New Belgium Lips of Faith 2016: Golden Ale Collaboration Beer

Golden Ale
Photo Courtsey of New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium recently teamed up with Hof Ten Dormaal of Tildonk, Belgium to create its newest Lips of Faith beer: Golden Ale. Golden Ale (7% ABV) is Brewed with spelt, malted sunflower seeds, and wild carrot herbs, with Saaz and Mosaic hops.

I have tried numerous Belgian ales over the years, and so far I have found few that have grown on me. Belgian yeast has a very particular taste, one that my fussy palate isn’t quite ready to appreciate to the fullest. Nevertheless, I am always up for trying something new.

Golden Ale is bright, lively, and golden in appearance with a slight peppery smell. It is flavorful, medium bodied and slightly hoppy with a crisp, clean finish. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I truly enjoyed everything about it. It definitely has that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor, but it isn’t overwhelming; it’s very balanced.

I am certainly no expert in Belgian beers, but this seems like a classic, true to style example of a Belgian Golden Ale. It would make for a good introductory beer for those unfamiliar with Belgians, and sure to be a favorite of those familiar with them already. I’m pleased to say I have found my “gateway” Belgian beer!

Golden Ale will be released April 4th in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, so keep an eye out for it in a liquor store near you.

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