Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Off_inthe_Shower
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nater919
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for popping this one.

A: Pours a rather dark brown with two fingers of foam on top. Very nice retention and little bits of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some chocolate, and some vinegary/sourness. A little bit of cherry and pineapple almost.

T: More chocolate than on the aroma, heavy roasted malt, slight tartness and some sour fruit, not really discernible which fruit though.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not really my thing. Not very sour at all and the roasted malt/chocolate was a bit heavy for me.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured black with a three finger tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, dark fruit, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, milk chocolate, wood, and drak fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Still not getting behind this whole sour stout movement and this is no exception. While all of the flavors present are good, they don't blend that well together in my opinion. If you are a big fan of sour stouts you might enjoy this one. Worth trying for those who are curious or love this style.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a sniffer.

A – Pours a dark brown, borderline black with reddish hues at the edges. Huge foamy dark beige head resulted from my pour. This really resembles a porter. Decent lacing left behind as the head recedes.

S – Coffee and chocolate come out in the forefront with notes of toasted malts and pecans. An ever so slight hint of Belgian yeast is hidden in the background. The sourness is fairly well hidden, but I still am able to pick it out. Nice!

T – The beer starts off with roasted coffee, malts and chocolate and finishes with a nice tartness. Has a saison like funk to it.

M – Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

O – This was definitely an interesting beer. I think it was an attempt at a sour porter more than a brown, but still was fun to drink and worth seeking out. Although this is not my favorite beer from NB or the Lips of Faith Series, I think I would drink it again.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black, essentially like a stout, with about a half finger of light khaki head. Pretty good retention and some lacing.

S: Malt, chocolate and sweet, tart red fruit.

T: Malty with some tart fruitiness and chocolate. Pretty dry.

M: Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation.

O: I thought I remembered the draft version having more tartness. Pretty interesting combination of sour + chocolate-y stout, though, but the chocolate limits how drinkable this is.

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Photo of fragilehearted
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into a snifter. I admit, I got this partly because it was categorized on the bottle as a dark sour, rather than a stout. Stouts aren't really my thing, but I do like sours. And well, partly because I like the idea of drinking a beer named Clutch. So here goes.

A - almost black in color (no light shining through). Nice tan head that goes down pretty quickly to cover + ring.

S - smells like a stout. Roasted dark chocolate malts. Some coffee notes. I don't really smell any sour elements...maybe a hint of cherry, but I think that's because I want it to be there? It smells pretty "normal" but not all that interesting.

T - follows the nose, but some of the sourness does come out after the initial roasted maltiness. I think the sourness actually makes the aftertaste a lot better, instead of bitter. But if you're looking for that extra bite, it's not going to be there for you.

M - medium body. Light for the average stout, which this obviously isn't. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden, which is nice.

D/O - it's interesting enough to try, but not sure I'd really want to get it again. If you think the idea of a sour stout is interesting, give it a go. I like sours but am not so into stouts, and I was hoping this might make them more approachable, but I think I'd rather just have some more sours. ;)

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clutch pours a black color, with a small, lacing and long lasting head. Some sour aromas, with hints of chocolate. Taste has some chocolate notes, some earth and wood notes that finishes with a hint of sour. Light flavors. Overall, its not a bad beer at all, the sourness is out of place, and watery feel.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black in the glass with no highlights. The initial finger of head falls to a thin layer of bubbles over a few minutes.

The initial smells I detect are of black patent malt and coffee grounds overlaid with a touch of hoppiness. There is a slight twang that might be something sour, but if I wasn't looking for it I probably wouldn't identify it as anything other than hops.

The initial flavor is mostly imperial stout-esque, but instead of there being a slam of acrid smokiness or hop bitterness there is a slightly tart acidic touch of flavor near the end of the sip. Very interesting to say the least. The effect it has on my senses in odd, I feel that this tastes almost like something, but not quite enough like that something to name it. Whoa... it just hit me what this odd subtle flavor is like: Pina Colada slurpee! Now that is not a flavor I ever expected to find in a beer. Overall this is a fairly dry beer though.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is moderate.

Conclusion: I imagine this is similar to what the original English porters tasted like, with a mixture of aged "sour ale" and fresh dark beer. I wonder if it aged long enough if it would dry out even more and become more sour?

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Photo of sludgegnome
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours out a dark brown that looks pitch black in the glass. The head is beige. Size nor retention is noteworthy, but a thin circle remains that leaves lacing along the glass.

S: Milk chocolate candy, a bit of roasted barley and coffee, sour cherries, and almond milk creaminess.

T: Milk chocolate candy, a roasted graininess like burnt toast, leading into a tart cherry skin light sourness, that rounds out into a milk chocolaty and almond milk, lactose-like creaminess. Very lightly roasty with that burnt grain and mild coffee, tapered by a lightly tart and lightly sweet, almost Maraschino cherry-like flavor.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, rounded, and well-carbonated upfront, but trails off quickly into a light and almost watery finish.

O: Being a huge fan of Clutch, and of sour beers, I had high expectations for this, but I came away disappointed. The best part about this beer is how easily drinkable it is, but overall, it is disappointing. The mouthfeel is a thin, there is a lack of sourness, and there's even a lack of stout complexities. It comes across as a low-abv cherry porter.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Whole Foods in Clarendon about two weeks ago. Glad to see some New Belgium beers I've never heard of hitting the shelves in NoVa. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass and little retention.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sour fruits, sweet dark fruits, and chocolate. Definitely a lot of stout characteristics going on here, with a twinge of sourness.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted mallts, sour fruits, sour dark fruits. Lots of roasted notes again, but more sour than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer. Lots of stout characteristics with some nice sourness coming out in the taste. Would have it again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rackhouse Pub. Dark black color, a little head. Smells very roasty, all stout in the smell. The flavor hit me at first with some sour but then it really blended in with the roasted malt stout-like flavor. This was interesting but I preferred Kick and would probably never order this again.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a couple big snifters

Pours dark but not opaque, reddish-brown. Medium-small beige head that fades extremely quickly, lots of fine active carbonation. Smell is mild but tart, maybe cherries or plums.

Taste is a weird mixture of chocolate malty and tartness.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich without being sticky. Overall...this is an interesting beer more than a good beer. But it's not bad.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Downtown Drafts in Gainesville GA.
Opaque and essentially black body with a rather weak head, ruby highlights at the edge, and a modicum of lacing.
Sweet and sour aroma with hints of ripe soft fruits and chocolate.
Moderately strong and sour flavor that is also mildly bitter. Some dark fruit notes with chocolate, but the tartness is more obvious.
Overall: excellent for style (allowing for a sour stout style).

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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 kkazemi
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMindbender
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a tan, soft thick blanket.

Smell is a nicely moderate amount of roast on the malt, with slightly metallic sour cherry. A little funky wheat and apple arises as it warms.

There is more roast in flavor, which is welcome, and this is joined with a bit of chocolate, along with the sour cherry. None of this is super expressive though, on any level, making this maybe better as a beginner-level sour stout. The ABV is not apparent, and there is a little chocolate milk in the finish.

Feel is slightly dry and lightly chalky.

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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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