Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration

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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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4.89/5  rDev +32.5%
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 -3%
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 -13.3%
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 0%
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 -2.7%
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 +9.5%
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 +3.3%
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 -7.6%
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 +21.7%
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 -1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -25.5%
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 +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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Photo of azurel
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium 2016 Clutch

Pours a inky black with a tan head. Head lingers and leaves a moderate lacing.

Aroma is of dark roast, malt, chocolate underlying sour tartness/vinegar aroma. Slight boozyness...

Taste follows aroma... malt sweetness, chocolate, dark fruit (plumbs) followed by a tart dryness as the sour comes through on the finish/swallow...
The dryness prepares you for the next drink. Slight mouth watering effect....

Mouth feel... Slightly thin, slick, moderate carbonation fill out the body.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

kind of digging the idea of a collaboration with a band! this is a real cool blended beer too, and frankly some of the better beer overall i have had from new belgium in some time. from the looks of this one, the bailed on their recent calling card of playing it safe and really went for it, an imperial stout blended with a dark sour beer. whether or not the stout was oak aged, there is a ton of wood on this, even if just from the sour portion, it has a nice new and charred oak profile alike, tangy but not sour, lemony and acidic, but still all big and huge like a good stout should be. lots of character here, dark chocolate with bacterial mature sour is a really neat complexion, and its rocking in this one. lots of body, all woody and smooth and refined, the blend is amazing here. raspberry tart notes although there is no fruit in this, some red wine acidity too, this feigns all sorts of weird other drinks, but the wood and the dry earthy dark malt are what linger longest. amazing beer, super cool mix of styles, and something i really do trust new belgium to execute well. they have enough time in the game and hands in the pot that this should be as good as it is. so many of their beers have bored me lately, this one does anything but that. fantastic stuff, one of the better sour darker beers out there right now for real...

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice chocolate raisin acidic aroma. Very nice head retention and dark in color. A sweet toasty flavor with a mild sourness to it. There is a thick mouth feel that contrasts the tartness of the beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 11/8/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, and light smoke/char; with lighter notes of sour cherry, berry, raisin, plum, fig, apple, lemon, red grape, vanilla, oak, pepper, light hay/funk, slight red wine vinegar, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt; with light-moderate fruity/funky/acidic yeast and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, and light smoke/char; with lighter notes of sour cherry, berry, raisin, plum, fig, apple, lemon, red grape, vanilla, oak, pepper, light hay/funk, slight red wine vinegar, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness; with light fruity/acidic tartness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, smoke, dark fruit, lemon, apple, light hay/funk, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt; with light-moderate fruity/funky/acidic yeast and oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and lightly tart/sour balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/char bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky/chalky, and slightly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an excellent sour blended imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt; with light-moderate fruity/funky/acidic yeast and oak barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the lighter tartness/acidity. I was originally expecting a much more sour stout, but after learning this is a 70/30 blend of stout/sour ale; I was still really impressed by it. Great base stout complexity, with nice complimenting wild ale flavors in the background. Aromas showcased a bit more of the wild fruity complexity than the flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Chieftog
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was really looking forward to New Belgium's response to Tart of Darkness. I'm not a fan of most stouts but do enjoy a sour Stout.

This one starts out as a really beautiful poor with a super creamy head.

The smell has a lot of chocolate and coffee to it but there's a little bit of acidity.

The taste is, well, it's a little bit stout and a little bit sour, but more stout and sour. It is not on the tart scale that one would expect.

Overall, I enjoyed it but I like beer ... mmm, beer! That being said, I enjoyed it but probably won't return to it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Inky chocolate black pour, 1 finger head.

Aromas of grapes/chardonnay, roast malts and chocolate.

I taste the roast malt and cocoa, and it ends with a vinegar and sucrose note. Lots of vinegar and grape, rolled in coffee grounds.

Feel is creamy and velvety, light base of carbonation.

Overall, nah. This was a poor beer. The finish ruined it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out brown and black, brown to the edge, no head formed, 1/20" at best. Aroma was more roast. Didn't impart much in terms of sour qualities.

Taste left one wondering where the sour is? Tart of Darkness has it. Funk Metal has it. Magdura Obscura has it. This one doesn't have much of it. Tastes like they had an infected batch, then mixed 90% uninfected stuff with it, old school.

I saved a couple of these bottles, and they did get better, but not drastically. It did hide the alcohol decently.

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Photo of pat61
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Pure rock fury meets Belgian-style brewqed folly in this collaboration with Maryland hard-rockers, Clutch. A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts bridge the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff." Brewed in the style of an American Dark Wild Ale. A collaborative release between New Belgium and rock band Clutch, this beer was released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy foam head of a mocha brown color over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) The aroma includes cocoa nibs, faded coffee bean, wet oaken notes and some very mildly tart stone fruit juices. Not too sweet and not too sour. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor is very stout-like with moderately roasted barley, a subtle caramel grain backbone and finishes with a lingering note of chocolate, coffee oils and soft tart fruit. Some very mild sour notes come through alongside a wood flavor on the finish. Overall it's not very sour and hardly tart, but an enjoyable stout despite its falling short to the sour style. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly creamy, mildly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and mild crispness. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is roasty and sweet over sour/tart. Alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.75

(Overall) After my initial disappointed experience with this beer's determination to market itself as a sour or wild ale, I gave it some time to develop and enhance these tart flavors and hopefully improve the flavor range of the beer. Several years later, there isn't much change and the flavor isn't hardly any more sour than it was as a fresh ale. As underwhelming as this beer is for a sour ale, I still find it a highly drinkable and quite enjoyable milder-bodied stout with lots of quality flavor in the stout department. Thus, I've only partially suffered from buyers remorse for this beer but recommend it nonetheless as one of the Lips of Faith more consistently enjoyable releases. It would have made a far more successful and popular stout if it had been marketed as such. 3.75

New Belgium Brewing's
Clutch Dark Sour Ale

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle broached on 24th Feb 2014: shared at the second ever 'Shrewsbury Bottle Share', four of us tucked into this: cheers Mat for bringing it (he's a Clutch fan). I've never heard of Clutch of course, apart from the ones in the various cars I've owned.

Anyway the beauty poured a dark, dark brown, almost black in fact.

Dark fruits wrapped in chocolate with a sourness that belies the sweetness that is trying to burst through the brew. A dusting of caster sugar towards the end gives the beer a slightly less sour finish and adds a little lightness to the whole thing.

Different and pleasing, my third beer from New Belgium, they are doing OK in my eyes.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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