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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 46
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
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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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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Skye1024

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-12-2012 19:52:05 | More by Skye1024
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redblacks75

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-11-2012 19:11:58 | More by redblacks75
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metalgdog

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-08-2012 00:27:21 | More by metalgdog
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aint_it_strange

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73%

05-07-2012 23:22:16 | More by aint_it_strange
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kctrimble

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-07-2012 04:45:41 | More by kctrimble
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-06-2012 17:35:55 | More by sliverX
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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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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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BillyTWilliams

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-30-2012 15:51:11 | More by BillyTWilliams
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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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ficklenicholas

California

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-17-2012 05:02:02 | More by ficklenicholas
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

04-17-2012 02:18:11 | More by tln13
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antoines15

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

04-16-2012 00:41:09 | More by antoines15
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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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smartassboiler

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.9%

04-09-2012 20:40:34 | More by smartassboiler
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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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JebediahScooter

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-08-2012 18:54:40 | More by JebediahScooter
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cisteve

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-07-2012 02:08:19 | More by cisteve
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

04-04-2012 22:41:08 | More by muchloveforhops3
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-31-2012 08:50:52 | More by bh123
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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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KevdoggNasty


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-28-2012 04:48:01 | More by KevdoggNasty
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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
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.