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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Coconut Curry Hefeweizen (New Belgium)

I busted out this 2013 Lips of Faith release for something a little different during this winter hibernation. I think they got what they were going for with this unique and flavorful brew.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This straw-colored brew was incredibly effervescent. The frothy white head clung to the glass. The layer stays on the first pour. It left thick lacing on the glass and had some coconut floaters. It smelled sweet with a spiciness to it. I picked up some cardamom and cinnamon, but it was more complex than that.

Taste: It was savory-sweet (coconut). It was thicker than expected, even for a wheat beer. It had the creaminess of the wheat, but just a light wheat flavor. It's like the spices cleaned the wheat flavors off of my tongue. It would pair well with lightly-seasoned hearty meats, chicken breast, and bland/light cheeses. Anything else would just add to the overpowering flavors. This was fine for a couple of sips, but I struggled to finish my half of the bottle. It just got to be too much.

From the New Belgium site:
The aroma is bold and big with coconut and curry tones and a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. With a vast spice list of cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime, and cayenne pepper this beer carries a bit of heat but the alcohol soothes the finish. Coconut Curry Hefe will leave an inquisitive smile on the drinker’s mug.

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