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Beer Review: The Lost Abbey & New Belgium Brewing, Mo Betta Bretta Ale

Ding Points: 68.50 Pour: 60.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: $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...

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Beer Review: Alpine Beer Company and New Belgium Brewing Co., Super India Pale Ale (Lips of Faith)

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 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...

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Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, Tart Lychee (Lips of Faith)

Ding Points: 80.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouthfeel: 80.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 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 22 oz 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...

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Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, (Lips of Faith) Brett Beer

Ding Points: 50.00 Pour: 50.00, Nose: 50.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: 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...

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Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing Co., Cocoa Mole (Lips of Faith Series)

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Chestnut pour from the 22 oz 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....

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Beer Review: New Belgium, Lips of Faith Series – Clutch

Ding Points: 80.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00 Tasting Notes: 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...

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Beer Review: New Belgium, (Lips of Faith) Kick

Ding Points: 88.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 90.00, Palate: 90.00, Mouth: 90.00, Global: 90.00 Tasting Notes: 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...

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Beer Review: New Belgium Brewing, Somersault

Ding Points: 76.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: 12 oz single from Mac's, Atlanta, GA as part of their mixed sixer. The second time I've had this, the other occasion being on draught at The Wild Wing Cafe on Hilton Head Island, SC. There was definitely a danger of me not giving this beer a fair crack of the whip. I am somewhat cynical about this type of beer which I generally regard as a marketing ploy aimed at luring in BMC drinkers with...

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