Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration - New Belgium Brewing

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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 AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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! (441 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; thanks to the person who shared this at the CdC release.

A: Black body, orange highlights, thin tan head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Sour milk chocolate. Nothing but lactose gone wrong. I dont' hate it, but it's not good either.

T: Nicer than the nose, with vinous oak and fruit joining the sour milk chocolate. Clean, tart finish. Tasty, but nothing special.

M: A bit thin and prickly at first, creamier after a second. Ok.

O: Dark sours can be hit or miss, and this one's more of a miss if you ask me. Still, I enjoy a miss in this style more than hits in many others.

Cheers! (610 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch of solid tan foam that recedes very slowly leaving nice chunky lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of cherries underneath. For a beer of 9% ABV it is a very weak aroma. The taste is of roasted malt with some sour cherry notes in the background. There is also some acidity, but it is not quite enough to cut through the sweetness of the stout. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a cloying texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a beer I will pass on next time. (536 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

837th Review on BA
Bottle to New Belgium Globe
22oz
2011

Thanks to @Beetographer(via twitter)

App- Black stout like coloring with some lighter edges due to the blend. A nice one finger head with good sheets and lines of cling and dotty sticky cling.

Smell- As it opens, mostly all coffee and then a big black malt profile comes in. A little one sided with the black malts and coffee. Non of the sour or wood notes come in on the aroma.

Taste- A very nice blend of sour, wood and coffee. The flavors are not in your face but a little here and a little here. Starts out as a coffee stout and mellows down to the sour note and a little bit of the wood notes.

Mouth- A light medium with a light medium carbonation. A little hoppy sour fruit notes remain.

Drink- This was unique and tasty. Not the best I have had from NB but the Lips of Faith are meant to explore different flavors and profiles. (897 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,250 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)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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! (457 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours nice deep brown with very little head. There is only a thin ring of khaki head left along the edges of my CBS snifter.

S: This beer smells of malt, bead, plums, raisins, and just a touch of dark chocolate. It's extremely interesting.

T: The initial hit is sweet malt and soggy bread. But that first blast quickly shifts to sour, sour, sour. It's actually more like sour mixed with soggy bread. There is some notes of stone fruit in there but in all honesty, this beer reminds me of a boozier, more tart kvass. It's a bit wacky.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts off nice and wet, but finishes sour and a bit dry.

O: I sincerely don't know what to made of this beer. Do I like it? Do I hate it? I'm not sure. Some of the flavors seem a bit off, and for that reason I can't rate it higher. I don't think it's terrible, but I won't be trying to score another bottle of this. (883 characters)

Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,261 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely balanced dark sour.

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Dark gold solar simbol with Clutchs´s branding. Side paragraphs notes collab occasion, and main characteristics. Shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, short lived ecru creamy head, fair surface ring with splotches of lacing.

S - Nice nose, soft sour nose with roasted notes, and a lingering fruitiness.

T - Palate follows with a nice compact sense, malty sourness, roasted notes with hints of chocolate, tiny notes of coffee, dark fruits… prunes, figs… nicely balanced.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, soft creamy ride held by the gentle sourness with a nice lingering sense in the palate.

O - Pretty balanced overall, quite likable.

Notes: Quite a nice brew, nothing outstanding as it peaks but very pleasing and approachable. A dark sour Belgium stoutish… It works. (And probably the best of the Lips of Faith series reaching DC on the launch of NB for the region...) (1,028 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

pours coal black with a 1 finger tan fizzy head that left some spotted lacing

smell is faint but i get the chocolate and sour fruit

taste of chocolate coffee wood sour cherries - only problem is they do not mesh well here

mouthfeel is light good carbonation very smooth and creamy

overalll - take out the sour cherries and i would have enjoyed this brew a whole lot more - this beer delivers on what they are calling this beer "dark sour" but i am just no a fan (465 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into flute style glass at alewife, baltimore. Pours a pitch black color with a finger of dark tan head. Smells of very roasted dark malts. Taste is very roasted; malts, coffee, slight vanilla and somewhat fruity/cherry notes. Really nice. Easy to drink but complex. Not sure why this didn't get better reviews. Its a great brew with lots of personality. Worth a try for sure. (391 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 wedge
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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... (381 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.81/5  rDev -50.7%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a touch of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some coffee with some dark fruit and raisin sweetness and a touch of oak in the background.

T - Starts off with some roasted and burnt baker’s chocolate malts with some sourness, some dark fruit and cherry sweetness. Through the middle, a bit of roasted coffee flavor comes through with some oak. The finish is a mix of sourness, dark fruit sweetness, dark chocolate, and a bit of oak and vanilla sweetness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sour, and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice dark sour with a good balance of chocolate and roasted flavors and sourness. (837 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Right off the bat, this one looks a bit different than a typical sour, being opaque black of liquid and tan of head. And the head is a super-creamy, long-lasting sort of thing. Love the appearance, definitely.

Roasty smelling, very porter-like. Mineral and smoke in there as well.

Taste-wise, this is most definitely a unique offering, one that seems to only partly intersect with a true sour. That kind of twisted fruitiness is present, but its dominant flavors are chocolate, raisin, fig, coffee and smoke. A hint of wood creeps around in the background. For a 9-percenter, didn't find any alcohol in its character. Still thinking "porter," but an adulterated one.

Tingly, tickling carbonation, a bit soft, a little thin, although it has some stick to it. Smooths out and becomes really creamy with warming, which helps provide a bit more overall depth.

This beer is not for people overly hung up on style definitions and boundaries. It breaks a mold and sets its own course, quite like the band it's named after. Definitely a super-enjoyable beer, my favorite so far from the Lips of Faith series, and one I look forward to having again. (1,145 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)

Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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