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

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

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%


Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013)
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 07:40:07 | More by coasterfreak75
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 02:40:10 | More by superspak
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mactrail

California

3.14/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:12:27 | More by mactrail
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PintSizedLover


3.54/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 22:22:44 | More by PintSizedLover
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kojevergas

Texas

2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
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+

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:15:26 | More by kojevergas
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

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
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StoutHunter

Michigan

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
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Chaney

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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 18:11:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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..

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 06:29:17 | More by russpowell
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:29:13 | More by ZoomanCru
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 08:28:27 | More by MattyG85
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:15:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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andyfrancis

California

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:17:31 | More by andyfrancis
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:09:42 | More by SportsandJorts
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 20:09:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Anker13

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 02:19:09 | More by Anker13
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.54/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:00:07 | More by fourstringer
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.61/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out really dark brown at first and seems black when you get the glass full, Really nice brownish-white head about two and a half fingers with really good retention. Smell is your typical Belgian yeast with bananas and cloves -- really no hops in the nose and some sweet malts to be sure. Taste is much like the nose. Pretty sweet with likely Belgian sugars. Mouthfeel is decently thick. I guess it is what I would expect. Overall a pretty good beer.. Thanks Lauran. Nothing that will blow your socks off but pretty good all the same. Certainly tastes like a Belgian but not as good as a true Belgian to be sure, That being said I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:41:19 | More by NeedBeerHere
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Celtics17

California

3.76/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 08:07:39 | More by Celtics17
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Zorro

California

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 01:43:49 | More by Zorro
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 05:34:55 | More by Beaver13
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TheSixthRing

California

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 03:08:35 | More by TheSixthRing
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beerbart

California

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a delicious drink.

Dark as coffee with a little frothy head.

Smells like a savory cola in a good way. Not yeasty but very alive. Dank (see slang).

Tastes peppery -- it's an umami slant, bittersweet. Complex and distinct. Smoky. Rich.

Not molasses, but still thick and smooth.

I like it a lot. Is there more?

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:42:14 | More by beerbart
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Liquor Shed.

It pours a clear dark brown with a huge head of foam and plenty of lacing.

The smell is very nice..yeasty, spicy(peppery, cinnamon), very malty, something else.

The taste follows suit. Nice peppery spiciness, holiday like use of cinnamon, yeasty like a Dubbel should be. Some clove. There's some warming after the swallow that is king of chili like vs alcohol like. This is pretty tasty and a step up from the last 2 NB bombers I've tried recently. I just may buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 22:29:59 | More by Bitterbill
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