Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ruby red in hue, beautiful clear color with a small off-white or light tan head that dissapates down to a patchy, bubbly sheet. The bubbles pop rapidly and the sheet dwindles to almost nothing. The smell is intense and smells sour, with the tartness of a berliner-weiss in its lemon and orange mixture in the aroma. But its backed by an incredible smoky malt that is faintly remeniscent of a raucshbier and the two aromas seem to enhance the other. There is an underlying sweetness from the malts as well that hints at fruity caramel and molasses. Definitely a bit leathery. Complex nose, very interesting and I can't wait to try it.
Wow that is in your face with the sourness. I have yet to try a beer that was this mouth-puckeringly sour, like biting into a malty lemon. The sourness overpowers many of the other flavor profiles of this beer, hitting with that huge profile of sourness and tartness that dries out the mouthfeel and finish, but that is what the true character of this beer is. Coming from such a complex nose to being hit in the palate with a huge sourness was surprising and a bit overbearing at first. The more I drink of it however, the more I acclimate to it and see the other facets of this beer. For instance, it actually starts off lemony sweet in the front of the palate, with a hint of caramel for good measure. It then moves into an understated caramel malt taste in the middle, underneath the obvious sourness. Moving along towards the back and through the mouthpuckering taste, there is a subtle bitterness, citrusy in character that is sometimes overlooked, but at other times is very noticeable throughout the taste. It finishes with a puckering dryness and a bit of a syrupy collection in the back of the mouth. Very interesting little beer here.
I think I was a bit unprepared for just how sour this beer was going to be, this being one of my first true sours. I've had a few summery kind of sours before and enjoyed them greatly, but this one is a whole other world of beer for me. And I liked it to a certain extent. It was a touch overbearing at times throughout the taste, but once I settled into it, especially the second half of the bottle, I didn't think it was so overbearing anymore. Its certainly a new style and worth the try if you have an adventurous palate, but maybe try sharing it with someone as it will strike up a good conversation about just how interesting beer can be. Definitely glad I picked this up.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2012 03:45:43 | More by chodinheaven
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