Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen | New Belgium Brewing

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81
good
400 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry HefeweizenLips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen
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
Ratings:
400
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
20.28%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 77
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a cloudy caramel amber with tiny particulates and white coconut particles on the surface. Initially a thin white head, but it disappears immediately leaving only sparse bubbles, probably due to the particles at the surface. Intriguing aroma of mild malt, coconut and curry spices. Flavor follows, dominated by coconut and curry spices, especially allspice, cinnamon and clove; light neutral malt and light fruit; very little wheat character. Finish is somewhat abrupt, leaving lingering light hop and exotic spices. Medium bodied. A quite interesting spiced ale, but curry is perhaps not a great choice for an entire glass of beer. Considering that these are rather intense ingredients, this was well balanced although the weizen character was overwhelmed by the spicing. Worth it for the unique experience, but this will probably not be anyone's session ale. The appearance is really mediocre, so fortunately the aroma and flavor is fun and interesting. Odd, as I write this there is an interesting aftertaste of celery seed. Lots going on here.

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Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The look is a little off. Yes, it's kind of cloudy, milky yellow, but there's something about it not quite German, a little artificial. The head is also below par for a Hefe. Not even a finger thick, little retention, and not much lace.

I can pick up both the curry and the coconut, but always at different times. I've yet to pick them both up in the same whiff. I'm not getting the tangy wheat either. I like both coconut and curry, but they seem to be fighting each other.

The taste isn't bad, but I'm not sure you can call this a hefe. The curry isn't exactly overpowering, but it stands out in the crowd of wheat and coconut. Really, it tastes more like a simple fruit/spiced ale, but I can't get past the fact they call it a Hefe. Regardless, the taste is fairly good. As it warms, the coconut presents a bit better, moreso as a taste that lingers following the spicy curry.

There's no tang, kind of what I look for in a Hefe. There's little to no hop presence. However, there is a sharpness of an ale as well as some heat from the curry. Was hoping for some sweetness from the coconut, but I think the curry masks both the coconut and the alcohol. Again, the spicy is never too much. It just pushed the envelope a little.

Overall it's a decent beer, it's just not a Hefe. However, in the background is a pretty good ale. I'd like to have a bottle without the coconut or the curry and see what it tastes like. Actually, it's fairly good and I like the ABV where it is. 8% is perfect for me. This goes down pretty easily with no offensive flavors.

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Photo of rdooley
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Choooobee
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.81/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - The beer had the yellow of a hefe, but the floaties at the top made it appearance that somebody had desolved Alka Seltzer in my beer.

Smell - I detect the spice of the curry immediately, and it reminds me of Thai food. On the other had, there is something plastic-y in the aroma the reminds me of those wax figures at the museum.

Taste - This tastes like spicy wax gum or perhaps spicy plastic. There are a hint of lime and the some of the notes of a hefe hidden here. After I about three sips, something tells me I should not be drinking this beer. Most of us call that feeling heartburn. There is a mediciny spice in the aftertaste, but it just reinforces the fact that this is not good.

Mouthfeel - This actually seems on par with the style, though the weird foam at the top is a bit unsightly.

Overall - I hate saying this is one of the worst beers I have ever had, but it is definitely not good. This was a dumper.

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Photo of mtpHokie
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jmccullough108
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of timontheroad
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Garrettshu
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BeerBuffalo
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of bamarado
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Plastikdust
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of tmm313
4.39/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, pale amber color. Quickly dissipating, creamy head that really didn't build like most hefeweizens. Great lacing, though.

Smell: Very sweet up front. I can't say it smells exactly like coconut, but there is definitely something different going on. It reminds me of young plums, maybe white raisins... Banana, strong cinnamon, notes of clove, gingerbread, and coriander follow.

Taste is a lot like the smell. The first wave is typical hefe banana, but the fruity flavor and christmassy spices show up quickly thereafter. Midway, the coconut finally stands out on its own, but only for a moment, before the curry emerges and the heat begins to build against the sweetness. The spicy finish leaves a yeasty, coconut-toned, burning sensation behind. Really nice beginning to end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-light body with prickly carbonation. Love the lingering heat from the curry!

Overall: Man, this was a fun one! All kinds of things going on! So many of the aromas and flavors I love most in food were represented in this beer. The way the flavors entered, faded, and played together seemed almost choreographed. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to try this. If given the chance, I would definitely have again.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bottle with the LoF silkscreen labeling; no freshness or bottling date to be found. Poured into a classic weizen glass.

Appearance - Fairly aggressive pour, to tease out the classic hefeweizen sediment since I won't be able to fit the entire bomber into a glass. Body is a ruddy opaque peach flesh with golden highlights and faint traces of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Head is luxurious and a massive three fingers of pillowy white foam. Slowly begins to pock across the surface of the head and dissipates after a several minutes, leaving rings of sticky mottled lace. As I drink it, the residue forms rings to mark the passage of each sip. Exactly to style for a hefeweizen, even though this is listed as a spiced beer.

Smell - Almost overwhelmingly fragrant, with dominant notes of coconut and cardamom, as well as fainter hints of white pepper and sage. There is a hint of generic citrus-like freshness in the background, but the sweeter notes dominate the nose. It's interesting and certainly the most coconut-smelling beer with coconut I've ever had. However, it is a bit perfume-like.

Taste - Happily, the wheat base takes a larger role here at first, providing the round, grainy base for the beer, but the coconut and spice quickly takes over adding a cloying sweetness to the taste that works for the first several drinks, but becomes overwhelming. There is also a yeasty slightly sour element to the finish as well as a lingering and faint peppery heat. It seems so close to being really good, but falls short. That being said, the smell and taste reflect the accuracy of the name of this beer.

Mouthfeel - Chewy, medium-bodied beer with a surprising thinness on the finish. Slightly sweet and hot finish and medium carbonation.

Overall, a one-time beer. It was a bold offering that delivered on it's promise--I don't think you could make a better tasting coconut curry Hefewiezen--but perhaps the promise just wasn't quite meant to be a beer. I'm still glad I tried it and would encourage anyone who likes to try ambitious and strange beers to do the same.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -64.8%

Lips Of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen from New Belgium Brewing
3.55 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
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