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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,260 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,260
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 479
Gots: 661 | FT: 37
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BreweryRun, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

BEERschlitz, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into New Belgium Globe Glass.

A. Poured a tannish white 1 finger head. Nice collar of foam left. Nice lacing. Dark Ruby Brown color.

S. Aroma almost fills the room. Sour cherries, oakiness in the background. Definite sour smell, but not quite the vinegar smell of other sours.

T. Very tart up front. Sour cherry taste. Oak flavor.

M. Light/medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

D. I am by no means an expert on the style, but this beer holds its own with the Belgians.

siradmiralnelson, Jun 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

timoteo833, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tafyob41, Apr 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

WuBByG999, May 26, 2014
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.

SD-Alefan, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Brewing Company--La Folie Wood Aged Ale--Corked Bottle--2005--25.4 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--30 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Sour Brown--Rich lacy head. Clear rich bright amber color hazes brown with sediment. Rich Belgian ester front.crisp dreadfully sour dry sweet Belgian ester caramel fruit citrus body. Hot spicy sour refreshing end. Sampled 11/18/2005.

New Belgium Brewing Company--La Folie Sour Brown Ale--Lips of Faith Series--Flanders-Style Reddish Brown Ale Fermented 1 to 3 Years In French Oak Barrels--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--10 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Flanders-Style--Thin fizzy light lace tan head. Clear bright red brown color. Sweet toasted citrus ester mild hop front. Intense sour fruit brown ale hint tangy citrus body. No sediment. Seriously sour tasty refreshing puckery citrus spice end. Very fruity, but good. Sampled 6/22/2009. 1 @ $15.99 Each.

New Belgium Brewing Company--2010 La Folie Sour Brown Ale-Lips of Faith Series-Seriously Sour.This Flanders-Style Reddish Brown Ale Was Fermented 1-3 Years In French Oak Barrels For MouthPuckering Perfection--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 10 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Flanders-Style. Thin fizzy mild lace light tan head. Clear rich bright dark ruby red color. Ugly sediment dusting at end of pour. Aromatic dark cherry fruit ester sweet sour front. Mildly puckering green apple sour brown oak hint fruity tasty mild CO2 body. Dry crisp clean citrus end. Hard to get past the sourness. Refreshing and tasty. Sampled 7/25/2010. 2 @ $14.99 Each.

philbertk, Jul 25, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Azpittil57, Sep 07, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brownish caramel, with just a thin head that tapered off quite quickly.

Smell: That great balsamic vinegar aroma was present, but with an extra spicy cinnamon in a Quelquechose kind of way, with a touch of musk and just enough alcohol to make me think I was smelling an old bottle of perfume I found in some dusty attic. Marvelous!

Taste: Good carbonation, the wood doesn't take center stage, it plays more of a backup role for the solid body and sour cherry flavors to glimmer in the spotlight. I don't know if it's the type of wood used for his barrels or just the aging process that wasn't as pronounced as most others (that would be my fist guess), but the brewer seems to have determined the perfect combination in order to get the smooth oaky flavors from the wood yet without sacrificing body and soul to get it, giving la Folie a more complex and satisfying taste as you'll ever find in Flanders Reds/Flemish sours.

Goldorak, Mar 05, 2006
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

grover37, Aug 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

dhbiker0889, Aug 07, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Lips of Faith bottle poured into a wine glass.

A-Copper-brown beer, sufficiently dark while still allowing a good amount of light through. Light-tan head dissipated quickly, remaining as a big collar and a few bubbles.

S-Sour, puckeringly sour. Smells like sour, turned fruit, tart, with a hint of earthiness.

T-Puckering tart is almost like a sour candy, with a lingering aftertaste to match. Something relatively funky lurks under the sourness. Fruity earthiness, maybe a bit of that woodiness.

M-Ligher body, carbonation was medium level, though I expected a higher level. Puckering tart produces both the taste and the physical manifestation.

D-Very drinkable. This is a good representation of this style, which I have come to enjoy, especially on warmer days. Fitthing, then, that I enjoyed this bottle on one of the first days of our warming Minnesota spring.

CHSLBrew, Apr 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

rogerdandy, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

beerhast, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

freemanj, Mar 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

hansgruber, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

sfr26, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

cletusdog, Apr 18, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served on tap with a red color and a light ring of a head around the top of the glass. There is a slight orange tint when backlit.

Smell: The aroma is very rich with notes of cinnamon, cherry, candy sugar, dry grape, and a bit of soy sauce. Very complex but well balanced and appealing.

Taste: Tart to begin with causing slight puckering. The beer is malty and from that a nice sweetness develops evenly in the mouth. There's just a slight bit of smoky flavor with some sourness and some fluffy, floral, and fruity notes tasting mostly like apple and cranberry.

Mouthfeel: Puckering but sweet make it a pleasant beer on a warm afternoon.

Drinkability: All around it is a good beer that I would gladly enjoy again. The tartness is pleasant and I am usually not a fan of tart beers. Very well done.

BrewMaster, Dec 08, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

taylor714914, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

kevindp9, Mar 24, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Stillyman11, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

EROCK75, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

badboy7113, May 18, 2013
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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