Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass. My first sour ale! I'm so excited...
A: Pours a translucent dark burgundy color with excellent clarity. The head is a two finger light mocha color featuring a moderate texture and poor head retention. Not much lacing, either. Still, the body color is so beautiful, I had to give extra points.
S: This really has a lot going on. Tart fruits (such as pear, apples, and cherries), a nicely done oak note, and so on. Like I said, there's so much going on, it's hard to pick out individual scents; even still, it's a fantastic smell.
T: Hella tart, but it's an excellent sensation that's kept in check beautifully. Initial tart cherries give way to a subtle malt backbone, while the finish and aftertaste is full of accumulating oak tannins (not to mention a great lingering sourness - not overdone or too weak, just right). Very vinous, like I expected, with nuanced, pleasant vinegar notes popping up on the flavor profile every now and then. The balance between sweet and savory is pulled off with gusto, as well.
The only thing preventing me from scoring this higher (read: a 5) is simple: I'm not used to sour ales. Like I said, this is my first one (and I don't friggen' care how expensive they are, this won't be my last), but I reckon this would be a great introduction to the style, and it's balanced fantastically enough so that most drinkers will be able to appreciate some of its subtleties without suffering too much palate overload.
M: Moderately creamy smooth, up until the midtaste, where it becomes prickly, coarse, and dry from the oak tannins and healthy carbonation. Quite mouthwatering at times. It's at a weird middle ground in terms of drinkability: do I sip it slowly to appreciate all of its nuances, or do I chug it at a semi-quick pace because it's so damn good? Guess I'll do both options intermittently, 'cause I'm hardcore...
O: As a student who's pretty much on a budget, trust me when I say I'd still buy this again and again. I probably won't in the near future, because of that fact, but it's good to know such an excellent sour is so easy to find in my area. Plain and simple, this rocks.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2012 22:51:04 | More by ThisWangsChung
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