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

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 312
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 34.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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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2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
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.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%

Brief write-up. A boring dubbel, plain and simple. I don't know what schisandra is, and after drinking this...I still don't. The basics of the style are nailed, but that's it. Not bad; not good. It just kind of is.

2.9/5: Another meh Lips of Faith beer

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap for the 2014 Los Angeles Vegan Beer Festival held in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, plastic, and chemical aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and plastic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that has odd plastic and chemical qualities all around.

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Photo of stevoj
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly sweeter take on the traditional dubbel, a little bit lighter weight as well. Still has the fruity character of the old country style, but toned down for the American palate., which is not a bad thing.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This stuff is golden brown in color, an unusual shade for a beer. The white foam looks innocuous enough. Odd aroma of chestnuts and some indescribably herbal tea. Hibiscus amplified.

Don't be expecting a beery flavor if you try this. This starts out with a tart sensation and some sweet fruitiness. It make me think of red currants along with pineapple guava, unripe persimmons, and sweet Vermouth. A hint of salty sweat. Then, finally there is some splash of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, and a dry finish.

If you've ever tasted Chinese medicinal wine, that would give you the idea. They call it "five flavor berry." I think it's kind of a scary flavor, but it's actually drinkable for the adventurous. I'm putting the cap on and see how I feel tomorrow before I tackle another glass. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle - $8.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-hued body with an initially foamy, but, quickly receding, off-white head. Slim lace coating.

Smell: Sweet-scented, moderately spicy, and with transient, less-than-potent notes of pink peppercorn, cinnamon, tobacco, chocolate, brown sugar, and bubblegum-flavored vodka.

Taste: Sour berries enveloped generously in brown sugar and spice atop some light toast, light chocolate. Bubblegum. A little snap of sharp herb. Fairly sweet, still. Pepper, tobacco on the back half and into the spicy-sweet, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit silken.

Overall: Wild². Not bad, but certainly not great, either. Like the film Prometheus, I'm just happy to have made my way through it.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

December 26th, 2013 - New Belgium goes wild in their LoF Wild Dubbel, a dark, dark brown beer with a great, thick soupy head. It's like a smooth tan bubble bath, before I poke my nose in there. Piercing the outer crust, I get a spicy scent, like a strange, exotic spice shop, with glue, stone, and floral tones, with lots of scented soap. In a nutshell (though not smelling of one), it smells nothing like your usual dubbel, typically rich in those wood and cheese notes. And the taste is similarly deviant. I blame these mysterious sounding berries. There's dubbel notes way, way underneath, especially with traces of fig, dark berries and such. But all of that is eclipsed by a peppery zest that runs through the whole of the flavor. The end features touches of bubble gum - possibly a product of the schisandta, with a sharp, floral note on the end. Not the traditional stuff, but I knew that when I saw the Lips of Faith circle rise high up on the bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle.
Wild yeast is more obvious (too obvious) in the aroma than in the flavor.
Distinct, moderately complex flavor.
Very nice mouthfeel with medium body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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!!


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Photo of fourstringer
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Anker13
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of PintSizedLover
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty brown, like overdone sun tea. Honestly the aroma was the best part of this one for me. Clove, banana peel, cinnamon candies and plums with some underlying Brett funk notes. Some similarities in the flavors, plums and brown sugar/caramel malts cut through some of the funk. The most tantalizing aspect of the taste for me, was the late hit of sour cherry in the back that gets swept away by earthy herb dryness. Mouthfeel is treading between lingering and too sticky. The sweetness stays on the tongue.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. It almost seems like a cross between a dunkelweizen and a Belgian ale. All the characteristics I would expect to see: clove, banana, yeasty esters. Only a minimal amount of candy sugar on the back. The nose was a turn off at first, but this turned out to be a nice one. A nice pleasant drinker.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Brown with beautiful ruby highlights. Scant light brown head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Mainly sweet fruit with some candy aroma.

Taste: A rather thick sweet taste predominates, with raisin. There is slight funk and sourness. There is also a hint of bourbon and oak and a very slight alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Not too notable. A little light in body. The level of carbonation is fine.

Overall: This is an OK beer. Not sure if the schisandra contributes anything that adds to the beer. The touch of raisin reminds me of Raison D'Être. I would drink this again if offered but probably won't seek it out.

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Photo of Auraan
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"This wild Colorado version of the Belgian dubbel ropes you in with clove and dark fruit aromas. Deeply rich and malty, every sip has a creamy texture true to Belgian tradition before it rides off with hints of black pepper and cinnamon from the addition of Shisandra berries." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Dubbel ale with Schisandra added. Available as a one-off release in the Lips of Faith series line in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 56 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a toasted white color over a caramel cola body with ample lively carbonation and high clarity. Retention is very good with light spotty lacing. 3.5

(Smell) The aroma is forward with peppery spiced caramel loaf malt, tart fruit juice and soft brown candied sugar. The aroma of Schisandra doesn't necessarily contribute much to the overall aroma, potentially some additional fruit qualities and additional spice, yet the tartness and spices are a little more uncommon for a Dubbel. Compared to the traditionally malt-heavy Dubbel, this beer comes off as fairly light and effervescent. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor hits nearly all the same notes as the aroma, with the slightest bit of increased malt flavor. Forward spices and moderately tart fruit juices alongside a soft caramel bread body with light Belgian candy sugar sweetness. Very mild and clean, finishing with a lingering drag of tart stone fruit juice and spice. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, lightly chewy and mildly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a moderate frothiness and light crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is equally tart to sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Wild2 explores spice and funk on the fruit notes which sets it a good distance apart from the traditional Dubbel. However, I find I enjoy it all the more for its depth and balance of flavors and high drinkability. Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the challenge of locating the Schisandra berry, which was either the key culprit in the tart fruit flavor or far too similar to traditional fruit juices to set itself apart from the crowd. Regardless, Wild2 shares some similarities with the funkier side of Belgian Ales while pairing them with some of the more traditional flavors of the Dubbel. This was one of the more solid Lips of Faith releases. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Wild 2 Dubbel

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Photo of karengarys
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear dark dark mahogany as any dubbel should. Bubbles are a bit pop-like though.

Smells of quite a bit of licorice. A wierd malt I can't quite explain.

Taste is strong licorice, cinnamon, maybe some pepper. Sort of sharp, but not in a bad way. Alcohol is VERY well hidden.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and pop-like. The fizz turns into a sheet of spice on the tounge. It's wierd.

Overall, this ain't bad. It was only $6 for a bomber, the other similar bottles were $9-12. You do get what you pay for, but at $6 it was worth the try.

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Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra) from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.