Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a foggy light gold with small white foam. Smells lightly sweet and certainly sour. Tastes wheaty and lightly sour with hints of clove and dandelion. Simple, bitter, almost like a sour mead
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ericandersnavy, thanks! Blonde. peppery citrusaroma with a hint of leather. Initial malt, soon taken over by lemony floral flavors. Leather, pepper, esthery. Indeed a tip of the hat to Orval, but fruitier. Well done!
rougeau13 (2027) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy yellow-orange with a puffy white head. Aroma is floral, with spices, hay, orange, lemon, and herbal notes. Taste is herbal and fruity sweet, with a nice fizzy hoppiness. Fizzy carbonation, medium body, and easy drinkability. Very nice.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of Belgian yeast, citrus, lemon, hops, light flowers, slight clove, and slight spices. Poured yellow/amber in color with a small, creamy white head that lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny, and a few small, particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, citrus, light pollen, light Belgian yeast, water, and a hint of pepper. Light to medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Lively carbonation. Hops, light Belgian yeast, citrus, water, and slight spice finish is slightly dry, medium sweet, and slightly bitter.
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, I certainly got the tip of the hat to Orval mentioned n the description. Blond, with a big fluffy head. Funky, musty and a little bit fruity aroma. Nicely crisp and quenching, but subtley complex with floral, dry white wine and other musty, earthy notes. Tasty and very enjoyable.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: bit cloudy with straw and hay-ish tints. White head lingers as a thin head with an equally thin collar. Swirls with a lovely layer of lace.
Nose: floral; the greenhouse is abloom and I am enjoying it. Citrus skins and pith before taking a dive down to the tropics with pineapple, cantaloupe, and coconut, fresh of course. Lavender petals, dried, along with wind-blown esters of pollen. Green grass blades. In the back and underneath are faint wisps of new leather, brushed, and cut wood, white.
Palate: a sip…beautiful. Kiss of spice in the back while flowers linger long in my breath. Bright refreshing finish ripe with citrus. The spice and flowers intermingle for quite the brilliant pairing, grabbing onto the back of my tongue and never letting go. In that back zing is also where I find cut wood and brushed leather. Dandelions and lavender bloom while their stems and leaves add greenness. Pineapples and cantaloupes hit the juicer. Love how the breath lasts seemingly forever, a constant ebb and flow of floral, tropical, spice, and earth.
Final Thoughts: I grew up in the middle of citrus groves and spent countless hours of my childhood playing outside amidst all the aromas and esters of nature. It’s not every day a beer can capture that moment of childhood while at the same time retain an adult sophistication which bespeaks of lazy afternoons in the flower gardens, book in hand, and time to waste. Beautiful.
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Floral, with spicy notes and some wheat in the background. Clean, soft wheat flavors. Smooth and nicely musky. Wheat and more tangy musk on the finish.
deyholla (7002) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a near clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has citrus, particularly lemon, with floral and spice notes as well as a bit of yeast. Flavor is full of yeast with a light lemon note and floral notes as well.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, hazy yellow, thin, sparse white head. Aroma is lemon, dried lemon, spicy wood (like teak) Belgian yeast, mild malt. Flavor is woody, herbal, just into medium bodied, a touch of tart fruit, honey is a good descriptor but minimally sweet. Mostly dry with a nice nippy finish.
Just a bit thin/tinny, but quite good. Would have liked more if it had more sour going on.
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle -
Aroma - huge blast of honey sweetness, grassy, spicy, with a strong citrus note.
Appearance - cloudy gold body, creamy 2" white head
Taste - insanely spicy, earthy, slightly horsey/funkified with some wet-leaves kinda flavor. Strange but good.
Palate - medium carbonation, prickly on the palate and finish
Overall - a great suprise from New Belgium. The Lips of Faith series has been pretty impressive so far.