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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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2,880 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,880
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 450
Gots: 560 | FT: 34
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 tlazaroff


4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful sour-cherries on the nose dominate so much that I really can't pick up anything else. There is a "brightness" to the aroma too. Simply wonderful.

Aesthetically pleasing brown in tone with crystal clear ruby highlights when held to light. The head was slightly off-white in color but quickly dissipated into the beer, leaves no lacing to speak of.

"Wow-Whaa" was my reaction when tasting. The cherry flavor is the first thing that hits you, but is soon surprised by the supreme sourness that La Folie offers. The finish there are slight hints of toasted bread and dough.

Somewhat light in body and low in carbonation. There is a moderate to strong puckering sensation created by the tartness of this beer which lasts though the finish. Overall, this is a sipper, and I really really like it!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 03:21:08 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of ncketchum


4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet chilled - 2011 vintage

A - pours a dark red/brown with a light orange head, which dissipates quickly

S - a bit of yeast then hits hard with sour citrus fruit

T - ok, this is a sour one. Very tart, sour citrus fruits with a funky backbone, then a bit of bitterness in the end

M - Not too carbonated, but the tartness is quite refreshing.

O - My second of two recent dives into the sour world, this one impressed me more than the Lychee also from new belgium. I could see definitely picking up a few of these to have on hand when the sour mood strikes. Not an everyday thing for me, but definitely will have on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 02:39:58 | More by ncketchum
Photo of iSip


3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

New Belgium 2012 La Folie Sour Brown Ale, 22 oz. bomber: Sour beers are all the rage these days, and it was time for me to give one a try. Not a cheap endeavor, but hey, you only live once. The risk was that I would really like sour beers, and that would get expensive. This was not the case. The La Folie has a glowing brown body with a reddish tinge if held to the light. The head is pretty thin, but hangs in there. The aroma tells you that this is not your normal beer. Sour apple is the outstanding note. As so it goes with the flavor. Definitely sour, definitely complex. Sour apple and vinegar are some of the notes in the flavor. It’s just SO different. Beers cover a big range from wheats to stouts and IPAs to Belgian styles, but all are recognizable as beer. The La Folie is definitely on the very edge of beer, if not beyond. The sour style is not what I would go for in an after dinner sipping beer. Maybe with certain foods, or a bit before dinner as an appetizer, a sour would work better. That anything like this comes out of a brewery is a testament to the brewer, I am sure a sour is hard to brew. But likewise, I think it will take time to acquire a taste for sour beer, and there are too many great brews to be had.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 19:21:37 | More by iSip
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-15-2012 14:38:30 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-15-2012 13:36:30 | More by ncstateplaya
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-14-2012 01:49:40 | More by Miamilice
Photo of bishopdc0


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade...shared with my wife.

Color is a light brown/amber. The head forms and quickly dissipates.

The nose is tart with apples and hints of an earthy goodness.

The.taste is a nice tart Apple flavor. This is a nice sour. At first the sour was subtle but as it warmed it is prominent. Berry flavor coke though in the end. The coronation....Damn you phone...carbonation is pleasant and drying.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 00:51:04 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of AgentMunky


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 2011.

A: Barely transparent and ruddy brown in the light, there is a faint head atop the mahogany beer which fizzles out rather quickly.

S: Smells like a Flemish sour -- bright fruit and sour yeast.

T/M: Mouth-puckering. The tartness on the finish is excellent, but it seems unfortunately lackluster in the maintaste. The fruitiness is brief, but the oaken influence is strong. Lightly carbonated.

O: Overall, an enjoyable Oud Bruin, but not an exceptional one. Overpriced, if tasty. Tentatively recommended. I continue to enjoy the Lips of Faith series.

EDIT (15 June 2012): Review of this year's release. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 2012.

4A: Clear ruby in the light; clear red-brown in the shade. Light white head quickly disperses.

4S: Sour fruit and oak. More mellow than sharp, which is appreciated. Fruit is bright and inviting, though the nose is a bit subdued.

4T/4M: Very nice, but not exceptional. My comments on the 2011 apply to this bottling as well...the maintaste is lamentably brief, overshadowed by the lactic acid. Bright fruit is there and then gone again, an ephemeral sourness.

4O: Overpriced, but nice enough. Drinkable, enjoyable, and commendable. Not recommended.

EDIT (14 December 2013): The 2007 bottle is gorgeous and hand-numbered. It smells incredibly rich (4.75) and the flavor is fruity and fantastic. This beer ages well.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 04:26:16 | More by AgentMunky
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-12-2012 06:12:03 | More by mdillon86
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-11-2012 19:10:27 | More by EROCK75
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-11-2012 17:23:16 | More by Lawnboy33
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-10-2012 19:29:44 | More by BillyTWilliams
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-09-2012 15:35:22 | More by TheBishopco
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-08-2012 13:10:17 | More by C2H5
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1/5  rDev -76.5%

05-07-2012 23:18:45 | More by aint_it_strange
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle into tulip.

A- Clear dark brown with plum highlights. Two finger off white head the slowly recedes to a thin cap. Lacing is excellent.

S- Slight white wine sour, grape juice, apple juice and skins. Candied sugar or brown sugar. There is a touch of wood as well.

T- Pucker power! White wine, grape skins, apple, apple cider little grape juice a nice oak taste. The least sweetest Flanders I've ever come across. Some I've had were straight up Welches Grape Juice. This is great for a change.

M- Light and refreshing, great carbonation.

O- I really enjoy Flanders beers. I was hesitant see the price tag on this while visiting Indiana ($19.99) New Belgium isn't available in Buffalo let alone Canada so I splurged and I'm glad I did!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 20:55:59 | More by korguy123
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-07-2012 01:59:27 | More by marine1975
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-07-2012 01:44:13 | More by Tyrawlings
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-06-2012 23:56:25 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of mtlasley


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: :La Folie pours a delightful copper color from the bottle. In the glass there's a deep red surrounded (when held to light) by a piercing amber color. There's a finger of light beige head that moves on as quickly as it shows. Lacing is extremely mild.

Smell: There's a tartness up front here, it blends and stands as an overtone for an almost vinegar aroma. Deeper lies is a citrusy apple smell. As it starts to closes on the nose there's also grape and white wine here. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Almost like white wine with something filling it. The weight here goes on the help carry the tartness is the flavor.

Taste: Tart on the top with a bright white wine flavor standing out. It's odd that the least prominent smell is the most prominent flavor. There's a green grape flavor there that is distinct from the wine. As it rounds the middle of the tongue there is also a roastiness complementing caramel it leads up to.the last thing I notice, a powerful, rich, charming smoky oak. It really stands out here at the end.

Overall: Really a great beer. If you ever get a chance to spend the cash on a bottle, I say buy two. You can get the supreme mouth pucker they were going for with the fresh one and age the other to bring on the oak character that makes this beer stand out. Yet again though, a world class beer is held back by it's price. Sadly, I'm pretty sure that's how they make it so world class...

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 03:15:28 | More by mtlasley
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-05-2012 18:49:25 | More by JohnLynch
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-04-2012 03:34:23 | More by Billakowski
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-01-2012 17:49:52 | More by wdarcy77
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-29-2012 23:15:03 | More by CADMixes
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-29-2012 06:44:19 | More by shelby415
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