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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

504 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 504
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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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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Redglimmer


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

03-21-2012 02:18:48 | More by Redglimmer
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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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staggerlee024

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-16-2012 17:41:08 | More by staggerlee024
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Pat


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-16-2012 02:43:58 | More by Pat
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Beejay

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-14-2012 22:22:15 | More by Beejay
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-13-2012 13:51:52 | More by hopfacebrew
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-12-2012 18:47:14 | More by UltimateLivewire
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark with hints of red and brown

S - sour with a bit of medium brown malts

T - sour is most prominent here. The malts are a bit in the finish, but for the most part the sourness kicks. Great combo

M - good carbonation, small bubbles that make the sourness pop.

Overall, this is a cool beer. I like the sourness of the beer combined with the slight brown malts. Cool beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:28:00 | More by gdrydenc
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Davit

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-06-2012 05:53:24 | More by Davit
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bthomas

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-01-2012 10:19:58 | More by bthomas
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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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rawfish

California

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very fluid and dark cola brown nearly black with a slight tinge of garnet highlights when held to the light. Forms a one finger cap of mocha foam that dies down quickly into a ring of fizz with spots of lacing deposited onto the glass.

Roasted coffee, freshly baked bread and baker's chocolate tones on the forefront and through the malt backbone. Slight hints of oak, tart cherries and lemon juice spring up.

Roasted mild coffee and some bitter chocolate notes lay down a foundation in which a spring of cherries, grape skins, light oak and some musty funk notes are developed. Slightly more tart than the acidity you can get from burnt malts. Full flavor, well built just not as interesting as I had hoped.

Thin body for the color and very muted carbonation. Alcohol very very well hidden and the malts lay down a smooth texture throughout the drink. So easy to drink.

A good solid beer, something that branches porters and sours. The sour notes could be more developed into the fruit characteristic that were probably intended. Interesting to say the least rather underrated, worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:44:07 | More by rawfish
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

02-25-2012 19:08:49 | More by steamboatbrewer
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MrJolly

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-25-2012 00:14:45 | More by MrJolly
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ibbjamin

California

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

Paid $9.99 for a bomber from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. Pour into my Rodenbach tulip to review.

Yields a large, light brown, loosely packed head. Excellent quarter inch of retention. Beer is black in color. Thick lacing.

Aroma is quite vinous, with red grape and raisin balanced with a nice dose of malts in the background.

Taste is sour meets stout. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, sour cherry, red grape, raisin and apple. I would never have guessed this to be 9.5%; it seems in the 6% range to drink.

Mouthfeel is spot on with nice levels of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium body and very easy going down.

I think this beer is underrated and am quite impressed with it. One of New Belgium's best offerings in my opinion and can compete with Rodenbach. I have had a few bottles already and will certainly be buying again. I hope they continue producing it!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:39:38 | More by ibbjamin
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meich75

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-19-2012 12:18:10 | More by meich75
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Beezee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-18-2012 06:12:07 | More by Beezee
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scottfrie

California

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

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours near black with a finger of fuzzy dark brown head that quickly faded into a bubbly film. Tons of tiny spots of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Very interesting smelling. On the one hand I get almost milk stout like notes of sweet and creamy chocolate, and on the other hand I get fruity notes of fruity pie filling. Coffee is lightly detectable.
T: More ‘American wild ale’ flavors come through on the palate than the nose suggested, but this beer is neither tart nor sour. Stout flavors still dominate with rich and creamy notes of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Coffee comes through a bit more as well. The ‘wild’ aspect isn’t really fruity, it’s more tingly and tannic. I would say flavors could remind me of bitter red grape skins and dried cranberries. The finish is drying and woody, and the aftertaste is nice and earthy with a few subtle flavors of yeast.
M: The alcohol is hidden very well. Body is medium and clean, and the mouthfeel is thankfully not acidic or vinegary. This beer goes down smooth and easy.
O: I was expecting more wildness but I enjoyed this stout. The strange wild funk added a nice dimension. It could benefit from some sourness, but it wasn’t bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 23:58:01 | More by scottfrie
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LambicKing

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-16-2012 23:23:00 | More by LambicKing
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freduardo

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-16-2012 03:42:39 | More by freduardo
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-16-2012 02:59:03 | More by Cramerican
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black. Faint touches of dark red/brown when held to direct light. Head is chunky, rocky, and dark tan. Tiny hints of lacing.

Smell: Oak, chocolate, and day old coffee. Faint hints of sour. Leather and tobacco. Burnt malts and some char. Very heavy on the chocolate and coffee. Nice depth. Adds a layer of complexity to the American stout. Oak and sour enhance the sweet malt profile.

Taste: Nicely balanced. Chocolate and coffee mixed with oak and a faint sourness. Leather, so much leater. Day old coffee and a nice level of earthiness. Faint hints of citrus brighten it up. Nice level of both malt sweetness and slight sour. Depth and complexity is there in typical New Belgium fashion.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is high, but it works for the style...whatever that actual style may be. Bubbly and smooth. Easy drinking with a tiny bit of dryness on the back.

Overall: As far as a sour stout goes, this is one of the better ones. It manages to deftly blend matls and oak and sour in to something drinkable and likeable. Tons of flavor and it's all over the map. The brain is excited by this concept...when executed this well.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:34:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

Right off the bat, this one looks a bit different than a typical sour, being opaque black of liquid and tan of head. And the head is a super-creamy, long-lasting sort of thing. Love the appearance, definitely.

Roasty smelling, very porter-like. Mineral and smoke in there as well.

Taste-wise, this is most definitely a unique offering, one that seems to only partly intersect with a true sour. That kind of twisted fruitiness is present, but its dominant flavors are chocolate, raisin, fig, coffee and smoke. A hint of wood creeps around in the background. For a 9-percenter, didn't find any alcohol in its character. Still thinking "porter," but an adulterated one.

Tingly, tickling carbonation, a bit soft, a little thin, although it has some stick to it. Smooths out and becomes really creamy with warming, which helps provide a bit more overall depth.

This beer is not for people overly hung up on style definitions and boundaries. It breaks a mold and sets its own course, quite like the band it's named after. Definitely a super-enjoyable beer, my favorite so far from the Lips of Faith series, and one I look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:07:14 | More by Metalmonk
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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
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.