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

Enjoy by May 2014.

Served in a Stone tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

22oz into a pint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of bmwats
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Hazy, opaque, golden hue. Settles quickly leaving a smattering of bubbly pockets on the surface. Pretty thick beer ring lacing remains.

S: Light grains, the peach is prominent. A little bit of a floral character.

T: Sweet, bitter, and fruity... all moderately light and well-balanced. Heavy dose of stale Italian bread, fermented peach, orange zest, grass, and tree bark.

M: Light and refreshing. Something of a syrupy character. Bittersweet in the start, pungent and lightly bitter finish that kind of lingers.

D: Sip and explore... this thing is pretty unique.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Interesting hazy, golden hue. Fair head, some nice thick lacing. Nose is grainy with a strong dose of peach, and a bit of a floral character. Complex mix of flavor components... grassy and organic, with sour bread, fermented fruit, and something of a woody tone. Overall, this is a pretty good....and unusual...quaff.

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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 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 ncketchum
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head

S - funky belgian yeast, tartness, woody and grassy notes

T - initially sour up front, then a complex mix of malt, pear, bitterness (not typical hop bitterness), woodiness

M - light, well-carbonated, not much alcohol burn

O - very interesting beer, quite complex. Glad to have tried this one, not sure I'll seek it out again, but it grew on me as I sampled more of it.

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

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

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

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

Very nice beer.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
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 Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet tart fruits, some bready malt and a bit of funk.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some tart tropical fruits, some funk, vinous notes and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting fruity funky belgian.

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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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