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Lips Of Faith - PaardebloemLips Of Faith - Paardebloem

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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.

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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 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 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)

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Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

The appearance is that of a wit almost with a very cloudy pour. The beer looks a lot like grapefruit juice, but it's got little floaties in it. Milky golden orange color with a bright pilsner like white head up top. Not too thick and it doesn't retain well, but it's got a thin spotty lacing.

Complex scent with a combination of bitter dandelion with a funky nose of Belgian yeast. Floral.

Same goes for the taste. Strange fruit taste mixed with a splash of dandelion. Complex.

Mouthfeel is all over the place. Tart and funky wrestling with floral and bitter. The battle never ends. There's no transition from one to the other, it's ongoing. Medium bodied. There's plenty of ABV, but you'd never know it.

Overall, it's much better than I expected. I'm not a fan of dandelion in beer, but in this it provides a great balance to the sweet, fruity tartness. Good beer.

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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 TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a cervoise at Tap House - Des Plaines.

Well, if it's there, why not get another LoF beer? This one pours a partly-hazy amber-brass topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises light greens, mild sweet malts, sweet flowers, and a melange of herbaceous scents that I just can't quite parse. The taste generally brings in more of the same, basically coming across as a vague take on a Belgian pale ale or Belgian IPA or even a weak saison with a heavy emphasis on flowers, herbs, and a mild sweetness. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this was a decent brew, nothing really negative to say about it, per se, but it's nothing close to special, nothing I'm gonna remember for very long. Meh, I guess I'm trying to say.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, says Best Enjoyed by May 2014. Guess this was in my fridge longer than I thought. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy dark golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like peaches, herbs/earthiness, white grapes/wine, citrus, and some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of clove and grassiness. It's fruity, tart and bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I liked it.

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Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- cloudy golden peach. Medium head.

Aroma- fruity with notes of sweet green grapes and hints of earthy dryness like clay dust.

Taste- A complex brew. Starts on the sweet side reminding us somewhat of sweet blond Belgian ales, then gently introduces a hint of sour (probably the dandelion greens), with a faint wisp of vanilla in the lingering finish.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 6/30/2013.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, dark amber in color, with a thin head of wheat-colored head that fades quickly, although decent lacing remains. There are quite a few chunks of gray sediment as well.

S: Very fruity, with pineapple dominating, peach in the background. Also some woody, earthy notes poke through.

T: Malt is minimally sweet, moving quickly on to tart fruit. I taste the pineapple juice I smelled, plus a hint of hard cider. Oaky Chardonnay comes through, then gives way to a bitter finish that is very one-dimensional; late in the finish, tart fruit pokes its head up once more.

M: Moist initially, with below-average carbonation. There's a faint booziness, then a semi-dry finish.

O: Decent, but not worth the money I paid. And not even close to the best "Lips of Faith" offering from New Belgium. Like McKayla, I'm "not impressed."

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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 LambicPentameter
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with the signature Lips of Faith silkscreen artwork indicating that this is a collaboration between New Belgium and Red Rock. Reviewing from notes after drinking about a week ago, and I apparently forgot to note the enjoy by date. However, I still have the bottle, so I'll have to come back and update my review once I'm in a place that I can check. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - The body of this beer seems to be emanating light from within, glowing a tangelo color with an amber twinge to it. The beautiful faded lemon chiffon colored suds are two fingers thick and have a very humid appearance to them. Glistening with the moisture of the beer rather than dry and sticky looking. Retention isn't terribly long, but it's not short either, and after the foam disappears, there is a wall of Lorraine swiss cheese lacing on the side of the glass for the full two fingers that the head previously occupied. Across the surface of the liquid is a mottled film of varying thickness. Overall, one of the more attractive beers I've seen.

Smell - As one would expect with a beer that uses dandelion greens for bittering instead of hops, there is a very herbal, and almost mineral quality to the aroma. Baby greens and faint mineral spirits provide some astringency to counteract fruity notes of peach, nectarine and pear. As the beer warms a tad, I get some woody tannins as well, but this one is mostly bitters and fruit on the nose.

Taste - Okay, I think this one be misclassified on BA. I don't claim to be an expert on Gruit, but this beer reminds me more of the only other example of that style than it does any BSPA I've ever had. It doesn't have any of the yeasty, spicy phenolic elements that are common with the latter style, and it has a great deal of the mineral, bitter greens quality that I remember from the Gruit style. The bitterness has a different feel in the mouth than hop bitterness--it reminds me of alcohol tea in some ways. In addition to the mineral qualities, there is an underlying roundness from the fruit juice, with stone fruit and pear present.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation, and as noted, the feel is interesting due to the use of dandelion greens instead of hops--at least, that's what it feels like the difference comes from. It has a slightly watery, but lingering quality--again, reminding me of brewed iced tea. Not unpleasant, but not what I'm used to for a beer.

Overall, a very unique beer, and while it's not one I'd likely get again (even if that were an option), I applaud the creativity in creating it. I again think that it's a bit tough to classify this one as a BSPA, but styles aren't rigid--it's probably not really much of a Gruit either. But it's a good thing to keep in mind when forming expectations.

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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 Rifugium
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from some shop.

Poured into a New Belgium / USA Pro Challenge goblet. Cloudy and opaque, orange-amber color, with a thin white head that receded to a tiny ringlet; a few dabs of lacing on the glass and perky carbonation rising from the bottom. Very little in the aroma, woody, with notes of Belgian yeast, overripe stone fruit. Pretty tasty actually, flavors of peach right up front, mingled with yeast and herbs, light pale malt sweetness, finishing off with a peppery spice, and a reprise of subtle, fresh peach. This beer sat in my fridge for quite a while, but I must say, it held up pretty well. Medium body, moderate carbonation, mouthfeel moving from fresh at the start to dry in the finish. Good brew.

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Photo of rand
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 22 oz bottle to snifter

A: The brew is a cloudy apricot color in appearance, forms almost no head on a medium pour. Tiny patches of lacing dot the glass.

S: Slighty tart Belgian esters surrounded by an oaky, grassy overtone. Subtle notes of green apple poke through, along with nutmeg and white pepper. Plenty of alcohol volatiles propel the bouquet.

T: Wow, the flavors are way more one-dimensional than the nose. Subtle Belgian-y esters, banana and ripe raisins, are quickly trounced by the drying oak and grassy notes. The added dandelion is reminding me of an adjunct lager. A little boozy but not overwhelmingly so. Medium finish, on the dry side for the style.

M: Medium-bodied, oily, ample carbonation.

Somewhat refreshing, but completely underwhelming for all that was dumped into this brew. It was really had to parse the added ingredients...not worthy of the Lips of Faith series.

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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 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 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 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 LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of peach and nectarine, mild bready malt and slight sourness. Flavor is peach and pear juice, neutral sweet malt, slight citrus, herbal bitterness; finishes with a mildly peppery citrus with hints of grassy hops. Light to medium bodied. An interesting take on a Belgian strong pale, without typical Belgian yeast characteristics, leaning towards a saison style yeast. Odd and different fruit and spice flavors. I'm not sure this quite comes together, but it is an interestingly off beat pale ale. Glad I tried it, but probably a one and done.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 3/27/2013. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, apricot, pear, apple, orange, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, white wine, light oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of peach, spice, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of peach, apricot, pear, orange, apple, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, floral, herbal, white wine, light oak, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, citrus, light fruits, floral, herbal, wheat, bread, clove, white wine, light oak, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of peach juice, malt, spice, and yeast ester 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 small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, peach, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem from New Belgium Brewing
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