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Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen | New Belgium Brewing

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400 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 08-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
400
pDev:
20.94%
Bros Score:
3.44
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +16.8%
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5/5  rDev +47.5%
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My favorite beer of all time.

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One of my top most favorite beers

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"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

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Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 400 ratings
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