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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

518 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 49
Gots: 73 | 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 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.

(Beer added by: chumba526 on 08-06-2011)
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Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into long stem tulip.

A: completely opaque with a dense 2 tone brown head. decent retention and good lacing. certainly has the american stout look.

S: the aroma is mostly roasty. however there is definitely a vinous character as well. a nice mix between the stout/sour side.

T: the twang of something wild does make an appearance from beginning to end. just not too intense. which would make sense considering it is only 20% of the blend. rich and smooth milk chocolate provide a solid back bone of flavor.

M: pretty lively fizz on a heavy medium body.

D: a very unique brew. the bits of sourness mingling with the dark malts is interesting...not my personal favorite, but a very cool beer to try.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Appearance: Dark brown, clear around the edges, beige head

Smell: A light stout, gone sour - lightly burnt malts, dry and roasted - sourness works pretty well, smells balanced

Taste: Really more of a mild stout than a sour stout - chocolate malts, a hint of dry baker's chocolate - not straight-up sour, just a touch of sour that shines through the malts - slightly acidic, some herbal hops

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, smooth, pretty crisp, dry finish

Overall: A great take on a challenging style

Sour stouts are very strange. Rather than trying to make a strong, burly stout sour, I think New Belgium attempted to keep this on the mild side. I think this worked pretty well. It's not mind-blowing, but it works.

Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Bottled on date of 7/10/11. Poured a near black with some surface carb streams visible. It had a good sized tan head that settled into a thick collar and partial foam cap. Good sheeting with a little sticking.

The aroma was pretty weak. Sour mixed with chocolate and roasted dark malts. Some coffee as well. Just not grabbing me. Taste was different as it had more of the roasted and now light coffee flavors in the front instead of the sour. Was decent but didn't really grab me. Tasted more like a watered down coffee beer than a wild or sour ale. Mouthfeel was light and a touch watery.

Overall, while not bad it wasn't good either. Middle of the road. Feel like they stretched here to do something different and it just didn't work out all that great unlike the very good Prickly Pear Saison from last night. Avail here in TX as a one-time release...although they could always release again. Rotation - one was enough for me. [N;N]

Photo of sliverX
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BKotch
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Domingo
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the FRTH.
Arrives a deep brown color that looks nearly black in dim light. With better light you can see it’s closer to brown. Head’s plentiful for something on draft with a careful pour.
The nose reminds me of some of the Belgian stouts I’ve had. Roasted malts with just a hint of sourness.
The predominant flavor up-front is burnt coffee. There are some fruity nuances here and there, but that burnt character is strong. It almost takes on a fresh tar/asphalt character.
There’s a tiny bit of yeasty sourness initially with a few sips, but those notes are few and far between. There are some additional muddled flavors in there dying to escape, but are completely lost in a haze of smoke most of the time.
In general, I wasn’t overly impressed. Drinking it was a bit of a chore, and it took me quite a while to finish my snifter.
Not completely terrible, but definitely not my cup of tea. That burnt/smoke note kills everything.
Of their Fall 2011 collaborations (this and Kick), this is definitely the lesser of the two.

EDIT: A second sample was definitely better and some sourness finally came out a bit more. That said, it still wasn't that great and I don't think I plan on ordering a 3rd.

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours into a duvel tulip with a dark cola colored body. has a nice sand colored head that stands two fingers high and slowly recedes to a frothy cap with a fair amount of lacing. smell took me by surprise, no sourness to it, just lots of standard stout smells. dark chocolate, coffee and roasted dark malts are up front with a little wood and sweet dark fruits in the background. taste also throws me for a loop, to me it tastes like a cherry chocolate stout that went wrong. it's not a bad beer, i just think it might be better as a fuller bodied stout. mouthfeel also seems a bit thin with great carbonation and a slight sour cherry finish. overall i think this is an interesting beer, easy drinkin because it's not too sour, but i dont think i would buy another bottle.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is interesting but also confusing. It is like a stout but in the smell and taste it seems like it does have just a strange fruity/maple tart note that confuses with the roasted stout.

A: A nice look with a tan head and plenty of lacing left on the glass. Dark dark brown hue and a nice fluffy pinky of head that remains for a while.

S: This is where I get most confused. I definitely get roasted and charred malt and a lactose kind of coffee cream aroma. Some semi sweet savory nut characters like almond extract. Then, a kind of strange, in the background semi tartness that is a little bitter smelling as well but not in a hop ester way, I dont get any hops. Some other ripe fruit notes are barely detectable and a maple woodsy aroma also is there. Grapes too.

T: Has a nice roasted character with plenty of dark fruits as well and a little edge of the slightest bit of tart or spice. Has a very vinous dark grape note to it, maybe thats how I would describe the small 'bite' or tart to it, like a dark dark red wine. A semi rich taste, but it feels like its missing something. A nice lingering coffee like bitter and roast.

M: This is not great, it feels quite watery and not full bodied compared to the tastes I get. A miss. The roast and a little sweetness

Overall a pretty nice beer, but a little strange for me and the mouthfeel was underwhelming for sure. I was thinking about buying another bottle to see if with age, there might be yeast strains giving me that wine/tart impression that would make cool things happen with the beer.

Photo of dfillius
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger tan head with fair retention. Near opaque dark brown/black.
S: Subdued, slight cherry, milk stout, coffee, slight Belgian twang. Too subdued, more aroma would be nice.
T: Coffee, roasty malt, sour twinge, cherry. One of the best tasting sour/cherry stouts I've had. Similar to Short's Black cherry Porter. Full flavored and complimentary dark chocolate and tart lemon juice. I like this!
M: Dry, chewy, tart.
O: Glad to drink a bomber solo. Very tasty. I would buy this again. It doesn't blow me away, but if I didn't have Black Cherry Porter around, my cravings would be satisfied by this.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of chugalug06
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge head! Lt. tan foamy color. Brew is medium body with no lacing to speak of.

S - A little winey... Some nice grape and banana along with orange and kiwi...

T - Smooth and delicious. Much better from the bottle then draft, weird. Lots of big light fruit.

M - Perfect carbonation. no bitterness. no heat.

O - A great surprise! I really enjoyed this one!

Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Looks like a dark cola or root beer while pouring. In the glass it is pretty rich and dark, and I can't see through it. Nice light mocha tan head.. a couple fingers settle leaving lace all over the glass, and a thin blanket of foam above the goods.

Smell: (3.5)
- Rich grainy notes, husky barley, light sour tinge paired with fig, prune, and other various esters. Light molasses-like sweetness.. earthy woody touch, and old sweet raisin. Like a raisin mush.

Taste: (3.5)
- Not a super sour ale really. Light tartness is present with a very chocolaty sweet rich brew. Esters, fig, raisin, and oakey vanilla. Certainly a porter or strong ale of sorts with a very subtle sour quality. Wondering if this one would sour up some more over time. I will by another to let sit.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Pretty thick and heavy bodied.. though not like a syrupy creamy mess. A touch chalky and chewy. Leaves the palate a bit dry, and is somewhat hard to drink. Pretty interesting.

Overall: (3.5)
- Can't say I am too impressed with this one. I am hoping some more sourness will come of this beer over time. For me it's a bit hard to drink, though it does possess some pretty good flavors. Not too bad, but not one I would buy a lot of. Perhaps it will be a nice treat some years down the road.

Photo of BeerThursdays
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of antoines15
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Brewforia Beer Marker, Meridian ID.

Poured into a snifter.

A: Surprisingly opaque black with a decent tan head. I didn't know this was an American Stout at the time...some lacing but I think the acidity is eating it away pretty fast.

S: Full of rich smooth chocolate, mixed with some tartness that reminds me of dark cherries. There are some aromas of yeast/fruity esters as well.

T: Really follows the nose, and this beer is not really sour at all (confused? Thought this was a Lips of Faith). There is a fruit tartness on the finish but its mostly chocolate and even some coffee bitterness and grain as well. The cherry/fruit tartness does take hold more as it warms.

MF: Tart, wet, lighter mouthfeel. A touch of lingering dryness and bitterness.

O: Pleasant enough drinker, just not very sour. I'm not sure what this beer is supposed to be, I was thinking something closer to a sour/wild but this has a lot of stout characteristics. Very smooth. I'm not a sour/wild connoisseur yet so this beer suits me just fine.

Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.