Appearance: clear deep coppers and ambers under an off-white head with some lace working its way up the sides. Swirls thick along the edges with a creamy smooth middle.
Nose: peach, apricot, honeydew. Freshly sliced pineapple. Honeyed grain husks, grapenuts, dried flower petals. Green vegetables – endive. Raw coconut shavings. Kiwi.
Palate: sweet, spiced, fruity, dry. Hibiscus in the middle, petals candied and ready for the eating. Endive in the back and along the middle. Kiwi hits last and lingers atop the tongue, slightly unripe with tart tingles. Green and bitter tropical fruit skins. Pineapple. Spiced and cooked peach and apricot skins. Essence of earthen rustic old houses and barns.
Final Thoughts: quite tasty. The Lips of Faith series from New Belgium rarely disappoints but there are a few who have come close. Vrienden was exactly what she promised – a fruity spicy slightly earthy funky Belgian-inspired ale brewed with hibiscus. Yum!
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)