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New Belgium Lips of Faith - Gruit

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   IBU: 3   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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Experimentation doesnít mean new. With our Gruit, the latest Lips of Faith release, itís all about revisiting the ancient craft of bittering with herb mixtures, not hops. In here horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers get together with rich malts to create a bitter, dry, velvet-like sweetness worth revering.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1766) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Tap at Fiddlers.

Light pour, ample head. Rather Belgian aroma, estery and some spice. I donít miss the hops that much. Gently sweet flavors, flowery. A bit sticky and thick. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swanmann (589) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bomber: Clear, bright yellow, with a slight green hue and ample white foam, dissipating after couple minutes with a sparse ring of lace. Bright aroma, slightly medicinal with elderflower, and an almost ever so slight woody character. The flavor is similar with a nice dose of caramel and just a slight fruit twang, touch of aspirin. The carbonation is crisp, mouthfeel has just a touch of syrup but thins as it warms. The finish is sweet and herbal. Itís unlike anything Iíve tasted, fairly crisp and sweet, nice for summer but slightly heavier than a session brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RumRunner101 (744) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours light gold with white head. Great lacing throughout. Aromas of sweet barley, herbal and floral notes, cantaloupe. Sweet malt backbone with flowery bitter balance. Finish is sweet with some alcohol and floral notes.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
joelfaber (7) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2014 does not count
Bottle at home. Poured bright yellow with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. Aroma of apples and spice. The taste is of herbs, spices and grains. Would have liked more malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Clear golden color with lingering white froth. Peppery, salty, dry herb and vegetable aromas with dry crackers. Medium body with average co2. Nice dusty pils malt, light berry and pit fruit flavors with some unknown herbs and spices____nicely drying bitter finish---good.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
baraciisch (1702) - USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pale yellow in color... Aroma of light spices... Flavor is veggies, carrots very prevalent... Finish is peppery and spicy... Yuck ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hockeybeerguy (1603) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 3, 2014
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a semi-light golden yellow to hazy amber color with a fairly decent transparency about it. The one finger white foamy head quickly dies and doesnít leave any lacing. The smell had a fair amount of peanut butter (Iím not exactly sure where that came from but I do know I get that a lot in NB beers). Anyways, there is a fairly herbal to earthy nuttiness rolling underneath some light malts. The taste was mainly sweet and earthy with the normal tea-like quality for a gruit to show its face just slightly in the flavoring. Thereís a sweet sticky tea-like aftertaste and a sweet sticky finish. Overall, I say this was fairly good for the style though I havenít had too many gruits in my day. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth as it should be. Overall, I say this was a decent gruit, though not one that will go overtop, its solid for the most part.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maltser85 (238) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Interesting beer. It had some nice malt and a slight graininess to it, smooth body and a decent bitterness on the end. Reminded me of a sort of wheat beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
novice101 (298) - - JUN 30, 2014
I really enjoyed this beer, it was wonderful the bitterness was just right and there were a lot of herbal flavors that were great, in addition the malty backbone was great

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krumbum (511) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Piss yellow with a slight haze. A vegetative wet concrete basement funk. A herb bite with a celery asparagus green bean, vegetable kale bitter. The herbs start and finish the sip but the vege taste owns the middle. Leaves a lasting wormwood bitter in the aftertaste.


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