Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
83
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225 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 225
Hads: 522
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 52
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chumba526 on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a wide mouth goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Their white board labelled it "Clutch Dark Sour Ale". Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I loved La Folie.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight tan colour, good cream, nice thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark brown. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, hints of fruit esters, and cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Slightly sour, with some cream and even hints of nut notes. Strangely balanced. No alcohol comes through. Sourness seems restricted to the finish. Built okay. Lackluster for the style; it's just not sour enough. I wish it were bolder.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and light. Slight cream. Mildly complementary of the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but of limited quality. Hides its ABV well. Decently priced. I wouldn't have it again. A mundane so-called sour.

Low C+ (945 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of brown head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front followed by some sweet creamy chocolate. There are some slightly acidic, sour aromas underlying the chocolate, but they're surprisingly faint.

T: Again, roasted malts hit at first with some smokey and bitter notes. A strong sourness follows, reminiscent of lemons. The finish is tart from the sourness and bitter from the roasted malts. The different aspects of this beer are a bit jarring.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling on the palate.

O: An interesting and unique, but not particularly good beer. I like the idea of a sour stout, but the flavors just clash and never meld very well. (753 characters)

Photo of Bierlerner
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks great. Dark brown. Several shades from black. 1 finger head that stays around a minute. Not much on lacing as it goes down. Looks thick and you can see bits of sediment.

S- Smells pretty much like a stout or foreign stout. Some mild roasted malt notes, with some mild chocolate and molasses notes. No detection of anything sour. Rather light on the nose.

T- Again, follows through with the smell. All characteristics being mild. Along with some bready notes and a tinge of lemon zest. Starts off stout and finishes with just a hint of a sour note that can be missed if you're not paying attention.

M- Med-light body with low carb. Not too thin. A little creamy. Has a nice dry finish.

O- A dark sour ale without the sour. Very disappointed with this brew. Maybe more time will make it more sour, but I don't think I'll revisit this one. (849 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Plainfield's Tap House.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues on, and at a new venue no less! This stop pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy dark tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, very light pineapple, light red apple skin, dark chocolate, and light pumpkin seeds. The taste holds notes of red apple skin, very light roasted malts, chocolate, light pineapple, figs, and few beans' worth of coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, though I applaud the originality and all that, I cannot say that I am a fan of this beer. The flavors don't quite meld together properly, and things end up too thin and whatnot. Just not my thing, really. (788 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with a two finger head with crazy lacing into my bruery tulip. Aroma of smoky malts and coffee with a hint of infection. Taste follows the nose, slightly tart and very sugary. Smoked malts are there but the sweetness overpowers. This is not an easy beer to drink, it's under attenuated and not a great beer, I'm glad I tried this but I will never seek out this beer again. (398 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

EEYAAW. EEYAAW. EYAAAWW!!! I'am a rock n roll outlaw drinking CLUTCH poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A light coffee colored, and creamy head is presented sitting on a very black body. Head falls normaly with some leopard like spotty lacing.

Bouquet is a faint barleywine like booze with some fruit. Bigger whiffs on my nose actually hurt. Mild cocoa, no sense of sour but mostly berry fruit.

Taste is weird. Berry slight sour but extremely thin for even an American stout. Wet, with flat box juice texture. Fruit dominant with little else to taste here. Finish has nearly no flavor. A basicaly thin weak box lunch juice grape.

Overall where's the malt? roast? Coffee? Chocolate? Hello? Hey I know it is mentioned as a dark sour but can i get a little something extra??? I'm not even minding the mild sourness (borderline tart) of this even though I am not a sour/stout fan, but there is nothing stout like in taste that is particularly enjoyable to me, this is not what I look for in a stout. Love the band, the beer not so much, it feels dyslexic and having an identity crisis. Maybe I am a bit harsh, I seem to keep drinking it as it gets to room temp. Perhaps this is my last dark sour review ever. (1,220 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
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 (313 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of schultzi22
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

A: Coal-black with a finger of foamy head.
S: Nose of dark malts with only a hint of tartness.
T: Tastes like a stout that has soured slightly. Very little funk. The stout isn't great or exciting, and the tartness is difficult to distinguish.
M: A little thin. With a 9% abv, I expected more.
O: A disappointing beer that simply isn't very exciting. (371 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with a finger of dark brown head.

Smells primarily of dark roasted malts including cocoa powder, dark chocolate and some light coffee notes with a hint of acidic cherry.

Acidic, sour cherry notes and ethanol upfront with chocolate and roasted notes on the finish.

The body is definitely interesting on this one starts out thin and moves towards a creamy richness on the back end with a bit of alcohol warmth, low to medium body, and light, prickly carbonation.

I think this would be more serviceable at a lower ABV and with a bit higher percentage of the sour beer blended in; the sour aspect is almost lost in the stout/porter character of this beer. (681 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, split

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, ebony body, light tan head with minimal frothy lace

smell: dry roast, vinegar. meh

taste: definitely one of the duds in the lips of faith line - the tart stout concept just doesnt work. Tart vinegar, dry chalky roast, chocolate, artificial cherry.

mouthfeel: lighter end of medium, tart

overall: not my fav (371 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dense dark brown that looks about the same color as it did in the (brown) bottle. I am surprised and strangely excited by how dark the mocha brown head is. The aroma has some light grains and a bit of lactose-like sweetness. It's not bad, but it is just not much. The flavor is similarly unexciting, although it has a rather complex combination of mild apple tartness up front, some moderately roasted malts in the finish, and faint hints of chocolate and wood that creep in as the beer opens up. The texture is fairly light and smooth, which allows a light lingering woodiness to develop. Despite this beer's subtle complexity, however, it just doesn't provide much payoff, particularly for its high ABV. (713 characters)

Photo of Popp24
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip Glass.

A - Deep rich brown.

S - Roasty, Dark chocolate chips, mocha coffee flavors.

T - Chocolate up front and then a mild sour finish kinda like the end of a lemon head candy.

M - Silky smooth.

O - Nice beer but not as sour as I would have liked it to be. The chocolate flavor is pleasant. I would drink this one again but would not necessarily seek it out. (395 characters)

Photo of dmgnyc
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We've got Big News....the party boat is here / the band is kickin' / and I see lots of beer!

Yes. Huge Clutch fan, love New Belgium, couldn't wait to try this.

Aaaand....well, it's kind of weird. It's billed as a sour American stout, but really more of a dark brown ale. Pours an opaque brown with a quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate and cherries on the nose. As for the taste....maybe like alcoholic cherry cordials with a hint of sourness on the back end? Gets progressively syrupy and difficult to drink as it warms, so drink up. Does a pretty good job of hiding the 9%, and I'm glad to have tried it this once, but not something I see myself revisiting much in the future (not that I'd be able to anyway, living in NYC and all). (777 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of jslot38
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't expecting a sour stout with 20 something reviews to make it to DC when New Belgium hit the market out here. Being a collaboration with Clutch it makes more sense though.

Poured from a 22oz bomber to a Rodenbach glass.

Appearance: Looks alone, this is nice - dark but not as think and luminous as an imperial stout. Has a light beige head - just under a finger think that is going no where. Very good lacing.

Aroma: Roasted aroma, some chocolate, classic stout aroma with a touch of dark fruit - raisins, plums etc...

Taste: A bit of tart sour flavor, relatively clean (no funk) mixes with the roasted coffee and chocolate, but not well. I feel like one flavor needs to stand out more, and be complemented by the other to work. Instead the flavors seem to compete.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, like a stout, which feels odd as sour beers usually have a more lively carbonation. Doesn't take too much away from the beer though.

Overall: One heck of a good looking beer, that unfortunately misses the mark. Stouts and sours are tough to mix, this is a good attempt and has some nice qualities. Still pretty drinkable considering the unique flavor combo and high ABV. (1,178 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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 (734 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy dark brown. Almost nonexistant head to it. Aroma was muddled, lacked any sour aspect to it. Roasted malt notes were faint and leaning sweet, like a milk stout as opposed to one as strong as this.

Taste, whoa, where's the sour? You said this was a sour stout? Really? Have you have Tart of Darkness? This pales in comparison. Heck, this isn't in Magdura Obscura territory. Minorly sour, decent stout still, but jeez, the sour aspect of this is very minimal.

Hides the alcohol quite well, a little thin in the mouthfeel for a stout of this level, but keeps it plenty easy to drink. Lots of wood, less chocolate and coffee to it. No bitterness, which was kinda strange.

On tap @ Beachwood BBQ for sourfest. (726 characters)

Photo of mattboyer182
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark black with a very thin light brown head.

S - a light sour funk on top of some more stout like qualities like chocolate and coffee.

T - taste is very very similar to the smell. Very light sour and chocolate sweetness and wood.

M - medium to heavy bodied and light carbonation.

O - very ineresting. Sour up front and comes out with the sweet coffee and coco flavors. (383 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, with just a bit of translucence at the edges, with about an inch of tan head that had OK retention and pretty good lacing.

The aroma was very roast forward, with some earthy grains in the background, and some funkiness also very noticeable. There was an aroma I couldn't quite put my finger on, kind of a smoke scent, but not really smoke. The flavor profile was very similar, that odd smoke taste way deep in the back, the strong malt and grains dominating and the the slice of funk lingering in the back.

The body was on the thin side, especially considering this supposedly a Stout, but was overall OK and enjoyable. Drinkabilty was OK, a lot would depend on your attitude towards the funk, my pint went down easily enough and I'd consider having another. Overall, a pretty good beer, one that's worth trying when you see it. (875 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

melllow in accent in its compassity. Pour is not stout like. But quick belgian head. A dark ruby brown. Nose is extremely minimal. Mineral and toast. Palate is a dry toastiness with a hint standard brett. The accent of sour is typagraphical and and don't really know how to put it as...safe. I know that the sour stout is coming into the world as something new with the american sour frenzy... This is not a sour stout/porter made by drie fontenaine. Although i would not deny the fact that this was a good stout once. (518 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, bottle purchased in August 2011
Glass: Tulip

As a "wild" ale, I'd say this was an abject failure: there's just no sour or wild character to really be perceived. As an experimental stout, it worked at an average or slightly above average level, with modest roasted malt and chocolate flavors combined in a not unappealing way: it just wasn't anything special, either. With all the other stouts readily available, there's little reason to try this again, probably why New Belgium will not brew a repeat.

Pours a substantially tall head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, small in size, that has well above-average retention, lasting several minutes. The head does not recede without leaving substantial lacing along the sides of the glass: fairly large sheets of the stuff coat the glass' walls. Body is a dark brown to black, opaque, with light not affecting its coloration, and no visible carbonation.

Aroma is of roasted malt with sweetened chocolate and dried fruit esters akin to prunes. Not particularly robust, but certainly not unappetizing.

Flavor is solidly in the stout side, moderate roasted malt with mild chocolate flavor, just a slight "ping" of acidity on the sides of the palate. Front of palate detects some sweetened milk chocolate flavors . Mid-palate of sweetened milk chocolate with mild tangingess on the sides of the tongue and hints of ethanol. Very faint tartness on the back of palate, settled in as a minor character alongside continued roasted malt and chocolate flavors, with a new appearance of ethanol, too. Aftertaste of roasted malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and super-mild acridity.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with moderately intense carbonation that quickly peters out from a mildly fizzy feeling to a slightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel for the majority of the sipping period. Closes dryly, with little residual stickiness across the palate. For a 9% abv beer, the ethanol is surprisingly well-hidden, only slightly felt in the nostrils and throat. (2,052 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap

Beachwood BBQ
Seal Beach, CA

Near black in color with a thin khaki colored head. Dots of lacing spot the glass.

Noticeable sour acidity is present in the aroma along with a mild roast and chocolate character, though there's nothing particularly grabbing.

Roasted malt and a hint of chocolate make for a simple, basic stout. The sour tartness presents itself on the finish but is not overly powerful. This beer is more stout than sour, and not especially good at being either.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

An average and acceptable attempt at the style. After having The Bruery's Tart of Darkness however, this pales in comparison. (652 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Black color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Nice amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smells like a traditional stout. Chocolate, coffee, a little smoke, and the slightest hint of tart fruit.

Flavor does not quite work for me. The tartness seems more like a stout that had an unintended infection. I think what this beer needs to work is a high level of sourness, not the low, subtle type. The flavor has a high level of roasted malt qualities. More subtle hints of chocolate, cinammon, and smoke. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Thick and rich.

Overall this beer was a disapointment. It sounded great on paper but either sour stouts do not work, or this was not executed as well as it could of been. (798 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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