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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GilGarp on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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215
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124
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at barleys i was thrilled to be able to try this one instead of buying a bottle.

Poured a nice hazelnut brown, very clear, and with ample carbonation producing a nice two inch white foamy head. This quickly faded leaving behind nothing more then a thin film on top and a decent side glass lace presence. Very nice overall look though and there was definitely an unfiltered presence as the sediment was just well, settling down to the bottom. Aroma was full of wheat as one would expect from it. Lots of earthy and grain like tones that were mixed in with and accented very nicely by a bit of a yeasty presence. The aroma was slightly musty with a touch of a bready like quality, much thicker then I thought it would be.

Very nice here. A very rich full bodies flavor would be the best way to describe it. Normally I find wheat beers to always have the same overall flavor profile, however this one was a step up, and maybe due to the dark wheat. The flavor just seemed to come off as a bit more complex with a lot of earthy and grain like flavors. There was defiantly a lot of yeast and wheat mixed in and I even picked up the presence of some dark fruit like flavors. Overall very pleasing and a very nice palate about it. A nice smokey kind of flavor started to settle in towards the end of the session and almost gave it kind of a smoked presence in the finish. Very clean, but not as crisp as I would have thought. There was defiantly an underlying slickness to it. Some kind of slippery feel that kept it from having that clean cut off you normally get. It wasn't distracting at all, but rather served to prolng the flavor and give it a little more depth. The carbonation seemed to leave quickly and the last few sips did fall a tad bit flat. Very nice. This was light enough to be a consistent drinker without going overboard and boarding on too light. But the flavors were very well pronounced and defiantly left you with a good overall impression. This was defiantly a sessionable ale here and something I would not mind seeing in the fridge for a while.

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

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.

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Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 bohemiandonut
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have essentially no idea what to expect with this beer. I like Dunkel, New Belgium is hit or miss, but the bottle really sold me. Beautiful design.

This pours well, looks great in a wine glass. The smell is somewhere in between a very ripe banana, bubblegum, and mellow clove. Almost mesmerizing. After the slew of immemorable foreign bocks I've been imbibing, this comes as a welcoming fresh take.

Really heavy on those aroma notes upon the taste. The lacy layered head is breathing clouds in swirl around the glass. This is tasting (appropriately I suppose) very Belgian. It's just got a tad bit too much phenol to let the hops and malt shine through. Mmm... Isoamyl acetate.

Still, this is easily comparable to the best German entries to the style.

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Photo of daledeee
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a small head for a wheat beer. Ok retention and lacing.

Nose is very clove oriented with a decent dose of bananas. Alcohol is big, real big for this style. Malts are far in the background, but maybe a touch of chocolate is there.

Taste is much softer than the nose indicates and the chocolate comes out to play a bit more. Yeasty esters are all over the place, from bubblegum to banana to clove. Little bit of tart wheat, maybe even some coriander? Alcohol is the main detractor for me on this beer, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Other than that, it is a pretty well done dunkelweizen with plenty of yeast character.

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

Bomber split with a couple friends, into a tasting glass

Appearance- Pours dark brown with an off white head. Much darker pour than expected.

Smell- Bready malts, loads of banana. Clove.

Taste- Banana leads the assault and never gives up. Ample amounts of clove the typical peppery like spice as well. Dark bready malts, with notes of caramel and even some light chocolate. Sweet throughout but not cloying. Damn, was this tasty!

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and smooth.

Overall- Fantastic beer, probably the highlight of the night amongst a few highly regarded brews. As good as anything coming out of Germany. Had about a six ounce pour and wanted much more. Seek this one out! Beers like this make me wonder why New Belgium makes so many beers that are simply "meh" at best.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Lips of Faith Series Dunkel Weiss, 1 pint, 6 fl. oz., Alc. 9% by vol.

Very dark appearance, nearly black, complete and utter opacity, lovely creamy tan head, large and lasting, looking great.

Aroma: banana cream pie. Boom, there it is. Soft, sweet, slightly spicy. A little bubble gum.

Taste: Big malty flavor. Dark and deep. Great little texture, dark fruit flavor coming through, a little fig, some grape, and then nicely dry. Some bits of cocoa, a beautiful mix of chocolate and dark fruit, rich and malty. Deee-licious. Tast-eee!
Can't dispute that. One flaw? That 9% a.b.v., it's roaring in now, and I wish it wouldn't. This tastes just delicious, and could have still been, without being so strong. Whoa.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and dark pour, two fingers slight off white head, leaves a thick Styrofoam lacing.

Smells of ripe oranges and sweet malts

Oh man, mowed grass, salt lentil soup yum, banana, clove heavy, barley barley barley, and yes sir, citrus kicks and deep dark wheat and pinto beans. This is a killer unique flavor. Much better job than their bs attempt at Sahti.

Medium to heavy body with a mouthful of carbonation. Solid.

I would recommend this to the experimental drinker, its a unique drank son! Not sure how much I could put down tho, probably just the bomber.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle at the Sunrise Mini Mart. Good work. Poured into a Budweiser pint glass.

The beer is a deep brown with a tan head. The head is fairly tight and huge in the pour. Seems like it should be a 5, but it starts dying down and loses some magic. Hrm.

The nose is mainly ripe banana, but there is a small clove in the background and dark crystal malt. Interesting and somewhat layered.... but it could use a bit less banana.

The taste is also somewhat one dimensional. Banana. There's also a breadiness behind it, but it starts to taste flat. I'd like a bit more spice or something. Maybe a bit higher carbonation? Either way, this beer is becoming worse as I drink it. That said, it goes down well for 9% ABV and I'm not disappointed. I just feel like it could be more.

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

A - Poured a dark reddish brown/amber color with two to 3 fingers of tan head. Good retention and mild lacing

S - Roasted banana and clove. Very inviting.

T - Banana, chocolate, and clove (plus a bit more I can't put my finger on, maybe coffee) with a peppery finish. Roasted malts. Not a lot of alcohol in the taste.

M - Creamy but not too heavy. Light to medium carbonation. Rounded nicely.

D - The sweet flavor is kind of cut short after each sip allowing the sweetness to not become overwhelming. Very drinkable despite the 9% alcohol.

Delicious Dunkelweizen. Well rounded, not overpoweringly sweet or alcoholic. That 9% does build though, only thing holding back drinking this all day.

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

Pours out fairly thin, dark brown, clear, and quickly builds a stable 2-3 finger light tan head. The strong scent of caramelized bananas bursts forth and carries on the air from this beer. Underneath floats light clove, cinnamon, and wheatiness. Simply being in the vicinity of this brew is enough to pull you in by the nose. The tongue reaffirms the nose, the spiced bananas come through as if sauteed in brown sugar and butter. The yeast and malts and slight grain bitterness lend themselves to balance. It is smooth and warming. Another fantastic Lips of Faith creation!

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

A - Pours into my snifter a dark brown/red caramel color with almost two fingers of tan head, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Banana and clove, chocolate, wheat, roasted grain and nutmeg.

T - Not as explosive as the aroma, yet something new for my palate. Getting a lot of that banana and clove, nutmeg, somewhat sweet, yet spicy, roast coffee/chocolate are very mild, but there, with very little alcohol present.

M - Medium-heavy in body, pretty creamy and well rounded.

D - This is a new one for me, interesting style and another solid offering from New Belgium.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Boone's on King Street Charleston SC. Served in a standard pint glass.
A: Dark with some ruby colors that shown through the beer as the light changed. Off-white head that left good lacing.

S: Banana, clove, alcohol.

T: Banana, chocolate, clove, alcohol, roasted malts and a slight pepper flavor round out this.

M: Medium to thick mouth feel. Perfect level of carbonation.

D: Not the type of beer you want a alot of at one time, the flavors and alcohol will get you.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into an imperial pint glass. Poured a reddish brown with a one and a half finger very light tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, clove, banana, alcohol, and a slight roastiness. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, slight alcohol, and slight roastiness. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew and a very nice Dunkel. The aroma was quite nice and I really liked the slight alcohol aroma that it was giving off with the typical Hefe notes. The flavor was very nicely balanced and at 9% the alcohol was not palate invasive at all. For the style, this one is top-notch in my opinion. A definite must try.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a half liter weizen glass. The color is a deep caramel brown. Two fingers of slightly tanned head developed and dissipated to leave traces along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: The heavenly aroma of dunkelweizen, though tinged with black pepper spice. Immediately noticeable are scents of apple, banana, and bubblegum. There is also caramel, clove, and black pepper spice that makes the nostrils tingle a little.

Taste: The black pepper is more noticeable in the flavor, where it introduces each sip with a nice spice kick. It overpowers everything else, frankly, until the beer warms. It's almost as if I have a waiter cranking away at a grinder over my glass. However, when it does fade flavors of apple, banana, and caramel emerge, thankfully balancing the black pepper so it is tolerable. The rather substantial ABV for a dunkelweizen is very well masked.

Drinkability: Tasty stuff, but it lacks the usual potency of dunkelweizen. It is obviously not true to style on purpose, but the uniqueness of the pepper spice gets old quickly.

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Photo of garjc
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- This beer poured a dark chocolate amber. The tan head was very thick (about three fingers), had great retention, and left chunky lacing.

S- Banana attacked the nose immediately. Underneath that was a hint of clove and alcohol. Quite lovely indeed.

T- The banana from the nose is back and this time it brought some more complexity. Chocolate, bread, and black pepper all tantalize the tongue until some subtle dry hops hamper the sweetness. Very well-balanced indeed.

M- Medium bodied with thin-to-medium carbonation. So far the only lackluster quality of this beer.

D- This is dangerously sessionable. The flavors don't fatigue the palate at all and the medium body goes down smoothly. I could drink this all day. Hats off to New Belgium for this beauty.

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

22oz bottle purchased at West Lakeview for the extremely reasonable price of $6.50! Shared with my wife in weizen glasses.

A - Pours with three-plus fingers of creamy tan foam that feature good retention and leave behinds splotchy lacing. The body is a transparent dark chocolate brown with some caramel highlights. Many tiny bubbles are visible.

S - Chocolate, wheat, clove, a hint of nutmeg and cinammon, roasted grains, estery yeast, and some banana character that grows in strength as the brew warms. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

T - Taste is more laden with fruity esters, banana, and caramel, with the spice melange, roast, and chocolate moving to the periphery. Not quite as interesting as the nose, but still quite good.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, chewy texture, sticky finish. Not particularly exciting, but alcohol is no perceptible.

D - My wife and I finished this really quickly. At this price I'm definitely going to buy at least one more bottle of this one. A totally unexpected hit from New Belgium.

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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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Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
4.09 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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