Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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4.9/5 rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
750 ml corked and caged, hand bottled # 8074/04. I owe babydoc bigtime for this gem. Cork was removed with thumb power, with a sudden "POP", as the cork streaked across my living room and bounced off the opposite wall. My cats were more impressed than startled. My impressions follow. I was preparing to serve this into a tulip glass, but the cork had a sticker showing a goblet, so I made the first pour into my trusty St Bernardus goblet, at cellar temperature(about 55 F.). The body is clear, and Ruby Red, with a fascinating two finger head that was creamy and old bone ivory in color. Enormous carbonation is apparent, with a thousand score, minute bubbles dancing to the surface. Head retention is amazing. If it were giant sized, I would jump in for awhile. Some curtains and sheets of lace coat the goblet, to complete the incredible appearance.
Aroma is near perfect for the style. Sour cherries and raspberries and old, wet oak are dominent. A note of earthy yeastiness compliments well.
Mouthfeel is rich and medium bodied, with a satin feel that is highlighted by an ideal carbonation.
Taste is exceptional. Oak notes envelop and mellow the lactic and tannic hints that come with the mouth puckering tart and sour cherry and raspberry flavors. Understated yeast presence, and just enough malt backbone to balance the complexities into a sweet/sour ectasy. Everything comes together at the finish with an amazing flourish. Aftertaste is of fresh Bing cherries soaked in Balsamic vinegar, and laid on wet oak for a few hours.
This one is a truly exceptional experience, from start to finish. Flanders Red Ales are my favorite style when executed with such precision as this Colorado masterpiece. I think I owe babydoc a few head of cattle for this swap.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2005 00:59:47 | More by merlin48
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