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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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2,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,901
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 452
Gots: 568 | FT: 34
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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5/5  rDev +17.4%

02-04-2012 05:35:55 | More by Doodler
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2008 C&C

pours a deep ruby red and dark brown. very light creamy head.

bright oak and ripe cherry. behind is sour brown ale. slight hint of vinegar.

very sour and tart. more sour up front with cherry dominating through out. oak is a bit lighter in flavor. a puckering sweet tart like flavor in the finish.

mild to moderate carbonation, very mouth puckering.

this has aged very well, completely different from the newer version.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 00:19:53 | More by hooliganlife
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-03-2012 17:51:21 | More by siddhartha
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-02-2012 22:58:16 | More by MisterKilderkin
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-01-2012 22:51:28 | More by Bjeerfalls
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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head had little hold with a cream color.

This beer had a dark/chocolate color to it.

For flavor, it was sour and fruity...almost a black cherry taste…It was absolutely DELICIOUS!! i wish it was made continually.

The aroma was a bit like soy sauce with a tangy hint.

Had a very sticky/long lasting mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 19:07:12 | More by mglaser37
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-01-2012 13:47:46 | More by jhimstedt
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-01-2012 00:29:31 | More by ASUBeer
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-31-2012 03:10:15 | More by ratty918
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-30-2012 05:40:14 | More by dasmusik
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

01-29-2012 21:11:42 | More by rawfish
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New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%

01-29-2012 20:09:19 | More by csustar001
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-29-2012 00:22:46 | More by Cinderbike
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010. I picked this up a liquor store in Indiana, only a few miles from FFF. It's cool that they had the 2010.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Despite the Flanders Red-ness of this, it was definitely more on the brow side appearance-wise. Dark brown, basically headless, and with a fairly thick disposition overall.

S: Sour scent for sugar, without a trace of vinegar, and maybe a bit of bright, fruity sour apple, along with some fresh filtered water.

T: Somewhat jaw locking, and very dry and chalky on the finish. Tons of fruit for sure, along with a tinge of acetic plums.

M: Just the right prickle on the carbonation side and not to sweet.... the sourness killed that. No lacing.

O: This was definitely a great example of the style and I'd really love to try it fresh sometime. I'm not a La Folie virgin any more!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 18:19:56 | More by Chaney
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-28-2012 14:57:07 | More by FredCat
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Deep garnet. Depth of color is great. Head is dirty white and forms a thin ring at the edge of the glass. Pours nice and smooth with a decent carbonation. Ruddy.

Smell: Faintly tart. Deep oak notes coupled with something akin to cherry. Some earth and citric bite. Complex to say the least. Nice woody notes. Cherry notes build as the beer warms. Faint sweetness lingers in the back.

Taste: Sour cherries and oak barrels. Nicely tart and a slight hint of minerals. Almost citric bite. Reminds me of a black cherry Warhead with some nice oak notes thrown in for balance. Sweetness is present and works with the tartness. Nice blend of flavors with a great depth.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of moderate. carbonation is high and delightful with a dry finish.

Overall: I love this beer more every time I get to drink it. It's incredibly well crafted and the balance of oak and cherry really makes this beer shine. It's even good with a little age on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:27:48 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Porterhouse flute.

A: Pours dark garnet with reddish tinted white foam that falls slowly.

S: Sourness blasts out right away and the tarter aromas hang out in the background.

T: Lemon rind, kiwi, vanilla...its a flavour bomb, but everything still seems well balanced. Nice amount of dextrins as well, which is surprising.

D: Smooth tartness and dry finish makes this an easy drinking and complex beer.

Overall: I like this one. Its sour and powerfull, but also very balanced. My only complaint is that its a little too clean. it lacks that funky mustiness of some other sours. I know that NB flash pasteurizes their sours. That may be the culprit of this over-cleanliness.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 20:23:20 | More by JohnnyChicago
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-26-2012 14:50:49 | More by hoppymcgee
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-25-2012 22:05:16 | More by KAF
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-22-2012 18:10:23 | More by ThirstyHerf
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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes served in a nice looking bottle with an intriguing design. The appearance is dark with a medium hold. There is a good amount of carbonation. The smell reminded me somewhat of soy sauce when I first smelled it. There was also a slight citrus smell to it. The taste was very strong. It reminded me of vinegar, but I enjoyed it. The mouthfeel is also strong. You almost have to swallow twice to really swallow it completely. Overall I think this is a great beer. Not sure that I would enjoy drinking an entire bottle because it is pretty strong tasting, but it is good to enjoy a small amount.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 05:13:01 | More by megmulvaney
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-22-2012 03:46:45 | More by BrutalSusan
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3/5  rDev -29.6%

01-21-2012 21:39:20 | More by poppyjohn
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-21-2012 04:52:28 | More by Joeyuwp
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 version in Boulevard Tulip

A - 2 finger head came and went quickly. Was a nice light tan/copper color. Almost no red like the color of the body. Deep amber. No lacing.

S - Sour cherries of course, but I'm also getting some sort of sweetness. Candy-like. There is grapefruit in there as well. Very nice scent on this one.

T - This is the first place the woody characters come out. And wood is the best way to describe it, but in a good way. It had a solid tartness to it that isn't over the top. The sourness is more of a lemon with only slight cherry flavors.

M - Drying tartness in the mouth. Body is on the lighter side but held up nicely with some good carbonation.

O - I may enjoy this beer more when it is fresh. The tartness is more pronounced and the cherries noticeable. Overall, very well done beer that I need at least a case of.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:50:43 | More by RuckusDu
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