Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Belgium Lips of Faith – Kick

 New Belgium Lips of Faith – Kick

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, Colorado USA

Fruit / Vegetable Beer

8.50% ABV

Commercial Description:
We get a kick out of collaborating. Harvesting the creativity of Kim Jordan of New Belgium and Dick Cantwell of Elysian produced this ruby-hued, slightly sour, pumpkin, cranberry ale. It’s a treat that does the trick.

General Pricing:
22 oz bottles: ~$7.50 each

New Belgium finally arrived in our area Monday August 25. I stopped in at State Line Liquors after work that Friday for the Hurricane Happy Hour and free New Belgium beer tasting. I bought a variety of New Belgium beers that night to help ride out Hurricane Irene and then some. Well, we survived Irene and I’m down to my last 3 New Belgium beer reviews.

The beer pours a clear light copper with ruby and orange hues and an off white head.

The nose is sweet with light malt aromas, fruity notes and floral hops.

Wow, that’s different. I did sample this once before but a full sip really set me back. It’s not bad at all just a surprise.

This unique experience starts out with a light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is surpassed quite quickly by a tart tingling as the beer washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. This tartness builds to a downright sourness by the time you get to the top of the swallow. This sourness rides with you through the entire swallow. All of this sourness along with light malts and sweet fruit seem to explode in you mouth in the finish of this beer. The final aftertaste is of sweet pumpkin and fruit notes with some lingering tartness.

What a unique experience. I love the Belgian Gueuze and Flemish Sours so this is right up my ally. However I also realize that this is may be a bit much for some.

The more I drink this the more I like it.

We are now at 70 degrees.

As the beer warms the sourness seems to have diminished but other flavors seem to be enhanced. The malt flavors are richer now and the flavors of pumpkin and cranberry are much more distinguishable at this temperature.

I’m going to give this an A. What a delightful pumpkin flavored sour fruit beer. Yes, that may sound strange to some but that’s what this is. Plus I am always a sucker for a beer that gets to room temperature and still taste as good if not better than when chilled.

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