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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,161
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 481
Gots: 639 | FT: 34
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

hippityhophead24, Feb 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Fitzmke, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

goalie33, Feb 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Boz12, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

HoistinBrews, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of SirWalkAbout
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date: 12.23.2011

Pours a dark ruby red color. Good carbonation. Not much of a head.

Smells sweet like cranberries, crips cider, and fruit.

Wow this one is sour! It's very tart, it's light, well carbonated.

It's clean on the pallet without much aftertaste.

Overall it's good. It's about as sour as I can drink. For me, it's not worth such a high price tag.

SirWalkAbout, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really can't say I am much of a fan of New Belgium but I absolutely LOVE this beer. Pours a dark, dark brown with a reddish hue with a bit of a head. Smells tart and sour with a touch of some thin malt sweetness underneath. Taste is tart, dark cherries, fruit and the brown ale base serves its purpose quite well. Not sure I detect any direct flavor from it but its a great base. Very crisp, with a enjoyable amount of carbonation to it, and lighter in body. I absolultely love this beer and if it was even somewhat affordable I would have this as a staple in my fridge during the duration of its release period.

denver10, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

wibrewer, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Doodler, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2008 C&C

pours a deep ruby red and dark brown. very light creamy head.

bright oak and ripe cherry. behind is sour brown ale. slight hint of vinegar.

very sour and tart. more sour up front with cherry dominating through out. oak is a bit lighter in flavor. a puckering sweet tart like flavor in the finish.

mild to moderate carbonation, very mouth puckering.

this has aged very well, completely different from the newer version.

hooliganlife, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

siddhartha, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of mglaser37
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head had little hold with a cream color.

This beer had a dark/chocolate color to it.

For flavor, it was sour and fruity...almost a black cherry taste…It was absolutely DELICIOUS!! i wish it was made continually.

The aroma was a bit like soy sauce with a tangy hint.

Had a very sticky/long lasting mouthfeel.

mglaser37, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

jhimstedt, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ASUBeer, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ratty918, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

dasmusik, Jan 30, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +8%

rawfish, Jan 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

csustar001, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Cinderbike, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010. I picked this up a liquor store in Indiana, only a few miles from FFF. It's cool that they had the 2010.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Despite the Flanders Red-ness of this, it was definitely more on the brow side appearance-wise. Dark brown, basically headless, and with a fairly thick disposition overall.

S: Sour scent for sugar, without a trace of vinegar, and maybe a bit of bright, fruity sour apple, along with some fresh filtered water.

T: Somewhat jaw locking, and very dry and chalky on the finish. Tons of fruit for sure, along with a tinge of acetic plums.

M: Just the right prickle on the carbonation side and not to sweet.... the sourness killed that. No lacing.

O: This was definitely a great example of the style and I'd really love to try it fresh sometime. I'm not a La Folie virgin any more!

Chaney, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

FredCat, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Deep garnet. Depth of color is great. Head is dirty white and forms a thin ring at the edge of the glass. Pours nice and smooth with a decent carbonation. Ruddy.

Smell: Faintly tart. Deep oak notes coupled with something akin to cherry. Some earth and citric bite. Complex to say the least. Nice woody notes. Cherry notes build as the beer warms. Faint sweetness lingers in the back.

Taste: Sour cherries and oak barrels. Nicely tart and a slight hint of minerals. Almost citric bite. Reminds me of a black cherry Warhead with some nice oak notes thrown in for balance. Sweetness is present and works with the tartness. Nice blend of flavors with a great depth.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of moderate. carbonation is high and delightful with a dry finish.

Overall: I love this beer more every time I get to drink it. It's incredibly well crafted and the balance of oak and cherry really makes this beer shine. It's even good with a little age on it.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 27, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Porterhouse flute.

A: Pours dark garnet with reddish tinted white foam that falls slowly.

S: Sourness blasts out right away and the tarter aromas hang out in the background.

T: Lemon rind, kiwi, vanilla...its a flavour bomb, but everything still seems well balanced. Nice amount of dextrins as well, which is surprising.

D: Smooth tartness and dry finish makes this an easy drinking and complex beer.

Overall: I like this one. Its sour and powerfull, but also very balanced. My only complaint is that its a little too clean. it lacks that funky mustiness of some other sours. I know that NB flash pasteurizes their sours. That may be the culprit of this over-cleanliness.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 26, 2012
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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