Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra) - New Belgium Brewing
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2.99/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
05-18-2014 04:40:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.29/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
01-01-2014 22:15:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.66/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-25-2014 02:06:42 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-08-2014 18:11:51 | More by RblWthACoz
3.74/5 rDev +2.2%
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..
01-24-2014 06:29:17 | More by russpowell
3.14/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
03-16-2014 05:12:27 | More by mactrail
2.36/5 rDev -35.5%
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.
03-11-2014 03:15:26 | More by kojevergas
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
(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.
07-02-2014 21:02:35 | More by rhoadsrage
3.2/5 rDev -12.6%
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?
12-10-2013 01:43:49 | More by Zorro
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-24-2014 02:40:10 | More by superspak
Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra) from New Belgium Brewing
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