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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 2424
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%


Brewed by:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 04:22:22 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 21:06:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 02:06:53 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 05:40:15 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 00:26:09 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 19:06:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2008 17:33:39 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

UPDATE:

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 18:54:43 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:04:48 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 22:56:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 23:53:50 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic tumbler.

2010 vintage, if memory serves (I really need to note this next time). It pours a clear dark russet-brown topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises black cherry, oak, light Brett, toffee, and a hint of what really seems like maple syrup. The taste brings in the same basic elements, though the cherries come through more tart, and some port joins the party as a late-comer. The body is a svelte medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. Overall, a rather pleasing bit o' sour, nothing too puckering, but something I wanna return to for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 19:31:34 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! I loved this beer so much that I was originally unsure of my own thoughts on it. However, after going over it for a while, and then rushing out and tasting some of the beers from Flanders (the one's without the extra sugar added), I really do feel that this is an exceptional beer that not only rivals the originals, but ranks very highly among them! The fact that a brewery in the United States produced this absolutely proves that we are the greatest beer nation in the world! So, if this be folly, then let me be a fool!!!

From a 750ml green glass Champagne bottle, corked and caged; 2004 vintage.

The first pour from a longstanding bottle is crystal clear (I can see my fingerprints through the glass). The body is copper colored with a reddish cast and glittering orange and gold highlights; beneath a massive head of creamy white froth that unfortunately settles fairly quickly to a standard collar and whispy surface covering. It does leave some large splashes of lace however, but they are transient and disappear after a minute or so.

The nose is tart with the acid produced by the Brettanomyces and bacteria, and it comes off like tart fruit. Once warm, woody notes become apparent, giving it greater depth; and some tropical fruit appears (mango, papaya, melon).

In the mouth it's light-medium bodied and just lightly tingly on the tongue due to the carbonation, but the acidity also helps to give it some zest.

The flavor starts tart and fruit juicy with an undercurrent of sweetness that appears at the swallow. Across the middle, the barnyard (musty, musky, feral) and oak character appears. It's superbly balanced in its tartness, and the oak isn't over-done.

Note: Once the yeast is added, it softens the flavor greatly, and I'd suggest you store this in your refrigerator for a long period before opening it to let the yeast settle. when you're ready, pull it out, open it, pour it carefully and enjoy it 5 minutes later. You will eventually get to the "yeast pour", but the first few glasses will be great!

It finishes bone-dry and slightly chalky with a mineralistic/barnyard characteristic from the Brettanomyces that leaves it slightly reminiscent of bleu cheese.

Stunning! An amazingly refreshing and drinkable beer that is surprisingly compelling.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 23:21:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The cage and cork are off, the bottle poured into glass and immediately the nose is hit with a tart cherry/berry intensity. But let's look at this first:
Lush, deep crimson color, cherry red, really, with active carbonation, and an impressively stable pinkish head.
Aroma: sour, and a touch sweet. soft fruit. Perfect balance, though, and at times angelic. Something sublime there. A poetic, eniticing aroma.
Taste: Acidic bite leads off, then the serious pucker, the mouth twisting sour, saved by a blast of sweet berryish flavor. Very nice.
Solid mouthfeel, excellent texture, full body, with a long, fruity, ultimately dry finish.
There is some serious refreshment happening in the mouth, here.
Just gorgeous, really. Easily the match of any Flanders Red I've met, and the better of many more. A pity it's so rare, but easily this fine brewery's best work.
So mellow, but jam-packed with flavor, oozing character. The wood did well with this one.

Impressive.

I think I'm in love.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 10:16:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Map Room. Drank out of a tulip.

A - It was hard to tell the exact color as the Map Room is quite dark inside. Started out a dark brown with purplish hues, looked a little more pinkish as I made my way through my glass. Thin pale head that dissipated quickly.

S - Mostly sour cherry, with some of the musty barn funk and wood scent. Also some citrus in the background. Complex - I could have spent a fair bit of time just smelling this brew.

T - More sour fruit, mostly cherry, with a oak-y backdrop. Mouth-puckering and delicious. Reminds me a little of Lou Pepe Kriek. Leaves a sour apple aftertaste.

M - Fantastic. Perfect amount of carbonation, just enough to tingle the palate, complementing the sour flavor. Smooth and just the right density.

D - Can't taste the alcohol at all, just the rich flavor. I could only imagine having two of these though, as it's very sour and leaves your mouth with that "ate too much candy" feel.

Very different brew from New Belgium - I'd love to try more of their less mainstream offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 04:04:27 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Fishdawg71, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of sour cherries and vinegar along with light malts and a little yeast.

T: The taste is likewise very sour and tangy with flavors of cherries and other dark fruits up front. The malt character is thin and there's not much of a hops presence as you would expect from the style. The after-taste is tart and sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is another one of those wine-like beers where I can appreciate how well-made it is even though it isn't my kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 02:01:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my 3rd time sampling La Folie, and this particular bottle was from the 2006 release, numbered 06-3463. Served at cellar temp: 55º-60º.

Perfect crimson red, with racing carbonation. A small blanketing of foam develops after the pour, and settles to a patchy skim. Evaporating carbonation is audible, like Rice Krispies. A white ring of foam is ever present, and some irregular lacing decorates the glass.

Aromas of musty leather, dark underripe berries, black cherry, residual pasture funk, at a lower level than a Gueuze or Lambic. Complex without being overbearing, truly a signature aroma of a traditional Flanders Red.

Tart flavor, with a nice residual cherry and oak bouquet. Dry finish, oak tannins, with plenty of fruit lingering. Residual saltiness that is pretty unique for this style, yet compliments the sweet/sour well. Not ham-fistedly sour, as some Gueuzes can be at first sip. Delicate and complex, the most perfect Flanders style ale i've come across. Quenching in it's tartness, this is the epitome of my attraction to sour ales.

2008 tap sample: Very tart, it may put off novices to the style. There was a distinct grape jelly aftertaste that I never noticed before, and a hint of multigrain breadiness. The body seemed less substantial than from from the bottle, as if it lost steam after 15 minutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 01:45:12 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2007 vintage, bottle 3414 pours effervescent caramel/orange with 4+ fingers of fluffed up tan colored head. Head quickly drops off to 1/4" inch. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Much sourness & vinegar, appleskins & raspberry, plus a bit of leather

T: Much dryness, appleskins, tartness &sour cherry up front. Oaky notes, a bit of raspberry tartness, & granny smith apples as this warms. Finishes dry, acidic, with more sour cherry, apple skins & some acidic burn (too much)

MF: So much dryness, minimal carbonation, acidity is pretty prominent too.

Drinks so slow, this is just too much. The only reason I don't rate lower is this mostly sticking to style. Other versions of Flanders red aren't so extreme. I did find it a bit more user-friendly on tap, but I had a load of beer down my gut prior to tasting that sample. Sour beer freaks may love this, but I sure as hell couldn't session on this. Too harsh for the style IMO. Would go great with cheese, I wonder how aging would affect this? At $18 bottle, I may never know

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 05:02:40 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah, thanks for the opportunity. Beer is brown and clear, forms a white head.

Aroma is like balsamic vinegar, nice. A hint of wood.

Its really balanced, not as good as I had hoped but definitely a great example of a Flanders. It is definitely sour, good acetic quality but there is also a tartness that gets me in the corners. Its enjoyable and I'm glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 21:01:18 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is strong oak and vanilla with some tart citrus and tart dark fruit. You also get some chocolate. The flavor is tart fruit. Lots of sour cherries. You also get oak and vanilla. As the beer warms, it becomes a more lactic sourness as opposed to the sour fruit that was in the beer earlier. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A truly outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 20:43:50 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #06-3987 poured into a flute glass

A - Poured out a burgundy/brown color with small, bubbly, off-white head. It was a clear beer with a fizzy, carbonated body that left no lace.

S - It smelled very oaky and woody. Also a good bit of a sour apple aroma.

T - It was very sour. Tons of sour apple flavor and a little malt. It had an oaky flavor like a red wine, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Initially, I was not a fan of this beer, but upon retrying it (and gaining a greater appreciation of sour ales) I'd say it's worth the hype. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 01:23:09 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this great beer thanks to MiguelMandingo, poured into Allagash tulip glass.

A: Very dark cloudy reddish brown color with very little visibility but with auburn aura and light airy head that disappears almost immediately

N: Nose of sour cherries, slight oak and vanilla, touch of sweetness

T: Taste starts with more sour cherries, very juicy tasting, somewhat fizzy and tangy, some wild yeast like flavors, somewhat sweet, a touch of maltiness, a slight spicey alcohol-like bite, makes my mouth water quite a bit with the juicy sour cherries and fruit, some light oak, wood, and touch of vanilla

M: Somewhat sticky, slightly thick and very light carbonation, but spicey

F: Pretty sweet and sticky, the sour and tangy hangs on the tongue for a while making my mouth continue to water long after I finished the sip, but also leaves a stickiness around the mouth, the spice fades quickly but follows down the throat

Final thoughts: A great Flanders Red ale. I'm just getting into the style and this is a great start. Nice sour fruit but not overbearing, some light malt and wood and touch of vanilla, very sticky and touch of spice, very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 00:23:05 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 90604, Sampled June, 2004
It is with great anticipation that I open this bottle. I want to see if this can displace pre-Palm Rodenbach Grand Cru. After having multiple samples of this at the GAZBF, I knew that I needed a bottle for myself. This beer pours a lightly hazy deep ruby-amber color. It has a lively carbonation, which generates a fluffy light brown head. An absolutely intoxication, enticing aroma wafts from my glass. I get notes of cherry, balsamic vinegar, raisin, and a certain woodiness. The taste is dry up front and finishes with a strong note of acetic acid. With my second sip I get a hint of sweetness up front. The finish is still dominated by woody notes of balsamic vinegar. While I do enjoy the vinegar component it is a bit too strong in this bottle, it dominates the flavor profile, muting the other complex notes that should be here. This is definitely a "hard" sour brown ale, the acidity is very domination, it is almost too much. Don't get me wrong, I really am enjoying this, but New Belgium has a little ways to go before they dethrone Rodenbach GC. I actually think that this recipe has great potential, give them a few more years and La Folie with be where it is at.

Sampled multiple times at Greater AZ Beer Fest March 2004
The aroma is woody, as well as sour & wonderful. I could smell this beer quite a bit. My first thought upon tasting is that this is a bit more acetic, and a bit more earthy than Rodenbach Grand Cru. It is of course nice & tart, and there is a hint of caramel sweetness to it. It is fruity up front but still quite dry. The finish is dry and tannic with a nice woodiness to it. Sharp is a good description for this beer. This is a wonderfully put together beer, and I can't wait for them to get the ATF approval so that they can ship this to my local. Quite impressive, and I think that I like this a bit better than the Rodenbach GC.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 16:21:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

"Hand bottled" 04/07, #12,349

750 ml cage-corked bottle - opened to allow to breathe and warm, as per instructions on attached tab. Poured into same type of glass pictured on the cap.

Pours hazed brown with a foamy tan head that fizzes to a disappearing patch. A bit of lacing slides down glass without sticking.

The smell is sour, vinegary, with musty oak with dark bread and a hint of dark ("brown") sweet maltiness underneath.

The taste is sour/tart and acidic. Sweet maltiness comes through more as it progresses and tartness mellows, though it still retains a tart/sour character. Musty more than funky I would say. It has woody and bready notes and a dry, though not long, finish. It almost reaches a "4", but it's one of those that just doesn't stand out as one, IMO, though certainly nothing "off" about it.

The fizziness in the first few sips mellows to be a bit understated. It has a medium-body I would say.

An interesting sipper that doesn't thrill me the way it should, I suppose, but a nice sour ale, ala Flemish that has a fine malty, bready, backing and a nice oak touch.

Serving type: bottle

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