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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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506 Ratings

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 45
Gots: 72 | 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.

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

Pours a solid black with a thick tan head that laces.

Smells sweet and roasty with some of the sour character also coming through. Not too complex but nice.

Tastes of tart sour mixing with roasted malts that then finishes quite dry, leaving a roasted flavor on the palate, interesting.

Medium bodied and dry in a good way.

This is an interesting take on a sour. The roasted malts work OK for the format...worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:12:21 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of womencantsail


3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black, with a small layer of tan foam.

S: The nose is lightly lightly tart. But, it's mostly just the kind of acidity you get in overly roasty beers. So, it smells just sort of like poorly made stout. A little bit of cocoa and coffee aroma on the back end.

T: It's pretty much the same story on the palate. There is a fair amount of roasted malt with just a mild fruit note. Again, it's mildly tart and acidic. Just very "meh".

M: The body is quite thin with only medium carbonation.

O: Very disappointing. I like the sour stout idea, but this one wasn't executed well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 17:48:52 | More by womencantsail
Photo of kzoobrew


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clutch on Pandora, New Belgium globe in front of me. I think I am set to open this one.

Black coffee colored body. Two and a half finger sandy colored head produced from a moderate pour. Retention is decent, the head recedes slowly leaving a slim cap. Spotty lacing clings to the side of the glass.

The aroma is much heavier on the stout than it is on the sour. Roasted malt, coffee and a dark chocolate aroma and dominant up front. The tart aroma develops with warmth but it still blanketed by the stout characteristics. Clean tart aroma, leaning towards a sour cherry maybe slight citrus aroma.

First sip is a bit of a surprise. I assumed I would pick up the stout portion on the front of the palate but I was wrong. Light lemony tartness develops first. As the beer travels back along the palate the darker, richer flavors develop. Strong dark chocolate and a smooth espresso flavor emerge. The roast is not overly prevalent. The back of the palate merges the the stout and the sour. The dark chocolate merges with a tart cherry/berry like flavor to finish.

Medium to full bodied beer. The carbonation is a little higher than expected making Clutch feel lighter on the tongue. Very smooth texture. The finish is moderate, the flavor lingers but disappears a but sooner than I would expect.

Very enjoyable beer, the flavors merge very well and creating an easy to drink beer. The beer drinks much lower than the 9% ABV it is listed as. The Lips of Faith series has put out yet another solid beer. New Belgium certainly has one of the more interesting limited release series in the country, well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 16:35:54 | More by kzoobrew
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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It took a lot longer to reach #1700 than I thought, but here we are. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's black with somewhat of a tanned head and good lacing that sticks around the glass. The nose is a blast of espresso beans and a touch of tartness, the latter hinting that this will have a tart/sour taste, and it does. A "sour stout" if you will; there's espresso beans, little notes of peat and whiskey, and a soft sourness. Quite a curveball offering, and a good one at that.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 03:57:46 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black in the glass with no highlights. The initial finger of head falls to a thin layer of bubbles over a few minutes.

The initial smells I detect are of black patent malt and coffee grounds overlaid with a touch of hoppiness. There is a slight twang that might be something sour, but if I wasn't looking for it I probably wouldn't identify it as anything other than hops.

The initial flavor is mostly imperial stout-esque, but instead of there being a slam of acrid smokiness or hop bitterness there is a slightly tart acidic touch of flavor near the end of the sip. Very interesting to say the least. The effect it has on my senses in odd, I feel that this tastes almost like something, but not quite enough like that something to name it. Whoa... it just hit me what this odd subtle flavor is like: Pina Colada slurpee! Now that is not a flavor I ever expected to find in a beer. Overall this is a fairly dry beer though.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is moderate.

Conclusion: I imagine this is similar to what the original English porters tasted like, with a mixture of aged "sour ale" and fresh dark beer. I wonder if it aged long enough if it would dry out even more and become more sour?

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:23:48 | More by allforbetterbeer
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First time trying this style. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Darkness typical of stouts and faint brownish head. Taste came through as a raspberry dark chocolate to me. As it warmed up I also got some faint bretty cheese-like tastes.

Overall wasn't a big fan personally, but probably more an issue of style preference. I really like sour beers like La Folie, Le Terroir, and the Russian River offerings, but this didn't do it for me. The bottle is labeled as a "dark sour ale" but I felt the sourness was faint while not really mixing well with the roasty stout flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 06:54:02 | More by captainwerd
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5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer.

It pours dark and majestic, releasing a true 'sour' aroma, tantalizing the observer. While crashing upon the palate, this beer comes on strong with a true belgian sour taste, but is then overcome by a true dark porter bitters. While this would be nice for most, the sour fights back, replacing the taste again with a finsih of sour combined artfully with the bitters of a nice sharp overly roasted malt.

Truly a delightful drinking experience. The price was right, it looked right, smelled nice, and played tricks on the palate, taking the taste from sour to bitter back to sour and finishing with a creamy 'awesome'. Well done, New Belgium. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 04:57:03 | More by Never2Dark
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2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours coal black with a 1 finger tan fizzy head that left some spotted lacing

smell is faint but i get the chocolate and sour fruit

taste of chocolate coffee wood sour cherries - only problem is they do not mesh well here

mouthfeel is light good carbonation very smooth and creamy

overalll - take out the sour cherries and i would have enjoyed this brew a whole lot more - this beer delivers on what they are calling this beer "dark sour" but i am just no a fan

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:57:47 | More by jsh420
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bring on the hype!

A-Shiny coal black with 1/2 inch clumpy, mocha head. Leaves complex wavy, sticky lacing.

S-Roasted barley, baking chocolate, chocolate covered cherries.

T/M-Light, roasty chocolate maltiness, a touch of tart cherry. If you were to blend Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout and Rodenbach, it would be close. My main complaint about this is how watery it is. Could use more body. The sourness isn't all that pronounced. Would've liked to have seen them go more extreme with this one.

O-Not worth the hype. Decent at best.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:00:33 | More by DaveHS
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3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with little to no light shining through - a caramel head of foam rises to a two finger width and fades relatively fast leaving just a creamy top and small spotty lacing hanging around. The smell is very interesting - I'm getting a lot of sweet and tart cherries mixed in with dark chocolate and a bit of caramel. The flavor is not as appealing as the aroma - it's as if the acidic sour woody flavor is doing battle with the chocole maltyness of the stout base and I can't quite get myself to enjoy the tartness left at the back of my mouth enough to rate it higher. The mouthfeel isn't as creamy and smooth as I would like and the carbonation is a bit prickly on the tongue - nothing special here. The pour and the aroma were both very satisfying but I must say I'm a little disappointed with the flavor - I was expecting some awesome liquid to completely surprise my palate in a good way but instead it was just kinda, for lack of a better word, bleh. Have another bottle so we'll see how it is a ways down the road.


Edit: I will state that I thoroughly enjoy sours and stouts but this just didn't work for me in a combo.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 04:08:44 | More by antlerwrestler19
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into an oversized wine glass. Deep, black body, with a two-finger mocha head. Good retention and nice lacing along the glass.

Very interesting aroma. It starts sour, mostly cherry, but adds notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

The flavor is equally interesting. I've never had a sour stout, but since I do like both styles, this one does a good job combining them. Neither dominates. Nice roasted malt flavor with just enough sour notes to make it balanced. Honestly, this reminds me of a cherry coke, where the coke flavor is definitely there, but the cherry gives it a boost.

Very smooth texture in the mouthfeel and very drinkable, with nearly no notice of the alcohol. Great effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 23:23:14 | More by FanofHefe
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like chocolate and coffee, with sour oak and a little copper and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee, with lots of sugar and some sour oak and copper. It had a clean, sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. A bit weak.
D: This was a nice unique sour stout. It had a good scent and taste, but the body wasn't great. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Not sure how it would age, but I liked it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 19:02:31 | More by Pencible
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a super dark brown, not black as I can still see some red and sepia highlights. Striking white head in comparison to the colour, with some lace.

S: Chocolate malt, with a light amount of roast. Some acidity is noticable with hint of cherries and citrus.

T: Dark chocolate dominates the flavour, still a very traditional flavour for the most part. There is a slight twinge of acidity, but there was a stark difference between this and all the other beers I was having at Sour Fest. Some lemon and candied oranges add some complexity. A good flavour.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, a creamy beer. Light acidity. Alcohol is non-existent, I was shocked to find out this was 9.5%.

O: I've always been a fan of the sour stout, and this is a good stout even if it's not super sour.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 02:41:42 | More by Halcyondays
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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lots of pitted, mocha head. Impenetrable black.

S: Sour yeast, a little fruit, and chocolate.

T: Still pretty sour, but not as sour as I remember. Sour and chocolately and coffee.

M: Smooth and heavy. Nice.

O: A good beer. Significantly less sour than the last bottle. Maybe it needs to warm up? Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:32:26 | More by Meerkey
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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, thanks to texasclimber for sharing.

Appearance: Pours a black with slight reddish hues when held to the light with a tan colored head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Interesting mix of berries, for some reason I want to say elderberry, with coffee, roasted grain, and chocolate.

Taste: Tart cherries, coffee and chocolate, an interesting mix.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation and a slight acidity.

Overall: Interesting beer, reminds me of a cherry stout, although not as well executed.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 18:31:06 | More by jamescain
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery on Savannah, GA.

Poured an inky black with a creamy mocha head that leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Nose is very Porter-like, lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, with a slightly tart raspberry "twang". Flavors is close to the nose, not as sour as expected, but with lots of tart raspberry and bitter chocolate. Reminds me a bit of a chocolate-raspberry candy. Smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body, crisp carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. A bit thinner then I'd usually like, but I suppose it makes sense with the tartness. Overall a very interesting beer, definitely not what I was expecting, but still good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 14:37:45 | More by jsanford
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3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours black with a short dark tan head with a little lace. On the nose there is coffee, chocolate, and sour apple, a strange combination that seems to work pretty well. In the mouth it's a very strange sensation, like a candy apple but with chocolate rather than caramel. As it warms, the tartness hits the tongue first with the chocolate coming later. Once it fades the tart apple comes back in for a long finish. The body is medium, or perhaps a bit thinner than that, but definitely within the range of what I'd expect.

Overall, this is a somewhat bizarre beer but it melds pretty well to my taste. I wouldn't go nuts to find this but for $6.99 sitting on the shelf I'll get this again.

EDIT - Had this again at a tasting on 21 January, 2012, and it was pretty lackluster in the taste department. The odd flavor combination just didn't work for me this time.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:58:29 | More by EricCioe
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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black. When held to light, the edges were a medium brown, but it's otherwise opaque. Small amount of light tan head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, coffee grinds. sour apple. Not much else there. Hints of molassess and some possibly chocolate milk sweetness, but the drier, roastier scents dominate.

T: The first sip was just plain normal coffee imperial stout (roastiness, coffee, cocoa powder, molasses, etc.) However, my second sip was very sour - somewhere between sour apple and sour milk. Definitely leaning more toward champagne, gueze, sparkling cider and sour apple, though.

M: A bit thin for any form of stout, but definitely much too thin for an imperial stout. Carbonation seems slightly higher than average for the style, but not overcarbonated.

O: Not bad. The taste started as below average, but it's grown on me as I adjusted to it and as it warmed. Mouthfeel is the only thing really holding this back.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:56:37 | More by jnn4v
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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, who put this in as an American Stout!!??? WTF?

On the bottle it says Dark Sour Ale, at 9% by volume. Poured into my New Belgium Globe. Pours dark as night with about two fingers of light tan head. Head drops slowly leaving a nice cap and some lacing.

Aromas of sour dark cherries, lactic sourness, and a hint of roasted malt.

Flavors of dark sweet cherries, dark sour cherries, a light chocolatiness, a light lactic sourness, and a light roastiness toward the end. This should be listed as an American Wild Ale. Finish is short, light tart sourness, and some roast and licorise.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied for a sour, with a slight pull at the back of the teeth with the sourness, and a good level of carbonation.

Interesting beer. It hides its alcohol very well. Nice combination of sour and dark roasted malts. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 23:56:11 | More by JamnesCameron
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a chocolate color with good carbonation and a dirty white cap

S: Hmmm. Cocoa, a little sourness, grapes

T: I actually thought it was rather unique. Picked up on a bit of chocolate, roasted malt,ripe grapes, but the sourness was lacking. If I could explain a sour CDA this would be it

M: Nice, tasty, medium to big body

O: Not to bad and worth a shot

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:50:30 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of aasher


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a light beige lacing around the glass. The aromas are soft and roasty. You don't get much sour at all. It is definitely more of a traditional stout in the nose, chocolate, roasted malt, some light bitterness. The flavors are heavy on the roast and traditional stout flavors. Where's the sour? It MIGHT be tart, might be. For a beer that advertises itself as a "dark sour" it needs more umph. It drinks soft and smooth. It's just ok overall. This was a bit of a let down. I wanted more sour and it didn't live up to other sour stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:23:02 | More by aasher
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium snifter.

A- Black with absolutely no light penetration. 1/8" almost white head that quickly fades into a thin coating on top of the liquid. Slight lacing is left on the glass.
S- Tart cherries, chocolate, earth
T- Raisins and plums on the lips, chocolate and faint malt on the tongue, dark chocolate and sour cherries at the finish.
M- Thin to medium consistency, carbonation is more present than I had expected with the lack of head.
O- I thought this was a decent beer, especially for the price. Not quite as thick as I like from a stout, though it did gain a little as it warmed up. Not overly sour. I liked the way that most of the tartness hit at the end, allowing for the other flavors to develop beforehand. I am going to buy another bottle or two so I can taste what a few months or a year will do to this brew. I think it could turn out to be an extremely good beer with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:11:01 | More by Ungertaker
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of this one this evening with my wife. Poured a dark brown color with a lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa and a light tartness. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and lightly tart, with flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and oak.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:08:07 | More by emmasdad
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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Really dark black in color, 2finger tan head, good retention nice lacing.

S= Roasted malts in the nose, you also get a little bit of coffee in there and some sweet notes that kind of hide the coffee a little bit.

T= Taste is like the nose a little bit I get a lot of Roasted malts in the front it has some sour notes in the back. Kind of disappointed in this one.

M= Medium bodied I suppose, kind of thin....

O= Over kind of disappointed in this one thought it would be something different probably wouldn't try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:48:50 | More by LiquidBread219
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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see New Belgium going all-out on a big, creative beer. This one was wonderful.
A- Disclaimer: I was in a dimly lit bar in downtown Fort Collins for this. Poured very dark with what seemed to be a one-finger tan head.

S-The most impressive aspect of this beer. Roasted malt scent. Something is giving it a sweet, almost fruity edge to the coffee... Maybe toffee in there? Whatever it is, it's complex and wonderful.

T-Nice balance of a stout (I know there's a trace of that in here) with subtle sour characteristics: Seems to be cherry. Very nice finish. No dryness or overpowering sour.

M- Rather medium to semi-full feel. I would like to age this and see if it gets even fuller. Also, it warms nicely.

O- As a lover of stouts and sours, this beer was pretty ideal for me. Reminiscent of O'Dell's Avant Peche Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 17:38:57 | More by UpToMeBeer
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