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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,162
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 480
Gots: 644 | 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.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 Vintage

The beer pours a dark candied brown, and sits in the glass as almost purpling brown with only a ring of sand-dune-colored bubbles as a head. The beer’s body is beautifully ruby colored in the light, and hazy with proteins and such, there is even a nice steady stream of miniscule bubbles working their way to the top of the beer. The beer leaves a lacing of splotchy bubbles that almost look like a crooked willow tree on my glass. The lacing is sticky and dry, but not dominant on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells nicely green apple tart with malic acid and funky with hints of malt vinegar. There are slight hints of oak, and definite cherry leather scents in the funk, though it does tend more towards the barnyard side of things. As I stick my nose in it more, I almost get a toasty note within the funk, which I assume is coming from the barrels, and which also hints at a molasses scent in the malts. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely acidic and with only a light touch of sweet sugar and fruit and a lingering hint of salt in the aftertaste. Flavors begin as puckering green apple, which grows into slight malt vinegar and green apple flavors. The tartness is a little oppressive on the taste buds, but there are light hints of cherry and light cleaning solution on the finish of the beer. The aftertaste mellows the beer out considerably and brings some lovely caramel malts into the tart cherry flavor alongside a less pleasant flavor that moves from appleskins to green apple and also shows hints of bitter tannin from the barrels the beer aged in. In the mouth, the beer feels medium light in body, but attacks the tongue oppressively with carbonation, washing away any sweetness that may have helped balance out the big tart flavors of the beer. The mouth is left puckering and a little burnt from carbonation, and wet from the spittle trying to neutralize the acid of the beer. Overall, this beer, like many American wild ales, is a little unbalanced in terms of acidity. It has some lovely complexities that get drowned in the harsh acidity of the beer. Perhaps with age the acid will mellow and the brettanomyces that I assume are in this beer will become more dominant, but right now I think the beer is a little too rough and acidic for my tastes, though certainly complex and well crafted. Maybe I got an off bottle.

Maxwell, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Ak555667, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

schoenfelderr, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Bizoneill, Apr 18, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-17-2013
Freshness: 2013 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Teku
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Pours a cloudy, dark sienna color, brown with red hints. The head is off-white and sits a couple of fingers high. Lacing is very good with a good bit of head retention as well.

Aromas have a real "pow" moment of sourness, with resemblances to sour cherries and green apples. Other smells include a woody/oak character and then fruity grapes, which give it a wine-like bouquet.

The taste is both tart and sour, like in a sour cherry, and has elements of both sweetness and sourness. Strong flavors of green apple and wine bring acidity to the picture. Bitterness is very low.

The mouthfeel is sharp with a high carbonation level. Medium-bodied, it finishes somewhat dry and with mouth-puckering sourness.

Overall, this is one of only a few beers I've had in this style, but it seems to be a well-made and enjoyable sour ale.

sommersb, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

bradcochran1234, Apr 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

JohnK17, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jayhoppin, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Rjhami, Apr 17, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a deep clear ruby with a foamy off-white head. This maintains some robust ringing, leaving back thick sudsy swathes of lacing. Smells of oak and dark vinous character, with some acidic notes that singe the nose a bit at first. Some light backing sugars fill out the back of the nose. The taste is oak and wine with a somewhat heady sourness to the profile that puckers the tongue a bit but overall isn’t too overbearing. Sugars emerge more and more as this warms, helping even the flavors out. Dry and oaky on the finish with some lingering sweetness. The feel is medium with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation that blows up a bit in the mouth yet is undercut by some tannic slickness that helps keep this smooth. Alcohol feels right about where it should be. A little aggressive at first with the flavors, this balances out beautifully as things warm and develops into a tremendous example of a Flanders Red. One of the best from New Belgium and a great overall sour.

Kegatron, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

fsck, Apr 13, 2013
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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%

ewhugh, Apr 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

stoney1031, Apr 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

camelgar, Apr 12, 2013
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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