Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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.

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Photo of t420o
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium clutch 

A- aggressive pour produces a two finger mocha head decent retention  that rests atop a very dark brown body. Leaves very nice lacing 4.5 

S- cidar vinegar, choclaye malt, caramel, cherries, 4 

T- chocolate, cidar vinegar, mollases, caramel, cherries, good level of tartness, woody, nutmeg or some sort of spice, slightly watered down tasting.i think it works well. It's almost like a tart cherry coveted in dark chocolate. Nothing real bold which is a good thing sometimes. 4

M- good mouthfeel. Taking points off for the slightly watered down taste here.  3.5

O- I wasn't sure if I was going to like a sour stout but I do and think it was well done. Nice drinkability enjoying the 22 every ounce 4


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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer

A - deep brown/black, almost resembles a porter. Big frothy medium brown head that deposits nice lacing. Very little carbonation in the head

S - Nice chocolate notes up front and rich roasted patent malts. A little black saison like yeast in the background. Very potent and both styles are represented well in the aroma.

T - Starts off with light coffee and rich chocolate melded with a bright black farmhouse ale. It's dry and tart all at the same time thanks to the malts and yeast combos. Finishes with a dry and dusty chocolate flavor with a hint of citric yeast esters

M - Heavy body but not as thick because it's disguised by the yeast and beer blends. Finishes a little sweet and dries on the palate quickly. Very interesting and drinkable

O - a very interesting combination of beer styles that combined together to create something unique but retain their own characteristics. Dark and light flavors all together and aged very well

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Spider889
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Umm, calling this beer a stout seems wrong, as the bottle definitely claims this to be a sour... but whatever.

I bought this while on my way into Rocky Mountain National Park for a hike on 9/26. I was excited to find it, but later was seeing it all over town.

I lugged this bottle on a 5 mile hike to the top of Mt. Ida, which tops out at over 12,800' tall. This was some serious effort on my part, as in Ohio elevation is likely never more than 800' above sea level. So serious effort was expended, and beer was much in need by the time we reached the summit. Anyways, this is my highest tick to date. If you ain't tickin' atop a mountain, you ain't got enough spirit to tick 'em all!

Poured into a plastic Avery cup we obtained the day before at the brewery. I must admit that despite really enjoying most "Lips of Faith" label art, this one I wasn't really digging so much.

The beer survived the climb very well, still quite cold thanks to prior refrigeration at the store and a few ice packs I carried with me. There wasn't much level area to place a bottle and a cup so I stuck the cup into the snow while I poured. Carbonation was strong, producing a quick 3 finger tall head of mocha-bean foam, atop a dark ebony beer, nearly black once collected under all that head. Outstanding creamy retention. Later lace was very thick and dense, Clutching to the sides of my clear plastic cup. Impressive.

Normally I dislike sour stouts, but this is the best in that genre I have yet discovered. Smelled really malty with lots of chocolate and sugared coffee aromas. Faint hints of cranberry and sour cherry pits were underlying all the malt.

The flavor is mildly tart, but nothing over the top. Not really acidic, just a nice fruity tartness. I was thinking that this tasted like a chocolate oatmeal stout that became slightly soured after spending some time in an older oak barrel.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, for what was intended, this was very good. Glad I got to try it, in such a cool manner no less. However, I went into the store looking to buy La Folie for the hike, and still wish that's what I had had with me to commemorate the occasion. Next time Colorado. Next time.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ an amazing two finger chocolate head. Excellent carbonation and great lacing. Super dark in appearance, and impossible to see through. The bottle says 'Dark sour ale', but it looks like a stout. Nose is a little on the weak side. I get dark chocolate, coffee, wood, brown sugar, malt, and some dark fruit, and a tiny bit of sourness. Not bad, just wish it was stronger. Hmmm... I'm not sure what to make of the taste. It's like someone mixed a flanders red w/ a dark stout.. I guess that's what it's supposed to be. Some acidity and carbonation, but big malt backbone as well. An interesting combination, and one I've never tried before. It's not my favorite, but it's actually pretty good. The nose comes through in the taste as well. Feel is the weak point for me. It just doesn't quite meld as well as the rest of the 'experiment'. Overall, this is an interesting beer, and I liked it. I would drink it again.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of argock
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a dark black color. No light coming through from what I can tell. The head is a nice thick finger that holds some steady retention and the lacing is about average. Nothing too crazy looking about what I expected.

S= Smells more like a roasty stout or porter than a sour. There's surely some sour cherry notes coming through it but for the most part I just smell a solid porter or stout. A nice roast to it. The sour character is somewhat minimal in the nose.

T= The taste is again mostly a solid porter or stout. I'm leaning more toward porter. There is a nice roast and biscuity taste to it. Coffee and chocolate are prominate with a nice toasty malt. The sour character comes through a little minimally. Sour cherries and a funky brett note to it. It tastes more like a regular porter that is in the beggining stages of being soured. Almost to where I would say it's a mistake if it wasn't labeled a sour.

M= Great carbonation and weight.

O= An interesting beer. Quite the enigma. I've had better sours for sure and even better sours from NB but this isn't one to pass up necessarily. Worth trying and even retrying but not the most amazing thing in the world.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a surging, tall-standing, tan head.

Smell: Sweetish, melty chocolate chips over overdone toast with some light hints of vanilla and sour black cherry compote with a balsamic glaze.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate morsels blended with dark, roasty malts, a spoonful of molasses, a splash of heavy cream and a few acetic drops of balsamic vinegar. Touch of black cherries, a hint of vanilla. Restrained, subtle acidity. Chocolatey, toasty, (mildly) roasty finish with a lingering sourish fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel overall.

Overall: A stout with some gentle, easy-going sourness within. For whatever reason, I was expecting something along the lines of Madrugada Obscura, which it isn't at all. Still pleasant enough, though.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz served in tulip glass.

Ar: Toasty brown malt, nice roast, black ale/brown ale profile, strong wheat toast, nice delicate roast, chocolate, v. minimal sourness

Ap: Meidum fine tan head, great retention, black/brown (light black), good lace

T: Black ale roast, smooth, slight smoky/meaty character (dies off quickly), mild fruit, berry hints, mild tartness which increases with warmth, dark earthyness, molasses, slight acrid quality to acid, acidic coffee, chocolate

M: Medium carbonation, smooth body, good roast in finish, very good mouthfeel, med/thin body (the only part of the mouthfeel that really makes it seem like a sour), very light tartness

O: Initial thought: to say the sourness is restrained is an understatement. a very good beer if you think of it as a black/brown ale with a touch of fruityness and tartness, as it warms the acid comes out more and it doesn't work especially well with the beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split three ways...

Appearance-Dark black, light does shine through when held up to the light. Definitely some shades of a dark purple. Head was a huge 3 finger frothy brown head that had some crazy retention for a 9.5% beer.

Smell-Was not by any means what I was expecting. Definitely thought I'd get some tartness/sourness and got nothing. Some roasted notes, some coffee, just smells alot like an Amiercan Stout, you wouldn't think anything else of it.

Taste-Upfront I got some chocolate, coffee, roastiness and was waiting for that sourness to kick in and never really did. Midway through the drink as it got to room temp I got some sour cherries mid palate and got a little lip-puckering. It was very subtle and strange but the drinkability and flavor on this beer nonethessless was very nice.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, very drinkable and extrememly smooth. Carbonation was spot on. At 9.5% this beer could creep up on you.

Overall-This beer was by no means what I was expecting going into it. I was dissapointing in the fact the sourness was barely there, but then again in a stout how much sourness do you really want? For what it is it worked out very well and I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbossman
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black and bubbly with a thin but consistent film of a head--cocoa brown; great lacing

S: Slightly tart and boozy and grainy and malty and fruity: musty and grassy, slightly tart darker fruits like plums, cherries, and raisins; but there is also a chocolatey roasted malt undertone

T: Slightly tart up front with hints of cherries, apples, and raisins, but also a musty grainy quality all on top of a roasted chocolate and coffee malt presence; not as sour as I'd like but it does play off the roasty malts quite well

F: Medium body and fairly creamy; maybe a touch thin on the back end

O: This is a refreshing and extremely drinkable beer; the alcohol--while noticeable in the aroma--does not seem as prevalent; not as sour as I'd like but I still find it to be a refreshing treat nonetheless

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, who put this in as an American Stout!!??? WTF?

On the bottle it says Dark Sour Ale, at 9% by volume. Poured into my New Belgium Globe. Pours dark as night with about two fingers of light tan head. Head drops slowly leaving a nice cap and some lacing.

Aromas of sour dark cherries, lactic sourness, and a hint of roasted malt.

Flavors of dark sweet cherries, dark sour cherries, a light chocolatiness, a light lactic sourness, and a light roastiness toward the end. This should be listed as an American Wild Ale. Finish is short, light tart sourness, and some roast and licorise.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied for a sour, with a slight pull at the back of the teeth with the sourness, and a good level of carbonation.

Interesting beer. It hides its alcohol very well. Nice combination of sour and dark roasted malts. Nicely done.

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Photo of charlzm
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It took a lot longer to reach #1700 than I thought, but here we are. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's black with somewhat of a tanned head and good lacing that sticks around the glass. The nose is a blast of espresso beans and a touch of tartness, the latter hinting that this will have a tart/sour taste, and it does. A "sour stout" if you will; there's espresso beans, little notes of peat and whiskey, and a soft sourness. Quite a curveball offering, and a good one at that.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lots of pitted, mocha head. Impenetrable black.

S: Sour yeast, a little fruit, and chocolate.

T: Still pretty sour, but not as sour as I remember. Sour and chocolately and coffee.

M: Smooth and heavy. Nice.

O: A good beer. Significantly less sour than the last bottle. Maybe it needs to warm up? Worth a try.

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Photo of smithj4
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCzarof85
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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
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