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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 474
Gots: 616 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002)
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Photo of rodkin
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pi on Delmar for SLCBW.

I didn't realize this was a brown ale base. I'm not sure what I was expecting it to look like I guess, but definitely not what I got. Dark caramel-cola brown, some visible bubbles running up it but basically no head to speak of. Nothing special.

Smell is some earthy funk, some oak, granny smith apple, some citrus. Smells really nice. A bit of cherry - actually more cherry than the Kick.

Taste is a lot of acidic tartness upfront. Some apple, funk, hay, cherry, bit of earthiness. Really similar to the nose, but man is it acidic. I felt like I needed to eat a Tums after drinking that. Very tasty, but that acidity is a bit much.

Mouthfeel is excellent. On the lighter side, bubbly carbonation, pretty smooth. Very good.

This is a solid sour, decent complexity and great taste. Great tartness. I just wish it wasn't quite so acidic!

rodkin, Aug 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

duceswild, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

rumorsofsurf, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

stairwell2811bre, Jul 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

FalconA, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bmcwood, Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tamarack22, Jul 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Yabev15, Jul 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

justinlaz, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Jsenay
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into snifter

A - Reddish copper, low carbonation and a head that dissipates almost immediately.

S - Apple cider vinegar, sour cherries and granny smith apple, oak and a subtle vanilla aroma.

T - Similar if not exactly the same as the nose. Woody and tart. Sour cherries and apple.

M - Produces a small pucker. Acidic with a tart and dry finish.

O - Not a bad offering from New Belgium. Tastes like a dumbed down Rodenbach. Which I guess would make since due to the fact their head brewer helped New Belgium with this project. I have heard that the 2007 vintage of this beer is phenomenal. Overall the 2012 hits me as a decent sour but, there are much better offerings out there when it comes to Flemish red's and brown's.

Jsenay, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Listers, Jul 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bkonk10, Jul 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

funkel81, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

thebigredone, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

doucmehu, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky, brownish/amber beer with a two finger cream-colored head and strong lacing. Nose is sour fruit (cherry mostly), oak, sweet malt, trace vinegar, light musty funkiness. Complex.

The flavor is no less intricate; sweet and sour cherries out front; vinegar and oak follow. Again there is a hint of barnyard/hay funk; a decent malt backbone, tannins; dry finish. Overall, tart and woody.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Pretty clean and crisp in the mouth.

A really interesting beer that’s tasty and nuanced. Wish I could buy New Belgium products in NY, NJ, or PA.

tobelerone, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

Pours clear dark brown with red hues and a small beige head leaving behind some clinginess on the edge of the glass.

Aroma consists of tart cherries, some straight sourness and a little woody character.

Tart cherries up front on the palate, receding into some vinegar and intense sourness. Finishes oaky and dry.

Low-medium bodied with high carbonation levels. Very sour, but not an intense sour bomb throughout.

Very solid beer and one of the standards for the style. I've had better as some brewer's have done some more inventive things, but this is always a classic to go back to.

jmarsh123, Jul 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

mtrain237, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bookerandy, Jul 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

zirkusaffe, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

ms11781, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

sammo, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Powderhornphil, Jul 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

javahead71, Jul 04, 2012
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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