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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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 377
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 acevenom
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours hazy golden orange with a thin, white head. There are some visible bubbles rising in the beer. There's a nice fruity aroma that comes from the beer. There's bright plum and apricot. There's also some nice grassy hops with a touch of spice. There's some Belgian yeast with some of that mild funk. The fruity sweetness from the juices come through on the first sip, bringing plum, apricot, and white grape. There's some grassiness and spiciness and just a hint of that Belgian yeast funk. There's plenty of sweetness there and I get the booze. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and clean. This is a sipper. This is a decent beer.

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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 Dmart1223
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pluot should have meant bright, funky summer in a bottle, and they have the elements there. The problem is, they didn't get the mix quite right.

The sight has it right: Crystal clear gold and bubbly, with a powder white head, good retention and decent lacing.

But things start to seem off in the smell. Their website names not 3, not 4, but eight different scents (7 fruits) that should come off in the aroma. They might all be there, but I couldn't smell them all. I got some muddled plum, Brett, and hints of banana and pineapple...and that might (probably) be reaching.

The taste is also muddled. It's spot-on at the front: bright, bubbly and fruity with a semi-smooth mouthfeel. But as it sits, a mix of funk, plums and all spice mixes together into a fermented fruit salad with alcohol to boot. The end is mainly funk and booze, but it isn't too bad if it goes down quickly.

So what kind of beer is this supposed to be? A bold, boozy sip/gulper like the Peach Porch Lounger or something lighter, like an exotic summer shandy with pluots instead of lemons?

The mix is interesting with plenty of high notes -- definitely worth trying -- but it's by no means New Belgium's best summer offer.

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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 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 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 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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