Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 05-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
397
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.74%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Broke this one out around the pool yesterday. Cleaning out the cellar, found this, said oh shit,lets drink my man.

Pours a kind of cloudy yellow, white head 1/3". Aroma of floral arrangement, wood, stone fruit.

Taste actually hid the alcohol and didn't have a ton of belgian yeast. Nice. The juice wasn't sweet, the wood blend was minimal, the floral impact was solid. Kinda creamy barely tart mouthfeel presence. Decent but would not bang again.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

December 7th, 2013 - Served at Livewire, I sat down with the collaboration Paardebloem, where even amongst the busy scents of the bar, I catch heavy whiffs of sweet cereal, Captain Crunch, and sweet carrots. The palate is on the lighter side, and brings some floral touches and an herbal finish. The sugars are more roasted carrot and ham in nature, and the overall effect of the flavor is sweet and sticky, maybe too much so. But it fits the bill for a bar filled with dim colored lights and loud music, itself sweet and loud.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Peach comes thru readily amidst a faint but pleasant backdrop of wood . This one really benefits from some warming time, the beers at 60-62. Light alcohol nip, well-hidden at 9%.

Subtle but enjoyable flavors, a summer delight.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. L: Hazy peach color with a very fine 1” cream colored persistent foam collar that hugs the side of the glass. S: has a peachy nose with some spice and white bread. T: A mix of peach, plum, spice and bread flavors with a balancing mild bitter finish. F: Creamy medium body and above average soft carbonation. O: Very nice. Too bad they stopped making this.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAP72
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cheers_chick
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dandelion right off the nose and boy does it taste just as soft and sweet. Highly drinkable, with rounded notes of peach and fresh greens. Mine sat in the bottle awhile so I think some of Pale hops were more subdued but regardless I could have drank the entire 22oz easily... and had another. Deceivingly smooth at 9%. Sad it was limited release.

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Photo of Keemohoppy
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The barrel aged impact is surprisingly overwhelming, giving the description. Overall, the beer does have a light, blooming feel. I struggled with the whole bomber and probably would have been content with 6-10oz. Nevertheless, it was a unique blend of ingredients, which combined with the aging, produced a above average result.

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Photo of Csikic93
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I couldn't give this an honest review. The bar I go to had one left and it had been sitting in the fridge for months and was old. By time I drank it it tasted like lawn clippings.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnBender
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of tlema1
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Way too tart for my tastes...

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from our brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing, this being our sixth interpretation together since 2008, expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of wood-aged beer. Bitterness imparted from dandelion greens and grains of paradise will have you blowing wishes for sips." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Released as a one-off beer as part of the Lips of Faith Series, this collaborative ale between New Belgium and Red Rock was released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy white color over a moderately hazy peach-amber body with plentiful lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and tiered. 4

(Smell) Lightly tart peach juice and earthy spice up front, with a pale and pilsner malt backbone, light caramel and fruit sweetness and a mild grassy bitterness. Some mild graininess and trace alcohol hides beneath the combination of accessible aromas. Potency is mild/medium. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor falls close to the aroma, with a blend of grassy and herbal bitter notes, likely dandelion, mixed with a grainy and lightly chewy malt profile and some oaken flavor and dryness on the finish. Less peach juice and grain of paradise than in the aroma, although a meager fruity acidity still remains prevalent throughout. The alcohol is not quite as sneaky as one might hope, as the flavor is slightly rough and grainy around the edges. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, lightly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a very light crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is grainy and herbal bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light, some mild graininess slightly slows drinkability. 3.5

(Overall) There's no doubting that I am unlikely to see the ingredients revealed to go into Paardebloem come together to form any beer again, and I don't particularly mind this. While I appreciate the uniqueness of using dandelion greens as a bittering agent and the cautious inclusion of wood-aged blending techniques, I think that this beer has a bit too much going on for its own good. The flavors combine as muddy and contrast sharply. This was one of my lesser favorite collaborative beers in the Lips of Faith series. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Paardebloem Ale (With Red Rock Brewing)
3.41/5.00

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

Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mtomlins
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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