New Belgium Brewing has created its fair share of extreme beers; its Lips of Faith small-batch series features unlikely ingredients such as dandelion greens, hibiscus flowers and pineapple guava.
This brew contains coconut and curry, ingredients one might expect to encounter in an Indian or Thai dish. But New Belgium also adds cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime and cayenne pepper into the mix. It pours a cloudy (as one would expect for an unfiltered hefeweizen) golden hue, and delivers a hint of banana scent from the yeast, as well as a distinct, spicy curry aroma, giving a preview of the most dominate flavor that awaits. The coconut and spices temper the sharpness of the curry, and the high 8 percent alcohol helps tone down the heat. While a very enjoyable beer in its own right, it would be very tasty alongside a spicy meal.