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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
Reviews:
246
Ratings:
596
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
91
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2
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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into a stemmed Fat Tire glass with a 1/2 finger khaki colored head atop.Chocolate and dark roast coffee aromas are really nice,a hint of sour cherry in the background.Creamy in the mouth,it has almost a nitro dispensed feel to it.Chocolate malts and roast flavors are the main components to the flavors with that light sourness coming thru as I drank more but it really never becomes to much.I liked this beer alot,the sour flavors are not overly big and the chocolate flavors really stood out.
A great collaberation with my favorite band!

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Photo of draheim
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a saison glass. Pours a dark cola brown w/ a 2-finger mocha head. Thin film of lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is an intriguing combination of dark bitter chocolate, sour black cherries, oak. As it warms, some red wine notes & coffee emerge. A quick swirl brings up an earthy, nutty aroma.

Taste follows nose. Dark cherries, red wine, chocolate, and an oaky dryness. Coffee is there but hidden behind the chocolate & cherries, which compete for prominence. But at room temp the balance evens out among all these elements.

Mouthfeel is slick and dry, smooth.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. Defies categorization. Like a blend of a chocolate stoute and a Belgian sour aged in red win barrels. I'll hold onto my other bottle and see what some age does with it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Clutch
Solid stygian clad, full head, large, looming cocoa/tan head, much lace and utterly lovely.

In the nose, cocoa and cream, milky smooth, some vanilla, some cocoa. A little nutty. Lovely, lovely. ( I said that before, though.)

Tasting it: Bigness in the flavor, in the fullness, in the mouthfeel. flush with fruit, with yeast, …here's where we get the sour. This Belgian-style flavor turns a little tart, then turns a lot. Little grape and cherry going on.

When this came out, I heard the opinions first, before I tried it. I heard "this isn't sour! Waah, be sourer!" Well, I tried it, and damn, what's your problem? It's plenty sour. Do all they new breed of sour -heads need to have everything palate-ripping, and tongue-destroying?

It's a stout, and it's sour. It's an experimental collaboration between a band and a brewery. And it works. The only problem is that it isn't exactly like what the critics expect/and/or/demand it to be.

But, damn it, I'm digging it.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Midnight black with an off-brown head. Lingering with moderate lacing. Head lingered to the halfway point. Thinnish, but not distractingly so.

S - Light smoke, dark chocolate, lots of toasted malt, almost charred. Very full nosed.

T - Despite being labeled a sour, the tartness is understated, while still somewhat present. Coffee, light wood barrel, semi-sweet chocolate malts. Lots of chocolate on the finish, pervasive almost.

M - Full-bodied, not too boozy. Coats the mouth like cocoa.

O - While not a sour as advertised, this is an above-averaged imperial dark. Not sure if it's technically a porter or stout or even if it matters, but it's really good. I wish I had more. This didn't need to be a sour, especially for sour purists, and should age amazingly.

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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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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an Orval chalice.

A: Looks like a stout, black body with mocha colored head. Head fades quickly.

S: Roasty, slightly sour aroma. Pretty interesting, yet familiar.

T: Slight sour character hits you up front but is quickly washed away by it's stout characteristics.

M: Good, nicely carbonated, thinner (but not thin) than a normal stout would be. In this case, I like that it's not sticky.

D: A unique creation for sure. A lot like a stout, with some more acidity and probably less bittering; it seems to finish cleaner and with more complexity. The sour characteristics aren't themselves noticeable, but lend this uniqueness.

I would buy this again, and appreciate New Belgium making delicious things outside of the style guidelines.

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Photo of pat61
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bryant lake Bowl and from a 22 oz. bottle (from notes)
L: Pours deep opaque brown under a 2” clingy and persistent tan foam collar.
S: Big fruit nose with traces of roast.
T: Starts out big and fruity featuring dark fruits, plum, hint of cola, spice, roast and some dark caramel notes with a light graininess on the end. Sweet beginning, drying out with a light tartness on the finish. Nothing overly harsh or burnt.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Interesting and flavorful beer that improves with age.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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 elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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 flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: entirely black with a two-finger head of frothy dark tan foam. Retention is good with a quality lace left on the glass. Fabulous.

Smell: rich, chocolatey aroma with an undertone of funk. Some of the funk I might attribute to the confluence of roasted malt and earthy hops, which tends to generate a bit of cooked vegetal aroma, but overall it's actually quite pleasant.

Taste: pleasingly sour right off the bat, which fits well with the smooth yet roasty character of the malt. Immediately after the oud bruin-style sourness at the front, the flavor displays its chocolatey character, which then fades into an almost burnt-malt flavor which is much smoother and more pleasant than it sounds. I love the dynamism, although the complexity, overall, is low.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good carbonation and resulting creaminess. I'm actually very pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel on this.

Overall: I'm absolutely loving this beer. I'm a fan of Clutch, but not so much a fan of New Belgium, typically. This is easily my favorite New Belgium beer -- they really hit this one out of the park.

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very dark beer very little light peaks through. Got about an
inch of tan head. That head fades pretty quick but leaves some nice lacing.

S- for the most part a pretty standard stout smell. Dark toasty notes maybe a hint of some sour in the background but very little really.

T- dark roast, hints of chocolate and coffee then some very subtle cherry notes in the background. To be honest after having la follie I was a little surprised at how unsour this beer was but it does work. Like a nice black forest cake.

M- I would say medium. Lighter then most most stouts but not super dry as some sours can be.

Overall I really enjoyed it. If your breaking into sours this might be a nice intro. Most sour purists would probably dismiss it as the sourness is very subtle but its a decent sipper for most that would enjoy a nice dark beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Nice creamy head, fades and leaves heavy lace. Very dark, but in direct light, red-brown-clear...barely.

S: Coffee, stoutish, black cherry.

T: Sour stout. But damn it's good. Smooth, soft, slippery. Enchanting. A really pleasant tart bitterness on the endtaste.

M: Creaminess dies midway. A bit puckery.

O: Great beer, very drinkable, very worthwhile. Will have again. Recommended!

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Photo of azurel
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium 2016 Clutch

Pours a inky black with a tan head. Head lingers and leaves a moderate lacing.

Aroma is of dark roast, malt, chocolate underlying sour tartness/vinegar aroma. Slight boozyness...

Taste follows aroma... malt sweetness, chocolate, dark fruit (plumbs) followed by a tart dryness as the sour comes through on the finish/swallow...
The dryness prepares you for the next drink. Slight mouth watering effect....

Mouth feel... Slightly thin, slick, moderate carbonation fill out the body.

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Photo of bens0n
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a true opaque black with a nice amount of creamy tan head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass. No light shines through this at all.

On the nose there is not much going on, doesn't really have a chocolately or sweet smell, just some mild, subdued malts.

Flavor wise I think the 'dark sour ale' was spot on. Its alot like a stout but instead of finishing on the bitter side its slightly sour. There is a slight unsweetened chocolate note that comes out as the beer warms up.

This beer is on the thick side and I would call it slick and slightly creamy. Its not sticky or viscous it has a certain thickness to it, but it still feels slick going down. I didn't know what to expect before trying this beer out but I was pleasantly surprised with what was in the bottle. Its a really solid stout with a twist.

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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out kinda dark like dark coffee. Has a stout smell and no alcohol. Some bubbles but not a lot. Lacing here.
The flavor is def. stout but there is a bit of sour cherry in there too. Kinda cool.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but it is never overpowering. The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer.
Overall I like this. Glad New Belgium is trying stuff like this out! Excellent.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass...

Clutch pouurs a dark brown color with very good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is quite roasty, with licorice, chocolate and some light sour. The beer smells pretty good, but was even better on the palate. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except I also get some dark fruits and bit more sour in this moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, lightly sour and fruity finish. Alcohol is well disguised, though you tell it's up there a bit.

Very interesting beer. I was surprised by how much I liked and enjoyed it.

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Photo of Phocion
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a Surly Darkness tulip. Pitch black with two fingers of rocky light brown head. Reasonable retention that leaves surprisingly light lacing.

Interesting aroma. The two notes most prevalent are rich roasted malts and a sour cherry funk. Bitter chocolate is also present.

Flavor tastes like a strange, subdued sour. Light chocolate tones, roasted malts, dark fruits, and a bit of burnt woodiness. Very odd blend of flavors, but I kinda like it.

This is a medium/full-bodied, slightly chewy stout with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a very weird beer, but it somehow works. Not sure it's something I'll pick up again, but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, beer appears to be a stout of some sort, stouty stout with a black dark body, brown and hazy at the corners with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, lazy head though low carbonation.

The aroma is sweet with chocolate, a little malt and an odd tartness to it.

This beer is best described as perhaps a Belgian style dark Flanders beer with chocolate malt or something like that. It is sweet and finishes tart, interesting overall and a nice feel to it. The beer is medium in body but it tastes like a blend of a stout and a Flanders beer. It works but it doesn't seem like a cohesive thought to me. I'd have it again though.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a touch of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some coffee with some dark fruit and raisin sweetness and a touch of oak in the background.

T - Starts off with some roasted and burnt baker’s chocolate malts with some sourness, some dark fruit and cherry sweetness. Through the middle, a bit of roasted coffee flavor comes through with some oak. The finish is a mix of sourness, dark fruit sweetness, dark chocolate, and a bit of oak and vanilla sweetness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, sour, and roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice dark sour with a good balance of chocolate and roasted flavors and sourness.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to DC New Belgium!

This one is classified on here as an American Stout, but the bottle says "Dark Sour Ale." Perhaps this should be called a "Flanders Stout?"

Also, the bottle says this one is 9%.

A: Burnt crust brown, with a frothy mocha head that made the beer look like a bit vat of espresso. The head had some staying power.

S: Freshly baked toast, chocolate, and coffee. Perhaps the stout classification is correct?

T: Didn't get any sourness... this was a stout through and through. Really nice subtle coffee/cacoa bitterness on the finish which made this somewhat dry, but not too.

M: Despite the ABV, this one didn't feel "Imperial" at all, which was kind of a cool thing. Thick enough, the alcohol was masked extremely well, and the bitter elements were kept in check. Highly drinkable!

O: I think the stout classification was dead on and one would have to have a magnifying glass to detect any sourness on this bad boy. Perhaps that was etched into the bottle as a joke?

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of sours, NB is always a good bet and this one doesn't disappoint. Dark brown to black beer with a tan head that falls with a nice lace. Sour note on top of chocolate malt and some dark fruits. Subtle but interesting. Light sourness in the mouth that lingers nicely with taste of dark chocolate and cherries. Sweetness and malt underneath the sour in a fine balance. Well worth the effort to get a bottle.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Right off the bat, this one looks a bit different than a typical sour, being opaque black of liquid and tan of head. And the head is a super-creamy, long-lasting sort of thing. Love the appearance, definitely.

Roasty smelling, very porter-like. Mineral and smoke in there as well.

Taste-wise, this is most definitely a unique offering, one that seems to only partly intersect with a true sour. That kind of twisted fruitiness is present, but its dominant flavors are chocolate, raisin, fig, coffee and smoke. A hint of wood creeps around in the background. For a 9-percenter, didn't find any alcohol in its character. Still thinking "porter," but an adulterated one.

Tingly, tickling carbonation, a bit soft, a little thin, although it has some stick to it. Smooths out and becomes really creamy with warming, which helps provide a bit more overall depth.

This beer is not for people overly hung up on style definitions and boundaries. It breaks a mold and sets its own course, quite like the band it's named after. Definitely a super-enjoyable beer, my favorite so far from the Lips of Faith series, and one I look forward to having again.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours essentially black, head is tan but is not very long lasting. Disappears pretty quick actually.
S- Smell is rich. Initially it's quite smokey, with a coffee aroma, and a tart dark fruit aroma.
T- Initially it seems just like a normal (albeit high quality) stout. A rich smokey, coffee flavor. There is a bit of a tobacco flavor. Suddenly, right near the finish there is a burst of what could be described as tart blackberry/cherry. Really interesting how the sourness is subdued until it pops.
M- A little light for a stout and low in carbonation, but only a bit so on both issues.
O- Really, enjoyed it. Just a touch more body and better head retention are the only negatives. Fascinating how they can make the sourness pop like they did.

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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 SamN
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark looker, almost stout like. Rich creamy head, pitch black body. Excellent head for a 9.5% beer. Nose had excellent coffe, milk chocolate aromas and roasted barley all tinged with a slighty tart note of underipe raspberries, cherries or other berry fruit. Vinegar, too. Unique smell, quite nice, mercirfully not overpoweringly sour or tart, nicely tinged with a faint sour note but balanced with rich dark malts. Taste is excellent; starts with heavy toasted black malts but almost immediately moves to a tart fruitiness blened with the dark malts. This beer has a unique double taste; on top is the tart sournes but just bubbling underneath are porter like tastes. A most unique brew, easy to drink and admire for it's complexity and contrasting flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied and silken textured.

Overall, a most unique brew, one best shred with friends and admired for NB ability to keep it's Lips of Faith series pushing the boundaires and defying style categorizations. Another great brew for their LOF lineup.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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