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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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world-class

2,834 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,834
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 444
Gots: 550 | FT: 33
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:
Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002)
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CRichardsMN

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep yet bright reddish brown with a bright white ring around the top. Leaves no lacing. Catch this in the sunlight, it's pretty cool.

Smell:
Well... That's just plain weird. Not until after you get up the nerve to try it do the different smells come out. The first impression is incredibly acidic tartness, like the old novelty "sour balls gum." After the sip, you pick up on a very raw oak (wet wood) and a bit of funkiness, again like a wet oak barrel. It really grew on me.

Taste:
Immediate puckering and squinting sourness, much like biting a very strong lemon or that taste when you bite tin foil, minus the pain. It's almost like they went mad scientist. There is also a prominent bite of oak, not smoke, but the wood itself. I didn't know that a beer could be made to taste like this, accidentally or intentionally. Objective - sour... they met the goal with flying colors.

Mouthfeel:
Very light and crisp with good carbonation. Dries out the mouth and begs for another sip with a promise of quenching.

Drinkability:
Very interesting and definitely a niche taste (several friends really didn't like this one). My wife and I were very intrigued and bought several bottles. Expensive and not an everyday beer but I'll pick up a bottle if theres a deal.

Comment:
I've never tried a sour before but the beer guy at the store said this is about the best out there. I have to try a few more to get a reference but liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 20:43:52 | More by CRichardsMN
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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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