New Belgium Lips of Faith - Dunkelweiss

 
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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Deep amber brown with a dense off-white head, Dunkelweiss 30° rediscovers Hefeweiss beers through a Belgian brewer’s lens. Envisioned by our own Matty “Smooth” Gilliland, this beer opens with sweet clove and banana notes that give way to a chocolaty warm finish with a peppery tingle across the palate. “I thought it would be fun to make a German wheat beer; we’ve explored the Belgian wheats pretty thoroughly,” said Gilliland. “Since this is Lips of Faith – and part of what makes that program fun is to make beers that are really unique and different – making a big, strong, dark Weiss beer sounded pretty folly-licious. It’ll still showcase all of the flavors that a Hefeweiss beer would have, but add in the burly body and extra punch. Think of it as a Grand Cru dunkelweiss.”

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3.4
drfabulous (7941) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2009
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.

3.9
Delirium (669) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 Draught, at the upstairs bar&grill of the Crow’s Nest in Santa Cruz. Pours dark brown/black with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is banana, clove, grain, spices, and bit of alcohol. Flavor is the same elements, somewhat sweet. This is quite good on the whole---I had no real idea what a strong dunkelweizen would come out as, but it’s got a nice strong, doppelbock-ish malt quality along with the usual dunkelweizen flavors, and blends it all nicely.

3.5
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
german clovey and banana bread heavy yeasts. medium brown color and a balanced palate. Perhaps a touch too much banana spice.

3.6
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Tap at Naked City. Listed as the new Lips of Faith brew. Lots of banana and moderate syrupy sweetness. Not too heavy on the spices; smooth and easy drinking...enjoyable.

3.6
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2008
choice city. Extrm dark brown. Huge wheat heavy clove smell and flavor - creamy toasted wheat and spiced banana. Reminded of Aventinus - rich, sweet, syrupy, malt heavy, zero to no hop bitterness. Rich and tangy finish.

3.7
BillKismet (4057) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Black body with a decent brown top. Nose full of cloves and some banana. Quite phenolic. Clove dominates, chocolate banana rounds it out. Some sour banana on finish. Intriguing for the style as you definitely feel the alcohol warmth on the finish. A high-octane, winter warmer-styled dunkelweiss. A nice, seasonal rendition of the style.


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