Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing
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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
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-15-2012 01:34:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
02-15-2012 00:07:14 | More by Metalmonk
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
02-12-2012 18:56:34 | More by Gueuzedude
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
Thanks to Alucard4 for this one
Look: Black with brown rings around the edges with no head
Smell: The nose is slightly sour with some dark fruits and chocolate
Taste: Upfront is some fig and dates and the beer finishes slightly sour
Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation
Overall: Not bad by any means
02-11-2012 20:29:45 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.85/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks to my cousin Jeff for sharing. The pour is dark, good sized white head. The smell is tart, fruity. The beer is pleasantly acidic, dark fruit notes, sour finish. The acidity is a little out of balance, medium/light body, good carbonation. A nice sour, not mind blowing but an easier drinking sour.
02-06-2012 03:18:10 | More by bonkers
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet brown opaque body with a thick cocoa colored head that last a good bit.
S- The earthy chocolate notes have some powder qualities to it wit some tootsie roll notes and coffee malt and some earthy dark malt notes. There is a vanilla oak note in the finish.
T- The rich chocolate malt has some some soft tartness and wet wood flavors in the finish with an alcohol taste aswell. There is some dark cherry notes underneath the malt flavor.
M- The velvety medium mouthfeel has a touch of fizz in the finish and a bit of alcohol heat that grows in the exhale after each sip.
O- The nice chocolaty stout character is a bit one-dimensional. The tartness and wood characteristics are nice but just to soft in the background.
01-30-2012 21:26:22 | More by rhoadsrage
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
App: Opaque black with a small, quickly dissipating head, strong lacing.
Smell: Lots of bittersweet dark chocolatiness. Roasty. Traces of tart cherries and oak.
Taste: Chocolate, cherry, and oak flavors. Kind of a Belgian fruitiness. Really only slightly tart and sour, although as the beer sits and breathes the tartness emerges a bit. Sourness is still pretty restrained. Woody note lingers in the fairly drying finish. Hint of vinegar.
Mf: Medium carbonation and body. Somewhat sticky.
Overall: Interesting, and grew on me as I worked my way through the bottle, but probably not something I would buy again. Decent wild ale but could have been more assertive, I think. Flavors didn’t necessarily work all that well together for me.
01-27-2012 04:35:22 | More by tobelerone
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this
Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12
Appearance: Dark brown, clear around the edges, beige head
Smell: A light stout, gone sour - lightly burnt malts, dry and roasted - sourness works pretty well, smells balanced
Taste: Really more of a mild stout than a sour stout - chocolate malts, a hint of dry baker's chocolate - not straight-up sour, just a touch of sour that shines through the malts - slightly acidic, some herbal hops
Mouthfeel: Light to medium, smooth, pretty crisp, dry finish
Overall: A great take on a challenging style
Sour stouts are very strange. Rather than trying to make a strong, burly stout sour, I think New Belgium attempted to keep this on the mild side. I think this worked pretty well. It's not mind-blowing, but it works.
01-26-2012 06:05:47 | More by angrybabboon
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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