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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
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520 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 51
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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
Reviews by chumba526:
Photo of chumba526
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a sour stout that is composed of 80% New Belgium base beer and 20 % Sour beer. It has 15 IBUs.

The beer appears midnight black with a brown colored head.

It smells strongly of roasted smoky malts, dark chocolate and tart cherries.

It tastes initially of a smooth chocolate like stout. Soon however a tart cherry flavor takes over. There are hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and tart cherries to this beer. For how high it is in alcohol it is very smooth, light and refreshing. This could be a dangerous beer.

The beer has a thin mouthfeel with moderate low carbonation.

Overall a really good a unique sour stout. One of the best beers I have tried from NB. I am really impressed by how easy the beer is to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into a stemmed Fat Tire glass with a 1/2 finger khaki colored head atop.Chocolate and dark roast coffee aromas are really nice,a hint of sour cherry in the background.Creamy in the mouth,it has almost a nitro dispensed feel to it.Chocolate malts and roast flavors are the main components to the flavors with that light sourness coming thru as I drank more but it really never becomes to much.I liked this beer alot,the sour flavors are not overly big and the chocolate flavors really stood out.
A great collaberation with my favorite band!

Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is some roasted chocolate malts, leather and tart, sour dark fruits.

The flavor is some roasted earthy malts and molasses with a good amount of tart fruity sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice mellow dark fruit sour with a bit of roast.

Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date, this beer is probably cellarable though.

LOOK: Opaque blackness, tight looking head

SMELL: Brown malt, light tartness, bready, dark fruit, mild roast, carob

TASTE: Smooth, full-ish body, light charcoal, burnt toast, chicory, coffee, mellow tartness, alcohol, dark berries, faint wood, roasted finish

Love the layers of roasted character but expected more of a sour character here. Compared to what is out there in the new world of sours beers this is pretty tame.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt, with a little bit of sourness. It smells fairly stout like, with only a slight amount of tartness present.

The flavor is similar. The two dominant flavors are chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a little bit of tart cherries and a little bit of smoke. The tartness/sourness is well hidden but does add something to the overall flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of sweetwillyrolbar
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is aaamazing. I love Clutch, but I really don't think it's pivotal to my opinion. I'm not uber into sours, but this beer is the right amount of column A column B for me!!
Pours with a great head, that dissipates significantly, but leaves about a half inch of head. Pours just short of the opacity of your typical porter.
I get cherry, chocolate, touch of coffee and lactic acid in the nose.
Taste is sublime. Love this stuff! All NB sours I've tried are way sour... I admittedly am not a sour buff. This is, to me, the apex example of a mix between sour cherry and mocha, put super-simply. Seems oak aged, but not sure that it is, woody character. I don't know what it means for a 'sour stout' to be balanced but, till further debunked, this is the standard.
Mouthfeel is moderate, not thin but less than syrupy, carbonation is where I want it to be.
This beer was more than I wanted. Clutch, you hypnotize me again. New Belgium, there's hope for us yet.

Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap

Beachwood BBQ
Seal Beach, CA

Near black in color with a thin khaki colored head. Dots of lacing spot the glass.

Noticeable sour acidity is present in the aroma along with a mild roast and chocolate character, though there's nothing particularly grabbing.

Roasted malt and a hint of chocolate make for a simple, basic stout. The sour tartness presents itself on the finish but is not overly powerful. This beer is more stout than sour, and not especially good at being either.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

An average and acceptable attempt at the style. After having The Bruery's Tart of Darkness however, this pales in comparison.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass while listening to Clutch.

Appearance: Pours dark and black with only a slight hint of brownish red on the edges. Decent two fingers of tan head that fade into a thin ring on the edges of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Moderately tart and sour dark cherries with some wood, brett, and a light hint of vinegar. Big presence of dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Quite an interesting combination.

Taste: A very interesting and tasty brew. It literally tastes like a imperial stout mixed with a wild ale. The sour cherries and woody/bretty characteristics are quite noticeable but are not as strong as a normal wild ale. The dark elements kind of overshadow it, but in a good way. Big flavor of dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth. No noticeable alcohol heat. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A pretty wild and interesting take on a wild ale. The dark flavors blend pretty well with the sourness. I love the creativity here.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy dark brown. Almost nonexistant head to it. Aroma was muddled, lacked any sour aspect to it. Roasted malt notes were faint and leaning sweet, like a milk stout as opposed to one as strong as this.

Taste, whoa, where's the sour? You said this was a sour stout? Really? Have you have Tart of Darkness? This pales in comparison. Heck, this isn't in Magdura Obscura territory. Minorly sour, decent stout still, but jeez, the sour aspect of this is very minimal.

Hides the alcohol quite well, a little thin in the mouthfeel for a stout of this level, but keeps it plenty easy to drink. Lots of wood, less chocolate and coffee to it. No bitterness, which was kinda strange.

On tap @ Beachwood BBQ for sourfest.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a jet brown opaque body with a thick cocoa colored head that last a good bit.

S- The earthy chocolate notes have some powder qualities to it wit some tootsie roll notes and coffee malt and some earthy dark malt notes. There is a vanilla oak note in the finish.

T- The rich chocolate malt has some some soft tartness and wet wood flavors in the finish with an alcohol taste aswell. There is some dark cherry notes underneath the malt flavor.

M- The velvety medium mouthfeel has a touch of fizz in the finish and a bit of alcohol heat that grows in the exhale after each sip.

O- The nice chocolaty stout character is a bit one-dimensional. The tartness and wood characteristics are nice but just to soft in the background.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, pours a nice deep dark body with an off-white head. Nose is a balance of roasted malts and tart fruits, sour cherry aroma dominates. On the palate it is a very nice balance of dark roasted malts, tart cherries and just a touch of funk. The mouthfeel was smooth, but not excessively so, and I definitely did not think it was 9.5%. Overall this is a nice gateway beer for those that want to get into sours and funk. It has some of those elements but they are not overpowering, just in balance with the rest of the brew.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for popping this one.

A: Pours a rather dark brown with two fingers of foam on top. Very nice retention and little bits of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate, and some vinegary/sourness. A little bit of cherry and pineapple almost.

T: More chocolate than on the aroma, heavy roasted malt, slight tartness and some sour fruit, not really discernible which fruit though.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not really my thing. Not very sour at all and the roasted malt/chocolate was a bit heavy for me.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cocoa-color with a short, brown head and heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sour wine and roasted malts, a preview of the same flavors in the mouth. This tastes very much like a Flemish sour mixed with a lighter stout, combining vinous notes with the roasted, toasted flavors associated with darker ales. In some moments, it reminds me of a dark Belgian ale; in others, it's something nearly completely new.

Complex, well-balanced and supremely tasty. This is a keeper, New Belgium.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good though not great sour. The sour came at the finish so was therefore not a palate eraser. Dark body with huge beige head.More chocolate up front than needed, would like to get down to the business of sour.Mildly fruity aroma.Found at O'Reilly's in Madison.

Photo of dirtylou
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, split

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, ebony body, light tan head with minimal frothy lace

smell: dry roast, vinegar. meh

taste: definitely one of the duds in the lips of faith line - the tart stout concept just doesnt work. Tart vinegar, dry chalky roast, chocolate, artificial cherry.

mouthfeel: lighter end of medium, tart

overall: not my fav

Photo of plfahey
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pours black with the faintest garnet highlights when held to light. Clarity seems good though difficult to discern. True brown head tops the beer and has decent retention.

Aroma-Malt profile dominates the aroma-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and some toast. Hops are rather low, and almost imperceptible here. Some stone fruit esters appear as well, most notably plum and tart cherry. There is just a hint of tartness here.

Flavor-Sour up front, with tart cherries and chocolate as the primary flavors. The mid-palate displays other fruits-plums and grapes-before being overtaken by assertive roast flavors in the finish, with notes of coffee grounds and espresso. The aftertaste is quite dry, with a lingering tart cherry/bittersweet chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Quite dry, but not astringent. Low alcohol warmth.

I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty apprehensive going into this one. I hadn't really heard anything good about this beer, with one friend describing it as reminiscent of an infected stout. I was pleasantly surprised by the beer-it wasn't amazing or anything, but it was rather good, with a nice tart cherry/chocolate-espresso balance in the flavor that was rather pleasant. Would I get it again? Maybe, maybe not. But it was definitely worth trying.

Photo of dbossman
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black and bubbly with a thin but consistent film of a head--cocoa brown; great lacing

S: Slightly tart and boozy and grainy and malty and fruity: musty and grassy, slightly tart darker fruits like plums, cherries, and raisins; but there is also a chocolatey roasted malt undertone

T: Slightly tart up front with hints of cherries, apples, and raisins, but also a musty grainy quality all on top of a roasted chocolate and coffee malt presence; not as sour as I'd like but it does play off the roasty malts quite well

F: Medium body and fairly creamy; maybe a touch thin on the back end

O: This is a refreshing and extremely drinkable beer; the alcohol--while noticeable in the aroma--does not seem as prevalent; not as sour as I'd like but I still find it to be a refreshing treat nonetheless

Photo of mdvatab
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into bordeaux glass.

Aroma: A rich, malty molasses. Dark cocoa, and a tart cherry-like sourness. Again, lots of cocoa, with a hint of vanilla.

Appearance: Dark brown. Thick, 3 finger, light tan cappucino-like foam settles slowly. Decent lacing sticks to the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Interesting roasty-sour thing going on. Not sure what to think at first. This one definitely defies standard style guidelines. Tartness up front, roasty malt, smoke, and earth. Like a cross between a darker sour and a dry stout (1:1 blend). Tartness comes back to linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: My first take on this one was that it wasn't bad-- just not one I'd seek out again. I like sours, and also stouts, but not a mix of the two. The more I drank, though, the more tired I got of this one. I eventually wound up dumping my last 1/4 glass. As with any other mediocre or subpar brew, I'm reminded of how many other great brews are out there. No need to seek this one out again. Especially at this price.

Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Plums & woody notes, figs & cherries surface once this is warm

T: Raisins, a touch of chocolate, plus a touch of sour cherry & some booze warmth up front. Sourness & woody touches break through as this warms, along with cherries & some jammy/boozey notes. Finishes with cherry & oakyness, & growing ever more muted, sourness

MF: Medium bodied, dry, slight carbonation. Carbonation picks up as this warms

Decent stab at the style, but not near sour or funky enough to really wow me. Might be a good choice to introduce a newbie drinker to this concept of sour beers

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This offering from New Belgium pours a deep and dark brown. Well, O.K., it's pretty much black. Hardly a hint of light shines through my 40 watt save energy bulb. Those with 100 watt bulbs might detect a deep crimson. Half an inch of foam settles out to a curious and clingy film.

Nose offers a bit of funk on top of a light mocha and chocolate delivery. Sour notes are slim but present, mostly in the form of sour black cherries cradled in chocolate.

Flavor is clean/thin yet not really. Somewhat full in body for an American Stout, yet that's not really what I was expecting. Regardless, in the end, that's what you get. Albeit at a somewhat fortified level. Stoutish in color and delivery though surely not a rich R.I.S., this beer drinks rather smoothly for its ABV. At the same time it does lack the character one might expect from an export stout. In the end it is what it is but the use of the word 'sour' is a touch out of place.

An easy drinking(except for the price) American Stout with subtle nuance, lacking in depth, and lacking in quality. The 'Sour' angle never really takes hold. Overall a bit lame for the ABV and especially given the style.

Photo of IKR
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown color, almost black with a moderate beige head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Faint roast malts, and some mild tart fruity notes.

Taste: Mild roast notes, some mild fruity notes delivered with a moderately tart finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a fair level of carbonation. It has a nice feel. It hides the alcohol well.

Overall: Not a bad beer but since it was labeled as a sour dark ale i think I was anticipating something along the line of the Bruery's Tart of Darkness. The flavor profile is good but if the mild tartness was pushed to a full on sour as labeled I think it would be stellar. As is, the tartness just add an interesting element.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured black with a three finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, dark fruit, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, milk chocolate, wood, and drak fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Still not getting behind this whole sour stout movement and this is no exception. While all of the flavors present are good, they don't blend that well together in my opinion. If you are a big fan of sour stouts you might enjoy this one. Worth trying for those who are curious or love this style.

Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Black color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Nice amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smells like a traditional stout. Chocolate, coffee, a little smoke, and the slightest hint of tart fruit.

Flavor does not quite work for me. The tartness seems more like a stout that had an unintended infection. I think what this beer needs to work is a high level of sourness, not the low, subtle type. The flavor has a high level of roasted malt qualities. More subtle hints of chocolate, cinammon, and smoke. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Thick and rich.

Overall this beer was a disapointment. It sounded great on paper but either sour stouts do not work, or this was not executed as well as it could of been.

Photo of GRG1313
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a short fast fading head.

Nose is all black chocolate, roasted grain and coffee. While a simple nose pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and, for my taste, is out of balance. Flavors and mouthfeel just do not juxtapose well. Thin and a bit watery, but then gives way to simple coffee, chocolate and roasted grain character with a kick of citrus sour. There is a pleasant smoky character but, that also does not blend well and is not integrated with the other flavor characteristics.

Candidly, it tastes like a dump bucket of otherwise decent beers! Sorry...that's what it was like for me. Flavors and sour characteristics are just not integrated - almost as if you mixed a stout with a lemon/lime/citrus sour. Doesn't really make it for me.

Finish is sort of a coffee sour that, for my taste, is not pleasing.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.