Lips Of Faith - Clutch Collabeeration | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
83
good
610 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay
Read the review
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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 610 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of slight yeast, sour notes, slight chocolate, hint of citrus, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong chocolate, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of sour, and a hint of citrus. Overall, I'm a fan of this Chocolate-Sour. The sour is strong in the aroma and weaker in body, while the chocolate is strong in body and weaker in aroma. This makes for a great blend where each is clearly discernible on its' own.

 605 characters

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on January 6, 2017. Look is nearly black with a thick tan head and sticky lacing. Smell is hard to pick up. Taste is and decent balance of sour and dark roasted malts. Feel is full in body with a smooth finish.

 263 characters

Photo of sendbeer
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -45.8%

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

This one pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a light beige lacing around the glass. The aromas are soft and roasty. You don't get much sour at all. It is definitely more of a traditional stout in the nose, chocolate, roasted malt, some light bitterness. The flavors are heavy on the roast and traditional stout flavors. Where's the sour? It MIGHT be tart, might be. For a beer that advertises itself as a "dark sour" it needs more umph. It drinks soft and smooth. It's just ok overall. This was a bit of a let down. I wanted more sour and it didn't live up to other sour stouts.

 599 characters

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.

 658 characters

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It took a lot longer to reach #1700 than I thought, but here we are. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's black with somewhat of a tanned head and good lacing that sticks around the glass. The nose is a blast of espresso beans and a touch of tartness, the latter hinting that this will have a tart/sour taste, and it does. A "sour stout" if you will; there's espresso beans, little notes of peat and whiskey, and a soft sourness. Quite a curveball offering, and a good one at that.

 491 characters

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt, with a little bit of sourness. It smells fairly stout like, with only a slight amount of tartness present.

The flavor is similar. The two dominant flavors are chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a little bit of tart cherries and a little bit of smoke. The tartness/sourness is well hidden but does add something to the overall flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

 496 characters

Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Opaque black with a small, quickly dissipating head, strong lacing.

Smell: Lots of bittersweet dark chocolatiness. Roasty. Traces of tart cherries and oak.

Taste: Chocolate, cherry, and oak flavors. Kind of a Belgian fruitiness. Really only slightly tart and sour, although as the beer sits and breathes the tartness emerges a bit. Sourness is still pretty restrained. Woody note lingers in the fairly drying finish. Hint of vinegar.

Mf: Medium carbonation and body. Somewhat sticky.

Overall: Interesting, and grew on me as I worked my way through the bottle, but probably not something I would buy again. Decent wild ale but could have been more assertive, I think. Flavors didn’t necessarily work all that well together for me.

 741 characters

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat strange beer- right out of the bottle I liked this a lot- a nice spark of sour, and some dark, brooding fruit- elderberries or currants or something, and a spike of bitterness. 1/2 an hour later and most of those flavors have faded and I'm left with something barely sour, less fruity, and vaguely and lightly spicy. Some of the undercurrents of currant are still there, and a bitter finish, but the sour has almost disappeared. Quite strange, and unsatisfying.

 472 characters

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

 1,163 characters

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; September 2011
The beer arrives with a lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark appearing, with an almost black, concentrated brown color; when held up it shows a clear, chocolate brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark cocoa, smoothly dark-roasted coffee, roasted / toasted brown bread with backing of soft fruitiness that sort of has a berry like note to it, but also suggests of plums. The fruitiness becomes more apparent as the beer warms up and picks up notes that suggest of plums.

Smooth and creamy feeling as it first hits my mouth and fully of a rich, dark cocoa flavor, the beer then picks up a substantial roasted character that cuts through the richness in the front; the beer finishes with the lingering, slightly bitter, roasted dark coffee like notes. There is a tartness in the middle that does not seem wholly derived from the roast malt; in fact, as the beer warms up a fruitiness combines with tartness and seems to suggest even more at an other than roast malt origin to the acidity found in this beer. The tartness, whatever its derivation, is fairly soft and well integrated with this beer; this is good because the deep roast that is in this beer could easily clash with the acidity from the souring. The body of this beer is fairly light for a beer of this strength, but does have some malty richness to it up front, this viscous body is wiped clean in the finish fairly quickly by the combination of the substantial roast character and the soft tartness. Dangerously, this doesn’t drink anywhere near its alcohol content

This beer is quite tasty; I wouldn’t really classify it as really a sour beer though, it does have some sourness to it, but really it is dominated by the roasted flavors contributed from the dark malt. The romantic in me has me thinking that this might be something like a stout from the late part of the 18th century; roast malts were in use, but complete control over the fermentation process was not yet known. I really like the texture of this beer, rich, yet light and quite smooth; a dangerous combination for a beer of this strength.

 2,235 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at the Boise COOP ... a certainly reasonable ~$8ish ... I thought it was going to be in the La Folie price point.... Nice.

Poured into my Delirium goblet... short dark tan head... lacing is spotty, but present... the brew is the expected black.

Nose is interesting.. definitely roasty with some cold brewed coffee... but is punctuated by a lesser sour element.. almost sour cherries toward the end.. interesting, but nothing to write home about.

Flavor begins with a lite tongue buckling sour tang that moves quickly into the dark malts.. above roasty elements move quickly into the tart territory.. the finish is a pleasant mix of dark cocoa and slight tannic cherry skins.. pretty dry throughout.

The body is sorta weird... it doesn't really carry the flavors too well, meaning a flimsy finish... medium, but the carbonation is a bit lite and only mildly brings the flavors up to the palate.

For a BIG beer, I am impressed.. I doubt this brew is gonna cellar well... It jives pretty nicely right now... I don't know how it will improve in the basement.. but I probably will try.

Despite my "local vocal" buddy, I don't think this was a batch of "dark beer soured and put out for the masses". Not the best sour New Belgium has brought, but still pretty nice.

I want to see New Belgium do REAL sours that are still approachable at a La Folie price.... You've proven you can do it, quit catering to the "new style is better" component. How about a proper black raspberry sour... or a red plum lambic? You can do it!!! And I want a bottle or three for being the innovator.... just sayin' .. you owe me. :-)

4/3.5/4/4/4.5

 1,639 characters

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

 609 characters

Photo of yourefragile
2.33/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. $5.99 at Beltway (Total Wine).

Richard said it best before me; this tastes like the result of blending at the end of an awesome tasting. A good idea at the time, but execution produces disappointment.

Pour is chocolate black with a fleeting khaki head and dry, web lacing. Aroma is dry, roasty and coffee bitter, light chocolate and sweet dark fruit sourness. Thin, light body with soft carbonation, watery finish. Body is smoky and roasty, a pleasant coffee American stout. Finish produces some citrus and ripe fruit sweetness with little sourness. Mmmmk. Surprisingly little alcohol presence and rather pleasant as far as drinkability goes. However to be direct, this beer sucks in execution.

 712 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe