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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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513 Ratings

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 49
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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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Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

angrybabboon, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -46.1%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of mblowge964
4/5  rDev +7.8%

mblowge964, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of jhighlandbrewing
2/5  rDev -46.1%

jhighlandbrewing, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of HoppedUp13
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

HoppedUp13, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.1%

djrn2, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of sidetracked
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a thin medium brown head that lingers well. No real lacing.

Aroma is a mix of sourness, dark roasted malts, and fruitiness. Little alcohol heat as it warms.

Upfront taste is a mild tart sourness, cranberry, currants, grapes. Roasted malts begin to creep in during the middle. Bittersweet chocolate. Finish is a mix of sour and sweet. Fairly fruity--cranberry, unripe raspberries, tart grapes, merlot grapes. Lingering sourness and roasty malts.

Medium body and syrupy with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Reminds me of a more sour version of Half Acre Small Animals, Big Machine with some darker malty notes. Some interesting wine-like qualities. Mild sourness overall. A little hard to categorize.


sidetracked, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Travisnin, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass while listening to Clutch.

Appearance: Pours dark and black with only a slight hint of brownish red on the edges. Decent two fingers of tan head that fade into a thin ring on the edges of the glass. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Moderately tart and sour dark cherries with some wood, brett, and a light hint of vinegar. Big presence of dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Quite an interesting combination.

Taste: A very interesting and tasty brew. It literally tastes like a imperial stout mixed with a wild ale. The sour cherries and woody/bretty characteristics are quite noticeable but are not as strong as a normal wild ale. The dark elements kind of overshadow it, but in a good way. Big flavor of dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth. No noticeable alcohol heat. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A pretty wild and interesting take on a wild ale. The dark flavors blend pretty well with the sourness. I love the creativity here.

MattyG85, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.8%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

davelag, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +7.8%

zonker17, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of SolarMikey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

SolarMikey, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is some roasted chocolate malts, leather and tart, sour dark fruits.

The flavor is some roasted earthy malts and molasses with a good amount of tart fruity sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice mellow dark fruit sour with a bit of roast.

Beaver13, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Diomede, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

gearzstang, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -19.1%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of n2pux
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

n2pux, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

bbadger, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with some ruby highlights, large-bubbled head that has good stick. Nice look and unique for a sour type of brew.

The nose is maltier than funky. Chocolate notes, a hint of roasted malt, some vanillin, and dark fruits. Only a touch of vinegar indicates that anything wilder than normal is going on.

Subtlety rules the palate as well, with a moderately sweet chocolate flavor, somewhat thin mouthfeel, a touch of lactose, and similar notes of cherry and vanilla from the nose. Fruity, no hop notes, with a mild balsamic vinegar hit towards the back end.

Body is too thin to be world class, an interesting premise but not quite followed through on.

BretSikkink, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of j1knapp
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

j1knapp, Jan 01, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.