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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 48
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 fragilehearted
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into a snifter. I admit, I got this partly because it was categorized on the bottle as a dark sour, rather than a stout. Stouts aren't really my thing, but I do like sours. And well, partly because I like the idea of drinking a beer named Clutch. So here goes.

A - almost black in color (no light shining through). Nice tan head that goes down pretty quickly to cover + ring.

S - smells like a stout. Roasted dark chocolate malts. Some coffee notes. I don't really smell any sour elements...maybe a hint of cherry, but I think that's because I want it to be there? It smells pretty "normal" but not all that interesting.

T - follows the nose, but some of the sourness does come out after the initial roasted maltiness. I think the sourness actually makes the aftertaste a lot better, instead of bitter. But if you're looking for that extra bite, it's not going to be there for you.

M - medium body. Light for the average stout, which this obviously isn't. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden, which is nice.

D/O - it's interesting enough to try, but not sure I'd really want to get it again. If you think the idea of a sour stout is interesting, give it a go. I like sours but am not so into stouts, and I was hoping this might make them more approachable, but I think I'd rather just have some more sours. ;)

fragilehearted, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pours black with the faintest garnet highlights when held to light. Clarity seems good though difficult to discern. True brown head tops the beer and has decent retention.

Aroma-Malt profile dominates the aroma-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and some toast. Hops are rather low, and almost imperceptible here. Some stone fruit esters appear as well, most notably plum and tart cherry. There is just a hint of tartness here.

Flavor-Sour up front, with tart cherries and chocolate as the primary flavors. The mid-palate displays other fruits-plums and grapes-before being overtaken by assertive roast flavors in the finish, with notes of coffee grounds and espresso. The aftertaste is quite dry, with a lingering tart cherry/bittersweet chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Quite dry, but not astringent. Low alcohol warmth.

I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty apprehensive going into this one. I hadn't really heard anything good about this beer, with one friend describing it as reminiscent of an infected stout. I was pleasantly surprised by the beer-it wasn't amazing or anything, but it was rather good, with a nice tart cherry/chocolate-espresso balance in the flavor that was rather pleasant. Would I get it again? Maybe, maybe not. But it was definitely worth trying.

plfahey, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from my local Binny’s.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark chocolate color. Very little light gets through, and when it does, it is only near the edges. About a finger of quickly dissipating mocha colored head is achieved with a regular pour.

Smell – Having had Tart of Darkness recently and being a fan of JP’s Madrugada Obscura, I was excited to try my third installment of a “sour stout”. The aroma starts out the same as with the others – typical stout smells such as chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, slight smokiness, and some slight funk.

Taste – Less tart than I was expecting (and less than the other two aforementioned beers). An initial sour cherry tartness up front which is almost immediately encapsulated by the beers stout characteristics. The bittersweet cocoa and roasted malts are dominant with the coffee taking a back seat along with some smoky wood notes.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a little dry.

Overall – I was a little disappointed with this beer. The other two examples of this style had a more prominent tartness/sourness to them that made one realize this is not a mistake…this sour flavor is supposed to be there. This beer makes one wonder if there is the begging of an infection to a stout (Abyss ‘09 anyone?). I have another bottle for the cellar and am curious if the tartness will become more dominant in the future. I have a feeling it might.

SpdKilz, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a nice--nearly opaque--dark brown with moderate carbonation producing a 2 inch dark tan head. Decent retention.
S: Pleasant mildly sweet caramel malt and sour notes hit from a couple feet away. Some fig, molasses, and dark dry chocolate.
T: Dark chocolate, sweet roasted caramel malts, raisins, and a hint of sour (quite a bit in the background). Definitely a step down in intensity from the aroma.
M: Light-medium body. Smooth and oily feel. Sweet throughout with a hint of sour tartness.
D: Turn up the sour on this one and it could end up being very nice. As it is, it's an interesting brew, but not great.

mwilbur, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thin but creamy tan head. Some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate, dark cherries, toasted malt, coffee and some granny smith apple.

T: There's a really interesting blend between darker stout flavors and lighter sour flavors. Hints of roasted malt and espresso along with sour cherries and burnt raisin skins. A bit of vinegar as well and a lingering bitterness on the finish. I was expecting a bit more. I almost wish it would taste bigger. I wanted a lot of sourness and a lot of stout flavor, but didn't really get either.

notchucknorris, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a two-finger, brown, bubbly head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with a little smoke. A touch of chocolate aroma, too.

T - It tasted of a little sour cherry with plums and some sweet chocolate. There was a touch of smokiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Don't expect this to be sour like a Flanders Red Ale. It is an interesting smoky, slightly sour stout.

zeff80, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours deep brown with red highlights and a cocoa-colored head. Aroma is earthy and roasty with some green coffee and cocoa powder. Not much sour evident so far. Flavor is malty and tart, with an earthy roasted malt basis, phenols, nuts and some tart red fruits and citric acidity. I suppose this is pretty well done but I just don't like the whole roasty + sour thing.

illidurit, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours deep chocolate brown, almost black, with a big creamy tan head and some nice sticky lacing and a small cap settling in on top.

Aroma is a little weird as it starts with a heavily roasted chocolate malt kick, but there is also an interesting cherry tartness along with some coffee notes.

The taste has less tartness than the aroma and is seriously roasty, almost has a burnt character. Lots of chocolate and a weird finish of smoke and slightly tart cherries.

The mouthfeel is roasty and dry.

I opened this expecting to get a much more sour beer (Surly Five maybe?), but it's really just a heavily roasted beer with a touch of cherries thrown in. Not one of my favorites from NB but still a very good beer.

gford217, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.17.13

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a dark tan head that fades slowly.

S - Roasted dark malts, chocolate, nutty, toast.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate with a subtle sour cherry finish.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Roasted and chocolate with a touch of sour cherry.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Onibubba
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour, dissappointly short lived dark (but not dark enough) mocha head. Not much for lacing or for revitalizing the head with a swirl. Aroma is slight roastiness and chocolate. Taste is a sweet stout. No hops or bitterness, no coffee notes, and sadly, no sourness (This is listed on the bottle as being a "dark sour" by the way). I was hoping this was going to be along the lines of the JP Madrugada Obscura, but it is not.

If this is a blend that includes a touch of La Folie, it really does not assert itself. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but still quite smooth. No carbonation evident making for easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden too. All in all, this is a nice stout for those who are looking for something sweeter, but not as chocolatey as a Young's or a Rogue. But if you are expecting any hint of sour at all, you will not find it here.

Onibubba, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
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.

LiquidBread219, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served into a tulip.

A: Right on for an American Stout. Black with just a bit of dark brown shining through on the edges when held to the light. Light brown foam develops which settles to a ring of head at the top of the beer. As I make subsequent pours, there is a mixture of brown and light tan head. Very nice looking.

S: Strong roast scents with slight green apple smell. Some dark chocolate as well.

T: Strong roast flavors with some dark chocolate and light coffee. There is really very little sour flavor in this beer - again I get very slight green apple. Very little alcohol flavor despite the 9.5% ABV.

M: Medium body with medium amount of carbonation. Quite good.

O: I don't really taste much sourness in this beer. As an American Stout, it's decent.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle broached on 24th Feb 2014: shared at the second ever 'Shrewsbury Bottle Share', four of us tucked into this: cheers Mat for bringing it (he's a Clutch fan). I've never heard of Clutch of course, apart from the ones in the various cars I've owned.

Anyway the beauty poured a dark, dark brown, almost black in fact.

Dark fruits wrapped in chocolate with a sourness that belies the sweetness that is trying to burst through the brew. A dusting of caster sugar towards the end gives the beer a slightly less sour finish and adds a little lightness to the whole thing.

Different and pleasing, my third beer from New Belgium, they are doing OK in my eyes.

BlackHaddock, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good though not great sour. The sour came at the finish so was therefore not a palate eraser. Dark body with huge beige head.More chocolate up front than needed, would like to get down to the business of sour.Mildly fruity aroma.Found at O'Reilly's in Madison.

Sammy, May 03, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rutager, Mar 31, 2012
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.

aasher, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 14 October 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown, almost black but not quite. One-finger head is a medium tan color with some yellowish tones. Good retention and solid lacing.

Dark roasted malts, coffee the most obvious feature, with a faint little twinge of tart. It smells a lot like a stout, with the tiniest little oddity thrown in.

Taste is mostly stout-like. Dark roasted malts, roasted barley. Coffee is again the most prominent piece, but there's some chocolate hidden down under there, too. A faint rise at the end is the only sign of the sour I pick up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice - a little on the light side for a stout, but super smooth. Carbonation is just right, with lots of little bubbles that keep coming.

I can't give this beer a top-notch rating overall. It's billed as a dark sour ale, but while it's dark, it's not a whole lot more than that. Sour? Not to my tastes. To me, it's a typical, decent, stout, with a very small twist. It's good, for sure. But neither the stout nor the twist are enough to really elevate it.

zeledonia, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of MrTopher
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A – Pours a dark brown almost black, but still close. A nice brown head comes off as well, about 1-2 inches in height. Beer leaves a nice lacing as it’s consumed.

S – Dark malt is the first thing I can pick up, a little roast also. There is some chocolate and maybe dark fruit, but it’s faint. There is some funk to the nose also.

T – Starts out as a pretty thin stout, with some coffee notes and a little chocolate, some sweet malt also. There is a mild tartness, but it’s very subtle but still present, but there is some funk!

M – Medium but closer on the side of thin, carbonation is decent. Good creaminess.

O – This has something that could be great, and I think 6 months to a year of aging would give it that missing link. I was left wanting a little more, but it was still something I would like to buy again and age.

MrTopher, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is opaque and dark brown colored, with a small, tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. The aroma offers roast, chocolate, cherries, and a light funk. Taste is decent, but a bit odd. Not sure the roast and sour combination is working. Cherries and alcohol linger in the aftertaste. Overall, interesting and worth a try, though I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

Huhzubendah, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of mrandypandy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

A - Pours a medium/dark black. Big khaki head recedes to a thin layer but leaves good lacing.
S - Mild tart aromas, cherries, not much else.
T - Different. Defiantly get slightly tart cherries at first, followed by some light roasted notes. More cherry than stout.
M - Medium body to light. Slightly fizzy on the tongue.
O - Good, but nothing to get your panties in a twist over. It's billed as "sour" but delivers more tart. Cherries are strong, just not sure it's the best compliment to a stout.

mrandypandy, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nearly stout dark, with a medium brown head. Definitely darker than anticipated.

Roasted aroma, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a buttery diacytol aroma...in this occurrence, it works for me. There is a touch of sour on the back end. Taste was nicely mirrored, with again, the tart coming on the finish. Nice almost full body, with a pleasant creaminess.

Not much for sours, but the sour parts were minimal and blended in nicely. I'd drink it again!

EgadBananas, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of rmcnealy
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a non-translucent dark brown with a very small mocha colored head that fleeted quickly leaving just a small lace around the edge of the glass. The initial aromas are of mocha and coffee beans, caramel and roast. The taste is not overly robust, similarly to the aroma, but is rather refreshing. Not too complex but what is done simply here is done correct. A very good beer with just the right amount of finish which leaves with no ill taste. Like others, I fail to see the 'sour' in this 'dark sour ale' but nonetheless it was a good choice. Better than some of the other Lips of Faith collabs.

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL - Enjoy!

rmcnealy, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of MountainBeagle
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Background: Labeled as a Dark Sour Ale, 9% at $8 a bottle from New Belgium in Lips of Faith Series.

First Thoughts: Definitely not a sour, it's barely there. Mislabeled? Tastes awesome though, a lot going on.

The Good: Cherries, coffee, chocolate, some fruit, slight sourness, it reminds me of Stone Cherry Chocolate stout minus the sourness.

The Bad: If you are expecting a sour don't buy this it will disappoint you. If you are expecting a dark ale you might be disappointed as well.

The Bottom Line: I really like this beer. I can't believe people poured this out :( It is a mix of two styles which I appreciate as a brewer because of skill and time it takes to make but it does not really excel in either sourness or malt profile. I'd give it a solid B + and for New Belgium it surprises me (Sorry I had low expectations). I am hearing good things about their Lips of Faith series and they have my attention.

MountainBeagle, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of dogbones
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my 1st review. I have read many and have learned a lot. I figured my 1st review should be on something that I have had many times. That being said, I bout a sixtel of Clutch and have had it many times. Tonight, as I type, I am currently enjoying a 3/4 pill into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

The appearance of this beer is dark brown. The head is linen in color and is around 1/2 inch. The lacing is very apparent and streaks the side of the glass during consumption.

The aroma reminds me of dates and strong vinegar. There is a hint of funk but it adds to the over-all sour presentation.

The mouthfeel is solid and almost coats your mouth and tongue. Its warming but not hot and tingles a bit in the back of the throat.

Taste follows aroma to closely. The is a burnt date taste mixed with a slightly overpowering vinegar pucker. Strangely, just a hair of Doritos funk follows the swallow.

Overall, I have enjoyed this 1/6th barrel.

dogbones, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown, borderline black with no light visibility and a light brown fluffy head that slowly recedes leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin dead on for Hersey's chocolate syrup. Lots of baker's cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate. As it warms you get some of the dark fruitiness, highlighted mainly by a dark cherry smell. I also get some instant espresso or black coffee smell in there as well. Some interesting notes of dirt, earth, must and recently buzz-sawed wood shavings become apparent with my second half of the 22oz. I enjoyed it much more when I first opened this.

The tastes begin with the dark black coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate. There is a light dark fruitiness in there as well but not really sour or tart like I would expect for your typical sour ale regardless of the beer base. The dominant flavors are roasted malts, dark chocolate, baker's cocoa and light espresso. Kind of reminds me of a higher ABV stout that has been cellared for at least 3 years; I find some cellared stouts or porters have a dark fruitiness that accompanies the roasted malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. It is kind of thin as far as a stout would go but it's appropriate for a sour ale (the only problem is that this tastes way too much like a standard stout as opposed to a sour ale), so I am conflicted here.

Overall this a good tasting beer, don't get me wrong, but it misses the mark for what I believe the brewer was intending. If I tasted this blind I would say this is a great, well balanced, American stout that probably had a few years of age due to the slight dark fruit/sour flavors, but would never had guessed it was less than a year old sour dark ale. If you want a good beer, I recommend this, if you want a sour dark ale, eh, I would pass. [Maybe it just needs time to age but I think New Belgium filters or pasteurizes their beers so I don't think this will age particularly well.]

claspada, Oct 22, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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