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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 2426
Reviews: 911
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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.

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Jonada

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. 2013 vintage. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a darker red brown color with 1 finger of a light tan head that dissipates to a thin collar. Body is dark but relatively clear when held up to light, with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Strong acidic sourness with sour cherries, vinegar, oak, red grape, lactic acid.

Taste: Taste mostly follows the aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, red wine, and sour cherry with some notes of brown bread in the finish and aftertaste. Sourness is high.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium lively carbonation helps move the flavors along. Minimal alcohol presence.

Overall: One of the best American examples of a flander red/oud bruin. Really complex and flavorful with a really pleasant high sourness. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 02:34:55 | More by Jonada
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BierJager89

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful ruby red, almost mahogany, with a light brown ring of head.

S: Dark fruit and malt in the nose.

T: Tart strawberries and some fruity Belgian yeast esters.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: This is perhaps a less intense take on the style, and more akin to the less oaky Flanders Red Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:14:40 | More by BierJager89
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Fizzy off the pour, but very little head sticks around. Dark brown color with some ruby in the light.

S: A little funky with some sour candy smell, dark fruit, and maybe some winey notes.

T: Has a nice sour punch, but certainly not too overpowering by my taste. Caramelly malt, cherry-lemon sour candy, some funky flavors, and maybe just a hint of wood.

M: Medium-light body and has slightly tingling carbonation with this etched glass.

O: A delicious first sour experience and a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:26:45 | More by CMUbrew
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MagicJeff

Georgia

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into my snifter.

Appearance: Dark ruby, reddish amber color. Nice off white head leaves decent lacing throughout. Looks so tasty.

Smell: Green apples; vanilla-y oak.

Taste: Puckering sourness up front yields to sour apples, slight vinegar (reminds me a lot of Rodenbach in this regard), slightest funky hay on the back end.

Mouthfeel: The initial sourness is overwhelming, but I'd say this is a decent representation of the style. Standard carbonation and drinkable; had no issue finishing.

Overall: Standard Flanders, but with Rodenbach and Duchesse at least $5 a bottle cheaper at most places I frequent, I see no need for revisiting this beer too often. $16 for a bottle vs. $11 for Duchesse is a no brainer. That said, pretty good and worth trying if you get a good deal.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:34:49 | More by MagicJeff
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blindtiger24

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on-tap and in bottles before, but this bottle seemed to be lacking the usual carbonation that I'm accustomed to. Also, the pruney sweetness was muted in the after taste. I'll try re-reviewing in a few months as this may have been improperly stored or a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:26:40 | More by blindtiger24
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a brown colors with dark red hues cascading throughout the beer. There was a slight off-white foam clinging to the sides of the snifter.

Smell - Cherry really comes through in the aroma. In the background, one might detect the oak and a slight sour sense of vinegar.

Taste - Oh, this one is sour. At the front, the sour explodes. Sour grapes, wood, vinegar, and sour cherries begin the assault. If you search, you can find the hidden sweetness toward the back. In the aftertaste, the sour fruits continues to coat the tongue and roof of the mouth. Even with thie low ABV, the sourness creates a faux warming impression.

Mouthfeel - La Folie has serious lingering power. It lounges on the tongue for several minutes after the swallow. Part thickness, part intensity, this feels like a sour.

Overall - I typically am not overly impressed with New Belgium releases, but I am impressed with this one. It is an easily accessible sour, that is nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:30:13 | More by JohnnyHopps
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost forgot to review this, from notes during my trip to San Diego.

A- Deep, dark ruby red pour from the tap into a snifter. One finger off-white head forms and has good retention. Cap lowers to a fizzy ring and small cloud atop the beer. Cracked earth webs of lacing plentifully down the glass.

S- Reminds me of Duchesse and Rodenbach in some ways. Dark currants, cherries and tart acetic acid notes. Super clean with hints of plums and spices.

T- Opens up a lot for me here. Huge punch of cherry, lemon and tart apples to compliment the Flanders style balsamic acidity. Seems like fifty-fifty lactic and acetic sourness, somewhat puckering. Oak combines with all of this with a vinous grape feel. Toasted brown sugar and malts, red wine, fruit jam and slight funk.

MF- Just about bone dry overall with a light end body. Foamy, slightly creamy feel and a nice moderately tart finish.

Really good for an American take on the Flanders Brown. Intense tart cherry and apple feel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 02:47:43 | More by cbutova
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Samuel906

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is absolutely terrific, and the best sour I have had in recent memory. Pours a unique reddish brown and right away you can smell the tartness. Lots of lime and lemon, with a hint of sweetness and some yeasty funk. Taste is SOUR SOUR SOUR. Tart acidity and sharp carbonation taste like you are drinking a less sweet lemon lime soda. Being a brown also, there are some earthier flavors in the background. Clean finish, and no weird aftertaste that sours have sometimes. Very very good!

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 05:32:28 | More by Samuel906
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Beerenauslese

California

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage. Body is clear, brown with a hint of garnet. Poured into a Teku glass, it was capped by a substantial beige foamy head that dissipated quickly to a ring. Minimal lacing.

Smells of vinegar, cherry fruit, toffee, leather, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla.

Tastes of tart cherries and vinegar, supported by toffee, leather, and tobacco notes and a little roasted malt, providing a good level of complexity. Finishes dry with noticeable tannins (from the wood I assume).

Body is medium and the carbonation gives it a slight fizziness.

A tasty Oud Bruin with a lot going on. Like a wine, I would drink this with food mainly because I can take only so much of the vinegar sourness and the strong tannins.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 04:33:48 | More by Beerenauslese
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage...ive had for over a year. Its been in my cellar for a while then in my fridge and back and forth...so, who knows here.
Nice hiss when cap is popped...good sign.
Pours a deep brown with reddish hue into my Firestone Walker Teku...white lacing that never seems to go away.
Huuge tart aromas...red wine, caramel, and slight chocolate maybe? cherry notes as well.
Taste is mouth puckering cherry, caramel, red wine, and woody oak. Its so tart, dry, and flem inducing; its amazing. The sweet caramel-like base of the bruin combined with the tart cherry-like character of the "bruin" make this phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 00:53:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
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dar482

New York

4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a reddish brown color with an off white head.

The aroma has a wonderful sour lactic aroma of cherries, apples, vinegar.

The flavor follows with a decent amount of sourness that mingles with a berry note and some ripe apple. There is a wonderful balance on this beer as it is not too sour and also has a good amount of carbonation to clean up the beer. The toasty malt in there goes well with the fruity sourness. The finish hits with some dryness and oak.

This is an extremely drinkable brew and really shows how the style shines.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:28:36 | More by dar482
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magictacosinus

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks, Jon. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. 2013 vintage. Been wanting to try this one for a good long while.

Pours a color very reminiscent of some of the top examples in the style - brown, yes, but with garnet and reddish colors that reveal themselves when placed against the light. Contains an off-white head that lasts a good long while, and even leaves behind some minor lacing in the process. Very vinous in appearance, and thickened looking, with some cloudiness from the yeasty sediment. Some floaties linger at the bottom, in fact, which might mean that this is one of the few bottle conditioned beers NB has ever released.

Yes, tart as people told me it would be! Excellent notes of under ripe fruit pelt the nostrils instantly, with dark sour cherries, ripe currants, and cranberries coming in full droves. Due to the oak, there are nice barrel spices and non-fruit at play, ranging from almonds, nutmeg, tobacco, clove, and baking soda throughout. Vinegar is a common flavor here, as well as green apple skins. The toasted malty flavor provides some caramel and breadiness to the mix, and makes it wholly enjoyable. A little bit of barnyard funk is also present here, but it's subtle compared to the soured notes. I simply cannot believe that this is American made. It's as great as any authentic acetic soured blended beer closest to the source in Belgium.

The flavor is about as identical to the aroma - tart, funky, and wild, but also not as intense as I expected it to be. At first there's the brief vinaigrette flavor that becomes quickly awash with the notes of cherries, blackcurrant, and prunes, which meld into a caramel tinged flavor from the malts that ends with the barrel spices (almonds, baking soda, nutmeg). Finishes slightly bitter and grassy, with notes of clove, as well as damp straw and musty barnyard funk. All of the flavors are extremely well represented as far as a oud bruin goes, and yet it maintains itself as complex and quite drinkable. The acetic acidity of this is intense, however, and this is not for beginners. I paired this with some fatty food and garlic to cut a lot of the acidity. Very thick and amazingly restrained due to the malt profile that was used. Quite a fabulous beer in many respects.

After the train wreck that was Transatlantique Kriek, I was very hesitant to try any future Lips of Faith offerings due to the my already growing dissatisfaction with NB experimental offerings. How wrong I was. This is world class stuff. I'm yet to find another American brewer that gets this style and mass produces it this well. I will buy this every year it comes out, no matter what the cost.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 19:41:49 | More by magictacosinus
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sb3000

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an easy review....

The perfect sour beer!

Pours a deep red amber. Exceptional lacing and a powder white head.

Aroma is balsamic dressing and vinegar.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but malty.

Flavor is a incredible! Mouth puckering sour, but balanced out by a sweet maltiness. No hop character to speak of.

I had the privilege of touring the brewery in 2011. I tasted both the Oscar and Felix in their wood aging tanks and spoke to Lauren Salazar who blends La Folie. This beer is the perfect marriage of Belgian and American brewing. I can't imagine a better 'sour' beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 03:43:00 | More by sb3000
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a medium to deep brown in color. Lots of red colors peak in the side and through the beer's body. The head is a light tan in color and about 1 finger thick with a vigorous pour. Retention is a minute or two until it is down to a thin film. Lacing is good.

S- A courteous heads up to my nose would have been appreciated, as this sour assaults the nostrils with tart scents. The classic sour scent from lacto is there, and so is a hint of fruit. Fruitiness is somewhat in the cherry to raspberry range, but not very prominent among the overall sour smell.

T- Starts just like the scent, with a sour bang on the tongue. Fairly aggressive as far as the level of sour flavor goes. Some of the fruit notes in the taste are more lemon-like than in the scent, but those cherry and raspberry like flavors are also there. The high level of acidic sour flavors is persistent, ending the drink as well as starting it.

M- Light and highly carbonated, this feels like a sour beer version of champagne. Easy to drink as far as weight and feel go, the high level of tart and sour flavors will be the limiting factor in La Folie's sessionability.

Overall, the most sour Oud Bruin I've had. Very good as far as quality of flavors and scents. A very good beer that will really satisfy your sour craving.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:47:52 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Auraan

Arizona

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown, with bubbles trailing the glass, and a quarter-finger reddish-white head. Very rustic looking, but very appealing. Scents of sour lactic acid, apple cider vinegar, apple, cherry and barnyard funk. It's another rustic area, very wild and sour, with some classic fruit in the aroma. The fruity, funk and mustiness combine to make a very nice aroma. Taste follows the nose. Sour lactic acid, apple cider vinegar, sour cherry and dry red wine with a dry finish. Very sour and vinegar like, but quite good. Just enough complexity to balance the sourness of the beer. Mouthfeel was medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying finish. It puckers and drys the mouth enticing you to take another sip. Very well crafted. Overall this is an excellent, rustic Belgian sour ale. It hits a lot of very pleasant sour and fruity notes and balances them with a mouthfeel that plays to the beer's strengths. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2013 05:45:03 | More by Auraan
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam.

S- Moderate lactic acid fume with some ripe fruit notes like cherry and sour apple. Touch of vinegar.

T- Quite sour but not overbearing as the fruit sweetness is allowed to play along. More cherry notes and even some black raspberry.

M- Dry tannins develop as the drink progresses and there's a good amount of pucker that's not overbearing. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A nicely balanced Oud Bruin that's good for beginners and experts alike.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 23:10:31 | More by Immortale25
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joe1510

Illinois

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

750ml

Bottled 11/07
Bottle #11,138

I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this from BitterBill and russpowell, thanks guys! This bottle is from Russ and is the November 2007 bottling. La Folie gurgles from the glass and a fizzy head grows to a finger on a soft pour. The off white head quickly fizzles down to a few isolated islands of foam and a thin collar. The body of this beer is scarlet with a few glowing ruby highlights when backlit. The minimal head does leave behind thin drink lines and the dark body looks fairly clear when backlit.

The nose on this beer is outstandingly complex and inviting. I'm greeted all at once by vinous qualities, mild somewhat buttery oak and red wine vinegar. Each swirl of the glass awakens the head and allows some cherry and melon sweetness that can't quite keep up with the vinegar sourness. Again this beer is so complex and deep that I can't take my nose from the glass. New Belgium needs to make La Folie air fresheners.

The flavor is loaded with complexity as well. The red wine vinegar sourness takes over as soon as this beer hits the tongue but it's not so aggressive that it completely takes over. The vinous qualities flash through again with the cherry adding a touch of sweetness. The buttery oak floats around in back and adds a lot of depth. This has been my simpleminded review of the flavor, there's so much more going on I'm not going to begin to try and explain it all.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be for the style. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum with a healthy carbonation that gives it that nice airy quick moving feel. The sourness creates a pucker and if given a chance will coat every inch of my mouth. The finish shows a growing dryness.

The drinkability of this Flander's Red is through the roof. The dry sourness keeps me coming back for drink after drink. The funny thing is, for me at least, it's a slow drinker due to the complexity.

La Folie is an outstanding version of the style and although I think Rodenbach Grand Cru is the benchmark I think this beer is slightly deeper. The bottle BitterBill sent is a 2004 so it'll be fun to see the changes. Thanks again guys!

Reviewed: 11/3/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:18:30 | More by joe1510
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep redish/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, oak, funky yeast, brown sugar and sour apples.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some tart cherries upfront, sour apples, woody oak, funk, sweet brown sugar and some red wine notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 18:12:31 | More by SebD
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into an Ovila chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown, reddish body. The color resembles a dark cherry wood color. Minimal fizzy head, disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Initial waft is dominant with sour apple and sweet tarts. Grapes - almost white wine-esque. Small hints of oak. Loads of funk.

T: The sour apple presence from the nose follows right to the palate. Mouth-puckering sourness. The grapey character is present, but comes off more like wine in the palate than the nose leads on. The tart and funk completely overshadow any small hint of oak. The aftertaste has a smidgen of grape juice on the tongue.

M: Heavy carbonation. Medium body. Has a sharp bite.

O: Probably the most tart beer I've ever had, but it is fantastic. Not overly complex, as the sour character dominates, but the apple and grape notes are a very nice touch. Definitely my favorite of all the "lips of faith" series.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:01:27 | More by Justin_Neff
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macher0

Kentucky

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013. Bottle to snifter.

A: Rusty-dark amber. Slightly translucent. A finger head that quickly retreats to a frothy rim and blotchy film (looks like bacteria on a petri dish). Stable lacing.

S: Very fragrant. Sour yeast. Slightly sweet fruit and malts. Smells like it’s been in an oak barrel for an extended period of time.

T: Sour/tart. Oak. Dry cherries. Not as sweet as the nose would suggest, which is good. This sour has a slight oak lingering finish.

M: Smooth, very smooth. This beer is jaw clinching, but in a very good way. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. A very nice tart after taste that makes it extremely drinkable.

O: This is an excellent sour that is tart. Sour heads would love this ale. This ale reminds me of Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I think its better than its foreign counter part and way less sweet and syrupy. A very complex ale in respect to its smell and taste. This beer goes down extremely smooth, especially for its level of tartness. I picked up several bottles with hopes of cellaring a few and it is down to one. I really enjoy this sour as a go-to. If you are a fan of JP La Roja, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:19:47 | More by macher0
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. 2013 vintage bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish caramel amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A ripe, tart, funky, and fruity aroma with some nice dark malt undertones. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk and pepper. Big scent of sour cherries with some Brett. Red wine barrel hints of oak and wood. Fruity hints of apples, pear, and banana. Solid bready malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, yeast, and some chocolate. Dark fruit hints of plums, grapes, and raisin. Slight lemon zest hint. Sweet brown sugar scent. Subtle grassy hops in the background. A really good complex aroma.

Taste: As complex as it smells with a big combination of sour, funky, fruity, and malt flavors. Big taste of sour and tart cherries throughout with some Brett. Red wine barrel notes of oak and wood. Belgian yeast with notes of peppers and funk. Fruit taste of apples, pear, and banana. Dark fruit notes of plum, dark grapes, and raisin. Sweet and toasty malt presence with notes of caramel, bready biscuit, yeast, toffee, and chocolate. Also a little lemon zest. Brown sugar adds some sweetness. Light grassy hop taste towards the finish. A very good and complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Sour, zesty, fruity, and somewhat acidic feel. Balanced and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A really great sour beer here. Bold but balanced. Good mix of sour fruit and funky flavors with the dark malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 06:54:55 | More by MattyG85
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weonfire

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby, full finger of cream head, dissipates quickly down down to around the rim, light lacing

S - Sour apple, brown sugar, oak, red wine, peach

T - Tart cranberry, green apple, red wine, oak, carmel. finish: oaky sourness-sour apple

M - Great carbonation, frothy, oaky fruits cover well

O - Whew! it is tart. But I love it. Mouthpuckering is correct. Exceptional after dinner beer. Funky and fizzy, very refreshing, light yet fulfilling. If you are a tart lover- the oakiness is very good - you will appreciate this throughly.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:34:32 | More by weonfire
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andyfrancis

California

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Short brown head erupted quickly and dissipated as quickly as it came, leaving a placid, cloudy reddish brown glass.

Wow, no doubting its sourness on the nose. That acquired vinegary delicious funk. Almost like bleu cheese just before it hits your lips.

Oh my god. So good. Just a great blend of sour with a sweet fruit back and funky bite. Every sip makes me want to take another.

Incredibly smooth and easy drinking for a sour. Has that astringent bite and finishes clean.

Not quite as good, but in the same ballpark as the Russian River sours and my favorite of the Lips of Faith series, Eric's Ale. Will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:29:56 | More by andyfrancis
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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

22oz bottle from 2013.

Pours dark mahogany with a thin, tan head. A mostly placid surface with occasional dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with balsamic-drizzled apples and worstershire. Hints of cider and wet leather follow though.

Medium bodied with an prickly but oily mouthfeel. Slightly waxy.

Vinegar-soaked apples and soured fruit starts the palate. Meaty undertones with hints of cherries and cider vinegar follow thorough.

Finishes with a lingering sourness and deep fruit undertones.

Great beer but the carbonation is a bit light for the style and this beer definitely deserves to go back into a cork and caged 750.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:01:04 | More by brewandbbq
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Andonato

Texas

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color, tan head, mild carbonation.
Aromas of tart green apples, vinegar, brett, sour lemon
On the palate a wave of mouth puckering intensity. The tart green apple comes through, as well as the brett, vinegar, a fruitiness is detected along with sweet malt and oak. As I sip, my jowl is watering like crazy! Love that!
Medium light body with a nice smooth mouthfeel
Overall a great sour. Perhaps a bit too sour for my tastes, although I see the appeal to any sour fans. Rodenbach Grand Cru is more my preferred sour but to any hardcore sour seekers, I would highly recommend it

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 06:22:19 | More by Andonato
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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