Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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83
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621 Ratings
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Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration
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
Ratings:
621
Reviews:
251
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
98
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 621 |  Reviews: 251
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of demuzik
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a single sentence: I thought I would love this one more.

Lots going on; the flavor is very complex. Initial chocolate, some dark cherry notes, finished by a whiskey like smokeyness that blends with the coffee backdrop. Moments of candi sweetness like toffee and butterscotch. It finishes in your mouth much like a stout; the sour factor is quite subdued, and shows up midway through tasting, and then is gone as quick as it came.

Kind of like a one man band... impressive one beer could pull all this flavor off at one time, but in the end, a jack of all trades-master-of-none scenario.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, bottle purchased in August 2011
Glass: Tulip

As a "wild" ale, I'd say this was an abject failure: there's just no sour or wild character to really be perceived. As an experimental stout, it worked at an average or slightly above average level, with modest roasted malt and chocolate flavors combined in a not unappealing way: it just wasn't anything special, either. With all the other stouts readily available, there's little reason to try this again, probably why New Belgium will not brew a repeat.

Pours a substantially tall head of dark tan to light brown bubbles, small in size, that has well above-average retention, lasting several minutes. The head does not recede without leaving substantial lacing along the sides of the glass: fairly large sheets of the stuff coat the glass' walls. Body is a dark brown to black, opaque, with light not affecting its coloration, and no visible carbonation.

Aroma is of roasted malt with sweetened chocolate and dried fruit esters akin to prunes. Not particularly robust, but certainly not unappetizing.

Flavor is solidly in the stout side, moderate roasted malt with mild chocolate flavor, just a slight "ping" of acidity on the sides of the palate. Front of palate detects some sweetened milk chocolate flavors . Mid-palate of sweetened milk chocolate with mild tangingess on the sides of the tongue and hints of ethanol. Very faint tartness on the back of palate, settled in as a minor character alongside continued roasted malt and chocolate flavors, with a new appearance of ethanol, too. Aftertaste of roasted malt sweetness with hints of chocolate and super-mild acridity.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with moderately intense carbonation that quickly peters out from a mildly fizzy feeling to a slightly foamy and smooth mouthfeel for the majority of the sipping period. Closes dryly, with little residual stickiness across the palate. For a 9% abv beer, the ethanol is surprisingly well-hidden, only slightly felt in the nostrils and throat.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of sendbeer
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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

A: Pitch black with a tall frothy brown head. Looks inviting.
S: Deep roasted malts, milk chocolate, tart cherries, and a bit minerally.
T: Starts with roasted malt and mild cherry pie tartness. Tartness transitions into a dry smokiness. Finshes a bit chalky and ashy.
M: Medium-bodied with full carbonation. Could be a little "quieter".

I went back and forth on this one, both appreciating the interesting combination of flavors and then disliking the clash between the strong ashy flavors and tartness. Worth a try, but one and done for me.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The late-building head is a creamy chestnut that lasts a long while, leaving a coating of lace on a flute glass. The ale itself is a very dark brown, nearly black, with no highlights.

Sour cherry dominates the aroma with chocolate and sweet blackberry closely behind.

The tartness is surprisingly light here as the flavors closely follow the nose. Sourness builds in the middle and lasts through a long, mild finish. Overall, this is quite fruity.

A light to medium body with light alcohol and light carbonation. The texture is soft and smooth.
This is an easy, relaxing beer that could be used as an introduction to the style for those otherwise unfamiliar with sour beers.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of dfillius
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger tan head with fair retention. Near opaque dark brown/black.
S: Subdued, slight cherry, milk stout, coffee, slight Belgian twang. Too subdued, more aroma would be nice.
T: Coffee, roasty malt, sour twinge, cherry. One of the best tasting sour/cherry stouts I've had. Similar to Short's Black cherry Porter. Full flavored and complimentary dark chocolate and tart lemon juice. I like this!
M: Dry, chewy, tart.
O: Glad to drink a bomber solo. Very tasty. I would buy this again. It doesn't blow me away, but if I didn't have Black Cherry Porter around, my cravings would be satisfied by this.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of DRyan
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, dark brown head cascades well on the glass and hangs around for a while before dissipating. Taste starts as a pungent sour, then quickly moves to a stout, dark roasty malts dominate the flavor, but the sour comes back at the end as an accent to the flavor. Sour tickles the sides of the mouth. Wish the sour was a bit more pronounced and the stout a bit less. Like a stout plus more, a great flavor combination. Tasted again after 6 months of again, and the sour was more pronounced. Wish I had another one or two to age longer!

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 621 ratings.
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