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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 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 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 themind
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange brew. The first Lips of Faith beer I have had and I am not sure what to think of it. The aroma is a fruity, sour weird thing that I cant put a handle on. The taste is fruit, floral, herbal something. It's very unique for sure. It's kind of like smashing your face into a bowl of your grandmothers Pot Pourri. I would not purchase this beer again but it was worth trying...I guess.

Bottom Line: It smokes Miller Light!

Bottom, Bottom Line: I must say the beer grows on you after half the bottle. Maybe it's the 10% ABV.

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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 Etan
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a tulip. Somehow this is the second tripel brewed with pluots that I will have tried (the first being Perennial Violet, which I enjoyed).

A: Pours a crystal-clear straw gold with a moderate white head. Sort of odd to see a filtered tripel but ok.

S: Pluot juice is certainly noticeable in the nose, with some sweet stone fruit esters, cloves, grain.

T: The pluot juice is more subtle in the flavor, but brings a sweet fruitiness. Prominent note of booze, floral, cakey pale malt, perfumy.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Certainly not a bad beer, but it's a bit too sweet and boozy. The base tripel seems like it's the regular New Belgium Trippel, which I'm not a huge fan of.

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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 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 Murrhey
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a New Belgium snifter in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. The previous reviews don't lead me to believe this is going to be good, but I have an open mind and love pluots, strangely enough.

A- Half-finger white head, fairly static but recedes in 30 seconds. Crystal clear pumpkin color with small but active carbonation. Interesting looking beer.

S- Apricots, plums (a pluot, lel) bubblegum. Slightly spicy in the tripel style. Warm with winey notes. Interesting aroma.

T- Apricot, spicy yeasts and vinous notes. Some sweetness, plums. Not very good, but not bad at all.

M- Vinous. Dry and clean.

O- Above average beer. Good, I was afraid it was going to be rough.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into my Schlafly tulip. Sadly, I don't have a New Belgium tulip for this.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam which quickly dissipated. Good color, but otherwise quite unremarkable.

Smell: very sweet, lightly fruity aroma. Quite light in intensity, but what is there is really quite sweet indeed. Tripels are supposed to be sweet, but ... this is possibly over the top.

Taste: sweet malt with a hint of fruity character. I would not have initially guessed pluots, but with hindsight the fruit comes through rather faithfully for its part. Besides this, there's just a giant sweetness and a somewhat malty character, but really it's over the top with sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. Stylistically appropriate

Overall: sweet and tart, this beer has a few elements going for it. But the almost sickly sweetness and the muddiness of the fruit are not great.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by May 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A unique and zesty aroma of sweet and tart fruits, spice, and yeast. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk and clove spice. Big scent of the pluot with hints of apricot and plum along with hints of apple cider, orange, pineapple, papaya, pear, and a little banana. Candied sugar sweetness. Also picking up a little fall like cinnamon or nutmeg spice. Light hints of pale malt and a very subtle presence of hops. A very fruity and wine like aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an interesting and juice like Belgian style taste of tart and sweet fruits with spices and yeast. Belgian yeast with some funk and clove spice with a little cinnamon. Big juicy taste from the pluot with notes of apricot and plums along with some tart apple cider, white grapes, papaya, pineapple, orange, pear, and banana. Sweet Belgian candied sugars. A little taste of bready pale malt. Hops are very subtle. The fruits dominate for the most part. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, tart, and somewhat sticky with a champagne like fizzyness. Alcohol heat feels fairly mild.

Overall: A pretty interesting and decent take on the Tripel style. Solid fruit flavors and the sweetness is actually kept from becoming too overwhelming. Not great but a lot better than the ratings its getting.

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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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.82/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass. Best before May 2014.

A: Light head is stark white and fades fast. The beer is clear and pale gold.

S: Light, tart, lovely fruit! Not gonna lie, I had no idea what a pluot was, but the apricot ancestry is obvious. Spicy-floral Belgian yeast is a perfect complement.

T/M: I quite like it, initially. Much spicier than anticipated, with a thick, sugary mouthfeel (reminds me of white grape juice). Honestly, despite scant effervescence, I want more carbonation. This is good, but oppressively sweet at times.

O: I really wanted to like this, and I do/did for large parts of it, but 22 ounces of it is too much. The beer is too sweet, too fruity, not spicy enough.

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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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
10% ABV, Best enjoyed by May 2014

A - A wonderful plume of carbonation rises from the glass' etching to a low, poorly retained white head. The alcohol level brings the white foam down but little fingers of lace still adorn the glass above the crystal clear goldenrod beer.

S - Subtle apricot fruitiness emerges from the smooth pale malt aroma, increasing with intensity as the beer warms. Suggestions of candied plums and faint alcohol also come fourth with a trickle of wild Belgian yeast and soft spice notes.

T - A wonderful blend of apricot, dried mango, and candied plum fruitiness swirl around the delicate pale and pilsner malt sweetness that never gets too cloying. Mellow white pepper yeastiness and fruity alcohol finish Plout out.

M - Smooth and medium-full bodied, Plout is most definitely sweet though never quite over the top, lingering with alcohol warmth and a tickle of carbonation for a nice and deceptively potent summer beer.

O - Plout might drink like a mildly fruity lawnmower beer but this deceptively strong brew packs a punch behind it's smooth maltiness and faintly tart Belgian yeast.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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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3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite mellow. Not nearly intense of a nose for a 10% craft brew. Mellow pluot aroma with some grain and corn-like aromas. That's about it...surprisingly no alcohol. Taste is a bit better than the nose. Slightly tart pluot flavors with some grain notes and sweet melon as well. Finish on this one is very plum-like...nice and sweet. Wild yeast makes no appearance in the flavor...unfortunately. Slightly warming...but alcohol is shockingly well-hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is fair. Overall, I could see many women seeking out a sweet mixed drink be content with this beer as an alternative. It falls very short, but not as short as I was expecting from the other reviews. A decent offering worth trying, but not even close to other LOF beers. When it comes to pluots, I could think of a handful of breweries who could do much better things with the delicious fruit...cough...Compunction...cough, cough.

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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 bmwats
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: dark golden hue. little head. slight rising effervescence. plenty of beer ring lacing.

n: light sourdough grains and plenty of, well... pluot.

t: the fruit is prominent, but not overly sweet. sourdough bread is also prominent.

m: bitter. syrupy thick. pungently bitter finish that clings to the palate. dry, but maybe that's just the high alcohol content... which is also prominent.

d: high alcohol character will dictate a slowly paced experience.

atmosphere is pretty good. not much of a head, but some pretty decent lacing. nose is fruity and bready. flavor follows suit... kind of tarred like it smells... sourdough bread and fruit. not particularly sweet however. more bitter with lots o' alcohol. overall this is a good quaff.

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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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Lips Of Faith - Pluot from New Belgium Brewing
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