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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 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 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 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 wvsabbath
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow, golden tan with a nice 1 inch foamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Grapes, peaches, pineapple, lemon, honey, some caramel malts mixed with added sugars, Belgium yeasts and a little dry wine. Smell is really nice and pleasant.

Taste - Very upfront punch of peach, lemon and honey. Has a dry wine like feel and taste. Oaked flavor is very masked, I honestly wouldn't know this is a oaked beer until I looked at the bottle. Malts provide some caramel flavor. Added sugars work well with the peach , and they aren't overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of peach and sweet fruits hits the tongue. Palate gets more fruits, along with Belgium yeasts and caramel malts. The aftertaste is dry and yeasty with some fruity notes.

Overall - Its ok, not a very balanced or multi flavored beer. Drinks more like a cheap flavored wine or even a mad dog like malt liquor. Decent for the style but lacks a solid hop profile that I think would really work well with the sweet fruits.

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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 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 vette2006c5r
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Paardebolem pours a hazy golden color with a nice large lacing head. There is a yeasty aroma, with hints, just hints of Belgian candies, but also has a bit of a skunked smell. The taste however has a sweetness, not to sweet, yeasty flavors, nice Belgian candies flavors. Easy to drink and nice full flavors, and good body. Overall New Belgium has consistently disappointed me, but this one is good.

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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 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 Goosehunter75
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale honey that is fairly cloudy. Has a very big 3 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing.

S - Strange smelling brew. It smeels sour and sweet at the same time. Reminds my of a fruit cocktail aroma

T - Very different. Starts out quite sour at first but is soon followed by a pleasant and more familiar sweetness.

M - The mouthfeel is the best part about this beer. Medium to heavy bodied beer that is very creamy. It does have a slight astringent finish to it.

O - A very different beer but thats why I wanted to try it. Don't know that I'll try it again though! It was not unpleasant, just different. Its not a different I'll crave though!

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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 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 thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks lovely. The beer is a murky and cloudy light orange/ochre. Huge bone head with awesome lacing. Evidently big carbonation for a potent sour ale.

Somewhat sweeter for a wild ale. Light tart peach and peach skins, bitter greens, biscuity malts, white wine, and dry grains of paradise.

Okay, I get the grains of paradise, and I get the peach juice, and I get that it's vegetable-y bitter. But, I don't get how this all wraps up together. Very uninspiring. Gentle spice, some stone fruit, hint of sweetness/tartness, and an estery Belgian yeast strain. Notes of grains of paradise, booze, bitter orange, wheat malts, leafy bitterness, and apricot. It's okay, but not a standout, by any means.

Has nice weight, probably thanks to the alcohol, which doesn't hide that well. Carbonation is okay. I like the suds.

Not my favorite BSPA, but this beer is still better than many.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 andyfrancis
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

At the risk of being crude, it looks like a urine sample from someone who is slightly dehydrated. Cloudy, dark yellow with an off-white foamy head.

Quite a bouquet on the nose. Flowers, fruit, and wood blending together nicely. Getting some funky cheese now and then.

Interesting...first thought: too much with the peach juice. It does taste a little bit like grassy weeds along with something new I'm guessing is the grains of paradise. A little too sweet for my taste, almost a wine cooler bite.

Surprisingly full bodied given its lighter color. Leaves a waxy fruit coating.

I wanted this to be a nice summer beer, but ultimately it's too heavy in the fruitiness, mouthfeel, and booziness.

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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 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 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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