New Belgium Lips of Faith - Biere de Garde

RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Famous in Michigan for farmhouse ales, our friends at Brewery Viviant introduced us to their biere de garde ale yeast strain. From there, we imagined a slightly tart, intentionally dry beer with hints of bergamot citrus that pairs perfectly with French cheeses.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bomber to flight glass. Nice and tart with a bit of funk. Wish it had a bit more aroma. One if the better in the lips of faith series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jvonrader (1) - - FEB 17, 2013 does not count
Aroma: Very light, subtle yeast and a bit of orange. Appearance: Solid, clean golden in color with strong finger-length head. Taste: Orange peel, some lemon, grassy. Palate: Smooth going down, very light carbonation. Overall: Greater than the sum of its parts, smooth and easy to drink, but not sacrificing in flavor. Wonderful for a warm afternoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (6137) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 2/16/13

Aroma: The nose is sweet and yeasty, with some orange zest, earth, and grass/hay notes.
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a small, lasting, clean, white head and drippy lace.
Flavor: The tartness comes through a touch more in the flavor, but it is still fairly sweet mostly from the orange/citrus zest. There’s also a little spice, and it finishes with a medium earthy/hay bitterness.
Palate: This one drinks pretty cleanly, with a medium body, soft carbonation, and a dry finish
Overall Impression:  Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. The yeast strain works very nicely. The "hints of orange" doesn’t seem to be all that light, as I found it very noticeable and quite zesty. There’s some well balanced spice, and a nice hop components as well. Everything is well put together and well balanced. As far as the alcohol goes, the 9% is really well hidden. There is a lot to like here. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized frothy off-white head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of tart fruits, clay, earthy notes, herbal hops. The taste is bread, herbal notes, stone fruits, berries, vanilla, earthy notes. Medium bodied, slight warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Definitely an inconsistent series, this. Handsome pour, deep orange, frothy and somewhat cloudy. RIpe yeast and modest funk in the nose but a big fat dose of citrus peel seems to have a disproportionate influence. Prickly mouthfeel, finish a bit bland and not particularly dry enough. Flavors are fairly generic, except again for the strong taste of orange peel. Not bad, just a bit disjointed and underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Had on tap. Appearance is a clear light gold with a one finger white head. Aroma is quite citrusy with lots of pears and apples. Some light bready malt as well. There is a little bit of Earthyness but it is well restrained. The taste is very fruity again with pear and apple being dominant. There is a very juicy quality this beer that is delicious. Some earth and wood along with a light bitterness leading to a slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is a bit of the heavy side, though, limiting drinkabililty. Overall, a pretty good beer from New Belgium but far from spectacular. I would order it again, though, if I came across it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11824) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from Champane’s Cellars. Light coloured body with lasting off-white head. Mild orange peel and yeast aroma. The taste is a blend of the spices I normally get in a biere de garde, with the taste of orange peel out and above everything else. Decently drinkable. Booze definately in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bwa5879 (932) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2014 Christmas gift deuce. Pour is a light orange/peach that is thick and gelatinous, pretty hazy. Quarter inch of bright white head. Powdery quality to the scent, grass, orange citrus, earthy manure or rubber aroma as well. Medium, watery mouth feel and relatively low, flat carbonation. This mostly tastes like fresh oranges, a very small amount of sour yeast funkiness too. Finish is pretty dry, tingly orange extract/liqueur and orange zest. Drank on tap 8-May-14 at Kalamazoo beer exchange and rerated to see how my taste has developed.. Brownish red pour, extremely cloudy with a layer of white thin foam on top. Light aroma of sour berries, strawberry, apple and raspberry. Not too tart an aroma but very smooth with a little barnyard earthiness and just a hint of booziness. Soft carbonation, mouthfeel a little lacking, finish dry reminiscent of a mixed drink. Taste of smooth berries and smooth bitter yeast, spruce and cranberry, vanilla and oak, perhaps some cinnamon. Strong oaked vanilla ale taste with sprucey sour cranberries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwalking05 (4708) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Orange in color with a decent sized white head. Aroma is of orange, damp straw, booze, grain. Taste is of orange, dank hops, closet dust.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. The look is copper, clear, thin white head. The smell is orange peel, spice, yeasty, malt, and fruity. The taste is sweet, fruity, orange, malt, and yeast. Sort of orange pledge and layered alcohol.

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