New Belgium Lips of Faith - Fall Wild Ale

 
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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Fall Wild Ale, our mahogany-hued autumn ale spiced with schisandra, opens with the floral, earthy notes of fall itself. Schisandra berries, known as "five flavor fruit," possess a panoply of flavors . This malt-forward dubbel ale is fermented with a Trappist yeast and finishes dry and slightly sour from a touch of bretta. Fall Wild Ale weighs in at 8.5% abv. Autumn in your glass! http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/fall-wild-ale

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3.1
That1Guy (2240) - Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Crushed with Honkeybra at GABF. Never been crazy about dubbels. Eh. Average. Got some nice fruitiness, but if the choice was drinking this, and not drinking it, I’d probably go with the latter.

3.5
sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2010
Tap @ Tacomac pours light brown, off-white head aroma, mostly malty, light dark fruits becoming more prominent with ambient temperature. flavor, dark malts, and dark fruits, currant, fig some brown sugar, some hops adding a touch of tropical fruit flavor, finishes sweet with fig like mouthfeel that complements the light tartness of fruits.

3.5
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2010
GABF 09. Pours a deep amber with a frothy head. Aroma is berry, grassy, toasted malts, lots of fruity esters, a bit acidic, mineral and leafy-earthy. Schisandra berry flavor- green grassy tart, light green apple skin- mixed with earth, herbs phenolic spices, cherry pit and tannic- pepper ok malt caramel sweetness and leafy phenolics. Ill take bstills schisandra belgian over this any day ;)

3.8
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Tap at Toronado. Pours with a bownish color. Aromas are more wild than the flavor. It has some funk in the nose, but sipping it it seems more than an ordinary Belgian abbey beer, not so much a wild ale, the funky notes are very subdued.

3.5
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010

Date: December 20, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: light tart malt aroma, touch of mustyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, hint of musty tartness blends well with the fruity esters, balancing earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

3.3
Crit (4102) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
Dark brown,lasting beige head.Lightly tart spicy nose. Spicy yeast profile,light tart finish.Decent but not a good example of the style. Lacks malt sweetness

3.5
kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2009
(draught - Flying Saucer Little Rock) medium amber with whitish head. Slightly sour/fruity aroma aroma., Flavor is yeast, bright fruits, caramel with a tart dry finish.

3.5
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2009
on tap at papago 11/12/2009. a hazy pour has the appearance of chestnut shells with an off white head which fades to last as a ring. big bretty blast up the nostrils... followed by loads of yeast, earth, slate/mineral, spice, toasted nuts, over ripe plums and cherry-like fruitiness. i was expecting sweet on the palate... luckily, it is just fruity and malty. i guess the bretts did its job cleaning up as this thing is incredibly dry on the finish. the flavor is of yeast and its richness, cherry fruits, bretty minerals, plums, earth, spice and herbs before a somewhat flat or dead finish. as it warms i get notes of peanut butter... weird although it is all over the place to begin with. the body is medium... even a bit sticky which is odd since it is SO dry. 8/4/6/3/14/3.5

3.6
ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Clearish, dark brown body with a thinnish, off-white head. Smell: Well, it’s definitely fruity, even remarkably so, as I took it upon myself to blurt out "fruity!" at the bar. Everything from cherries to ’nanas. All with a strong sense of impending sweetness from the lightly nutty, sugary tones of a fine syrup. Sadly, I’m not picking up any of the wildness in the Fall Wild Ale. Taste: A sweet, strongly sugary start of darkened treacle and a supplemental pinch of almond sugar to round out the dark maltiness. Additional nutty hints. The dose of Schisandra berries along with the Trappist ale yeast provides for a plethora of fruity tastes: Red Delicious apple, raisins, bananas, plums, and sweet, ripe cherries. Very minor hint of spice buried under all the sweetness and fruitiness. There’s a touch of warming booze on the continually sweet, continually fruity finish with a slight, spicy herbal tone right at the very end. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A passable brew! Brett always seems to be a stubborn, slow developer as, to be frank, I didn’t detect one single iota of Brett character. So, perhaps, ’in the bottle’ is the way to go with this one.

3.8
nathan30533 (1022) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours brown with not much head. Smoked flavor. Good fall/winter. Not my style but not bad. I say the aroma is the master trait.


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