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 FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into an oversized wine glass. Deep, black body, with a two-finger mocha head. Good retention and nice lacing along the glass.

Very interesting aroma. It starts sour, mostly cherry, but adds notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

The flavor is equally interesting. I've never had a sour stout, but since I do like both styles, this one does a good job combining them. Neither dominates. Nice roasted malt flavor with just enough sour notes to make it balanced. Honestly, this reminds me of a cherry coke, where the coke flavor is definitely there, but the cherry gives it a boost.

Very smooth texture in the mouthfeel and very drinkable, with nearly no notice of the alcohol. Great effort.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like chocolate and coffee, with sour oak and a little copper and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and roasted coffee, with lots of sugar and some sour oak and copper. It had a clean, sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. A bit weak.
D: This was a nice unique sour stout. It had a good scent and taste, but the body wasn't great. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Not sure how it would age, but I liked it fresh.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a super dark brown, not black as I can still see some red and sepia highlights. Striking white head in comparison to the colour, with some lace.

S: Chocolate malt, with a light amount of roast. Some acidity is noticable with hint of cherries and citrus.

T: Dark chocolate dominates the flavour, still a very traditional flavour for the most part. There is a slight twinge of acidity, but there was a stark difference between this and all the other beers I was having at Sour Fest. Some lemon and candied oranges add some complexity. A good flavour.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, a creamy beer. Light acidity. Alcohol is non-existent, I was shocked to find out this was 9.5%.

O: I've always been a fan of the sour stout, and this is a good stout even if it's not super sour.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lots of pitted, mocha head. Impenetrable black.

S: Sour yeast, a little fruit, and chocolate.

T: Still pretty sour, but not as sour as I remember. Sour and chocolately and coffee.

M: Smooth and heavy. Nice.

O: A good beer. Significantly less sour than the last bottle. Maybe it needs to warm up? Worth a try.

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Photo of jamescain
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, thanks to texasclimber for sharing.

Appearance: Pours a black with slight reddish hues when held to the light with a tan colored head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing.

Aroma: Interesting mix of berries, for some reason I want to say elderberry, with coffee, roasted grain, and chocolate.

Taste: Tart cherries, coffee and chocolate, an interesting mix.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation and a slight acidity.

Overall: Interesting beer, reminds me of a cherry stout, although not as well executed.

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

On-tap at the Distillery on Savannah, GA.

Poured an inky black with a creamy mocha head that leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Nose is very Porter-like, lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee, with a slightly tart raspberry "twang". Flavors is close to the nose, not as sour as expected, but with lots of tart raspberry and bitter chocolate. Reminds me a bit of a chocolate-raspberry candy. Smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body, crisp carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. A bit thinner then I'd usually like, but I suppose it makes sense with the tartness. Overall a very interesting beer, definitely not what I was expecting, but still good.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours black with a short dark tan head with a little lace. On the nose there is coffee, chocolate, and sour apple, a strange combination that seems to work pretty well. In the mouth it's a very strange sensation, like a candy apple but with chocolate rather than caramel. As it warms, the tartness hits the tongue first with the chocolate coming later. Once it fades the tart apple comes back in for a long finish. The body is medium, or perhaps a bit thinner than that, but definitely within the range of what I'd expect.

Overall, this is a somewhat bizarre beer but it melds pretty well to my taste. I wouldn't go nuts to find this but for $6.99 sitting on the shelf I'll get this again.

EDIT - Had this again at a tasting on 21 January, 2012, and it was pretty lackluster in the taste department. The odd flavor combination just didn't work for me this time.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black. When held to light, the edges were a medium brown, but it's otherwise opaque. Small amount of light tan head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, coffee grinds. sour apple. Not much else there. Hints of molassess and some possibly chocolate milk sweetness, but the drier, roastier scents dominate.

T: The first sip was just plain normal coffee imperial stout (roastiness, coffee, cocoa powder, molasses, etc.) However, my second sip was very sour - somewhere between sour apple and sour milk. Definitely leaning more toward champagne, gueze, sparkling cider and sour apple, though.

M: A bit thin for any form of stout, but definitely much too thin for an imperial stout. Carbonation seems slightly higher than average for the style, but not overcarbonated.

O: Not bad. The taste started as below average, but it's grown on me as I adjusted to it and as it warmed. Mouthfeel is the only thing really holding this back.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, who put this in as an American Stout!!??? WTF?

On the bottle it says Dark Sour Ale, at 9% by volume. Poured into my New Belgium Globe. Pours dark as night with about two fingers of light tan head. Head drops slowly leaving a nice cap and some lacing.

Aromas of sour dark cherries, lactic sourness, and a hint of roasted malt.

Flavors of dark sweet cherries, dark sour cherries, a light chocolatiness, a light lactic sourness, and a light roastiness toward the end. This should be listed as an American Wild Ale. Finish is short, light tart sourness, and some roast and licorise.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied for a sour, with a slight pull at the back of the teeth with the sourness, and a good level of carbonation.

Interesting beer. It hides its alcohol very well. Nice combination of sour and dark roasted malts. Nicely done.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a chocolate color with good carbonation and a dirty white cap

S: Hmmm. Cocoa, a little sourness, grapes

T: I actually thought it was rather unique. Picked up on a bit of chocolate, roasted malt,ripe grapes, but the sourness was lacking. If I could explain a sour CDA this would be it

M: Nice, tasty, medium to big body

O: Not to bad and worth a shot

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

This one pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a light beige lacing around the glass. The aromas are soft and roasty. You don't get much sour at all. It is definitely more of a traditional stout in the nose, chocolate, roasted malt, some light bitterness. The flavors are heavy on the roast and traditional stout flavors. Where's the sour? It MIGHT be tart, might be. For a beer that advertises itself as a "dark sour" it needs more umph. It drinks soft and smooth. It's just ok overall. This was a bit of a let down. I wanted more sour and it didn't live up to other sour stouts.

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Photo of Ungertaker
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium snifter.

A- Black with absolutely no light penetration. 1/8" almost white head that quickly fades into a thin coating on top of the liquid. Slight lacing is left on the glass.
S- Tart cherries, chocolate, earth
T- Raisins and plums on the lips, chocolate and faint malt on the tongue, dark chocolate and sour cherries at the finish.
M- Thin to medium consistency, carbonation is more present than I had expected with the lack of head.
O- I thought this was a decent beer, especially for the price. Not quite as thick as I like from a stout, though it did gain a little as it warmed up. Not overly sour. I liked the way that most of the tartness hit at the end, allowing for the other flavors to develop beforehand. I am going to buy another bottle or two so I can taste what a few months or a year will do to this brew. I think it could turn out to be an extremely good beer with age.

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

Shared a bomber of this one this evening with my wife. Poured a dark brown color with a lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa and a light tartness. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and lightly tart, with flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and oak.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Really dark black in color, 2finger tan head, good retention nice lacing.

S= Roasted malts in the nose, you also get a little bit of coffee in there and some sweet notes that kind of hide the coffee a little bit.

T= Taste is like the nose a little bit I get a lot of Roasted malts in the front it has some sour notes in the back. Kind of disappointed in this one.

M= Medium bodied I suppose, kind of thin....

O= Over kind of disappointed in this one thought it would be something different probably wouldn't try this one again.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's great to see New Belgium going all-out on a big, creative beer. This one was wonderful.
A- Disclaimer: I was in a dimly lit bar in downtown Fort Collins for this. Poured very dark with what seemed to be a one-finger tan head.

S-The most impressive aspect of this beer. Roasted malt scent. Something is giving it a sweet, almost fruity edge to the coffee... Maybe toffee in there? Whatever it is, it's complex and wonderful.

T-Nice balance of a stout (I know there's a trace of that in here) with subtle sour characteristics: Seems to be cherry. Very nice finish. No dryness or overpowering sour.

M- Rather medium to semi-full feel. I would like to age this and see if it gets even fuller. Also, it warms nicely.

O- As a lover of stouts and sours, this beer was pretty ideal for me. Reminiscent of O'Dell's Avant Peche Porter.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is interesting but also confusing. It is like a stout but in the smell and taste it seems like it does have just a strange fruity/maple tart note that confuses with the roasted stout.

A: A nice look with a tan head and plenty of lacing left on the glass. Dark dark brown hue and a nice fluffy pinky of head that remains for a while.

S: This is where I get most confused. I definitely get roasted and charred malt and a lactose kind of coffee cream aroma. Some semi sweet savory nut characters like almond extract. Then, a kind of strange, in the background semi tartness that is a little bitter smelling as well but not in a hop ester way, I dont get any hops. Some other ripe fruit notes are barely detectable and a maple woodsy aroma also is there. Grapes too.

T: Has a nice roasted character with plenty of dark fruits as well and a little edge of the slightest bit of tart or spice. Has a very vinous dark grape note to it, maybe thats how I would describe the small 'bite' or tart to it, like a dark dark red wine. A semi rich taste, but it feels like its missing something. A nice lingering coffee like bitter and roast.

M: This is not great, it feels quite watery and not full bodied compared to the tastes I get. A miss. The roast and a little sweetness

Overall a pretty nice beer, but a little strange for me and the mouthfeel was underwhelming for sure. I was thinking about buying another bottle to see if with age, there might be yeast strains giving me that wine/tart impression that would make cool things happen with the beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the FRTH.
Arrives a deep brown color that looks nearly black in dim light. With better light you can see it’s closer to brown. Head’s plentiful for something on draft with a careful pour.
The nose reminds me of some of the Belgian stouts I’ve had. Roasted malts with just a hint of sourness.
The predominant flavor up-front is burnt coffee. There are some fruity nuances here and there, but that burnt character is strong. It almost takes on a fresh tar/asphalt character.
There’s a tiny bit of yeasty sourness initially with a few sips, but those notes are few and far between. There are some additional muddled flavors in there dying to escape, but are completely lost in a haze of smoke most of the time.
In general, I wasn’t overly impressed. Drinking it was a bit of a chore, and it took me quite a while to finish my snifter.
Not completely terrible, but definitely not my cup of tea. That burnt/smoke note kills everything.
Of their Fall 2011 collaborations (this and Kick), this is definitely the lesser of the two.

EDIT: A second sample was definitely better and some sourness finally came out a bit more. That said, it still wasn't that great and I don't think I plan on ordering a 3rd.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours quite dark a dusty black with a razor of red shining through the bottom where the glass is smallest.

S: Chocolate Ovaltine with a suggestion of roasted short rib.

T: I'm really enjoying the growing popularity of this style. In my eyes this would have been quite like a Polish baltic porter back in the day. Rich 60-70% chocolate meets an almost tart blueberry flavor with suggestions of lime zest, and tangerine (both pulp and zest). This would be overly sweet if not for the sour acidic finish which does quite a nice job at drying the beer out and leaving it very balanced. My only neg is a brushed steel metallic quality, though I admit I'm particularly sensitive to this.

M: Rich up front and finishing with a bright carbonic fizz.

O: I like this stuff despite what some others are saying. I think chocolate and sour flavors work extremely well together and would like to see more of this in lou of blat bitterness. Metallic notes and the simplicity of flavors are the only negs on this guy.

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Photo of marqoid
2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz. into my Bruery Tulip.

This looks good, smells okay, and tastes terrible. I am a sour fan, but this is not sour enough to qualify, tastes more like an infected batch than intentionally soured, it is far too mild. I am also a stout fan, but this doesn't stand up to any half decent stout out there.
Not quite a drain pour.
I have a batch of homebrew that tastes just like this, that only confirms that my homebrew didn't taste right because it must have been infected.
This is my first disappointment from New Belgium.

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Photo of jslot38
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't expecting a sour stout with 20 something reviews to make it to DC when New Belgium hit the market out here. Being a collaboration with Clutch it makes more sense though.

Poured from a 22oz bomber to a Rodenbach glass.

Appearance: Looks alone, this is nice - dark but not as think and luminous as an imperial stout. Has a light beige head - just under a finger think that is going no where. Very good lacing.

Aroma: Roasted aroma, some chocolate, classic stout aroma with a touch of dark fruit - raisins, plums etc...

Taste: A bit of tart sour flavor, relatively clean (no funk) mixes with the roasted coffee and chocolate, but not well. I feel like one flavor needs to stand out more, and be complemented by the other to work. Instead the flavors seem to compete.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, like a stout, which feels odd as sour beers usually have a more lively carbonation. Doesn't take too much away from the beer though.

Overall: One heck of a good looking beer, that unfortunately misses the mark. Stouts and sours are tough to mix, this is a good attempt and has some nice qualities. Still pretty drinkable considering the unique flavor combo and high ABV.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from my local Binny’s.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark chocolate color. Very little light gets through, and when it does, it is only near the edges. About a finger of quickly dissipating mocha colored head is achieved with a regular pour.

Smell – Having had Tart of Darkness recently and being a fan of JP’s Madrugada Obscura, I was excited to try my third installment of a “sour stout”. The aroma starts out the same as with the others – typical stout smells such as chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, slight smokiness, and some slight funk.

Taste – Less tart than I was expecting (and less than the other two aforementioned beers). An initial sour cherry tartness up front which is almost immediately encapsulated by the beers stout characteristics. The bittersweet cocoa and roasted malts are dominant with the coffee taking a back seat along with some smoky wood notes.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, finishes a little dry.

Overall – I was a little disappointed with this beer. The other two examples of this style had a more prominent tartness/sourness to them that made one realize this is not a mistake…this sour flavor is supposed to be there. This beer makes one wonder if there is the begging of an infection to a stout (Abyss ‘09 anyone?). I have another bottle for the cellar and am curious if the tartness will become more dominant in the future. I have a feeling it might.

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some light coming through at the edges of the glass. There is just a layer of head, but it retains it quite well.

Smell: Quite nice. Roasty with some sour, dark fruit and grape. There is a pleasant sweetness that brings everything together.

Taste: Quite like the smell. The roast and the sour flavors go together better than I expected. Hints of dark chocolate and grape jelly along with some sour fruity notes as well. Neither flavor dominates. The finish is a bit boozy and roasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. The carbonation is very smooth and the finish is slightly dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would and am glad I tried it. It was better than the last sour dark beer I tried. I don't know that I'll buy more, but the flavors worked for me.

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Photo of craytonic
2.41/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Chocolate brown pour with a small head, minor lacing

Smell: Big malts and coffee with some sour elements that don't find in, despite the sweet dark fruits

Taste: This beer does not taste good. The sour element just doesn't fit in with the coffee, chocolate and smoak

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, good carbonation

Overall: I drain poured this one.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
2.49/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with a 2-finger tan head. Reduces very quickly to nothing. Lacing is minimal too.

Such a teaser the nose- complex and swirling with sweet notes of cocoa powder, toffee, freshly ground coffee, raisin, prune, brown sugar, peach and apricot. It really keeps you unprepared for the trainwreck that is the palate. Hops are minimal, almost nonexistent. Even the sourness is hidden on the nose.

Now the palate. I guess with most of the last few LOF brews being such winners, it was only a matter of time before they unleashed a bottle of vomit. The brew is medium bodied (seems way to light to be called a stout, sour black ale maybe?) with a low carbonation, a mild and poorly integrated sourness, and a bigtime cloying sweetness upfront- the unfortunate result of the beer's sweet chocolate flavors clashing head on with the brown sugary fruitiness. The drier finish could have been a saving grace had it not been paired with a really gross sour character (think acid reflux) and a weird peach pit-like bitterness. Makes my stomach lurch just typing out my notes here.

Anyways. Like I said, the nose is nice, but it really ends there. This beer is just all sorts of confused- seems too light to be called a stout, the sourness doesn't fit at all plus it tastes like puke. I like LOF because they're weird yet solid and very approachable. I think this one became way too sweet in its approachability. Just give me another bottle of the Kick please.

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Photo of plfahey
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pours black with the faintest garnet highlights when held to light. Clarity seems good though difficult to discern. True brown head tops the beer and has decent retention.

Aroma-Malt profile dominates the aroma-chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and some toast. Hops are rather low, and almost imperceptible here. Some stone fruit esters appear as well, most notably plum and tart cherry. There is just a hint of tartness here.

Flavor-Sour up front, with tart cherries and chocolate as the primary flavors. The mid-palate displays other fruits-plums and grapes-before being overtaken by assertive roast flavors in the finish, with notes of coffee grounds and espresso. The aftertaste is quite dry, with a lingering tart cherry/bittersweet chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Quite dry, but not astringent. Low alcohol warmth.

I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty apprehensive going into this one. I hadn't really heard anything good about this beer, with one friend describing it as reminiscent of an infected stout. I was pleasantly surprised by the beer-it wasn't amazing or anything, but it was rather good, with a nice tart cherry/chocolate-espresso balance in the flavor that was rather pleasant. Would I get it again? Maybe, maybe not. But it was definitely worth trying.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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