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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: 701 | 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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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this in trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a deep, deep garnet hue with a fizzy two finger head that faded very quickly to leave minimal light tan halo.

S - Very nice vinegar and cherries here. The sour, tart cherries really pop in this aroma. Incredibly inviting.

T - Very nice vinegary notes here, very tart sour cherries as well to go along with it. Very puckering, so much so it nearly dries the mouth out. Perhaps some faint spice notes (cloves) and citrus, but almost all cherries.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation here keeps this up off the tongue and crisp. The firm carbonation also helps add to the sourness and dryness of this beer.

O - Overall I feel like this is a great representation of the Flanders style. Great, great sour puckering cherries and vinegar. Would like to see a bit nicer appearance though, really looks kinda muddy but tastes great.

Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear ruby with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like sour cherry and oak and tart apple, with a little clove and vinegar.
T: It tasted like sour cherry and tart apple, with some metallic hops and vinegar and clove. It had a clean and sour aftertaste with lingering sweetness.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice light body.
D: This was a very nice Flanders ale. Delicate yet bold. Complex and delicious. I loved the scent and taste. The body was fitting, and the finish was smooth. So it was easy to drink, but should be sipped. Would probably age very well, but it was still great fresh. Recommended.

Photo of Momar42
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mag00n
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Hopmodium
2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of alwaysanswerb
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jgagne
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-deep mahgony color. Nice thin laced white head.

S-huge cherry and citrus tartness permeates from this beer. What you should expect.

T-very tart sour flavor hits the palate and ends with a clean tangerine taste that stays on your mouth for awhile. Very sour and delicious.

M-very light but flavorful body and medium high carbonation.

O-one if the best sours I have ever had and my favorite New Belgium beer. A must have for fans of sours.

Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of carlitosbronson1
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass (all I had with me at the time).

A: Pours a rich brown Coca-cola color and is relatively opaque. Some head forms, but not much visible carbonation.

S: Wonderful complex, sour aroma. Some fruitiness that I can't better describe.

T: Sour, fruity, tart cherries. Is somewhat mouth-puckering. There is a bit of a malt presence there also.

M: Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Tart, dry finish.

O: Holy cow, this is an excellent sour beer. Would love to have this as a regular!

EDIT: I've pondered each of my individual aspect ratings for a bit here, and I can't change any of them in good conscience. However, my overall impression & personal preference for this beer exceeds the numerical rating it ends up getting from me.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, 6% abv. 2012 vintage. Fairly clear mahogany color. No head to speak of, no bubbles, very still.

Sour cherries, vinegar and some funk in the nose. Some oak notes come in as well. Earthy notes at the end.

Sour up front, with cherries and vinegar. Drying oak tannin. A bit earthy and funky. Sour berries linger long in the finish.

Lighter body, alcohol is hidden very well. Outstanding beer here. Very well done for an American brewer. Very solid.

Photo of Romulux
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of FriedSlug
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Giovacchini
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with no head

S- Sour cherries vinegar funk cranberry, vanilla

T- Sour cherries, vinegar, funk, tart cranberries, and oak.

M- Tart sourness on the pallatr,subtle carbonation, and a light body with a dry finish.

O- I enjoyed this a lot. This is a great complex sour. It would be interesting to do a side by side tasting with this and RR Consecration or Supplication.

Photo of Buddha
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of xnicknj
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into taster. 2012 vintage - thanks alex

Pours a slightly hazed brown color with a few ruby red hues shining through in the light. Thin beige head dissolves, leaving little lacing or retention.

Bright and tart in the nose with a burst of fruit. Sour cherries and apples with a light woody, funky undertone. A few notes of red wine and a slight grapey glaze.

Starts off nice and sour on the tongue, releasing a pleasant fruit profile in between the tartness. Sour cherry and green apples add a soft sweetness to balance the profile out a bit. Some oak character from the barrel aging with a funky suggestion. A little bit of red wine character towards the finish, which is tart and lingering.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, prickly and dry on the tongue. I keep forgetting how tasty this beer is - I seriously need to get more.

Photo of AndyTaylor
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Youngbeertender
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful sour-cherries on the nose dominate so much that I really can't pick up anything else. There is a "brightness" to the aroma too. Simply wonderful.

Aesthetically pleasing brown in tone with crystal clear ruby highlights when held to light. The head was slightly off-white in color but quickly dissipated into the beer, leaves no lacing to speak of.

"Wow-Whaa" was my reaction when tasting. The cherry flavor is the first thing that hits you, but is soon surprised by the supreme sourness that La Folie offers. The finish there are slight hints of toasted bread and dough.

Somewhat light in body and low in carbonation. There is a moderate to strong puckering sensation created by the tartness of this beer which lasts though the finish. Overall, this is a sipper, and I really really like it!

Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet chilled - 2011 vintage

A - pours a dark red/brown with a light orange head, which dissipates quickly

S - a bit of yeast then hits hard with sour citrus fruit

T - ok, this is a sour one. Very tart, sour citrus fruits with a funky backbone, then a bit of bitterness in the end

M - Not too carbonated, but the tartness is quite refreshing.

O - My second of two recent dives into the sour world, this one impressed me more than the Lychee also from new belgium. I could see definitely picking up a few of these to have on hand when the sour mood strikes. Not an everyday thing for me, but definitely will have on occasion.

Photo of iSip
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

New Belgium 2012 La Folie Sour Brown Ale, 22 oz. bomber: Sour beers are all the rage these days, and it was time for me to give one a try. Not a cheap endeavor, but hey, you only live once. The risk was that I would really like sour beers, and that would get expensive. This was not the case. The La Folie has a glowing brown body with a reddish tinge if held to the light. The head is pretty thin, but hangs in there. The aroma tells you that this is not your normal beer. Sour apple is the outstanding note. As so it goes with the flavor. Definitely sour, definitely complex. Sour apple and vinegar are some of the notes in the flavor. It’s just SO different. Beers cover a big range from wheats to stouts and IPAs to Belgian styles, but all are recognizable as beer. The La Folie is definitely on the very edge of beer, if not beyond. The sour style is not what I would go for in an after dinner sipping beer. Maybe with certain foods, or a bit before dinner as an appetizer, a sour would work better. That anything like this comes out of a brewery is a testament to the brewer, I am sure a sour is hard to brew. But likewise, I think it will take time to acquire a taste for sour beer, and there are too many great brews to be had.

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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