Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
From 22oz bomber to Mikasa Weizen glass
The brew is dark brown in color as the pour forms a rich, fluffy, two-inch head that leaves lacing all over the glass. I love these Mikasa glasses because I can fit a full bomber in one pour.
The nose is rich, ripe fruit, especially bananas and raisins, accented by holiday spices, especially nutmeg and clove. Touches of alcohol warmth poke through.
The flavors follow but there's a lot more toffee and toasty malts than the nose. The bananas and cloves are there, but a distinct note of cracked pepper truncates any lingering sweetness. And it dries this palate. Yeah, interesting flavor profile. Alcohol is far more masked than expected, especially given the rich, penetrating complexion. Finishes short and balanced.
Honestly, this is one of the best examples of the style I've come across. Stays true to the expected dunkel flavors but spruces things up a bit - sweet aspects are accented by drying spice; the mouthfeel is rich and chewy. Nice job once again with the Lips of Faith series once again.
11-14-2012 06:51:28 | More by rand
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
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
THis is one great beer. A beefed up American take on a Dunkle. It works!!! Very impressive.
Poured into a Budweiser select pilsner glass. Looks murky and brown but when held to a light, it is all amber and ruby highlights. Nice size antique white head / good retention and some lacing.
Aroma is outstanding. Heavy duty hefe aromas, cloves and banana and yeast. Also some pepper and bready malts.
Taste is great as well. A dark hefe on steroids. The hefe elements are prominent. Good use of the banana/yeast/cloves combo that makes a hefe so inviting. In addition there is a hearty blend of bready malts and some pepper and alcohol presence reminiscent of a good Belgian beer.
Mouthfeel is a good bit less light than a traditional Dunkel. This is a 9% abv beer. Stronger feel and some alcohol presence above and beyond a normal Dunkel. Does it work? Hell yes!!! This is a great beer.
Overall very impressive. I would drink this one again.
04-26-2012 00:49:01 | More by JayQue
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.