Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration

Brewed by:
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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Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with a two-finger head of frothy dark tan foam. Retention is good with a quality lace left on the glass. Fabulous.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with an undertone of funk. Some of the funk I might attribute to the confluence of roasted malt and earthy hops, which tends to generate a bit of cooked vegetal aroma, but overall it's actually quite pleasant.

Taste: pleasingly sour right off the bat, which fits well with the smooth yet roasty character of the malt. Immediately after the oud bruin-style sourness at the front, the flavor displays its chocolatey character, which then fades into an almost burnt-malt flavor which is much smoother and more pleasant than it sounds. I love the dynamism, although the complexity, overall, is low.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation and resulting creaminess. I'm actually very pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel on this.

Overall: I'm absolutely loving this beer. I'm a fan of Clutch, but not so much a fan of New Belgium, typically. This is easily my favorite New Belgium beer -- they really hit this one out of the park.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

837th Review on BA
Bottle to New Belgium Globe

Thanks to @Beetographer(via twitter)

App- Black stout like coloring with some lighter edges due to the blend. A nice one finger head with good sheets and lines of cling and dotty sticky cling.

Smell- As it opens, mostly all coffee and then a big black malt profile comes in. A little one sided with the black malts and coffee. Non of the sour or wood notes come in on the aroma.

Taste- A very nice blend of sour, wood and coffee. The flavors are not in your face but a little here and a little here. Starts out as a coffee stout and mellows down to the sour note and a little bit of the wood notes.

Mouth- A light medium with a light medium carbonation. A little hoppy sour fruit notes remain.

Drink- This was unique and tasty. Not the best I have had from NB but the Lips of Faith are meant to explore different flavors and profiles.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I fear I may have popped this open a bit too cold. I love NB sour beers, so when I saw this, I had to pick it up. I think this misses the mark... and I'm not 100% sure what they were going for here. The beer isn't very stout and the beer isn't very sour. There's noting interesting in the blend either. You'd think that a beer like this would never err on the side of too boring, but this manages to do it. Strange. Served from a 22 oz. bomber into a Maudite snifter.

The beer is a blackened brown with almost no head. The lack of carbonation and head really detracts from the looks of the beer. This just doesn't have what I want.

The beer doesn't have a potent nose. There's a dirty and chalky element that comes from the stout. Not much along the claimed chocolate lines. There's a nondescript sweetness back there, but it's just not coming forth. Maybe I popped this too cols.

The taste is somewhat better. The stout portion is just too smooth. I want more bite. I want more black. I want more bitter. I get none of this. There's a hint of the beautiful NB Love in the background. I want more. This beer is a solid idea, but it keeps me wanting more. Thankfully, since it's well made, the beer is smooth and drinkable. There's not a strong booze presence. It's going down pretty quickly. However, the interest just isn't there. Maybe it reminds me of 1554 in that manner.

This beer let me down, but I'm not dreading finishing it. With the NB Love base, they surely could have done a lot more. Oh, well.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Awesome bottle design, lets hope the beer is as good as the graphics on the outside. Pours a dark clear brown color with a fluffy 2 figner tan head. Sticky lace left as the head settles. Roasty, mild coffee notes upfront with a minimal sour note. The taste starts off like the nose with a roast coffee start that then turns sour. Cough medicine like. Not as good as expected. An odd combonation if you ask me that falls pretty flat on its face.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 3 finger+ big foamy head atop an opaque black brew.
S - malty with just a hint of tart. Some small touch of dark fruit present.
T - sweet hits right up front followed by a mildly sour lingering aftertaste. Very little bitter.
M - not too heavy, moderate bodied with nice carbonation and a slightly oily feel.
D - an easy drinking, light on the sour, beer.
Probably a good dark sour intro beer. It's not a Rodenbach Grand Cru but it also doesn't cost as much or claim to be.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy dark brown. Almost nonexistant head to it. Aroma was muddled, lacked any sour aspect to it. Roasted malt notes were faint and leaning sweet, like a milk stout as opposed to one as strong as this.

Taste, whoa, where's the sour? You said this was a sour stout? Really? Have you have Tart of Darkness? This pales in comparison. Heck, this isn't in Magdura Obscura territory. Minorly sour, decent stout still, but jeez, the sour aspect of this is very minimal.

Hides the alcohol quite well, a little thin in the mouthfeel for a stout of this level, but keeps it plenty easy to drink. Lots of wood, less chocolate and coffee to it. No bitterness, which was kinda strange.

On tap @ Beachwood BBQ for sourfest.

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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 homebrew311
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Stone tulip.

A: pours pitch black with dark brown head, about 1 finger upon pour, heavy lacing

S: chocolate covered tart cherries come to mind, some oak in there, a touch of vinegar, roasted malts are attempting to shine through but are pretty faint

T: starts off with a slight tartness, not nearly the punch I expected, next comes milk chocolate and light coffee, this is followed by dark fruitiness. It seems like the sour components essentially cancel out the stout components, the result is a brew with an identity crisis. Some good flavors are there, but nothing stands out.

MF: medium body, a bit thinner than I would expect from a 9.5% stout. Mellow carbonation.

O: well this beer is unique, but it doesn't really accomplish what it is set out to. I suspect that if a little more time was spent souring this brew, it would qualify more as a sour ale. The abv is also hidden well.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served into a tulip.

A: Right on for an American Stout. Black with just a bit of dark brown shining through on the edges when held to the light. Light brown foam develops which settles to a ring of head at the top of the beer. As I make subsequent pours, there is a mixture of brown and light tan head. Very nice looking.

S: Strong roast scents with slight green apple smell. Some dark chocolate as well.

T: Strong roast flavors with some dark chocolate and light coffee. There is really very little sour flavor in this beer - again I get very slight green apple. Very little alcohol flavor despite the 9.5% ABV.

M: Medium body with medium amount of carbonation. Quite good.

O: I don't really taste much sourness in this beer. As an American Stout, it's decent.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Smoky aroma has chocolate, coffee and sour apple tones. Flavor nicely mixes mocha with sour apple and has smoky, nutty, molasses and licorice notes. Full-bodied, lively texture leaves a fizzy finish with smoky and sour apple flavors.

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Photo of bens0n
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a true opaque black with a nice amount of creamy tan head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. No light shines through this at all.

On the nose there is not much going on, doesn't really have a chocolately or sweet smell, just some mild, subdued malts.

Flavor wise I think the 'dark sour ale' was spot on. Its alot like a stout but instead of finishing on the bitter side its slightly sour. There is a slight unsweetened chocolate note that comes out as the beer warms up.

This beer is on the thick side and I would call it slick and slightly creamy. Its not sticky or viscous it has a certain thickness to it, but it still feels slick going down. I didn't know what to expect before trying this beer out but I was pleasantly surprised with what was in the bottle. Its a really solid stout with a twist.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark black with a very thin light brown head.

S - a light sour funk on top of some more stout like qualities like chocolate and coffee.

T - taste is very very similar to the smell. Very light sour and chocolate sweetness and wood.

M - medium to heavy bodied and light carbonation.

O - very ineresting. Sour up front and comes out with the sweet coffee and coco flavors.

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Photo of Cisco619
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Black as pitch, no light getting through this one. 1 finger of soft, foamy cream colored head after slightly aggressive pour that dissipates to a thin cap.

S: Predominantly malty aroma. A slight, sour, woody hint, a little cherry, not able to distinguish much more.

T: Light tartness followed by roasted malts. Able to pick up a slight hint of cherry. Not much more going on here.

M: Tartness sticks on the front of the tounge leaving roasted malts to linger on the back. Good carbonation, would have liked it to be a tad denser.

O: Good taste & mouthfeel, nothing exceptional. Not the greatest dark sour around, but good attempt. More sourness would have helped this one out.

Note: this is my first review!

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

Murky brown, half-inch lasting head eventually dies. Toffee head with excellent lacing.

Dark fruits, raisin, grape.

Fruit is in the background. Foreground is a diluted (for 9%), ashy beer with no really interesting qualities.

Bit of sour on the finish, wouldn't call this a sour though (says it's a dark sour). If it's a stout it's not really championing that category either. Light mouthfeel, medium to low carbonation.

Good, but, I'm used to drinking world class baby.

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Photo of abecall98
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this bottle over at Davis Beer Shoppe yesterday. 8$ for the bomber.

A - not much to say about it. It's stellar. It's how you expect a base Imperial Stout too look. Pitch black hue, tan head, about an inch of head, that laces nicely.

S - It's unique. It has hints of soured cherry, some nice roasted malt, but a lot of oak.

T - Starts off with some creamy stout flavors, mixed with slight vanilla, sour cherries, and coffee. However, there is a very large oak flavor that dominates the finish. It leaves a slight over oaked soapy flavor.

M - It's creamy. Not overly carbonated, and smooth.

O - It's a solid beer. I could do without the huge oak flavor, and could use a little more sour notes, but for what it is, and what I paid, I am very pleased with the beer.

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

22oz bottle
From notes:
Dark opaque cola with a fizzy coke like head. A sour, malty aroma; smokey. Tastes like a sour porter, very malty. Starts our sour, hits you with malts, then ends in a nice mouth tingle.

I read some people saying this wasn't that good, but I actually that it was pretty tasty. I would recommend it.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

A - Pours a medium/dark black. Big khaki head recedes to a thin layer but leaves good lacing.
S - Mild tart aromas, cherries, not much else.
T - Different. Defiantly get slightly tart cherries at first, followed by some light roasted notes. More cherry than stout.
M - Medium body to light. Slightly fizzy on the tongue.
O - Good, but nothing to get your panties in a twist over. It's billed as "sour" but delivers more tart. Cherries are strong, just not sure it's the best compliment to a stout.

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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 ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap

Beachwood BBQ
Seal Beach, CA

Near black in color with a thin khaki colored head. Dots of lacing spot the glass.

Noticeable sour acidity is present in the aroma along with a mild roast and chocolate character, though there's nothing particularly grabbing.

Roasted malt and a hint of chocolate make for a simple, basic stout. The sour tartness presents itself on the finish but is not overly powerful. This beer is more stout than sour, and not especially good at being either.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

An average and acceptable attempt at the style. After having The Bruery's Tart of Darkness however, this pales in comparison.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ an amazing two finger chocolate head. Excellent carbonation and great lacing. Super dark in appearance, and impossible to see through. The bottle says 'Dark sour ale', but it looks like a stout. Nose is a little on the weak side. I get dark chocolate, coffee, wood, brown sugar, malt, and some dark fruit, and a tiny bit of sourness. Not bad, just wish it was stronger. Hmmm... I'm not sure what to make of the taste. It's like someone mixed a flanders red w/ a dark stout.. I guess that's what it's supposed to be. Some acidity and carbonation, but big malt backbone as well. An interesting combination, and one I've never tried before. It's not my favorite, but it's actually pretty good. The nose comes through in the taste as well. Feel is the weak point for me. It just doesn't quite meld as well as the rest of the 'experiment'. Overall, this is an interesting beer, and I liked it. I would drink it again.

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

Appearance: (4.0)
- Looks like a dark cola or root beer while pouring. In the glass it is pretty rich and dark, and I can't see through it. Nice light mocha tan head.. a couple fingers settle leaving lace all over the glass, and a thin blanket of foam above the goods.

Smell: (3.5)
- Rich grainy notes, husky barley, light sour tinge paired with fig, prune, and other various esters. Light molasses-like sweetness.. earthy woody touch, and old sweet raisin. Like a raisin mush.

Taste: (3.5)
- Not a super sour ale really. Light tartness is present with a very chocolaty sweet rich brew. Esters, fig, raisin, and oakey vanilla. Certainly a porter or strong ale of sorts with a very subtle sour quality. Wondering if this one would sour up some more over time. I will by another to let sit.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Pretty thick and heavy bodied.. though not like a syrupy creamy mess. A touch chalky and chewy. Leaves the palate a bit dry, and is somewhat hard to drink. Pretty interesting.

Overall: (3.5)
- Can't say I am too impressed with this one. I am hoping some more sourness will come of this beer over time. For me it's a bit hard to drink, though it does possess some pretty good flavors. Not too bad, but not one I would buy a lot of. Perhaps it will be a nice treat some years down the road.

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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out kinda dark like dark coffee. Has a stout smell and no alcohol. Some bubbles but not a lot. Lacing here.
The flavor is def. stout but there is a bit of sour cherry in there too. Kinda cool.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but it is never overpowering. The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer.
Overall I like this. Glad New Belgium is trying stuff like this out! Excellent.

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Photo of Bierlerner
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks great. Dark brown. Several shades from black. 1 finger head that stays around a minute. Not much on lacing as it goes down. Looks thick and you can see bits of sediment.

S- Smells pretty much like a stout or foreign stout. Some mild roasted malt notes, with some mild chocolate and molasses notes. No detection of anything sour. Rather light on the nose.

T- Again, follows through with the smell. All characteristics being mild. Along with some bready notes and a tinge of lemon zest. Starts off stout and finishes with just a hint of a sour note that can be missed if you're not paying attention.

M- Med-light body with low carb. Not too thin. A little creamy. Has a nice dry finish.

O- A dark sour ale without the sour. Very disappointed with this brew. Maybe more time will make it more sour, but I don't think I'll revisit this one.

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Photo of JimmyTango
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wine glass on outside on the lawn on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with my wife.

I was super stoked on this going in to it, sounded like something I was really going to enjoy. Expected it to be less of a dark beer for some reason, and a bit more sour (sour brown instead of a stout/sour blend) but I wasn't disappointed.

A: Totally opaque, with a brown tinge. Looks like really muddy water. Head is tan, pretty big, not too spider-webbed, but leaves nice lacing. Def seeing bits of sediment suspended in the glass and fine vigorous bubbles rising from the deep.

S: Pumpernickel bread, lemon zest, faint dark chocolate, a bit of extra molasses, and faint brown roasty malts. Smells good, but I didn't really smell much in the way of "sour" besides the lemon.

T: Super good! Molasses, roasty and toasty but not forwardly so, faint background of breakfast coffee and nuts, and big lemon juice with nice balancing sourness. Mainly molasses and lemon up front with depth and balance that I really liked. The chocolate from the nose didn't come through, and no burnt flavors despite the toasted smells sand tastes. Ends a bit sweet, which I don't usually love, but it works here because of the way it plays off of the sourness.

M: My favorite part of this beer! Med bodied with very fine bubbles. Plenty of carbonation too, not crazy foamy but very there. Not dry at all, but light enough to fool into thinking that it is not 9.5%.

O: I loved it! Very unique. Not very sour all-and-all with nice depth. The sour is pleasant as hell and provides a really cool contrast to the rest of the beer. Check this one out if you get the chance, its super good. Coming at it as a stout or a sour will most likely disappoint, as I reckon it doesn't really hit either style all that well, but it is a great blend that is hard to peg down.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Midnight black with an off-brown head. Lingering with moderate lacing. Head lingered to the halfway point. Thinnish, but not distractingly so.

S - Light smoke, dark chocolate, lots of toasted malt, almost charred. Very full nosed.

T - Despite being labeled a sour, the tartness is understated, while still somewhat present. Coffee, light wood barrel, semi-sweet chocolate malts. Lots of chocolate on the finish, pervasive almost.

M - Full-bodied, not too boozy. Coats the mouth like cocoa.

O - While not a sour as advertised, this is an above-averaged imperial dark. Not sure if it's technically a porter or stout or even if it matters, but it's really good. I wish I had more. This didn't need to be a sour, especially for sour purists, and should age amazingly.

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