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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 thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Jason
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date, this beer is probably cellarable though.

LOOK: Opaque blackness, tight looking head

SMELL: Brown malt, light tartness, bready, dark fruit, mild roast, carob

TASTE: Smooth, full-ish body, light charcoal, burnt toast, chicory, coffee, mellow tartness, alcohol, dark berries, faint wood, roasted finish

Love the layers of roasted character but expected more of a sour character here. Compared to what is out there in the new world of sours beers this is pretty tame.

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Photo of jonvan04
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured black with a thin tan head. The aroma was of lightly roasted malts with some funk and white wine. The taste was a blend of the roasty chocolate flavors of a stout mixed with the funkiness of a tart. This is the best representation I've had so far of being able to get the most out of each style into the beer. Most dark sours I've had are either too "stoutey" or too sour and not a very good blend of the two. Clutch is one of my favorite bands and this is not one of my favorite styles, but this was a surprisingly good beer.

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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 jdense
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 2011 HAF, referred to as a 'sour stout' in program notes.

Broken layer of brown head resulted in ring of foam around edge of 'glass', medium brown body with no visible effervescence. Funky nose, cocoa nibs, pretty chocolatey, not very sour aroma-wise. Taste mirrors nose, and once again not that sour, more on the tart side. Pretty dry mouthfeel from the Brett, good effervescence. A real interesting beer, though a bit boozy and certainly not as complex or balanced as the phenomenal Bruery Tart of Darkness, a bit more chocolate in this, but still quite tasty.

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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 pmarlowe
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Agold
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This veer pours almost stout dark with minimal head and spotty lacing. Aroma is almost kriek like with some roast and smoke. A bit of vinegary notes as well. Flavor follows and is very similar to the aroma. Lots of roast, a bit of coco, and some sour. It's not bad, but really weird and not that great. It tastes sort of like a mix of duchesse de borogne and old Rasputin. Mouthfeel is pretty light and I honestly have no idea if that is good or bad. Overall this is a veer that is kind of nice, but more just confused than anything. I get what they were going for with a sour stout, but it jay doesn't work for me.

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Photo of match1112
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours into a duvel tulip with a dark cola colored body. has a nice sand colored head that stands two fingers high and slowly recedes to a frothy cap with a fair amount of lacing. smell took me by surprise, no sourness to it, just lots of standard stout smells. dark chocolate, coffee and roasted dark malts are up front with a little wood and sweet dark fruits in the background. taste also throws me for a loop, to me it tastes like a cherry chocolate stout that went wrong. it's not a bad beer, i just think it might be better as a fuller bodied stout. mouthfeel also seems a bit thin with great carbonation and a slight sour cherry finish. overall i think this is an interesting beer, easy drinkin because it's not too sour, but i dont think i would buy another bottle.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in Houston, this one pours a rich dark brown color with a little head and good lacing.

The aroma is mostly a little roasted malt flavor with subtle hints at some dark fruits like plums or raisins.

The taste is a lot more sour and it hits right up front before fading to the roasted malt flavors. It tastes a little ashy right at the end which leaves a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste. The sour fruit flavors are really good though and I like the malt base.

I'm liking it, just a small knock for the aftertaste.

Edit: it really improves as it warms up a bit and the flavors mellow.

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Photo of Popp24
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip Glass.

A - Deep rich brown.

S - Roasty, Dark chocolate chips, mocha coffee flavors.

T - Chocolate up front and then a mild sour finish kinda like the end of a lemon head candy.

M - Silky smooth.

O - Nice beer but not as sour as I would have liked it to be. The chocolate flavor is pleasant. I would drink this one again but would not necessarily seek it out.

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Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with two fingers of brown head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front followed by some sweet creamy chocolate. There are some slightly acidic, sour aromas underlying the chocolate, but they're surprisingly faint.

T: Again, roasted malts hit at first with some smokey and bitter notes. A strong sourness follows, reminiscent of lemons. The finish is tart from the sourness and bitter from the roasted malts. The different aspects of this beer are a bit jarring.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling on the palate.

O: An interesting and unique, but not particularly good beer. I like the idea of a sour stout, but the flavors just clash and never meld very well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 harrymel
1.81/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottled: AUG? 2011

A: pours black with a finger of latte foam which falls to a quilt of the same leaving behind rings of lace.
S: Burnt malts, some lacto tones, a bit of pepper.
T: Tastes like a poorly made stout with souring. Some coffee and soil malts. Grape and sour cherry tartness. Like a toned down Abyssident.
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. Semi dry finish.
O: This beer should never have been made.

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Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black cherry color to match the black cherry aroma and flavor with a thin cap of off-white head and minimal to no lace.

S: Initially sweet but the sour cherry character comes through along with plenty of stout notes. A really unique aroma. The hoppiness is mild, earthy and herbal.

T: As this warms, this beer really comes together. If this is what dark sour ales are about, I am in as this blends the mild earthy sweetness and intense maltiness of dark fruit, mainly cherry and raisin, with a light but noteworthy sour fruit note that is not funky which is why I think it works well. The herbal, earthy hoppiness also works with the general theme of a dark, earthy beer with a sour twist. I wish I had bought more of this in bottles when it was around -- I won't make that mistake again.

M: The medium carbonation works to help the drinkability of this medium-high bodied ale. The finish is medium dry which helps a lot with the drinkability, equally due to the mild tart-sour yeast character and the crafting of the malt bill.

O: I really enjoyed this on-tap a lot more than I expected -- a more open mind the second time around? Clutch is a really nice lightly sour, fruity dark ale.

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Photo of dogbones
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my 1st review. I have read many and have learned a lot. I figured my 1st review should be on something that I have had many times. That being said, I bout a sixtel of Clutch and have had it many times. Tonight, as I type, I am currently enjoying a 3/4 pill into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

The appearance of this beer is dark brown. The head is linen in color and is around 1/2 inch. The lacing is very apparent and streaks the side of the glass during consumption.

The aroma reminds me of dates and strong vinegar. There is a hint of funk but it adds to the over-all sour presentation.

The mouthfeel is solid and almost coats your mouth and tongue. Its warming but not hot and tingles a bit in the back of the throat.

Taste follows aroma to closely. The is a burnt date taste mixed with a slightly overpowering vinegar pucker. Strangely, just a hair of Doritos funk follows the swallow.

Overall, I have enjoyed this 1/6th barrel.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No obvious date; however, stamped faintly on the bottom gold ring is 110710051.

Appearance - Black body. Light bodied. Great stick and decent retention.

Smell - Soy sauce. Uh oh! Chocolate and coffee. Don't know what to think quite yet...

Taste - Acidic. Coffee. Some chocolate. Slightly tart. Reminds me of an imperial stout "watered down" with a sour ale.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Acidic. Sticky/chewy.

Overall Drinkability - I consider this an "interesting" beer. Try once. You probably won't regret it, as I didn't. But I don't ever see myself wanting to buy it again.

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Photo of rand
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bomber to tulip glass

A: Looks like an imperial stout, jet black with a coffee tan head. The head recedes pretty quickly, only leaving small dots of lacing.

S: Chocolate and vinegar root the bouquet, accented by earthy spice tones and wood. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't burn.

T: Unsweetened chocolate and ripe cherries at the front. Malty sweetness and drying wood notes combine to make a singular flavor. The vinegar in the nose only plays a supporting role here - this is tart, but not puckering. Quaffs easily.

M: Medium bodied, relatively light complexion. It could be the stout-like aspects throwing me off.

The Lips of Faith series continues to impress. Each beer unique and distinguished, these brews not only set themselves aprt from other breweies, but from each other. Clutch is a relatively modest offering, showing that a 'wild ale' can combine alternative ingredients to make a brew that's just straight-up tasty.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a dark black color. No light coming through from what I can tell. The head is a nice thick finger that holds some steady retention and the lacing is about average. Nothing too crazy looking about what I expected.

S= Smells more like a roasty stout or porter than a sour. There's surely some sour cherry notes coming through it but for the most part I just smell a solid porter or stout. A nice roast to it. The sour character is somewhat minimal in the nose.

T= The taste is again mostly a solid porter or stout. I'm leaning more toward porter. There is a nice roast and biscuity taste to it. Coffee and chocolate are prominate with a nice toasty malt. The sour character comes through a little minimally. Sour cherries and a funky brett note to it. It tastes more like a regular porter that is in the beggining stages of being soured. Almost to where I would say it's a mistake if it wasn't labeled a sour.

M= Great carbonation and weight.

O= An interesting beer. Quite the enigma. I've had better sours for sure and even better sours from NB but this isn't one to pass up necessarily. Worth trying and even retrying but not the most amazing thing in the world.

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Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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 bigfnjoe
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours jet black with a two finger brown head. The head is very puffy, and sticks around for a little bit. I'd like to see a more dense head out of my dark beers, but considering this is a sour....it stayed around a decent bit of time. Lacing is solid, all the way around the glass

S- there's a decent bit of roast in the nose, but I'm getting some very mild horseblanket qualities as well. The odd mix of scents seems to have the beer a little confused

T- my original assumption was correct: this beer is very confused. The sourness is very mild, and doesn't even result in a mild pucker. The stout qualities are also very mild, and I'm getting very faint hints of roast. There is some lingering sweetness, though. Really not a fan

M- medium bodied, on the lighter side. Has the body of a wild as opposed to a stout

O- I've had a sour porter before (Sierra Nevada Exportation) and that was about twenty times better than this. Sorry New Belgium, but I'm not a fan of this at all

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cocoa-color with a short, brown head and heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sour wine and roasted malts, a preview of the same flavors in the mouth. This tastes very much like a Flemish sour mixed with a lighter stout, combining vinous notes with the roasted, toasted flavors associated with darker ales. In some moments, it reminds me of a dark Belgian ale; in others, it's something nearly completely new.

Complex, well-balanced and supremely tasty. This is a keeper, New Belgium.

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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 MarcatGSB
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into DFH Signature Glass. Purchased from South Loop Binnys, Chicago.

Apperance: Pours a deep black, no light getting thru with a thin khaki colored half finger head.

Smell: Surprisingly big roast and chocolate nose. Some caramel, vanilla and even oak offer support.

Taste: Okay, not as sour as I was expecting...no La Follie. A stout like flavor comes thru with some mild sour cherry notes and subtle oak. There is a bit of funk, but the roast and sweet malt kind of over shadow.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not to sharp or acidic, but full bodied.

Drink and overall: The ABV is well hidden, I will say that. Not an impressive release from NB, kind of a middle of the road Lips of Faith.

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Photo of charlzm
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed November 16th, 2011 at Boho, Hollywood, Ca.

Beer is opaque and a shade between brown and black. One finger medium brown head becomes sticky lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is subtly sweet with notes of cranberry and milk chocolate.

Flavor lhas light chocolate malt character that is covered by a tart, citric funk. Low bitterness.

Slightly thicker than water and the slightest bit chewy.

This keg has been on for a while and has mellowed some, which is for the better.

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