Beer Review: New Belgium, Lips of Faith Series – Clutch
10/24/2011

Ding Points: 80.50

Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 80.00

Tasting Notes:

Mmmm, interesting. A sour stout rather than a ‘sour dark’  – I guess I should have researched that properly in the first place. Never mind.

The beer pours with the appearance of thick, robust stout, but in reality it is very light drinking. Beautiful lace, a small, but nice, creamy film that sits on top of the beer. Nice lace.

New Belgium, Clutch

New Belgium, Clutch

Nose offers a medium funk, but in no way is it over-powering.

This is essentially a milk stout. Light lacto without any kind of significant funk at all. I like it, but for all intents and purposes there is a degree of sourness that one really would not associate with a ‘sour’ beer at all.

I suppose in one way it’s disappointing since I was expecting an Avery like wood-aged, sour, but in another it the simplicity of the beer makes it really approachable to those who want something a little different. Very light, easy drinking, the beer offers a strange, lightly sour stout, but one that is only JUST exceeding lacto, and drops a serious light drinking element to the whole stout vibe. I suppose you could associate the sour element with some black cherries or perhaps some other fruits, however the lacto character is still the strongest element for me.

Tasty, easy drinking and although definitely nowhere near my favorite in the LoF series, still a beer I can enjoy and appreciate. Pleasant.

Alcohol presence is not really there, and the drinkability is very high.

Other: 9%


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