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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,069
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 474
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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Photo of malty
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage hand delivered to me back in mid-July from my good buddy who a to Denver over 15 years ago. Thanks Aaron!

I've been waiting to open this on a special occasion, but since I worked on New Year's Eve, today was the closet I could get. Pours into my .3L New Belgium stemmed tulip glass a marvelous rosewood color with brilliant clarity. When held to the light, ruby edges are exposed. The audibly fine crackling light beige head finally settles to a tight and fluffy 1/2". No lace at all.

Such a soft malty nose. Young, budding and playful sour notes ranging from champagne to swiss cheese dance about. Bitter baker's chocolate plays a secondary role in this regal scented steed, along with ghostly worcestershire sauce jockeying. Speaking of steed, the funky horse blanket and yeasty tart esters are frolicking about my nostril while my left brain detects obvious dark fruits in the fig family. My appetite is officially wetted.

Mmmm... Now that's what I'm talking about. Such a pungent yet comforting acidity which outlays an ultra-young green grape skin essence and a ton of champagne tartness. Wine cork. Tons of tannins. Raw sourdough. Magnificent yeasty rodeo. Wet river rocks. Pink sea salt. Sooo good and whimsical.

Mouthfeel is between light and medium with a tart/bitter/chalky dryness that assaults with the firmness and comfort of a Sobakowa pillow. Carbonation is ultra fine and dissipates rather quickly. Tip of the tongue remains tingling several seconds after the swallow.

Drinkability is very subjective I'll admit. Definitely depends so much on the mood. For me, right now, I could have another bomber after I finish this one. I let my unknowing wife take a sip and watched her face pucker and eyes squint.

This ale reminds me of Beligems Bruin (sp?) Flanders Sour Brown Ale I received in the Michael Jackson Belgian Beer of the Month club back around '98, (before this style was 'chic'). I loved it immediately, while me budding craft beer brethren spit it out. I've always been a fan, but never a band wagoner of the style. I'm glad to realize this beer's accolades were not merely hype and giddy praise. This is a superb rendition of style that has been superbly crafted in a way that could stand toe-to-toe with some of it's finest foreign examples. Now let me stop thinking and immerse myself back into this glorious elixir.

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malty, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in the NooB BIF from psiweaver...thanks man! Looking forward to this! Poured from a 22oz bottle into my De Dolle large snifter. Pours a redish brown, but fills the glass a solid dark brown. A small fizzy off-white head rises, bit dissipates quick remaining as a ring of froth around the outside. Leaves a patchy, quick sliding fizzy lacing.

Aroma is that of a very nice flanders. Wood, vinegar, slight funkiness, earthy. As it warms up, the acidic notes get stronger.

Very sharp vinegar flavor, similar to Rodenbach grand cru...without the harshness. Starts off acidic and sharp...very fizzy, slight funk slides in with some oak/wood...very mild fruit notes torwards the end...and finishes very dry. Light body, high carbonation, and low booze feel. A very decent flanders ale...not the best though.

ShadesOfGray, Jun 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Rimbimhoot, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

AndyEdgar, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Farnswurth, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

paresis, Sep 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

pathead, May 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Lurkerson, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mattboyer182, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of raffy313
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle [2012 Vintage] poured into a Duvel tulip. Had this beer many times for the past 3-4 years and have finally decided to review it.

A dark reddish brown, almost burgundy color when held up to the light, with a two finger tan head the dissapates rather quickly to nothing. Leaves behind very little to no lacing.

Aromas are tart, soured fruit(cherries mostly, but also some soured apple), slight vinegar(lactic sourness). Very little, to no, malt aromas coming from this... just sweet, sour and abit of funk.

Flavors follow the nose well. Very tart and sour fruitiness with some woody oak notes added to round out this awesome tasting beer.

Medium body, slightly carbonated, which is to be expected. Dry, slightly acidic feel.

Bottom line... I love this style, and I absolutely love this beer. Will continue buying and drinking it as long as NB keeps putting it on TX shelves.

raffy313, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 11oz. goblet.

A- Deep garnet with a light toffee head, good degree of clarity.

S- Sour apple, light vinegar, some oak, maybe a bit of spice and vanilla.

T- More sour apple than anything, then some light vinegar, some oak, finishes dry. Not as complex as Le Terrior IMO.

M- Medium a bit more carbonation then I was expecting.

O- A great American version of the style and one of the best beers I've had from New Belgium. Definitely give this one a try.

PaulyB83, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of ngandhi
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 44304.
Served slightly chilled in rounded champagne flutes.

Blood red with a gorgeous mousse on top.

Fruit without being fruity -- cherry and raspberry -- backed with big fat cocoa. This is all about the burgundy oak aging, but never has a wood aged beer been crafted with so much elegance -- indeed, it even has an ethereal presence in the mouth that I have never found outside of grand cru Burgundy. I am in paradise.

The full body is cut by a surprisingly light acidity (as if it's undergone malolactic) that makes this otherwise full-flavored beer quite refreshing. Oak, oak, oak all the way lends judicious mouthfeel while not being so overpowering as to turn it into vanilla pudding. Fruit, cocoa, acid, fruit, cocoa, acid -- a single hazelnut. I could do this forever.

The angels are singing.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, May 14, 2004
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4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage- pours a muddy deep rust colour with a vigorous initial head with excellent lacing. Nose- sweet cherries, wood, green apples and tart citrus. Taste- extremely tart and mouth puckering. Cherry taste doesn't overpower- well blended earthy malts, horseblanket, minerals, lemon rinds. Finish is very woody and dry. Drinkability is very good with medium to high carbonation.

oakbluff, Sep 03, 2008
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First of all, thanks to timtheenchanta for sharing this gem with me.

The New Belgium's La Folie Wood Aged Beer is presented in its corked 750mL bottle marked as "HAND BOTTLED # 06-3420" in hand writing indicating that this is the 2006 version. The beer escapes from bottle and into my snifter with a dark copper body nestled underneath the frothy off white head that hangs on with a ring around the edge of the glass and wisps of foam across the top leaving a slight bit of lace. The aroma hits you the sour and tartness from the bacterial fermentation, yet there is a lingering sweetness that promises an interesting flavor to come. The beer hits my tongue, causing my mouth to pucker from the wonderful sourness, yet the sweet undertones balance out the beer so nicely, that you cannot refuse another sip. The beer finished with a hint of wine and the wood aged flavor while letting the sour bacteria prevail. The body of the beer is right on with a medium feel and just enough dryness to no be overpowering. It has some nice bottle conditioning to round out the mouthfeel. Overall, this is the definitive Flemish style sour ale in my opinion. I have enjoyed the style before, but as my beer is almost finished, I am ready for the next glass. However, it must be said that this beer is not for those new to the sour ale style, but for the rest of us, drink up!

MSchae1017, Feb 19, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

SlightlyGrey, May 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

sfr26, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mjohnson17, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Shmeal, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Iowacraft, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 edition
Thanks to lazarus25 for making the beer appear North of the 49th Parallel.

A:Topped with 2 fingers creamy fingers of cafe au late mircofoam, the brew pours a deep chestnut, and when held to the light, glows with a tawny shine.

S: Juicy and sweet, the first scent is of dried sour cherries, with malts and sweet toffee. With a swirl of the glass whafts of the sour come through hinting at red wine vinegar with some bretta yeast and finished with some mineral notes

T: Puckering and savoury with the sour flavour and a dry tart rhubard rounding out the end. Plenty of tannins, and a dry notes - similar to the skins of grapes, some sour fruits mixed with tannins and puckering dryness.

M: Crisp and clean and finishes extra dry. This is definitely a drink for the brewmaster who enjoys powerful tannins and tart pucker.

O: A stand allow drink that can really hold it's own. Would be compliment and contrast a grilled steak topped with sweet caramelized onions and blue cheese, like a big juicy red wine. A sipper for the strong willed who enjoy a complex drink.

FondueVoodoo, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

innuendobrewskiman63, Jan 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

fsck, Apr 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Kevlee722, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ReeseMax3, Mar 27, 2013
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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