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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,564 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,564
Reviews: 1,030
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 539
Gots: 815 | FT: 49
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: 3,564 | Reviews: 1,030
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.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep red color with a half finger width foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Has a strong pomegranate and sour apple aroma. There is some sourness involved as well. Strong sour apple taste. Slightly sour aftertaste. Very good beer, but still not may favorite Lips of Faith

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

Bizarre brew, packed with flavor. Dark color (from aging?) Very tart, like a condensed green apple, with yeast flavors. Deceptively high ABV. Finish turns unfortunately.

Photo of kkleu357
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/20/15

Very sour. Slightly salty with some oak taste. Very good.

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sour, woody and refreshing; excellent.

Photo of 14erFan
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in Colorado and being a fan of sours, trying this one was long overdue and much enjoyed! The tartness mixed with the ale flavor was just right. The taste evolved quickly as I sipped it wrapping up with a really pleasant, barely lingering flavor.

Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark brown with some light coming through on the edges, not much on the head, some lacing, head is an off white color, very little carbonation coming off the bottom.

A: Sour, tart, funk, vinegar, smells kind of a like coke, picking some slight bitter fruit aromas, no alcohol, little cherry funk in there, smells pretty good, some complex aromas, not picking up the wood.

T: Sour, tart, funk, a slight bitter flavor, picking up some of the wood, dark cherry, spice, plum, very complex, taste really good.

M: Not much here, medium mouthfeel with a strong dry finish.

O: Very impressed, very complex, nice sour balance, warms up really well, it's definitely world class, going to pick up a few more bottles, if this came in 12 ounce bottles I would probably buy more and it's got a really good price point for the quality, you like sours, this one is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cola colored brown. Head quickly dissipates. Nose consists of vanilla, cherries, brown sugar and slight vinegar. The taste is similar with a pleasant balance of mild sweet flavors, tart cherries, and wood vanillin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation that gives a smooth impression. The best example from America and rivals the Belgian version, but may lack their depth.

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Chuck, poured into snifter. 2014 version had on 3-26-2015.
A: subtle of white foam head, spotty lacing, rich amber brown body
S: slight vinegar, huge tart cherry punch, sweet fresh cherry
M: medium light body, sour that puckers the tongue
T: sour cherry, some red wine,slight oak and smokiness at the end.
O: I'm getting fonder of sours, and this one hits the spot very well.

Photo of mchegash
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4/5
A deep red color. Fairly clear. Not a lot of head. Can see a fair amount of carbonation rising through the beer.

Smell - 4.75/5
TONS of tartness and sourness, cherry and other fruity tones. This smells like an amazing sour.

Taste - 4.5/5
Sour beer heaven. This beer is extremely sour and packs a ton of flavor. The beer is extremely sweet as well.The main flavor profile I am picking up is cherry, berries, tartness, and perhaps a hint of alcohol. The fruity flavor is more than just cherry though, it's just hard to discern any specific flavors besides the cherry. I love this taste, and while the beer is quite sour, it's not too much so (although I imagine for some people who don't like sours, it would be). Most sour beers aren't sour enough for me. This one hits it right on the spot.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
A sip of this beer starts off with a strong kick of high intensity carbonation. The latter half of the sip, the carbonation is more moderate. The sourness is strong enough that it definitely plays into the mouthfeel of this beer. The inside of your cheeks will start feeling the sourness pretty soon (think eating Sour Skittles).

Overall - 4.5/5
I thought this was an excellent beer. While it may be way too sweet or way too sour for many, for sour beer lovers, this is definitely one to try.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not super sour but just the right amount. Very smooth.

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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 3,564 ratings.