Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Clutch CollabeerationLips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration
629 Ratings
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.

Added by chumba526 on 08-06-2011

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Ratings: 629 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of Jcarriglio
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jsanford
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Jspriest
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jsprain1
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of charlzm
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of JMS1512
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of larryi86
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a one fine tan head, nice lacing.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, hint of sourness. Nice aroma, wish it was stronger.

T- Dark chocolate, roasted malts up front with a nice sour/tart cherry/fruit finish, hint of coffee through out. I find that this is not that sour, but the sourness it has balances and works well with the stout.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- I personally find this to be great. I find the sourness to be just right for this beer. Alcohol is very well hidden. I find the it is worth the price and I can't wait to pick up more!

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of morebeergood
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with some ruby highlights, large-bubbled head that has good stick. Nice look and unique for a sour type of brew.

The nose is maltier than funky. Chocolate notes, a hint of roasted malt, some vanillin, and dark fruits. Only a touch of vinegar indicates that anything wilder than normal is going on.

Subtlety rules the palate as well, with a moderately sweet chocolate flavor, somewhat thin mouthfeel, a touch of lactose, and similar notes of cherry and vanilla from the nose. Fruity, no hop notes, with a mild balsamic vinegar hit towards the back end.

Body is too thin to be world class, an interesting premise but not quite followed through on.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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 zeledonia
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 14 October 2011, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown, almost black but not quite. One-finger head is a medium tan color with some yellowish tones. Good retention and solid lacing.

Dark roasted malts, coffee the most obvious feature, with a faint little twinge of tart. It smells a lot like a stout, with the tiniest little oddity thrown in.

Taste is mostly stout-like. Dark roasted malts, roasted barley. Coffee is again the most prominent piece, but there's some chocolate hidden down under there, too. A faint rise at the end is the only sign of the sour I pick up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice - a little on the light side for a stout, but super smooth. Carbonation is just right, with lots of little bubbles that keep coming.

I can't give this beer a top-notch rating overall. It's billed as a dark sour ale, but while it's dark, it's not a whole lot more than that. Sour? Not to my tastes. To me, it's a typical, decent, stout, with a very small twist. It's good, for sure. But neither the stout nor the twist are enough to really elevate it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 629 ratings
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