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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

494 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%


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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BlackHaddock

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
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.17.13

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a dark tan head that fades slowly.

S - Roasted dark malts, chocolate, nutty, toast.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate with a subtle sour cherry finish.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Roasted and chocolate with a touch of sour cherry.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:48:57 | More by HuskyinPDX
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dense dark brown that looks about the same color as it did in the (brown) bottle. I am surprised and strangely excited by how dark the mocha brown head is. The aroma has some light grains and a bit of lactose-like sweetness. It's not bad, but it is just not much. The flavor is similarly unexciting, although it has a rather complex combination of mild apple tartness up front, some moderately roasted malts in the finish, and faint hints of chocolate and wood that creep in as the beer opens up. The texture is fairly light and smooth, which allows a light lingering woodiness to develop. Despite this beer's subtle complexity, however, it just doesn't provide much payoff, particularly for its high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 15:16:33 | More by devilben02
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demuzik

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a single sentence: I thought I would love this one more.

Lots going on; the flavor is very complex. Initial chocolate, some dark cherry notes, finished by a whiskey like smokeyness that blends with the coffee backdrop. Moments of candi sweetness like toffee and butterscotch. It finishes in your mouth much like a stout; the sour factor is quite subdued, and shows up midway through tasting, and then is gone as quick as it came.

Kind of like a one man band... impressive one beer could pull all this flavor off at one time, but in the end, a jack of all trades-master-of-none scenario.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 00:29:59 | More by demuzik
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, bottle purchased in August 2011
Glass: Tulip

As a "wild" ale, I'd say this was an abject failure: there's just no sour or wild character to really be perceived. As an experimental stout, it worked at an average or slightly above average level, with modest roasted malt and chocolate flavors combined in a not unappealing way: it just wasn't anything special, either. With all the other stouts readily available, there's little reason to try this again, probably why New Belgium will not brew a repeat.

Pours a substantially tall head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, small in size, that has well above-average retention, lasting several minutes. The head does not recede without leaving substantial lacing along the sides of the glass: fairly large sheets of the stuff coat the glass' walls. Body is a dark brown to black, opaque, with light not affecting its coloration, and no visible carbonation.

Aroma is of roasted malt with sweetened chocolate and dried fruit esters akin to prunes. Not particularly robust, but certainly not unappetizing.

Flavor is solidly in the stout side, moderate roasted malt with mild chocolate flavor, just a slight "ping" of acidity on the sides of the palate. Front of palate detects some sweetened milk chocolate flavors . Mid-palate of sweetened milk chocolate with mild tangingess on the sides of the tongue and hints of ethanol. Very faint tartness on the back of palate, settled in as a minor character alongside continued roasted malt and chocolate flavors, with a new appearance of ethanol, too. Aftertaste of roasted malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and super-mild acridity.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with moderately intense carbonation that quickly peters out from a mildly fizzy feeling to a slightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel for the majority of the sipping period. Closes dryly, with little residual stickiness across the palate. For a 9% abv beer, the ethanol is surprisingly well-hidden, only slightly felt in the nostrils and throat.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 06:16:07 | More by falloutsnow
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a tall frothy brown head. Looks inviting.
S: Deep roasted malts, milk chocolate, tart cherries, and a bit minerally.
T: Starts with roasted malt and mild cherry pie tartness. Tartness transitions into a dry smokiness. Finshes a bit chalky and ashy.
M: Medium-bodied with full carbonation. Could be a little "quieter".

I went back and forth on this one, both appreciating the interesting combination of flavors and then disliking the clash between the strong ashy flavors and tartness. Worth a try, but one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 06:35:24 | More by GeezLynn
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SLeffler27

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:05:51 | More by SLeffler27
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dfillius

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger tan head with fair retention. Near opaque dark brown/black.
S: Subdued, slight cherry, milk stout, coffee, slight Belgian twang. Too subdued, more aroma would be nice.
T: Coffee, roasty malt, sour twinge, cherry. One of the best tasting sour/cherry stouts I've had. Similar to Short's Black cherry Porter. Full flavored and complimentary dark chocolate and tart lemon juice. I like this!
M: Dry, chewy, tart.
O: Glad to drink a bomber solo. Very tasty. I would buy this again. It doesn't blow me away, but if I didn't have Black Cherry Porter around, my cravings would be satisfied by this.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 15:40:09 | More by dfillius
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DRyan

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, dark brown head cascades well on the glass and hangs around for a while before dissipating. Taste starts as a pungent sour, then quickly moves to a stout, dark roasty malts dominate the flavor, but the sour comes back at the end as an accent to the flavor. Sour tickles the sides of the mouth. Wish the sour was a bit more pronounced and the stout a bit less. Like a stout plus more, a great flavor combination. Tasted again after 6 months of again, and the sour was more pronounced. Wish I had another one or two to age longer!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:19:55 | More by DRyan
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip. Received as an extra in a trade.

A - Pours a dark brownish hue with a one finger head that leaves a light thin tan halo.

S - Light , light roasted malts that fade to subtle cherries and vinegar.

T - Taste was light roast and chocolate along ith sour cherries. Its alright, nothing too crazy.

M - Nice carbonation for this, slightly thin though.

O - Overall this was an average beer in the Lips of Faith series. Somewhat of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 02:15:32 | More by rudzud
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draheim

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a saison glass. Pours a dark cola brown w/ a 2-finger mocha head. Thin film of lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is an intriguing combination of dark bitter chocolate, sour black cherries, oak. As it warms, some red wine notes & coffee emerge. A quick swirl brings up an earthy, nutty aroma.

Taste follows nose. Dark cherries, red wine, chocolate, and an oaky dryness. Coffee is there but hidden behind the chocolate & cherries, which compete for prominence. But at room temp the balance evens out among all these elements.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, smooth.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. Defies categorization. Like a blend of a chocolate stoute and a Belgian sour aged in red win barrels. I'll hold onto my other bottle and see what some age does with it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 04:42:25 | More by draheim
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an Orval chalice.

A: Looks like a stout, black body with mocha colored head. Head fades quickly.

S: Roasty, slightly sour aroma. Pretty interesting, yet familiar.

T: Slight sour character hits you up front but is quickly washed away by it's stout characteristics.

M: Good, nicely carbonated, thinner (but not thin) than a normal stout would be. In this case, I like that it's not sticky.

D: A unique creation for sure. A lot like a stout, with some more acidity and probably less bittering; it seems to finish cleaner and with more complexity. The sour characteristics aren't themselves noticeable, but lend this uniqueness.

I would buy this again, and appreciate New Belgium making delicious things outside of the style guidelines.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 05:47:45 | More by 51mmz0rz
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t420o

California

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium clutch 

A- aggressive pour produces a two finger mocha head decent retention  that rests atop a very dark brown body. Leaves very nice lacing 4.5 

S- cidar vinegar, choclaye malt, caramel, cherries, 4 

T- chocolate, cidar vinegar, mollases, caramel, cherries, good level of tartness, woody, nutmeg or some sort of spice, slightly watered down tasting.i think it works well. It's almost like a tart cherry coveted in dark chocolate. Nothing real bold which is a good thing sometimes. 4

M- good mouthfeel. Taking points off for the slightly watered down taste here.  3.5

O- I wasn't sure if I was going to like a sour stout but I do and think it was well done. Nice drinkability enjoying the 22 every ounce 4

B+

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 23:00:38 | More by t420o
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 23:40:03 | More by Sammy
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samie85

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with a finger of dark brown head.

Smells primarily of dark roasted malts including cocoa powder, dark chocolate and some light coffee notes with a hint of acidic cherry.

Acidic, sour cherry notes and ethanol upfront with chocolate and roasted notes on the finish.

The body is definitely interesting on this one starts out thin and moves towards a creamy richness on the back end with a bit of alcohol warmth, low to medium body, and light, prickly carbonation.

I think this would be more serviceable at a lower ABV and with a bit higher percentage of the sour beer blended in; the sour aspect is almost lost in the stout/porter character of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 05:08:36 | More by samie85
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brother bought me a bottle when I came out to GABF last year. Had a bottle then and didn't really think this one was very sour. Decided to take home my parting gift, another bottle, and see what a few months would do.

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. Some suds cling to the sides of the chalice glass poured into. Smells like a stout with some faint roast and just a pinch of sourness.

Tastes a little more sour than in the nose. Still a little weak on the sour side, but just enough to know its there. This would be an excellent sour for a newbie (which I'm still sort of is). Feels somewhat light and easy drinking. Not much puckering but an okay bitterness.

Overall, I'm somewhat disappointed. Was expecting something much more like something that would hit you in the head with and say "I'm Clutch, dammit - feel the Pure Rock Fury that I am". But no, it just doesn't do that for me. Even still, I'm glad to see a beer bear a name of Clutch and will happily add the empty to my collector's stash.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 05:16:35 | More by jwhancher
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 20:35:37 | More by dbossman
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ngeunit1

California

4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a touch of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some coffee with some dark fruit and raisin sweetness and a touch of oak in the background.

T - Starts off with some roasted and burnt baker’s chocolate malts with some sourness, some dark fruit and cherry sweetness. Through the middle, a bit of roasted coffee flavor comes through with some oak. The finish is a mix of sourness, dark fruit sweetness, dark chocolate, and a bit of oak and vanilla sweetness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sour, and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice dark sour with a good balance of chocolate and roasted flavors and sourness.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 03:39:20 | More by ngeunit1
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a really deep red-brown, getting close to black with half a finger of creamy tan head that fades to a skim pretty quickly.

Smell. Roasty malts and sweet chocolate, some apples, orange and banana too.

Taste. Big roasty malts fade to cocoa powder and tart apples. Not as much going on here as I would have thought, but tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Not bad, but the flavours didn't work all that well together for me. Different, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:20:02 | More by Rutager
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark with hints of red and brown

S - sour with a bit of medium brown malts

T - sour is most prominent here. The malts are a bit in the finish, but for the most part the sourness kicks. Great combo

M - good carbonation, small bubbles that make the sourness pop.

Overall, this is a cool beer. I like the sourness of the beer combined with the slight brown malts. Cool beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:28:00 | More by gdrydenc
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rawfish

California

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very fluid and dark cola brown nearly black with a slight tinge of garnet highlights when held to the light. Forms a one finger cap of mocha foam that dies down quickly into a ring of fizz with spots of lacing deposited onto the glass.

Roasted coffee, freshly baked bread and baker's chocolate tones on the forefront and through the malt backbone. Slight hints of oak, tart cherries and lemon juice spring up.

Roasted mild coffee and some bitter chocolate notes lay down a foundation in which a spring of cherries, grape skins, light oak and some musty funk notes are developed. Slightly more tart than the acidity you can get from burnt malts. Full flavor, well built just not as interesting as I had hoped.

Thin body for the color and very muted carbonation. Alcohol very very well hidden and the malts lay down a smooth texture throughout the drink. So easy to drink.

A good solid beer, something that branches porters and sours. The sour notes could be more developed into the fruit characteristic that were probably intended. Interesting to say the least rather underrated, worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:44:07 | More by rawfish
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ibbjamin

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $9.99 for a bomber from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Pour into my Rodenbach tulip to review.

Yields a large, light brown, loosely packed head. Excellent quarter inch of retention. Beer is black in color. Thick lacing.

Aroma is quite vinous, with red grape and raisin balanced with a nice dose of malts in the background.

Taste is sour meets stout. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, sour cherry, red grape, raisin and apple. I would never have guessed this to be 9.5%; it seems in the 6% range to drink.

Mouthfeel is spot on with nice levels of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium body and very easy going down.

I think this beer is underrated and am quite impressed with it. One of New Belgium's best offerings in my opinion and can compete with Rodenbach. I have had a few bottles already and will certainly be buying again. I hope they continue producing it!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:39:38 | More by ibbjamin
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scottfrie

California

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours near black with a finger of fuzzy dark brown head that quickly faded into a bubbly film. Tons of tiny spots of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Very interesting smelling. On the one hand I get almost milk stout like notes of sweet and creamy chocolate, and on the other hand I get fruity notes of fruity pie filling. Coffee is lightly detectable.
T: More ‘American wild ale’ flavors come through on the palate than the nose suggested, but this beer is neither tart nor sour. Stout flavors still dominate with rich and creamy notes of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Coffee comes through a bit more as well. The ‘wild’ aspect isn’t really fruity, it’s more tingly and tannic. I would say flavors could remind me of bitter red grape skins and dried cranberries. The finish is drying and woody, and the aftertaste is nice and earthy with a few subtle flavors of yeast.
M: The alcohol is hidden very well. Body is medium and clean, and the mouthfeel is thankfully not acidic or vinegary. This beer goes down smooth and easy.
O: I was expecting more wildness but I enjoyed this stout. The strange wild funk added a nice dimension. It could benefit from some sourness, but it wasn’t bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 23:58:01 | More by scottfrie
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black. Faint touches of dark red/brown when held to direct light. Head is chunky, rocky, and dark tan. Tiny hints of lacing.

Smell: Oak, chocolate, and day old coffee. Faint hints of sour. Leather and tobacco. Burnt malts and some char. Very heavy on the chocolate and coffee. Nice depth. Adds a layer of complexity to the American stout. Oak and sour enhance the sweet malt profile.

Taste: Nicely balanced. Chocolate and coffee mixed with oak and a faint sourness. Leather, so much leater. Day old coffee and a nice level of earthiness. Faint hints of citrus brighten it up. Nice level of both malt sweetness and slight sour. Depth and complexity is there in typical New Belgium fashion.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is high, but it works for the style...whatever that actual style may be. Bubbly and smooth. Easy drinking with a tiny bit of dryness on the back.

Overall: As far as a sour stout goes, this is one of the better ones. It manages to deftly blend matls and oak and sour in to something drinkable and likeable. Tons of flavor and it's all over the map. The brain is excited by this concept...when executed this well.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:34:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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