Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra) - New Belgium Brewing
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3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Alright, I didn't know what "schisandra" was, but decided to take a stab at this one. A Wild Dubbel, hmmm....this oughta be interesting.
Into a chalice.
A: pure dark black colored body with a thin half fingered white foamy head that dies within about thirty seconds, lacing concaves decently around the sides of the glass
S: interesting smell - slightly sour almost like sour cherries, still a light sweet element of dark chocolate
T: mainly sweet still that sour element comes back to just put a light punch on the tastebuds; light sour cherry - perhaps closer to just fruity berries (I'm guessing its this East Asian berry called "schisandra"; I get this same fruitiness in the aftertaste, light dry sweet finish
M: sits about a medium on the body; carbonation is decent for the style of a dubbel and does show a decent acceptability of the "sour" style of harshness pervading the tongue; not really sessionable - its a sipper
O: I think New Belgium did what they wanted to do with this - its a dubbel and shows enough qualities of one and still shows some light qualities of a "sour" but aren't overbearing from the "sour" style. For me, well, actually, sours aren't my true beer of style but since this one actually stays closer to a dubbel, I think I could do this again
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 04:54:47 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.79/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 04:42:29 | More by StoutHunter
3.56/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear dark reddish brown, thin cap bubbly ecru head, wall of painted lace.
Smell is yeast sour grain, peppy black fruit, light funk, metallic flint, and earthy laeafy hops. Taste is sour, funky, griity, um ,something, kind of band aid like, caramel malt, a tuch of toffee, yeast, roast , earthy weddy, perfumed hops.
Carbs are soft ,body medium weight tacky in smootness. Finishs offdry, yeasty, funky, and semiswet.
Wild dubbel, that's what thisis
Serving type: on-tap
02-25-2014 02:06:42 | More by biboergosum
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Okay, thanks to Wikipedia, I'm now armed with a working knowledge of Schizandra.
A: Poured a poo brown color, fairly clear, and with a slight 1/4 finger head.
S: Weird, weird, weird. Almost like a brown ale with added Brett and tree bark.
T: I got a little sour kick on the end, which was kinda fun in its own right. This reminded me of a Dubbel I had 2-3 years ago at Goose Island Clybourne. They had a Dubbel with Brett on tap. The funkiness cut through the brown sugar in spades and made that Belgian yeast strain its bitch.
M: Right on point: A tinge of carbonation, but not too much and with some slippery bubbles that fell back into the glass.
O: Not a big dubbed fan, but New Belgium pulled it off.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 01:18:55 | More by Chaney
Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra) from New Belgium Brewing
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