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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 496
Gots: 702 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002

Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Release.

Pours a tawny brown color that is not entirely translucent; with a medium size white head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with a lot of tart fruit; mainly cherries on top of a toasted brown malty base. A little bit of funkiness going on as well.

The tastes begin quite sour, but not overpoweringly so. The biggest fruit component is of cherries, and there are oak hints complementing the sourness with light emerging lemon.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation for the style. Finish is lightly prickly and sour; semi-dry.

Overall this is a very good American style sour. Not worldly or super complex, just a solid beer. A bit pricey for the lack of complexity. Unbelievably drinkable for the style with a moderate to high amount of sourness. Good introduction sour.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown but some light still shows through with a cream head.

S - Getting some funk, tart blackberries & brown sugar.

T - Oh wow! Lip puckering white grapes or may'be tart plums. Oak peaks in and then finishes with more tart. Very good & sour.

M - Lighter body but very carbonated.

O - I was skeptical at first but this is ridiculously good!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a very dark purplish brown with a small cream-colored head.

S: Soft musty funk, light vinegar and acidic raspberry, sweet brown bread and a little bit of spice.

T: Puckering plum skin tartness over wood-laced roasted malts. Vinous acidity, sour cherry, oak, slight chocolate, caramel. Dry and tart in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Nice feel.

O: Probably New Belgium's best beer, and honestly one of the better American sours out there. Very sour, but the base brown ale comes out nicely.

5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a taster glass. 2011 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Burgundy with a small off-white head. Nice patterns of bubbles on the surface.

Smell - Malty smell. Caramely with a cherry tang. Slightly acidic.

Taste - Much nicer cherry tartness in the taste. Creamy caramel malt, but no sweetness. Very creamy. Nice tart finish and a little dry.

Mouthfeel - Creamy wonderfulness. Excellent. Dries out in the finish with a clean sourness.

Overall - Spectacular American sour. Not much aroma, but it tastes great and has a wonderful creamy feel.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark red-brown with a dense tan head.

Aroma is sour Brett with a good bit of barnyard funk. Hints of brown sugar. Caramel, toffee, and dark fruit sweetness.

Taste is intense sour dark fruit - cherries and under-ripe plum. There is a good caramel malt backbone with subdued toffee notes that bring sweetness. Finishes with a musty basement and dry cedar quality that lingers.

Mouthfeel is a chewy medium-full.

Overall a very tasty and interesting beer. Flavor is intense, but unified, creating a pleasant experience.

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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown that turns maroon when held up to the light. Thin film of light brown head.

Aroma: Sort of like soy sauce. Getting some of the sour notes and dark fruits.

Taste: Tartness engulfs the palate from beginning to end and lingers on the tongue for a while after you've swallowed. Some of the usual brown ale flavors are behind all that sourness and give it some balance.

Mouthfeel: The tartness causes it to be slightly harsh but definitely doesn't keep you from enjoying each sip. Below average drinkability, but that's completely expected given the overwhelming flavor. A little over carbonated but otherwise solid.

Final Thoughts: Finally, an American crafted sour beer that will actually make you pucker your lips. Enjoyed this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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