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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration

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BA SCORE
84
good

495 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 495
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%


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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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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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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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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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
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 20:29:45 | More by DarthKostrizer
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:18:10 | More by bonkers
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 21:26:22 | More by rhoadsrage
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:35:22 | More by tobelerone
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 06:05:47 | More by angrybabboon
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

11/11/11

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 07:01:00 | More by sidetracked
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 07:08:55 | More by MattyG85
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 07:17:50 | More by Beaver13
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:21:03 | More by BretSikkink
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a small tartness. In the taste, roasty, notes of coffee, and a light tartness. A small sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roast and note tartness in the aftertaste. Kind of a tart porter is the best way to put it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 16:48:11 | More by OWSLEY069
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Auracom

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hooray for bringing beers to work-related training! Opened a 22 oz. bottle on December 20th, 2011, served in a mini pint taster (whatever the hell that is).

A - Very dark brown with an excessively fluffy, light tan head. Good lacing and retention.

S - Sugar cookies and roasted malts initially. Weird light, tart/acidic fruit undertone that nearly masks itself as espresso beans or something akin to that. A bit muted and bizarre.

T - Yup, bizarre fits here as well. Astringent malt grains, like caramel went bad at Willy Wonka's factory. Very light cookie dough and roasted almonds.

M - Medium body, a bit thicker than expected. Fine carbonation and okay smoothness. Very short finish.

D - As strange as I expected but not nearly as full-flavored. This was bad news all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:55:00 | More by Auracom
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Clutch
Solid stygian clad, full head, large, looming cocoa/tan head, much lace and utterly lovely.

In the nose, cocoa and cream, milky smooth, some vanilla, some cocoa. A little nutty. Lovely, lovely. ( I said that before, though.)

Tasting it: Bigness in the flavor, in the fullness, in the mouthfeel. flush with fruit, with yeast, …here's where we get the sour. This Belgian-style flavor turns a little tart, then turns a lot. Little grape and cherry going on.

When this came out, I heard the opinions first, before I tried it. I heard "this isn't sour! Waah, be sourer!" Well, I tried it, and damn, what's your problem? It's plenty sour. Do all they new breed of sour -heads need to have everything palate-ripping, and tongue-destroying?

It's a stout, and it's sour. It's an experimental collaboration between a band and a brewery. And it works. The only problem is that it isn't exactly like what the critics expect/and/or/demand it to be.

But, damn it, I'm digging it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 08:55:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat strange beer- right out of the bottle I liked this a lot- a nice spark of sour, and some dark, brooding fruit- elderberries or currants or something, and a spike of bitterness. 1/2 an hour later and most of those flavors have faded and I'm left with something barely sour, less fruity, and vaguely and lightly spicy. Some of the undercurrents of currant are still there, and a bitter finish, but the sour has almost disappeared. Quite strange, and unsatisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:10:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had the opportunity to have clutch on tap and bottled. This review will be of the bottled version that I had on 12/16/2011

Clutch pours a deep dark brown color that sucks your eye deep into its depths. An off white head sits nicely on the beer but quickly turns into a lave around the glass that will stick to the sides as you drink down this beer.

The aroma is a mix of roasted malts with just a hint of fresh coffee.

The taste starts off sweet and is filled with toaste, coffee, and chocolate. But not a bitter coffee or a dark chocolate, instead a very sweet and milky taste.

Overall i think that this beer is just awesome. It is a shame that it is a limited release. I was certainly expecting more of a sour flavor from the description. However, the beer is remarkably smooth and wonderful to partake.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 16:44:54 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours nice deep brown with very little head. There is only a thin ring of khaki head left along the edges of my CBS snifter.

S: This beer smells of malt, bead, plums, raisins, and just a touch of dark chocolate. It's extremely interesting.

T: The initial hit is sweet malt and soggy bread. But that first blast quickly shifts to sour, sour, sour. It's actually more like sour mixed with soggy bread. There is some notes of stone fruit in there but in all honesty, this beer reminds me of a boozier, more tart kvass. It's a bit wacky.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts off nice and wet, but finishes sour and a bit dry.

O: I sincerely don't know what to made of this beer. Do I like it? Do I hate it? I'm not sure. Some of the flavors seem a bit off, and for that reason I can't rate it higher. I don't think it's terrible, but I won't be trying to score another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:53:57 | More by trxxpaxxs
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured black with a three finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, dark fruit, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, milk chocolate, wood, and drak fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Still not getting behind this whole sour stout movement and this is no exception. While all of the flavors present are good, they don't blend that well together in my opinion. If you are a big fan of sour stouts you might enjoy this one. Worth trying for those who are curious or love this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 20:02:04 | More by thagr81us
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date, this beer is probably cellarable though.

LOOK: Opaque blackness, tight looking head

SMELL: Brown malt, light tartness, bready, dark fruit, mild roast, carob

TASTE: Smooth, full-ish body, light charcoal, burnt toast, chicory, coffee, mellow tartness, alcohol, dark berries, faint wood, roasted finish

Love the layers of roasted character but expected more of a sour character here. Compared to what is out there in the new world of sours beers this is pretty tame.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:44:51 | More by Jason
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jonvan04

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured black with a thin tan head. The aroma was of lightly roasted malts with some funk and white wine. The taste was a blend of the roasty chocolate flavors of a stout mixed with the funkiness of a tart. This is the best representation I've had so far of being able to get the most out of each style into the beer. Most dark sours I've had are either too "stoutey" or too sour and not a very good blend of the two. Clutch is one of my favorite bands and this is not one of my favorite styles, but this was a surprisingly good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:56:07 | More by jonvan04
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.