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New Belgium Lips of Faith - Pluot

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Cross pollinate your tastebuds with Belgian imagination and you’ll be sipping this ale while visions of pluots dance in your head. Pluots? A hybrid of apricots and plums that impart a subtle sweetness. Ferment that with a wild Belgian yeast strain and you have a fruity yet spicy nature with a body reminiscent of red wine. Delicious.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rtobronco8641 (3) - Lake Orion, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014 does not count
I really enjoyed this beer. I’m not always into fruity tasting beers but this was an exception. It tastes of plums and apricots at first but when you swallow it’s followed by a warm sensation. I believe this would be a great summer beer.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
illidurit (2051) - Petaluma, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle shared at the January 2014 tasting in Santa Cruz. Eggy, sweaty, farts, cheese. Gross and cloying. Bugger off, New Belgium.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Helsdon (49) - - MAR 11, 2014
Funny this coms up as a fruit beer when really it’s a sour. And decent one at that. Bought in a wee plastic grower from The Beer Growler in Savannah while trying, successfully, to escape Canadian winter. Thanks to that I’m getting to try some great beers like this one. Nice smell on this one with good hits of it’s fruit and sour. Decent gold colour with light white head. Lovely gooseberry sourness, with hints of grape to it, and a surprising amount of sweetness lurking behind eberything, definitely worth a couple of pints, but might not ne an all afternoon on a patio drink,

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertjm (736) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
(22oz. bottle) - Slight white head which pretty much devolves into a small ring of white bubbles in the glass. Clear golden body. Visible bubble activity in glass. Slight aroma reminiscent of apricots (the "ot" in Pluot!) Sweet flavor balanced between the pluot fruit and the Belgian yeast characteristics. No real hop character. A bit too sweet for a standalone beer. Might be good with spicy food, such as curry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle. Golden with minimal head. Lightly boozy with fruity tartness and quite a bit of sweetness. Very eh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
10th February 2014
Hazy gold beer, small white head.Palate is smooth and semi dry and very slightly viscous. Mild carbonation. Mild creamy malt. Little spice. Syrupy fruits. Very subtle sherbet. Light semi dry finish. Quite Belgian Golden like, shame the fruits were not better showcased.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NeoHippie2 (795) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Golden pour with minimal head. Sweet fruit aromas that remind me more of apples than a plum/apricot hybrid. Flavor is sweet and reminiscent of apple juice. Not much else going on here. Another bland uninteresting Lips of Faith beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2014
I’m so out of touch some times, I hear about the Lips of Faith series and never really pay much attention since I haven’t had regular access to New Belgium beers in about 7 years, but this past few months they’ve made it to Florida. A little extra money in my pocket finds me grabbing a couple of these. It is a mixed bag. I enjoy the nose, somewhat funky and fruity and almost reminiscent of lambic. Fruitiness tends to gooseberries. What is a pluot? Oh, a plum apricot hybrid - I get neither here. Well I dunno, maybe that strong acerbic note in the flavor is pluoty. Seems like a fruit you might want in a slightly maltier beer, but this dry backbone on this features this fruit too much, as I said, acerbic. Nice look, golden, hazy, moderate lacing. Looks and smells like a nice golden sour but the flavor is biting, somewhat bitter, though dry and tending to tart. Like I said, a mixed bag.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
monk191 (722) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Kind of gross. Pours an ugly pee yellow with no head at all. Smells a bit like plums and wine. Taste is like old wine cooler, very sweet with very little beer taste. Leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Lips of Faith series are hit or miss, and this one is definitely a miss. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with a thin, one centimetre tall just off-white head with thousands of small bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma of alcohol, tons of malt, plums, apricots, cherries, pears and bunches of apples - nice and fruity throughout. Full-bodied; Dense mouthful with a big malty flavour and then tons of fruits with the apricots the strongest, then some plums and pit fruits and a hint of pears at the end. Aftertaste shows a nice malt and alcohol note at first then fading to a subdued fruity and pungent spice kick - nice and strong, but sweet as well. Overall, a nicely balanced beer with malt strong but the fruit even stronger - ending with a good amount of alcohol, but mellowed by the sugars as well. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 19-July-2013 for US$6.99 sampled at home in Washington on 19-January-2014.


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