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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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494 Ratings

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%

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 oline73


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges of the glass. There is just a layer of head, but it retains it quite well.

Smell: Quite nice. Roasty with some sour, dark fruit and grape. There is a pleasant sweetness that brings everything together.

Taste: Quite like the smell. The roast and the sour flavors go together better than I expected. Hints of dark chocolate and grape jelly along with some sour fruity notes as well. Neither flavor dominates. The finish is a bit boozy and roasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. The carbonation is very smooth and the finish is slightly dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would and am glad I tried it. It was better than the last sour dark beer I tried. I don't know that I'll buy more, but the flavors worked for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 22:05:21 | More by oline73
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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black cherry color to match the black cherry aroma and flavor with a thin cap of off-white head and minimal to no lace.

S: Initially sweet but the sour cherry character comes through along with plenty of stout notes. A really unique aroma. The hoppiness is mild, earthy and herbal.

T: As this warms, this beer really comes together. If this is what dark sour ales are about, I am in as this blends the mild earthy sweetness and intense maltiness of dark fruit, mainly cherry and raisin, with a light but noteworthy sour fruit note that is not funky which is why I think it works well. The herbal, earthy hoppiness also works with the general theme of a dark, earthy beer with a sour twist. I wish I had bought more of this in bottles when it was around -- I won't make that mistake again.

M: The medium carbonation works to help the drinkability of this medium-high bodied ale. The finish is medium dry which helps a lot with the drinkability, equally due to the mild tart-sour yeast character and the crafting of the malt bill.

O: I really enjoyed this on-tap a lot more than I expected -- a more open mind the second time around? Clutch is a really nice lightly sour, fruity dark ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 03:57:13 | More by argock
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2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured black in color with a thick, bubbly, foamy, tan head to it.

The aroma has a sour chocolate thing going on. The moderately roasty, chocolaty, stout flavors mix with some sour, slightly funky flavors. It smells like some of the non-intentionally infected stouts I've ran into.

The taste shows more of the sour, very slightly funky flavors up front. I get a good amount of sweet, almost sugary flavors to it up front as well. Towards the finish some of the chocolaty, roasty, slightly bitter flavors of the stout start to come out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Overall I wasn't impressed. It tasted like an infected stout to me, which is typically not a good thing. It just didn't have any good stout character nor did it have a very good American Wild profile. The sourness was mild and lacked any of the depth or complexity that I love in the better American wilds. The flavors just don't mix well at all for me. It was drinkable, but I'd rather have a good stout or a good American wild instead of the mix of the two.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 23:13:56 | More by billab914
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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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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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3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 08:23:50 | More by illidurit
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Stone tulip.

A: pours pitch black with dark brown head, about 1 finger upon pour, heavy lacing

S: chocolate covered tart cherries come to mind, some oak in there, a touch of vinegar, roasted malts are attempting to shine through but are pretty faint

T: starts off with a slight tartness, not nearly the punch I expected, next comes milk chocolate and light coffee, this is followed by dark fruitiness. It seems like the sour components essentially cancel out the stout components, the result is a brew with an identity crisis. Some good flavors are there, but nothing stands out.

MF: medium body, a bit thinner than I would expect from a 9.5% stout. Mellow carbonation.

O: well this beer is unique, but it doesn't really accomplish what it is set out to. I suspect that if a little more time was spent souring this brew, it would qualify more as a sour ale. The abv is also hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 06:06:47 | More by homebrew311
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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours near black with a finger of fuzzy dark brown head that quickly faded into a bubbly film. Tons of tiny spots of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Very interesting smelling. On the one hand I get almost milk stout like notes of sweet and creamy chocolate, and on the other hand I get fruity notes of fruity pie filling. Coffee is lightly detectable.
T: More ‘American wild ale’ flavors come through on the palate than the nose suggested, but this beer is neither tart nor sour. Stout flavors still dominate with rich and creamy notes of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Coffee comes through a bit more as well. The ‘wild’ aspect isn’t really fruity, it’s more tingly and tannic. I would say flavors could remind me of bitter red grape skins and dried cranberries. The finish is drying and woody, and the aftertaste is nice and earthy with a few subtle flavors of yeast.
M: The alcohol is hidden very well. Body is medium and clean, and the mouthfeel is thankfully not acidic or vinegary. This beer goes down smooth and easy.
O: I was expecting more wildness but I enjoyed this stout. The strange wild funk added a nice dimension. It could benefit from some sourness, but it wasn’t bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 23:58:01 | More by scottfrie
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for popping this one.

A: Pours a rather dark brown with two fingers of foam on top. Very nice retention and little bits of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate, and some vinegary/sourness. A little bit of cherry and pineapple almost.

T: More chocolate than on the aroma, heavy roasted malt, slight tartness and some sour fruit, not really discernible which fruit though.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not really my thing. Not very sour at all and the roasted malt/chocolate was a bit heavy for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 21:58:23 | More by mdaschaf
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District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to DC New Belgium!

This one is classified on here as an American Stout, but the bottle says "Dark Sour Ale." Perhaps this should be called a "Flanders Stout?"

Also, the bottle says this one is 9%.

A: Burnt crust brown, with a frothy mocha head that made the beer look like a bit vat of espresso. The head had some staying power.

S: Freshly baked toast, chocolate, and coffee. Perhaps the stout classification is correct?

T: Didn't get any sourness... this was a stout through and through. Really nice subtle coffee/cacoa bitterness on the finish which made this somewhat dry, but not too.

M: Despite the ABV, this one didn't feel "Imperial" at all, which was kind of a cool thing. Thick enough, the alcohol was masked extremely well, and the bitter elements were kept in check. Highly drinkable!

O: I think the stout classification was dead on and one would have to have a magnifying glass to detect any sourness on this bad boy. Perhaps that was etched into the bottle as a joke?

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:54:12 | More by Chaney
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1.75/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottled: AUG? 2011

A: pours black with a finger of latte foam which falls to a quilt of the same leaving behind rings of lace.
S: Burnt malts, some lacto tones, a bit of pepper.
T: Tastes like a poorly made stout with souring. Some coffee and soil malts. Grape and sour cherry tartness. Like a toned down Abyssident.
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. Semi dry finish.
O: This beer should never have been made.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 08:04:54 | More by harrymel
Photo of AgentMunky


4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:33:47 | More by AgentMunky
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New Jersey

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.]

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:40:31 | More by claspada
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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with some ruby highlights, large-bubbled head that has good stick. Nice look and unique for a sour type of brew.

The nose is maltier than funky. Chocolate notes, a hint of roasted malt, some vanillin, and dark fruits. Only a touch of vinegar indicates that anything wilder than normal is going on.

Subtlety rules the palate as well, with a moderately sweet chocolate flavor, somewhat thin mouthfeel, a touch of lactose, and similar notes of cherry and vanilla from the nose. Fruity, no hop notes, with a mild balsamic vinegar hit towards the back end.

Body is too thin to be world class, an interesting premise but not quite followed through on.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:21:03 | More by BretSikkink
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Raleigh Times

Very dark, possibly black color under a persistent, creamy cap. Tart, chocolaty malt aroma. Lightly sweet, sour and roasty malt flavor. The first time I had this, it seemed more like an infected stout, but the last couple times have been more enjoyable. Alcohol is very well hidden. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drink to the dead all you still alive...

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 23:58:23 | More by wedge
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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!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 19:49:09 | More by EgadBananas
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is some roasted chocolate malts, leather and tart, sour dark fruits.

The flavor is some roasted earthy malts and molasses with a good amount of tart fruity sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice mellow dark fruit sour with a bit of roast.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 07:17:50 | More by Beaver13
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District of Columbia

2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:41:20 | More by yourefragile
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Pitch black color, with a nice looking eggshell colored head. Head remains at a thin layer for quite some time, coating the entire glass with lace.

Roasty malt up front in the nose, followed by some very nice sour dark fruit. Oak notes follow the fruit and add a great note.

Roasty, with very little sweetness. Nice sour fruit, a bit more on the ripe side than the nose suggested. Oak comes in, but not a great deal of tannin. Faint hint of chocolate flashes by toward the end.

Lighter body, with some soft carbonation gives a nice creamy feel. Alcohol is hidden very well. Very well made.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 02:57:46 | More by Bierguy5
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apparently rockers are just as big fans of beer as brewers are of rock. A New Belgium brewer discovered this when he met Neil Fallon, lead singer of Clutch, in line at a Fort Collins Pickle Barrel. Realizing the band members were geeks for beer, he gave them a tour of the brewery and established a partnership that would lead to one of the beer world's few brewery-band collaborations.

You may not have heard of Clutch, but you've probably heard the Maryland band's punchy, bluesy rock every so often in TV commercials, video games and NFL highlights. Their music is jagged-edged and high energy, like a steel guitar with bullet holes, and when they were given free rein by New Belgium to construct the brew, they came up with something reflecting their style.

Clutch (the beer) is a two-part brew, composed of 80 percent roasty stout blended with 20 percent oak-aged sour ale. It's part of the Lips of Faith series, a group of tiny-batch brews New Belgium creates to celebrate milestones or to simply experiment with new flavors.

Poured into a tulip, Clutch oozes black -- it's a level of darkness any heavy metal band would be proud of. The head slowly rises in large caramel-colored bubbles, reaching an impressive height before popping away at a quick pace.

The beer is pure roasty goodness in the nose. Black and chocolate malts deliver aromas of roasted peanuts, coffee crumbles, rich dark bread, cocoa, oats and oaky vanilla. There's a fruity tang in back that compares to dark cherries, but it's not as substantial as you would expect.

The sourness is amped up in the flavor, however, dropping whole dark cherries and blueberries into the mix. As you move the smooth, spongy body across the tongue, new oak adds woody depth in front of the cocoa and curacao-spiced dark chocolate.

Despite the dissonance you might expect in a blend of burnt malts and souring bacteria, it's not a raucous, angry mosh pit of competing flavors. The dark fruit flavors lent by the sour ale aren't too far outside the realm of what's acceptable in a black beer, making this seem almost like a very sweet and fruity Russian imperial stout. The harmonious blend makes you wonder if it wouldn't be a bad idea for more brewers and bands to make sweet music together.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 06:11:09 | More by Phelps
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours opaque dark brown with crimson edging and a half inch head of tan. A placid surface with a few dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with roasted malt, chocolate, char, dark fruit, and cherries. The faintest hint of sherry vinegar follows through.

Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation very low for the style.

Roasted barley, bakers chocolate, lemon-spritzed cherries and a hint of smoke start the palate. Char and a hint of balsamic follows through.

Finishes with char, chocolate, and slightly tart.

This beer is not a sour beer as stated on the bottle, but it is tart and pretty tasty nonetheless. More funk, carbonation and oak would help this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:33:09 | More by brewandbbq
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British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:20:02 | More by Rutager
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This offering from New Belgium pours a deep and dark brown. Well, O.K., it's pretty much black. Hardly a hint of light shines through my 40 watt save energy bulb. Those with 100 watt bulbs might detect a deep crimson. Half an inch of foam settles out to a curious and clingy film.

Nose offers a bit of funk on top of a light mocha and chocolate delivery. Sour notes are slim but present, mostly in the form of sour black cherries cradled in chocolate.

Flavor is clean/thin yet not really. Somewhat full in body for an American Stout, yet that's not really what I was expecting. Regardless, in the end, that's what you get. Albeit at a somewhat fortified level. Stoutish in color and delivery though surely not a rich R.I.S., this beer drinks rather smoothly for its ABV. At the same time it does lack the character one might expect from an export stout. In the end it is what it is but the use of the word 'sour' is a touch out of place.

An easy drinking(except for the price) American Stout with subtle nuance, lacking in depth, and lacking in quality. The 'Sour' angle never really takes hold. Overall a bit lame for the ABV and especially given the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 05:29:27 | More by HalfFull
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4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with XicanoBeerRun.

I don’t think of this as a stout. Porter-like, maybe, if I’m splitting hairs. But it’s an all-around unique, experimental brew that in my opinion defies easy categorization.

This sits a dark ruddy amber in the glass with some thin lacing around the rim. Aromas of dark cherry, currant and a tart sourness are present. It’s roasty, and big (9.2%) but the alcohol isn’t noticeable. The roast is balanced by a tart/sour flavor, almost tannin-like or woody. Great finish. A wonderful surprise of a beer. A great sipper, sharp enough to cut through the pack and funky enough to stay interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 22:14:38 | More by elNopalero
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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed November 16th, 2011 at Boho, Hollywood, Ca.

Beer is opaque and a shade between brown and black. One finger medium brown head becomes sticky lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is subtly sweet with notes of cranberry and milk chocolate.

Flavor lhas light chocolate malt character that is covered by a tart, citric funk. Low bitterness.

Slightly thicker than water and the slightest bit chewy.

This keg has been on for a while and has mellowed some, which is for the better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 01:42:45 | More by charlzm
Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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