Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by akorsak:
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A bomber, the Wine Source. It's nice to have the Lips of Faith in my (almost) backyard. In a mini tulip.
A: Dark, deep muddied brown, actually more like black. I kept searching for lighter hues but none came through. As such, the ale is opaque. An off-white head, tinted just a bit with the darkness of the ale, mild lacing.
S: Dark malts, roasted but not quite burnt, with a distinct cocoa aroma. The funk is just below the surface, an acidic scent that has a citric twang. The combination of the two is interesting, as the darker malts add more aroma to the ale.
T: The chocolate malts stand out, a chewy sweetness that flourishes early on in each sip. The sweetness builds until the sourness kicks in. Lemony acidity follows, juicy funk without the normal barnyard uniqueness. The more time I spend, the more the acidity calms down and the flavors come together - there isn't as much tension. The finish builds to a dry crescendo, fleeting chocolate and acidity remaining. Woody vanilla notes are sprinkled throughout.
M: The mouthfeel is smooth, thank you darker malts for aiding there. The sourness, intense at times, isn't an end-all be-all. A good start.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2012 18:46:56 | More by akorsak
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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 506 ratings.