Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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.

Added by chumba526 on 08-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
524
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
74
For Trade:
2
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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of sours, NB is always a good bet and this one doesn't disappoint. Dark brown to black beer with a tan head that falls with a nice lace. Sour note on top of chocolate malt and some dark fruits. Subtle but interesting. Light sourness in the mouth that lingers nicely with taste of dark chocolate and cherries. Sweetness and malt underneath the sour in a fine balance. Well worth the effort to get a bottle.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into glass tulip.
45°F

A: Opaque deep brown body topped with a small cream tan head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin bubbly cover and light lacing.

S: Very light sour aroma that comes off as cherries. Sour aromas take a back seat to sweet chocolate and coffee notes.

T: Again very lightly sour up front giving way to a more pronounced chocolate and coffee character throughout and finishing tart. Interesting experience.

M: Light to medium body with heavy carbonation. Slick, but finishes with a carbonic bite and light astringency.

O: Interesting beer, and a good price point. This seems like a great candidate for being enhanced by food. Goes down easy, but the flavors clash a bit too much on their own.

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Photo of sweetwillyrolbar
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is aaamazing. I love Clutch, but I really don't think it's pivotal to my opinion. I'm not uber into sours, but this beer is the right amount of column A column B for me!!
Pours with a great head, that dissipates significantly, but leaves about a half inch of head. Pours just short of the opacity of your typical porter.
I get cherry, chocolate, touch of coffee and lactic acid in the nose.
Taste is sublime. Love this stuff! All NB sours I've tried are way sour... I admittedly am not a sour buff. This is, to me, the apex example of a mix between sour cherry and mocha, put super-simply. Seems oak aged, but not sure that it is, woody character. I don't know what it means for a 'sour stout' to be balanced but, till further debunked, this is the standard.
Mouthfeel is moderate, not thin but less than syrupy, carbonation is where I want it to be.
This beer was more than I wanted. Clutch, you hypnotize me again. New Belgium, there's hope for us yet.

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Photo of SamN
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark looker, almost stout like. Rich creamy head, pitch black body. Excellent head for a 9.5% beer. Nose had excellent coffe, milk chocolate aromas and roasted barley all tinged with a slighty tart note of underipe raspberries, cherries or other berry fruit. Vinegar, too. Unique smell, quite nice, mercirfully not overpoweringly sour or tart, nicely tinged with a faint sour note but balanced with rich dark malts. Taste is excellent; starts with heavy toasted black malts but almost immediately moves to a tart fruitiness blened with the dark malts. This beer has a unique double taste; on top is the tart sournes but just bubbling underneath are porter like tastes. A most unique brew, easy to drink and admire for it's complexity and contrasting flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied and silken textured.

Overall, a most unique brew, one best shred with friends and admired for NB ability to keep it's Lips of Faith series pushing the boundaires and defying style categorizations. Another great brew for their LOF lineup.

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Photo of UA8
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is a beautiful opaque dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. A bt darker than expected but a looker none the less.

Scents of dark fruits such as dried dates and cherries waft from the head along wth a touch of dark roasted caramel.

This is where the beer steps on or off the path depending on your taste. It's sold as a sour brown but it is clearly more of a baltic porter with a touch of what I perceive as lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel has moderate viscosity and a nice delicate touch carbonation.

So they sell this as a sour brown but it clearly it doesn't posses the sourness to deserve such billing so it fails in billing. That said it is an interesting take on a baltic porter. I would reccomend folks try this one just don't come lookIng for a sour.

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Photo of chumba526
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a sour stout that is composed of 80% New Belgium base beer and 20 % Sour beer. It has 15 IBUs.

The beer appears midnight black with a brown colored head.

It smells strongly of roasted smoky malts, dark chocolate and tart cherries.

It tastes initially of a smooth chocolate like stout. Soon however a tart cherry flavor takes over. There are hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and tart cherries to this beer. For how high it is in alcohol it is very smooth, light and refreshing. This could be a dangerous beer.

The beer has a thin mouthfeel with moderate low carbonation.

Overall a really good a unique sour stout. One of the best beers I have tried from NB. I am really impressed by how easy the beer is to drink.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 524 ratings.
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