Dunkelweizens are a darker and more robust version of their German hefeweizen cousin. As part of its Lips of Faith series, New Belgium Brewing's adaptation of the German wheat beer style bumps up the alcohol to a hefty 9 per cent ABV and adds black pepper to give it a Belgian-y character. Earthy, toasty chocolaty notes are derived from dark malts, making this a big, strong dark Weiss beer that is a worthy companion for the cooler temps of the fall season. With an appearance of deep amber brown and a dense, off-white head, flavors of sweet clove, banana and black pepper blend together for a burly body with a warm finish. Although this lager is brown, it's also "green:" in 1999, New Belgium Brewing became the first brewery in the U.S. to purchase 100 per cent of its electricity from wind-generated power.