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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: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UA8
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance is a beautiful opaque dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. A bt darker than expected but a looker none the less.

Scents of dark fruits such as dried dates and cherries waft from the head along wth a touch of dark roasted caramel.

This is where the beer steps on or off the path depending on your taste. It's sold as a sour brown but it is clearly more of a baltic porter with a touch of what I perceive as lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel has moderate viscosity and a nice delicate touch carbonation.

So they sell this as a sour brown but it clearly it doesn't posses the sourness to deserve such billing so it fails in billing. That said it is an interesting take on a baltic porter. I would reccomend folks try this one just don't come lookIng for a sour.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is one inch of solid tan foam that recedes very slowly leaving nice chunky lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of cherries underneath. For a beer of 9% ABV it is a very weak aroma. The taste is of roasted malt with some sour cherry notes in the background. There is also some acidity, but it is not quite enough to cut through the sweetness of the stout. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a cloying texture, and low carbonation. Overall, this is a beer I will pass on next time.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This offering from New Belgium pours a deep and dark brown. Well, O.K., it's pretty much black. Hardly a hint of light shines through my 40 watt save energy bulb. Those with 100 watt bulbs might detect a deep crimson. Half an inch of foam settles out to a curious and clingy film.

Nose offers a bit of funk on top of a light mocha and chocolate delivery. Sour notes are slim but present, mostly in the form of sour black cherries cradled in chocolate.

Flavor is clean/thin yet not really. Somewhat full in body for an American Stout, yet that's not really what I was expecting. Regardless, in the end, that's what you get. Albeit at a somewhat fortified level. Stoutish in color and delivery though surely not a rich R.I.S., this beer drinks rather smoothly for its ABV. At the same time it does lack the character one might expect from an export stout. In the end it is what it is but the use of the word 'sour' is a touch out of place.

An easy drinking(except for the price) American Stout with subtle nuance, lacking in depth, and lacking in quality. The 'Sour' angle never really takes hold. Overall a bit lame for the ABV and especially given the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out brown and black, brown to the edge, no head formed, 1/20" at best. Aroma was more roast. Didn't impart much in terms of sour qualities.

Taste left one wondering where the sour is? Tart of Darkness has it. Funk Metal has it. Magdura Obscura has it. This one doesn't have much of it. Tastes like they had an infected batch, then mixed 90% uninfected stuff with it, old school.

I saved a couple of these bottles, and they did get better, but not drastically. It did hide the alcohol decently.

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Photo of Cisco619
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Black as pitch, no light getting through this one. 1 finger of soft, foamy cream colored head after slightly aggressive pour that dissipates to a thin cap.

S: Predominantly malty aroma. A slight, sour, woody hint, a little cherry, not able to distinguish much more.

T: Light tartness followed by roasted malts. Able to pick up a slight hint of cherry. Not much more going on here.

M: Tartness sticks on the front of the tounge leaving roasted malts to linger on the back. Good carbonation, would have liked it to be a tad denser.

O: Good taste & mouthfeel, nothing exceptional. Not the greatest dark sour around, but good attempt. More sourness would have helped this one out.

Note: this is my first review!

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Photo of Domingo
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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 woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip; thanks to the person who shared this at the CdC release.

A: Black body, orange highlights, thin tan head. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Sour milk chocolate. Nothing but lactose gone wrong. I dont' hate it, but it's not good either.

T: Nicer than the nose, with vinous oak and fruit joining the sour milk chocolate. Clean, tart finish. Tasty, but nothing special.

M: A bit thin and prickly at first, creamier after a second. Ok.

O: Dark sours can be hit or miss, and this one's more of a miss if you ask me. Still, I enjoy a miss in this style more than hits in many others.


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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with little to no light shining through - a caramel head of foam rises to a two finger width and fades relatively fast leaving just a creamy top and small spotty lacing hanging around. The smell is very interesting - I'm getting a lot of sweet and tart cherries mixed in with dark chocolate and a bit of caramel. The flavor is not as appealing as the aroma - it's as if the acidic sour woody flavor is doing battle with the chocole maltyness of the stout base and I can't quite get myself to enjoy the tartness left at the back of my mouth enough to rate it higher. The mouthfeel isn't as creamy and smooth as I would like and the carbonation is a bit prickly on the tongue - nothing special here. The pour and the aroma were both very satisfying but I must say I'm a little disappointed with the flavor - I was expecting some awesome liquid to completely surprise my palate in a good way but instead it was just kinda, for lack of a better word, bleh. Have another bottle so we'll see how it is a ways down the road.


Edit: I will state that I thoroughly enjoy sours and stouts but this just didn't work for me in a combo.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Bottled on date of 7/10/11. Poured a near black with some surface carb streams visible. It had a good sized tan head that settled into a thick collar and partial foam cap. Good sheeting with a little sticking.

The aroma was pretty weak. Sour mixed with chocolate and roasted dark malts. Some coffee as well. Just not grabbing me. Taste was different as it had more of the roasted and now light coffee flavors in the front instead of the sour. Was decent but didn't really grab me. Tasted more like a watered down coffee beer than a wild or sour ale. Mouthfeel was light and a touch watery.

Overall, while not bad it wasn't good either. Middle of the road. Feel like they stretched here to do something different and it just didn't work out all that great unlike the very good Prickly Pear Saison from last night. Avail here in TX as a one-time release...although they could always release again. Rotation - one was enough for me. [N;N]

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a small tartness. In the taste, roasty, notes of coffee, and a light tartness. A small sour bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roast and note tartness in the aftertaste. Kind of a tart porter is the best way to put it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

837th Review on BA
Bottle to New Belgium Globe

Thanks to @Beetographer(via twitter)

App- Black stout like coloring with some lighter edges due to the blend. A nice one finger head with good sheets and lines of cling and dotty sticky cling.

Smell- As it opens, mostly all coffee and then a big black malt profile comes in. A little one sided with the black malts and coffee. Non of the sour or wood notes come in on the aroma.

Taste- A very nice blend of sour, wood and coffee. The flavors are not in your face but a little here and a little here. Starts out as a coffee stout and mellows down to the sour note and a little bit of the wood notes.

Mouth- A light medium with a light medium carbonation. A little hoppy sour fruit notes remain.

Drink- This was unique and tasty. Not the best I have had from NB but the Lips of Faith are meant to explore different flavors and profiles.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 homebrew311
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Stone tulip.

A: pours pitch black with dark brown head, about 1 finger upon pour, heavy lacing

S: chocolate covered tart cherries come to mind, some oak in there, a touch of vinegar, roasted malts are attempting to shine through but are pretty faint

T: starts off with a slight tartness, not nearly the punch I expected, next comes milk chocolate and light coffee, this is followed by dark fruitiness. It seems like the sour components essentially cancel out the stout components, the result is a brew with an identity crisis. Some good flavors are there, but nothing stands out.

MF: medium body, a bit thinner than I would expect from a 9.5% stout. Mellow carbonation.

O: well this beer is unique, but it doesn't really accomplish what it is set out to. I suspect that if a little more time was spent souring this brew, it would qualify more as a sour ale. The abv is also hidden well.

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Plums & woody notes, figs & cherries surface once this is warm

T: Raisins, a touch of chocolate, plus a touch of sour cherry & some booze warmth up front. Sourness & woody touches break through as this warms, along with cherries & some jammy/boozey notes. Finishes with cherry & oakyness, & growing ever more muted, sourness

MF: Medium bodied, dry, slight carbonation. Carbonation picks up as this warms

Decent stab at the style, but not near sour or funky enough to really wow me. Might be a good choice to introduce a newbie drinker to this concept of sour beers

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Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a smallish light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is some roasted chocolate malts, leather and tart, sour dark fruits.

The flavor is some roasted earthy malts and molasses with a good amount of tart fruity sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice mellow dark fruit sour with a bit of roast.

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Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap in tulip

A- pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head but a nice collar that stays

S- was roasted malts and baked bread with a dash of vinegar

T- was some burnt bread and a touch of oak with vinegar and chocolate,sweet fruits and nuts

M- medium carbonation with chocolate and roasted malts on the palate

O- a different brew with loads of flavors of which none stand out ,glad i had it on tap 1 is enough for me

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Photo of AlCzerik
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 litheum94
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tar black body with a big and foamy brown head. Levels out to a thin cover that clings to the side of the glass.

Aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee grounds. Charred wood. Where's the sourness?....

Chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. Very roasty. A very slight fruit sourness, perhaps peach. Some charred oak flavors.

This beer is very underwhelming for a "sour." It's a good beer, but I've got to ding this because there just isn't any sourness there. A good beer, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for the incredible generosity of giving me a couple of these New Belgium LOF brews as extras in our recent trade. Bomber into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown with a khaki head about a finger strong. Some brown clarity when held to the light. A webbing pattern of lace sticks all over the glass and a light swirl brings back a finger of froth.

The smell of this brew is lightly funky with a note of plastic and lactic quality. Some notes of cheese mix with cardboard and faint cherry quality. There is slight roasted grain that imparts mild chocolate and coffee that gets sweeter across the back. At times this brew smells a bit herbal and grassy with some woody inclusion faintly reminiscent of vanilla. A swirl makes this brew smell increasingly more bold with cheese and diaper.

The taste is earthy with a fruited quality somewhat like cherries. Lightly oaky with earth, dirt and Brett. There really isn't much going on in this brew's flavor despite the nose having quite a depth. The taste is very mild and bland with minimal tangy alcohol inclusion. The aftertaste is earthy with some roast and a mineral aspect like I have rocks inside my mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Smooth in the feel with a low alcohol impact. It is easy drinking but honestly boring in the flavor department. Despite letting this brew evolve in my glass from cold to warm, it just didn't do it for me. Regardless, I appreciate the opprotunity to give it a try. Maybe it will evolve a bit more if given some time to age.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My brother bought me a bottle when I came out to GABF last year. Had a bottle then and didn't really think this one was very sour. Decided to take home my parting gift, another bottle, and see what a few months would do.

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. Some suds cling to the sides of the chalice glass poured into. Smells like a stout with some faint roast and just a pinch of sourness.

Tastes a little more sour than in the nose. Still a little weak on the sour side, but just enough to know its there. This would be an excellent sour for a newbie (which I'm still sort of is). Feels somewhat light and easy drinking. Not much puckering but an okay bitterness.

Overall, I'm somewhat disappointed. Was expecting something much more like something that would hit you in the head with and say "I'm Clutch, dammit - feel the Pure Rock Fury that I am". But no, it just doesn't do that for me. Even still, I'm glad to see a beer bear a name of Clutch and will happily add the empty to my collector's stash.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Lips of Faith Clutch pours a jet black color into a snifter with a finger of tan head that has some staying power and leaves nice lacing.

The smell is earthy chocolate and singed bread with a slight acetone character.

I get a smooth Hershey bar chocolate flavor up front that gives way to some tart cherry flavor. The finish is dry and roasty with sweet bread and the slightly tart cherries lingering. Not really as sour I was expecting based on New Belgium's description.

The mouthfeel on this beer is pretty incredible. Creamy yet dry with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall the flavors in this beer are just a bit of a miss for me. The sour aspect seems like a bit of an afterthought and doesn't add to the beer for me. Still an interesting well made beer.

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Photo of Ungertaker
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Docer
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Looks like a dark cola or root beer while pouring. In the glass it is pretty rich and dark, and I can't see through it. Nice light mocha tan head.. a couple fingers settle leaving lace all over the glass, and a thin blanket of foam above the goods.

Smell: (3.5)
- Rich grainy notes, husky barley, light sour tinge paired with fig, prune, and other various esters. Light molasses-like sweetness.. earthy woody touch, and old sweet raisin. Like a raisin mush.

Taste: (3.5)
- Not a super sour ale really. Light tartness is present with a very chocolaty sweet rich brew. Esters, fig, raisin, and oakey vanilla. Certainly a porter or strong ale of sorts with a very subtle sour quality. Wondering if this one would sour up some more over time. I will by another to let sit.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Pretty thick and heavy bodied.. though not like a syrupy creamy mess. A touch chalky and chewy. Leaves the palate a bit dry, and is somewhat hard to drink. Pretty interesting.

Overall: (3.5)
- Can't say I am too impressed with this one. I am hoping some more sourness will come of this beer over time. For me it's a bit hard to drink, though it does possess some pretty good flavors. Not too bad, but not one I would buy a lot of. Perhaps it will be a nice treat some years down the road.

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Photo of jsanford
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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 DaveHS
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bring on the hype!

A-Shiny coal black with 1/2 inch clumpy, mocha head. Leaves complex wavy, sticky lacing.

S-Roasted barley, baking chocolate, chocolate covered cherries.

T/M-Light, roasty chocolate maltiness, a touch of tart cherry. If you were to blend Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout and Rodenbach, it would be close. My main complaint about this is how watery it is. Could use more body. The sourness isn't all that pronounced. Would've liked to have seen them go more extreme with this one.

O-Not worth the hype. Decent at best.

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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
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