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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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225 Reviews
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Reviews: 225
Hads: 522
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 52
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chumba526 on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (832 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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! (556 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (863 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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 (657 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -15%
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+ (945 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for popping this one.

A: Pours a rather dark brown with two fingers of foam on top. Very nice retention and little bits of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate, and some vinegary/sourness. A little bit of cherry and pineapple almost.

T: More chocolate than on the aroma, heavy roasted malt, slight tartness and some sour fruit, not really discernible which fruit though.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not really my thing. Not very sour at all and the roasted malt/chocolate was a bit heavy for me. (574 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,573 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is opaque and dark brown colored, with a small, tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. The aroma offers roast, chocolate, cherries, and a light funk. Taste is decent, but a bit odd. Not sure the roast and sour combination is working. Cherries and alcohol linger in the aftertaste. Overall, interesting and worth a try, though I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again. (387 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (2,235 characters)

Photo of billab914
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured black in color with a thick, bubbly, foamy, tan head to it.

The aroma has a sour chocolate thing going on. The moderately roasty, chocolaty, stout flavors mix with some sour, slightly funky flavors. It smells like some of the non-intentionally infected stouts I've ran into.

The taste shows more of the sour, very slightly funky flavors up front. I get a good amount of sweet, almost sugary flavors to it up front as well. Towards the finish some of the chocolaty, roasty, slightly bitter flavors of the stout start to come out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Overall I wasn't impressed. It tasted like an infected stout to me, which is typically not a good thing. It just didn't have any good stout character nor did it have a very good American Wild profile. The sourness was mild and lacked any of the depth or complexity that I love in the better American wilds. The flavors just don't mix well at all for me. It was drinkable, but I'd rather have a good stout or a good American wild instead of the mix of the two. (1,124 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

EEYAAW. EEYAAW. EYAAAWW!!! I'am a rock n roll outlaw drinking CLUTCH poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A light coffee colored, and creamy head is presented sitting on a very black body. Head falls normaly with some leopard like spotty lacing.

Bouquet is a faint barleywine like booze with some fruit. Bigger whiffs on my nose actually hurt. Mild cocoa, no sense of sour but mostly berry fruit.

Taste is weird. Berry slight sour but extremely thin for even an American stout. Wet, with flat box juice texture. Fruit dominant with little else to taste here. Finish has nearly no flavor. A basicaly thin weak box lunch juice grape.

Overall where's the malt? roast? Coffee? Chocolate? Hello? Hey I know it is mentioned as a dark sour but can i get a little something extra??? I'm not even minding the mild sourness (borderline tart) of this even though I am not a sour/stout fan, but there is nothing stout like in taste that is particularly enjoyable to me, this is not what I look for in a stout. Love the band, the beer not so much, it feels dyslexic and having an identity crisis. Maybe I am a bit harsh, I seem to keep drinking it as it gets to room temp. Perhaps this is my last dark sour review ever. (1,220 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (806 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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