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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
#24,699
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
630
pDev:
13.4%
Bros Score:
3.23
 
 
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58
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 630 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jl28r1
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of pwsoldier
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of mikennat
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nearly stout dark, with a medium brown head. Definitely darker than anticipated.

Roasted aroma, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a buttery diacytol aroma...in this occurrence, it works for me. There is a touch of sour on the back end. Taste was nicely mirrored, with again, the tart coming on the finish. Nice almost full body, with a pleasant creaminess.

Not much for sours, but the sour parts were minimal and blended in nicely. I'd drink it again!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt, with a little bit of sourness. It smells fairly stout like, with only a slight amount of tartness present.

The flavor is similar. The two dominant flavors are chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a little bit of tart cherries and a little bit of smoke. The tartness/sourness is well hidden but does add something to the overall flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the flying saucer in san antonio. Pours a deep brown with some rusty colored edges and with a thin tan ring on top. Chocolate malt backbone in the nose, with some cocoa. Not a big tart aroma but some fruity characteristics. the taste begins with a nice chocolate, light woodiness, roasted malt with some coffee bean. Tart chocolate covered cherries have a light presence in the finish but are not enough to create a "wow" factor. Medium bodied at best not very smooth and or creamy but slightly thin and watery the moderate carbonation is still too much for my liking in the style. In the end I enjoyed the beer and liked what was being sought after. The body feel and lack of tart characters could be dramatically improved but this still solid. Kick is more Clutch than this one...

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Photo of rtepiak
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

melllow in accent in its compassity. Pour is not stout like. But quick belgian head. A dark ruby brown. Nose is extremely minimal. Mineral and toast. Palate is a dry toastiness with a hint standard brett. The accent of sour is typagraphical and and don't really know how to put it as...safe. I know that the sour stout is coming into the world as something new with the american sour frenzy... This is not a sour stout/porter made by drie fontenaine. Although i would not deny the fact that this was a good stout once.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours opaque dark brown with crimson edging and a half inch head of tan. A placid surface with a few dots of lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with roasted malt, chocolate, char, dark fruit, and cherries. The faintest hint of sherry vinegar follows through.

Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation very low for the style.

Roasted barley, bakers chocolate, lemon-spritzed cherries and a hint of smoke start the palate. Char and a hint of balsamic follows through.

Finishes with char, chocolate, and slightly tart.

This beer is not a sour beer as stated on the bottle, but it is tart and pretty tasty nonetheless. More funk, carbonation and oak would help this one out.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with a two finger head with crazy lacing into my bruery tulip. Aroma of smoky malts and coffee with a hint of infection. Taste follows the nose, slightly tart and very sugary. Smoked malts are there but the sweetness overpowers. This is not an easy beer to drink, it's under attenuated and not a great beer, I'm glad I tried this but I will never seek out this beer again.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a non-translucent dark brown with a very small mocha colored head that fleeted quickly leaving just a small lace around the edge of the glass. The initial aromas are of mocha and coffee beans, caramel and roast. The taste is not overly robust, similarly to the aroma, but is rather refreshing. Not too complex but what is done simply here is done correct. A very good beer with just the right amount of finish which leaves with no ill taste. Like others, I fail to see the 'sour' in this 'dark sour ale' but nonetheless it was a good choice. Better than some of the other Lips of Faith collabs.

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL - Enjoy!

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Photo of IKR
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown color, almost black with a moderate beige head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Faint roast malts, and some mild tart fruity notes.

Taste: Mild roast notes, some mild fruity notes delivered with a moderately tart finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a fair level of carbonation. It has a nice feel. It hides the alcohol well.

Overall: Not a bad beer but since it was labeled as a sour dark ale i think I was anticipating something along the line of the Bruery's Tart of Darkness. The flavor profile is good but if the mild tartness was pushed to a full on sour as labeled I think it would be stellar. As is, the tartness just add an interesting element.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, pours a nice deep dark body with an off-white head. Nose is a balance of roasted malts and tart fruits, sour cherry aroma dominates. On the palate it is a very nice balance of dark roasted malts, tart cherries and just a touch of funk. The mouthfeel was smooth, but not excessively so, and I definitely did not think it was 9.5%. Overall this is a nice gateway beer for those that want to get into sours and funk. It has some of those elements but they are not overpowering, just in balance with the rest of the brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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 Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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 elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with XicanoBeerRun.

I don’t think of this as a stout. Porter-like, maybe, if I’m splitting hairs. But it’s an all-around unique, experimental brew that in my opinion defies easy categorization.

This sits a dark ruddy amber in the glass with some thin lacing around the rim. Aromas of dark cherry, currant and a tart sourness are present. It’s roasty, and big (9.2%) but the alcohol isn’t noticeable. The roast is balanced by a tart/sour flavor, almost tannin-like or woody. Great finish. A wonderful surprise of a beer. A great sipper, sharp enough to cut through the pack and funky enough to stay interesting.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the downtown Spec's in Houston a couple days ago. I am liking the black IPA concepts that are coming out here lately, so this sour black ale is a twist on that theme I guess. Kudos, New Belgium, for pushing the envelope. Let's see how this beer holds up.

Appearance: Pours a very dark color with a small 1/4" at its peak head that was made of some pretty "airy" bubbles that was fading right after the pour and was just a ring after about 45 seconds.

Aroma: The aroma was chock full of dark malts, so mush that they are coming across as a bit ashy. There is some chocolate in there and the caramel sweetness is there, but the sourness is playing a supporting role in the aroma in the cold beer so far. The aroma is getting more coffee like as the beer sits and is reminding me more of a Porter than anything.

Taste: The flavor departs from the aroma, which is a good thing. The flavor is still very centered on the dark malts, but the overall presentation isn't nearly as acidic as I thought that it would be from the aroma. The body is thinner than I expected as well...thought there is a lot of caramel in the aroma, in the flavor it is more supportive. The sourness is definitely becoming more noticeable as it warms up some, but it is always playing a supportive role...and not necessarily in a good way. The hops are there in flavoring, but are luckily reserved in the finish so the dark malts and attenuation are the bigger players in the finish. The carbonation is a little on the light side, but since the mouthfeel of the beer is so light, this goes with the whole ensemble.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer, but I am thinking that maybe this style, or this interpretation of the style they were trying to create, may have missed the boat. It isn't absolutely outstanding, but it doesn't suck by any means. I am a big fan of sour beers, but this one just doesn't have the "bite" that I like and doesn't seem much more sour than a Guinness (though in a different way). I can't imagine that this beer is going to get much better with time, and I have one more, so I will probably be sharing that with friends someday soon. I'd try this beer if you like Stouts or Porters and don't mind the complexity offered by a sour component. Otherwise, this beer may not be for you.

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Photo of AlCzerik
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came highly recommended... But I wasnt that impressed. Poured extremely dark almost black. The finish leaves much to be desired, in my opinion. But I did enjoy this beer. I just feel that it would have been better if it had just remained a stout instead of adding the sour ale. But it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 14 October 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown, almost black but not quite. One-finger head is a medium tan color with some yellowish tones. Good retention and solid lacing.

Dark roasted malts, coffee the most obvious feature, with a faint little twinge of tart. It smells a lot like a stout, with the tiniest little oddity thrown in.

Taste is mostly stout-like. Dark roasted malts, roasted barley. Coffee is again the most prominent piece, but there's some chocolate hidden down under there, too. A faint rise at the end is the only sign of the sour I pick up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice - a little on the light side for a stout, but super smooth. Carbonation is just right, with lots of little bubbles that keep coming.

I can't give this beer a top-notch rating overall. It's billed as a dark sour ale, but while it's dark, it's not a whole lot more than that. Sour? Not to my tastes. To me, it's a typical, decent, stout, with a very small twist. It's good, for sure. But neither the stout nor the twist are enough to really elevate it.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a medium, light tan head that diminishes slowly. Scent is immediately tart with roasted malt aromas and hints of wood and vanilla. A bit of chocolate and coffee. Taste is not nearly as sour as I was expecting. In fact, not sour at all. Just mildly tart. First, I get sweet chocolate, followed by a mild tart flavor that compliments the milk chocolate and vanilla quite well. This stout balances roasted flavors, tart flavors, and sweet flavors extremely well. A very well balanced beer. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I know a ton of people were wanting this to be more sour (I am one of those people)... but it turned out to be a well-balanced surprise of a beer. Love it!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Charlie for getting me this bottle!

A - Dark black body with a nice brown head. Very professional looking stout

S - A light fruity tartness, Dark roasted malts, chocolate, smoked meats, rawhide. Really great balance and complimentary stuff.

T - Quite mild. Some muddled malts, and a bit of heat and dryness on the finish. A very light fruity mild tartness comes out as it warms.

M - Really nice full and lush (thanks norm/rob). A good feel

O - well, it's kind of disappointing. It smells great but only tastes so-so. Wish it were more tart.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown, borderline black with no light visibility and a light brown fluffy head that slowly recedes leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin dead on for Hersey's chocolate syrup. Lots of baker's cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate. As it warms you get some of the dark fruitiness, highlighted mainly by a dark cherry smell. I also get some instant espresso or black coffee smell in there as well. Some interesting notes of dirt, earth, must and recently buzz-sawed wood shavings become apparent with my second half of the 22oz. I enjoyed it much more when I first opened this.

The tastes begin with the dark black coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate. There is a light dark fruitiness in there as well but not really sour or tart like I would expect for your typical sour ale regardless of the beer base. The dominant flavors are roasted malts, dark chocolate, baker's cocoa and light espresso. Kind of reminds me of a higher ABV stout that has been cellared for at least 3 years; I find some cellared stouts or porters have a dark fruitiness that accompanies the roasted malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. It is kind of thin as far as a stout would go but it's appropriate for a sour ale (the only problem is that this tastes way too much like a standard stout as opposed to a sour ale), so I am conflicted here.

Overall this a good tasting beer, don't get me wrong, but it misses the mark for what I believe the brewer was intending. If I tasted this blind I would say this is a great, well balanced, American stout that probably had a few years of age due to the slight dark fruit/sour flavors, but would never had guessed it was less than a year old sour dark ale. If you want a good beer, I recommend this, if you want a sour dark ale, eh, I would pass. [Maybe it just needs time to age but I think New Belgium filters or pasteurizes their beers so I don't think this will age particularly well.]

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Photo of DCon
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed a 1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this brew w/ GeoffTheAleMan from Randall's Wine & Spirits in Fairview Heights, IL for $8.99. Poured from the Clutch Bottle w/ the Sun blowing wind onto the Symbol, all in gold into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snift Glass and Does NOT have a Freshness Date on the bottle! (Strange for a Lips of Faith brew...)

Aroma- Strong prunes and chocolate that has been melted down starts out this aroma. Has a metallic backend though... Did not appreciate this characteristic! Otherwise, much different that what I had on-tap already!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has above par head retention. Body is the deepest brown you can get and opaque. Leaves thick lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Very roasty and has this chocolate flavor again! Light sour finish but the roastiness and malt overpowers this. Light hop bitterness in here as well. TOO complexed for what the style should be...

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, and has a decent sour finish! Roasted malt plays a big part in the finish also.

Overall Impression- Much better then on-tap! Still not sure what the hell I'm supposed to be drinking, so this makes it tough to give it any good remarks... Wouldn't care if I never saw this brew again! Not a good one to let a friend try while they are trying to get into the "sour styles". I'm sure you all can agree with me on this one!

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