Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. into a tulip
P: Deep auburn with a toasted tan head of soapy foam that did show a good, even consistency of little bubbles that huddled together pretty tightly. Showed below average retention, then formed a thick halo on top with a little lace.
A: The powerful aroma features a good amount of funky sourness right upfront, followed by big notes of black cherry, and some dark fruits like plum and purple grapes; almost like concord grape juice. The oak notes didn't really hit me until it had warmed up a bit, but they're there.
T: Whew! The label says it was aged in wood to achieve a mouth-puckering perfection...and I wholeheartedly agree! Upon first contact with my lips, I was smacked in the face with a brilliantly tart, lemon-drenched vinegar sourness that is somewhat balanced by the sweetness of the great-tasting fruity flavors that consist of black cherries and grapes. It seems to suck every drop of moisture out of the mouth and leaves you NEEDING to take another drink to quench that thirst. Once again, the french oak imparts a nice, subtle woody flavor that really comes out as the beer warms.
M: La Folie is a medium-bodied beer that is perfectly carbonated and as dry as the Serengeti. It slides across the tongue due to the smooth texture, and features a lush richness that I find to be really enjoyable.
Notes: This is a really good beer that pushes right up against the edge of being too sour for my preferences, but stops just short and manages to land right within the sweet spot. More importantly, its got some great dark fruity flavors that offer just enough sweetness to cut through the sour waves and provide a hint of balance without tasting artificial or syrupy. Couldn't drink more than one bottle, though, as the mouth-puckering may just turn my face inside out. Very nicely done!
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2009 08:30:58 | More by sweetbrew82
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4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Fills the glass with a dark and rich mahogany ride. A bit of a tan colored head forms but dissipates rather quickly. Intense sweet and sour aromas hit you right up front. Nutty and caramel malty notes pair well with the cherry and vinegar-like sour aromas.
Well balanced on the palate with a nice layer or rich and sweet malty flavors pairing up with the slightly woody and perfectly tart flavors that make this truly 'Flanders-style'. Notes of toffee and caramel give way to cherry and cidery sour notes.
Mouthfeel is bubbly and medium bodied but nothing too exceptional. Overall, an absolutely excellent representation of the Fladers-red/bruin styles. Not overly sour or vinegary but just tart enough to get your tastebuds excited.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 01:32:13 | More by Kinsman
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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