Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen
New Belgium Brewing Company

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From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
ABV:
8%
Score:
78
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 20.94%
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
321
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 28, 2016
Added:
Aug 09, 2013
Wants:
  22
Gots:
  25
SCORE
78
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Rated: 2.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by mwckiltedsavage from Virginia

Aug 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 06, 2015
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
October 12th, 2013 - This is one of those brews that seems like it might be a meal in a glass. But New Belgium keeps the flavors from becoming liquid food. Instead, it's an example of how non-traditional tastes can push boundaries aggressively, and spicily. The base of the aroma is like a hefeweizen, but a Japanese curry accent: ginger, brown sugar and...more ginger. I don't taste the coconut, but I do get plenty of that sweet, sugary Japanese curry. Like the aroma, the taste begins with a light hefeweizen touch, and then the curry kicks in. And THEN it kicks in the door, all the way to the aftertaste. The coconut begins to glow in the aftertaste once the brown sugar sweetness disappears. And there's almost a flavor like chicken, or at least, my brain is substituting in chicken to make the flavor make sense. Lemongrass makes a brief appearance too. All of these curious flavors are almost cloying, but stop just short of that, making this bold brewing adventure a real success, and a drinkable curiosity.
Jul 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Draft at Max's Taphouse Fell's Point MD. 19th anniversary trip. Interesting taste with the curry. Don't get any coconut. Feel is smooth afterwards. Not a favorite, but liked it because it was different.
Jun 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by MisterKilderkin from California

May 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.96 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Apr 24, 2015
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Rated by JadeenY from California

5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
My favorite beer of all time.
Apr 06, 2015
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Rated by imericcraig from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
One of my top most favorite beers
Apr 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by BalancingBrooms from California

Mar 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3.23 by DavidST from Texas

Mar 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.49 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina

Mar 14, 2015
 
Rated: 2.71 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 11, 2015
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Reviewed by Jadjunk from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
"The list of spices in this coconut curry hefeweizen is almost as long as the list of awards bestowed on homebrewer, Remi Bonnart. Together, we brewed up a traditional German-style wheat beer whose fruity esters and spicy phenols pair perfectly with the spicy and fruity character of curry spices. Pour yourself a plateful." Brewed in the style of a German Hefeweizen with curry spice and coconut added. Brewed as a one-off release for the Lips of Faith Series, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy fizzed head of a pastel white color over a densely hazy pale amber body with abundant flecked sediment in suspension. Surface clumps of pulpy mess are an uncommon find, but easy to spot floating on the surface of this beer. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Abundant spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and evidently curry coalesce into a hearty, extremely potent nose bomb. Under the spice I catch notes of cereal wheat, pale malt, and the soft creamy sweetness of coconut milk. The notes of banana and clove commonly found in hefeweizen seamlessly blend into it all. Potency is very high. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor carries through much of the spices up front, heavy nutmeg, and curry powder up front, paler notes of wheat and coconut husk. The occasional chunk of raw ginger comes through and spices things up a bit. Hints of the hefeweizen yeast base creeps through, most notably banana and clove, which pairs surprisingly well with the spice profile to generate a flavorful spiced loaf banana bread. Finishes mildly sweet and profoundly spiced with a lingering curry, nutmeg and ginger trail well after the swallow. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and mild crispness. Body is heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is earthy and peppery spice over sweetness. Alcohol presence is low, and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) This is one divisive beer! As over-the-top as Coconut Curry Hefeweizen is, I find myself enjoying it as a unique experiment in unapologetic spice overdose. There's no cutting the edge of the spice which leads the entire beer from aroma (some may say the appearance as well) to the finish, although the coconut comes through gracefully and as a pleasant pairing, dishing in a touch of welcome sweetness to counter. Far, far separated from the roots of the traditional German Hefeweizen, beers like this might cause for a passionate rewriting of the Reinheitsgebot- but paired with the right foods, there is a very special niche for experimental beers like this one. This would no doubt go excellent alongside quality Indian or Thai food cuisine, both of which commonly use many ingredients found in this beer, regularly in equally unreserved doses. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Coconut Curry Hefeweizen Ale
3.71/5.00
Jan 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.31 by Devil_Doc from Texas

Dec 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by double2chin from California

Dec 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Dec 14, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by JScoot from Louisiana

Dec 04, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Nov 26, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 24, 2014
 
Rated: 1 by mulerofthewhalez from California

Nov 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by lillitnn92 from Virginia

Nov 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by chossboss from Oregon

Nov 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by RavenForBeer from Georgia

Nov 05, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by JRPBoulevard from Texas

Nov 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

Nov 02, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona

Oct 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Oct 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by spycow from Illinois

Sep 29, 2014
 
Rated: 2.48 by pBRale from Iowa

Sep 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Oops from Indiana

Sep 20, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by bluehende from Delaware

Sep 19, 2014
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Rated by kurthy from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
I love a beer with flavor.
Sep 16, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by Marcher07 from North Carolina

Sep 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.32 by Dirtyhands from Maryland

Sep 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Brendanoconnor23 from Maryland

Sep 06, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by martyl1000 from Wisconsin

Sep 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Navysqurl from New Jersey

Aug 20, 2014
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
Bomber bottled June 2013 at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of coconut and curry – delightful!
Head large (7.5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing into a 1-2 mm layer
Lacing OK – multiple islands of varying sizes with primarily tiny bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy – much bottom sediment and one large surface floater
Flavor of coconut and Thai curry – not too spicy, just very flavorful; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.81. Final weighted score: 4.1
This was a good example (for me) of trying something against my better judgment and being well rewarded. I’ve been disappointed by most New Belgium offerings and only tried this because I love Thai curries. Surprise! This is a very aromatic beer in which I can actually taste the coconut mulled with the spices – a mild curry but still very good. Gotta find the sales receipt from whence this came to buy some more.
Aug 20, 2014
Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 400 ratings