Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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3.1/5 rDev -24%
Thanks to heyta for the bottle. Served in a tulip because I like it that way.
Pours a very, very dark brown that borders on black. This looks like a stout, not a dunkel. Way too dark. Aside from that, small off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin collar and some galaxy swirls on top. The nose has a very small amount of chocolate along with some banana and clove. The yeasty components take a big backseat to the malt, and this is especially true in the flavor. Far too big and malty without much of a yeasty component. Medium body with low carbonation for the style. Overall, not a big fan of this one. I guess you can't really tell it's 9%, but that's about all it has going for it.
06-05-2011 22:34:59 | More by Thorpe429
3.33/5 rDev -18.4%
Pours a red-tinged dark brown, plenty of colour to it, with very nice beige head; fairly pale with nice density, sinks slowly but surely to a thin crown of bubbles with some wonderful lacing left behind. Looks pretty damn great.
Smells a bit completely insane. Massive weizen esters, but leaning heavily on the candy banana side, with huge banana sweetness. Also an equally odd side-note of smoke, with some bacon and charred wood, and maybe some peach in the mix as well. Totally didn't expect that, and I'm glad. Quite fascinating, I'm glad it blind-sided me but still, it's a bit too odd for me to love it.
Taste starts out banana cake-esque, there's plenty of that weizeny banana flavour but also a gooey sweet cake batter note with hints of butter and caramel. Not really a lot of dark notes which is a bit incongruous with the look and style, and it really just ends up fruity with more of that seed-heavy banana note. If I were a banana fan I might like it, but A) I'm not, and B) I'm also disappointed that there seems so little else to it, especially given the intrigue of the nose.
Not a bad feel, with a bit of body to it, slightly dry at the back and a bit heavy. Not bad.
Too much banana. What's great about good weizens is the balance between fruit and spice, and there's really a want of spice here. Decent brew, but a bit one-note.
05-19-2012 03:18:18 | More by laituegonflable
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
Appearance: Poured into a half liter weizen glass. The color is a deep caramel brown. Two fingers of slightly tanned head developed and dissipated to leave traces along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a thick ring around the edge.
Smell: The heavenly aroma of dunkelweizen, though tinged with black pepper spice. Immediately noticeable are scents of apple, banana, and bubblegum. There is also caramel, clove, and black pepper spice that makes the nostrils tingle a little.
Taste: The black pepper is more noticeable in the flavor, where it introduces each sip with a nice spice kick. It overpowers everything else, frankly, until the beer warms. It's almost as if I have a waiter cranking away at a grinder over my glass. However, when it does fade flavors of apple, banana, and caramel emerge, thankfully balancing the black pepper so it is tolerable. The rather substantial ABV for a dunkelweizen is very well masked.
Drinkability: Tasty stuff, but it lacks the usual potency of dunkelweizen. It is obviously not true to style on purpose, but the uniqueness of the pepper spice gets old quickly.
02-25-2011 05:14:22 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.45/5 rDev -15.4%
This beer pours a dirty brown, dark hazelnut. Hazy. Light foaming, almost soda pop looking.
Aroma is more sweet than spicy. Being from NB it fooled me into thinking it would have more of a yeasty aroma. Banana and clove are muddled by a caramel-like sweetness. Nothing bad, just threw me off a bit.
More bready in the taste. The caramel turns away from the sweeter side and more to a baked side. Slight spice in the middle, perhaps some nutmeg. Jolly Rancher sweet all over. Candied. Not sure. Getting no banana and slight clove.
Carbonation takes the cake and lifts away the flavors, which were not all that solid. A nice beer, a bit hollow though.
09-09-2011 05:21:49 | More by Mebuzzard
3.55/5 rDev -13%
Pours a dark brown color with a small head for a wheat beer. Ok retention and lacing.
Nose is very clove oriented with a decent dose of bananas. Alcohol is big, real big for this style. Malts are far in the background, but maybe a touch of chocolate is there.
Taste is much softer than the nose indicates and the chocolate comes out to play a bit more. Yeasty esters are all over the place, from bubblegum to banana to clove. Little bit of tart wheat, maybe even some coriander? Alcohol is the main detractor for me on this beer, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Other than that, it is a pretty well done dunkelweizen with plenty of yeast character.
03-12-2011 18:39:07 | More by twiggamortis420
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Been pretty excited to try this one!
A: Pours a dark ruby brown that is slightly purple when held to the light, with a nice 3 finger tan head that settle into decent lacing.
S: Spices (especially clove) dominate the nose. Alcohol is a little too apparent, but expected given the 9%ABV (I'd pretty much call this an imperial dunkel). A hint of banana and vine fruit at the end.
T: WOW. Traditional banana, bubblegum and clove are kicked up a notch here. Nice malt sweetness is well balanced with spicy yeast. There's also a fig/raisin note, but it comes across a little too sweet when it mixes with the candi sugar notes. Alcohol becomes too prevalent as it warms, and burns a bit right on the back of the throat, just like when you eat something too quickly right out of the microwave.
M: On the thicker side for the style, but it suits the stronger flavors well. Coats the mouth nicely but not too sticky.
O: I definitely like this beer, but a few things hold it back from greatness. First, absolutely too much alcohol. I think it'd be perfect at 7 or 7.5%. The fruit notes here are great and well balanced, but maybe a little too sweet. I'd call it an imperial dunkel, which is a great unique spin on the style by NB. They should just tone a few things down and make a world-class American dunkel.
04-30-2011 03:27:50 | More by afrokaze
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
Thanks to my NOOB BIF for this one!! Dark mahogany pour with a relatively good head and some lacing throughout. Aromas consisted of banana, bubble gum ... typical of the style - with a little backbone. The taste is very consistent with the brew of this type - with a hint of malty roastiness ... some molasses as well. Mouthfeel was a little thin - but good carbonation and a mild alcohol in the finish. Very good beer - considering I am not a big fan of Fat Tire. Glad I had a chance to try it.
11-26-2011 23:58:18 | More by brendaniel
3.6/5 rDev -11.8%
A: Deep chocolate brown with clarity I wasn't expecting from a style that's usually unfiltered. A small yet dense nougat head falls to a thin film. Leaves bits of lace.
S: Over-ripe banana sticks out the most. I also picked up a strong dose of bubblegum. Some chocolate and a bit alcohol round things out.
T: Bananas and dark fruits make up most of the flavor. The chocolate from the nose is there, but restrained. A mild bitterness brings a bit of pepper and clove. Finishes with lingering banana and a light warmth.
M: The medium body doesn't have quite the level of carbonation I expect from this style.
D: I'm torn on this one. It's a nice beer, but some of the things that I expect in a Dunkelweiss are absent.
02-24-2011 06:31:28 | More by Rayek
3.63/5 rDev -11%
Got a bottle at the Sunrise Mini Mart. Good work. Poured into a Budweiser pint glass.
The beer is a deep brown with a tan head. The head is fairly tight and huge in the pour. Seems like it should be a 5, but it starts dying down and loses some magic. Hrm.
The nose is mainly ripe banana, but there is a small clove in the background and dark crystal malt. Interesting and somewhat layered.... but it could use a bit less banana.
The taste is also somewhat one dimensional. Banana. There's also a breadiness behind it, but it starts to taste flat. I'd like a bit more spice or something. Maybe a bit higher carbonation? Either way, this beer is becoming worse as I drink it. That said, it goes down well for 9% ABV and I'm not disappointed. I just feel like it could be more.
03-08-2011 01:02:25 | More by UTCengOwl
3.63/5 rDev -11%
Deep dark chestnut color with a tall, sticky tan head. Nice aroma...typical clove and banana along with spices, pepper, and chocolaty malts. Sweet banana and smooth malty flavors. Tangy wheat, fruity esters, bubblegum, cocoa, caramel, molasses, faint raisin, pepper, and a slight hit of alcohol warmth. Seems a little rough around the edges, but that's probably due to the high ABV. Medium bodied and dry. Pretty good..I wish it was a little more "together" though.
03-17-2011 02:49:56 | More by wedge
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Coca-Cola brown hazy beer with a medium sized tan colored head.
Smell is sweet and boozy with plum, prune and dark bread scent in addition to the usual German Wheat beer aromas. Banana is stronger than clove here. Clove is the weakest smell here.
Starts out sweet with a bruised bananas on bread flavor. Deep chest warming, only indication of how strong this stuff is. Banana and then plum and finally clove are the strongest flavors.
Mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is OK. Alcohol is way up there. This is a beer style normally considered a Session beer style, not a KO Beer.
06-18-2011 02:20:16 | More by Zorro
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
A - nice dark brown color with white foam; inviting
S - sweet and clove-like; the aroma and appearance leaves you expectant for a full rich cascade of flavor
T - banana, clove, malt, orange zest, pepper
M - weakest aspect; it starts off strong but leaves you flat. Non-carbonated. Kind of diasppointing.
O - I was comparing this to Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen and it comes up way short. Similar in flavor but does not linger. It stalls out at the 50 yard line. Still, not bad for a New Belgium product. My first "Lips of Faith" sampling.
06-28-2011 02:31:44 | More by SkipWeathers
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
This beer is a combination of styles that I both enjoy, dunkelweizen, and weizenbock...plus I tend to like NB's wheat beers. Seems like a good beer on paper.
Pours a very dark color for either style. The only darker one I've seen is the Erdinger version. Definitely unfiltered, but not as cloudy as some others.
Roasted malts come first - lots of chocolate character - followed by traditional dark weizen notes like banana bread and clove. There's definitely a fair amount of boozy heat and rum flavor, too.
Husky wheat texture and alcohol make this one slow going.
I can really see this being a beer that does well as a taster, but fails a bit as a regular drinker.
It has a great flavor and character in small doses, especially when cool.
As it warms as you drink more of it it becomes strong and a little overbearing.
Still, I do like where they were trying to go. Good effort, but it misses the mark for me a bit. Weizenbocks are already a little boozy, but this one takes it a little too far for my personal tastes.
03-07-2011 01:36:16 | More by Domingo
3.7/5 rDev -9.3%
Served in tulip. Poured a lightly opaque black with a half-inch of khaki head that that had medium retention and lacing.
The aroma had a solid banana scent upfront with a solid grain profile in the background. There was also a slight bubblegum presence, and over the aroma was very nice. The flavors were very similar, banana, some bubblegum, earthy grains and a bit of yeast spiciness.
The body was full but light, was smooth and had a clean finish. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have 3 or 4 of these on a rainy Northwest afternoon. Overall, this was a very nice beer, one of the better offerings from a brewery that I mostly find to be average-ish. Certainly worth trying when you see it.
12-16-2011 23:44:13 | More by beertunes
3.73/5 rDev -8.6%
Served in a 12 oz tulip glass. Poured a deep dark brown. Thin tan head that dissipated surprisingly quickly. Some lacing, but not much.
Smells of sweet banana, with hints of clove, and a little bit of brandy to remind you this is a 9% abv beer.
Tastes of sweet banana, with some bready malt. A little brandy-cough syrup in the background. Some hints of roasted goodness.
A creamy mouthfeel, with a warming sensation.
I enjoyed this beer, but think it would be much better on a cold winter days.
Very good for the style. Watch out for the ABV, it is hidden well.
06-19-2011 13:46:44 | More by fsimcox
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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