Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2012 vintage 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired tonight at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, and served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I've heard a lot of hype over this having been raised in Denver.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention (though the ABV is merely 6%). Colour is a vibrant chestnut amber-brown. I quite like the colour, especially when held up to light. Semitransparent. Translucent.
Sm: Lovely sourness, bacteria, and wild yeast. Marvelous oak - amongst the best oak aromas I've ever encountered. Subtle yet rich and inviting. Brilliant.
T: Lovely rich sourness with a sweet climax. Bacteria and wild yeast are controlled yet rampant, really filling out the body nicely. Blended beautifully. Sour apple. Quite tart. Burgundy. Oak is more tonal, but helps to round out the balance. The sour wild yeast laden finish is damned amazing. I get cherry esters from it. It truly is a bit puckerworthy, but in an excellent bold masterfully executed way. Brilliantly layered and absurdly well balanced. Delicious. Very tasty. As complex as it is subtle. I'm blown away. The sweet fruity climax is jolly rancher-esque but in a good way (ignore that if it sounds ridiculous). Clean malts form the foundation.
Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours perfectly. The thickness and carbonation are both ideal, and complement the focus of the beer incredibly well. This is masterful brewing.
Dr: Who knew New Belgium could pull off a beer so good? Extremely drinkable for the style. I love it. One of the best sours I've had in the last month - and I've had some pretty nice Lost Abbey beers recently. I'd definitely get this again, ideally in a bottle to age. I doubt I'll be trading bottles of this one away; they're worth keeping for me. Lives up to the hype. I'm extremely impressed. Really a wonderful beer.
Drank very nicely out of me narrow-mouthed goblet. I'll take that over a snifter anytime.
Don't pair this, just enjoy it.
Best slightly warmer than 'fresh from the fridge' cold.
A good candidate for aging. I'll be aging some meself.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2012 03:51:01 | More by kojevergas
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