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 jjanega08
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a dark black color. No light coming through from what I can tell. The head is a nice thick finger that holds some steady retention and the lacing is about average. Nothing too crazy looking about what I expected.

S= Smells more like a roasty stout or porter than a sour. There's surely some sour cherry notes coming through it but for the most part I just smell a solid porter or stout. A nice roast to it. The sour character is somewhat minimal in the nose.

T= The taste is again mostly a solid porter or stout. I'm leaning more toward porter. There is a nice roast and biscuity taste to it. Coffee and chocolate are prominate with a nice toasty malt. The sour character comes through a little minimally. Sour cherries and a funky brett note to it. It tastes more like a regular porter that is in the beggining stages of being soured. Almost to where I would say it's a mistake if it wasn't labeled a sour.

M= Great carbonation and weight.

O= An interesting beer. Quite the enigma. I've had better sours for sure and even better sours from NB but this isn't one to pass up necessarily. Worth trying and even retrying but not the most amazing thing in the world.

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Photo of dc55110
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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 bigfnjoe
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours jet black with a two finger brown head. The head is very puffy, and sticks around for a little bit. I'd like to see a more dense head out of my dark beers, but considering this is a stayed around a decent bit of time. Lacing is solid, all the way around the glass

S- there's a decent bit of roast in the nose, but I'm getting some very mild horseblanket qualities as well. The odd mix of scents seems to have the beer a little confused

T- my original assumption was correct: this beer is very confused. The sourness is very mild, and doesn't even result in a mild pucker. The stout qualities are also very mild, and I'm getting very faint hints of roast. There is some lingering sweetness, though. Really not a fan

M- medium bodied, on the lighter side. Has the body of a wild as opposed to a stout

O- I've had a sour porter before (Sierra Nevada Exportation) and that was about twenty times better than this. Sorry New Belgium, but I'm not a fan of this at all

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Photo of PostVinyl
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cocoa-color with a short, brown head and heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sour wine and roasted malts, a preview of the same flavors in the mouth. This tastes very much like a Flemish sour mixed with a lighter stout, combining vinous notes with the roasted, toasted flavors associated with darker ales. In some moments, it reminds me of a dark Belgian ale; in others, it's something nearly completely new.

Complex, well-balanced and supremely tasty. This is a keeper, New Belgium.

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Photo of WillyMac
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of long4hops
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DeezGunz14
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stbo101
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brueghel
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Desaparecido
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Bottled on date of 7/10/11. Poured a near black with some surface carb streams visible. It had a good sized tan head that settled into a thick collar and partial foam cap. Good sheeting with a little sticking.

The aroma was pretty weak. Sour mixed with chocolate and roasted dark malts. Some coffee as well. Just not grabbing me. Taste was different as it had more of the roasted and now light coffee flavors in the front instead of the sour. Was decent but didn't really grab me. Tasted more like a watered down coffee beer than a wild or sour ale. Mouthfeel was light and a touch watery.

Overall, while not bad it wasn't good either. Middle of the road. Feel like they stretched here to do something different and it just didn't work out all that great unlike the very good Prickly Pear Saison from last night. Avail here in TX as a one-time release...although they could always release again. Rotation - one was enough for me. [N;N]

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into DFH Signature Glass. Purchased from South Loop Binnys, Chicago.

Apperance: Pours a deep black, no light getting thru with a thin khaki colored half finger head.

Smell: Surprisingly big roast and chocolate nose. Some caramel, vanilla and even oak offer support.

Taste: Okay, not as sour as I was La Follie. A stout like flavor comes thru with some mild sour cherry notes and subtle oak. There is a bit of funk, but the roast and sweet malt kind of over shadow.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not to sharp or acidic, but full bodied.

Drink and overall: The ABV is well hidden, I will say that. Not an impressive release from NB, kind of a middle of the road Lips of Faith.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 619 ratings.
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