As a fan of sour beers, I was hoping for something to make my lips pucker (or at least get me going in that direction), but Clutch is a perfectly mild “sour” beer. Especially for beer drinkers who don’t particularly care for the sour subset. I am a huge fan of the Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is a great sour beer that tastes like vinegar at first, but then eases into a wonderful sour cherry flavor. Not so much with this one.
The smell had a very slight hint of sour cherry, as you’d expect, but it was mostly just malty. After a while some whiffs of coffee came through too and just a hint of grape. It was pretty plain in flavor, more or less matching the smell itself. It was heavy on malt taste and after I got to the end of the bottle about 40 minutes later, I could start getting some sweetness, almost like a chocolate flavor.
If I had to have this beer again, I’d actually like to try it at room temperature or just slightly cold. It’s not a bad beer, just not anything that really stood out to me.