Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra) | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra)Lips Of Faith - Wild2 Dubbel (Ale Brewed With Schisandra)

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. It almost seems like a cross between a dunkelweizen and a Belgian ale. All the characteristics I would expect to see: clove, banana, yeasty esters. Only a minimal amount of candy sugar on the back. The nose was a turn off at first, but this turned out to be a nice one. A nice pleasant drinker.

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Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crimson hued brown with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Plums, cinnamon & red hots candy, plus funk once warm

T: Follows the nose, a touch of leafy hops & funk up front. Funk picks up once warm, more cinnamon, a bit of leafy hops & oaky dryness, a bit of green bananas. Finishes dry, oaky with a fruity kiss of plums, persimmons & cinnamon

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Drinks easy, not mind blowing, but enjoyable. If you want mucho funk or hate cinnamon, this is not your beer I'm betting..

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wild Dubbel 2 – Ale Brewed with Schisandra (8%) - New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a gorgeous, sanguine red. Two finger reddish-tan head rises and falls rapidly, leaving splotchy lacing with a ring stuck to the liquid level. An enticing looking beer.

Smell: Slightly bright and medicinal, with hints of sassafras and winter green. Some notes of dried fruit, specifically fresh prunes. Some pulpy, fig like notes in the background. Probably from the Schisandra. Smells pretty fungal.

Taste: Pleasantly sweet on the foretaste. More berry like than in the smell. Malt is caramelly with hints of darker color malt, perhaps chocolate. What really shines here though is the Schisandra, which has a massive flavor like pomegranate, mint, sassafras, ginseng, and a slight root like spiciness. Hints of cinnamon and clove. Tastes a little poisonous. Alcohol is present. Hops are minimal, what bitterness there is is slight and lingering, which does seem to help kill the wallop from the Schisandra. Yeast is present and very complementary, with lots of belgian funk. Some hints of banana long after swallowed.

Mouth: Creamy and pretty heavy bodied. It's not syrupy however and drink pretty easy. Elevated alcohol level lends slight warmth that plays well with the natural spice of the berry.

Home tasting, 22oz Bomber into Snifter. 1/17/14

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle.
Wild yeast is more obvious (too obvious) in the aroma than in the flavor.
Distinct, moderately complex flavor.
Very nice mouthfeel with medium body and medium high carbonation.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brownish amber ruby with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, sweet, and fairly tart Belgian aroma with big hints of fruits and spices. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spicing. Scent of Brett funk giving a tart cherry like smell. Fruity hints of banana, pear, and apple as well as some bubblegum hints. Citrus fruit hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, grains, and toast. Dark fruit hints of dark cherry, plum, raisin, prune, and fig. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar and brown sugar. Subtle earthy hops. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a yeasty, sweet, and tart Belgian style taste with good notes of spices and fruits. Belgian yeast upfront with a mix of spices including clove, cinnamon, and peppers. Tart fruity cherry notes from some Brett funk. Other fruit notes include banana, apple, pear, and some citrus pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Notes of bubblegum and some sweet candied Belgian sugar and brown sugar. Roasted malts with notes of biscuit, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toasted bread, and grains. Dark fruit undertones with notes of plum, dark cherry, prune, raisin, and fig. Light earthy hop notes. A pretty interesting and good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and spicy. Sweet but finishes fairly dry. Alcohol heat is light.

Overall: An interesting and solid tasting twist on a Dubbel. Good mix of spices and fruit esters. The Brett adds an interesting kick.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle - $8.48 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-hued body with an initially foamy, but, quickly receding, off-white head. Slim lace coating.

Smell: Sweet-scented, moderately spicy, and with transient, less-than-potent notes of pink peppercorn, cinnamon, tobacco, chocolate, brown sugar, and bubblegum-flavored vodka.

Taste: Sour berries enveloped generously in brown sugar and spice atop some light toast, light chocolate. Bubblegum. A little snap of sharp herb. Fairly sweet, still. Pepper, tobacco on the back half and into the spicy-sweet, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit silken.

Overall: Wild². Not bad, but certainly not great, either. Like the film Prometheus, I'm just happy to have made my way through it.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown-amber body with a bubbly almond head that settled quickly, lingering only on the edges of the glass.

Floral, clove aroma with some sweet boozy plum.

Malty and sweet but not overly. Spice on spice. Some alcohol on the finish.

Medium-full bodied with a velvety pepper mouth coating and lingering clove aftertaste and breath.

Dubbels are normally not my favorite, but this one is okay for me. I don't know that I'd buy it again, but it's worth trying once. I had never heard of Schisandra berries and didn't look them up until after the review, and somehow I like it more now.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color. a finger off a tannish head that slowly fades to a spotty lacing. mostly opaque but blood red around the edges.

Smell: belgian yeast, dark fruit, a hint of alcohol and just a little bit of spice.

Taste: opens up with cloves and dark fruit. followed by a earthy spicy taste with a hint of lighter fruits. pepper is evident, along with a little bit of cinnamon. very complex profile

Mouthfeel: drinks slightly creamy, leaves a stickiness, warmth of alcohol and spice

Overall: very interesting. it really pushes the boundaries of what i consider a dubbel. overall its decent. i like it but it falls way short of what i consider a great dubbel. i was looking for some brett character and can't find anything that i would contribute solely to the brett.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8% ABV

A - DWild2 Dubbel maintains it's clarity through the dark mahogany color it pours out, tipping it's hat of lumpy ivory foam to the glass, dotting it in specks of lace.

S - While New Belgium's website says Wild2 Dubbel is only finished with "a touch of bretta" my nose immediately picks up the wild brett funk and so it should, given the beer's name. Subtle dark stone fruits emerge with suggestions of faint spice and cocoa but traditional Belgian yeast is absent, hiding well behind the notes of barnyard funk.

T - The smooth and rich base of a good Belgian dubbel hides within the beer, lurking in the shadows but it's the wild additions of Schisandra and Brett that gallop through the beer boldly. I might not be exclusively familiar with the Schisandra berries this beer is brewed with but, it's slight zesty additions of cherry-like fruit and sprinkle of unique spice certainly don't come from the hidden Belgian yeast or Brett funk.

M - Medium-light bodied, especially for it's color, Wild2 is a thin-feeling dubbel due to it's lack of malty heft but the carbonation and tickle of Brett sourness on the finish come through nicely and lasso the beer up with a lingering dryness.

O - Wild2 Dubbel continues both the hit-or-miss streak of the Lips of Faith series and their popular M.O. of doing some crazy things (too many in one beer, I sometimes feel). Unfortunately, while I find Wild2 Dubbel to be a dangerously drinkable beer at 8%, it lands as another miss in my book due to the "dubbel" base barely showing through as no Belgian characteristic nor malt flavor or feel rises to the occasion, allowing the "touch of bretta" to overtake. I relish the idea of a funked out dubbel but Wild2's thin-feeling base and non-orchestrated flavor aren't as harmonious as I would have hoped.

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Photo of Anker13
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/19/13 | New Belgium | Wild2 Dubbel | 22oz Bomber

Appearance – I’ve always wanted to say this… It pours a rich mahogany. Seriously. Deep brown and garnet, nice off-cream lacing head

Aroma – Plum, clove, cinnamon, spice, light tobacco. Lots of different smells, but it doesn’t smell too tart. I have no idea what a Schisandra berry is.

Mouthfeel – Lighter carbonation than I was expecting. Medium bodied yet still rich, slightly sticky

Taste – The aroma is more exciting than the taste. Figs, plum, banana, and spice are all there, but they’re somewhat muted. This beer doesn’t seem to have a definitive start or finish- the flavor is just kind of there and it doesn’t have much to say.

Residual – Lingering sweetness with a touch of spice, somewhat sticky

Overall – Glad I tried it, but I won’t be buying it again. It was an incredibly mediocre beer that left no lasting impression- I was hoping it would be more tart and funky. But who knows… Maybe I’m wrong and maybe I just don’t know enough about Schisandra berries to accurately appraise this beer.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No overt date on the label, but there is "130709031" printed. You crack the code!

A: Dark, red-tinted brown. 1/2 finger of mostly white head. OK retention. Fades to film. Slight lacing.

S: Belgian yeast. Some surprisingly funky notes. Indistinct dark fruit with mere suggestions of raisin & cherry. Spice notes with clove, lighter cinnamon. Overall light and predominantly yeast.

T: Spice and roasted malt up front with muted fruit notes. Yeast forward. Light bitterness develops with a fairly dry finish. Spices feature predominantly and lend some astringency. Clove, allspice, cinnamon. Pronounced black pepper notes arise as it warms. Herbal. Some dark chocolate develops late. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderately high carbonation for a dubbel with a slight prickliness. Moderate to light body.

O: Not much dubbel happening here - more of a heavily spiced, herbal brown ale with Belgian yeast. Interesting and worth trying if you're into spiced beers. I don't believe I'll repeat, though.


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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out really dark brown at first and seems black when you get the glass full, Really nice brownish-white head about two and a half fingers with really good retention. Smell is your typical Belgian yeast with bananas and cloves -- really no hops in the nose and some sweet malts to be sure. Taste is much like the nose. Pretty sweet with likely Belgian sugars. Mouthfeel is decently thick. I guess it is what I would expect. Overall a pretty good beer.. Thanks Lauran. Nothing that will blow your socks off but pretty good all the same. Certainly tastes like a Belgian but not as good as a true Belgian to be sure, That being said I really like this beer.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear brown color with auburn finish, looked like wine for a moment.

Smell - Slightly sweet, with berry / cherry aroma. Light sugary notes.

Taste- Fruitcake, banana bread notes, cherry as well, very slight pepper notes. Has some barley wine flavor as well. Warming as you keep sipping.

Overall not bad. I was a bit worried about this beer,but enjoyed it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with poor head formation.

Smells of caramel and tobacco leaf with some pepper. Fainter banana scents. Small amount of smoke and apple scent.

Starts out mildly fruity. Bruised banana flavor. with some pepper. Medium level of bitterness. Hard to describe this one, just not a lot of taste here. Faint tobacco flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, just not that flavorful. In summary WTF did I just drink?

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Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt and Belgian yeast with some spice, fruit and tobacco.

The flavor is sweet bubblegum malts with some slightly tart cherry fruits and a little peppery leathery roast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty watery.

Overall, interesting but kind of an odd combination of flavors with a weird aftertaste.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear brown color with auburn highlights and a light tan finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Slightly sweet, with a predominant sour berry / cherry aroma. Light sugary notes. Traces of alcohol heat.

Taste - Follows the nose, though more sweet than sour with a fair amount of berry character. Distant cherry notes. Sugary sweetness. Slight, grassy bitterness. Touches of astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Closer to medium in body than full, with a moderate carbonation level. Smooth, then a dry, bitey finish.

Overall - A decent dubbel. Nothing that's gonna wow you, but drinkable all the same.

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Photo of beerbart
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a delicious drink.

Dark as coffee with a little frothy head.

Smells like a savory cola in a good way. Not yeasty but very alive. Dank (see slang).

Tastes peppery -- it's an umami slant, bittersweet. Complex and distinct. Smoky. Rich.

Not molasses, but still thick and smooth.

I like it a lot. Is there more?

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Liquor Shed.

It pours a clear dark brown with a huge head of foam and plenty of lacing.

The smell is very nice..yeasty, spicy(peppery, cinnamon), very malty, something else.

The taste follows suit. Nice peppery spiciness, holiday like use of cinnamon, yeasty like a Dubbel should be. Some clove. There's some warming after the swallow that is king of chili like vs alcohol like. This is pretty tasty and a step up from the last 2 NB bombers I've tried recently. I just may buy another bottle.

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Photo of Auraan
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish brown with a half-finger off-white head. It looks alright, not the best looking dubbel around though. Scents of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dark fruit, raisins and some molasses, some spice, some banana, faint alcohol, with a very, very slight hint of funk. Very much a dubbel in it's aroma, not the most complex, but good. Taste follows the aroma. Begins with Belgian yeast spice and candi sugar, moves into figs, dark fruit, raisin, dark brown bread, some sweet spices, particularly cinnamon and slight brown sugar with an extremely faint hint of sour funk on the finish. Again, a standard dubbel, with just a little funk. Not bad, but not the best. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying finish, probably from the brett. Overall this is a good dubbel. It's got the qualities of the style, the sweetness, the dark fruit, the Belgian yeast, just not as good as some examples. The brett and schisandra used in the fermentation was barely perceivable however, so this ended up just being a dubbel.

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Photo of spoony
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (code says 13070931) into a chalice.

A-The head is pretty thin, maybe a finger at most, and light, gray-hued tan in color. Retention is poor at less than a minute. The brew is an interesting ruby-tinted brown. It is dark in color but some light gets through towards the edges revealing surprising clarity.

S-First, the odd scents: I smell a bit of cocoa (which probably isn't cocoa, but it has that aroma), some wine-like alcohol gives suggestions of red grapes and oaky dryness. Once the brew gets near room temp, I smell more traditional flavors like prune, tobacco, and spice.

T-The taste is similar with some odd dry (cinnamon and oak, for example) flavors to begin with. Then the prune, leather, tobacco flavors that are more typical of a dubbel. The pepper and clove spices really come out as the beer warms to a decent peppery finish.

M-The feel is medium to heavy with a soft carbonation that produces good volume on the palate.

O-This brew is pretty dry for a dubbel, which sort hurts the complexity and flavor profile. However, it grew on me as it warmed up, which is surprising because I started it at around 50-55 degrees. By the time it reached room temperature, many of the unusual flavors (like cinnamon and oak) had faded into the background, which improved things. In any event, this was not the best dubbel I've had, but not a bad effort, either.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

COOP Matt provided this bottle tonight at a tasting at his house... Pours a fairly clear walnut with a short lasting off white head that provides little in the way of lacing.

Nose is pretty traditional yeasty phenols with a bit of a peppery essence and something that reminds me of sassafras or artisan rootbeer.

Flavor has a good malt profile and the spice addition adds an interesting peppery quality and something a little warming that I am having a hard time identifying.. and again I get something that makes me think "rootbeer".

Body is medium with an expected carbonation.

Cool brew... Glad I got a chance to try it.. doubt I will actually buy it though. Thanks Matt!!


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