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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,070 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,070
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 474
Gots: 617 | FT: 35
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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mdaschaf, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +17.4%

PhineasGage, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of JimmyTango
4/5  rDev -6.1%

JimmyTango, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Dunkelhund
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Dunkelhund, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ChugginOil, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of vkv822
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
2011 vintage

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.

vkv822, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jbweld
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jbweld, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

savagepm, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Sinewave
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of mthomas84
4/5  rDev -6.1%

mthomas84, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of iSrALE
5/5  rDev +17.4%

iSrALE, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of chcfan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

chcfan, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bilco, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


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.

kzoobrew, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +17.4%

quine, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of dejrrma
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

dejrrma, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of ig88b
5/5  rDev +17.4%

ig88b, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of cosmonick
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

cosmonick, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

enelson, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -6.1%

jak, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -6.1%

mhaugo, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than a fingers of rich velvety khaki colored head... Very limited retention gives way to nothing more than a thin collar... The color is a warm medium to slightly dark brown color yet fully translucent... Some small streaks of sluggish carbonation can be seen at the top of the glass...

S - Simply intoxicating... Subtle but quite complex... Slightly tart raspberries... Cherries... A bit of sour apples... Some slightly woody characteristics... A hint of brown sugar... A touch of vinegar...

T - Deep rich oak notes... A slightly salty character... Some of the fruity character alluded to by the nose seem to disappear - perhaps just a hint raspberries... Just a kiss of vinegar... Much less multidimensional then the aroma...

M - Light bodied but surprisingly dense... Limited carbonation teetering on flat... A bit puckering... A touch of "juiciness" on the back end...

D - A very impressive offering from New Belgium... A top tier Flanders Red Ale... The nose is absolutely stellar and all other components are more than respectable... A job well done...

philbe311, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of youradhere
5/5  rDev +17.4%

youradhere, Dec 11, 2011
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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