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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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2,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 2394
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.00% 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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District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer at this point. I am sure I had it before and was unimpressed, but I think that was before I started appreciating sours. I do think this is more towards other sour styles in that it is very tart (and most other Flanders ales I've had are a milder form of sour).

Pours a brown-laden amber, translucent at best, without a lot of head (definitely doesn't last). Smell to me is almost straight sour cherry or sour apple candy.

The nose doesn't betray the tongue, but there is a deeper taste of some dark fruit lying well beneath the tartness. The flavor does sort of just wind down without much transition. To me it leaves a barely perceptible metallic taste, almost not worth mentioning.

A decent sour that may be more widely available than most, so good to know a decent sour exists that I might be able to grab one for my cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 00:25:17 | More by cjgiant
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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost forgot to review this, from notes during my trip to San Diego.

A- Deep, dark ruby red pour from the tap into a snifter. One finger off-white head forms and has good retention. Cap lowers to a fizzy ring and small cloud atop the beer. Cracked earth webs of lacing plentifully down the glass.

S- Reminds me of Duchesse and Rodenbach in some ways. Dark currants, cherries and tart acetic acid notes. Super clean with hints of plums and spices.

T- Opens up a lot for me here. Huge punch of cherry, lemon and tart apples to compliment the Flanders style balsamic acidity. Seems like fifty-fifty lactic and acetic sourness, somewhat puckering. Oak combines with all of this with a vinous grape feel. Toasted brown sugar and malts, red wine, fruit jam and slight funk.

MF- Just about bone dry overall with a light end body. Foamy, slightly creamy feel and a nice moderately tart finish.

Really good for an American take on the Flanders Brown. Intense tart cherry and apple feel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 02:47:43 | More by cbutova
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is absolutely terrific, and the best sour I have had in recent memory. Pours a unique reddish brown and right away you can smell the tartness. Lots of lime and lemon, with a hint of sweetness and some yeasty funk. Taste is SOUR SOUR SOUR. Tart acidity and sharp carbonation taste like you are drinking a less sweet lemon lime soda. Being a brown also, there are some earthier flavors in the background. Clean finish, and no weird aftertaste that sours have sometimes. Very very good!

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 05:32:28 | More by Samuel906
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4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown, with bubbles trailing the glass, and a quarter-finger reddish-white head. Very rustic looking, but very appealing. Scents of sour lactic acid, apple cider vinegar, apple, cherry and barnyard funk. It's another rustic area, very wild and sour, with some classic fruit in the aroma. The fruity, funk and mustiness combine to make a very nice aroma. Taste follows the nose. Sour lactic acid, apple cider vinegar, sour cherry and dry red wine with a dry finish. Very sour and vinegar like, but quite good. Just enough complexity to balance the sourness of the beer. Mouthfeel was medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying finish. It puckers and drys the mouth enticing you to take another sip. Very well crafted. Overall this is an excellent, rustic Belgian sour ale. It hits a lot of very pleasant sour and fruity notes and balances them with a mouthfeel that plays to the beer's strengths. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2013 05:45:03 | More by Auraan
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North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam.

S- Moderate lactic acid fume with some ripe fruit notes like cherry and sour apple. Touch of vinegar.

T- Quite sour but not overbearing as the fruit sweetness is allowed to play along. More cherry notes and even some black raspberry.

M- Dry tannins develop as the drink progresses and there's a good amount of pucker that's not overbearing. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A nicely balanced Oud Bruin that's good for beginners and experts alike.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 23:10:31 | More by Immortale25
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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, poured into deschutes snifter

appearance: dark burgundy, opaque, vanilla rim of bubbles around the edges but bare in the middle, few bubbles reside on sides and bottom of glass. looks awesome, very unique looking beer.

aroma: musty bready nose, can really get the brett smells out of this one, leathery malt backbone, soft black cherries

palate: sharp bite to it, pretty thin feeling but still retains a medium body, overall nice

taste: starts out very sour and sharp, cherries dominate, and its got that classic, stale funky lingering aftertaste that is so great about this style.

overall: one of new belgium's best year in and year out. very enjoyable, everyone should try

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 20:56:10 | More by mobius387
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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A ruby brown body with a lace white head.

S: A sweet caramel aroma that is tinged with a pleasant sour aroma.

T: Not a lot of sour present. Very mild flavors. There is some grape and toffee in the background.

M: A little thing but great carbonation.

O: Great refreshing beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 05:21:10 | More by jvillefan
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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish color with a small head. Intense-smelling fruity smells with incredibly tart but slightly sweet, and a whole lot of sour. I had this during a sour beer night with sixteen sour beers and this one was definitely one of the most memorable of the night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 06:30:29 | More by falc0n2600
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4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clarification: this is not based on the style, as I know little about the style, but my own interpretation of this particular beer.

I loved this beer! A uniquely rust red color that in itself was intriguing to me (given have only had a few sours). Smells sweet, but not like it was, I would not have guessed it to be so sour based on the smell. A wildly sour taste that converted me from thinking sours taste like vinegar to sours being highly enjoyable. The feel was a nice medium body with spot on carbonation.

Really loved this beer and it opened up sours for me. Have one!

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 19:22:28 | More by beerdhabelly
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3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Arrived a clear ruby red with no real head to speak of.

Aroma of dark fruit with a definite tartness present. Some wood and tree bark as well.

Immediate dark fruit on the flavor reminding me of cherries and figs. Lots of tartness along with vinegar and some funk. A little bit of lighter citrus in there as well. Mouthfeel is very watery, unfortunately, and detracts somewhat.

Overall, I was a little underwhelmed by this beer. It seemed to lack some complexity and the mouthfeel was terrible.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 19:57:31 | More by rangerred
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Half pint glass
From: URGE American Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $6.00
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark red, plum color with about a finger (when I got it) of marshmallow white head that initially had good retention. Nice spider web lacing on the sides as the beer went down, averaged out on the top.

Smelled sour cherries, green apple, rum, black cherry, plum and Cherry Coke.

Tasted sour cherries, black cherry, tart, Smarties and still that sour green apple. Some sour grape as well.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Extremely long smooth finish. Definitely the best part of the beer.

Very good beer overall. I’m still learning the sours and Flanders’, but this seems to be one of the better ones I’ve tried. Would definitely try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 00:22:54 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a deep copper-ruby red hybrid letting spotty amounts of light shine through; tan head, decent retention, minimal lacing. Aroma lifts up heavily from the glass with tart apples, strawberries, and a large assortment of sweet and tart fruits popping everywhere. Slight wet-wood and funk scents around the edges, however its very light and certainly overthrown by the cornucopia of fruit.

Taste is initially tart and sour on the very tip of the tongue, pucker inducing; ripe strawberries, green apples, sour cherries, and a huge assortment of other berries dance around the palate. Tart and sour flavors mellow out within a few seconds and turn into a lasting sweetness. Some mild yeast in the background, if nothing more than a foundation for the fruits to build in, it works well. Lots of carbonation, crisp and surprisingly dry, thin-medium body, more on the medium side I would say.

Great sour ale from New Belgium. It's hard to get great sours in the US sometimes, especially ones that are readily available. La Folie isn't cheap, but it's worth picking some up each year when it's released. Authentic fruit flavors are the key - this one nails it. I happen to like sour fruits, and this hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 12:40:42 | More by tectactoe
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Beachwood BBQ during their sourfest last year. A darker burnt copper kind of color, thin head on it, beige it appears. It doesn't do much in the lace department, there was never a substantial head formation to measure how well it made lace, much less discussing retention beyond that.

A mildly tart, acidic aroma permeates the nose. Enjoyable, you get some minimal intrusions of wood barrel in the aroma as well.

Flavor profile leans towards cherry tarts. Notes of apple come on as well. There is some sweetness, but nothing approaching Lindemans territory here. Funkiness doesn't seem developed, this one comes off all modernized and clean. I think I heard they pastuerize this stuff now, so it won't be growing in the bottle, this may explain the lack of funk, I don't care, its not something I went in hoping for either way. Some brown malt/ale type of leanings when you look beneath the fruit flavors and sour/tart aspects of the beer.

Its a good flanders brown, the cost seems to keep going up, but I don't mind picking up one of these every year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2012 21:43:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at HopCat for the Wood and Wild Ale Festival 2012 (several times over), into a tulip.

Deep ruby red, no head, no lacing. Nose is brilliant once warm, darker cherry notes and Flanders Red type malting predominate. Taste is acetic, dark cherry, sweetish malts with some mild vinegar notes in the finish. Tartness hangs around for a while. Lighter medium feel, medium high carbonation. An excellent Flanders ale, super drinkable and something I'll revisit any time I catch it on draught.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 18:03:38 | More by liamt07
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pi on Delmar for SLCBW.

I didn't realize this was a brown ale base. I'm not sure what I was expecting it to look like I guess, but definitely not what I got. Dark caramel-cola brown, some visible bubbles running up it but basically no head to speak of. Nothing special.

Smell is some earthy funk, some oak, granny smith apple, some citrus. Smells really nice. A bit of cherry - actually more cherry than the Kick.

Taste is a lot of acidic tartness upfront. Some apple, funk, hay, cherry, bit of earthiness. Really similar to the nose, but man is it acidic. I felt like I needed to eat a Tums after drinking that. Very tasty, but that acidity is a bit much.

Mouthfeel is excellent. On the lighter side, bubbly carbonation, pretty smooth. Very good.

This is a solid sour, decent complexity and great taste. Great tartness. I just wish it wasn't quite so acidic!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 03:00:22 | More by rodkin
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish, brown color with a thin head and great lacing.

S - Sour notes, some dark fruit, something apple-ish perhaps. Some malty notes as well.

T - This is one sour beer. Dark fruit and spice flavors. I pick up some apple and maybe a little cherry. A bit tart in the finish.

M - Pretty smooth and drinkable despite the sour finish. Nice low levels of carbonation.

O - La Folie is a very enjoyable brown sour ale. It's a great beer when you want something different. Sour fans should definitely try this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 18:07:21 | More by WMEugene
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District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 release on-tap in a tulip glass

A: Reddish, amber.

S: Muted, slightly yeasty.

T: Tart! Very mild, yeasty flavor. Fruity. Sweet.

M: Lots of carbonation, crisp. Leaves the palate clear.

Pretty good sour ale. I'd like to try a chilled bomber of this one later in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 19:58:22 | More by PopeXXIII
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Tyler's in Carrboro. Pour is translucent red with a very small white head. The smell is well, wow. Tart cherries, vinegar, and lactic acid. Its balanced, but bold. There is a balance between all of the flavors, it even pulls some stuff from Gueuze, Flanders Red/Oud Bruin. Its upfront with sourness, vinegarness, and acidity. Lots of oak as well, could use a little less of everything and more balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 00:59:56 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: "picnic tap" at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served as part of the PtY charity event at Monk's, with the proceeds going to charity. This one was poured into a pitcher, kept on ice at the bar, and then served in a 8oz. wine glass. Dark, ruddy, reddish-brown color, nearly translucent; a few stray bubbles on top, but otherwise no real head to speak of. Aroma mostly of sour grapes, sour cherries, and a dash of vinegar. Taste was similar, with sour fruit notes, causing the salivary glands to tense up a bit; underlying that were notes of wood and nutty malts. Medium body, prickly and drying, pretty enjoyable in a session of sours and wild ales.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 14:04:54 | More by Rifugium
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's. This is one that I never expected to have on tap on the East Coast. Very excited for see it (and the bottles too) in the Old Line State.

A: Dark, murkier and muddier that I remember La Folie being, the ale sits thick and sediment-filled. An off-white head blankets the ale, lasting for a few minutes.

S: The nose is vinegary, acetic with a strong dose of acidic sharpness. A nose like this doesn't come around often, puckering me up before I even have a sip. The Flemishness can't be denied, but the beer isn't a vinegary mess ala Duchesse (my beer nemesis).

T: More vinegar with a great pucker up factor. Sharp lacto, ample lemony citrus adds acidic bite. The wildness is very nice, scalding almost with each sip. Oak, vanilla, is plentiful, relaxing the lemony acidity. Vinegar returns for a swansong, a last blast of puckery sourness. Quite good.

M: Sour and tart, but very vibrant. Bracing at time, thin at others, the ale nicely straddles the middle of the road.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 02:12:45 | More by akorsak
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour cherry and malt vinegar aromas. Taste is very much the same with a very tart finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour beer that is tasty and very easy to drink. This is definitely a beer I could drink all day and not get tired of it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 05:12:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really can't say I am much of a fan of New Belgium but I absolutely LOVE this beer. Pours a dark, dark brown with a reddish hue with a bit of a head. Smells tart and sour with a touch of some thin malt sweetness underneath. Taste is tart, dark cherries, fruit and the brown ale base serves its purpose quite well. Not sure I detect any direct flavor from it but its a great base. Very crisp, with a enjoyable amount of carbonation to it, and lighter in body. I absolultely love this beer and if it was even somewhat affordable I would have this as a staple in my fridge during the duration of its release period.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 22:57:05 | More by denver10
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this little treat at the Barley Tap room in Tenn. I would have never been able to find it in Denver where I live at this time of the year.

The beer was a nice red brown color with ruby highlights at the edges. The head on the beer did not last but soon turned into a ring of bubbles that formed a silky skirt as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was failry sower with little hints of caramel underneath.

The beer started off sweet but soon turned into a tangy sharp tart sour finish. Present were the flavors of cherry pie, sour cherries, and some dark malt.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and it compared very well to the other flandes red ales that I have had. It was a wondeful sour beer and I would recommend it to anyone who asked.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 21:23:56 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a snifter.

Appearance: La Folie has a deep brown color with a cherry tint. As the glass wanes, a fuller cherry color is noticeable. A simmering white head is slowly reduced over time and leaves some light sticky lace.

Smell: The aroma is fairly light on any sugar of malt presence. Tart cherries, a burst of lemon, and a bit of orange all provide a tart aroma. A lot of woody oak comes through as it warms up a bit.

Taste: A dirth of true malt presence really lets the sour flavors come through right away. Lemon juice and zest come through strong, with tart cherry adding a bit of additional zing. The sour flavors grow into a climax midway through, and slowly come down as a fierce woody oak flavor steps in to close out each sip.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely on the dry side for what I have had in the sour arena. There is not much malt sweetness, although the intense sour flavor does create some salivation, giving an illusory mouthfeel presence of a sweeter beer. The carbonation is fairly standard, with small bubbles neither being too crisp nor creamy. For how sour it is, it is not that acidic and even less vinegary.

Overall: This was the first sour I had a long time ago, and it threw me off. Now I would say it is a great addition and one of my sour standbys.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 20:03:24 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass and sits a copper / dark amber. A small bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of fruit, sweet sweet fruit - a bit of green apple and sour cherry. Or maybe a lot. The aroma gives you a heads up regarding tartness.

Wow. Welcome to tart city. This is remarkable. The initial flavor is nearly overwhelming, but as it subsides pleasant fruity esters dance on the palate. In fact, the difference is so great I am surprised by every sip.

This beer moves efficiently across the tongue. A wonderfully clean finish aided by impeccable carbonation.

I'm not a huge fan of the brewery, but I absolutely loved drinking this beer. Well done, New Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 03:45:52 | More by quaybr
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