Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
Shared with Nate as a precursor to our inaugural Night of the Sours!
Body is brown with red hues; nice head and lace. Tart cherries greet my nose right out of the bottle. Still holds faint hints of lightly toasted malts, which is a nice touch. Funky sour yeast demands to be sipped.
Sour cherries over a brown ale base. Oaky barrel goodness. Tart, funky yeast. Great blend job, impeccably balanced. Full, creamy body.
One of the best off-the-shelf sours available in the USA, and a fantastic value at ~$14/bomber. Praying they decide to ship to NYC soon.
12-22-2011 22:38:33 | More by brystmar
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
Big thanks to Lee for this bottle!
A: Pours a ruby/brown color with a one finger tan head on top. Decent retention, reducing to a ring on top. Not much lacing.
S: Nice tartness right away with some sour cherries. There are some other fruits underneath the cherries as well, some apple, grapes, and melon.
T: Fantastic. Nice combination of fruit and tart. Lots of cherry with a little bit of apple, but nice and sweet. There is a little bit of oak.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish.
O: Really nice Flanders, could do with a bit more tartness, but at this point, that's very minor. Put this bottle down with ease. More please.
12-22-2011 02:35:02 | More by mdaschaf
4.43/5 rDev +4%
Pours a beautiful reddish brown with a fluffy inch of white head. Mass webby lacing.
The nose is nothing but tart and sour cherries, mixed with a slight, sweet malt. The bready malt is noticeable but slightly, underneath the tart takeover.
The taste is straight amazing. The browm ale shows itself at first for a second of sweet and light roasted malt. This is immediately followed by a super tart, cherry like finish. Great integration and balance here. Loving how the brown ale is still noticeable.
Sweet malt is perfectly matched with a nice tart cherry taste.
The mouthfeel is super crisp and dry with a massively carbonated presence that keeps the lucious flavors plastored to my palate. Beauty.
Overall, I'm not a sour mastser but this brew is the best sour I have had the chance to drink. Great balance and amazing flavors.
12-19-2011 08:46:43 | More by ChugginOil
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Pours a dark burgundy with a bubbly tan head.
The nose is of oak and tart cherry. Slightly vinous.
The taste follows the nose, and is of tart cherry and other fruit upfront with a pleasant oakiness.
The mouthfeel is light bodied, which is about average for the style and has appropriate carbonation.
A very nice sour beer, quite accessible.
12-19-2011 08:42:03 | More by vkv822
3.33/5 rDev -21.8%
Cherry stained brown body. Two finger khaki colored head is perched a top. Very loud crackling head dissipates rather quickly. Slight ring left lingering, negligible lacing.
Aroma is tart and biting off the bat. Sour cherry scent up front is mellowed by a warm brown malt and brown sugar aroma just behind. Oak is noticeable but not overly prominent. Very pleasant balance between the characteristics at play.
Sweet fruit on the front of the tongue turns into a biting tartness on the back. The transition from one to the next is almost immediately. It is hard to pick up much else until after to swallow. Subtle malt contributions but a boatload of cherry like flavors. There is a bit of a lingering tomato flavor on the back of the tongue, really throws the rest of the beer off.
Medium bodied Flanders. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style. The finish is dry as expected.
A rather nice beer for the most part, the problem is the part that's not nice really ruins it for the rest of the beer. The lingering tomato flavor is one I cannot get over, take that away and my entire opinion changes.
12-16-2011 19:21:49 | More by kzoobrew
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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