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Ommegang Belgian Essence

Ommegang
Belgian Essence

This must be a collaboration, right? But no mention of New Belgium being involved other than the obvious text across the front of the bottle. Best before 26 JAN 2024. Honey orange pour with a great head, nice retention and some lace. A little darker than I was expecting TBH. Nose is very Triple-like with plenty of spicy white-pepper on warming. Tastes are a little more bitter than I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, the triple character lives on, but it isn't as sweet as many in the style....

Lips of Faith Grätzer Ale

Lips of Faith Grätzer Ale

Guinness like in the pour with a similar head and color. Nose offers some malt. Malts that are both very lightly smoked and very lightly sour greet the palate but pass over quickly. Very light smoke in the aftertaste with some residual burping that are a little smoky. Of the characteristics boasted on the bottle I think that the lacto slightly sour feel wins, but they are all present. A little coinage metal bitterness an some earthy smoke finish the beer. It's a little light in terms of depth,...

Lips of Faith Bière de Garde

Lips of Faith Bière de Garde

22oz in the usual Lips of Faith presentation. Pour is a completely clear, bright orange color with very little head. Not much retention or lace. Nose offers soem interesting muted orange notes. Not much else. Tastes are a clean, slightly edgy small apple feel. Tastes a little like a diluted cider with some subtle alcohol added. The 9.0% is very well hidden, and not really a feature of the beer. There are some orangey notes that come through, but in no way is it a strong element of the beer. As...

Mo Betta Bretta Ale

Mo Betta
Bretta Ale

$13.99 for the 12.7 fl oz in the corked & caged bottle. Yes, I said $13.99! As always with The Lost Abbey, I open with a degree of trepidation. The carbonation is always a worry, particularly with anything in this sized bottle, however in this case the pop is OK, and certainly good enough for me to push the worry of non-carbonation to the back of my mind. Light golden color with slight haze. Decent head, but retention and lace are both quite poor. Nose offers a very light funk against the...

Lips of Faith Super India Pale Ale

Lips of Faith Super India Pale Ale

Anything involving Alpine in the DIPA category usually gets my attention, so I was interested to see how this would pan out. The last New Belgium collaboration that I tried (Brett Beer, with Lost Abbey) was woefully disappointing, so I am hoping this is better. Turns out that I need not have worried. The usual Lips of Faith presentation, but this artwork is a little uninspired to say the least - looks like my 11 year old did it. Golden body with a little chill-haze and a rocky, white head....

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee

Lips of Faith Tart Lychee

I tried this in its initial incarnation back in March of 2010 in Raleigh at The Pit. I was impressed then (with The Pit and the beer), but did not write a review on that draft experience, so now this is a review of a 22oz bottle purchased in Atlanta in July 2012. Pour is a fizzy, mid orange color with little retention of the head. A thin collar of foam persists at the very extremities of the surface and there are a few, spotty white patches that linger but not much. All in all, entirely...

Lips of Faith Brett Beer

Lips of Faith Brett Beer

I stopped in at Growlers on my arrival on Hilton Head Island, and saw they had this on tap. The guy was busy 'educating' me about, 'how I'd better like sours', before I stopped him in his tracks and bought something else. I was reluctant to pay for a growler fill when Lost Abbey has been so remarkably inconsistent over the years; boy am I glad that I did! Fast forward to a few days later, and I get a chance to grab it on draft. I'm at Bombora's Grille and the barman there starts telling me...

Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé

Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé

Chestnut pour from the 22oz bottle, with a small, white head but some better than expected lace. Lots of red highlights. Looks like a solid brown ale in the glass. Sugary vanilla and cinnamon on the nose. Initial tastes repeat the light cinnamon and vanilla and give a hint of the heat to come. Smooth at first but pretty shortly though, the heat begins to build and it gets quite warm. However, as the spice hits the tongue it fades to give a 'quick hit' rather than a large accumulation of fiery...

Lips of Faith Clutch

Lips of Faith Clutch

Mmmm, interesting. A sour stout rather than a 'sour dark'  - I guess I should have researched that properly in the first place. Never mind. The beer pours with the appearance of thick, robust stout, but in reality it is very light drinking. Beautiful lace, a small, but nice, creamy film that sits on top of the beer. Nice lace. Nose offers a medium funk, but in no way is it over-powering. This is essentially a milk stout. Light lacto without any kind of significant funk at all. I like it, but...

Lips of Faith Kick

Lips of Faith Kick

More beer in the Lips of Faith Series. This one brewed in association with Elysian, it's a blended beer. Relatively low carbonation on the initial pour, but the beer still has plenty of life in the glass. Mid-orange pour with smallish head, low retention and a little lace. Some spotty surface lace remains. Under NO circumstances is this 'ruby-hued' as the bottle suggests, that's simply misleading. Do they know what color a ruby, is???? It appears not! If one wanted to summarize this beer...

Lips of Faith Super Cru

Lips of Faith Super Cru

Crystal clear, deep golden body with a very modest head. Zero retention, zero lace. Appearance reminds me of something like a lighter Utopias, or a scotch. Nose seems very sugary and sweet and of course this gets transferred to the taste. A little medicinal, NOT too astringent, and drier than expected in the back end. Starts off feeling like a tripel, but then gets into a sweeter, English barleywine mode, and finally delivers a just a kiss of American hops in the finish. Complex beer with...

Lips of Faith Le Terroir

Lips of Faith Le Terroir

22oz bottle. Pour is a rich, golden color with good clarity but a few hints of hazy cloud. Head forms quickly, is small, light and fluffy and fades to yield no more than a thin film and next to no lace. Nose is interesting. As well as the tart acidity that one is expecting, there is also a fleeting whiff/hintof the green-feel hops. However, this slips away quickly to give way to the acidity in the blink of an eye. The tastes mirror the nose with the apple acidity barging past a minor hop kiss...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

22oz bottle, the usual Lips of Faith series presentation from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour gives a lovely black color (in poor light), but a more traditional brown based beer in better light. The head is tight, and mocha in color with a nice amount of retention and lace considering the ABV. The worry with the ABV of 9% is that the solvent alcohol may begin to take over the beer and rob it of its normal style characteristics. Fortunately it doesn't, and the beer delivers all of the...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Lips of Faith Vrienden (Allagash Collaboration)

22oz bottle in the usual Lips of Faith presentation. Pour is a good looking, light, bright copper hue with some sticky, complex lace. Head is small and leaves just a ring around the extremities of the beer. Clarity is excellent, carbonation medium. Essentially, if you've ever had an English, west country cider you will have had an experience mightily similar to this. Nose and tastes reveal some fairly straightforward and simple light apple and cherry acidity that offer a pretty gentle...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Lips of Faith Sahti

22oz bottle. Pour is a very, very good looking golden orange body with a wispy, thinnish head. Not much retention, some lace. Nose has plenty of sweet malts and perhaps a whiff of solvent like alcohol. Not very well defined as far as I could make out. Tastes are built around that of a malty, relatively high gravity lager with some lemongrass notes. There is little or no juniper character, and the beer reminds me a bit of a watery Maibock. It really doesn't have a lot of body but in one way...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale

12oz bottle in the usual New Belgium presentation. 20FEB11 is dot-matrixed on the label. New Belgium has been in the GA market for sometime, but this beer is a relatively new entry. Single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is a really attractive, dark copper brown with great clarity and a spectacular abundance of bright read highlights. Really great color. Head is initially large but fades quickly to give a little lace and some thin film across the surface of the beer. Nose offers some...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Lips of Faith Belgo IPA

22oz bottle in the usual Lips of Faith series presentation. Beer pours out a pretty dark, copper color with a medium head. The lace is surprisingly good and forms a nice pattern. This is one of the better parts of the beer. Nose is largely American IPA without much Belgian influence. The tastes do better, with a healthy dose of Belgian candy sugar and some yeast notes. Some metallic notes appear in the back end with a little coinage. The beer seems very dry to me, and the combination offers a...

Lips of Faith Eric’s Ale

Lips of Faith Eric’s Ale

22oz bottle from Green's on Ponce. Lips Of Faith #3. Got lucky with this one. Brickstoredave gave a few of us a blind sample and I (like most others) loved it. I then proceeded to miss the very few bottles that came to GA. A week or so later, apparently a small second wave made it back to the state and I stumbled on to one - lucky me, this is a SUPER beer! Pour gives lovely clarity from the bottle with plenty lively carbonation out of the bottle that subsides quickly to leave a thin film on...

Lips of Faith Belgian Style Blond Ale

Lips of Faith Belgian Style Blond Ale

Golden pour with some delightful looking, full, frothy head that leaves some great lace. Good clarity on the pour. Attractive looking beer. Smells and tastes replicate a light yeast note with a touch of sweetness. The beer is pretty well balanced and as such it *could* be a potential stepping stone for a non-craft drinker. However, the problem is really the ABV. Even though the alcohol is very well hidden, the beer still creeps up on you a little, and even though the alcohol does not...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Skinny Dip

12oz single, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Clear, honey golden pour with a decent frothy head. Nose has some acidic malts, but not much else. Tastes are very neutral to me. High level of carbonation gives a mineral like, sodium hydrogencarbonate taste as if I was drinking an antacid. The mineral base and large carbonation does give a lively mouthfeel which I like. Finish leaves a touch of bitterness and more of the lingering dissolved salts. Very odd beer for me and I can't get past the odd,...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Mighty Arrow Pale Ale

12oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA. Very simple, but well constructed brew. Orange, slightly chill-hazed body underneath the firm, white egg-shell head; average lace and retention. Looks solid. Very light citrus aroma with a decent malt base that comes through with some English style biscuit flavors in the flavor. Tangy, orange based hop finish, but nothing of any real consequence. Mouthfeel and drinkability seem fairly standard. Tasty and simple fare that one could drink a couple of and...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Ranger

On tap Taco Mac, Douglasville, GA, USA. Pour is a very attractive golden hue with very good sticky lace. Appearance is the best part of the beer for me. Steady but mild bitterness with a clean edge that showcase the apparently pale malt base and the fresh hop feel. Aroma is clean. Well constructed for sure, but to be honest ultimately not a stand-out by any stretch. The bazillionth solid American IPA - yawn. Not sure how thi stuff will carve a niche for itself. Decent drinkability but not...

Lips of Faith La Folie

Lips of Faith La Folie

Part of the new wave of Lips of Faith releases, this one in the silk-screened, Lips of Faith series as a 22oz bottle rather than the corked and caged affairs of years past. I bet the purists are saying, "it's just not the same". Having not tasted this until now, I can't possibly comment on that so this review is just based on what's in the glass now. A good thing I feel. For me, the temperature of this style is absolutely fundamental and crucial. Warming, as it does naturally in the glass,...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Lips of Faith Biere De Mars

22oz screened bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour gives a golden body with a frankly disappointing head. Not much retention or lace. Good clarity if nothing else. Nose gives a lot of apple acidity that is quite noticeable. It also has a fairly large whiff of manure/wet horse-blanket. Interestingly enough, most of the funk goes away in the taste. There is a touch of cider in the back end, but the beer is not a funky one at all. Some yeast also comes into the picture along with some...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Hoptober Golden Ale

12 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA as a single. A lovely, golden body with perfect clarity and some excellent wispy, fine lace. Bone-white colored head. Carbonation is medium. Good color, and the fact that the name includes the word "Golden" seems appropriate. Nose and tastes reveal a very subtle, but potent hop profile. This is VERY reminiscent of a wet-hopped beer. I don't know if it is ACTUALLY wet-hopped but it certainly smells and drinks that way. Decent malt backbone holds it...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

2° Below Winter Ale

12 oz bottle. Bottle with ridge on the neck reminiscent of the Westy 12 bottle. The appearance was a somewhat pedestrian, light amber but cloudy body, but the head and lace were very good. Some nice layered lace. A little light and clouded on the color but otherwise nice. Nose and tastes are a satisfying combo of biscuit malts and a quite dry, bitter finish. I wouldn't necessarily describe this an ESB that I would get terribly excited about, but what I would say is that this is an ESB that...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Lips of Faith Dark Kriek

Thanks go out to my 2009 Secret Bunny, BA mday. 22oz, screen printed bottle. Poured into the Duvel tulip, this beer has an appearance that leans more toward the wood than the cherry side of things. Dark and very rich garnet color, perhaps closer to brown, with a head that is only provoked by aggressive swirling. Having done that, the head is quite creamy but still short-lived. Minimal lace but I wasn't expecting much. Nose gives up some malt and a touch of tartness but not much else. As it...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)

22 oz bomber, $3.99 from Riverside in Chattanooga, TN, USA. Best before 6th March 2009. Love a good Wit, but the style walks a fine line for me. There are some things that must be avoided, and other points that it must hit. I like a really spicy note, and I love a heavy yeast presence, but perhaps most importantly it must avoid a watery mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is perhaps the most crucial thing since it can make or break the deal for me. The beer pours a typical, lemon based cloudy color but...

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

1554 Enlightened Black Ale

Dark, dark brown with plenty of ruby red highlights. Not much head and what little lacing there is, is fairly watery. Nice malt aroma with a very sweet, burned sugar type taste. Reminds me a lot of a brown ale crossed with a schwarzbier. Above average drinkability, but at the same time give me a well-crafted brown ale everytime instead.

Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss

Abbey Belgian Style Ale

Good looking deep brown pour with a quick fading head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma is a little bit of prune juice and some over-ripe bananas. Tastes reflect some alcohol and some mixed, soft, ripe, indistinguishable fruits. Nice warm alcohol in the finish too. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, very quaffable. Drinkable, and another example of NBB producing a very good quality beer that is really authentic and a good example of the style.

Fat Tire Amber Ale

Fat Tire Amber Ale

Golden, light amber pour that has exceptional clarity and looks like a tripel in the glass. Not much sustained head, but some decent lacing. There are some real earthy tones in the nose and in the taste. A real organic feel to the beer. The malts are bready with a little hop bitterness to add bite, freshness and crispness. I like the balance that this beer produces, and it is refeshing and a bit different. At this ABV I'd suggest this has a lot of potential as a session beer. Nice, with much...

Trippel Belgian Style Ale

Trippel Belgian
Style Ale

Pictured 05/05/23 Incredible clarity and still difficult to get a handle on the ABV which is 2023 is flagged at an even higher 8.5%! Still the same dry spices as ever, this beer really has stood the test of time. I've fallen out of love with New Belgium over the years, for several different reasons, but it's hard to knock this beer. Original notes 04/08/05 I was absolutely amazed at the height of the % ABV for this beer, it drinks miles below that mark, and for that reason alone this gives the...