Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss | New Belgium Brewing

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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GilGarp on 02-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
124
Ratings:
215
pDev:
10.32%
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Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Thoguht it was a dark black, stoutish. However up to the light it's a very dark brown. 2/3 finger light brown head, nice big bubbles floating on top.

Smell-This is going to be sweet. I get a ton of banana and spice. Lots of malts, and some citrus as well.

Taste-Haven't been able to wrap my head around this. Best way I can discribe is caramalizing a ripe banana in some brown sugar, clove and cinnamon. This taste is a treat. Sweet all around, great desert beer, fucking tasty.

Mouthfeel-Lots of body. Thick and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall-This beer is an experience. Great flavors, flavors i've never had before in a beer. Still trying to wrap my head around everything going on in this brew. Please, if you can get this beer, spend the 6-7 bucks and drink it.

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Photo of brendaniel
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my NOOB BIF for this one!! Dark mahogany pour with a relatively good head and some lacing throughout. Aromas consisted of banana, bubble gum ... typical of the style - with a little backbone. The taste is very consistent with the brew of this type - with a hint of malty roastiness ... some molasses as well. Mouthfeel was a little thin - but good carbonation and a mild alcohol in the finish. Very good beer - considering I am not a big fan of Fat Tire. Glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip.

A: Beautiful reddish brown, I could gaze into this for a while. Substantial head, could have lasted a bit longer, but satisfying nonetheless

S: Wow! Bananas and spice from the moment the bottle was opened. Really invites me to move to the first quaff.

T: And the taste completely fulfills what the aroma promises. Liquid banana bread, fresh spices, lots of pepper. Ginger snaps? An old world bakery in a bottle. Finishes with a bit of bubble gum-- where did that come from? What a trip.

M: Quite satisfying in the mouth, the crispness highlights the pepper and other spices.

D: At 9%, you'll want to savor this one. Wish I could clear the evening calendar and have another. Will definitely pick up a couple more before they sell out.

Quite unique, like the other lips of faith varieties. So glad I spotted this on the shelf while looking for something else.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rob for sharing!

Big 22oz. serigraphed bottle. No wheat glasses on hand, so I used a standard tasting glass. The bottle reads "Cat-burglar-smooth and just as fond of the dark, Dunkel Weiss sneaks together wheat and barley malts with a pinch of black pepper." The only other beer I know that uses black pepper is Knot Stock.

Appearance when pouring is a chestnut brown, but in the glass it literally turns a black color. Very dark, but I can tell when it is held up to light the beer is very clear and filtered. The head is a substantial rocky beige color that crackles away at first but settles down into a soft pillowy head. It has a decent head retention. This is the darkest I have ever seen a Dunkelweizen and certainly, the most filtered I have ever seen a dweizen as well. It misses more points for this departure from the tradition, but where it missed, it made up for with strong character.

The aroma is also a slight departure from what is standard in a D.weizen. BIG and bold aromas leap out of the glass, mostly of ripened banana and to a lesser extent cloves. This intense aroma is uncharacteristically strong for the dark wheat style. Softer elements show through beyond the abrasive banana and clove smell: cocoa powder, fig, and honey. not unpleasant at all, but slightly over the top for what a dunkelweizen should be.

The taste is on the sweeter side, with a nice complimentary spiciness from the yeast. Quite pleasant. Very flavorful and robust. There is some chocolate up front, soft but present, followed by a sweetness towards the swallow that has a ripened fruit quality. The finish has a considerable amount of pepper spice and clove notes from the yeast, which round out the sweetness very nicely. I am surprised by this beer's flavor...very well designed.

The mouthfeel is a miss. The carbonation is just not enough for a dunkelweizen. Maybe it is the very high alcohol, but the beer feels heavy and almost slick. The alcohol leaves a twinge, but otherwise that is not coming off as highly carbonated.

The overall impression of this beer is that we have an American brewery recreating a classic German beer style to suit American consumers needs. WAY over the top with appearance, aroma, and flavor. Not to mention alcohol! Sure there may be some German breweries that have high octane beers, but a South German dunkelweizen is a subtle yet different approach to a hefeweizen. This is an altogether different beast, what with the addition of black pepper and 9% abv. Would I drink it again? Sure I would. I would not offer it up as a great example of the style, but I would certainly use this for a food pairing beer!

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Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
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 kflorence
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown in color with a lovely, thick, frothy head that dissipates as you drink. A thin layer of cream is left atop the beer with plenty of lacing along the sides of the glass. Looks very appealing!

S: Smells predominantly of dark fruits and malts; plum and raisin, mostly. Also a bit of soy sauce and some very faint, pine and citrus hops with a bit of alcohol.

T: Much like the smell, this brew predominantly features a malt and dark fruit characteristic. Maple syrup, raisins and plums hit the tongue first, followed by a caramelized malt syrup with a bit of molasses. The malts and some cinnamon spice linger on the tongue. Not quite what I'm used to in a dunkel, but still very good. The 9% ABV is almost undetectable!

M: This is a medium bodied brew with a pretty thin mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. There is a little bit if chewiness and some syrupy qualities to the brew, but it isn't overly dense and goes down smooth and easy.

O: Overall, this is a very tasty and dangerously drinkable dunkelweizen (especially for a 9% ABV)! There is enough complexity here to appreciate a truly crafted beer, but it remains pretty sessionable despite the high ABV. Cheers New Belgium!

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Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of afrokaze
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Been pretty excited to try this one!

A: Pours a dark ruby brown that is slightly purple when held to the light, with a nice 3 finger tan head that settle into decent lacing.

S: Spices (especially clove) dominate the nose. Alcohol is a little too apparent, but expected given the 9%ABV (I'd pretty much call this an imperial dunkel). A hint of banana and vine fruit at the end.

T: WOW. Traditional banana, bubblegum and clove are kicked up a notch here. Nice malt sweetness is well balanced with spicy yeast. There's also a fig/raisin note, but it comes across a little too sweet when it mixes with the candi sugar notes. Alcohol becomes too prevalent as it warms, and burns a bit right on the back of the throat, just like when you eat something too quickly right out of the microwave.

M: On the thicker side for the style, but it suits the stronger flavors well. Coats the mouth nicely but not too sticky.

O: I definitely like this beer, but a few things hold it back from greatness. First, absolutely too much alcohol. I think it'd be perfect at 7 or 7.5%. The fruit notes here are great and well balanced, but maybe a little too sweet. I'd call it an imperial dunkel, which is a great unique spin on the style by NB. They should just tone a few things down and make a world-class American dunkel.

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Photo of crusian
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewing based on style.
pours a nice dark brown with a decent finger of head. Beautiful darkness in the glass.
the nose holds a lot of banana from the yeast and a hint of peppercorn, but mostly overpowered by the banana.
Taste has some banana, but the peppercorns come out much much more, it is actually a really nice mix, I may try to put pepper on my next banana to see if it would work this well. The is a little bit of sweetness on the finish. I like this. The pepper is very intriguing, and addicting. perfect medium body and carbonation. I must say, this is probably the best Dunkel I have had. Good job Peter!
edit: holy crap this is 9% never noticed.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JLeege
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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 stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

February 2011 release. 22 oz bottle.

A: Pours a clear brown with ruby edges and a two finger beige head leaving lacing throughout.
S: Brown sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of wheat malt.
T: Very sweet, but not cloying. Sugary, but falls on a solid, easy drinking wheat backbone.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, no alcohol bite, well carbonated.
O: Very good for the style, though I've only had two others. It is an imperial version, and this is a definite winner in the Lips of Faith series.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at John's Grocery Store in Iowa City on 02-19-2011. Poured into a a Fin du Monde Tulip. No bottled on or drink by date. $5.99 for a 22 oz. bomber.

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with muddied white color head and nice lacing.

Nose: Earthy and grainy. Sweet. Great Dunkel nose.

Taste: First taste...beef jerky. Sounds odd, slight smoke flavor, followed by a sweet teriyaki. Banana undertones, great flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, would border on excessive, but I'm not going to knock it, I like the zing.

Drinkability: I actually really like this beer. As a fan of the Hacker Pschorr Dark Weisse, I would say I enjoy this beer. For the higher ABV, and darker body, this is very palatable. I would buy again, and for the price, a winner.

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Photo of gregshead
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 3/18/11 Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a dark murky brown with a reddish hue.

S: Vanilla sugar with banana aroma underneath. The nose really draws me in.

T: Nice cloves/banana and vanilla sweetness. Imagine a darker stronger dunkel with some extra sweetness.

M: A little bit of heat on the tongue. Nice light carbonation feel, along with a medium thickness feel.

O: I liked this one much to my own chagrin. I'm not much of a lager person but I could see myself coming back to this one again.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a schooner. No best before date.

A- dark with ruby edges, only slightly cloud, fluffy white head that resolves with lots of lacing after a few minutes.

S - super strong banana nose with wheat & yeast at the edges.

T - surprisingly sweet caramel malt backing clove and nutmeg/spiciness over a solid foundation of yeast and banana.

M - little to no carbonation and very light. No booziness or alcohol warming at all! Shocking!

D - really easy drink; could chug this all night long (then fall over).

Great beer. Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of bigaltemple
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a NB globe glass.

This one's dark! When held up to the light I would even go so far as to say crimson in color. Offered up a 1/4" thick head that looked like a ready to flip pancake. Very nice lacing as well.

Initial whiff is like walking into the produce section. Bananas fill your nose along with some dark fruits (plums, maybe). Dark malts, spice, and biscuits linger behind.

Instantly get that bready and full malt flavor on the front of the tasting. Sweetness turns peppery at the finish, and that's where the alcohol bite shows up as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I found it to be an exceptional value as well. $5.99 for a 22oz at 9% ABV. I'm definitely going to pick up a couple more of these.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really do love this beer, it has a dark complexity...i big nice creamy head on it....

the taste has subdued notes of banana...and a slight bitterness with a full malty taste...

the smell is strong dark fruits, mainly banana...

its not as dry as i think it should be....extra creamy feel...

overall i really do like this beer its very well put together and very drinkable

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark dark brown that is transparent in the light. The finger-width, brown head gives way after a few minutes

S: A banana scent dominates with some clove and caramel notes in there as well. Smells a lot like NB's Abbey Ale.

T: Tastes like Abbey, too, with the banana taste coming in first. That caramelized sweetness is present as well. There's some extra fruitiness sticking around and the cloves are definitely in there. A tasty, sweet treat.

M: Medium-bodied with an extra carbonation that adds a crispness that lightens it a bit. Not overwhelming in the least. Probably the aspect that differs the most from NB's Abbey.

D: The delicious taste and not overly heavy feel make it very drinkable, maybe too much so for a 9% ABV. You might want to be careful with multiple.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out deep walnut in color, clear, with a off-white head. The aroma off the beer is malty sweet with rich banana and clove esters prominent. Even though this is a Belgian take on a traditional German beer, New Belgium really nails the traditional German style characteristics. The taste of this beer is sweet up front, but it fades into a roasty chocolate and banana. The black pepper wasn't that strong on the taste. The drink of this beer is exceptionally nice.

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Photo of joelBfrasier
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Lips Of Faith - Dunkel Weiss from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 215 ratings