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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3511) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle 12/16/12: Pours a bright golden color with very little white head. Vibrant aroma of citrus, orange, and tangerine. Flavor is citrus-filled with orange peel and tropical citrus fruits. Nice crisp feel overall and a twinge of florals in the tail. Really caught me off guard; very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6599) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Aroma is malts, spices and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is spices, tart berries, mild sweetness, cinnamon and a sourish fruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Probably the last brew of 2012, unless I get adventuresome here in the last hour. Not a bad way to wrap up what has been an off rating year for me. Pours a pale, very clear orange, little head. Aroma is citrus, lime and a bit of orange peel, and a slight cooked note I can’t quite put my finger on - almost phenolic. Flavor starts of white pepper, and then moves into a very citric middle - but not sour, more like lime citrus that was cooked. Odd, but ultimately, pretty enjoyable. Alcohol well masked. Malt backbone could use to be a bit more pronounced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours clear orange, minimal head. Slight citrus aroma, little to no spice. Taste is beery - indistinct - with maybe some citrus? Not alot going on, really underwhelming. Felt like the sour was added to mask the absence of everything else.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (2187) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Modest citrus aroma. Average head. Taste is citrus and Belgium spice. Smooth, solid body is a strength!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Clear orange-golden with a lasting, foamy off-white head. Aroma is sour citrus, a little funky spiciness, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, a tad tart, overripe fruit, fermented orange, a little bitterness on the finish, some lasting booze and syrupy orange (bringing to mind Triaminic, or a mimosa with orange schnapps). After the first several sips, my impression of the flavor and palate improved considerably, moving from a semi-cloying start to pleasantly dry and tart. Definitely more enjoyable than my description suggests.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Poured into tap into a tullip glass. Pours a nice golden copper color with a white head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is a nice orange sweetness with a hint of malt and alcohol. Flavor is sweet with notes of orange, caramel, with a nice sweet bitter finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with decent carbonation. This is a great beer i would easily drink again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Dark yellow, White head and nice lacing. Sweetness, orange peel, peach. Effervescent. No cloying. Mimosa-like. I really like this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Thanks to OmegaX for the share. The aroma was interesting; lots of herbs, lemongrass and funk. Flavors didn’t quite match the aroma, perhaps some herbs and yeast though upfront. The finish was of wheat, dank hops and light peach. Very interesting and pretty drinkable for the given potency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2012 interesting brew, here. I got aromas of peach and citrus initially, with tons of yeast an a light spicey note afterwords. Pour is peach colored with a bubbly white head. Pleasantly tart with notes of peach and citrus, followed by a light malt presence and more spicey notes. Very nice.

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