Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
648
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  60
Gots
  104
SCORE
85
Very Good
Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration
Notes: 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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Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 648
Photo of puck1225
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think this one is underrated. Had it on tap at a local taco place - surprised they had such a beer!

Poured from tap into a tall pint glass. Very dark brown with good head and very nice lacing. Sour cherries smella nd taste. Dark fruit, followed by chocolate and coffe. Very layered flavors make this a very interesting beer that I will have again.

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Photo of sjrider
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an espresso color with khaki head leaving a bit of lacing.Nose is mildly sour dark fruit, chocolaty coffee and earthy wood. Taste follows but is very mild with a bit of sour aftertaste. Mildly tart on the finish but nothing unpleasant. A great entry level sour stout.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/30/17...pours pitch black in color, light tan foam layer. Chocolate and coffee nose. Woodsy. Slightly sour taste, heavy wood and spills into a creamy stout. Then tart again. Really damn good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours espresso colored with a huge beige head that billows; good retention and lacing action

Smell: Vinous tones dominate, with red wine grape, blackberry and plum; underneath, there are chocolate, caramel and coffee elements; oaky and sour, as well

Taste: Lactic and woody, with vinous red wine grape, blackberry and plum building; through the middle. the chocolate and coffee emerge and, after the swallow, the caramel joins the profile; ultimately, what is past is prologue, with the sour fruit tones lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One thing I have noticed, over the years, is that I like Belgian style stouts more than the average BA and, when there is a sour element involved, I like them even more; this beer confirms that impression

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black as night with a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is primarily dark malt with notes of chocolate and oak. There's also an undercurrent of sourness. I'm tasting chocolate, oak, and Brettanomyces that tastes more like a chocolate covered cherry due to the other flavors. The mouth is moderately carbonated, but the oak gives it a nice smoothness. I think this beer looks like it will be heavy, but the flavors and aromas are actually pretty subtle and it drinks more like it is 5%. Appearances are deceiving here. I think this one is a bit underrated.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with two fingers of khaki colored head. Head retention is fair, with a few swirls of lacing left behind. Aroma is lactose, toasted, nutted, and biscuit malts. Nice carrying any sour notes in the aroma. Flavor profile is toasted, nutted, and biscuit malts. Light note of lactose, with oak, and a twinge of lactic sour bite. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with a medium thickness. Overall, very tasty showing more of its imperial dark side than sourness. Sour notes linger on the tongue after a sip.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black with a tan colored head, no lacing or head retention, good amount of carbonation.

A: Lots of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cinnamon, no sour aromas at all, smells like a coffee infused stout.

T: Very mellow sour notes, follows the nose with dark roasted coffee and chocolate, hint of sour dark grapes as well as some oak from the barrels, hint of sourness up front but most of the sour notes are in the finish.

M: Light/medium bodied with a very dry dark coffee like finish, finish is dry.

O: This is good but not as sour as I expected, it has more dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate than it does sour notes, the sourness is like dark grapes, overall, I enjoyed this but I wish it had more sour notes to it.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: Rich, dark fruit, sour, prunes, woody, coffee, chocolate notes. same with the nose. Black with reddish hue, mostly opaque, tan head with ring lace. Medium//full body. Unique, but I feel the sour is more forward than the Stout flavors more like 50/50 than 30/70. 19 IBUs

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a pitch black color. Thin foamy off white to almost tan sort of colored head. Quick dissipation. Sticky filmy lace. The aroma sniffed at a blend of sour citrus rind, bitter ends of some pine, and then wraps into dark and milk chocolate that ends up drying out just a touch from the wood. Super light coffee bean. Took a while, but some raspberry/cherry/blackberry comes out. The flavor melds the sour of the citrus to the bitter dry wood and fluffs up a bit with some sweet from the milk chocolate. Dark chocolate kicks back a bit more in this department. Pine seems barely there. Sour to blended milk chocolate aftertaste rolling on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Good sturdy carbonation. ABV felt just a tad under than what the brewer projected. Sourness doesn’t slay my tongue too much. Overall, nicely done imperialized dark sour stout Belgian sort of thing, oh hell, I have no idea what it’s really supposed to be. Just damn good.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clutch pours a black color, with a small, lacing and long lasting head. Some sour aromas, with hints of chocolate. Taste has some chocolate notes, some earth and wood notes that finishes with a hint of sour. Light flavors. Overall, its not a bad beer at all, the sourness is out of place, and watery feel.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.89/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I never thought I would see this again after about 2011. I don't know if I have just been missing the right time every year since or if this was recently taken out of retirement to be made as a rotating offer… but I don't care. I had a moment when I saw this one again and bought a bottle in Colorado. I loved this thing when it came out years ago. Here's how I'm feeling about it now….

Pours just as dark as I remember, almost can't see through it. A nice firm black with a swiftly dissipating light mocha brown head. When held to the light you get a nice, deep ruby hew at the edges. Looks just as nice as I remember. The head dies down eventually to a lacy, blotchy patching at the top.

The smell is great! You get the wood. Dark, tart cherries, light roasted coffee. I get a hint of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is a sweetness to it but certainly not in a cloying way. Just a very natural sweetness.

Taste is excellent. You know it is a stout by the roasty malt character, but the sourness shines through but by no means overpowers the experience. It is a well balanced sour ale. I get a tones of cola and lemon, light roasted coffee and the dark cherries that the nose offered up. Tones of the wood come through on it very nicely. You get some of the hops run up right alongside the dry roast malt. I get a pinch of cocoa nibs. Just… really fantastic. This just really hits the spot for me.

The mouthfeel is on the light side, it has a perfect sour puckering to it, not too much and not too little. If it was more sour then it is I feel like it would distract from the rest of the beer and if it were any less I feel like it would render the beer more thin and less interesting. New Belgium really hit the mark. The dryness hits right at the end and really draws out. I'm really digging the dryness. My only complaint is that it does have a slight thin character in it. But it is pretty minimal.

Overall, well, needless to say I liked it a lot years ago and nothing has changed much. It lives up to memory and I could drink this again and again. It's just a really well done sour ale by New Belgium. Not nearly as aggressive as their La Folie. This is an interesting beer with the stout characteristics and just perfectly balanced in my opinion.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours out a dark brown that looks pitch black in the glass. The head is beige. Size nor retention is noteworthy, but a thin circle remains that leaves lacing along the glass.

S: Milk chocolate candy, a bit of roasted barley and coffee, sour cherries, and almond milk creaminess.

T: Milk chocolate candy, a roasted graininess like burnt toast, leading into a tart cherry skin light sourness, that rounds out into a milk chocolaty and almond milk, lactose-like creaminess. Very lightly roasty with that burnt grain and mild coffee, tapered by a lightly tart and lightly sweet, almost Maraschino cherry-like flavor.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, rounded, and well-carbonated upfront, but trails off quickly into a light and almost watery finish.

O: Being a huge fan of Clutch, and of sour beers, I had high expectations for this, but I came away disappointed. The best part about this beer is how easily drinkable it is, but overall, it is disappointing. The mouthfeel is a thin, there is a lack of sourness, and there's even a lack of stout complexities. It comes across as a low-abv cherry porter.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, New Belgium glass, "Best enjoyed by May 6, 2018".

Chocolate, funk, and cherry. It has a s'more and vanilla thing going on, making it smell like a hearty stout with a little something different going on.

Lots of chocolate, which quickly transitions to cherry, funk, wet dirt. The funk is enduring and has a dirty, wet character that I've never encountered.

It is certainly lighter that it's stout roots. Medium thin body and its pretty carbonated.

I'm pretty iffy about this one after tasting it. Perhaps it's me, perhaps it could develop more.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz draft pour into a snifter is very deep dark brown, mostly black and opaque with virtually no head, but a slight tan edge ring.
Aroma is sour and chocolate.
Flavor is the same with a solid dark fruit backbone including grapes. There is absolutely no booze heat nor flavor. The 9.5% abv is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is a little thin and it finishes oil-y.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Downtown Drafts in Gainesville GA.
Opaque and essentially black body with a rather weak head, ruby highlights at the edge, and a modicum of lacing.
Sweet and sour aroma with hints of ripe soft fruits and chocolate.
Moderately strong and sour flavor that is also mildly bitter. Some dark fruit notes with chocolate, but the tartness is more obvious.
Overall: excellent for style (allowing for a sour stout style).

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle best by date of May 6, 2018. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black wtih about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit/berries, coffee and some earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of tart berries, wood and a bit of green apple flavors. Not a big amount of sourness, but enough to know that it's a sour/tart ale. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a decent amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good sour stout, I enjoyed it. Certainly worth trying, I wouldn't mind having it again sometime! $16.99 a bottle.

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Photo of gibgink
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with tannish head that quickly disappears. The nose presents a very odd bouquet so to speak. It wants to be a sour, but falls just short of tart. There is a hint of the fruitiness/funk going on, but enough that it interferes with the roasty/chocolate notes they were going for. Overall, a bit disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before May 6th 2018.

Black liquid, 1 finger head of tan foam, good retention and nice lacing.

A bit sour to the smell initially, I get roasted malt and chocolate beneath. Holding the glass a bit further away, yeah, I smell some coffee notes.

Tastes of tart chocolate with a side order of roasted malt. Every once in a while I can taste some coffee but it's fleeting.

Medium body and carbonation.

I can't shake the feeling that it reminds me of other Brewerys' mistakes. It IS drinkable though.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip: black color. Thin lacy head. Smell is amazing and complex: cherry, toast, earthy. Taste blew me away: toasty, dark fruit and cherry, earthiness. Very complex. A bit sour but enough to strike a perfect balance in my opinion. I think if you are trying to hold this beer to a particular style you might be let down. But if you simply ask, is it good? I would say yes, one of the best so far for me. The odd amalgamation of styles works.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on January 6, 2017. Look is nearly black with a thick tan head and sticky lacing. Smell is hard to pick up. Taste is and decent balance of sour and dark roasted malts. Feel is full in body with a smooth finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, sour, toasty, peppery and savory- the New Belgium team welcomes the rock bank Clutch into their brewhouse for a beer that equally represents both parties. Complexity hinges on complication for a taste that's just a rich and uncomfortably compelling as the music.

The ale hits hard with a deep and dark impression and a simmering, caldering froth. Opaque and deep with maroons, dark browns and mauve, the beers scent is of red grape, plum, coffee, cocoa and burnt toast. Steely caramels and fruit juices lace the tongue along with those toasty, roasty flavors of coffee-like grains.

The full brunt of complexity attacks the tastebuds from all angles. Sweetness fades to a dry vinous juiciness while the acrid roast of coffee, cocoa powder, toast and peppercorn balance the lingering sweetness and await the fermentation twang of lime, green apple, sour cherry, plum and blackberry. A strong wine presence trails into a bitter, sour and toasty finish and a peppery wood and spice under current.

Medium-light, the beer's robust appearance and roasty taste makes the mind want to interpret a strong bodied feel, but the sourness and fleeting malt weight suggests something drier, lighter and shockingly refreshing. An aftertaste of sourness, coffee and spiciness proves nearly too much for the palate. The line between complexity and complication is being fully exploited.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a brownish-red color with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head has a light retention fading over time to leave just wisps of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the brew is interestingly strongest of a chocolate smell mixed with a tart fruity aroma cherry, raisin as well as apples. Along with these smells comes some notes of vinegar and some yeasty smells as well as a little bit of a char smell and a bit of smoke.

Taste-The taste begins with some sweeter dark fruits flavors of cherry and raisin as well as some light flavors of an earthy nature. While the tartness is very light upfront, it does grow stronger as the taste advances with a mix of tart green apple and cherry as well as a bit of vinegar coming to the tongue. The sourness never gets too potent but remains at a moderate level (for a sour that is). Toward the end charred wood flavors as well as a bit of an herbal hop come to the tongue and leave one with a rather easy going fruited sour taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the mild sour tastes mixed with the fruity and light chocolate flavors the feel is actually pretty nice and creates a fairly easy sipping sour.

Overall – Certainly not a very overpowering sour, which I rather like. It has the characteristic dark fruit tastes but with some added chocolate and roast which give it a nice dimension. While not a classic take, I actually rather like it and find it very approachable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a tan, soft thick blanket.

Smell is a nicely moderate amount of roast on the malt, with slightly metallic sour cherry. A little funky wheat and apple arises as it warms.

There is more roast in flavor, which is welcome, and this is joined with a bit of chocolate, along with the sour cherry. None of this is super expressive though, on any level, making this maybe better as a beginner-level sour stout. The ABV is not apparent, and there is a little chocolate milk in the finish.

Feel is slightly dry and lightly chalky.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wanted to love this but just couldn't do it...

Sour and bitter... Makes the stout aspect feel flat and muted... Neat idea but fails in my book...

Chalky and uninspiring...

Drain pour for me...

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts but also has notes of sourness and oak with hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a stout and a Flanders Old Bruin.

Serving type: bottle

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 648 ratings