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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 474
Gots: 616 | 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 Danielr26
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Danielr26, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of jasonycurtis
4/5  rDev -6.1%

jasonycurtis, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Type: Bomber
Glass: snifter
Additional: 2013 bottle

Appearance: A brownish/red color. Almost opaque. A finger or so of a tan head that leaves a lacing

Smell: tart tart fruits and oak.

Taste: a bit like a very tart green apple, good oak presence, some sweeter malt notes. pretty complex and strongly tart

Mouthfeel: absolutely not stickyness, just a nice smooth, lighter body and a bit of a warming sensation. wouldn't as for anything differently

Overall: this is a tasty and well done beer. a tad on the pricey side, but what sour isn't. i would pick it up again in the future

SportsandJorts, Mar 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

smg, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Tiernan, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jmich24, Mar 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

jmccullough108, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Irishize75, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

kevindp9, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage opened on 3.13.13

A - Pours a very dark amber-brown with a foamy dark tan head with great retention.

S - Funky, tart, woody, cherry, dark fruit.

T - Super sour, woody, cherry, some fruit.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Super tart and funky. Lots of barrel. Good beer, if you love the pucker.

HuskyinPDX, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

BarryBaker2013, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of jasoncheb
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice reddish hue, with a nice 1 finger tan head on vigorous pour. Great lacing once the head subsides.

S: Instant hit of excellent sour notes, oak, and some background vinegar.

T: Exactly what you want to experience in a great sour. Instant pucker, which lasts...fading into its original brown ale flavors.

M: Like taking in a sweet tart for the first time. Great carbonation, with a a very good balance of sour flavors.

O: Great sour brown ale for the pricepoint. Really happy with this offering from New Belgium. If you are looking for a very forward sour, this is certainly one to try.

jasoncheb, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

stereosforgeeks, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of webmanspidey
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a snifter. It is a medium muddy brown color. Smell is very sour, acidic, and full of vinegar and lemon. Taste is very sour with strong lemon and acidic flavors. Extremely tart and sour, but very tasty. Definitely one that will be enjoyed by sour lovers.

webmanspidey, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of NODAK
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma here is lovely. Certainly bright and acidic...enough to make my mouth water just from the smell alone. Definitely a fruity note there, particularly of tart cherries. Yum.

Pours a deep mahogany in my glass. Head wasn't much to write home about, though that could be my fault admittedly.

Taste is initially sharply tart....reminicisent of vinegar and sucking on a lemon wedge. However, the fruity aspect then comes through that was noticed on the nose. Again, perhaps a cherry influence there....pleasant. The woodsy nature imparted by the oak barrels is also perceptible. Finishes quite obviously tart, but not quite as much as that initial hit was....it's pleasant.

Really enjoyed it, though at 16 bucks a bottle I'd be hesitant to buy any beer at that price very often.

NODAK, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-dark brown with a thin almost non existent tan head

S-honestly, quite possibly the most sour thing I've ever come across in my life time. The smell will wake you up from a coma. Has hints of dark fruits and caramels.

T-oh and it's every bit as sour as its smell. Holy crap this will make the most battle torn of you guys to pucker. I think there's some dark fruit to it along with some caramel. It's difficult to tell really what lies beyond this tartness.

M-sour. Medium carbonation

O-the more I drink this, the more complex and flavorful it gets, possibly because I'm getting accustomed to the sourness. I highly recommend this to anyone that loves the style, don't try it if you're apprehensive to sourness. This should be tasted when someone is deep within their sour career.

AdamBear, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

SkinniePost, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

adkieffer, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

LtColFrankSlade, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

eagles22, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

KevinMc, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

mrkinnex, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

irish01980, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

JEdmund, Mar 21, 2013
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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