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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 50
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chumba526 on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This pleasing, two-part, potion was brewed with chocolate and black malts for a rich and roasty overtone, then fused with a dry, substratum of sour for a bold and audacious flavor. Black as night, this beer is blended at 80% stout, 20% dark sour wood beer for a collaboration that begins with a sour edge and finishes with a big, dark malt character, lingering, sweet on your palate.
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Ratings: 520 | Reviews: 224
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3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Pure rock fury meets Belgian-style brewqed folly in this collaboration with Maryland hard-rockers, Clutch. A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts bridge the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff." Brewed in the style of an American Dark Wild Ale. A collaborative release between New Belgium and rock band Clutch, this beer was released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of a mocha brown color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) The aroma includes cocoa nibs, faded coffee bean, wet oaken notes and some very mildly tart stone fruit juices. Not too sweet and not too sour. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is very stout-like with moderately roasted barley, a subtle caramel grain backbone and finishes with a lingering note of chocolate, coffee oils and soft tart fruit. Some very mild sour notes come through alongside a wood flavor on the finish. Overall it's not very sour and hardly tart, but an enjoyable stout despite its falling short to the sour style. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly creamy, mildly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and mild crispness. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is roasty and sweet over sour/tart. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) After my initial disappointed experience with this beer's determination to market itself as a sour or wild ale, I gave it some time to develop and enhance these tart flavors and hopefully improve the flavor range of the beer. Several years later, there isn't much change and the flavor isn't hardly any more sour than it was as a fresh ale. As underwhelming as this beer is for a sour ale, I still find it a highly drinkable and quite enjoyable milder-bodied stout with lots of quality flavor in the stout department. Thus, I've only partially suffered from buyers remorse for this beer but recommend it nonetheless as one of the Lips of Faith more consistently enjoyable releases. It would have made a far more successful and popular stout if it had been marketed as such. 3.75

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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