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:
614
Reviews:
249
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
96
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 614 |  Reviews: 249
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good though not great sour. The sour came at the finish so was therefore not a palate eraser. Dark body with huge beige head.More chocolate up front than needed, would like to get down to the business of sour.Mildly fruity aroma.Found at O'Reilly's in Madison.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of GRG1313
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a short fast fading head.

Nose is all black chocolate, roasted grain and coffee. While a simple nose pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and, for my taste, is out of balance. Flavors and mouthfeel just do not juxtapose well. Thin and a bit watery, but then gives way to simple coffee, chocolate and roasted grain character with a kick of citrus sour. There is a pleasant smoky character but, that also does not blend well and is not integrated with the other flavor characteristics.

Candidly, it tastes like a dump bucket of otherwise decent beers! Sorry...that's what it was like for me. Flavors and sour characteristics are just not integrated - almost as if you mixed a stout with a lemon/lime/citrus sour. Doesn't really make it for me.

Finish is sort of a coffee sour that, for my taste, is not pleasing.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Nice rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and a sour cherry funky aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, slight coffee, sour fruits, and wood. A very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation with a crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some nice sour notes. A very well made beer. I will probably buy many more of these if I can find some.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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 kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a wide mouth goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Their white board labelled it "Clutch Dark Sour Ale". Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I loved La Folie.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight tan colour, good cream, nice thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a solid nontransparent dark brown. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, hints of fruit esters, and cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Slightly sour, with some cream and even hints of nut notes. Strangely balanced. No alcohol comes through. Sourness seems restricted to the finish. Built okay. Lackluster for the style; it's just not sour enough. I wish it were bolder.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and light. Slight cream. Mildly complementary of the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but of limited quality. Hides its ABV well. Decently priced. I wouldn't have it again. A mundane so-called sour.

Low C+

***
12/23/16 2nd impression:

Not too sour - maybe a 2-3/10. Some woody tones.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges of the glass. There is just a layer of head, but it retains it quite well.

Smell: Quite nice. Roasty with some sour, dark fruit and grape. There is a pleasant sweetness that brings everything together.

Taste: Quite like the smell. The roast and the sour flavors go together better than I expected. Hints of dark chocolate and grape jelly along with some sour fruity notes as well. Neither flavor dominates. The finish is a bit boozy and roasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. The carbonation is very smooth and the finish is slightly dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would and am glad I tried it. It was better than the last sour dark beer I tried. I don't know that I'll buy more, but the flavors worked for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a two-finger, brown, bubbly head of foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with a little smoke. A touch of chocolate aroma, too.

T - It tasted of a little sour cherry with plums and some sweet chocolate. There was a touch of smokiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Don't expect this to be sour like a Flanders Red Ale. It is an interesting smoky, slightly sour stout.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up at Whole Foods on P Street a ways back. Shared at Jared's dinner party a week or so back. Wine glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a short off-white head and a touch of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light roast and chocolate. Pretty plain without any real indication of anything wild. The flavor is along the same lines. Really tame and plain. It doesn't have the alcohol I'd expect from a beer of this size, though it doesn't really have the flavor either. Boring.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into a stemmed Fat Tire glass with a 1/2 finger khaki colored head atop.Chocolate and dark roast coffee aromas are really nice,a hint of sour cherry in the background.Creamy in the mouth,it has almost a nitro dispensed feel to it.Chocolate malts and roast flavors are the main components to the flavors with that light sourness coming thru as I drank more but it really never becomes to much.I liked this beer alot,the sour flavors are not overly big and the chocolate flavors really stood out.
A great collaberation with my favorite band!

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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