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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 495
Gots: 700 | FT: 39
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002

Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass. 2014 Edition.

A beautiful dark ruby red, nearly brown with a tan head that quickly fades and leaves a little light lacing.

The aroma is interesting. I pick up a little brown sugar as well as green apple, maybe some black cherry and maybe a little oak char?

Taste is big acidic bite right up front. Green apple, lemon curd, dark sour cherry. there is also an underlying sweet malt base that shows up every now and then. A lingering sour dryness and a tart tingle on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little sticky with a bit of carbonation.

Overall, a prretty fun and tasty experience that will wake up those taste buds.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Tex goes out of his way & surprises me for my birthday with a goodie. 32 ounces all for me. :D

I think I've tasted some dregs from a bottle once, but I'm feeling like this is a really good time to be a little selfish.

Poured into my favorite Ommegang Anniversary glass.

The glass flips open & I get showered with lovely, vinous mist. 7 out of 10 out of shape beer geeks prefer this to being in the clubhouse after winning the Pennant I bet. :P

It slowly gurgles out the bottle the color of dry blood, settling in the glass a murky oiled brown leather with edges of bourbon. An inch of frosted, slightly orange, coffee creamer head impedes my movement for just a bit.

Smell is all about over-ripe cherry juice & perceived strawberry tartness. To a lesser extent, apple skins, butter, soil, & sweet table wine. Musk. The trail end is just slightly bready.

Taste is vinegary of course but with a lot of soft white wine fruitiness. Lots of palate drying wood, & sour green apple esters. A bit of leather. Salivating pitty apricot tartness & bitter grapefruit rind. Paper dry finish. I consider funky notes a tossup on whether they work or not. This right here doesn't exhibit any barnyard or off-kilter aspects. If it's just done really well, I don't think it needs that quality to be effective. They certainly have the experience & modern equipment to mimic & refine something old world.

Light to mild acetone harshness. Carbonation is just barely there, but I think it works. So dry.

Okay, here's where I say all this negative stuff because I'm such a downer & everyone rakes me for it: The alcohol is noticeable through the fruit notes; eventual cottonmouth; price; heartburn... okay, I'm reaching. It's a very good beer with insignificant faults.

Thank you Blake, may the winds shift a little more in you favor.


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4.6/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear reddish brown.
Lots of carbonation, almost Champagne like. Fine white bubbled head.
Lots of sour fruit in the aroma, cherries and apple. Light bodied.
Very tart, lots of fruit flavors. Very dry. Didn't really taste the wood.
Nice version of the style, might not be everyone's cup of tea (or beer!)

Photo of Fordknox
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looove this beer. As a general rule, there are few Flanders Red's that I don't like, but this one done by an otherwise large regional brewery, really wins me over every time i've had it.

Caged and corked champagne bottle.

Rusty pale orange with small fluffy head that doesn't hang in there too long.

Cherry, apple, and a strange blend of other underripe and overripe fruits combined. Woody, mushroomy, and good vinegar presence.

Lambic sweet tartness and funly underripe apples and berries. Complex sourness hangs around, but it's not as intense as some others iv'e had. Small tight carbonation, different from some other campagne-like carbonation i've had with other flanders reds.

I finished the bottle on my own, and still wasn't satisfied yet!!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of twelvsies
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to have had another opportunity to try this after enjoying it once in its' home state of Colorado. Thanks to vtisme for the trade. The pour yields a rusty reddish brown beer with a small bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of oak and lemon and an underlying fruityness. Tart up front but still very balanced, a lot of yeasty fruity cherry notes underneath a very forward woody oak flavor. Tart enough to keep me interested but relatively mild and somehow remaining soft and very drinkable. Dry, zippy finish. This would be a great beer to introduce someone into the world of sour ales. Definitely a solid and authentic example of the style and one of the first, in this country.

Photo of waltonc
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver.

A: red/orange, apple cider, hazy, very nice white head at first.

S: sour apples, tartness

T: fruity, very tart, sour apples, cider vinager, nicely balanced flavor here.

M: Light mouthfeel, high carbonation. works well with the taste and smell.

D: Pretty good, though this just isn't a style I care to drink more than a glass of in one sitting.

Photo of damienblack
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep blood-red plummy color, thin tan head covering. Smell is a huge sweet-vinegar blast, all the great tart-but-still-berry-sweetness you associate with Flanderses. Taste, this one is on the more vinegaric side, but tempered by a plumyness to it, combined with the sweetness of the malt, makes for a very interesting beer. The tartness is just at the perfect level, kicked up a notch from baser sours, without being over the top. Surprisingly drinkable for such a thing. I want more of this.

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

2010 Vintage

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a red tint. Just a faint collar of off-white head. No lacing.

Sweet cherries, plums, figs and red grapes on the nose. Light fruit acidity. Sweet malts with a touch of caramel and bread.

Lots of fruity caramel on the tongue. Light acidic sourness. Cherry, plums, grapes and a touch of green apple. Not overly sour at this age, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost slick, with light, but tingly carbonation. Nice acidity. Will probably improve in the feel with another year or two on it.

Overall, a well composed sour brown. Great for novices and sour heads alike. Could use a heavier dose sour acidity, but maybe a few years on the bottle will fix that. Worth picking up if you haven't tried it. I'm curious to see how the cork & caged variants compare to this.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a nearly opaque brown color with red highlights and a finger of short-lived, off-white head that laces very well.

S: It is pretty wine-like - blackcurrants, plums, and sour cherries - but does not quite prepare you for the sour onslaught to come.

T: It begins intensely sour with red grape peel, blackcurrants, and plums followed by mellow peppery and earthy notes.

M: The body is medium-light while the sourness makes this leave a strong mouth-watering sensation.

O: This is very tasty and a must-try for a fan of sours.

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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