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Lips Of Faith - PaardebloemLips Of Faith - Paardebloem

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 05-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Paardebloem - Belgian Strong Pale Ale (9%) - New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Beautiful apricot orange. This brew is very cloudy and opaque. Slight greenish hue at the edges. Thin, one finger head that settles quickly but leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell: Warm peach cobbler like aroma, hints of spice and very delicate and almost tea like. Has a certain creaminess on the back of the throat that's very appealing. Grains of paradise notes subtle with peach pulp and a slight vinous tweak.

Taste: Spicy, sweet, complex, boozy, warm. Tons of different flavors bombard the palate in a kamikaze assault, but finishes amazingly clean and balanced despite the fray. Foretaste is sweet and peachy, transitioning to a slight sourness that balances the significant malt profile. True taste is slightly leafy (amazed that I can actually taste the dandelion) with a distinct alcohol warmth. Love that it's sweet but not cloying, and overall finishes pretty dry. A lot like some other belgian strongs but way more drinkable. All the flavors are pretty subtle, but combine very well.

Mouth: Pretty light bodied, flavors pass over the palate without adhering. Carbonation is light, could maybe be a little more carbonated, but overall very pleasant.

Home tasting, 22oz bottle into Snifter. 1/6/14.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Poured on tap into a snifter at the thirsty monk Asheville nc.

A-pours pale straw with some haze big sticky globs of lace and stellar head.

Ar- smells grassy and tart with lemon zest and sour apple

T-sweet floral and lemon grass with zesty citrus notes green apple and wheat? Very clean and vibrant.

M-full carbonation with the feeling of microbubbles and extremely smoothie.

Overall a wonderful complex sour that allows the base beer to shine and offers waves of complexity.

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Photo of dar482
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a hazy deep golden orange with a fluffy white head. A beautiful vibrant looking beer.

The aroma has a big juicy sweet aroma. You're immediately hit with juicy peach. There's then apple, pear, maybe some grapes. Behind it is a Belgian yeast breadiness, along with a good amount of funk. There's possibly some spice in there too.

The flavor follows with just that punch of peach and juicy fruits in the front. It's almost like a fruit bowl with its pear, apple, orange, citrus, maybe some banana and spice. The beer then cleans up with a very very light cracker malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is medium. The beer flies off the tongue very nicely after giving you that juicy punch and only hints at that Belgian breadiness.

This was a pleasant surprise. This beer really hides its alcohol extremely well and I would have though it was a 6-7% beer. It's a really interesting brew being almost in between a hefeweizen, Belgian tripel, and maybe a saison because of the funk.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this one as it pours is lovely. The beer pours a rich clouded golden color that even lean to the orange range The head is rich, slow to settle and leaves an elegant lacing down the glass.

The nose is floral fruit with a dominant apricot presence that is elegant and well done. While subtle it is definitely there and something to be enhanced by a nice bell shaped glass.

The hops make their presence known about halfway through the quaff. The initial is a surprisingly dry apricot floating on a river of malt. Very pleasant.

The mouthfell is more effervescent than I had expected. The Beer is elegant and flavorful, complex and enjoyable.

Overall I really like this one. Even though it is more fruity than I would typically like it rather enjoy it..

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head that recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A juicy, sweet, tart, and fairly funky Belgian tinged aroma. Very fruity and juicy upfront with a big scent of peach. Also some fruit hints of apple, white grapes, pear, and a little citrus orange. Belgian yeast with hints of funk and some clove and white pepper spicing. Floral and grassy hints from the dandelion greens. Slight hints of wood. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, cracker, and biscuit. A pretty interesting and nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, tart, and sweet fruit driven taste with some nice notes of funky spice and flowers. Big taste of peach fruit upfront along with some fruit notes of white grapes, apple, pear, and orange. Kind of wine like. Belgian yeast provides some notes of funk. Spice notes of white pepper and clove. Noticeable floral notes which must come from the dandelion greens. Soft bready malt background with notes of grains, wheat, biscuit, and cracker. Light presence of wood. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, tart, and somewhat syrupy. Finishes fairly dry. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: This came out pretty good. Sweet but far from cloying. Nice wine like fruit notes with some funky yeast and an interesting kick from the greens.

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Photo of dbriesemeister
4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a local beer bar.

Look - rich cloudy honey yellow color, medium head, lingering lacing

Smell - limited aromas (although it was served pretty cold), faint notes of honey

Taste - sweet malty flavors of nectarines and honey, limited bitterness

Feel - crisp start, balanced carbonation, no real lingering bitterness

Overall - very creative and flavorful beer - I'd compare it to a style, but I'm not familiar with dandelion beers as a style!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The First "Lips of Faith" beer I ever found purchased at a Sandwich shop just a mile away from Vintage Estate in Ohio for $8.99. Can't remember the name.

A - Decent carbonation just a 1/4 inch that settles to a thin lace ring. Beer is a dark orange amber color like old peach juice. Very hazy but no sediment chunks. This is very amazing since this beer is over 10 months old.
S - Smell is great love the stone fruit and peach notes. The grainy aspect is timid and there next to the fruity pale ale yeasts. I could see this being much more pronounced fresh.
T - Not as fruity or tart as I expected in a way the grains and fruit notes kind of meshed together to make for just a one sweet note I get with every sip. I don't really pick up any wood or Dandelion greens which I know are very bitter and somewhat medicinal. In a way it is quite excellent in this stage.
M - Very smooth I am not sure how this beer was fresh but at this stage the ABV is super hidden with mostly sweet fruit flavors and the occasional bitter sting in the finish. Medium bodied at most.

Overall it was totally worth picking up in a way despite it's age it still has a smooth fruit flavor combination and the base Belgium pale ale is well crafted. At least twice as good as the "Brainless on Raspberries" I had recently for the same price.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$8.59 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale, German Pilsner, Dark Wheat, Rye, Munich malts, peach juice, dandelion greens, and grains of paradise. Hopped with Target.
14 IBU, 9.0% ABV, 250kcal/12oz serving

Pours out to a cloudy burnt orange, forming a tall and creamy, mousse-like bone white head with superior retention and lacing. Moderate brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The aroma is inviting with some subtle fresh peach up front, some funky brett, cherry pie, and a little dusty basement. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft, with a nicely balanced acidity, finishing quite dry. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Delicate pils malt, some crackery wheat, a nice bolt of peach in the middle which overshadows some of the other tastes in the finish and a little lemon and pepper which lingers into the aftertaste. Mild grassiness in the middle, probably from the dandelion greens, but I would have no idea it was brewed with them. The grassiness becomes more obvious in the time it takes to drink the bottle. The brett is moderate, but has a nice balance. Definitely not a brett bomb, which is fine with me. I do wish it had a bit more sour cherry pie sweet/tart flavor. I don't think that the wheat, rye and dandelions really compliment this beer. I think it would be better with some light crystal malt to give it a touch of residual sweetness. After half a glass, the peach is wearing on me. Overall though, it's a nice tasting and well crafted beer, just not something I'm inclined to buy again.

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Photo of TCMike
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a 2 finger white head. Beer color is a hazy orange.

The smell is of an earthy farmhouse style, with a little peach.

The taste was of peach, bread, a hint of alcohol on the back side of the drink. It has medium carbonation and a medium, slightly sticky mouth-feel.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with elegant white fluffy head. Moderate lacing...

Pepper, spice, vanilla, earthy, grassy.. Smells bugged, but in a good way.

Crisp, spongy, refreshing, medium carbonation, creamy, earthy, wet with decent dryness, fruity and well rounded. Nice depth. No tart, or sour like the label may lead you to believe... Delightful sweetness and sharpness.

A solid brew, much better than other LoF brews... The Peach kicks this brew in the teeth. Highly recommended for a hot day!!

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Photo of chickenflea
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Let this beer age for about 9 months. Lightly hazy gold with a short white head. Aroma cold is not that bold. Allowed to warm, it blossoms. Yeast is most prevalent followed by equal parts peach and dandelion. The dandelion is muted. A little wet hay as well and a very mild funkiness. Taste ups the yeast and candy sugar, light woody notes, pineapple. Body is medium with a strong early carbonation. Beer has little alcohol burn at this age despite its high ABV. Finish has kind of a melon quality. Not exactly dry, but ending on a sweet flourish. An excellent beer.

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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 BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9% ABV, Best enjoyed by May 2014

A - Paardebloem pours a hazy light peach orange color that's topped by a loose and frothy white head. The bubbles reduce to sticky lace and a chunky floating pile.

S - Tart lactic acid is reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse right off the bat but Paardebloem has deep and delicate nuances of spice, wood, and cut grass. Between the yeasty aroma and additional earthy characteristics lies a faint trace of fresh peaches. Paardebloem has a certain heft to the aroma but remains refreshing and summer-like nonetheless.

T - Surprisingly lighter in flavor that the aroma suggests, Paardebloem also has a dramatic shift in the actual taste as well. Peach juice is forwards quite a bit while the rest of the beer coming together quite nicely; spiciness mingles well with the wood-aged beer that introduces earthy notes as well as the faint herbal qualities of the dandelion.

M - Moderate carbonation dances on the tongue giving the medium-bodied beer a somewhat lighter feel on the back end. Mildly sweet fruit juice works well to balance the inherent tartness within, drying out with a touch of alcohol and spice for a great finish!

O - Paardebloem is a unique beer that carries nuances of quite a few styles blended together for a well-rounded and surprisingly drinkable early summer beer. All of the additions; peach juice, grains of paradise, and dandelion greens, work well together though quite nuanced. The blend is nice but seems to come off cautious. Certainly another Lips of Faith series beer worth a try though!

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

A: This poured a cloudy dark straw with a little white head.
S: It smelled like fresh apricot and earthy grain, with some wild honey and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy wheat and fresh apricot, with some musty oak and sweet honey and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick and oily with some fine carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice summer beer with a unique scent and taste. The character wasn't as crazy as I expected, but it was quite enjoyable, so that's good. The body was nice and the finish was very smooth. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink. Not for aging, but a good fresh change of pace for a warm summer evening.

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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 12ouncecurls
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - cloudy golden amber, fine bubbled head with good retention

S - clean fruity, citrusy, bright, clean with slight hint of maltiness

T - faint peach, maybe white grape juice flavor, definitely a different, but nice bitterness imparted by the dandelion greens in place of hops, did taste a little elevated alcohol and maybe a candied fruit taste in there

MF - very smooth thanks to good carbonation, slightly creamy and sweet

O - despite being a strange beer I really though it was well executed. The taste and aftertaste were pretty good considering the abv. Good balanced beer. Better than the most of the beers I have tried. Good work New Belgium and Red Rock.

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

22 oz. bottle, with best by May 2014 printed on the bottle. Another beer to me from the Lips Of Faith series that new Belgium does. I haven't had too many of these, and I'm excited to have it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful bright lemon orange colored body with a finger of fluffy soapy white head. Thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Wow, this is some pretty interesting and complex smelling beer. Candied peach, pear, apple, wheat, white wine, tropical rum notes, alcohol fumes, musty yeast, vinegar acidity, vegetal earthiness probably imparted from the dandelion & grains of paradise, and creamy earthy oak wood. One of the most unique smelling beers in a long time.

T - Taste follows the nose: juicy peach, apricot, mango, grainy wheat, white wine, tropical rum notes & creamy woody oak as the beer sits.

M - Feel is crisp and dry, with some fruity tartness and dry white wine on the finish.

Overall, an interesting and unique beer. Still a bit hot & boozy after some time in the bottle, and definitely a slow sipper at 9.00% abv. Glad to have had it, and I look forward to more of these Lips Of Faith beers.

New Belgium / Red Rock Lips Of Faith Paardebloem ---4/5.

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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 katan
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a hazy golden color. Lots of pearly white head, hangs around for quite a while. Lots of lacing.

S - Certainly comes off Belgian, I get a strong combination of some citrus and estery notes as well as some yeast spiciness. Perhaps just a bit of a dandelion.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet. I notice lots of yeast spiciness in the mid-stream,. In the finish I get quite a bit of fruitiness, citrus, maybe even more sour notes of a pear. Has a dry finish, a little bit of white pepper.

M - A moderate to heavy bodied beer with a carbonation that is a little bit light. Some stickiness and sweetness on the tongue, but in the aftertaste it grows dry. Some alcohol warmth.

O/D - A good and interesting beer. Heavy, a sipper. ABV is up there. A bit filling. A really interesting beer overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Church Key in Washington, DC. Brewer says it's made with peach juice, dandelion greens, grains of paradise, and brewed with brettanomyces and blended with wood-aged beer. Collaboration with Red Rock in Salt Lake.

Golden amber in the snifter. Attractive foam and lively spritzy mouthfeel. A lighter body. Quite fruity with just an slash of tartness. The peach comes through as a nice sweet flavor with that acidic edge, plus some aromatics in the nose. Fortunately I don't taste the dandelion specifically, but this does have a bitter tang. It's just not hoppy. Nor do I taste any brett, and this would have benefited from some more Belgian yeast flavor in any case. Still, it's a tasty and drinkable oddity.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by May 2014.

Served in a Stone tulip.

A: Poured a very cloudy apricot color, with a big sticky, icky head that stuck around for a while.

S: Definitely a fruit component, with some stomach acid. I didn't get any wood.

T: Really peachy, and it you like peaches, you'll like this beer. The dandelion greens gave this one a bit of earthiness and I could actually sense their presence here. I'm thinking the wood aging kept this from being overly cloying.

M: Not syrupy at all, and lots of lacing left on the glass. Quite a bit of booze, but it was of the candy-coated variety.

O: I liked this better than most. Go ahead... sue me.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy burnt orange, only a weak carbonation stream present at the center. Not much head lingers, but it has some applause-worthily sticky dotted lacing.

S: Tangerine at the forefront, peach and other fragrant fruits behind it. Background of yeast and earthy herbaciousness.

T: Awesome fruit combinations again, with that herbacious note, probably courtesy of the dandelion greens, coming in somewhere in the finish. Semi-dry. Very pleasant.

M: Superb fluidity, maybe a high sugar content giving it a light syrup feel, seemingly hidden carbonation. Somewhat mouth-drying, taking away from the refreshment.

O: Easy drinker despite the 9% ABV. Good balance between easy-to-enjoy fruit and appreciable herbs. Personally, I prefer the fruit to have more influence, but they went for the balanced, mature beer, which I have to credit them for. Also, kudos for integrating dandelion greens well- not sure if it'll be a trend, but the creativity is impressive!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Enjoyed By May 2014.

Appearance: Pours a moderately hazed, darkish golden-orange body with an initially tall, white head that swiftly collapses. Little wisps of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Pale, pils malts, a bit bready with a thin sweet-scented quality to it akin to a distant sniff of honey-based candy. Then, raw peach puree. Spicy accents, culminated from the rye, alcohol, spicing, and d-lions.

Taste: Pale malts, slight bready, pils accents with some muddled honey sweetness. Hint of a bellini. Very restrained hint of the Grains of Paradise, which, as it is a spice I'm not too particularly keen on, is a positive. Slight additional bite from the phenolics, the dandelion greens, the rye, and the alcohol. Mild butyric acid quality, as the sourish addition rolls in. Creamyish, lightly sour, lightly peach-laden finish with a lingering alcoholic warmth and slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight creamy, mouth-coating quality.

Overall: Horseflowers!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold, slight head, but leaves unexpected lacing. Smell is sweet, but subtle. Taste is very refreshing and surprisingly easy to drink at 9%. Mouthfeel is also nice, making for a very solid Summer brew! Overall, I'd have this again, but won't go out of my way.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Slighty hazy golden, fluffy white head initially, decent lacing. If the head had stayed longer, I probably would have given this a higher rating.

S/T: Tart, citrus, sour grassy (like the inside of a dandelion green), and what one could describe as "Belgian" yeast notes. Some sweet malt notes as well, more like a pils malt than a caramel note. Subtle nose overall, but complex.
Flavor follows the nose, Bright citrus notes and sour dandelion green dance. As it warms, the malt provides a remarkable balance.

M: Slightly slick, but coats the tongue. Perhaps a bit more syrupy than I would have cared for, If I am nit picking. Medium carbonation.

O: Very tough beer for me to judge. Everything was on the border of good to great. I really was unsure about what to expect and I am not sure if the exceeded expectations also played a role in what I was experiencing. An interesting beer and worth trying.

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