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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
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good

495 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 495
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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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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and a sour cherry funky aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, slight coffee, sour fruits, and wood. A very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some nice sour notes. A very well made beer. I will probably buy many more of these if I can find some.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:50:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black, with a small layer of tan foam.

S: The nose is lightly lightly tart. But, it's mostly just the kind of acidity you get in overly roasty beers. So, it smells just sort of like poorly made stout. A little bit of cocoa and coffee aroma on the back end.

T: It's pretty much the same story on the palate. There is a fair amount of roasted malt with just a mild fruit note. Again, it's mildly tart and acidic. Just very "meh".

M: The body is quite thin with only medium carbonation.

O: Very disappointing. I like the sour stout idea, but this one wasn't executed well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 17:48:52 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up at Whole Foods on P Street a ways back. Shared at Jared's dinner party a week or so back. Wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a short off-white head and a touch of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light roast and chocolate. Pretty plain without any real indication of anything wild. The flavor is along the same lines. Really tame and plain. It doesn't have the alcohol I'd expect from a beer of this size, though it doesn't really have the flavor either. Boring.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 11:48:22 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a surging, tall-standing, tan head.

Smell: Sweetish, melty chocolate chips over overdone toast with some light hints of vanilla and sour black cherry compote with a balsamic glaze.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate morsels blended with dark, roasty malts, a spoonful of molasses, a splash of heavy cream and a few acetic drops of balsamic vinegar. Touch of black cherries, a hint of vanilla. Restrained, subtle acidity. Chocolatey, toasty, (mildly) roasty finish with a lingering sourish fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel overall.

Overall: A stout with some gentle, easy-going sourness within. For whatever reason, I was expecting something along the lines of Madrugada Obscura, which it isn't at all. Still pleasant enough, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 19:25:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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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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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Plums & woody notes, figs & cherries surface once this is warm

T: Raisins, a touch of chocolate, plus a touch of sour cherry & some booze warmth up front. Sourness & woody touches break through as this warms, along with cherries & some jammy/boozey notes. Finishes with cherry & oakyness, & growing ever more muted, sourness

MF: Medium bodied, dry, slight carbonation. Carbonation picks up as this warms

Decent stab at the style, but not near sour or funky enough to really wow me. Might be a good choice to introduce a newbie drinker to this concept of sour beers

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:14:26 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Poured into a snifter, beer appears to be a stout of some sort, stouty stout with a black dark body, brown and hazy at the corners with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, lazy head though low carbonation.

The aroma is sweet with chocolate, a little malt and an odd tartness to it.

This beer is best described as perhaps a Belgian style dark Flanders beer with chocolate malt or something like that. It is sweet and finishes tart, interesting overall and a nice feel to it. The beer is medium in body but it tastes like a blend of a stout and a Flanders beer. It works but it doesn't seem like a cohesive thought to me. I'd have it again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 19:37:43 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 05:04:24 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a two-finger, brown, bubbly head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with a little smoke. A touch of chocolate aroma, too.

T - It tasted of a little sour cherry with plums and some sweet chocolate. There was a touch of smokiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Don't expect this to be sour like a Flanders Red Ale. It is an interesting smoky, slightly sour stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:06:27 | More by zeff80
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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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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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Halcyondays

California

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

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a super dark brown, not black as I can still see some red and sepia highlights. Striking white head in comparison to the colour, with some lace.

S: Chocolate malt, with a light amount of roast. Some acidity is noticable with hint of cherries and citrus.

T: Dark chocolate dominates the flavour, still a very traditional flavour for the most part. There is a slight twinge of acidity, but there was a stark difference between this and all the other beers I was having at Sour Fest. Some lemon and candied oranges add some complexity. A good flavour.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, a creamy beer. Light acidity. Alcohol is non-existent, I was shocked to find out this was 9.5%.

O: I've always been a fan of the sour stout, and this is a good stout even if it's not super sour.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 02:41:42 | More by Halcyondays
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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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a chocolate color with good carbonation and a dirty white cap

S: Hmmm. Cocoa, a little sourness, grapes

T: I actually thought it was rather unique. Picked up on a bit of chocolate, roasted malt,ripe grapes, but the sourness was lacking. If I could explain a sour CDA this would be it

M: Nice, tasty, medium to big body

O: Not to bad and worth a shot

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:50:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Clarendon about two weeks ago. Glad to see some New Belgium beers I've never heard of hitting the shelves in NoVa. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass and little retention.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sour fruits, sweet dark fruits, and chocolate. Definitely a lot of stout characteristics going on here, with a twinge of sourness.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted mallts, sour fruits, sour dark fruits. Lots of roasted notes again, but more sour than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer. Lots of stout characteristics with some nice sourness coming out in the taste. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:58:36 | More by mdfb79
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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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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for the incredible generosity of giving me a couple of these New Belgium LOF brews as extras in our recent trade. Bomber into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown with a khaki head about a finger strong. Some brown clarity when held to the light. A webbing pattern of lace sticks all over the glass and a light swirl brings back a finger of froth.

The smell of this brew is lightly funky with a note of plastic and lactic quality. Some notes of cheese mix with cardboard and faint cherry quality. There is slight roasted grain that imparts mild chocolate and coffee that gets sweeter across the back. At times this brew smells a bit herbal and grassy with some woody inclusion faintly reminiscent of vanilla. A swirl makes this brew smell increasingly more bold with cheese and diaper.

The taste is earthy with a fruited quality somewhat like cherries. Lightly oaky with earth, dirt and Brett. There really isn't much going on in this brew's flavor despite the nose having quite a depth. The taste is very mild and bland with minimal tangy alcohol inclusion. The aftertaste is earthy with some roast and a mineral aspect like I have rocks inside my mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Smooth in the feel with a low alcohol impact. It is easy drinking but honestly boring in the flavor department. Despite letting this brew evolve in my glass from cold to warm, it just didn't do it for me. Regardless, I appreciate the opprotunity to give it a try. Maybe it will evolve a bit more if given some time to age.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 18:20:56 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

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

It took a lot longer to reach #1700 than I thought, but here we are. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's black with somewhat of a tanned head and good lacing that sticks around the glass. The nose is a blast of espresso beans and a touch of tartness, the latter hinting that this will have a tart/sour taste, and it does. A "sour stout" if you will; there's espresso beans, little notes of peat and whiskey, and a soft sourness. Quite a curveball offering, and a good one at that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 03:57:46 | More by DoubleJ
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass...

Clutch pouurs a dark brown color with very good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is quite roasty, with licorice, chocolate and some light sour. The beer smells pretty good, but was even better on the palate. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except I also get some dark fruits and bit more sour in this moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, lightly sour and fruity finish. Alcohol is well disguised, though you tell it's up there a bit.

Very interesting beer. I was surprised by how much I liked and enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 16:09:39 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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