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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,298 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,298
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 482
Gots: 673 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Half pint glass
From: URGE American Gastropub in Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $6.00
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark red, plum color with about a finger (when I got it) of marshmallow white head that initially had good retention. Nice spider web lacing on the sides as the beer went down, averaged out on the top.

Smelled sour cherries, green apple, rum, black cherry, plum and Cherry Coke.

Tasted sour cherries, black cherry, tart, Smarties and still that sour green apple. Some sour grape as well.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Extremely long smooth finish. Definitely the best part of the beer.

Very good beer overall. I’m still learning the sours and Flanders’, but this seems to be one of the better ones I’ve tried. Would definitely try it again.

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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a deep copper-ruby red hybrid letting spotty amounts of light shine through; tan head, decent retention, minimal lacing. Aroma lifts up heavily from the glass with tart apples, strawberries, and a large assortment of sweet and tart fruits popping everywhere. Slight wet-wood and funk scents around the edges, however its very light and certainly overthrown by the cornucopia of fruit.

Taste is initially tart and sour on the very tip of the tongue, pucker inducing; ripe strawberries, green apples, sour cherries, and a huge assortment of other berries dance around the palate. Tart and sour flavors mellow out within a few seconds and turn into a lasting sweetness. Some mild yeast in the background, if nothing more than a foundation for the fruits to build in, it works well. Lots of carbonation, crisp and surprisingly dry, thin-medium body, more on the medium side I would say.

Great sour ale from New Belgium. It's hard to get great sours in the US sometimes, especially ones that are readily available. La Folie isn't cheap, but it's worth picking some up each year when it's released. Authentic fruit flavors are the key - this one nails it. I happen to like sour fruits, and this hit the spot.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with red-brown highlights in the light. The beige head suds up nicely in my tulip, but fell just the same leaving some consolidate bubbles. Looks nice. 4.0

Rich apple-y vinegar and fruit notes with some light rot and juicy tartness. Tart cherry, starting-to-rot apple flesh, apple cider vinegar, raisiny malts, red currants, and some damp leather. 4.5

Leathery and fruity with some lovely sour notes. Primarily, apple and tart berry. Lightly vinegary and very oaky, but well-balanced between sweet and sour. Malts decomposed a bit with the addition of wild yeasts, but you can still make out cereal notes. Some mustiness. Very delicious. 4.0

Drinks simply. Lower carbonation. The body is average, would like some more fullness. 3.0

Excellent Oud Bruin. The nose is exceptional and the flavor has great balance and intricacy. Kudos. 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Enjoyed on tap at Beachwood BBQ during their sourfest last year. A darker burnt copper kind of color, thin head on it, beige it appears. It doesn't do much in the lace department, there was never a substantial head formation to measure how well it made lace, much less discussing retention beyond that.

A mildly tart, acidic aroma permeates the nose. Enjoyable, you get some minimal intrusions of wood barrel in the aroma as well.

Flavor profile leans towards cherry tarts. Notes of apple come on as well. There is some sweetness, but nothing approaching Lindemans territory here. Funkiness doesn't seem developed, this one comes off all modernized and clean. I think I heard they pastuerize this stuff now, so it won't be growing in the bottle, this may explain the lack of funk, I don't care, its not something I went in hoping for either way. Some brown malt/ale type of leanings when you look beneath the fruit flavors and sour/tart aspects of the beer.

Its a good flanders brown, the cost seems to keep going up, but I don't mind picking up one of these every year.

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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler poured into a New Belgium globe at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Ruby brown color with a 0.5-finger tan bubbly head that rapidly dissipates to a ring of bubbles that surround the edge of the glass throughout. A tiny bit of patchy lacing. Some haze but clear enough to appreciate a good amount of bubbles.

S – Red wine, cherries, vinegar, some oak, and maybe some caramel. As the beer warms, certainly more malt becomes apparent with more caramel, chocolate, and plum notes.

T – Tart right off the bat with sour cherries and grapes. Finishes slightly bittersweet with some apple, raspberry, and oak notes. Again, as the beer warms, the sweetness balances out the sourness better with caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit notes.

F – Thin-bodied with good carbonation, a puckering mouthfeel, and a sour and slightly dry finish. Again, as the beer warms, it gains more body and the sweetness makes the sourness more manageable.

O – I really like this beer, and so it pains me to give it anything less than a 4. However, it possesses the misfortune of belonging to a style of beers that can be some of the most brilliantly complex beers in the world. Regardless of the score, this is a very good beer and a fantastic introduction to sours. In fact, it was the very beer that got me hooked on them. This is a very tasty, drinkable, and approachable sour beer.

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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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