Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2010 vintage hand delivered to me back in mid-July from my good buddy who a to Denver over 15 years ago. Thanks Aaron!
I've been waiting to open this on a special occasion, but since I worked on New Year's Eve, today was the closet I could get. Pours into my .3L New Belgium stemmed tulip glass a marvelous rosewood color with brilliant clarity. When held to the light, ruby edges are exposed. The audibly fine crackling light beige head finally settles to a tight and fluffy 1/2". No lace at all.
Such a soft malty nose. Young, budding and playful sour notes ranging from champagne to swiss cheese dance about. Bitter baker's chocolate plays a secondary role in this regal scented steed, along with ghostly worcestershire sauce jockeying. Speaking of steed, the funky horse blanket and yeasty tart esters are frolicking about my nostril while my left brain detects obvious dark fruits in the fig family. My appetite is officially wetted.
Mmmm... Now that's what I'm talking about. Such a pungent yet comforting acidity which outlays an ultra-young green grape skin essence and a ton of champagne tartness. Wine cork. Tons of tannins. Raw sourdough. Magnificent yeasty rodeo. Wet river rocks. Pink sea salt. Sooo good and whimsical.
Mouthfeel is between light and medium with a tart/bitter/chalky dryness that assaults with the firmness and comfort of a Sobakowa pillow. Carbonation is ultra fine and dissipates rather quickly. Tip of the tongue remains tingling several seconds after the swallow.
Drinkability is very subjective I'll admit. Definitely depends so much on the mood. For me, right now, I could have another bomber after I finish this one. I let my unknowing wife take a sip and watched her face pucker and eyes squint.
This ale reminds me of Beligems Bruin (sp?) Flanders Sour Brown Ale I received in the Michael Jackson Belgian Beer of the Month club back around '98, (before this style was 'chic'). I loved it immediately, while me budding craft beer brethren spit it out. I've always been a fan, but never a band wagoner of the style. I'm glad to realize this beer's accolades were not merely hype and giddy praise. This is a superb rendition of style that has been superbly crafted in a way that could stand toe-to-toe with some of it's finest foreign examples. Now let me stop thinking and immerse myself back into this glorious elixir.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2011 23:12:16 | More by malty
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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
95 out of 100 based on 2,883 ratings.