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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.73/5
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630 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#25,023
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
630
pDev:
13.4%
Bros Score:
3.23
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
99
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 630 |  Reviews: 252
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4.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.89/5  rDev +31.1%
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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4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucnifter
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Botulizard
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3.36/5: A decent soured stout that tastes better than it smells, but could use more dimensions

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSemenza
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akolb
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 630 ratings
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