Bill Becker (1806) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 19, 2017 GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 7th, 2011 - The Lips of Faith series seems to alternate between Dogfish Head style experiments spearheaded by one of the brewery’s mad scientists, and refined interpretations of beloved classics. The Grand Cru Abbey falls into the latter category, leaving the NBB six-pack lines in the dust and ascending to a category of excellence that even the most stringent beer snobs will find to be quite good. Rich yeastiness fills the air just moments after the bottle cap is removed. The basic bouquet is identical to the regular Abbey, but it’s augmented with keener, better balanced smells of soy sauce, grapes, cedar, molasses and even a breath of juniper. A sip of the dark amber (and just a bit short of crimson) body reveals a flavor profile with clear links to the dubbels of tastings past - umami abounds, limned with a dry woody taste on one side and a subtle parmesan cheese taste on the other. These are kept in check by a strong alcohol bite - a deviation from those dubbels I mentioned earlier - to make a beautiful flavor with more flavor and punch. American style? Probably. This is a great Lips of Faith, and though the experimental beers made from cacti and ground toucan bills and amethyst are good, remixes on the classics can also be amazing.
From Feb 2007
Here's another brew I got in a trade with Wasatch!
Poured from 12oz bottle a very nice amber gold with a medium head of foam that shrank fairly quickly leaving a fine layer with plenty of lacing.
The smell is a mix of caramel malt and fruit and spices that is doing nice things to my nose. Hmm...I'm spending too much time with the glass to my nose on this one, me thinks. ;^)
The taste has a strong dose of caramel malt but it's not overly sweet. Then there's a very nice kick of banana and dark fruit, mainly cherries and plum, that's hitting my palate just right and wait, there's also some biscuit notes..dang...this one is so flavourful, my taste buds are literally dancing in the streets!
And yeah, there's some warming but it's not in the tasting at all, just when it goes down. Yummy and delicious, that's what it is.
Bottom line: A *great* sipping Belgian Strong Ale. I'm glad I got this bottle in a trade as I tried a small sample at the brewery and I wasn't that impressed. As BA advises you, don't review a brew based on small samples and boy, is that ever true. I highly recommend this one! reebtogi (6385) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2016
Served in a 12oz tulip glass at Beer Revolution in Edmonton (New Belgium Tap Takeover) pouring a clear golden color with a finger of white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is light fruits and yeast with some grains. Taste is a light fruity and malty sweetness with a grassy and spicy hop bitterness with a dry yeasty finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a decent tripel style ale, but could use some more complexity. BuckeyeBoy (8494) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2016
From notes 22oz bottle pours out a hazy orangish golden topped with a fluffy white head. nose is belg yeast spice pit fruit sweetness along with some spice. Taste is more of the pit fruit some belg yeast esters and a nice sweetness. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"another very nice beer from New Belgium. Full feel, thick head. lots of yeasty breadiness, candi sugar, and malts in the aroma & flavor. lingering hop/dark fruit finish. Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Deep Red, clear, sediment on bottom, great carbonation, light but not too fizzy, aroma of raisins and grapes balanced. Tast plum prune and malt balance. Perfect mouthfeel on the malty sweet backbone. Great brew
hotstuff (5258) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
Rated on 7-13-2011. This bottled beer has a medium sized fizzy ivory head, copper transparent body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malt, caramel and fruity. The taste is sweet, malt, caramel, fruity, and lightly tart. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is medium bodied. This is a very tasty beer with a nice warming effect. The various flavors blend together very well thus making for an enjoyable beer to drink and rate. It is worth trying and a beer I would drink again. alexsdad06 (10817) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2014
22 oz bottle at home. Pours a clear amber brown color with a small quickly disappearing off white head. The aroma and flavor have an overall fruity character, raisins and dark fruits, yeast, caramel and additional sweet malty notes, alcohol is pretty well hidden, but does warm slightly. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) 22 oz bottle. Brownish red in color with a light creammy colored head. The smell is yeasty, sugary, fruits, apples, estery. The taste is fruits, alcohol, yeast, very beligan. Good, but I was sort of expecting more.
HuskerTan (2398) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle.
A- Dark fruits, molasses, roasty.
A- Dark red color, clear liquid, minimal head.
T- Dark fruits, coffee, nutty, raisins, spices.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, rich finish.
O- Not bad. Maybe a bit heavy. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by somebody after Jackie-O’s 8th Anniversary.. Mostly clear dark brown, more red color. Thin off-white head. Couple loose dots of lace. Smooth, soft carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger body. More sweet in the end. Dark tropical fruit, light nuttiness, some toastiness, raisins. Ok grand cru. A bit soft, and bit hot. Not complex, all dark malt, lightly hot.