Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,312
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 489
Gots: 679 | 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:
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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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bomber to a goblet

Pours a dark reddish brown with half a finger of foam that's dissipated pretty quickly. Mild carbonation is masked through a haze with very little transparency in the middle, lighting up a bit towards the bottom of the glass. Good lacing, not a bad looking flanders red. Aroma of tart cherry, apple, vinegar, oak, a sweet mild malt and a bit of alcohol. Dark fruit esters also come through bringing everything together. Taste follows well, sour fruits up front, nice toasty oak, and a subtle malt backbone. Feel is good, medium body which leaves my mouth salivating. Overall this years isn't bad. I don't know if it's whether I've gotten more acclimated to sours, but this years doesn't seem as strong as last years, despite having the abv kicked up to seven. Still a great beer, I'm not going to pick up many more at $14 a pop though

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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into my New Belgium tulip glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. No best-by date. 2013 vintage. Price was steep, $14.99 at Brix Bottleshop in Kalispell, Mont. Hoping it lives up to its reputations. I do love sours. Anyway, beer time.

A- One-finger light brown head with very active carbonation and a quick erosion of the head. Slowly falling lacing. Maple-reddish color with low clarity.

S- Absolutely wonderful and complex aroma. Chardonnay, tannins, oak, vanilla, and typical sour scents. Holy cow, this smell is a five.

T- Crisply tart, vinous flavors and tannins from the barrels this was aged in. Strangely, I could pick out the chardonnay and oak even if I didn't read that on the bottle. Sour, but not overpowering. I believe I may have found my new favorite sour. Surprisingly refreshing.

M- Slightly vinous like a dry white wine. Finishes with active carbonation and a light body.

O- The mouthfeel is well above average and it is the weakest part of this beer. Do no pass this up if you see it. Worth $15 for a once-a-year type brew.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bomber (dated December 2, 2012, but the release is 2013) into a tulip.

A-This brew pours a thin, light-brown head that drops to spotty foam cap within seconds. The beer is a nice-looking ruby red hued brown color. Quite murky.

S-The smell is moderately sour with hints of sour cherries and a light touch of tart apple, as well as a pretty solid whiff of vanilla. The dry oak scent is mild at first, but really grows as the brew warms toward room temperature. Not much funk happening here.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely with perhaps a bit more pucker power on the tongue than you would expect, and a stronger oak component. You get sour cherries, some vanilla, and a light funkiness. Finish is long and all dry oak.

M-This beer is heavier in the body than some oud bruins, but I still medium weight. There is a decent wave of carbonation upfront that pairs nicely with the sour flavors and that long, dry finish.

O-This is one of my favorites and one of the beers that really got me back into craft after a whiskey-filled hiatus. While La Folie isn't as good as I remember from back in the day of corked and caged bottles, this is still a fine beer and an excellent representation of the style. This year's batch has more oak (and less sour fruit) than I recall from previous batches, but that could just be nostalgia talking.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish color with a small head. Intense-smelling fruity smells with incredibly tart but slightly sweet, and a whole lot of sour. I had this during a sour beer night with sixteen sour beers and this one was definitely one of the most memorable of the night.

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2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22oz bomber --- 2013 Vintage

A - This oud looks right on point. A beautiful ruby-ish copper hue really grabs the eye and made me salivate. Little to no lace, the head blooms up and quickly goes down to a thin ring.

S - Plain old white vinegar hits first, then light fruity notes hit, mostly plums and cherries. The rest of the aroma is taken up by a vanilla-y diacetyl that seems bothersome.

T - Everything is confirmed in the taste. At first, I get a nice champagne-like dryness and then a massive just shy of vinegar hit. The sourness is actually very pleasing, but lingers a little to long. I think that the roastiness of the malts is too much for an oud that I would like. This oud would be awesome if it had more funk, more dryness, and definitely less roast on the malt. And no lactic tang. It is nice that the alcohol is totally imperceptible.

M - The mouthfeel is nice. Very crisp and light it tingles the tongue and is the only saving grace of this beer.

Overall, I think that this batch (2013) is too young and needs some tweaking to really sustain the legacy of La Folie, which I have immensely enjoyed in the past

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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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