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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
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good

508 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 48
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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:
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.

(Beer added by: chumba526 on 08-06-2011)
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Reviews by coreyfmcdonald:
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz bottle served into a tulip.

A: Right on for an American Stout. Black with just a bit of dark brown shining through on the edges when held to the light. Light brown foam develops which settles to a ring of head at the top of the beer. As I make subsequent pours, there is a mixture of brown and light tan head. Very nice looking.

S: Strong roast scents with slight green apple smell. Some dark chocolate as well.

T: Strong roast flavors with some dark chocolate and light coffee. There is really very little sour flavor in this beer - again I get very slight green apple. Very little alcohol flavor despite the 9.5% ABV.

M: Medium body with medium amount of carbonation. Quite good.

O: I don't really taste much sourness in this beer. As an American Stout, it's decent.

09-26-2011 20:26:09 | More by coreyfmcdonald
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

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!

09-27-2011 20:24:38 | More by oberon
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wahba

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

06-01-2014 13:07:23 | More by wahba
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hotglassmama

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-30-2011 03:41:22 | More by hotglassmama
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warnerry

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

02-27-2013 00:34:44 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

01-11-2012 07:17:50 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

12-16-2011 02:44:51 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

11-07-2011 05:04:24 | More by Mora2000
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-12-2012 19:52:05 | More by Skye1024
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sweetwillyrolbar

North Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +17%

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.

08-16-2011 02:17:48 | More by sweetwillyrolbar
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ehammond1


3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

09-21-2011 19:20:04 | More by ehammond1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +17%

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.

01-14-2012 07:08:55 | More by MattyG85
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-19-2013 09:14:53 | More by Mantooth
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-03-2014 00:23:17 | More by Cynic-ale
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

09-27-2011 21:19:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mocktm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-08-2011 04:52:55 | More by mocktm
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dc55110

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-24-2011 05:30:20 | More by dc55110
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

(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.

01-30-2012 21:26:22 | More by rhoadsrage
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SolarMikey

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-12-2012 21:24:18 | More by SolarMikey
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cisteve

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-07-2012 02:08:19 | More by cisteve
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.9%

01-08-2012 23:50:06 | More by acurtis
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riotinmyskull

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-19-2011 12:23:05 | More by riotinmyskull
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-17-2012 22:01:04 | More by ste5venla
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quirkzoo

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

10-28-2011 19:53:53 | More by quirkzoo
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

11-30-2011 21:58:23 | More by mdaschaf
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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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