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New Belgium Lips of Faith - Coconut Curry Hefeweizen

RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Coconut Curry Hefeweizen has been pouring down the history of American Home Brewing for many years, from the legendary Charlie Papazian to the 2010 National Homebrewer, Remi Bonnart. The latter helped New Belgium brew this hazy, straw-colored gem to life. The aroma is bold and big with coconut and curry tones and a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. With a vast spice list of cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime, and cayenne pepper this beer carries a bit of heat but the alcohol soothes the finish. Coconut Curry Hefe will leave an inquisitive smile on the drinkers mug.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rumbero (32) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2016
pours a very cloudy pale amber with a nice fluffy head that dissipates quickly for the style. the nose is all about the curry spices and a sweet coconut roastiness. the expected fruity esters and spicy phenols take a back seat to the spices. body is medium to full with a nice astringency on the palate. carbonation is lively. not much hop character in bitterness or flavor. taste continues where the aroma left off. more curry and spices and more coconut. nice blend. considering this is an 8% abv hefe, the alcohol is hidden well. finishes smoothly without any significant aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jabah (416) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2016
Remember the curry being pretty suttle, as well as the coconut. Worked well though, as Im not a big Hef fan so this spiced it up a bit. Seemed pretty pricey for a bomber, so figured a growler/draft for roughly the same price was worth the try. Not really something I would go out the way for though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Aromas of bananas, coconuts, and some other exotic friuts, wheat bread, and a touch of something sweet. Flavor is a weird balance of banana flavor with malts and a sweet cloying touch of something.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1500) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2015
October 12th, 2013 - This is one of those brews that seems like it might be a meal in a glass. But New Belgium keeps the flavors from becoming liquid food. Instead, its an example of how non-traditional tastes can push boundaries aggressively, and spicily. The base of the aroma is like a hefeweizen, but a Japanese curry accent: ginger, brown sugar and...more ginger. I dont taste the coconut, but I do get plenty of that sweet, sugary Japanese curry. Like the aroma, the taste begins with a light hefeweizen touch, and then the curry kicks in. And THEN it kicks in the door, all the way to the aftertaste. The coconut begins to glow in the aftertaste once the brown sugar sweetness disappears. And theres almost a flavor like chicken, or at least, my brain is substituting in chicken to make the flavor make sense. Lemongrass makes a brief appearance too. All of these curious flavors are almost cloying, but stop just short of that, making this bold brewing adventure a real success, and a drinkable curiosity.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Backlog. Taster at RFD. I hate this beer. It is an experiment gone wrong. To be fair, it never really had a chance with me, as I dont like hefeweizens or putting a ton of spices in beer. That said, it is even worse than I anticipated. Combining all the banana wrongness of a hefe with a spicebomb mess is just a recipe for awful, and in that they succeeded. Read the flavor description, throw up a little in your mouth, and there you go.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
dnstone (2737) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2015
Aroma is like coconut and curry spice (surprise) with heff spiced undertones. Smooth bodied with over-done spiced coconut, pepper taste. Golden in color with strong white head. I understand the experiment, which is fun, just doesnt make for a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2015
[Tap] Pours a milky yellow color. Extremely cloudy pour with a large head of dense head. Aromas of curry powder, cinnamon, vanilla and hot peppers. Curry flavor is more subdued. Coconut flakes, ginger, banana, vanilla, nutmeg and citrus flavors. A lot going on here. Good body. Creamy texture. Tasting notes from 8/2014.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
macoidh (8) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
I enjoy any attempt at new and interesting flavors. This is one of only two beers that I know of that uses curry. And this one uses it well. Aroma - very mild Head - standard to good Taste - a nice mild curry, the curry mostlymasks the hef wheat taste Appearance - standard hef with small white chunks (coconut perhaps)

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (970) - - DEC 26, 2014
Hazy gold with a whitehead. I get some strong curry notes as well as some wheat, lime, cinnamon, pepper and coconut. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
jkwood04 (5322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 14, 2014
22oz bottle in a stem glass. Pours hazy golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of spices and ginger and weirdness, some light banana notes, light malts and wheat. Flavor the same, mainly the weirdness and ginger. Average texture. Not good.


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