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Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra) - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra)Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra)

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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 294 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber ruby with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, sweet, and fairly tart Belgian aroma with big hints of fruits and spices. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spicing. Scent of Brett funk giving a tart cherry like smell. Fruity hints of banana, pear, and apple as well as some bubblegum hints. Citrus fruit hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, grains, and toast. Dark fruit hints of dark cherry, plum, raisin, prune, and fig. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar and brown sugar. Subtle earthy hops. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a yeasty, sweet, and tart Belgian style taste with good notes of spices and fruits. Belgian yeast upfront with a mix of spices including clove, cinnamon, and peppers. Tart fruity cherry notes from some Brett funk. Other fruit notes include banana, apple, pear, and some citrus pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Notes of bubblegum and some sweet candied Belgian sugar and brown sugar. Roasted malts with notes of biscuit, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toasted bread, and grains. Dark fruit undertones with notes of plum, dark cherry, prune, raisin, and fig. Light earthy hop notes. A pretty interesting and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and spicy. Sweet but finishes fairly dry. Alcohol heat is light.

Overall: An interesting and solid tasting twist on a Dubbel. Good mix of spices and fruit esters. The Brett adds an interesting kick.

More User Reviews:
Photo of andyfrancis
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown-amber body with a bubbly almond head that settled quickly, lingering only on the edges of the glass.

Floral, clove aroma with some sweet boozy plum.

Malty and sweet but not overly. Spice on spice. Some alcohol on the finish.

Medium-full bodied with a velvety pepper mouth coating and lingering clove aftertaste and breath.

Dubbels are normally not my favorite, but this one is okay for me. I don't know that I'd buy it again, but it's worth trying once. I had never heard of Schisandra berries and didn't look them up until after the review, and somehow I like it more now.

Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt and Belgian yeast with some spice, fruit and tobacco.

The flavor is sweet bubblegum malts with some slightly tart cherry fruits and a little peppery leathery roast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, interesting but kind of an odd combination of flavors with a weird aftertaste.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body with an auburn glow at the base and a thick sticky off-white head that pulls up into a meniscus and has some nice lacing with each sip.

S- The dry woody toffee aroma has some dark red wine hints to it as it opens and some fruity hints that take on a bit of plum quality. There is a banana and clove note in the finish aswell.

T- The delicate blend of dark fruit and toffee are soft and have a plum and raisin character if anything. The finish is a herbaceous slightly bitter note but it remains soft. As the beer opens more hints of flavor come through with some citrus rind and circus peanut notes being notable.

M- The medium mouthfeel is followed by a soft fizz and an alcohol warmth.

O- There is a fullness to the flavor but there is a delicate depth to the flavors aswell. It is a nice American dubble and I'm not sure what flavors the schisandra fruit contributed but I couldn't pull it out specifically.

Photo of Auraan
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish brown with a half-finger off-white head. It looks alright, not the best looking dubbel around though. Scents of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dark fruit, raisins and some molasses, some spice, some banana, faint alcohol, with a very, very slight hint of funk. Very much a dubbel in it's aroma, not the most complex, but good. Taste follows the aroma. Begins with Belgian yeast spice and candi sugar, moves into figs, dark fruit, raisin, dark brown bread, some sweet spices, particularly cinnamon and slight brown sugar with an extremely faint hint of sour funk on the finish. Again, a standard dubbel, with just a little funk. Not bad, but not the best. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying finish, probably from the brett. Overall this is a good dubbel. It's got the qualities of the style, the sweetness, the dark fruit, the Belgian yeast, just not as good as some examples. The brett and schisandra used in the fermentation was barely perceivable however, so this ended up just being a dubbel.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz glass at the Craft Beer Market in Cowtown, where the New Belgium Alberta release party is in full swing. Imma gonna have to look up what Schisandra is later.

This beer appears a clear, dark reddish brown colour, with a thin cap of loosely bubbly ecru head, which leaves a pockmarked wall of painted lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of sour pale grain, peppery yeast, edgy, yet generic black fruit, a light funkiness, some metallic flintiness, and earthy leafy hops. The taste is sour dark fruit, gritty pale and caramel malt, a kind of band aid like astringency, a further touch of toffee sweetness, funky yeast, mild abstract roast, and earthy, weedy, and perfumed hops.

The carbonation is quite soft, just a trilling frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and perhaps a bit tacky in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, yeasty, funky, and semi-sweet in its lingering graininess.

What we have here, is apparently a wild dubbel, we do, with all its attendant characteristics, bolstered somewhat by some peculiar Asian fruit adjunct. Evenly sour, exotically fruity, and more drinkable than yer average American wild ale, this much is certain.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear brown color with auburn highlights and a light tan finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Slightly sweet, with a predominant sour berry / cherry aroma. Light sugary notes. Traces of alcohol heat.

Taste - Follows the nose, though more sweet than sour with a fair amount of berry character. Distant cherry notes. Sugary sweetness. Slight, grassy bitterness. Touches of astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Closer to medium in body than full, with a moderate carbonation level. Smooth, then a dry, bitey finish.

Overall - A decent dubbel. Nothing that's gonna wow you, but drinkable all the same.

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crimson hued brown with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Plums, cinnamon & red hots candy, plus funk once warm

T: Follows the nose, a touch of leafy hops & funk up front. Funk picks up once warm, more cinnamon, a bit of leafy hops & oaky dryness, a bit of green bananas. Finishes dry, oaky with a fruity kiss of plums, persimmons & cinnamon

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Drinks easy, not mind blowing, but enjoyable. If you want mucho funk or hate cinnamon, this is not your beer I'm betting..

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8% ABV

A - DWild2 Dubbel maintains it's clarity through the dark mahogany color it pours out, tipping it's hat of lumpy ivory foam to the glass, dotting it in specks of lace.

S - While New Belgium's website says Wild2 Dubbel is only finished with "a touch of bretta" my nose immediately picks up the wild brett funk and so it should, given the beer's name. Subtle dark stone fruits emerge with suggestions of faint spice and cocoa but traditional Belgian yeast is absent, hiding well behind the notes of barnyard funk.

T - The smooth and rich base of a good Belgian dubbel hides within the beer, lurking in the shadows but it's the wild additions of Schisandra and Brett that gallop through the beer boldly. I might not be exclusively familiar with the Schisandra berries this beer is brewed with but, it's slight zesty additions of cherry-like fruit and sprinkle of unique spice certainly don't come from the hidden Belgian yeast or Brett funk.

M - Medium-light bodied, especially for it's color, Wild2 is a thin-feeling dubbel due to it's lack of malty heft but the carbonation and tickle of Brett sourness on the finish come through nicely and lasso the beer up with a lingering dryness.

O - Wild2 Dubbel continues both the hit-or-miss streak of the Lips of Faith series and their popular M.O. of doing some crazy things (too many in one beer, I sometimes feel). Unfortunately, while I find Wild2 Dubbel to be a dangerously drinkable beer at 8%, it lands as another miss in my book due to the "dubbel" base barely showing through as no Belgian characteristic nor malt flavor or feel rises to the occasion, allowing the "touch of bretta" to overtake. I relish the idea of a funked out dubbel but Wild2's thin-feeling base and non-orchestrated flavor aren't as harmonious as I would have hoped.

Photo of fourstringer
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No overt date on the label, but there is "130709031" printed. You crack the code!

A: Dark, red-tinted brown. 1/2 finger of mostly white head. OK retention. Fades to film. Slight lacing.

S: Belgian yeast. Some surprisingly funky notes. Indistinct dark fruit with mere suggestions of raisin & cherry. Spice notes with clove, lighter cinnamon. Overall light and predominantly yeast.

T: Spice and roasted malt up front with muted fruit notes. Yeast forward. Light bitterness develops with a fairly dry finish. Spices feature predominantly and lend some astringency. Clove, allspice, cinnamon. Pronounced black pepper notes arise as it warms. Herbal. Some dark chocolate develops late. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderately high carbonation for a dubbel with a slight prickliness. Moderate to light body.

O: Not much dubbel happening here - more of a heavily spiced, herbal brown ale with Belgian yeast. Interesting and worth trying if you're into spiced beers. I don't believe I'll repeat, though.

Prost!

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

COOP Matt provided this bottle tonight at a tasting at his house... Pours a fairly clear walnut with a short lasting off white head that provides little in the way of lacing.

Nose is pretty traditional yeasty phenols with a bit of a peppery essence and something that reminds me of sassafras or artisan rootbeer.

Flavor has a good malt profile and the spice addition adds an interesting peppery quality and something a little warming that I am having a hard time identifying.. and again I get something that makes me think "rootbeer".

Body is medium with an expected carbonation.

Cool brew... Glad I got a chance to try it.. doubt I will actually buy it though. Thanks Matt!!

3.25/3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium to dark red amber with a fine two finger khaki head with good retention and lots of pillowy lacing. Aroma of bready malt, Belgian yeast, cake-like spicing of cinnamon, clove, hints of ginger. Flavor starts with caramel malt, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, like a sweet dark dubbel, familiar (cinnamon and clove) and odd (schisandra?) spicing develop and carry into the finish, which is mostly dark fruit, spicy bitterness and medicinal, presumably also from the schisandra. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. I was a bit leery of this one, Lips of Faith has been a mixed bag for me, and a bitter strange fruit I'd never tasted was a bit daunting. However, I enjoyed this odd little beer. Although there is dubbel character (the first few seconds is like a very sweet dubbel), other strange flavors develop quickly and become the dominant theme here. Although the schisandra flavor seemed initially herbal medicinal, I grew to enjoy it and it did fit nicely into the sweet body of Wild2. If I had to tell someone what this tasted like, I'd say it was much like a winter warmer with the addition of a mildy bitter exotic spice. I waited a long time to try this and it disappeared from the market, almost to my relief, but I found a stray bottle and got to sample it now. I often have tasted beers that I was happy to try, but never again; I would absolutely buy this again if I saw it. Off beat but enjoyable. A bit on the sweet side, with an odd medicinal aftertaste, but for me it invited repeated tasting. Nicely done.

Photo of Kris_Grimes
1.25/5  rDev -65.6%

Awful. Overpoweringly spiced with a heavy chemical smell.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Wild2 Dubbel from their Lips of Faith series last month for $8.59 at The Lager Mill. This beer seems pretty interesting and I know for a fact that I've never had a beer brewed with Schisandra and I didn't even know what it was till I googled it, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The bottle looks nice, there's a nice western theme to it with a nice looking wood grain background, it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice and fairly clear crimson brown color that took took on more of a crimson and dark ruby hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a slight candied sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by a slight roasted malt aroma being the first to show up and it's quickly followed by some Belgian yeast being the fist to show up and it imparts a light bubble gum and a pretty noticeable banana like aroma that mixes nicely with some other fruity aromas with some dark fruit and plum like aromas showing up next. Towards the end comes some somewhat lighter funky farmhouse yeast aromas that are a little brett like and there's also a spice and almost cinnamon like aroma. The aroma was pretty nice, it was pretty unique and interesting, but it was a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight brown sugar like flavor to it followed by some nice malt flavors that's a little Dubbel like and it's quickly followed by the same Belgian yeast and fruity aspects that I got in the aroma, but there's also a little tartness to it. Up next comes some funky farmhouse and brett like flavors with a higher amount of low bitterness and a sweet, Belgian yeast, and brett like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it was unique and fairly complex.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, lively, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer, it for sure wasn't a true to style example of style, but that wasn't what New Belgium was going for and it worked out nicely, it made for fairly complex, interesting and unique beer. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, a little prickly, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, one pint seems like a good amount for me, I could probably take out the whole bottle but the sweetness and lively carbonation might start to wear on me so I think sharing it is the way to go. What I like the most about this beer was how unique it was, I don't think I've had a beer that has tasted similar to this one. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change about this beer, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this again and I would like to throw one in the cellar and see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to people that don't mind a Dubbel with a little funk to it's that's a little more fruity then you usually get with the style. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I really liked how different it was. It's not a favorite from the Lips of Faith series, but it's still pretty good and I would like to see more breweries try something like this. Good job guys, keep up the good and unique work.

Photo of BigRedDog
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown, with amber colors around the edge. Nice khaki colored head with good lacing.

Smells malty and yeasty. Slight smell of bananas as well as some floral notes

Tastes like it smells. Malty sweet, but not over the top. Some floral taste, no hops to speak of. Also a slight salty flavor. Not overtly present, but still there. Good herbal flavor as well. Herbs and spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, without much carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall a good dubbel, but I definitely get more of an herbal/floral taste than with others of the same style.

Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with poor head formation.

Smells of caramel and tobacco leaf with some pepper. Fainter banana scents. Small amount of smoke and apple scent.

Starts out mildly fruity. Bruised banana flavor. with some pepper. Medium level of bitterness. Hard to describe this one, just not a lot of taste here. Faint tobacco flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, just not that flavorful. In summary WTF did I just drink?

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep crimson red pour, strange for a dubbel, with a one finger beige head that quickly gave way to a thin beige ring around the beer. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Raisins, earth tones, figs, strange cherry notes, a spicy scent I can't describe.

Taste: This is where the beer went sideways to me, at least in a style sense. Sweet figs and raisins with coffee tones in the front of the drink with just the lightest kick of hop spice in the middle. The finish is a mix of cherries with an earthy aftertaste that seems to linger. There is no hint of trappist or belgian yeast here. This is the strangest tasting dubbel I have ever tried.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, the carbonation feel seemed to increase as the drink warmed. Still easy drinking and with the alcohol notes hidden so well it would be a dangerous session beer.

Overall: Not by any means a bad beer, just not true to the advertised style. I like the beer and will have again.

Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with my beer nerd pals on a nice Memorial weekend closure on the deck.

Appearance is a dark brown with slight purple tint. Smell is what I love. The infamous horse blanket / barnyard smell is in full effect here. The smell really got me excited for this beer.

The taste was solid but a little bit of a let down. It was extremely funky but nothing really blowing me away here. Not really sour or tart at all. Solid Belgian style beer with noticeable funk.

Overall this was a decent wild ale and was at a good price point on sale ($8.99). Worth under $10 a bottle if you can find it.

Photo of ZoomanCru
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wild Dubbel 2 – Ale Brewed with Schisandra (8%) - New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆☆

App: Pours a gorgeous, sanguine red. Two finger reddish-tan head rises and falls rapidly, leaving splotchy lacing with a ring stuck to the liquid level. An enticing looking beer.

Smell: Slightly bright and medicinal, with hints of sassafras and winter green. Some notes of dried fruit, specifically fresh prunes. Some pulpy, fig like notes in the background. Probably from the Schisandra. Smells pretty fungal.

Taste: Pleasantly sweet on the foretaste. More berry like than in the smell. Malt is caramelly with hints of darker color malt, perhaps chocolate. What really shines here though is the Schisandra, which has a massive flavor like pomegranate, mint, sassafras, ginseng, and a slight root like spiciness. Hints of cinnamon and clove. Tastes a little poisonous. Alcohol is present. Hops are minimal, what bitterness there is is slight and lingering, which does seem to help kill the wallop from the Schisandra. Yeast is present and very complementary, with lots of belgian funk. Some hints of banana long after swallowed.

Mouth: Creamy and pretty heavy bodied. It's not syrupy however and drink pretty easy. Elevated alcohol level lends slight warmth that plays well with the natural spice of the berry.

Home tasting, 22oz Bomber into Snifter. 1/17/14

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Went to my beer guru's house for a snobbery session and he broke this one out. The taste did not march up to the look and smell but this was a very good beer. It is definitely got a little horse blanket working and is definitely funky. Overall I enjoyed the beer very much and would love to have again.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color. a finger off a tannish head that slowly fades to a spotty lacing. mostly opaque but blood red around the edges.

Smell: belgian yeast, dark fruit, a hint of alcohol and just a little bit of spice.

Taste: opens up with cloves and dark fruit. followed by a earthy spicy taste with a hint of lighter fruits. pepper is evident, along with a little bit of cinnamon. very complex profile

Mouthfeel: drinks slightly creamy, leaves a stickiness, warmth of alcohol and spice

Overall: very interesting. it really pushes the boundaries of what i consider a dubbel. overall its decent. i like it but it falls way short of what i consider a great dubbel. i was looking for some brett character and can't find anything that i would contribute solely to the brett.

Photo of Anker13
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/19/13 | New Belgium | Wild2 Dubbel | 22oz Bomber

Appearance – I’ve always wanted to say this… It pours a rich mahogany. Seriously. Deep brown and garnet, nice off-cream lacing head

Aroma – Plum, clove, cinnamon, spice, light tobacco. Lots of different smells, but it doesn’t smell too tart. I have no idea what a Schisandra berry is.

Mouthfeel – Lighter carbonation than I was expecting. Medium bodied yet still rich, slightly sticky

Taste – The aroma is more exciting than the taste. Figs, plum, banana, and spice are all there, but they’re somewhat muted. This beer doesn’t seem to have a definitive start or finish- the flavor is just kind of there and it doesn’t have much to say.

Residual – Lingering sweetness with a touch of spice, somewhat sticky

Overall – Glad I tried it, but I won’t be buying it again. It was an incredibly mediocre beer that left no lasting impression- I was hoping it would be more tart and funky. But who knows… Maybe I’m wrong and maybe I just don’t know enough about Schisandra berries to accurately appraise this beer.

Photo of Celtics17
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear brown color with auburn finish, looked like wine for a moment.

Smell - Slightly sweet, with berry / cherry aroma. Light sugary notes.

Taste- Fruitcake, banana bread notes, cherry as well, very slight pepper notes. Has some barley wine flavor as well. Warming as you keep sipping.

Overall not bad. I was a bit worried about this beer,but enjoyed it.

Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: I don't pretend to know what the fuck Schisandra is.

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local TX bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in my gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given that this is a non-sour Lips of Faith beer; they tend to be underwhelming. Reviewed as a dubbel because the label clearly identifies it as such. 8% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Nicely creamy. Good thickness. Has a supple and somewhat soft complexion. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a really dark amber. Translucent but nontransparent. Glows when blacklit. It's a clean appearance; no yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's not horribly apt for the style and nothing about it suggests this beer is unique or special. Expectations are still below average. No good dubbel I've ever had has looked like this.

Sm: The aroma is more en pointe. Wisps of dark fruit dominate: fig, plum, dates, prunes, maybe dark cherries. I don't know what the hell schisandra is, but I do find a sarsaparilla/sassafras-esque fruit presence mixed with some tobacco and general earthiness. Clove. Belgian candi sugar. Light bready malts. Shoe leather (as pretentious as that sounds).

There's a definite malty sweetness here which is well within style conventions. I don't pick up on any hop bitterness or hop notes, nor do I find explicit yeast character or alcohol. There are no off-notes per se, but I'm not horribly drawn to the beer based on the aroma.

An inoffensive aroma of mild strength.

T/Mf: The sweetness is more intense than anticipated. The dark fruits (fig, dates, and prunes) are actually kind of buried, and struggle to compete with a much more dominant fruit presence which I assume is schisandra. It comes off a bit medicinal, but in a tolerable way. It isn't the sticky cough syrup medicinal character you'd find in a Lost Coast beer, for example. I also find notes of miracle fruit and cherry.

Smooth, wet, and lightly creamy. Slightly soft. Overcarbonated. Medium body. Average thickness. Presence on the palate is decent, but this texture doesn't seem ideal for a dubbel.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

The malty core doesn't feel real Belgian and the clove from the aroma is nowhere to be found. If Trappist yeast was used, I'm not picking up on it. I do find some Belgian candi sugar, which lends still more unnecessary sweetness to the flavour profile.

No hop character is detectable. I do pick up on some alcohol.

The sassafras character doesn't work here at all. It has touches of sarsaparilla/root beer, which don't really work in a dubbel. I'm also not digging the tobacco, which is unappealing on its own but is made worse alongside the equally inappropriate notes of bubblegum. As it warms, I'm getting banana and an abundance of phenols.

Overall, I'm not a big fan. While it's got some nuance and complexity, the schisandra hurts more than it helps. It's not well balanced beer, nor is it a subtle one, but it does have decent cohesion. A good dubbel has a delicate mouthfeel, a balanced subtle flavour profile, and exquisite dark fruit. This fails on all those fronts, and doesn't even have a yeast character that evokes a Belgian character - let alone a Trappist one.

Dr: Like most Lips of Faith series beers, this has a nice price point but fails to bring the quality. If you're looking for a good craft bomber at a fair price, look elsewhere (i.e. Lagunitas). This is disappointing and I wouldn't want another. That said, it's drinkable for its 8% ABV and I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle. I'd caution friends and trade partners from trying this one; it just plain misses the mark for the style. Even outside of dubbel conventions, it's just not a beer I'm enjoying drinking.

Well below average.

D+

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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 9/7/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, red berry, pear, apple, clove, pepper, cinnamon, caramel, toast, candi sugar, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and unique aromas with good complexity of malt, yeast ester, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, red berry, pear, apple, toast, clove, pepper, candi sugar, cinnamon, herbal, floral, grass, light funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, red berry, pear, apple, toast, clove, cinnamon, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of malt, yeast ester, and spice flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice spiced dubbel style. Good balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra) from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.