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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,409 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,409
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 512
Gots: 743 | FT: 44
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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