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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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225 Reviews

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 523
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 53
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:
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 Halcyondays
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. $5.99 at Beltway (Total Wine).

Richard said it best before me; this tastes like the result of blending at the end of an awesome tasting. A good idea at the time, but execution produces disappointment.

Pour is chocolate black with a fleeting khaki head and dry, web lacing. Aroma is dry, roasty and coffee bitter, light chocolate and sweet dark fruit sourness. Thin, light body with soft carbonation, watery finish. Body is smoky and roasty, a pleasant coffee American stout. Finish produces some citrus and ripe fruit sweetness with little sourness. Mmmmk. Surprisingly little alcohol presence and rather pleasant as far as drinkability goes. However to be direct, this beer sucks in execution.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass...

Clutch pouurs a dark brown color with very good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is quite roasty, with licorice, chocolate and some light sour. The beer smells pretty good, but was even better on the palate. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except I also get some dark fruits and bit more sour in this moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, lightly sour and fruity finish. Alcohol is well disguised, though you tell it's up there a bit.

Very interesting beer. I was surprised by how much I liked and enjoyed it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at the Boise COOP ... a certainly reasonable ~$8ish ... I thought it was going to be in the La Folie price point.... Nice.

Poured into my Delirium goblet... short dark tan head... lacing is spotty, but present... the brew is the expected black.

Nose is interesting.. definitely roasty with some cold brewed coffee... but is punctuated by a lesser sour element.. almost sour cherries toward the end.. interesting, but nothing to write home about.

Flavor begins with a lite tongue buckling sour tang that moves quickly into the dark malts.. above roasty elements move quickly into the tart territory.. the finish is a pleasant mix of dark cocoa and slight tannic cherry skins.. pretty dry throughout.

The body is sorta weird... it doesn't really carry the flavors too well, meaning a flimsy finish... medium, but the carbonation is a bit lite and only mildly brings the flavors up to the palate.

For a BIG beer, I am impressed.. I doubt this brew is gonna cellar well... It jives pretty nicely right now... I don't know how it will improve in the basement.. but I probably will try.

Despite my "local vocal" buddy, I don't think this was a batch of "dark beer soured and put out for the masses". Not the best sour New Belgium has brought, but still pretty nice.

I want to see New Belgium do REAL sours that are still approachable at a La Folie price.... You've proven you can do it, quit catering to the "new style is better" component. How about a proper black raspberry sour... or a red plum lambic? You can do it!!! And I want a bottle or three for being the innovator.... just sayin' .. you owe me. :-)


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight yeast, sour notes, slight chocolate, hint of citrus, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong chocolate, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of sour, and a hint of citrus. Overall, I'm a fan of this Chocolate-Sour. The sour is strong in the aroma and weaker in body, while the chocolate is strong in body and weaker in aroma. This makes for a great blend where each is clearly discernible on its' own.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber, the Wine Source. It's nice to have the Lips of Faith in my (almost) backyard. In a mini tulip.

A: Dark, deep muddied brown, actually more like black. I kept searching for lighter hues but none came through. As such, the ale is opaque. An off-white head, tinted just a bit with the darkness of the ale, mild lacing.

S: Dark malts, roasted but not quite burnt, with a distinct cocoa aroma. The funk is just below the surface, an acidic scent that has a citric twang. The combination of the two is interesting, as the darker malts add more aroma to the ale.

T: The chocolate malts stand out, a chewy sweetness that flourishes early on in each sip. The sweetness builds until the sourness kicks in. Lemony acidity follows, juicy funk without the normal barnyard uniqueness. The more time I spend, the more the acidity calms down and the flavors come together - there isn't as much tension. The finish builds to a dry crescendo, fleeting chocolate and acidity remaining. Woody vanilla notes are sprinkled throughout.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, thank you darker malts for aiding there. The sourness, intense at times, isn't an end-all be-all. A good start.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with a two-finger head of frothy dark tan foam. Retention is good with a quality lace left on the glass. Fabulous.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with an undertone of funk. Some of the funk I might attribute to the confluence of roasted malt and earthy hops, which tends to generate a bit of cooked vegetal aroma, but overall it's actually quite pleasant.

Taste: pleasingly sour right off the bat, which fits well with the smooth yet roasty character of the malt. Immediately after the oud bruin-style sourness at the front, the flavor displays its chocolatey character, which then fades into an almost burnt-malt flavor which is much smoother and more pleasant than it sounds. I love the dynamism, although the complexity, overall, is low.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation and resulting creaminess. I'm actually very pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel on this.

Overall: I'm absolutely loving this beer. I'm a fan of Clutch, but not so much a fan of New Belgium, typically. This is easily my favorite New Belgium beer -- they really hit this one out of the park.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with a friend yesterday. Poured into my dogfish tulip. Received as an extra in a trade.

A - Pours a dark brownish hue with a one finger head that leaves a light thin tan halo.

S - Light , light roasted malts that fade to subtle cherries and vinegar.

T - Taste was light roast and chocolate along ith sour cherries. Its alright, nothing too crazy.

M - Nice carbonation for this, slightly thin though.

O - Overall this was an average beer in the Lips of Faith series. Somewhat of a let down.

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Photo of pat61
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bryant lake Bowl and from a 22 oz. bottle (from notes)
L: Pours deep opaque brown under a 2” clingy and persistent tan foam collar.
S: Big fruit nose with traces of roast.
T: Starts out big and fruity featuring dark fruits, plum, hint of cola, spice, roast and some dark caramel notes with a light graininess on the end. Sweet beginning, drying out with a light tartness on the finish. Nothing overly harsh or burnt.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Interesting and flavorful beer that improves with age.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.]

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Photo of dirtylou
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky aroma has chocolate, coffee and sour apple tones. Flavor nicely mixes mocha with sour apple and has smoky, nutty, molasses and licorice notes. Full-bodied, lively texture leaves a fizzy finish with smoky and sour apple flavors.

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Photo of drpimento
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a really good curve ball beer! Poured with a fine, small to medium sized tan head that settles down to a light cover that lasts quite a while and some lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, roast, cocoa, a little fruit and acid. Taste is like nose and has those qualities greatly amplified in a way that all works together very nicely. Body is excellent and carbonation perfect. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Just a little alcohol at the very end. And in spite of the strength and big flavors this is pretty easy drinking. Session beer to get looped. Severe discipline is called for on this one.

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Photo of champ103
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms, and gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: Not much in the nose. Roasted malt, dry burnt toast, light vinegar aromas.
T: Again, lots of roast, dry toast, and some chocolate comes through. More vinegary than the nose. Some acidic twang. An odd mesh.
M/D: A medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable with some burn, add the odd mesh of flavors and this is a slow sipper.

Nice try, but misses the mark. I have had several stout/sour combos, and have never really cared for them. This is no different. Worth a try just to try something unique, but a one and done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Nice creamy head, fades and leaves heavy lace. Very dark, but in direct light, red-brown-clear...barely.

S: Coffee, stoutish, black cherry.

T: Sour stout. But damn it's good. Smooth, soft, slippery. Enchanting. A really pleasant tart bitterness on the endtaste.

M: Creaminess dies midway. A bit puckery.

O: Great beer, very drinkable, very worthwhile. Will have again. Recommended!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.