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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 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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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a large collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of Belgian yeast and sweet malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has a nice balance between malts and yeast but seems a little too sweet.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, thanks once again to doktorzee for the cross-border souvenir from his tour of Colorado breweries this past month. Slick, tactile label. Paardebloem means 'dandelion' in Dutch, which I suppose pays heed to the style's origins, and one of the guest ingredients.

This beer pours a cloudy, bright golden amber hue, with one finger of briefly apparent, thinly foamy, bone-white head, which leaves a vast array of tree stump lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of mild grainy pale malt, a decent apple and pear fruitiness, mild Belgian yeast, a soft citric tartness, and weedy, grassy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, somewhat alcohol-tinged pale malt, a Belgian candi sugar character affecting it to a certain degree, more diluted drupe fruitiness, soft earthy, peppery yeast, mild weedy greens, and a hint of astringent woodiness.

The bubbles are average, and decently supportive, the body an adequate medium-heavy weight for the style, and more or less smooth. It finishes definitely on the sweet side, as the pale malt kicks it up a notch, the guest fruit sugars stick in, and the yeast and hop notes fade into the ether.

An agreeable enough BSPA, especially the 'strong' part of the equation, seeing as the alcohol presence is so understated here. An asset to focus on, to be sure, as I'm not specifically enamoured with anything else going on here.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 flagmantho
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy ivory foam without a whole lot of retention, but it sticks around long enough to look nice.

Smell: lightly sweet, yeasty malt with a very nice peach character. I like that it is not over the top. There's a very mild graininess as well, but between the yeastiness and the peach I really like the aroma; it's balanced and enticing.

Taste: while the aroma was very enticing, the flavor is another story. It starts off with a fairly standard Belgian pale ale flavor, with a light hint of grains of paradise (thankfully, a conservative hand was used here); then, a more acidic and a little bit overripe peach flavor. It's not strong, but it's enough to take this beer down a notch. It still actually strikes a decent balance, but the peach character is not nearly as good as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a decent creaminess; I usually prefer my Belgian-style beers to have a little more oomph than this, but it's pretty good.

Overall: I really like the aroma, and it's possible to look past some of the flavor flaws. Still, not my favorite.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 n2185
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Light spice notes with yeasty bread, bubblegum, and candy sugar. Light fruit notes like bananas and pears come through with just a slight tartness.

T: Belgian spices here as well with a surprising tart fruit kick reminiscent of peaches or raspberries. There are some sweeter candy sugar and bread flavors underneath, but the tart fruit dominates. The finish is dry and a little bready.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer's tartness contributes to it feeling light and refreshing. Dangerous considering its abv.

O: An enjoyable beer overall. Not the best beer in the world or overly complex, but drinkable, enjoyable, and refreshing with some interesting flavors and aromas.

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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 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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Lips Of Faith - Paardebloem from New Belgium Brewing
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