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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 214
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 58
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of seeswo
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark cola brown with ruby hues on the edges. Full, thick, creamy, sticky, off-white head. Great retention leaving a nice creamy lace.

S - Delivers just what you want from the style. Tons of banana, bubblegum, clove, pepper, estery aroma. Some sweet caramel and brown sugar in the back. A touch more peppery than some other dunkelweizens. Pretty sweet and the alcohol is very well hidden.

T - Similar to the nose, but the pepper and clove really come out, especially the pepper. It starts out with a spicy, peppery zing and then settles down a touch with the sweet malt and banana coming out a bit stronger. Banana and estery flavors finish the sip. The spice is persistent throughout and I think a slight alcohol warming comes along with that spiciness.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly smooth with a warming finish.

D - Tasty and slightly warming beer that is fairly easy to drink. Peppery spiciness slows down how fast I can drink it and how much I would want, but there is definitely enough sweetness to balance this out.

Notes: Pretty good showing of the style. More peppery and clove (spice in general) than some other German dunkelweizens I've had. There is enough sweet malt and banana flavors to hold up that spice though. Alcohol only slightly peaks its head and that is fairly dangerous with it being 9%. I really enjoyed this and the price isn't horrible (for a bomber and especially for a beer in the Lips of Faith series). Worth a try (and quite possibly subsequent tries).

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Photo of david131
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark and clear ruby red with some brown and black highlights. The light brown head is very creamy and slowly settles to a thin covering.

S- A lot of caramel, toffee, oats, flowers, honey, nutmeg, black cherries, and alcohol. Crazy complex. I love it.

T- Same as the aroma but the alcohol definitely has a harsh presence which definitely cut down the complexity.

M- A very nice carbonation presence but the alcohol harshness makes it a bit hot on the finish.

O- A very nice smelling beer but the drinkability suffers from the noticeable alcohol content. That being said, this is an extraordinarily well-made beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle with purple and gold label printed directly on the glass.

Served cool into a NB goblet, Dunkel Weiss is a very dark redish brown color with less than perfect clarity. The head is bone white with tight little bubbles. As it slowly settles, it leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is really nice and surprisingly intense. Much like many German dark wheat ales, this one gives you those clove, banana, and bubblegum notes. In addition, there seems to be vanilla and caramel.

The flavor is again like a more intense traditional dunkelweizen. It has sweetness up front that leads to roasted malts and bitterness in the middle and finally finishes with that clove spiciness. It's really well balanced despite the strength and variety of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus body with creamy smooth carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for being a new bottle of 9% ABV.

Overall a really impressive version of this classic style. It may be one of the best Lips of Faith series beers I've had.

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Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bashiba
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/3/11

Pours a medium cola brown, slightly dulled. it's darker in the glass with a mahogany appearance at the stem and a pretty ruby hue when held to the light. One and a half fingers of foam rose quickly and fell just the same. Thin retention. Very impressive lace, though.

Wheat is strong in the aroma - toasted, clean and snappy; heck, I'd go so far as to call it tangy. Darker grains rough it up around the edges a bit. Earthy overtones. Some yeast tones. Becomes more appreciably bready as it warms. Doesn't taste snappy, though. No, no, it's punchy. The wheat has a kickin' flavor that slaps the palate whilst riding a wave ample, focused carbonation. Moderately spicy. As the beer closes in on room temperature some sweet banana notes emerge. Toasted bread abounds. At times it almost gets to roasty territory, but holds back. tangy and flavorful with a warming sensation. Medium body with something of a dusty notion and coating finish.

Pretty nice take on the style on an under-appreciated style. I would prefer a lower abv, but it's not that tall of a gripe. Worth a shot.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brown color with crimson highlights when held to the light. Two finger tna head shows medium retention. Nice streaks and light webbing of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- To me overripe banana comes in first with the aroma. This gets partnered with spices like clove and the two become almost all I can smell. Alcohol does come in and tingle to nose. Light notes of bubblegum in the very end.

T- Overripe banana does come through in the front of the beer with some light bubblegum hints. The clove comes through next with a semi-dominate flavor. Middle of the beer shows some light darker fruits (fig and raisin mostly). Ending shows a light bubblegum note with a ton of candi sugar in this. I have feeling to believe this shows the higher ABV. Banana comes through in the ending with warming alcohol.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Banana, clove, and bubblegum show up on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, candi sugar, and banana. Flavors were a little underbalanced I thought as they didn't flow together. No off flavors were detected while drinking this beer. Medium heavy alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer was a interesting drinker that I enjoyed but wouldn't go for many glasses of it. The ABV was a little much and showed in the flavor too much at times. A good try for the style but I just wasn't feeling it as much at times.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Aventinus weizenbock glass. Surprisingly dark brown body, largely clear with faint auburn highlights and mahogany highlights. A small dark beige head anoints the surface. Delicate pasty lacing, shimmering legs, and decent retention.

Potent banana and bubble gum aromatics, with a touch of clove, and brandy dipped bread dough.

Ester-heavy flavor profile, with banana and hints of vanilla leading the way, balanced by a rich maltiness, a grainy, faintly tart wheat base, and a long spicy finish, owing I think to the addition of black pepper rather than yeast-derived phenols.

Alcohol is rather high for the style, making this decidedly more filling than rejuvenating, though the soft, pillowy, effervescent, medium-bodied feel is well done.

Interesting change of pace for the sour-heavy Lips of Faith series - wasn't expecting much, but this is pretty tasty actually.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased this at Argonaut Liquors on colorful Colfax in Denver.
Beautiful walnut brown, oddly clear, which I was not expecting. Was this filtered? There wasn't any yeast chilling at the bottom of my bottle. Pours with a big fat topping of foam that erodes into a thin, broken sheet across the top of the beer. Spotty lacing sticks around in scattered, little bits.
Smells strongly of german wheat beer yeastiness. Lots of ripe banana and clove, with an underpinning of mocha and vanilla. Banana bread-like, to sum it up simply.
The first sip opens to reveal a pretty sweet brew, overall. Very light bitterness, the spotlight focused intensely on the qualities of the yeast used. It's a fine yeast at that, providing a strong banana character which is further yummified by the drizzled chocolate flavor of the malt. A little bit of vanilla, with a great, mocha-like character overall. Moderate clove spiciness in the finish, and actually a little dry despite the alcohol content. Certainly full bodied, creamy and soft, with a jovial, fluffy carbonation that keeps things from bogging down. A slight alcohol burn becomes noticeable after my palate acclimates to the sweetness.
Probably one of my favorites from New Belgium. This is a really great dunkelweizen, if a bit over the top. Probably more of a weizenbock, as it's far more similar to Aventinus than to any dunkelweizen I've had.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Boatshoes for this one. I got a box full 'o new beers, this one was a surprise.

Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass.
A- This is a dark one. Deep shades of plums, reds, mahoganies and tobacco build a opalescent glass of beer. A big head cascades as it rises above, threatening to spill over the rim of the glass. Large concentric rings of lacing are torn off as it fades back down to a very thick covering.

S- As this beer pours the room is filled with the aroma of over ripe banana. It reminds one of the brown spots on a soft banana. Very sweet and tropical. Upon close inspection, it isnt hard to find fresh cracked black pepper and pineapple. Wow, I'm loving how the banana and citrus come together to create a tropical fruit salad bouquet, complete with melon. Once I focus on the smell of the wheat and how it interacts with the banana, I am reminded of eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches on wheat bread as a kid.

T- Banana is the stronger of flavors. Wheat is no slouch either. It gives a snappy finish to this sweet and fruity beer. Lots of berries move along as pepper makes an appearance. The finish yields a spot of alcohol that I wish werent there. Perhaps this could benefit from being only around 6-7% or less rather than 9%. The finish and aftertaste introduce some milk chocolate into the mix.

M- Dry, but quite smooth. Nice fuller body with a fluffy soft carbonation.

D- The alcohol plays too much part in this. Its tasted slightly, but becomes a much bigger part of the feel as this bottle moves along.

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Photo of deadliest
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Moran's Liquor Works in Lincoln, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

New Belgium's LoF dunkelweizen is a weizenbock by another name with a prominent black pepper spiciness added to the recipe. While I don't think this overabundance of that particular spice contributes much to the flavors in a dunkelweiss (or weizenbock), the team at New Belgium has otherwise crafted a solid dark weizenbock that I wouldn't mind having again (though in smaller bottles would be nicer) once in a while.

Pours a tall (>3cm), tan head that lasts for a few minutes before descending to a perpetual cap (0.5cm) atop the beer. Leaves some small amounts of lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a very dark brown when out of the light, but a transparent mahogany wood-finish color that is mineral-red accented. Carbonation not readily visible.

Very strong, pleasant aroma of musty bananas, some nuttiness, slight bit of roasted and chocolate malts, black pepper, with a solid backbone of dark barley and wheat malt mash sweetness. Probably one of the better weizen ale aromas I have smelled: if it had some cinnamon, nutmeg, or clove oil component this would be perfect.

Taste opens with some very dark, deep wheat malt sweetnes that's somewhat overshadowed by a black pepper component. Caramel and wheat malt sweetness increase just beyond this, and upon reaching mid-palate, there is a small explosion of flavors: black pepper, old banana, pie spice. The spiciness is good in a wheat ale, but the taste of black pepper outweighs banana and pie spices and diminishes my overall enjoyment of the beer. Taste fades out with some creamy banana, vanilla, and dark malt flavors for an excellent close. Aftertaste is of residual black pepper, banana, and some tartness.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied with a substantial, fizzy carbonation. A bit heavy for a dunkelweizen, but just about right for a weizenbock. Which is it? Slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat, with a dry finish.

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Photo of DCon
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1pint, 6oz bottle from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. for $9. Poured from the bottle into a clear Pint Glass. No B.O.D. on the bottle but had a 5/24/11 date on the box.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown body with a 2 finger head and has a great retention. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass but nothing special.

Aroma- Banana upfront aroma with a peppered corn background. A clove and caramel that is not over the top but perfect for what the brewer was hitting on.

Taste- Banana again that makes up the taste and then goes into sweet mode.. Very creamy and has a french vanilla or even a frothed milk aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Great amount of carbonation, and leaves a bitterness on the palate.

Overall- One of the best beers of the month! We enjoyed over 12 of these as a Pub in the last week (employee by employee) and now I'm reviewing this one. Haven't seen much in the stores yet or even at other beer bars. Will recommend for anyone! Best Dunkelweizen I've ever had.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at my work. Pours a dark brown that looks ruby red when held up to light. Medium cream colored head that disappears quickly. Scent is like a sweet creamy dessert...it smells exactly like a banana split! I'm not even joking. That's all I can say about the smell. It's quite lovely actually. Taste is very sweet with dark malt and intense banana and clove flavors. Some hints of chocolate as well as tasty yeast and some light pepper. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. Drinkability is high. Very tasty beer!

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Photo of beagle75
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a long-stemmed fluted tulip glass at Churchill's in San Marcos.

A: Slightly hazy, dark garnet-tinted brown color with one finger of fine, light beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Spicy, with cloves that stand out and also complement the mild roast. Yeast is also present, adding some contrasting brightness. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with nutty brown malt and yeast phenolics that are mild compared to the aroma. Fine tartness emerges in the soft bready middle that retains some nutshell and even mild chocolate roasted character. The finish is similarly soft, with cloves and fading dark fruit. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, balanced on the palate showing both acidic and coating aspects, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is definitely one of the most unexpected styles to come out of the Lips of Faith series thus far, being neither sour, or barrel-aged, or even Belgian-inspired. In execution it is really good, bringing a focused but expected collection of sensory qualities to a beer that is deceptively easy-going at 9% abv. Although flavors can't quite live up to the intensity promised by the smell, this beer's different facets work together in a practiced--almost engineered--fashion. Doubly appropriate, considering its German pedigree.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a huge, creamy light tan head that fades away slowly into a rich film that leaves foamy rings of lace.

The aroma is of banana nut bread, spice, full rich toffee, nutmeg, caramel and cloves.

The flavors follow with banana and clove esters peeking through a grainy, rich caramel and chocolate with notes of sweet toffee and black pepper on the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and rich.

Delicious and balanced dunkle. Awesome.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a weizen glass. Can't read the date on the bottle but it was just released so it's fresh. Was a russet brown color with good carb streams. It had a large tan head that very slowly settled into a 1/8" constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent. Great clove, chocolate banana and pepper aroma that I kept sniffing over and over. Really good. The taste is exceptional with the usual clove and banana blending with the pepper and chocolate tones. A little too sweet or it'd be a 5 for me. Creamy mouthfeel with excellent carb levels and great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent weizenbock that stands out from the field. Still like the Ayinger a tad more but this is close. Most highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - see a big future for this one in the rotation. [H;Y]

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark velvety brown with a red tint and ruby highlights. Head is initially thick and rocky, eventually settling to a dense sheen.

Aroma is malty and slightly smokey. Burnt toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Generous plum and raisin dark fruit.

Taste is initially malt and sweet with the caramel malt and dark fruit from the nose. Then fresh cracked black pepper spiciness takes over and brings a lingering warmth. Finishes musty, with a dry woody quality and some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This is an unusual Dunkel. The heat from the peppery spice took me by surprise. Very non-traditional.

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Photo of Domingo
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Cat-burglar-smooth and just as fond of the dark, Dunkel Weiss sneaks together wheat and barley malts with a pinch of black pepper. Nab one before it gives you the slip! Tempt your Lips of Faith with the whole line - up at New Belgium.com." Brewed in the style of a German Dunkelweizen. Available as a one-off release in the Lips of Faith Series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium globe glass. Served above 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy creamed head of an ecru-tan color over a deep brown body with dark cola highlights. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Sour wheat, caramel bread, a pinch of roasted grain, moderate black pepper and clove spiciness. Subtle notes of cocoa and dark fruit, moderate banana. Potency is medium/high. 4

(Taste) Sweetened wheat base, cocoa powder, dark fruit syrup, toasted caramel bread, moderate clove and banana bread character. Less spice and yeast character in the flavor, more balanced but ever present. Dunkel Weiss finishes on a pleasant blend of chewy wheat and roasted barley. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, moderately chewy and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate generating a high frothiness and medium crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is evenly sweet to spicy and yeasty. Alcohol presence is light, and there are no off characters to mention. 3.75

(Overall) Altogether Dunkel Weiss is a very solid example of the uncommon style, with lots of smooth wheat, roasted malt and hefeweizen yeast flavor, yet roundly balanced and highly drinkable, which is a pleasant surprise considering the sneakily high 9% ABV. I hope that New Belgium decides to upgrade this seldom brewed style (in America, at least) to a more permanent status, as this would make for a unique summer or fall beer. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Lips Of Faith: Dunkel Weiss

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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.