Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing
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British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-31-2012 02:20:02 | More by Rutager
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-25-2012 18:46:56 | More by akorsak
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-19-2012 02:57:46 | More by Bierguy5
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
03-10-2012 02:28:00 | More by gdrydenc
4.3/5 rDev +16.2%
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!
02-28-2012 20:51:14 | More by Gatch
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
02-26-2012 01:44:07 | More by rawfish
4.25/5 rDev +14.9%
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!
02-22-2012 03:39:38 | More by ibbjamin
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
02-17-2012 23:58:01 | More by scottfrie
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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