Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing
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3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-02-2012 23:40:03 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
08-25-2011 02:50:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.08/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
10-27-2011 11:48:22 | More by Thorpe429
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
09-11-2011 17:48:52 | More by womencantsail
2.83/5 rDev -23.5%
Pours black with a short fast fading head.
Nose is all black chocolate, roasted grain and coffee. While a simple nose pleasant.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and, for my taste, is out of balance. Flavors and mouthfeel just do not juxtapose well. Thin and a bit watery, but then gives way to simple coffee, chocolate and roasted grain character with a kick of citrus sour. There is a pleasant smoky character but, that also does not blend well and is not integrated with the other flavor characteristics.
Candidly, it tastes like a dump bucket of otherwise decent beers! Sorry...that's what it was like for me. Flavors and sour characteristics are just not integrated - almost as if you mixed a stout with a lemon/lime/citrus sour. Doesn't really make it for me.
Finish is sort of a coffee sour that, for my taste, is not pleasing.
08-26-2011 22:10:11 | More by GRG1313
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
10-12-2011 19:25:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
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!
09-27-2011 20:24:38 | More by oberon
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
11-09-2011 05:52:05 | More by TMoney2591
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
09-22-2011 01:06:27 | More by zeff80
3.23/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
12-16-2011 02:44:51 | More by Jason
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
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
12-14-2011 03:14:26 | More by russpowell
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
12-24-2011 08:55:58 | More by feloniousmonk
4.18/5 rDev +13%
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.
08-23-2011 19:37:43 | More by drabmuh
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges of the glass. There is just a layer of head, but it retains it quite well.
Smell: Quite nice. Roasty with some sour, dark fruit and grape. There is a pleasant sweetness that brings everything together.
Taste: Quite like the smell. The roast and the sour flavors go together better than I expected. Hints of dark chocolate and grape jelly along with some sour fruity notes as well. Neither flavor dominates. The finish is a bit boozy and roasty.
Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. The carbonation is very smooth and the finish is slightly dry.
Overall: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would and am glad I tried it. It was better than the last sour dark beer I tried. I don't know that I'll buy more, but the flavors worked for me.
08-30-2011 22:05:21 | More by oline73
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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