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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 harrymel
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

best by MAY, 2014

This beer is a cloudy amber with a soapy and broken sheet of white foam. Smells of oak, some bitter herbs, some vanilla and a bit of must and funk. Initial impression is this is like a thick, fruited poorly constructed saison. There's a hint of funk, lemon, grain, some bits of peach and a little flour. Medium on full bodied with a low carb and an off dry finish. I would have liked this beer to be more yeast involved, a little lighter and a low more carb. Meh.

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Photo of jlindros
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up while in Maryland, shared with rudzud.

Decent creamy head fades at a med pace with nice lacing, hazy golden wheat color.

Nose is poor, weird sour not wanted sour thing, light earthy funk dandelion, some fruity aromas, light grassy icky summer beer like. Light Belgian aroma.

Taste isn't too bad, light earthy funk dandelion or weird flower thing, grainy malt, doughy almost. Then light Belgian blond, fruity flavors but I wouldn't call it peach, even a bit tart, slightly metallic, and faint herbal spices. Finish is sticky sweet, syrupy, light bitterness and the grains of paradise spice flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, syrupy, decent carb.

Overall meh. Ended up drain pour.

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Photo of vtfan77
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Nice golden amber color. The head comes to about half an inch on the pour before dissipating into a persistent ring of lace shortly thereafter.

S- Tart; quite tart, actually, like an unripe peach. There's also an unmistakable floral element which, undoubtedly aided by the power of suggestion on the bottle, indeed smells a lot like dandelions. Interesting for sure, but I wish it were stronger; I really have to concentrate to get much more than a generic tartness.

T- Minimal tartness to begin, followed by a candy-like sweetness. Peach candy with a distinct chalky yeast and cereal grain flavor. The floral character comes through a little, but it's tough to distinguish it from everything else. Alcohol is pretty strong here; there is no doubt that this is at least a 9% ABV beer. Finishes with a mild bitterness and lingering sweetness.

M- Slick, medium-full body with minimal carbonation. The drinkability takes a hit due to this and the alcohol.

Seemed promising from the start. The smell was pretty good, and I was expecting a tart, complex fruit beer. Unfortunately it was a bit of a mess. The interesting floral notes in the aroma didn't really come through in the taste, and it was a bit heavy and cloying. I know a 9% beer is not supposed to be a quaffer, but the drinkability here is pretty low even for the style. An interesting experiment I suppose, but not one I'll likely be revisiting.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half thick white head with active carbonation. Thick and fluffy looking, medium sized bubbles but poor retention. Sinks down to a thin floater in about 30 seconds. Cloudy orange-color body. Not a great looking beer.

S- Slightly spicy aroma, some peaches or apricots, a bit of a grassy florality and spice to it. Belgian yeasts make themselves present. Spicy and slightly booze quality.

T- Some fruitiness to it, definite spice from grains of paradise and grassy notes. Boozy with a hint of...oak...maybe. Something wooden. Interesting and complex beer, but not really for me.

M- Almost syrupy with a sticky, wet finish.

O- Not the best Lips of Faith has to offer.

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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 rudzud
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared by JLindros.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice lightly hazy golden hue with a nice one finger white head that leaves light halo.

S - Aromas of ...well, it smells like a skunked Sam Adams summer ale, just does not smell inviting. Faint grains of paradise, mostly just old vegetables though.

T - Taste is lightly sour with faint citrus peel, grains of paradise, and dandelion notes. Still, too much old dandelion notes with this one.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style with light carbonation.

O - Overall I was disappointed by this beer. Too much old veg on this one. Glad I got to try this though.

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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 Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best enjoyed by May 2014 on the label.

A- it pours a hazy to cloudy orange, usual well dones with the foam and lacing.

S- it smells earthy, with light notes of fruit..not much going on with the nose, really.

T- my this starts of very fruity sweet, turns kind of neutral, then I get some peach that's a balance of sweet and sour in the finish. There's an odd flavour in it. Must be the grains of paradise and or dandelion greens. Weird tasting, and what's weirder is that the further I get into the session, the more the tastes seem to drop off.

M- lightish carbonation works with the medium body.

O- I'm not a fan. If the abv was much lower, it would be more drinkable but it still wouldn't be a beer that I'd seek out again.

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Photo of powerss13
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

ST: Poured from bottle to glass

A: Cloudy golden hue; poured with nice head and laces down nice.

S: Settle hints of peach with grassy notes. Thought the aroma was quite faint. As it warms up the aroma becomes much more noticeable.

T: Had high hopes for this beer and kind of fell short. Not saying its a bad beer, just fell short of MY expectations. It has good sweet notes and definitely get the "wood aged beer" taste, but was hoping to get more flavors of the other ingredients.

MF: Has some heavy notes to it, but not overbearing. Very settle to the tongue and finishes nicely.

O: Putting my own feelings aside from my expectations....This is a above average beer, but definitely needs to be drank at room temperature to give it its full flavors. If you come across and are interested....grab one.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a darker gold color. Mild head deflates away to a thin layer of foam. Slight lace.

S-An odd nose. Kinda getting an apple juice aroma. Slightly tart in the nose. Grassy and stemmy with peach notes.

T-Sweeter than the aroma. Long, lingering apple and pear juice. Belgian yeast, flower stems and a barely noticeable tartness.

M-The booze is masked well. The odd concoction of flavors makes this one a sipper.

O/D-A strange assortment of flavors that I wasn't very enamored with.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, Poured into a Flying Dog chalice.

Appearance: Pours a quite hazy orange-ish color with a thick white head. Retention seems to last forever and tons of lacing coating all sides of the glass. Good looking brew

Aroma: Odd mix of something floral, slight wood and peach juice and some funky yeast.

Taste: Wheels just keep falling off the further I get. Funky yeast with a tart peach juice up front. Dry, and herbal thing going on in the middle. Grassy and spicy, a little bitter on the backend. Kinda weird, and actually kinda boring. Reminds me of that Peach Porch Rocker... or whatever that other Lips of Faith beer was.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body. A little heavier than i expected but hides the 9% well. All in all, the dry and bitter finish is kinda weird and turns me off. It's oky but it doesn't do much for me.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up at the COOP for $7 ... Saw it for $10 at a different establishment. Pours golden with a very slight haze... a short lived white head does provide spotty lacing.

The dandelion greens are fairly present in the aroma.. bitter and "green".. some honey essence makes the spicy notes bloom a bit... smells sweet and a bit peppery.

The Belgian yeastiness comes out as mild apricot ester ... again pretty peppery with more of a background dandelion green flavor... is too sweet IMO...

The residual sweetness actuates a fairly low carbonation making the beer feel pretty thick. I like my one glass (and maybe the next), but this is going to be a chore to finish.

I much would have preferred a lower ABV brew with a spritzier texture and more drinkable.

I had a couple bottles of the Red Rock Paardebloem and enjoyed it much more.


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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle. Poured a hazy gold with a slight white head. Slightly sour aroma with a bit of wood. Medium bodied without much carbonation. Slight tartness. Bit of sweetness and a little fruit. Overall not really a whole lot going on here. Didn't do it for me.

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Photo of cvm4
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange in color, maybe a little copper. Has a one finger eggshell head.

S - Peachy, floral, some funk & a light aroma of wood.

T - A lot of peach juice to start off, subdued tartness. Turns a little floral & then a bit grassy. It's a bit sweet and wine cooler like, as someone mentioned earlier.

M - Medium bodied & carbonation.

O - It's interesting, but not something I'd buy again die to the sweetness of the beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A small white head on a a hazy, golden body. Aromas of fruit juice and spice with a bit of malt. Sweet, thick malt up front with floral notes and some tart, peach like notes. More of the same through the finish. Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish. Much like other lips of faith, this seems to be an overly sweet triple with a random assortment of crap thrown in.

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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 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 homebrew311
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Another unique and intriguing sounds beer from the Lips of Faith series. After experiencing the catastrophe that was Pluot, I am hoping for better things. Here we go...

Pours hazy orange color with a thin layer of white head that doesn't retain very well. The nose features waves of peach juice and vegetal character which I suspect comes from the dandelion greens. Not getting much oak from the nose, just a syrupy, sweet, fruity, and somewhat herbal brew. The taste starts off with a neutral flavor that quickly becomes quite peachy. The peach is strong and sweet before it gives way to the vegetal qualities in the middle. I was expecting sosme waves of tartness, but I get none here. The finish tastes like artificial sweetener. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with tingly carbonation. Well another dissappoint from the Lips of Faith series. This..Pluot...Heavenly Fejoia...Cascara quad.. they all seem to be the same beer with minor differences and none of them are particularly enjoyable. Where is the Eric's Ale and the Le Terroir? Or even the coffee Chocolate Imperial Stout? All I have to say is that I am losing faith (no puns here) in this once solid series of beers. Let's hope for better things next time around!

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Photo of Etan
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A BSPA with wild yeast, dandelions, peach juice, grains of paradise, partially oak-aged. Sounds interesting enough! 22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice clementine-orange with a thick-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Some mild floral notes, peach, yogurty lactic aroma, vanilla, cloves.

T: Light lactic flavor, bready malt, white cake, mild leafy bite, some spices, floral and estery and dry in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with light yet crisp carbonation.

O: This is simpler and less interesting than I thought it would be. The big standouts are the yogurty (but not tart) lactic flavors and the mild leafy spiciness of the dandelion greens. Not a particularly compelling combination.

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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 brewcrew76
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Apricot, copper with a big frothy head.

S - Tart and powdery (almost reminds me of when my grandma used to crush some medicine pills), grassy with light peach notes. The dandelion greens are noticeable but not sure how to describe them.

T - Earthy and herbal, dandelion greens quite noticeable, good amount of bitterness from the greens but not the same as hop bitterness. Light spice with peach notes. Grainy tasting.

M - Medium body with moderate to lively carbonation. Almost a chalky feel at times. Must be the bitterness from the dandelion.

D - Interesting but fairly disappointing. Became much more interesting when paired with a fresh salad from the garden.

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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grass, floral, sour fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit, wood, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting ingredients but the result comes out a bit muddled in my opinion.

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