Fall Wild Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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3.6 w/ 54 ratings

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beertooth on 09-29-2009

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of jrallen34
2.21/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drank this on tap into a chalice.

The beer is dark amber with a light white head, lacing and retention ok.

The aroma is very light sour, not much there.

The taste is even worse than the aroma. There is a light sourness but its bitter and terrible. I had this after having bockor, temptation and consecration, and this beer just needs to go away.

Mouthfeel is bad, and this not drinkable at all. Even my girlfriend who knows nothing was like this sucks.

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Photo of largadeer
2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft at Stone. Tawny-colored, fairly clear. Arrives with no head, which may have been the fault of the bartender rather than the beer. The aroma is solventy, acetic and fruity. There's some pomegranate-like tartness, brown sugar, and a hint of funk. The taste is similarly uninspired, a mix of light sweetness and light tartness, vinegar, fruit and astringent graininess. A bit medicinal, phenolic. Very mediocre, I had no desire to finish this one.

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Photo of radshoesbro
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at New Belgium Night Toronado.

Pours a deep ruby with frothy head recedes to good spotty lace.

Smells like a quad gone awry. Take an old gym locker and the spiciness of a quad and this is what you get. For the style not pleasant.

Tastes spicy with some lacto and this creamy almost stout/porter thing going on. Again, reminds me of a quad.

This is the kind of sour that I don't like. You make a beer and it's not great so you purposely infect it. Yeah, I know that's not actually the case...

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Photo of KeefD
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at The Happy Gnome in St Paul. Pours a clear brown color, small white head and good lacing. Aroma is very earthy, definitely smells like fall. Smells woody, light tobacco and leather, earth, and slight funk. Taste is mildly sour, in fact so little that I probably wouldn't have guessed Brett was used. Lightly sweet, bready malts, very light funk. Medium bodied. Not bad, but really wasn't overly impressed. Everything seemed a little muted in this beer and flavor was a little muddy.

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Photo of target88
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of klikger
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

16 oz. pour into tulip glass at Brickhouse BBQ

A - Very dark brown with a decent amount of head. Lacing came and went quickly.

S - Bananas, cloves, dried cranberries.

T - From sip one, this was very sweet. Bananas dominated, with black pepper and prunes making an appearance as well. Despite the name, the taste isn't as wild as hoped for. I longed for funk and was given sugar.

M - Not much carbonation, but this doesn't detract. Average body.

D - No funk; too much sweetness. I drank half of the glass and happily traded it for half of a Gumballhead.

This is the first Lips of Faith which I wouldn't want to have again. I'm not saying it's not well-crafted; there's definitely a target market that will enjoy this. I'm not part of it.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Hopleaf. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a cloudy, dark brown with light brown highlights. One finger of creamy off-white colored head left a bit of lace.

S: Vaguely fruity (dark and tart berry) with some sweet malt.

T: See above. Add to this some bitter hops and/or dry roasty malt.

M: Sweet with a peppery/bitter/hoppy finish.

D: I felt a little mislead by the name of this. Where's the sour?

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Photo of ebin6
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, aged 9 months by Gabe.

A - Pours reddish/brown with a lot more head than I expected

S - Funky, dirty nose; a lot of herbaceous notes upon deep inhalations

T - Incredibly complex taste; sweet-to-bitter-to-funky-to-sour taste, though not a very intense sour taste. Gabe had mentioned the brewers used some exotic berry which is supposed to contain all five types of taste (sweet, savory, salty, bitter, and sour). I had a hard time pulling out the saltiness though.

M - Resonates pleasantly upon swallowing, though each sip seems to be hit-or-miss. The first sip blew me away, but it was hard to duplicate that same mouthfeel or taste

D - Not a taste I'd care to drink for extended periods of time

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Photo of gregmoscetti
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of corby112
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark mahogany/chestnut brown that is completely opaque with the slightest of mahogany edges. One finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring that leaves streks of spotty lacing behind.

Slightly earthy and musty funk aroma with a strong malt presence and a prominent dark fruit character in the nose. Hints of sour cherry, raisin, grape and plum.

Softly carbonated up front with subtle earthy funk. Only slightly tart which is disappointing with a slightly toasted malt presence and some strong dark
fruit notes. This beer is pretty complex but the strong malt and dark fruit presence takes away from the tart/wild notes that I really like.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Brixies in Brookfield IL

Served in a goblet - poured a bark brown with a one finger head that dissipated father quickly.

Aroma was rather neutral with a small amount of brett character but left a lot to be desired for a 'wild ale'

I was all geared up for a nice funky offering from New Belgian Lips of Faith Series. it was called fall wild ale after all. After tasting it I was disappointed. It tasted like a regular Belgian dubel with a little brett funk on the backside. It was not bad by any means but just not as funky as I would have hoped for. If that beer was brewed with all Brett vs. primary Belgian yeast and secondary Brett finish I think I would have loved it. As it stands it is just a decent beer but not worthy to seek out.

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Photo of LoRezDave
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Handlebar on 10/8. Snifter for 6 bucks. Called a "malt-forward dubbel ale - dry and slightly sour".

Aroma - nice sourness present but definitely not overwhelming, slight maltiness

Appearance - brown. :/

Taste: definitely some sweet bready malts, but tastes more like the basis of a brown ale than a dubbel - it's the lack of dryness that throws me. Slight sourness...like rhubarb.

Drinkability: sorta. I enjoyed one, but that's fine thanks.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at ciceros

pour was deep brown and ruby with an inch+ of creamy head. great retention.

light cherry, sweet malt, some banana

not nearly as sour as i would have liked. light funk mixed with a deep cherry and fig. a nice bitterness through out but not a sour bitterness. could be the hops? light funk in the finish. needs more complexity and flavor.

nice body with a nice medium carbonation. goes down easy.

this was ok, nothing special in terms of wild ales but i would drink this again. ABV is a tad high too.

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Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tab at Stubs.

Served in a pint glass.

1/2 finger of very light tan head. Color is a dark ruby copper red. Ok retention. Left nice lace rings.

Aroma: A lot of cinnamon and spice, a little nut meg. A lot of funky brett. Not the sour I was expecting. Not sure about this one.

Taste: All spice with brett notes. Cinnamon and nutmeg. The only non-brett wild note I get from this is at the finish where it has some nice wild cherry taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Some funkiness, but crisp for the most part. Medium bodied with a tad higher amount of carbonation. Ends with a huge brett aftertaste.

Overall, I had much higher expectations for this one. Not what I liked. It was simply ok. A lot of brett. I was hoping for something along the lines of la folie.

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Photo of champ103
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A small cap forms and a head, with little retention. No lace.
S: Yeast, banana, clove, caramel, and some alcohol.
T: Sweet malt with some banana and other dark fruits. A light spicy clove flavor and alcohol.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth. The alcohol is noticeable, and makes this a one and done. It is still a good beer to sip on.

Not really a Wild Ale. The website says this is a Dubble with Brett added. I don't get any souness or funkyness. This did not do much for me. Worth a try if you see it, but a one and done purchase for me.

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Photo of hardy008
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color with an off white head. Aroma of dark fruit and some sweet malt. The taste is also dark fruit with some sweet malt. Smooth, decent carbonation, medium bodied, and the alcohol is well hidden. I like the taste of this beer, but do not detect the sour that I would expect to find. It is sweeter, and has more malt, than I would have expected. A nice beer to drink, but not quite to style.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served dark brown, decent head. A little sourness on the nose, but not much amidst the brown malt sweetness. I was disappointed by the mildness of the tart flavor on the tongue; really hoping for more there. There's decent size for the malt backbone, enough sweetness to be an interesting take on the style, but the funk just doesn't quite work its way through the depth of malt. Easy to drink for sure, just not as pleasurable as I was hoping.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at brasserie V, paired with a bloody V burger

cell notes

appearance: served in the classic new belgium chalice - rather dark amber body, foamy tan cap but still a hearty pour

smell: herbal earthy nose - definitely malt driven, similar to a dubbel with brett

taste: This beer boasts the usage of Schisandra berries, the "five flavor fruit". This one reminded me of a bland trappist dubbel, with only a slight wild nature coming from the yeast...malt, tobacco, herbal. After a tasting of saisons and sours, this wasnt very memorable

mouthfeel: not as lively as i would hope from a wild ale

drinkability: fine

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a slight cloudiness and an off-white head.

S: Certainly some tartness, leaning firmly in the acetic/vinegar direction. A mild sweetness with some vanilla and coconut? notes. Quite a bit of earth, which I suppose fits with the "fall" theme of the name.

T: A fair amount of complexity to the flavor, which is nice. Somewhat sweet, with contributions from the malt and maybe some dark fruits (cherries). The sourness is (again) primarily acetic in nature and works in an interesting fashion with the earthy and musty nature of the beer.

M: The body is medium with a fairly low level of carbonation. I tend to prefer my American wild ales with a bit more effervescence.

D: One of my least favorite New Belgium sours. A bit much on the vinegar and sort of muddled and quite earhty.

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Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in 160z goblet. Poured a very deep red with a lighter red tint near the edges. An off-white head had medium quick dissipation and left sheets of lacing.

There was a rich earthy, musty aroma that had such a mixture of scents I had trouble isolating specific tones. The flavor was mildly funky and had a slight fruit presence and a clean finish.

The body was very good, full and satisfying without being heavy. The drinkability was very good. I'm generally not a big fan of NBs beers, but this was a pleasant surprise. Try it if you see it.

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Photo of everetends
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brick Store Pub on draft. Served up in a tulip.

A: This .4l pour hits the table and has a really nice look to it. Its a nice dark brown with some ruby highlights coming through, which almost create a deep purple looking body in some areas of the glass. A half finger of light tan head rests on top and but falls pretty quickly. Leaves a moderate amount of lace on the glass in some areas. Body is a little murky but you can get through to the other side.

S: Got some fruit kickin around in here. Plum hits me off the bat and I wasn't expecting that at all. Getting some apple and banana as well. There is absolutely a berry presence as well. The nose isn't screaming too wild for me. Its has a touch of sour and funk to the nose but nothing incredible. It just has ripe fruit aroma with just that touch of sour creeping out from time to time. It is still very pleasant and enjoyable.

T: Hmmmm . . . not as sour as I was expecting or what I am used to from something listed as Wild/Sour on the tap list. This absolutely has the fruity presence of a Belgian dubbel. The plum is coming out yet again with banana taking an easy second on flavor power. There is a tart cranberry peeking through at times which is very nice indeed. This is the extent of the sour or funk though in the brew. There may be just a touch of wet hay type funk in here but that is minute as well. The light sourness was kind of a pleasure because I was wary about getting some crazy sour before my meal. This worked well but doesn't live up to the billing in some areas. Still a tasty ass beer.

M: Medium bodied brew (on the heavier side) with a medium carbonation to it. The carbonation is pretty damn near perfect for me with what is going on in this beer. Keeps it easy drinking but doesn't get prickly or obnoxious. ABV is light but present, with a touch a warmth. Touch of sour but mostly playing with the light sweetness on the palate. Aftertaste is that nice cranberry tartness.

D: I really enjoyed this but I can't give it great marks for Wild/Sour. It has a little bit of that going on in there but that isn't THE beer. Its just part of it and a nice touch at that. Lightly sweet with some complexity. I can appreciate subtle any day of the week and this is pretty subtle. A nice easy drinker, just don't expect crazy sour or really sour at all.

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Fall Wild Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 42.6% out of 100 with 54 ratings
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