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:
610
Reviews:
247
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.82%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
96
For Trade:
2
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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 wethorseblanket
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a surging, tall-standing, tan head.

Smell: Sweetish, melty chocolate chips over overdone toast with some light hints of vanilla and sour black cherry compote with a balsamic glaze.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate morsels blended with dark, roasty malts, a spoonful of molasses, a splash of heavy cream and a few acetic drops of balsamic vinegar. Touch of black cherries, a hint of vanilla. Restrained, subtle acidity. Chocolatey, toasty, (mildly) roasty finish with a lingering sourish fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel overall.

Overall: A stout with some gentle, easy-going sourness within. For whatever reason, I was expecting something along the lines of Madrugada Obscura, which it isn't at all. Still pleasant enough, though.

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Photo of billab914
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured black in color with a thick, bubbly, foamy, tan head to it.

The aroma has a sour chocolate thing going on. The moderately roasty, chocolaty, stout flavors mix with some sour, slightly funky flavors. It smells like some of the non-intentionally infected stouts I've ran into.

The taste shows more of the sour, very slightly funky flavors up front. I get a good amount of sweet, almost sugary flavors to it up front as well. Towards the finish some of the chocolaty, roasty, slightly bitter flavors of the stout start to come out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Overall I wasn't impressed. It tasted like an infected stout to me, which is typically not a good thing. It just didn't have any good stout character nor did it have a very good American Wild profile. The sourness was mild and lacked any of the depth or complexity that I love in the better American wilds. The flavors just don't mix well at all for me. It was drinkable, but I'd rather have a good stout or a good American wild instead of the mix of the two.

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Photo of russpowell
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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 smithj4
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 womencantsail
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black, with a small layer of tan foam.

S: The nose is lightly lightly tart. But, it's mostly just the kind of acidity you get in overly roasty beers. So, it smells just sort of like poorly made stout. A little bit of cocoa and coffee aroma on the back end.

T: It's pretty much the same story on the palate. There is a fair amount of roasted malt with just a mild fruit note. Again, it's mildly tart and acidic. Just very "meh".

M: The body is quite thin with only medium carbonation.

O: Very disappointing. I like the sour stout idea, but this one wasn't executed well.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at Plainfield's Tap House.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues on, and at a new venue no less! This stop pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy dark tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, very light pineapple, light red apple skin, dark chocolate, and light pumpkin seeds. The taste holds notes of red apple skin, very light roasted malts, chocolate, light pineapple, figs, and few beans' worth of coffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, though I applaud the originality and all that, I cannot say that I am a fan of this beer. The flavors don't quite meld together properly, and things end up too thin and whatnot. Just not my thing, really.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is opaque and dark brown colored, with a small, tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. The aroma offers roast, chocolate, cherries, and a light funk. Taste is decent, but a bit odd. Not sure the roast and sour combination is working. Cherries and alcohol linger in the aftertaste. Overall, interesting and worth a try, though I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

EEYAAW. EEYAAW. EYAAAWW!!! I'am a rock n roll outlaw drinking CLUTCH poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A light coffee colored, and creamy head is presented sitting on a very black body. Head falls normaly with some leopard like spotty lacing.

Bouquet is a faint barleywine like booze with some fruit. Bigger whiffs on my nose actually hurt. Mild cocoa, no sense of sour but mostly berry fruit.

Taste is weird. Berry slight sour but extremely thin for even an American stout. Wet, with flat box juice texture. Fruit dominant with little else to taste here. Finish has nearly no flavor. A basicaly thin weak box lunch juice grape.

Overall where's the malt? roast? Coffee? Chocolate? Hello? Hey I know it is mentioned as a dark sour but can i get a little something extra??? I'm not even minding the mild sourness (borderline tart) of this even though I am not a sour/stout fan, but there is nothing stout like in taste that is particularly enjoyable to me, this is not what I look for in a stout. Love the band, the beer not so much, it feels dyslexic and having an identity crisis. Maybe I am a bit harsh, I seem to keep drinking it as it gets to room temp. Perhaps this is my last dark sour review ever.

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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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Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration from New Belgium Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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