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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,068
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 473
Gots: 617 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002)
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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

teathomas, Dec 01, 2012
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1.58/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Definitely an acquired taste. I recently tasted it at the Texas Brewers Festival on Galveston Island. At the risk of sounding pedestrian (which I am not, I've home brewed for 20 years) it has to be the worst beer I've tasted.

If you are a sour beer and vinegar lover, it is probably great. On the other hand, if I had paid $16 a bottle for the stuff, I'd have been a little put out. Luckily I got about 3oz at the festival and left about 3.8 oz in my sampling cup. The general concensus was the stuff tasted like balsamic vinegar. Last time I checked a good bottle of balsamic was substantially less than $16 and to my mind, equally refreshing.

The body and color was nice, the carbonation was on the weak side. Overal, like a good malt balsamic vinegar.

So any potential drinkers of this stuff, should know what they are getting into. Maybe it takes a while to learn to love it, but if I had made this, I would have written it up as a mistake and poured the whole batch out, and in actuality, I have 86'd whole kegs of better tasting beer rather than inflict it on my friends. $16 bucks? I'd save my money and spend it on a bottle of good single malt.

KeithPatton, Sep 07, 2010
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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

whity, Jul 19, 2014
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2.15/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The beer's coloring looks really nice - it's a dark red with absolutely nothing for a head. A very potent sourness and vinegar as you take a sniff, which is expected given it's a sour brown ale. Where I have a real problem with the beer is the taste. To be completely honest, the beer tastes like I drank some funky cough syrup, then upchucked a bit in mouth...but kept it in, so ended up tasting the stomach acid again on the way down. I can't just get past that. I took a few more sips and did get some more flavors - sour apple, sour cherry. The vinegar flavor comes up again in the aftertaste...

I couldn't finish the whole bomber, which is sad given the price - $13 bucks! EPIC FAIL by New Belgium

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - A pretty dark red with nada for head
Smell - 2.5/5.0 - Oy...vinegar and pungent sourness.
Taste - 2.5/5.0 - GAG - sour, vinegar, cough syrup, stomach acid, with some sour apple & cherry after getting into the beer
Feel - 1.5/5.0 - It certainly sticks with you...
Drinkability - 1.0/5.0 - No way Jose. This is definitely an...acquired taste.

taxguyjase, Jan 15, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -47.2%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
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2.29/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had my growler filled after a recommendation from other member of my local growler club. Having thoroughly enjoyed the other Lips of Faith brews I had tried I really wanted to like this beer. I just could not get my palate into the sour mash. This was my first sour mash beer experience, maybe if I have a few more and become accustom to the flavors I will revisit this beer and re-evaluate.

rdobens, Mar 08, 2013
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2.38/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in pint goblet. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, with an inch of tan head that quickly dissipated and left a medium amount of lacing.

The aroma was slightly sweet upfront and had a vinegary sour finish. While certainly sour, this beer was mostly bland, but did have a very dry finish.

The mouthfeel was very thin, but did have a clean, dry finish. Drinkability was good, but with the overall blandness why drink more than one at a time?

beertunes, Feb 14, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lips of Faith bomber dated 2011. (revised lightly with more enjoyable 2012 bottle)

Dark reddish brown with a rather short-lived tan head.

Aroma: Unattractive funky sour (OK) and vinegar (yuch) aroma with whiffs of over-ripe fruit and vinegar.

T - Markedly salty and sour: in both cases, more so than any beer I can remember. The saltiness here is not to my taste. [I shared this bottle with two others who confirmed the saltiness]. Hard to get beyond these two striking components, but there is more to the flavor including hints of dark fruits, green apples, and wood.

M - medium body with (too) light carbonation.

O - Avoid unless you love sour beers; if, like me, you dislike vinegar, then avoid in any case.
This was a fresh bottle from a reliable store that was kept refrigerated for about 3 weeks prior to consumption -- otherwise, I'd more strongly suspect it had gone bad. I let a dog sample some and he liked it, although it caused a long bout of sneezing.

chinchill, Jul 21, 2011
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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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