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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 49
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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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Charlie for getting me this bottle!

A - Dark black body with a nice brown head. Very professional looking stout

S - A light fruity tartness, Dark roasted malts, chocolate, smoked meats, rawhide. Really great balance and complimentary stuff.

T - Quite mild. Some muddled malts, and a bit of heat and dryness on the finish. A very light fruity mild tartness comes out as it warms.

M - Really nice full and lush (thanks norm/rob). A good feel

O - well, it's kind of disappointing. It smells great but only tastes so-so. Wish it were more tart.

Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my cousin Jeff for sharing. The pour is dark, good sized white head. The smell is tart, fruity. The beer is pleasantly acidic, dark fruit notes, sour finish. The acidity is a little out of balance, medium/light body, good carbonation. A nice sour, not mind blowing but an easier drinking sour.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The late-building head is a creamy chestnut that lasts a long while, leaving a coating of lace on a flute glass. The ale itself is a very dark brown, nearly black, with no highlights.

Sour cherry dominates the aroma with chocolate and sweet blackberry closely behind.

The tartness is surprisingly light here as the flavors closely follow the nose. Sourness builds in the middle and lasts through a long, mild finish. Overall, this is quite fruity.

A light to medium body with light alcohol and light carbonation. The texture is soft and smooth.
This is an easy, relaxing beer that could be used as an introduction to the style for those otherwise unfamiliar with sour beers.

Photo of dagubna
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of wedge
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Raleigh Times

Very dark, possibly black color under a persistent, creamy cap. Tart, chocolaty malt aroma. Lightly sweet, sour and roasty malt flavor. The first time I had this, it seemed more like an infected stout, but the last couple times have been more enjoyable. Alcohol is very well hidden. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drink to the dead all you still alive...

Photo of rand
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bomber to tulip glass

A: Looks like an imperial stout, jet black with a coffee tan head. The head recedes pretty quickly, only leaving small dots of lacing.

S: Chocolate and vinegar root the bouquet, accented by earthy spice tones and wood. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't burn.

T: Unsweetened chocolate and ripe cherries at the front. Malty sweetness and drying wood notes combine to make a singular flavor. The vinegar in the nose only plays a supporting role here - this is tart, but not puckering. Quaffs easily.

M: Medium bodied, relatively light complexion. It could be the stout-like aspects throwing me off.

The Lips of Faith series continues to impress. Each beer unique and distinguished, these brews not only set themselves aprt from other breweies, but from each other. Clutch is a relatively modest offering, showing that a 'wild ale' can combine alternative ingredients to make a brew that's just straight-up tasty.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3 finger+ big foamy head atop an opaque black brew.
S - malty with just a hint of tart. Some small touch of dark fruit present.
T - sweet hits right up front followed by a mildly sour lingering aftertaste. Very little bitter.
M - not too heavy, moderate bodied with nice carbonation and a slightly oily feel.
D - an easy drinking, light on the sour, beer.
Probably a good dark sour intro beer. It's not a Rodenbach Grand Cru but it also doesn't cost as much or claim to be.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into glass tulip.

A: Opaque deep brown body topped with a small cream tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin bubbly cover and light lacing.

S: Very light sour aroma that comes off as cherries. Sour aromas take a back seat to sweet chocolate and coffee notes.

T: Again very lightly sour up front giving way to a more pronounced chocolate and coffee character throughout and finishing tart. Interesting experience.

M: Light to medium body with heavy carbonation. Slick, but finishes with a carbonic bite and light astringency.

O: Interesting beer, and a good price point. This seems like a great candidate for being enhanced by food. Goes down easy, but the flavors clash a bit too much on their own.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Pitch black color, with a nice looking eggshell colored head. Head remains at a thin layer for quite some time, coating the entire glass with lace.

Roasty malt up front in the nose, followed by some very nice sour dark fruit. Oak notes follow the fruit and add a great note.

Roasty, with very little sweetness. Nice sour fruit, a bit more on the ripe side than the nose suggested. Oak comes in, but not a great deal of tannin. Faint hint of chocolate flashes by toward the end.

Lighter body, with some soft carbonation gives a nice creamy feel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Very well made.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Appearance: Dark brown, clear around the edges, beige head

Smell: A light stout, gone sour - lightly burnt malts, dry and roasted - sourness works pretty well, smells balanced

Taste: Really more of a mild stout than a sour stout - chocolate malts, a hint of dry baker's chocolate - not straight-up sour, just a touch of sour that shines through the malts - slightly acidic, some herbal hops

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, smooth, pretty crisp, dry finish

Overall: A great take on a challenging style

Sour stouts are very strange. Rather than trying to make a strong, burly stout sour, I think New Belgium attempted to keep this on the mild side. I think this worked pretty well. It's not mind-blowing, but it works.

Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Opaque black with a small, quickly dissipating head, strong lacing.

Smell: Lots of bittersweet dark chocolatiness. Roasty. Traces of tart cherries and oak.

Taste: Chocolate, cherry, and oak flavors. Kind of a Belgian fruitiness. Really only slightly tart and sour, although as the beer sits and breathes the tartness emerges a bit. Sourness is still pretty restrained. Woody note lingers in the fairly drying finish. Hint of vinegar.

Mf: Medium carbonation and body. Somewhat sticky.

Overall: Interesting, and grew on me as I worked my way through the bottle, but probably not something I would buy again. Decent wild ale but could have been more assertive, I think. Flavors didn’t necessarily work all that well together for me.

Photo of jnn4v
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black. When held to light, the edges were a medium brown, but it's otherwise opaque. Small amount of light tan head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, coffee grinds. sour apple. Not much else there. Hints of molassess and some possibly chocolate milk sweetness, but the drier, roastier scents dominate.

T: The first sip was just plain normal coffee imperial stout (roastiness, coffee, cocoa powder, molasses, etc.) However, my second sip was very sour - somewhere between sour apple and sour milk. Definitely leaning more toward champagne, gueze, sparkling cider and sour apple, though.

M: A bit thin for any form of stout, but definitely much too thin for an imperial stout. Carbonation seems slightly higher than average for the style, but not overcarbonated.

O: Not bad. The taste started as below average, but it's grown on me as I adjusted to it and as it warmed. Mouthfeel is the only thing really holding this back.

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 match1112
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours into a duvel tulip with a dark cola colored body. has a nice sand colored head that stands two fingers high and slowly recedes to a frothy cap with a fair amount of lacing. smell took me by surprise, no sourness to it, just lots of standard stout smells. dark chocolate, coffee and roasted dark malts are up front with a little wood and sweet dark fruits in the background. taste also throws me for a loop, to me it tastes like a cherry chocolate stout that went wrong. it's not a bad beer, i just think it might be better as a fuller bodied stout. mouthfeel also seems a bit thin with great carbonation and a slight sour cherry finish. overall i think this is an interesting beer, easy drinkin because it's not too sour, but i dont think i would buy another bottle.

Photo of JayAre46
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the flying saucer in san antonio. Pours a deep brown with some rusty colored edges and with a thin tan ring on top. Chocolate malt backbone in the nose, with some cocoa. Not a big tart aroma but some fruity characteristics. the taste begins with a nice chocolate, light woodiness, roasted malt with some coffee bean. Tart chocolate covered cherries have a light presence in the finish but are not enough to create a "wow" factor. Medium bodied at best not very smooth and or creamy but slightly thin and watery the moderate carbonation is still too much for my liking in the style. In the end I enjoyed the beer and liked what was being sought after. The body feel and lack of tart characters could be dramatically improved but this still solid. Kick is more Clutch than this one...

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.