New Belgium Lips of Faith - Dark Heather Saison

Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This winter saison starts with pale and black barley malts creating a deep midnight hue with reddish highlights. The beer is spiced with cardamom, heather and black pepper for a touch of sweet that fades to a warm, peppery finish. Target and Saaz hops accentuate the spicing while the peppery notes balance nicely with the fruitiness of the saison yeast. The resulting dark saison is a lovely tongue tingler for those long winter nights.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tape from the New Belgium Hub at Denver International Airport. Dark near-opaque brown/red. Some light wild yeast aroma. Flavor - heather, some other earthy things. Very dry on the whole. Medium bodied. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3586) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Draft. Brewers Rendezvous, Salida 7/10/10. Pours a thin head, over a dark amber (SRM 15) clear body.....nose is cardamom, pepper, floral, honey.... taste is light cardamom, bit of sweet malt, light honey, minimal hop.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation low. This is a nice variation of the Saison theme. BJCP 7/3/14/4/8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9844) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Draft at The Bridge. Pours a mostly clear dark brown-amber color with a small but resilient off-white head. Aroma of floral notes, grass and herbs, yeast, caramel, clove, wheat, and banana. Flavor of floral notes and herbs again, with overripe apple, banana, earth and vegetal notes, caramel malts, and yeast. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a rich, malty, earthy mouthfeel that is hard to describe. Definitely not like any other saison Ive had before.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Ft Collins beer fest. Clear light brown with a little tan head. Light and crisp. A little grassy fruit, slightly sour on the end. Finishes with that New Belgium house funk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2010
unfiltered dark brown. phenolic nose (currant, bread crumbs, sulfite, charcoal?) with banana and chewed/damp toffee/caramel esters. herbal and soap-like. soft carbonation. chewy unfermentable sugars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
2004st4s (33) - Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours very dark (hense the name). Had on tap at Denver airport New Belgium restaurant. Served in a tulip glass. Good aroma, interesting spice notes. Very good flavor, finishes clean and dry. Warming alcohol, no fusels or odor. Not really the funkiness I expect from a Saison but maybe thats just me. Very intricate spice notes in the finish, impossible to define the exact spices (as it should be). Nice beer, not really a unique farmhouse type experience. Seems to be the same yeast they use with their begian ales. Will definitely buy again, because its a great beer and because its a good Saison. Would love to try this aged on Brett.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
On tap. Pours with a hazy very deep brown body and a small tan head. Aroma of raisins, spices, dark fruits and pepper. Taste is spicy and herbal, straw, dark fruits, pepper. Decently estery. Lively bubbles, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2010
6/6/10 on draft at Beveridge Palce, W Seattle, Wa. Aroma is basic but true, with fruit an phenols dominating, but hard to pin to a specific flavor besides a bit of banana. Appearance is excellent with a dark ruby hue and very well maintained cream colored head. Flavor is dominated with raspberry/blackberry notes that are never overly tart or sweet. Mouthfeel is never much of a departure from a classic saison, light bodied with a sharp carb texture. Overall, a beer that best emulated a Belgian dark strong without the alcohol notes and lower body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Tap @ New Belgium. Deep hazy brown with a small beige head. Zesty, spicy aroma hits you at first with some earthy yeast and roasted malt scents in the background. Lots of spices in the flavor followed by a light sour yeast and some bitter roasted malt. Medium body, lively carbonation and a dry kind of chalky mouth feel. Unique beer that sounds all over the place but actually comes together well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Tap at New Belgium. Pours a mostly translucent brownish amber with a medium bubbly/creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of nice saison yeast, fruity meets spicy paried with the heather and other herbal notes. Some toasted malt. Flavor was a match to aroma. A clean mouthfeel for a saison.

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