Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
592
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
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57
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86
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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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 mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet cherries and malt with a sharp touch. I don't get the coffee and chocolate, nor much of a sour flavor either. Rather acidic but more like tart fruit than any bacterial sour flavor. Medium body with modest carbonation. Sweet on the lips. A great flavorful beer that seems to defy categorization. Light aroma of roast barley with some cocoa nose.

This seems to be a bewilderment of styles and expectations but I think it's great and my favorite of the Lips of Faith series. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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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 mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for popping this one.

A: Pours a rather dark brown with two fingers of foam on top. Very nice retention and little bits of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate, and some vinegary/sourness. A little bit of cherry and pineapple almost.

T: More chocolate than on the aroma, heavy roasted malt, slight tartness and some sour fruit, not really discernible which fruit though.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not really my thing. Not very sour at all and the roasted malt/chocolate was a bit heavy for me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Plums & woody notes, figs & cherries surface once this is warm

T: Raisins, a touch of chocolate, plus a touch of sour cherry & some booze warmth up front. Sourness & woody touches break through as this warms, along with cherries & some jammy/boozey notes. Finishes with cherry & oakyness, & growing ever more muted, sourness

MF: Medium bodied, dry, slight carbonation. Carbonation picks up as this warms

Decent stab at the style, but not near sour or funky enough to really wow me. Might be a good choice to introduce a newbie drinker to this concept of sour beers

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Photo of billab914
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured black in color with a thick, bubbly, foamy, tan head to it.

The aroma has a sour chocolate thing going on. The moderately roasty, chocolaty, stout flavors mix with some sour, slightly funky flavors. It smells like some of the non-intentionally infected stouts I've ran into.

The taste shows more of the sour, very slightly funky flavors up front. I get a good amount of sweet, almost sugary flavors to it up front as well. Towards the finish some of the chocolaty, roasty, slightly bitter flavors of the stout start to come out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Overall I wasn't impressed. It tasted like an infected stout to me, which is typically not a good thing. It just didn't have any good stout character nor did it have a very good American Wild profile. The sourness was mild and lacked any of the depth or complexity that I love in the better American wilds. The flavors just don't mix well at all for me. It was drinkable, but I'd rather have a good stout or a good American wild instead of the mix of the two.

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Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date, this beer is probably cellarable though.

LOOK: Opaque blackness, tight looking head

SMELL: Brown malt, light tartness, bready, dark fruit, mild roast, carob

TASTE: Smooth, full-ish body, light charcoal, burnt toast, chicory, coffee, mellow tartness, alcohol, dark berries, faint wood, roasted finish

Love the layers of roasted character but expected more of a sour character here. Compared to what is out there in the new world of sours beers this is pretty tame.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black, with a small layer of tan foam.

S: The nose is lightly lightly tart. But, it's mostly just the kind of acidity you get in overly roasty beers. So, it smells just sort of like poorly made stout. A little bit of cocoa and coffee aroma on the back end.

T: It's pretty much the same story on the palate. There is a fair amount of roasted malt with just a mild fruit note. Again, it's mildly tart and acidic. Just very "meh".

M: The body is quite thin with only medium carbonation.

O: Very disappointing. I like the sour stout idea, but this one wasn't executed well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Plainfield's Tap House.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues on, and at a new venue no less! This stop pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy dark tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, very light pineapple, light red apple skin, dark chocolate, and light pumpkin seeds. The taste holds notes of red apple skin, very light roasted malts, chocolate, light pineapple, figs, and few beans' worth of coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, though I applaud the originality and all that, I cannot say that I am a fan of this beer. The flavors don't quite meld together properly, and things end up too thin and whatnot. Just not my thing, really.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Clarendon about two weeks ago. Glad to see some New Belgium beers I've never heard of hitting the shelves in NoVa. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass and little retention.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sour fruits, sweet dark fruits, and chocolate. Definitely a lot of stout characteristics going on here, with a twinge of sourness.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted mallts, sour fruits, sour dark fruits. Lots of roasted notes again, but more sour than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer. Lots of stout characteristics with some nice sourness coming out in the taste. Would have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is opaque and dark brown colored, with a small, tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. The aroma offers roast, chocolate, cherries, and a light funk. Taste is decent, but a bit odd. Not sure the roast and sour combination is working. Cherries and alcohol linger in the aftertaste. Overall, interesting and worth a try, though I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for the incredible generosity of giving me a couple of these New Belgium LOF brews as extras in our recent trade. Bomber into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown with a khaki head about a finger strong. Some brown clarity when held to the light. A webbing pattern of lace sticks all over the glass and a light swirl brings back a finger of froth.

The smell of this brew is lightly funky with a note of plastic and lactic quality. Some notes of cheese mix with cardboard and faint cherry quality. There is slight roasted grain that imparts mild chocolate and coffee that gets sweeter across the back. At times this brew smells a bit herbal and grassy with some woody inclusion faintly reminiscent of vanilla. A swirl makes this brew smell increasingly more bold with cheese and diaper.

The taste is earthy with a fruited quality somewhat like cherries. Lightly oaky with earth, dirt and Brett. There really isn't much going on in this brew's flavor despite the nose having quite a depth. The taste is very mild and bland with minimal tangy alcohol inclusion. The aftertaste is earthy with some roast and a mineral aspect like I have rocks inside my mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Smooth in the feel with a low alcohol impact. It is easy drinking but honestly boring in the flavor department. Despite letting this brew evolve in my glass from cold to warm, it just didn't do it for me. Regardless, I appreciate the opprotunity to give it a try. Maybe it will evolve a bit more if given some time to age.

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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

EEYAAW. EEYAAW. EYAAAWW!!! I'am a rock n roll outlaw drinking CLUTCH poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A light coffee colored, and creamy head is presented sitting on a very black body. Head falls normaly with some leopard like spotty lacing.

Bouquet is a faint barleywine like booze with some fruit. Bigger whiffs on my nose actually hurt. Mild cocoa, no sense of sour but mostly berry fruit.

Taste is weird. Berry slight sour but extremely thin for even an American stout. Wet, with flat box juice texture. Fruit dominant with little else to taste here. Finish has nearly no flavor. A basicaly thin weak box lunch juice grape.

Overall where's the malt? roast? Coffee? Chocolate? Hello? Hey I know it is mentioned as a dark sour but can i get a little something extra??? I'm not even minding the mild sourness (borderline tart) of this even though I am not a sour/stout fan, but there is nothing stout like in taste that is particularly enjoyable to me, this is not what I look for in a stout. Love the band, the beer not so much, it feels dyslexic and having an identity crisis. Maybe I am a bit harsh, I seem to keep drinking it as it gets to room temp. Perhaps this is my last dark sour review ever.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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