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New Belgium's Lips of Faith Imperial Berliner Style Weisse Ale
Posted Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 by Tip Top

NB Imp. Berliner WeissThanks go out to the brewery for sending me this bottle this week.  When I first found out about this beer coming out, I was cautiously optimistic.  I really love the style, but one of the really redeeming qualities is how drinkable and sessionable they are with the refreshing qualities and the low alcohol.  I was concerned that "Imperializing" the style would cut back at some of what I really loved about the beer.  On the other hand, they could end up enriching the flavors I love too.  Time to find out.

A very small, slightly off white head formed when I poured the beer, as you can see from the picture.  What is now left is just a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.  The body is a light, clean, golden color.

Smelling the brew brings back what I love about the style.  Nice wheat base that just seems to intensify the tartness laying underneath.  Some lactic aromas underneath.  Sour apple.

Flavor echoes what I got on the nose.  Light wheat base rings through the entire time this is on my tongue, intensifying a bit towards the end.  Tartness comes in right from up front, lasting for a couple seconds, before giving way to a bit of sweetness.  Green apple is there, but very light.

This one does drink much easier than you would expect from a 7% beer, but not quite as easily as a typical Berliner Weiss.  I guess that's pretty much what I would expect, though it might drink easier than I expected.

Very drinkable and pleasant beer.  Being a lover of sour beers, and knowing what New Belgium can do with sours, I was hoping there might be a little more tartness here.  It's on for the style, but the higher base seems to have made it a little more muted.  That said, I'm enjoying this thoroughly and will be happily polishing off the bottle.