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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OldMrCrow (2447) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Tap at Fiddlers.

If this had been called New Belgium Relatively Thin Dubbel With a Tiny Bit of Brett, I might have been less disappointed upon sampling it. On the other hand, I never would have ordered it in the first place so assuming that the object is sales rather than ratings, NB wins and I lose.

Yeah, I guess I’ve already said most of it. A relative thin dubbel with a tiny bit of brett, enough sour character to make it clear that it wasn’t just an uck up on the part of NB that it tastes this way (either that, or a really big one of Port Townshend proportions) but not enough to make it interesting. A bit sweet, a bit raisiny. I tried to pawn it off on a friend after half a glass but he wouldn’t drink it either. On to SN Celebration for both of us.

3.9
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
On tap @ Library Alehouse. Clear ruby with a 1 1/2 finger light beige head, fair retention. The usual house NB yeast dominates with some raisin, fig, and brown sugar. There is also some light fruity cherry tang with hints of lacto. The flavor is exactly the same with light chocolate and a tinge of spicy alcohol. Sweetness peaked at a 3, bitterness at a 2, dry finish. Medium-full body, moderate prickly carbonation. Pretty good, but doesn’t seem all that "wild " to me.

3.5
tmoreau (4816) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2009
On tap at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL. and served in a large snifter. The color was brown with ruby tones showing through. The off white foam to the head reduced rather quickly to a ring and film, but left some nice ribbons and spots of lacing. The aroma presented a hint of yeast, some sweetness, and floral, apple, and caramel notes. The flavor continued the light apple and sweetness, added a little tartness and then, dryness to the finish. The alcohol was nicely hidden!

3.2
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009 Floral hop aroma. Big white head. Bronze coloured and a little hazy in appearance with a banana fruit flavour. A little dryness and bitterness in a crisp finish.

3.6
drfabulous (9004) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Draught at brewery. Lots of spices mixed in with a Dubbel. Some brett. Nice all around. A kind of winter warmer with brett.

3.3
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2009
On tap at Hop Leaf. Pours a dark shade of amber with a trim beige head. Smells like autumn potpourri and malt. Tastes of caramel, assorted dried fruit, and yeast. Not what I was expecting from a wild ale, but pretty decent.

3.2
BVery (11494) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2009
TAP: brown/amber pour, offwhite head. Malt and nutmeg on the nose, fig and molasses on taste. Reminds me of fruitcake.

3.2
WeeHeavySD (3399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Damn, I had hoped this was a sour, but no matter, I had it on tap at Hamilton’s tonight. Pours rich brown with a tan ring. Nose is very light, and subtle. Taste is light, subtle sweetish sourness, just ok.

3.9
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a deep reddish brown with a finger-width, creamy, beige colored head that dissipates slowly and leaves a pretty lacing. Aroma is more malty than sour, but there are still nice hints of yeast and sour fruits. Bigger caramels up front with a touch of chocolate, ripe dark fruits and raisin, plenty of floral earth, a distinct Belgian Trappist yeast strain, clove, and a light sour funk. The flavor is really cool. Its exactly as described...a sour dubbel. Malt forward caramels greet the palate up front before some raisin and chocolate lead way to a bouquet of earth, flowers, ripe fruits, banana, and clove. A slight toasty bread comes in before the sour aspect of this beer takes it home. Lots of Trappist yeast, slightly tart berries, and a hint of brett funk allow this to finish dry. Its rich and malty, yet flowery and yeasty with a touch of sour. Medium length aftertaste after a smooth, medium body. Overall, a really cool beer. Love the blending of the styles. Very well done.

3.5
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Draught from the Kitchen. Dark red-brown with creamy thick white head. Aroma is malty sweet, with some Belgian yeast esters, roastedness, raisins and other tart fruits. Flavor is sweet and goes biting with notes of light caramel, bread, floral notes, and light citrus bite at end lingers. A definite New Belgium vibe to this brew.


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