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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,405
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 510
Gots: 741 | FT: 44
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 tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A murky, brownish/amber beer with a two finger cream-colored head and strong lacing. Nose is sour fruit (cherry mostly), oak, sweet malt, trace vinegar, light musty funkiness. Complex.

The flavor is no less intricate; sweet and sour cherries out front; vinegar and oak follow. Again there is a hint of barnyard/hay funk; a decent malt backbone, tannins; dry finish. Overall, tart and woody.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Pretty clean and crisp in the mouth.

A really interesting beer that’s tasty and nuanced. Wish I could buy New Belgium products in NY, NJ, or PA.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

Pours clear dark brown with red hues and a small beige head leaving behind some clinginess on the edge of the glass.

Aroma consists of tart cherries, some straight sourness and a little woody character.

Tart cherries up front on the palate, receding into some vinegar and intense sourness. Finishes oaky and dry.

Low-medium bodied with high carbonation levels. Very sour, but not an intense sour bomb throughout.

Very solid beer and one of the standards for the style. I've had better as some brewer's have done some more inventive things, but this is always a classic to go back to.

Photo of mtrain237
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of javahead71
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. Bottling date of 12/23/2011 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown with ruby red highlights and a 1 finger light tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a small puddle of foam around the edges and in the middle. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Tart aroma with a hint of sweetness that features vinegar, cherries and a hint of wood.

Taste: A mix of sweet and tart cherries up front followed by vinegar in the middle before ending with a mildly tart finish. Aftertaste is sour yet light. Very well-balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The sourness is mouth-puckering in a good way..

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I'm loving this one and will have no problem polishing off the bomber in short order.

Overall: Very good beer overall. While I haven't had a ton of Flanders Oud Bruin beers so far, this one is the best I've tried. I'd definitely recommend trying this one.

Photo of ung
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of NickyDee21
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark brown. Pours a slight, brown-white head. Settles very quickly, leaving a nice beer ring.

S: Intoxicating aroma of fermented raspberry and strawberry on French bread.

T: Bitter raspberry, no sweetness.

M: Pungent and biting with a mouth puckering, dry finish.

D: Character of this one dictates a slow savoring experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, light head, and a slight bit of lacing. Nose is fermented fruity goodness on a light bready base. Flavor is biting and pungent, unsweetened raspberry. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of wilkinswesley
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mattczech
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Kendo
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear reddish-brown when backlit, with a 1-finger beige-colored head. No lacing.

S: Tart; sour cherries. That's pretty much it.

T: First impression was kind of off-putting. Actually, I'm being nice - more than once I thought "it tastes like throw up." Admittedly, though, this is a style I'm not experienced with (in fact, I had to read the BA style summary before pouring it), so I'm hoping that with a few sips and a palate adjustment, things will improve. . . . Basically I get tartness and what I believe is a lactic sourness. A touch of sour cherries. Hard to pinpoint much else, as those flavors are strong. Lingering tartness. Seems vinegary (sp?) at times. The bottle says it's a sour ale, and it ain't lyin'. . . . Lingering sourness and tartness all over - even on the lips (is that where they get the name from?). The longer I drink it, however, the more I get used to it and that first impression of "holy shit how am I going to drink this whole bomber by myself?!?!?" goes away. I wouldn't say I'm enjoying this beer, but I've accepted it.

M: Makes the mouth pucker - not your lips, but the roof of the mouth, in an involuntary reaction to the sourness.

O: This is a tough one to review. As I said before, I'm really not familiar with this style, which is quite different from the kind of beers I normally drink. I'm trying to review it with the style in mind, of course, but I'm having a hard time convincing myself that I would ever enjoy drinking such a sour and tart beer. I will not be finishing the bomber.

Photo of Oboogie
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2012) into a snifter. Pours a clear ruby-brown w/ a minimal head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar, then vanishes entirely. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is pleasantly tart. That's all I get, just a nice clean lactic tartness.

Taste is puckeringly sour, acidic, w/ a dry oaky finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Sour acidity scours the palate clean with each sip.

Overall this isn't your everyday average beer, but somehow it seems a little one-dimensional. Good, but also maybe a little disappointing.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Royal Chalice shows off this dark ruby beer with an off-white head. There is no lace, however, the viscosity makes up for it.

A big, sour-to-tart cherry aroma is put off against a malt background that comes out with warmth.

Certainly tart, though not too much, with cherry and raspberry syrupy sweetness, some acidity comes out as this one warms well.

A bit syrupy with a medium body and prickly carbonation.

A good after dinner sipping beer.

Vintage 2012

Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Deep amber color with a light, thin, off-white head but no head retention or lace.

S: Funky, fruity, enticing.

T: Delicious, tart, fruity, sour, funky. Like strong juice with a kick.

M: Smooth and delicious but a thin body.

O: Awesome. Fresh and tart. Not too funky and fairly refreshing.

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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