Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing
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4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
369th review on BA
draft to chalice
App- A nice deep dark garnet red with brown highlights. Nice on finger head, not too much lacing.
Smell- A yeasty dark, ripe, tart fruits.
Taste- Very sweet, Went another direction I was not expecting it too. The yeasty part was delicious and the dark fruits added a nice contrast.
Mouth- Medium body with a medium carbonation level. Sweet raisiny tastes. Left a similar taste to a quad.
Drink- Quite tasty. Well done and balanced. Nice spice with a good flavor profile.
04-06-2011 06:24:34 | More by FosterJM
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
This beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with ruby hues along the edges of the glass. The head is a billowing three fingers in height, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing that sticks to the edges of the glass. Simply beautiful. The aroma is of banana bread and cloves. It is a rather simple aroma, yet it still has a ton of depth to it. The taste is of cloves, star anise, and a hint of banana. It is a lot more spicy than the aroma, and although the spices are nice I do wish the banana would come through more. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderately high carbonation, and a chewy texture. Overall, this is a really good beer that I would love to drink again. If it were less expensive I could see it becoming a regular in my refrigerator. However, at its current price it will have to be a special treat.
04-01-2011 03:37:37 | More by KarlHungus
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured into a weizen glass. Pretty sure the ABV puts this into the weizenbock category.
4.0 A: Clearish deep amber/light brown color. Three fingers of beige creamy/frothy hybrid head. Average retention overall, but the last quarter inch sticks around for a while. Lots of irregularly placed lacing.
4.5 S: Big hit of banana and clove with pepper underneath. Good bit of roasty toastiness and I swear I'm picking up hints of bacon. Raw cocoa and some caramel. Very nice here.
4.0 T: Again tons of banana, clove, and pepper. More chocolaty than the nose suggested with about the same amount of caramel. Lightly roasty and toasty. Lightly boozy. The taste is good, but as of right now the flavors don't mesh seamlessly together, at least not yet.
4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good carbonation for the style with plenty of spritiness to it. Very creamy, though could be a bit smoother.
4.0 D: Pretty good beer. I think after a couple years this could be a hell of a beer.
06-28-2011 17:40:42 | More by DavoleBomb
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
A - Pours a dark black-ruby color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. He head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of banana and clove with pepper with a bit of wheat and sweet malt.
T - Starts off with some clove and banana flavor with some wheat. Through the middle some sweet malt and some more yeast flavor with some more clove. The finish is a mix of banana, clove, some bubblegum, some rich sweet malts, and a touch of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a spicy and lightly sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice take on an stronger version of a dunkelweizen. The balance is nice with some really good strong banana and clove notes.
03-30-2012 06:18:46 | More by ngeunit1
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
Bought a bomber of this in Las Vegas for $5.99. 9% ABV. Pours out to a brilliantly clear dark mahogany, foing a nice light yello head with excellent retention and good lacing despite my cheap hotel highball glass. The aroma is noticed at arms length. Rich brown bananas, walnuts, caramel syrup, and a very interesting pungent cheesiness, almost like the smoke of rauchbiers. Mouthfeel is soft with a big dense body. Taste of browner bananas, burnt rubber, lots of cloves and peculiar higher order phenolics with a mild bitterness. Aftertaste of leather and cooked walnuts. This is the closest you'll get to banana bread. Very interesting and heady. Very rich. One bottle is entire meal unto itself. Worth trying.
05-01-2011 00:12:26 | More by Mitchster
4/5 rDev -2%
On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 2/5/11. Poured into a NB Globe.
A - Dark cola brown with a fluffy 3-finger bone-colored head. Retention is great, some streaky lacing is left on the glass.
S - Dark malt, roasted plantains, cloves, and caramel. Huge banana flavors on this, smells great!
T - Very close to the nose, dark roasted banana or plantains dominate with cloves, bubblegum, and a heaping caramel malt backbone. Probably the "roastiest", most banana-forward Dunkelweizen I've had.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body and prickly carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, but the high ABV would keep this from being sessionable.
02-08-2011 17:21:09 | More by jsanford
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from 22oz bottle into Hefe Glass.
Deep oaky brown color with 2"thick off-white head.
Wheaty, weizen typical smell...actually maybe a bit of a strong strong smell...
It has a smoky/oaky dark wheat taste...slight cherry and malty...almost Quad like.
Overall, its a very unique interpretation. Delicious and easy drink despite the high ABV. Again, NB did well!
11-19-2011 01:07:24 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
22oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.
Pours with a tawny, amber-cola body that sports a healthy dose of carbonation. Attractive head sits as a crown of khaki bubbles up top, retaining well and leaving a few patches of lace behind. Creamy weizenbock- like aroma with vanilla and German yeast esters of bubblegum and banana.
Very flavorful beer, with floral hops and a big malt presence that coats the palate with wheat-y vanilla, banana, and clove. Alcohol lurks in the background, adding a spicy semi-heat to the finish. Mouthfeel is hefty, but not overbearing to the tongue. Smooth carbonation makes for a smoother finish. One of New Belgium's better LoF releases, and a great hybridization of the Weizenbock/Dunkelweizen style
02-27-2011 00:35:07 | More by wagenvolks
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
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a dark brown, almost black with whitish tan head that fades quickly. Smells like sugared banana, spices and a touch of booze. The taste is really good - a spiced, sugared banana-bomb. Much smoother than it seems like it is going to be from the nose, but stilla touch of booziness holds it back a touch. Funny enough, this is like a holiday beer to me and I think normal spiced holiday beers are way too much. Mouthfeel is slightly lower in carbonation and pretty thick for the style. Overall, this is an enjoyable take on the style.
04-22-2011 00:50:16 | More by seeswo
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
Color is a dark brown, pretty clear with burnished red highlights. If you think this is opaque, hold it up to the light. Head is an ashy grey, short but leaving nice lace. Aromas leaning toward phenols and earth tones. Bready, just about where a dunkelweiss should be. Lacking the potent raisin component of the best in style.
The flavor here is somewhat muted again. Malty leads with ripe banana, fig, light purple grapes, and carob. Definitely fruity. This could be a banana-grape smoothie in another incarnation. Pleasant flavor, nice take on the dunkel style, as it really isn't too far off the beaten path, yet some dunkelweizens make me sick with the mushy banana. Pretty cool.
Enjoyable. A little thin, but it is a wheat beer. Carbonation is solid, not too sticky or heavy. Booze is well hidden, and with a fairly thin profile and body, that's quite a feat. Overall a fairly impressive brew within its style even though it doesn't completely appeal to me.
04-09-2011 03:51:23 | More by BretSikkink
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Appearance: Clear, dark amber, that verges on opaque, crowned by a small, persistent tan head, with thick, glass-coating lace. There are small streams of fine carbonation, these drift lazily to the surface.
Aroma: Massive presence of dark bread, dark fruits (plums, figs), apple peel, earth, pepper, ripe bananas and cloves. Sweet, vinous alcohol is present as well. The complexity is remarkable.
Taste: Opens with ripe bananas, sweet alcohol, then cloves a bit later. As the taste progresses, earth and bread notes rise to ascendency. Late in the taste, pepper and clove flavors appear. Beneath all of this there is a spicy alcohol note throughout. At the close of the taste, there lingers on a note of fennel, which only gradually fades away.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, velvety and full upon the palate. with only a slight hint of carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: Unwaveringly excellent, to sip and savor this presents a glimpse of what artisanal beer can be, but all too often, is not. A must try. This would be an excellent compliment to holiday dinners.
Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop-off crown. Served in a Pilsener glass.
11-27-2011 15:42:34 | More by Pegasus
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
Black, med. Pale tan head slowly shrinks to foamy ring and wisps, foamy lace.
Aroma is licorice, tar, toast, hint of clove.
Taste is black pepper, tar, prunes, dark whole wheat (esp in aftertaste), faint hint of licorice, strong clove, and spiciness. It has a hint of a weizenbock crossed with a Belgian ale esp. in yeastiness. It’s very good but not outstanding.
04-27-2011 21:04:36 | More by Offa
4/5 rDev -2%
Good to see a German effort from New Belgium. It pours redwood color with a tan head. The nose is very fruity with a bit on a bubble gum aroma. Taste is also on the sweet and fruity side with peppery yeasts and a spicy alcohol presence. Medium body seemed a bit over carbonated. A little sweet to drink more than a glass.
02-21-2011 23:55:39 | More by rye726
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured very dark with some nice ruby highlights, a monster head, a belgian like 6 inches of creamyness that left tons of sticky lacing.
The smell was very german, big banana bread and clove with sweet dark raisony fruit.
The flavor is very full and complex with a nice big chocolate maltyness up front mixing in with bananas, dates, raisons, cherries and some spices along with a strong yeast character. The hops are a bit subdued, but are lingering in the background to balance out the sweetness a bit.
The mouthfeel has a dry powdery quality along with some nice carbonation.
Overall a pretty solid and enjoyable Dunkel.
02-22-2011 00:30:26 | More by bashiba
Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
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