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50
style
RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pure rock fury meets Belgian-style brewed folly in this collaboration with Maryland hard-rockers, Clutch. A pronounced bass line of dark chocolate, coffee and black malts bridge the sourness of our dark wood ale for a fluid riff.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle: Pours a dark mahogany color with a tanish head and nice sticky lacing. The nose has a big dose of chocolate and roasted notes, nutty and sharp with a hint of sour. The flavor is tart and roasty but the sour comes across mainy as astringency or infected yeast. Good and robust, but just seems a little too balanced between the two styles that neither take the reigns, but the other makes the other look like a flaw. Interesting; not bad.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (768) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Poured from bottle into stout glass. Pours a very dark brown with khaki head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of lactic acid. Taste is smooth with initial tartness then coffee, then fading into dark red fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (10125) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 21, 2017
Tap at Watering Hole. Black with lace. Nose of coffee, chocolate, lactic acid, some vinegar. Vinous flavor, chocolate, cherry, vinegar, a bit of coffee. Decent enough, though basically I hate coffee and vinegar flavors mixed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1505) - ESTONIA - MAY 20, 2017
Dark pour, not too much carb in there. Coffee and roast malts in the nose. Burnt caramel. Taste has roast and some sour fruits. Dark, coffee, chocolate, cherries and sour, all together, singing in unity. Tasty stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjmoen (499) - - APR 29, 2017
C. Pours a black color with khaki head. It’s not sour enough to dump, but it does lose points because of it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3905) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2017
EBF 2017. Pours a reddish brown with a small beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is, well, of coffee maybe with not much hints of the sour. Roasted malt.Taste is not quite sour and even lightly sweet. More roasted malt without much chocolate and coffee. I thought this was going to be sour? Body is medium, carbonation moderate. A very faint tartness. Not bad but I feel a bit lied to.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3576) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2017
On tap at the brewery in Asheville. Nice dark malts do well with the sour notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4630) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2017
Pours a deep brownish black on tap with bubbly off-white head that dissipates to leave light lace. Aroma and taste of mild lactic acidity, musty funk, and a nice baseline of mild roasted notes. Solid, better than some of the other lips of faith beers lately.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (5932) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a pitch black color. Thin foamy off white to almost tan sort of colored head. Quick dissipation. Sticky filmy lace. The aroma sniffed at a blend of sour citrus rind, bitter ends of some pine, and then wraps into dark and milk chocolate that ends up drying out just a touch from the wood. Super light coffee bean. Took a while, but some raspberry/cherry/blackberry comes out. The flavor melds the sour of the citrus to the bitter dry wood and fluffs up a bit with some sweet from the milk chocolate. Dark chocolate kicks back a bit more in this department. Pine seems barely there. Sour to blended milk chocolate aftertaste rolling on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Good sturdy carbonation. ABV felt just a tad under than what the brewer projected. Sourness doesn’t slay my tongue too much. Overall, nicely done imperialized dark sour stout Belgian sort of thing, oh hell, I have no idea what it’s really supposed to be. Just damn good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bwa5879 (936) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2017
Dark brown/black pour with sixteenth inch creamy khaki head. Powdery Cocoa aroma along with full bodied sour smell resembling raspberry mostly. Softer carbonation finishes a bit tingly. Sour Berry and cocoa blend in flavor more intensely than nose. Nice sour stout, straightforward. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Darwenus (1099) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2017
This is the weakest of the New Belgium Lips Of Faith sour beers I’ve tasted. It just doesn’t work. It pours dark brown with very little head. The aroma is mild. There is a little bit of mild cherry and oak, and some coffee, but all of it is subtle. The taste ... well, there’s just no way around it. This beer doesn’t taste good. The front of the tongue is muted and dense, the flavor closes with a little bit of that cherry or berry sourness, but there is also an artificial, plastic kind of character throughout the whole sip. The taste reminded me of how band-aids smell. And not in a good way. No thank you. New Belgium’s Lips Of Faith sours are among my favorite examples of the style, usually. This is a rare exception.


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