Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Metalmonk:
4.25/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Right off the bat, this one looks a bit different than a typical sour, being opaque black of liquid and tan of head. And the head is a super-creamy, long-lasting sort of thing. Love the appearance, definitely.
Roasty smelling, very porter-like. Mineral and smoke in there as well.
Taste-wise, this is most definitely a unique offering, one that seems to only partly intersect with a true sour. That kind of twisted fruitiness is present, but its dominant flavors are chocolate, raisin, fig, coffee and smoke. A hint of wood creeps around in the background. For a 9-percenter, didn't find any alcohol in its character. Still thinking "porter," but an adulterated one.
Tingly, tickling carbonation, a bit soft, a little thin, although it has some stick to it. Smooths out and becomes really creamy with warming, which helps provide a bit more overall depth.
This beer is not for people overly hung up on style definitions and boundaries. It breaks a mold and sets its own course, quite like the band it's named after. Definitely a super-enjoyable beer, my favorite so far from the Lips of Faith series, and one I look forward to having again.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2012 00:07:14 | More by Metalmonk
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United Kingdom (England)
3.66/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle broached on 24th Feb 2014: shared at the second ever 'Shrewsbury Bottle Share', four of us tucked into this: cheers Mat for bringing it (he's a Clutch fan). I've never heard of Clutch of course, apart from the ones in the various cars I've owned.
Anyway the beauty poured a dark, dark brown, almost black in fact.
Dark fruits wrapped in chocolate with a sourness that belies the sweetness that is trying to burst through the brew. A dusting of caster sugar towards the end gives the beer a slightly less sour finish and adds a little lightness to the whole thing.
Different and pleasing, my third beer from New Belgium, they are doing OK in my eyes.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2014 09:26:15 | More by BlackHaddock
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.