Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle into The Bruery tulip.
Pours a very, very dark brown, ruby highlights showing through around the very edges, with a fluffy one-finger khaki head on top that settles into a soapy cap and plenty of lacing.
Nose is like a dark, spiced sweet bread - dark sugar, clove and a bit of banana, bit of vanilla and an underlying, brown sugar-laced bready sweetness. Light bit of spicy alcohol. Beautiful.
Taste marches in lock step with the nose. Spicy and dry to start, huge clove notes and underlying banana match up with a deep, bready richness. Vanilla-sugar icing drizzled on top gives this one an almost coffee cake richness, and the spices don't hurt either. Clove is the biggest presence, but the elements together combine to hint at nutmeg, maybe even allspice and cinnamon as well - this could be a fantastic winter warmer, without even needing a spice addition at all. Dry finish, bit more banana, rich doughy yeast reminiscent of fresh (and slightly under-)baked cinnamon rolls. Alcohol heat is there, folded into the overall spiciness.
Mouthfeel is light as a feather, spritzy carbonation, only getting a bit heavier on the long, full finish.
Very nicely done beer. Tasty, authentic even after the big abv. Should really be classified under Weizenbock, but other than that, very nice beer.
03-18-2011 02:36:06 | More by JohnQVegas
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
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Pour is dark practically opaque with burgundy highlights and a thin but tight layer of ashen head which leaves plentiful spotty lacing all around the glass.
Fruity esters and Belgian spices predominate the nose, ripened banana dominates but some dark fruit and clove shine through. Malts are very bready and there is a twinge of grain and arising alcohol is you take a long smell at it.
Over all I feel that despite being a wheat the flavors come off as deep and earthy. A complex mix of muted banana mixed with cloves, dark fruit, figs and grapes come to mind along with a slight mustiness. Tartness comes from a wheat twang and the fruit at the end of the drink but settles nicely. Yeast assisted the complexity which brings the bready malts to surface. Clean but not crisp or overly drying on the finish. Sneaky alcohol, well disguised. Liquid banana and raisin bread.
Mouth feel is a little thin, not surprising due to this being a wheat beer, with active carbonation. Finish is clean.
Lips of faith series is showing up to impress this quarter. This beer feels like it borrowed some of the best qualities from both Abbey and Sunshine, a great value and a welcome treat.
04-10-2011 02:17:14 | More by rawfish
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured from a bomber with a cryptic date stamp of 110107031 into a weizen glass.
A. Very dark brown, almost black, but not. Absolutely no head to speak of, which worries me considering the cryptic date stamp. Just how long has this beer sat in the store? Points deducted for lack of head.
S. Banana Bread with nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and hints of cardamom. Very full of spice. If my nose could drool in anticipation, it probably would be. As it warms up some I start to pick up a hint of a vaguely smokey aroma. That's kind of odd, but I like it nevertheless.
T. Banana Bread with candi sugar, than cloves and...allspice hit me hard. At the back end of the taste there is a healthy dollop of baking chocolate. And yet it never gets cloying. Very nice.
M. Medium to heavy bodied. Full of flavor.
I'd buy this one again when in the mood for the style. The only thing that worries me is that cryptic date code. I have no idea how fresh this bomber was when I purchased it out of the cooler. If it is indeed somewhat old, I'm even more impressed and would like to taste what the difference would be fresher. But....*shrug* I guess I may never know. This one was delicious enough as is, I suppose.
05-18-2011 19:45:40 | More by WastingFreetime
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
A - Great pour. Nice off-white foamy head; builds slowly. Brew is dark crisp brown with lots of reds and blacks. Nice head retention too.
S - Lots of huge banana!!!! Great scent for this style! Lots of spices too. Not your girlfriends wheat...
T - Strong, but hidden nicely, zero heat. Great smooth Belgian goodness. Lots of cloves, banana, spice.
M - Dry! Great carbonation, but slightly bitter. The bitterness doesn't fit with this style.
O - Rockin' brew, glad I finally got to try it!
08-07-2011 04:32:52 | More by chugalug06
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
22oz bottle from Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $7. Into a NB Globe.
A: Cola colored with a cream head about an inch thick that sticks around fairly nicely. Excellent clarity, and nice gobs of lacing. Really nice looking red high lights when held to the light.
S: Tons of spices, huge amount of cloves and a fair amount of banana as well, some pepper notes, I also get some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg as well and even some all spice. A bit of a wheat malt smell, but this is really heavy on the spices.
T: Huge wheat malts, not nearly as spicy up front as the nose would suggest, but there is a definite amount of spice on the aftertaste. Slightly chocolatey. Banana is definitely there, but the clove is a bit subdued compared to what the nose leads on. Finish is really long on the spices and the combination is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. I also get a few curry notes mixed in as well. Tons of flavors, fairly complex. No booze whatsoever in this one. Damn tasty.
M: Fairly hefty body on this beer, with lower carbonation, really creamy, fairly sticky, and a little bit of warmth as it is swallowed.
O: Wow, this is a gem from NB. I have somewhat lost taste for many wheat beers, but this one is incredibly well done. It may not totally be to style, but along the lines of "would you have another?" it definitely hits the mark. Really a nice beer, hopefully they make this one again.
05-11-2011 01:47:50 | More by pokesbeerdude
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
A 22 oz. bomber.
Pours a dark red brown. Off white head with awesome lacing.
Nose is alcohol, spice and malt.
Taste is sweet, spicy, malty and caramel. This is one of the better dark weiss beers I have had. This could easily be categorized as a Doppel Bock.
Mouth feel is good and carbonated. It has a very warming finish and quite a tasty beer. I would rank this one higher than many of the German examples of this style, I don't say that often for wheat beer.
03-13-2011 00:15:14 | More by daledeee
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Sampled on 5-7-11
Pours a deep red/brown color, with a quickly settling head that leaves a ring of white lacing that slowly recedes.
Smell is sweet, strong malt, lots of clove, smoke, and a hint of coffee. Malty banana is in the back, with lots of dark fruit in the finish.
Taste is exactly like the smell, but with an earthy quality that really ties things together. Lots of smoke to help the fruity flavors. The finish is all clove, with a sweet, slightly hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good, slick and creamy to go with the malty flavors.
Drinkability is also good, the hops add just enough kick to keep the alcohol in check.
Overall, a great example of the style, in a more hardcore, American micro way.
05-07-2011 23:27:12 | More by BMoney575
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Served from a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.
A: Big tan head typical of a weizen beer sits on top of this dark, cola colored, clear ale. Good lacing and a moderate amount of bubbles round out the appearance.
S: Strong banana esters dominate the smell - very nice! Wheat and dark malts add a sweetness in the aroma.
T: Very malty with caramel and vanilla flavors. Slight sweetness, with little to no bitterness.
M: Carbonation is medium-low and the body is medium. Finish is dry/semi-sweet.
O: As the beer warms, the malts show more character and new spicy flavors open up, along with some alcohol warmth. Overall this is an excellent beer - highly recommended.
06-02-2011 03:24:46 | More by sommersb
4.29/5 rDev +5.1%
a - poured a two-fingers thick, creamy tan head into a willi becher tumbler that left good lacing throughout. the body was dark brown with bright edges.
s - wheat and banana.
t - wheat, chocolate, banana, clove. very complex and tasty.
m - creamy and medium.
o - excellent dunkel, very drinkable.
08-15-2013 15:37:14 | More by GPHarris
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
A: Hazy dark brown with an off-white head of tight bubbles that leaves nice lacing on the slow descent down.
S: Roasted malt, ripe/dark banana, cloves and honey.
T: The same ripe banana up front along with dark roasted malts, then clove and a cross between honey and caramel.
F: Medium to full feel, smooth with some alcohol slickness, nice carbonation.
D: 22oz bomber steadily disappeared, but the alcohol starts to build up in the taste(and in me, wheee). Definitely going to be looking out for more dunkelweizens in the future.
02-14-2011 00:47:46 | More by deadliest
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
A: If I didn't know this was a beer I would say that it had the same hue as a coke/dr. pepper. Poured a doughy 1.5 fingers of creme colored head
S: Smells almost exactly like bananas foster mixed with clove, belgian spices, some chocolate and a nice hint of grape. Smells delicious to say the least
T: Taste is similar to the smell. Yeasty bread, dark malt, bananas, clove, the spices I got in the nose were more prevalent in the taste, maybe a hint of maple syrup or some sticky molasses. Very tasty
M : Medium bodied with a great amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth quite nicely with the aftertaste
O: I think New Belgium did an excellent job with this one. I spent some time in Germany for work and this is right on par with some of the best dunkels I had while I was there.
04-10-2011 20:45:49 | More by dcloeren
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Beer poured from 22oz brown bomber bottle to globe glass.
A - The beer pours a very deep mahogany, almost brown, almost deep black with nice ruby color tones on the edges. A nice 2 finger white creamy full head with excellent retention and lacing.
S - A wonderful aroma of colve, banana, grape, pepper. A hint of sweet malt with a touch of alcohol. Very nice.
T - The beer starts very similar to the nose. A lot of clove, banana, and grape flavors. Very pleasant. The middle of the beer brings out pepper and spice along with a nice deep malt character. The beer sinishes warm, clean, and fresh.
M - Medium to medium/full bodied with good carbonation.
D - Good. Hides the alcohol very well.
Overall, this is a really good beer. I am glad NBB released this. My good friend Rory recommended it and I am glad to heed his advice. I would buy this again without hesitation.
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-21-2011 02:55:13
01-27-2012 14:48:49 | More by hopfacebrew
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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