos on the brew side.

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Photo of Auraan
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy orange with a one finger white head. Pretty nice looking. Scents of apricot, peach, melon, pineapple, and yes, pluot, as well as overripe fruit and sour fruit with a bit of earthy yeast and hints of alcohol that become more prominent as the beer warms. A good aroma, very fruit forward, very appealing as a result. Taste follows the aroma. Sweet fruit, apricot, tangerine, melon and yes, pluot, with white grape juice and moscato towards the end of the sip and on the finish. Very sweet, extremely fruity, but not bad. Quite nice if you want something fruity. There is a slight hint of alcohol as the beer warms, hiding behind all the fruity flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, quite sticky in the mouth, with moderate high carbonation. A bit of a sipping beer as a result, but it doesn't feel bad at all. Overall this is a nice beer. It's different, quite sweet, but good if that's what you want. The fruity flavors are on full display, and that feels like what this beer was supposed to be about. I enjoyed it.

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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 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 LiquidAmber
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine half-finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of spicy sweet malt and fruit juice, with no distinct individual fruit character, faint Belgian yeast and spicing. Flavor has more of the distinct pluot (plum / apricot hybrid) flavor, initially lightly estery, but developing more sourness and a bit of astringency. Medium bodied. Pluot captures the flavor of the fruit, but that may be too mild to carry the ale. The tripel yeast and spicing are fairly subtle here and are overwhelmed by the high ABV. Interesting, but unbalanced and too sweet/sour and boozy. I'm glad New Belgium is trying new fruits and styles, but this one is a miss.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Lips of Faith Pluot. Ale Brewed with Pluot juice. (Hey, just between you and me? What's a pluot? I honestly don't know…shhh…)

10% alc. by vol. Best enjoyed by May 2014. (Whew!) There's more writing on the side, but it's in pink lettering, and I'm not going to attack that now.

Psychedelic graphics. Pastels, neons, loop-de-loops. I still don't know what a pluot is, but I'm going to open it and drink it.

Hazed, peachy coloring, slim white head. Alright, looking good.

Aroma: funky fresh and wild. Fruity. Tropical. What? (is a pluot, I continue to ask)….nothing but fruity, no hop bitterness, nothing really coming through from malt.

Taste: Starts tart, sour, nearly bracingly so, and swiftly covered up with fruit, and little else. Pear, apricot, peach, …in that order…sweet and sour are involved in a great debate, wrestling for dominance on the palate. Incredibly unique taste, there's sourness, and there's fruit, but the result is beyond what we normally know. Whoa.

This is a crazy beer, and I love it. Lots of fruit, lots of sour, plenty of sweet, massive tons of Belgian-style yeast craziness.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in standard ale glass at home from bomber.

A: good head, good lacing, dark straw color, robust carbonation
S: light vinegar aroma
T: fruity, sour; lambic-like; lemon, vinegar; quite sour, not very complex; booze well hidden
M: a bit thin

OK beer

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with best before May 2014 printed on the side of the bottle. My second beer in the New Belgium Lips Of Faith series; an ale brewed with pluot juice. Tripel is not a style I am too familiar with either, and this might be my first time reviewing one on BeerAdvocate. Needless to say, I'm going in as unbiased as possible.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Aggressive pour straight down the center yields about one finger of soapy white bubbles on top of a golden yellow body with partial clarity and partial fogginess. Looks like a cloudy apple juice almost. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of some acidic apple juice, citrus, grains, corn, & alcohol fumes. Smells like a glass of cheap fumey pinot noir at times. White grapes, peaches, and apricots come out as the beer warms for a few minutes.

T - Taste follows the nose: acidic apple juice, white grapes, white wine, grain alcohol, some cherry. Plum and apricot isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when I drink this. The usual Belgian yeast derived pineapple fruitiness is present, along with some clove and some additional spiciness. A half-artificial Welch's grape juice taste is what keeps coming to mind, and it reminds me more of a white wine instead of red wine, like the bottle says.

M - Feel is slightly tart and citric, with some lip-puckering sourness to it, but then it is also dry and grainy in the finish, which makes for a strange combination of things. A bit fruity and sticky also. Not heavily carbonated, but still somewhat heavy bodied.

Overall, an all around strange brew. As much as I want to like it, I am having a hard time with it. Fruity, sour, grainy, & yeasty. I don't know how else to put it. Big 10.00% abv isn't noticeable at all in either the smell or the taste. Normally, I'd say you would have to be accustomed to the style to enjoy this, but this is still a strange take on the style. It was good for a novelty experience, but probably not a choice example of the style. Still, glad to have tried it. Pick it up while you can.

New Belgium Lips Of Faith Pluot ---3.5/5

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Photo of TruePerception
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pluot, from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series. 10% ABV, ale brewed with pluot (plum/apricot hybrid fruit) juice. I can smell the fruit without bringing the beer up to my nose!

Appearance: No head. Dingy, yet bright yellow.

Smell: As is to be expected, lots of yellow/white plum and apricot smell. Faint apricot skin. Smells pretty sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry apricot flavor, with a moderate acid backing. Secondary hit of fairly strong caramelized sugars, as if from lighter wood, or perhaps white grape port, mixed with plum skin.

Pretty nice, actually! Not quite what I was expecting, but I like it.

Poured into a beer mug. 22 oz. bottle.

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Photo of habaceeba
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

You have to be ready and open minded about this one. It pours a nice amber color that leaves a good, heavy lacing that is slowly pulled back towards the beer. Taste begins a sweet citrus with a hint of sour that seems fresh and lively. Then the yeast reminds of its' presence and the finish turns to Tootsie-Pop chocolate with a unique quality punch from the yeast strain that I cannot describe. The mouthfeel is crisp and not at all heavy. The carbonation is surprisingly there considering the ABV.

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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 dbriesemeister
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look - attractive honey amber color, ample head and lingering lacing

Smell - limited aroma, but fresh fruity smell, notes of plum and cherry

Taste - sweet malty beginning with combination of tart flavors, no bitterness to speak of

Feel - medium bodied, no strong carbonation despite the appearance, lingering sweetness

Overall - a curious beer; deceptively strong and surprisingly drinkable given the alcohol content

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pluot pours a clear golden color with a large head. There is a mellow but sweet and fruity yeasty aroma. The taste has sweet and fruity flavors. Strong Apricot flavoring. Good strong flavors, goo carbonation but fades very quickly. Overall a nice sweet fruit beer that is similar to drinking apple juice.

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Lips Of Faith - Pluot from New Belgium Brewing
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