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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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2,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,850
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 445
Gots: 559 | FT: 33
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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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-06-2012 13:18:00 | More by tlh1005
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red and brown color with a strong sticky tan foam.

Nose is of tart green apple with vinegar, oak, and a slight funk.

Puckery, green apple sourness up front. Oak barrels do their business, malts are moderately sweet, but the dryness is complete. Finishes tart and dry.

Moderate body, enough carbonation to do the job. Acidity is balanced, amazingly enough, although this thing is definitely too sour for your typical palate. For Belgian red/sour fans only.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 06:03:15 | More by BretSikkink
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-06-2012 02:59:17 | More by Stoffel
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a reddish brown with a two finger head that fizzes out in no time. big time sour smell with hints of oak. the taste is a sharp sour note at first, loads of sour cherries in here. the oak from the aging process helps take some of the edge off of the sourness on the backend. mouthfel is lip puckering sour with a good deal of carbonation. sharp and dry on the finish. this is a good sour that is easily available and everyone should try.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 20:04:03 | More by match1112
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-04-2012 02:51:02 | More by nmann08
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-03-2012 14:35:40 | More by arkansastroy
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-01-2012 18:52:24 | More by Travisnin
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-01-2012 01:12:36 | More by whartontallboy
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

12-31-2011 16:40:17 | More by hawkmage
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-29-2011 19:56:30 | More by jIsh
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-29-2011 13:59:20 | More by cdwil
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-29-2011 04:16:31 | More by BeerThursdays
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this little treat at the Barley Tap room in Tenn. I would have never been able to find it in Denver where I live at this time of the year.

The beer was a nice red brown color with ruby highlights at the edges. The head on the beer did not last but soon turned into a ring of bubbles that formed a silky skirt as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was failry sower with little hints of caramel underneath.

The beer started off sweet but soon turned into a tangy sharp tart sour finish. Present were the flavors of cherry pie, sour cherries, and some dark malt.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and it compared very well to the other flandes red ales that I have had. It was a wondeful sour beer and I would recommend it to anyone who asked.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 21:23:56 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-28-2011 03:03:59 | More by Grebdioz
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-27-2011 23:30:37 | More by MrHirschybar
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

12-27-2011 05:47:56 | More by delzer13
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Reddish brown with a rich, two finger cream colored head. Decent lacIng.

S. Oak, tart cherries, moderate funk. Hints of vanilla. Nice.

T. Oak up front, then the tannins take over and a lot of sour cherries and tart grape. Quite a bit of pucker on this one. A nice dry tannin finish. Really enjoyable.

M. Very well balanced. Carbonation is fairly assertive. A good interplay between the funk and the barrel aging.

O. This is an excellent brew, the sum of which is definitely better than its parts. Really impressive. Great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 04:05:24 | More by siege06nd
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-26-2011 18:59:25 | More by Soneast
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-26-2011 00:42:25 | More by bstyle
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011. Bottle purchased at Happy Harry's, West Fargo. Shared Christmas Eve with family into tulips. Serves ~6C

A: Reddish brown and clear with small head that drops quickly fizzing to nothing.
S: Tons of cherry pie, sourness, hints of vinegar.
T: Enough body to balance the sourness. Nice and tart, though not a tongue destroyer. Good fruity notes with the slightest hint of barnyard. Well put together.
M: Tart, with a biting acidity in the back of the mouth. Not a killer.
O: Well put together beer with balance that often lacks in sours. My wife loved it too, her first sour, a good entry level sour with enough interesting stuff going on to keep you interested through the whole glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 02:51:43 | More by kjyost
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand corked bottle at the Brewery, from several years ago -- tasted tonight thanks to our local 'Ranger' Ryan. Thanks for sharing it. Sharp citrusy smell, light bubbled head, immediate sweet taste quickly replaced with mouth puckering cherry like flavor. Almost champagne taste. Astringent, but not medicinal. Great raw oak taste. And I have tasted raw oak. Maltiness and body missing. Good example of sour brown ale, but not for everybody. Good in small doses. I think you'd have to be a real Belgi-head to give it over a 4. That is to 'love it to madness'.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:51:34 | More by mistaya
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-24-2011 16:07:52 | More by Jcohen357
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-24-2011 10:25:31 | More by TheWildRover
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my oldest for this. End of year, almost Christmas. Time for something special.
Poured into snifter I just purchased.
This is from the early batches, I guess, April 2009 listed on the bottle.
Wonderful and very complex aroma with noting the tartness, but also the sugars (brown sugar, molasses) then the spices with cinnamon noted particularly. Then is settles back into the tartness with a layer of spice.
Head is dark and quite fast it disappears. Rather dark and clear with deep red, almost burgundy color.
Tartness is right there - be prepared, although it's strongest up front and finishes a bit dry and lingering with less astringency. Interesting malt flavors up front, with some sweetness, but less than with aroma. Still strong flavors. Seems like some aging on this and a bit of not all that favorable oxidation, but not so much to ruin the drink.
For a relatively small drink it has a rather big feel. Lower carbonation and the tartness slows down the drinking.
Enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:33:33 | More by garymuchow
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

12-23-2011 23:59:22 | More by jophish17
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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