scoth (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, vivid red, with a one-finger pink head, good lacing. Strong sour cherry aroma, with some biscuit, grass and light floral notes. Medium-light body, tart and zesty, lightly dry. Pronounced sour cherry flavor, lighter and more approachable than a traditional kriek, with some biscuit, spice and grass. Medium sour and lightly bitter aftertaste. Well balanced and well blended.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Papago. Pours like cranberry juice with a rosy pink head. Looks gorgeous. Smells of gym socks and tart cherries. Reminds me of IHOP cherry pancake topping in flavor, unfortunately, but has a soothing effect.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Liquor World, opened for pre-birthday celebrations. Pretty cranberry red, smallish white layer of bubbles. Buttery vanilla cake, old-fashioned cherry candy, thrift store wool sweaters. Lemon pepper sourness, menthol, bit of DMS, cherry liqueur finish. I like this, but I like the Boon part of this more than the New Belgium part, and it feels like the overall impact is sort of dampened, rather than augmented, by the blending.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22ozbomber, no date--however it is the Lips of Faith from í09. Also had on tap in July @ the brewery as well as a sample from a kind fellow that had a retired bottle two years ago. Pours a clear pinkish red with a 1 1/2 finger pink head, low retention. Aroma is loaded with cherry skins and cherry Juicy Juice with some light leather behind. Flavor continues with the only addition being alcohol--I donít recall this in the 12oz sample. Ah, this is reformulated almost 2% stronger. Whatever--it didnít improve because of this. Sourness peaked @ a 2-3, and it was only cherry tartness. Light carbonation with a medium body. Underwhelming, but not bad--just another meh from the Lips of Faith bombers--however I do enjoy this more than the Dark Kriek.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a distinct red color, but very light and clear with a small white head. Definitely a sour cherry aroma and a little lambic funk, but itís backed by a strange off aroma that I canít quite place. Surely from the lager, though. The flavor opens with a little cherry and tartness, but overall itís lost somewhere between sweet and tart. Itís an indistinct beer, rather unclear of what it wants to be. Itís a shame that NB couldnít have just brought over the Boon kriek, rebottled it, and sold it to us pure, because the lager doesnít seem to have much to add here aside from watering down the kriek.
topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle pours a deep ruby red witha a tiny white head. Light cherry and sweetness i the nose. Flavor is fruity, lightly sour, medicinal, not very kriek like.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, effervescent ruby-red color; thin pinkish head that soon fades to a light covering of bubbles; very bold coloring. Very pleasant cherry juice in the nose; on the sweet side, with a touch of vanilla oakiness and the suggestion of light tartness; not kriek-y, but engaging. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tart cherries and cherry juice upfront, followed by light toasty oak and a touch of warming alcohol coming through (just a touch) medium levels of acidity, slightly sharp carbonation; tasty for a fruit beer, lambic-like but more of a hybrid, not as dry as one might like. The cherry juice presence, throughout, is very nice, and hints at something like NG Belgian Red. Not quite there. Medium finish: cherries, light toasty grains, a hint of vanilla oak.
bhensonb (13510) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland. Pours a beautiful cherry/ruby with a nice pink head. Kind of cooking cherry aroma. Backed by some funky wood. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Not at all funky. Rather sweet cooking cherry. Thereís an oxymoron. Somewhat tart, mildly sour. Suddenly some funky woodiness, but not a lot. Seems to bounce back and forth between tart and not so tart. Cherry does pervade everything. Beats the heck out of those overly sweet ales from Lindemans.
Headbanger (3720) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Lips of Faith bomber 9/3/09 (Samís Wine & Spirits-Downers Grove)-Pours a medium cherry red with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of wood, tartness, cherry, and cough drops without menthol. Taste of tartness and sourness with a bit of cherry thrown in. A bit more sourness than usual for a Kriek but still rather tasty.
malrubius (2419) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating #900. Where the Wild Beers Are. Bottled as Lips of Faith. Pale reddish with ring. Cherry wood aroma with mild funk. Sweet and sour cherry with wood cherry candy more wood and sweet finish. Just ok.