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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

509 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 509
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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Photo of aint_it_strange
1/5  rDev -73%

aint_it_strange, May 08, 2012
Photo of harrymel
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottled: AUG? 2011

A: pours black with a finger of latte foam which falls to a quilt of the same leaving behind rings of lace.
S: Burnt malts, some lacto tones, a bit of pepper.
T: Tastes like a poorly made stout with souring. Some coffee and soil malts. Grape and sour cherry tartness. Like a toned down Abyssident.
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. Semi dry finish.
O: This beer should never have been made.

harrymel, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -45.9%

smartassboiler, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of jhighlandbrewing
2/5  rDev -45.9%

jhighlandbrewing, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -45.9%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.13/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

RATING [Stouts] = 3 / 10

Bottle poured into tulip glass

[A]
Dark brown, black-ish

[S]
Roasty, Malty, Coffee

[T/M]
Roasty. Malty. Coffee.
Hint of fruity sourness
Medium carbonation.

[O]
I took a couple drinks before pouring what was left in my glass down the drain. It was too hot; flavors weren't gelling well together.

Recapped and let it sit in my fridge for a day.

Then was able to finish the rest. Flavors melded together better after it mellowed out, but lost some of the good carbonation.

If I were to get my hands on another bottle, definitely gonna let it sit in my cellar for some time before thinking about tasting it. I would overlook it if it were on draft list somewhere. Definitely my least favorite of the Lips of Faith series.

Rollzroyce21, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. $5.99 at Beltway (Total Wine).

Richard said it best before me; this tastes like the result of blending at the end of an awesome tasting. A good idea at the time, but execution produces disappointment.

Pour is chocolate black with a fleeting khaki head and dry, web lacing. Aroma is dry, roasty and coffee bitter, light chocolate and sweet dark fruit sourness. Thin, light body with soft carbonation, watery finish. Body is smoky and roasty, a pleasant coffee American stout. Finish produces some citrus and ripe fruit sweetness with little sourness. Mmmmk. Surprisingly little alcohol presence and rather pleasant as far as drinkability goes. However to be direct, this beer sucks in execution.

yourefragile, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Auracom
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hooray for bringing beers to work-related training! Opened a 22 oz. bottle on December 20th, 2011, served in a mini pint taster (whatever the hell that is).

A - Very dark brown with an excessively fluffy, light tan head. Good lacing and retention.

S - Sugar cookies and roasted malts initially. Weird light, tart/acidic fruit undertone that nearly masks itself as espresso beans or something akin to that. A bit muted and bizarre.

T - Yup, bizarre fits here as well. Astringent malt grains, like caramel went bad at Willy Wonka's factory. Very light cookie dough and roasted almonds.

M - Medium body, a bit thicker than expected. Fine carbonation and okay smoothness. Very short finish.

D - As strange as I expected but not nearly as full-flavored. This was bad news all the way around.

Auracom, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of craytonic
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Chocolate brown pour with a small head, minor lacing

Smell: Big malts and coffee with some sour elements that don't find in, despite the sweet dark fruits

Taste: This beer does not taste good. The sour element just doesn't fit in with the coffee, chocolate and smoak

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, good carbonation

Overall: I drain poured this one.

craytonic, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with a 2-finger tan head. Reduces very quickly to nothing. Lacing is minimal too.

Such a teaser the nose- complex and swirling with sweet notes of cocoa powder, toffee, freshly ground coffee, raisin, prune, brown sugar, peach and apricot. It really keeps you unprepared for the trainwreck that is the palate. Hops are minimal, almost nonexistent. Even the sourness is hidden on the nose.

Now the palate. I guess with most of the last few LOF brews being such winners, it was only a matter of time before they unleashed a bottle of vomit. The brew is medium bodied (seems way to light to be called a stout, sour black ale maybe?) with a low carbonation, a mild and poorly integrated sourness, and a bigtime cloying sweetness upfront- the unfortunate result of the beer's sweet chocolate flavors clashing head on with the brown sugary fruitiness. The drier finish could have been a saving grace had it not been paired with a really gross sour character (think acid reflux) and a weird peach pit-like bitterness. Makes my stomach lurch just typing out my notes here.

Anyways. Like I said, the nose is nice, but it really ends there. This beer is just all sorts of confused- seems too light to be called a stout, the sourness doesn't fit at all plus it tastes like puke. I like LOF because they're weird yet solid and very approachable. I think this one became way too sweet in its approachability. Just give me another bottle of the Kick please.

TheWhiskerReview, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

bbadger, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

steamboatbrewer, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

xnicknj, May 02, 2013
Photo of antoines15
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of BeerThursdays
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

BeerThursdays, Dec 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

readbaron, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of marqoid
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz. into my Bruery Tulip.

This looks good, smells okay, and tastes terrible. I am a sour fan, but this is not sour enough to qualify, tastes more like an infected batch than intentionally soured, it is far too mild. I am also a stout fan, but this doesn't stand up to any half decent stout out there.
Not quite a drain pour.
I have a batch of homebrew that tastes just like this, that only confirms that my homebrew didn't taste right because it must have been infected.
This is my first disappointment from New Belgium.

marqoid, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brackish body with a creamy tan head. Thin legs and spotty lacing.
Smells like a mediocre stout... Roasty malts... Light coffee or cocoa notes.
Taste is just as expected but with an odd chalky tartness... Very weak. This tastes like they brewed a stout and fucked something up but decided to bottle it anyway. Weak.
The body is medium with a coffee like bitterness.
Overall-- wtf is this supposed to be? It reminds me of NG olde English porter, but just not done well.

AleWatcher, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of jsh420
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours coal black with a 1 finger tan fizzy head that left some spotted lacing

smell is faint but i get the chocolate and sour fruit

taste of chocolate coffee wood sour cherries - only problem is they do not mesh well here

mouthfeel is light good carbonation very smooth and creamy

overalll - take out the sour cherries and i would have enjoyed this brew a whole lot more - this beer delivers on what they are calling this beer "dark sour" but i am just no a fan

jsh420, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Agold
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This veer pours almost stout dark with minimal head and spotty lacing. Aroma is almost kriek like with some roast and smoke. A bit of vinegary notes as well. Flavor follows and is very similar to the aroma. Lots of roast, a bit of coco, and some sour. It's not bad, but really weird and not that great. It tastes sort of like a mix of duchesse de borogne and old Rasputin. Mouthfeel is pretty light and I honestly have no idea if that is good or bad. Overall this is a veer that is kind of nice, but more just confused than anything. I get what they were going for with a sour stout, but it jay doesn't work for me.

Agold, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of bigred89
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

bigred89, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No obvious date; however, stamped faintly on the bottom gold ring is 110710051.

Appearance - Black body. Light bodied. Great stick and decent retention.

Smell - Soy sauce. Uh oh! Chocolate and coffee. Don't know what to think quite yet...

Taste - Acidic. Coffee. Some chocolate. Slightly tart. Reminds me of an imperial stout "watered down" with a sour ale.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Acidic. Sticky/chewy.

Overall Drinkability - I consider this an "interesting" beer. Try once. You probably won't regret it, as I didn't. But I don't ever see myself wanting to buy it again.

ZenAgnostic, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

ms11781, Jul 06, 2012
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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.