Lips Of Faith - Pluot | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chugalug06 on 05-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
377
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
17.96%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
29
For Trade:
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Ratings: 377 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: no head really on a bright golden clear body. No real lacing.

S: not much here, mostly chardonnay notes, some yeast, phenols and breads

T: syrupy sweet, lemon, apricot, champagne, grains, wheat, breads, some yeast. Overall strange and almost has a "cheapness" to it. like boxed wine.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. no dryness.

Overall: this one tastes like bad champagne for me. It has a strange syrup sweetness. weird but not in a good way. Pass this one up. Its uniquness isnt worth it. I suspect its a bad base beer and not the pluot making this one not so good.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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 kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of metter98
3.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass that eventually faded away.
S: Sweet aromas of fruits and malts are present in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is sweet and has lots of flavors of fruity yeast along with notes of malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed to be a little too malty and sweet for my palate and didn't really fit the style.

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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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 4/5/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, apricot, peach, plum, grape, honey, white wine, light funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruit, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apricot, apple, peach, plum, grape, honey, herbal, light pepper, white wine, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, peach, plum, grape, honey, herbal, white wine, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and fruit addition flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good fruited Belgian strong ale. All around good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, malt, and pluot additions; and quite smooth to sip on for 10%. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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 mactrail
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear light golden color in the tall Saxo tulip. Pure white foam and lots of lacing. A nice spritzy mouthfeel with the bubbles prickling your tongue as you sip.

This is rather startling at first, and second sip. Could there possibly be a fruitier beer? It's tart and woody with a screwy yeast taste. Candied sour plums is more like it. This is so sweet and the yeast seems to intensify the fruit and the sugar and the alcohol. My head is spinning. Even as a late-night taster this is too crazy and intensely flavored. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

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3.35/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of smithj4
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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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Lips Of Faith - Pluot from New Belgium Brewing
3.23 out of 5 based on 377 ratings.
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