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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,055
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 470
Gots: 610 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks jpm30. A clear rlight reddish colour with lots of large bubbles in the head. Vinegar and malt aroma. Clearly sour taste that sweetens as you drink it. Vineous and slightly rich, wood only detactable before the taste buds are overpowered.. Great after salty fish. A slightly milder alternative to a Cantillon, overpowering the mouth but not for the entire day.

Sammy, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Tried this tonight and was very impressed. I've heard about this beer and every time I see "New Belgium Brewing" next to the name I just keep right on browsing, figuring that it can't be any good. I was sorely mistaken.

This beer pours a deep red color that was sorta clear. Slightly hazy. There was some head in my glass but that was pretty much a vertical pour in an effort to aggravate the beer and produce some aromas. Not much retention.

The smell was wonderfully geuze-like. Moderately sour and definitely some oak in there. Also some sour cherries coming out. The smell is not as intensely complex as some of the reviews would make it out to be but it is very well balanced.

The taste is moderately sour and oak inspired. There is some fruit in the background and some sweet malt. Not much to comment on other than its a great flavor and that I could drink bottles of this on a daily basis.

Over the past 6 months or so I have really been introduced to sour belgian beers and this is a prime example. Medium body, enough CO2, very drinkable.

t0rin0, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.1%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Pours a tawny brown color that is not entirely transparent; nice white head.

S: Lots of tarness of cherries and other fruits on top of a brown base. A little bit of funkiness going on as well.

T: The taste is quite sour, but not overpoweringly so. The biggest fruit component is of cherries, and there are oak hints complementing the sourness.

M: Prickly and sour; quite good.

D: Unbelievably drinkable for the style with the perfect amount of sourness--I'll definitely be looking for quite a bit more of this one in the future.


Corked and caged version labeled as 06-348, which I assume means that it was bottled in mid-December 2006. Thanks to bmanning for popping this open on 11.10.2010.

This is incredibly tart with some modest cherry and quite a bit of acetic character, especially in the finish. A bit of very mild earthy funk in the nose. This is one of the most sour beers that I've had in a long time.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

zestar, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

nmann08, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin light pink head that quickly faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the collar of the glass.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of sourness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very sour and has notes of cherries and oak in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The high amount of carbonation in this beer makes it quite drinkable.

Note: 2010 vintage

metter98, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a nice head that retains well and leaves wafts a lace all over the chalice

Smell: Sour cherry with a range of other fruit subtleties such as green apples, passion fruit and sour orange

Taste: Opens up with a malty base that grows increasingly sour, mid-palate, with all of the flavors from the aroma, plus a new one - overripe bananas; very fruity and very sour

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation but a real mouth-puckerer

Drinkability: I wish somebody else in the household liked sour beers as it will be tough to polish off the entire bottle by myself

Thanks, Bitterbill, for the grand experience

brentk56, May 02, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Hand bottled 9/07, #9344. Radiant ferric oxide orange with Champagnesque carbonation. Unfortunately, all those bubbles are unable to sustain the head for long. The ecru colored foam doesn't look appealing and isn't the least bit sticky. No lace is a major disappointment. That said, I'll take style into consideration when scoring the appearance.

Considering aroma alone, La Folie falls short of the style's best. It's good, it just isn't special. The usual suspects are present: sour fruit (especially cherries), a vinegar-like tanginess, and a good bit of woodiness. Spending 1-3 years in French oak barrels was bound to be beneficial. A whiff of sweat sock funk appears with warming.

Even though the styles are somewhat similar, is La Folie Wood Aged Beer a Flanders oud bruin rather than a Flanders red? The brewery calls it a 'Belgian Sour Brown'... and they should know since they brewed it. To be more specific, this classic ale is the creation of Peter Bouckaert, formerly of Brouwerij Rodenbach.

La Folie is unquestionably delicious beer. That said, it doesn't supplant Rodenbach Grand Cru as the best version to have ever puckered my palate. The biggest reason is that the Belgian beer has an underlying sweetness that is a perfect foil for the sourness and the acidity. This beer seems slightly less complex because it's so dry.

Actually, this offering is fairly approachable as sour beers go. Sure, it's impressively tart, but it isn't quite as vinegar-like or as acidic as some. The fruitiness (sour cherries, unripe raspberries and Granny Smith apples) comes through loud and clear. A certain earthiness and several barrels' worth of oak are in the flavor spotlight as well.

The body/mouthfeel is fine considering the style. It's a bit light for me, but that's probably a result of too few malt sugars. With respect to carbonation, slightly softer would have been slightly better.

Given my incredibly high (and probably unrealistic) expectations, I can't help but be a little disappointed by La Folie. It's damn good beer, but it isn't the Flanders red/oud bruin of my dreams. It looks like Rodenbach Grand Cru deserves that honor.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a medium foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of oak and tart is quite impressive with some tannic qualities also discernable. Taste is quite sour and tart with a nice oak presence and some subtle sour cherries. I thought taste had some great tannic qualities and was very reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is a great compliment when coming from me. I would love to try this again and I really appreciated all the complexities that this beer had to offer.

Phyl21ca, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

This has been one of the more illusive beers for me. Finally had to go to the brewery to nail it down. This might have been my favorite pint during the GABF '08 weekend. The beer begins with a mouthwatering scent of extreme berry-like tartness with black cherries, vineous red wine, oak, nuttiness, a touch of vinegar and even a hint of chocolate. Mesmerizing by the scent and the sight. The brandy sniffer shows a dark ruby color with brilliant clarity and a glowing crimson hue. Light head formation lasts the session. The pungent, assertive aromas morph seamlessly into the flavors with the same intensity and balance. The beer is aided by soft vanillans from the barrels and with a light tannin dryness. Other textures that come through are initial wine thinness, but then with a mild, all-attenuated malty creaminess, and lastly with a tart astringency that balances the beer in the absence of detectable hops. Finishes with a cherry-berry fruitiness and sharp dryness. If the malt backbone could add more creaminess, it would surplant Duchesse du Burgogne as my favorite Flanders.

BEERchitect, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

happy to be able to try this one on tap. i had it in a corked bottle. it was a pleasure to be able to try it on tap. served in a snifter

great pour with the hazy golden color coming through right away it really was a a great pour with a nice hazy amber color and a smooth head of white that stayed throughout the session, tart sour funk dominated the aroma with a rich and clean profile of grapes and fruit. warming brings hints of grain, nice touches of rich sourness that just warm the soul. hints of light wood and oak, just an amazing beer all around. final touches of rich, warming sour dries the palate and destroys the taste buds.

overall just a tremendous beer that really just shows how good a sour ale can really be.

mikesgroove, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +4%

A: Very dark brown with a bit of red tint and a thin layer of white foam.

S: An incredibly tart nose. Vinegar, cherries, and a bit of wood.

T: Amazing tartness on this! Cherries, lemon, wood, and a slight grape flavor.

M: Very crisp, causes a puckering sensation, and a great amount of carbonation.

D: Absolutely fantastic all around and very easy drinking.

womencantsail, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

2013 offering.

Pours dark copper with red/cranberry tones. A fast fading light khaki head.

Nose of cooked cherries with hints of cocoa and light tart apple vinegar. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp; very well balanced and with perfect tart/sour character.

Flavor profile is tart cooked pie cherries with a "brown ale" undertone. There are hints of cocoa and cooked stone fruit, all with the tart character prevailing.

This is a very drinkable beer with a nice clean, tart finish that leaves you salivating a bit and wanting more.

GRG1313, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -6.1%

A: thin quarter finger head on a clear brown and amber body.

S: tons of sour cherries with subtle caramel and toffee. Bubble gum

T: nice degree of sourness with the flavor following the aroma perfectly. Toffee and caramel are mild but present.

M: thinner side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very nice sour beer, one of the better beers and sour beers from this brewery.

kylehay2004, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jaydoc, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

(Bottle 07-6791).

Appearance: Pours a hazed brown body with a small, fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Tart-smelling sour cherry aroma with notes of seasoned wood, earthy funk, and a neutral graininess.

Taste: Immediately sour and tart with a blackberry and cherry-like fruitiness. Slightly tannic oakiness and a bit of funk encountered. Fleeting flash of malts. Two drops of Worcestershire sauce. Bracing acidity. Finishes dry with a long-lived tart, fruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fine carbonation.

Drinkability: There hasn't been anything this tart yet still wonderfully balanced and easily drinkable in my mouth in a long, long, LONG time. A lovely beer.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%

Thanks to orfeu for picking this up for me while in Nebraska,first off normally I am not a big fan of the style but this, this is awesome.Poured a hazed brugundy spiked with tawny brown a well defined slight off white head atop leaving one ring around my oversized wine glass.Complex to the hilt in the nose so much stuff going on I almost dont know where to begin,tart sour cherry and vanilla I would say are most prominant then the subtle stuff shows thru sherry,phenolic clove,nutmeg,pepper its all there.Quite tart at first it takes a minute to take it in then I start to pick vanilla and a real peppery presence a touch phenolic spiciness finishing with a saltiness that sticks and really hits the back of the tongue whoo!Wow what can I say it seems like each sip gives off something new,as I stated before not a style I go for much but damn how can you not at the very least respect this bad boy,a real gem.

2006 bottle#2006-1139

oberon, Jan 10, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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