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
newbelgium.com

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.

Added by chumba526 on 08-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
621
Reviews:
251
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
98
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 621 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of GreenMind
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Trentt2
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williahd
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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 -9.5%
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 +8.4%
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 LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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 emeyer
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of nater919
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of zkoehn
4.61/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
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 Grackos
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Honeybourne
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 621 ratings.
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