Monday, September 19

Beer Review: New Belgium Clutch (Lips of Faith Series)

"It started as chance, a sandwich shop encounter between a band and a fan. It ended as the Clutch Collaboration. 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.

The two flavors come as raucous and riotous as the Maryland band and their Fort Collins fans, getting loud and making beer, together."

I'm really loving the QFC on 192nd just off Hwy. 14 in East Vancouver. I found this 22oz. bottle for $7.49, along with some Full Sail Hop Pursuit for $3.99, 6-pack of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot for $11.19.. among others. Never heard of Clutch, or the release of it. Though I do know the band, and have never really listened to them either. Perhaps I have heard them and just never really thought anything of them.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Looks like a dark cola or root beer while pouring. In the glass it is pretty rich and dark, and I can't see through it. Nice light mocha tan head.. a couple fingers settle leaving lace all over the glass, and a thin blanket of foam above the goods.

Smell: (3.5)
- Rich grainy notes, husky barley, light sour tinge paired with fig, prune, and other various esters. Light molasses-like sweetness.. earthy woody touch, and old sweet raisin. Like a raisin mush.

Taste: (3.5)
- Not a super sour ale really. Light tartness is present with a very chocolaty sweet rich brew. Esters, fig, raisin, and oakey vanilla. Certainly a porter or strong ale of sorts with a very subtle sour quality. Wondering if this one would sour up some more over time. I will by another to let sit.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Pretty thick and heavy bodied.. though not like a syrupy creamy mess. A touch chalky and chewy. Leaves the palate a bit dry, and is somewhat hard to drink. Pretty interesting.

Overall: (3.5)
- Can't say I am too impressed with this one. I am hoping some more sourness will come of this beer over time. For me it's a bit hard to drink, though it does possess some pretty good flavors. Not too bad, but not one I would buy a lot of. Perhaps it will be a nice treat some years down the road.

B- / 3.48

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