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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 496
Gots: 702 | FT: 38
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: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
7% ABV, 2013

A - A vigorous pour unleashes a tall tan head that, due to a lot of acidity, lowered to a small layer kept afloat only by the nucleation point in the glass. The beer is a beautiful dark ruby red with brown low-lights and plenty of thick lacing left on the glass.

S - Woo-wee! Major wood funk abounds in this Flanders. Plenty of sour lactic notes impart wet wood all over the place and traces of caramel and blonde coffee bean beneath. Fruit undertones of passion fruit and sangria-soaked raisin offer a unique touch while slight metallic notes emerge on the back end though.

T - Toasted malts offer traces of toffee, caramel, and light coffee bean but are largely overshadowed by the wood-driven sour funk with a splash of vinegar on the end.

M - La Folie is sour, no doubt about that. Mouth-puckering and tart, it's got an incredibly strong kick to the finish balanced by spritzy carbonated and medium-feeling malty body.

O - Haven't had a sour beer? La Folie is one of the more sour beers available on the market, so caution is advised. This beauty of a brown looks wonderful, smells inviting and complex, tastes great and is ever-so tart for a n exceptional American take on the style. Like sour beers? La Folie is for you.

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2013, poured into a Saxo snifter/tulip.

A: Deep chocolate/reddish brown, minimail head, persisten ring of light tan foam at the edge of the glass which clings nicely with ample lacing as you progress.

S: Green apple, other tart fruit

T: Sour apple, right up front and almost fruit punch halfway through. Finishes on a dry cranberry note. Leaves strong traces of its flavor on the lips, a unique trait among beers.

M: Excellent medium-bodied feel and a champagne-like carbonation.

O: I passed on this last year due to the price and not having ever tasted it before. This is a very nicely executed Bruin. Assertively sour, but the whole package is refined and sophisticated so it's not at all a chore to get through. I feel like this may be a nice gateway to fruit lambics, which I intend to try for the first time very soon.

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2013 Edition La Folie Bottle tried on 3/9/2013

A: Dark brown with mahogany hue. Almost looks like a stout...not quite as black. Very little, if any, head. Bubbles are rather large. I hope this is carbonated enough given that it's a 2013 edition. We'll see...

S: First smell: Dark fruit....fig mostly. Smell a tinge of green apple and grapefruit. A pronounced vanilla and oak character. Strangely, it doesn't smell funky at all. I expected it to smell much more like a Saison than it does. No alcoholic smell at all even though it's a 7% beer. Honestly, it smells great - makes you really want to have a taste.

T - Initial taste: SOUR. Lots of green apple, grapefruit, with some estery notes. It really hits the sides of your tongue while some (and in my opinion, not enough) malty sweetness toys with the front. Pretty dry. Subsequent tastes bring out the oak and vanilla character a little bit more, although the sourness still dominates. Strangely, the dark fruit smell that I get from the beer doesnt come through in the taste. Much more one-note (sour green apple) than I expected.

M - Great mouthfeel. It's medium body and lightly carbonated, yet it feels great in the mouth. Given the lack of any head, I thought for sure it was undercarbed. No so.

O - I think I drank this beer way too early. It's much more one-note than I expect La Folie's to be. By far, 90% of the flavor you get from this beer at this age is sour green apple. Unfortunately, it doesnt have a solid or sweet enough malt base to round out its overwhelming sour qualities. Perhaps this will change with time as the bottle ages, but for right now, it tastes underdeveloped.

I highly recommend that you let the 2013's age for six months (at least) to see if the sour character of the beer mellows out a bit.

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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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