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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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494 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into flute style glass at alewife, baltimore. Pours a pitch black color with a finger of dark tan head. Smells of very roasted dark malts. Taste is very roasted; malts, coffee, slight vanilla and somewhat fruity/cherry notes. Really nice. Easy to drink but complex. Not sure why this didn't get better reviews. Its a great brew with lots of personality. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 00:52:42 | More by DrinkSlurm
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kojevergas

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a wide mouth goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Their white board labelled it "Clutch Dark Sour Ale". Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I loved La Folie.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight tan colour, good cream, nice thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark brown. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, hints of fruit esters, and cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Slightly sour, with some cream and even hints of nut notes. Strangely balanced. No alcohol comes through. Sourness seems restricted to the finish. Built okay. Lackluster for the style; it's just not sour enough. I wish it were bolder.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and light. Slight cream. Mildly complementary of the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but of limited quality. Hides its ABV well. Decently priced. I wouldn't have it again. A mundane so-called sour.

Low C+

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 01:28:05 | More by kojevergas
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beertunes

Washington

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, with just a bit of translucence at the edges, with about an inch of tan head that had OK retention and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was very roast forward, with some earthy grains in the background, and some funkiness also very noticeable. There was an aroma I couldn't quite put my finger on, kind of a smoke scent, but not really smoke. The flavor profile was very similar, that odd smoke taste way deep in the back, the strong malt and grains dominating and the the slice of funk lingering in the back.

The body was on the thin side, especially considering this supposedly a Stout, but was overall OK and enjoyable. Drinkabilty was OK, a lot would depend on your attitude towards the funk, my pint went down easily enough and I'd consider having another. Overall, a pretty good beer, one that's worth trying when you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 17:28:48 | More by beertunes
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 02:57:46 | More by Bierguy5
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Dark, ruby red with a frothy, light brown head. Some good lace, little head retention, but solid legs. Nice looking beer. Looks like a stout after the pour.

S: Some funky fruit and lightly roasted malt. Subtle but inviting.

T: Incredible battle of flavors between dark and roasty to sweet and fruity. Freak dark chocolate, smoky flavors up front from the roasted malt but also wonderful sugary, creamy sweetness in the finish. I'm guessing that's from the hops or wild yeast? I'm happy to call this a wild stout. An lo and behold, according to the NB website this beer is a blend of 80% stout and 20% dark sour wood beer.

M: Great, crisp sizzle from the light carbonation. Tons of flavor fills the mouth. A roasty, lactose-like sweetness lingers on the palate. Very smooth once it warms up.

O: Huge fan of this beer. It really intrigues me. Maybe because it's a dark, delicious "wild ale." An awesome beer from New Belgium!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 20:51:14 | More by Gatch
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; September 2011
The beer arrives with a lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark appearing, with an almost black, concentrated brown color; when held up it shows a clear, chocolate brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark cocoa, smoothly dark-roasted coffee, roasted / toasted brown bread with backing of soft fruitiness that sort of has a berry like note to it, but also suggests of plums. The fruitiness becomes more apparent as the beer warms up and picks up notes that suggest of plums.

Smooth and creamy feeling as it first hits my mouth and fully of a rich, dark cocoa flavor, the beer then picks up a substantial roasted character that cuts through the richness in the front; the beer finishes with the lingering, slightly bitter, roasted dark coffee like notes. There is a tartness in the middle that does not seem wholly derived from the roast malt; in fact, as the beer warms up a fruitiness combines with tartness and seems to suggest even more at an other than roast malt origin to the acidity found in this beer. The tartness, whatever its derivation, is fairly soft and well integrated with this beer; this is good because the deep roast that is in this beer could easily clash with the acidity from the souring. The body of this beer is fairly light for a beer of this strength, but does have some malty richness to it up front, this viscous body is wiped clean in the finish fairly quickly by the combination of the substantial roast character and the soft tartness. Dangerously, this doesn’t drink anywhere near its alcohol content

This beer is quite tasty; I wouldn’t really classify it as really a sour beer though, it does have some sourness to it, but really it is dominated by the roasted flavors contributed from the dark malt. The romantic in me has me thinking that this might be something like a stout from the late part of the 18th century; roast malts were in use, but complete control over the fermentation process was not yet known. I really like the texture of this beer, rich, yet light and quite smooth; a dangerous combination for a beer of this strength.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 18:56:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Clutch
Solid stygian clad, full head, large, looming cocoa/tan head, much lace and utterly lovely.

In the nose, cocoa and cream, milky smooth, some vanilla, some cocoa. A little nutty. Lovely, lovely. ( I said that before, though.)

Tasting it: Bigness in the flavor, in the fullness, in the mouthfeel. flush with fruit, with yeast, …here's where we get the sour. This Belgian-style flavor turns a little tart, then turns a lot. Little grape and cherry going on.

When this came out, I heard the opinions first, before I tried it. I heard "this isn't sour! Waah, be sourer!" Well, I tried it, and damn, what's your problem? It's plenty sour. Do all they new breed of sour -heads need to have everything palate-ripping, and tongue-destroying?

It's a stout, and it's sour. It's an experimental collaboration between a band and a brewery. And it works. The only problem is that it isn't exactly like what the critics expect/and/or/demand it to be.

But, damn it, I'm digging it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 08:55:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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jdense

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 2011 HAF, referred to as a 'sour stout' in program notes.

Broken layer of brown head resulted in ring of foam around edge of 'glass', medium brown body with no visible effervescence. Funky nose, cocoa nibs, pretty chocolatey, not very sour aroma-wise. Taste mirrors nose, and once again not that sour, more on the tart side. Pretty dry mouthfeel from the Brett, good effervescence. A real interesting beer, though a bit boozy and certainly not as complex or balanced as the phenomenal Bruery Tart of Darkness, a bit more chocolate in this, but still quite tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 18:20:32 | More by jdense
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argock

Virginia

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

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black cherry color to match the black cherry aroma and flavor with a thin cap of off-white head and minimal to no lace.

S: Initially sweet but the sour cherry character comes through along with plenty of stout notes. A really unique aroma. The hoppiness is mild, earthy and herbal.

T: As this warms, this beer really comes together. If this is what dark sour ales are about, I am in as this blends the mild earthy sweetness and intense maltiness of dark fruit, mainly cherry and raisin, with a light but noteworthy sour fruit note that is not funky which is why I think it works well. The herbal, earthy hoppiness also works with the general theme of a dark, earthy beer with a sour twist. I wish I had bought more of this in bottles when it was around -- I won't make that mistake again.

M: The medium carbonation works to help the drinkability of this medium-high bodied ale. The finish is medium dry which helps a lot with the drinkability, equally due to the mild tart-sour yeast character and the crafting of the malt bill.

O: I really enjoyed this on-tap a lot more than I expected -- a more open mind the second time around? Clutch is a really nice lightly sour, fruity dark ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 03:57:13 | More by argock
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dogbones

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my 1st review. I have read many and have learned a lot. I figured my 1st review should be on something that I have had many times. That being said, I bout a sixtel of Clutch and have had it many times. Tonight, as I type, I am currently enjoying a 3/4 pill into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

The appearance of this beer is dark brown. The head is linen in color and is around 1/2 inch. The lacing is very apparent and streaks the side of the glass during consumption.

The aroma reminds me of dates and strong vinegar. There is a hint of funk but it adds to the over-all sour presentation.

The mouthfeel is solid and almost coats your mouth and tongue. Its warming but not hot and tingles a bit in the back of the throat.

Taste follows aroma to closely. The is a burnt date taste mixed with a slightly overpowering vinegar pucker. Strangely, just a hair of Doritos funk follows the swallow.

Overall, I have enjoyed this 1/6th barrel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 00:09:08 | More by dogbones
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mactrail

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet cherries and malt with a sharp touch. I don't get the coffee and chocolate, nor much of a sour flavor either. Rather acidic but more like tart fruit than any bacterial sour flavor. Medium body with modest carbonation. Sweet on the lips. A great flavorful beer that seems to defy categorization. Light aroma of roast barley with some cocoa nose.

This seems to be a bewilderment of styles and expectations but I think it's great and my favorite of the Lips of Faith series. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 05:10:28 | More by mactrail
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charlzm

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed November 16th, 2011 at Boho, Hollywood, Ca.

Beer is opaque and a shade between brown and black. One finger medium brown head becomes sticky lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is subtly sweet with notes of cranberry and milk chocolate.

Flavor lhas light chocolate malt character that is covered by a tart, citric funk. Low bitterness.

Slightly thicker than water and the slightest bit chewy.

This keg has been on for a while and has mellowed some, which is for the better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 01:42:45 | More by charlzm
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Plainfield's Tap House.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues on, and at a new venue no less! This stop pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy dark tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, very light pineapple, light red apple skin, dark chocolate, and light pumpkin seeds. The taste holds notes of red apple skin, very light roasted malts, chocolate, light pineapple, figs, and few beans' worth of coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, though I applaud the originality and all that, I cannot say that I am a fan of this beer. The flavors don't quite meld together properly, and things end up too thin and whatnot. Just not my thing, really.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 05:52:05 | More by TMoney2591
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JayAre46

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 00:35:06 | More by JayAre46
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rtepiak

Poland

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

melllow in accent in its compassity. Pour is not stout like. But quick belgian head. A dark ruby brown. Nose is extremely minimal. Mineral and toast. Palate is a dry toastiness with a hint standard brett. The accent of sour is typagraphical and and don't really know how to put it as...safe. I know that the sour stout is coming into the world as something new with the american sour frenzy... This is not a sour stout/porter made by drie fontenaine. Although i would not deny the fact that this was a good stout once.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 06:02:42 | More by rtepiak
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quirkzoo

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap in tulip

A- pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head but a nice collar that stays

S- was roasted malts and baked bread with a dash of vinegar

T- was some burnt bread and a touch of oak with vinegar and chocolate,sweet fruits and nuts

M- medium carbonation with chocolate and roasted malts on the palate

O- a different brew with loads of flavors of which none stand out ,glad i had it on tap 1 is enough for me

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 21:47:15 | More by gatornation
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wedge

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 23:58:23 | More by wedge
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Tone

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight yeast, sour notes, slight chocolate, hint of citrus, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong chocolate, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of sour, and a hint of citrus. Overall, I'm a fan of this Chocolate-Sour. The sour is strong in the aroma and weaker in body, while the chocolate is strong in body and weaker in aroma. This makes for a great blend where each is clearly discernible on its' own.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 14:37:44 | More by Tone
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notchucknorris

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thin but creamy tan head. Some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate, dark cherries, toasted malt, coffee and some granny smith apple.

T: There's a really interesting blend between darker stout flavors and lighter sour flavors. Hints of roasted malt and espresso along with sour cherries and burnt raisin skins. A bit of vinegar as well and a lingering bitterness on the finish. I was expecting a bit more. I almost wish it would taste bigger. I wanted a lot of sourness and a lot of stout flavor, but didn't really get either.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 01:28:34 | More by notchucknorris
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ClaremontBrew

California

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque, dark brown with a fluffy tan head.

S - Mostly roasty. Not a lot of sourness coming through in the aroma.

T - Chocolately, with a subtle sourness. Very pleasant. Nice complexity.

M - Fairly silky, comparable to a typical stout.

O - A surprisingly good beer. Roasty and full-flavored like a stout, but with a subdued sourness. If you're not a big fan of sour beers, don't be afraid of this one. It's a nice complex stout with a manageable sourness.

Served into a New Belgium tulip glass at Eureka Burger, Claremont, California.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 21:36:41 | More by ClaremontBrew
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a really good curve ball beer! Poured with a fine, small to medium sized tan head that settles down to a light cover that lasts quite a while and some lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, roast, cocoa, a little fruit and acid. Taste is like nose and has those qualities greatly amplified in a way that all works together very nicely. Body is excellent and carbonation perfect. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Just a little alcohol at the very end. And in spite of the strength and big flavors this is pretty easy drinking. Session beer to get looped. Severe discipline is called for on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 23:35:37 | More by drpimento
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky aroma has chocolate, coffee and sour apple tones. Flavor nicely mixes mocha with sour apple and has smoky, nutty, molasses and licorice notes. Full-bodied, lively texture leaves a fizzy finish with smoky and sour apple flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 01:21:01 | More by Cyberkedi
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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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