Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Corked and caged, in a 750 mL champagne bottle, either 07-11 or 11-07. Hand-bottled, number 13, 490. Must be 2007 then. Thanks, Harvey!
A: La Folie pours a clear, ruby-tinted brown with a thin eggshell cap, but even in the etched goblet from New Belgium themselves, the head doesn't persist. There's no lacing, leaving the naked beer sticking to the glass like a bad wine. There are lots of little yeast clumps in the first pours, and a thick cloud of yeast in final pours.
S: Watermelon, honey, horse blanket, nutmeg. It's estery, just slightly funky, and oakey. It smells and looks a bit more like a Flanders Red than an Oud Bruin, but we'll see what happens next.
T: The taste is puckering sour cherries a sulfurous spice. It approaches overwhelming, but the intense tartness quickly backs off. There's cardboard in the middle, so I think this bottle might be past its prime, but I'd have to try a newer batch of La Folie again to be sure.
As I drink, it sweetens, but there's still more vinegar and salt than I remember.
It's more dry than sweet, but there is a faint, juicy sweetness behind the apple tartness. I don't get much malt at all, but plenty of juicy fruits.
Overall, a pretty good beer. The color, fruit:malt ratio in smell and flavor, general tartness, and vinegar make it seem more Flanders than Bruin. It's intensely tart, though there are plenty of beers more sour.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2013 01:28:29 | More by SPThirtyThree
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4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served on tap in a 11oz. goblet.
A- Deep garnet with a light toffee head, good degree of clarity.
S- Sour apple, light vinegar, some oak, maybe a bit of spice and vanilla.
T- More sour apple than anything, then some light vinegar, some oak, finishes dry. Not as complex as Le Terrior IMO.
M- Medium a bit more carbonation then I was expecting.
O- A great American version of the style and one of the best beers I've had from New Belgium. Definitely give this one a try.
Serving type: on-tap
07-16-2014 15:57:55 | More by PaulyB83
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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