New Belgium Lips of Faith - Biere de Garde

RATINGS: 215   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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superspak (6200) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2013
22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 10/3/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, orange peel, honey, bread, herbal, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt notes. Taste of pear, apple, grape, orange peel, herbal, honey, bread, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, honey, bread, herbal, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, light funk, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors with good malt balance; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium body; with a moderately slick and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Biere de Garde style. Good balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, and malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2013
Hoppy tart berry scent. Cloudy orange yellowish tint. Hoppy dry tastes with tart berry flavors and slight malty finish. Smooth tart and crisp on the palate.

jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2013
22oz bottle-shared by heemer77-thanks! tight white-pale yellow. A-tart, yeast, lt malt. T-tart lemon/orange zest, yeast, lt malt. Semi-drying.

Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
Not sure what to think about that on,it smells like froot loops. Front of the tongue is like standard belgium beer but instead of having a "belgium yeast" after taste, it goes back to the froot loops. It’s different to say the least. But it’s not bad.

CanIHave4Beers (4236) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2013
Had this one a bunch of times on draught and enjoyed it, big thanks to Heemer77 for bringing by a bottle that for the rate!
Pours a golden color with a small head but nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice orange zest and doughiness. It’s peppery and has some alcohol to the aroma, but not in an uninviting or unpleasant way.

The beer is a touch boozy with some peppery notes, it’s not overly sweet but it is lightly sweet. Nicely bitter and crisp despite the heaviness.

heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bomber. Cloudy gold with bright white head. Sweet fruity nose with notes of oranges. Doughy with some yeasty funk. The taste is sweet and funky lots of yeast and oranges. There is a little bit of cake. A little bit of leather.

BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2013
Light golden color, small white head that lingers with decent lacing. Aroma is hard to categorize, has some hints of citrus, honey, grass, floral, and barnyard. Taste is excellent, really complex on the palate with a nice spiciness but finishes smooth. I will gladly buy this again, I was mainly drawn to this beer to use the 22oz bottle for homebrews, but was pleasantly surprised!

Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Golden-orange, effervescent, and nicely topped with white foam. The aroma wafts several feet, fruity and full of esther. This drinks with a soda-like mouthfeel, rich with farmhouse flavors -- musty wood, garden herbs, bit of spice. (#4972, 4/7/2013)

anders37 (27577) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor with weak hints of citrus. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.

beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - APR 6, 2013
Light color pour, great head. Smells light and orangy. Tastes like marmalade jell. Light bitter taste ending a great orange flavor. Tastes better on tap.

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