Friday, January 4, 2013

New Belgium's first 2013 Lips of Faith beers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

We heard news yesterday that New Belgium Brewing Co. brewmaster Peter Bouchart will be down in the Springs next week to craft a collaborative brew between his company and Trinity Brewing Co.

We'll aim to update you on that (in terms of style, price and availability) when we learn more.

New Belgium Brewing

But for the time being, I just received a press release on the first two Lips of Faith series beers to be released by New Belgium in the new year.

Here's info on both plus more about the series from said release, plus visuals so you'll know what you're looking for in the liquor store:

New Belgium Brewing

Coffee cherries, dates, feijoa and hibiscus are just a few of the creative ingredients found in the first round of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith beer series for 2013. The Lips of Faith series, which features New Belgium’s more esoteric and palate-elevating creations, will introduce two new selections per quarter throughout the year. Heavenly Feijoa Tripel is a collaboration beer with Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel! brewery and Cascara Quad is an ale that channels the Trappist tradition. The beers will be available in 22 oz. bottles in select markets now through March, or while supplies last.

Cascara Quad is a dark, strong and surprisingly delicate ale made with dates and coffee cherries. Channeling the Trappist tradition, it’s brewed with an ethereal malt bill, and spiced with the fruit of the coffee bean (cascara). The aroma brings dates, cherries and pipe tobacco right to the nose and builds layers with hints of spice and fruity Belgian yeast. Once on the palate, Cascara Quad starts swinging clove, fig and molasses. Each sip offers sweet warmth, deep complexity and fleeting dryness. Alcohol by volume is 10 percent.

Heavenly Feijoa Tripel combines Dieu du Ciel!’s love of hibiscus flowers with New Belgium’s passion for strange and worldly fruit. Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava, has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which makes the aroma of Heavenly Feijoa Tripel luscious and tropical. The beer has Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops, combining to make a sweet fruit taste, mild spicy tones and a sharp bite. Hibiscus adds a cranberry tartness and an ambrosial quality to the color. Alcohol by volume is nine percent.

Use the company's online "libation location" function to find the bottles for sale nearest to you.

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