hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at papago... pours a dark nutty brown with orange hues. it is capped by a soft beige tinted off white head.
the aroma is almost exactly like banana nut bread... toasted nuts candied in brown sugar, cooked over ripe bananas, doughy malt and clove with some raisins.
it tastes like yeasty banana bread as well!... although a bit too sweet for beer. it’s got a lot of brown sugar-y maltiness along with hints of molasses, yeast, nearly rotten bananas, milk chocolate, toasted cashews and pecans with a warmly spiced finish which reveals some floral hoppiness. the aftertaste is just like a banana rolled in brown sugar! the alcohol is not noticed until the night goes on.
the body is a little thicker than medium from the sugars with a slight chalkiness/starchiness to the mouth feel . i’d like this a whole lot more if it weren’t so sweet. still...8/4/7/4/15/3.8
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich dark mahogony beer with a dark-cream colored head. Big malty, light spice/clove aroma. Very rich caramel flavor with some dried fruit and a bit of spice. Medium-plus bodied. Rich caramel lingers with some nice malty sweetness and some dried fruit. Wheat gets a little lost, but this is a great rich caramel beer.
Ratman197 (12810) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Falling Rock poured a clear reddish brown with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of carmel, banana, bubblegum and clove. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of burnt carmel, clove and light bubblegum with a smooth spiced finish.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at Falling Rock. brown pour with thick frothy head. great lacing. malty, banana, light spice aroma. nice round body. spicy, yeast and mild hoppiness. nice rich malty body. long lasting flavors with light warming.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente
Lots of banana and clove in the nose and in the flavor. Pretty tasty. Shocking that it’s 9%. you don’t see it or feel it.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 This one seemed pretty spot on for me. Tap @ Bailey’s Taproom... Poured deep ruby in tone with a beige head. Aroma of alcohol and fruit with yeasty characteristics. Nice thick and chewy palate with floral and fruit flavors (maybe berries). Other notes of cloves, wheat and malts. Was very smooth and light for 9% but also very complex. Good Job New Belgium.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 1/23/09. Draft from The Stables. Tap handle said Lips Of Faith Dunkel Weiss 30. Hazy with a dark amber brown hue. Bready flour and citrus aromas. Spicy and crackers. Medium to full bodied with a spicy and sweet character. Yeast being the dominant part of the palate. Chalky, sticky and syrupy. Big citrusy soapy effervescence. Floral and banana notes. Touch smokey malt character. Cloying long finish. Mild cherry note pops up in the middle. Tasty.
thegreenrooster (3893) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a almost black with a large tan head. Aroma is lots of clove and banana with some alcohol in there. Flavor is again spot on for the style. A nice big clove an banana hit the tounge at first then comes a bit of spice and alcohol. For a 9% beer this is quite flavorfull and easy to drink.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Hamilton’s, "Lips of Faith." Pours murky brown with al lot of carbonation in the form of tan bubbles. Smallish off-white head, decent lacing. Lovely banana bread aroma. Not as much wheatiness as expected, more of a grain/cereal scent. Smooth, bubbly mouthfeel. The rich banana bread nose is mirrored in the flavor. Sweet and yeasty, with little stale hay bite of some dunkels. Easy to drink, sweet without being disgusting, all around a really good beer.
drfabulous (6178) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Sycamore just prior to barley wine night. The oddest of the Lips of Faith. Malty and sweet, but also chocked up with cloves and various X-Mas ale spices. Initial tastes are positive, but as beer warms up the spices come on strong like a fruitcake.