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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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95
world-class

2,907 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,907
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 454
Gots: 569 | FT: 36
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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-dark brown with a thin almost non existent tan head

S-honestly, quite possibly the most sour thing I've ever come across in my life time. The smell will wake you up from a coma. Has hints of dark fruits and caramels.

T-oh and it's every bit as sour as its smell. Holy crap this will make the most battle torn of you guys to pucker. I think there's some dark fruit to it along with some caramel. It's difficult to tell really what lies beyond this tartness.

M-sour. Medium carbonation

O-the more I drink this, the more complex and flavorful it gets, possibly because I'm getting accustomed to the sourness. I highly recommend this to anyone that loves the style, don't try it if you're apprehensive to sourness. This should be tasted when someone is deep within their sour career.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 00:57:23 | More by AdamBear
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-22-2013 16:37:46 | More by SkinniePost
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adkieffer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-22-2013 05:28:34 | More by adkieffer
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LtColFrankSlade

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-22-2013 02:46:59 | More by LtColFrankSlade
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12%

03-22-2013 00:28:07 | More by eagles22
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KevinMc

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-22-2013 00:23:57 | More by KevinMc
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mrkinnex

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-22-2013 00:02:31 | More by mrkinnex
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-21-2013 20:21:35 | More by irish01980
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-21-2013 16:32:12 | More by JEdmund
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Kinzei

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

03-21-2013 11:29:14 | More by Kinzei
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JonNunes

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-21-2013 05:41:59 | More by JonNunes
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-20-2013 19:52:38 | More by tom10101
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fiver29

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.1%

03-20-2013 12:57:23 | More by fiver29
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-19-2013 23:18:58 | More by CarolinaKevin
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DiscLizard

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-19-2013 05:19:48 | More by DiscLizard
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cherry colour, clear. Head is light beige, bubbly and foamy. Quite pleasant, but more lace/head would be nice.

Smell is very pungent and funky, almost to the point of offence. Sulfurous and solventy, slight salty sweaty note, oxidised red wine and masses of pepper. Fascinating, but I find it slightly unpleasant.

Taste is funky, peppery, dark and mysterious. Loads of tart, vinegary acidity from the get-go, with big dollops of merlot, black pepper, currants and burnt toffee/molasses. I like the acidity and the complexity, but I really couldn't drink too much of this.

Sharp pull as expected on the mouthfeel, finishes surprisingly thick and pleasant.

Can't say I'm fully reconciled with this style. I can see this particular example being well loved, but it doesn't quite sit right with me. Good luck to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 04:41:47 | More by laituegonflable
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dannykugler

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-19-2013 03:27:24 | More by dannykugler
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red amber color with some brown accents. Moderate level of carbonation was active throughout. Very low to no head retention throughout.

Smell: Complex fruits and a very prominent oak aroma. Tart bitterness from the fruit aroma that packs a heavy punch. Cherries and a bright white wine presence is found.

Taste: Dark fruits and cherries hit on the front. Heavy sour fruits lay into the palette in the body of this brew. A very light bodied sweetness left on the palette. No hop presence at all. French oak barrels come on a little heavy in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Complex and layered. Crisp oak bitter fruits hit then subside to a smooth sweetness. Palette is thrown for a ride.

Overall: Pretty much the first sour ale I've tried. I've been anxious to experiment with this style and I enjoyed my first experience. This beer also gave me some more hope for New Belgian products, will give some of their other products a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 01:56:09 | More by KFBR392
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mrluis

Nevada

5/5  rDev +17.4%

03-19-2013 01:15:16 | More by mrluis
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-18-2013 20:05:48 | More by brycevolk
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass. No bottled on date to be found, but this is the 2013 version, so pretty fresh.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a tan, one-finger head that dissipates to abut of foam resting on top in mottled 'islands' of fizz. Lacing clings to glass before slowly drifting back to the liquid. Mahogany, chestnut colors with twinges of muddy red clay color around the edges.

Smell - Hints of vinegar, pickled dark fruits and a healthy acidity. Promise of tartness to come.

Taste - Wonderfully tart with the pickled elements dominating. Sourness and notes of lemon juice linger briefly before finishing dry and crisp. Drinkability increases as the liquid approaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent carbonation balances well with the cutting tartness. Faint and pleasant aftertaste.

Overall, a fantastic beer. There is a reason that this is widely considered among the best American-made sour brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 20:00:02 | More by LambicPentameter
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XnFM

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

03-17-2013 20:32:52 | More by XnFM
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yoitsarch

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2013 21:42:44 | More by yoitsarch
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-16-2013 13:18:43 | More by Cyclone8
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drop6301

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -29.6%

03-16-2013 08:37:14 | More by drop6301
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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