Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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3.83/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Honestly, I keep trying to love this beer. I really do. I'm a huge fan of Flemish sours, and I keep hoping (nay, praying) that someone in the US will be able to brew one to compete with giants like Rodenbach Grand Cru or Panil Barrique. They may, but La Folie is still not that beer.
Appearance: No shit, this thing is gorgeous. The huge bubbles bursting out of the white head that sits so lazily on top of the gorgeous amber liquid are primordial in size, and the beer itself just glows. I'm not super high on the hasty retreat that the primordial head beats from the top of the glass, but that seems like a minor criticism. I'm a little put off by the size of those bubbles, yo. They're freaking huge. You could drop some Junior Mints in those sumbitches...
Smell: Well, I'll be damned, but this smells damn fine. Sour, tart, and behind me at the moment because I've set it on the window sill. It's got that funky sour, oaken smell that I associate with the Flemish sours.
Taste: Dammit, once again La Folie fails me. I want something...more.I want some body and some balancing maltiness to go with a testicle clenching sourness. Now, understand, that I actually find these Flemish sours to be incredibly refreshing and irresistably drinkable. Dammit, if the style were a woman, I would name it Gwen. Or Dr. Zaius. Or Huey. Salma? But this beer is not Gwen, or Salma, and just barely qualifies as a Huey (the duck, not the senator nor the helicopter). And that damn, dirty ape Dr. Zaius is FAR funkier than this beer. It's tart and sour, yes. But nothing lingers. There is no persistence. I want dedication from my sours, and I simply don't get it from this beer. It gives up the ghost to quickly, and that makes me sad.
Mouthfeel: This is really the other problem for me. It's not robust enough. I expect a mouthfeel that has some weight behind it, and this thing is light like a macro lager. Honestly, I've had pilseners that have a better mouth presence than this beer. It's been a problem for me in the past, and continues to be so in the present. Kind of like my kung fu.
Drinkability: I may not love it, but I could easily drink the shit out of it. I don't think it's brilliant, I find it to be merely good. Now, let this merely good reviewer go polish of the rest of his 750, or he'll be cranky about wasting his $15.73.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2006 04:37:34 | More by Knuckles
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