Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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95
world-class

3,613 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,613
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 546
Gots: 834 | FT: 44
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002

Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.
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Ratings: 3,613 | Reviews: 1,040
Photo of xICooRsYIx
2.46/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not sure if its the age, but the combination of flavors in this just didnt sit well on my palate.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours bright garnet brown under a 1” light tan foam collar that slowly disappears while gripping the side of the glass.
S: Fruit, caramel, vanilla.
T: Lightly sweetened creamy malt fills the palate dissolving into increasingly tart fruit flavors as it moves through the mouth leaving a prolonged tangy tart aftertaste.
F: Creamy yet highly carbonated medium to medium light body.
O: a very refreshing beer for savoring.

Photo of JDizzle
3.13/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't like this one at all. Zero oak.

Photo of Zachariah1978
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the first time I've had this beer. It's so unique and delicious. Refreshing brew. I recommend.

Photo of funkydrumma
3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thin feel, nice carbonation. Very tart up front, but finishes pretty clean.

Photo of BoJengs
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared bottle - 2013
Drank 6/16/2015
Awesome beer!

Photo of FrancisSmooth
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I need more sours in my life

Photo of vfgccp
3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had at Savor 2015 in DC. Tasted along side several people who had this in the past, and the consensus was that this year's bottling was sub par.

Photo of uvachief
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Poured a dark copper reddish brown. Half finger of head that dissipated quickly and left nice lacing. Smells of fruit, mainly cherries and malts. Taste is much the same with green apples and cherries dominating upfront with roasted malts on the back end. I don't detect a lot else but not overly sour either. Little pucker. Little thin in the mouth for my liking since it is allegedly barrel aged. Still easy drinking sour. Tasty.

Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours slightly hazy brown, kinda rusty ruby copper, with a khaki head that settles to a thin ring and laces lightly.

S: Tart, fruity notes, a little cherry, maybe a touch of toasty malt.

T: Nicely tart, fruity maybe even kinda berry like notes, cherry, green apple, lemon, a touch of toasty malt and a little sweetness come out as it warms.

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation.

O: I'm still relatively new to sours and learning to pick out things beyond just the tartness, but this one was pretty enjoyable.

Photo of silverblaze540
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Minimal head; dissipates quickly. Pale amber color. Very bubbly.

S - Strawberries and sour cherries.

T - Front almost tastes like a lager, the middle is sweet, and the finish a bit bitter.

M - Medium body, strong alcohol and carbonation burn.

O - The flavor is strange, but mildly enjoyable.

Photo of themind
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my thing, enough said.

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours mahogny-red/brown with a one finger high, beige head.

Nose: Tart, red berries, dark fruit, raspberry, red apple and cherry.
Taste: Malt, sour, oak, red apple, funk, mineral and citrus.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel. Sour aftertaste. Great!

Photo of RickS95
1.66/5  rDev -61%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a fairly clearish, dark brown color, if that's possible. No haze, not cloudy. Light won't come thru but it lightens everything. A thinnish white head forms and just like that it's gone. A swirl brings a thin tan head back to life with lace amounting to almost nothing.

I hate the smell but I think it's supposed to smell like that. I don't like sours or krieks but saw this had a high score so I bought it. Smells like many of my previous drain pours with an extreme tart vinegar-like scent. Some tart fruits in there as well and nothing resembling hops.

I can't do it. These things have the worst flavor of anything. I'll take spoiled milk over this. Vinegar. That's it. I could have saved a few bucks and just bought a gallon of vinegar and been just as unhappy.

A beer should be enjoyable, this isn't. The ugliness doesn't hit until it starts to cross the tongue. And then your eyes squint, your butt puckers, and you almost spit this out. So extremely tart and nasty.

I don't know how people enjoy these. I'm close to hitting 1,000 beers reviewed and I still can't drink these with anything close to enjoyment.

Photo of MrMeerbill
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but for the price very disappointing not that complex and a little to brite

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a one-finger off-white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tart dark cherries and vinegar.

T - The flavor is tart cherries, green apple, and vinegar. The oakiness comes through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice Oud Bruin. For the price point this is hard to beat.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark rusty brown. Hazy. Very little head but carbonation is active.

Tart cherry, vanilla, port aromas.

Tart and sour cherry taste. Highly acidic. Green apples. The sour fades into a brown sugary sweet finish.

Light body, prickly, and puckering.

I'm pretty certain it's the best beer I've had from NB. A great representation of the style with depth.

Photo of retry4z
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Phileas Fogg's. A ways away from Duchesse, but holds up on its own as far as wild ales go.

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2007 & 2008 C&C side by side. 2008 was slightly better, best of all the years.

Photo of kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weird that I've never rated this. 2007 and 2008 C&C bottles opened side by side. 4.0 to the 2007, 4.5 to the 2008. Either one notably more complex than recent releases.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant acetic apple taste with a twang that gets you in the back of the mouth.

Photo of MrWebGuy
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal oral orgasm of dark beer perfection. Subtle yet bold with a pleasant finish.

Photo of franklioni
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a real strange beast. Colour and smell are both very appealing and the taste is immediately sharp and fruity, something I last remember from a locally made cherry beer at Dirksuid beer festival in Germany.

The only real spoiler was the almost bicarbonate fizz that kicked in with each taste but even then it still dissolved into that fruity sourness again...

All in all I want to live this beer but I guess I want the more mellow stuff nowadays.

Photo of Kraj30
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my favorite sour.. always on draft at a bar by me.. perfect mouthfeel for a sour

Photo of J_K
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one came highly recommended to me. 2015 22oz bomber. Nice and tart. Sour fruit and oak. Complex, but not overwhelming flavors. Definitely up there on my sour list.

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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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