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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,399
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 509
Gots: 741 | FT: 43
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin quarter finger head on a clear brown and amber body.

S: tons of sour cherries with subtle caramel and toffee. Bubble gum

T: nice degree of sourness with the flavor following the aroma perfectly. Toffee and caramel are mild but present.

M: thinner side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very nice sour beer, one of the better beers and sour beers from this brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Philousa
2.67/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a review of the 2012 version.

Very dark chestnut in appearance, violet against the light. A good amount of head dissipates to leave a small ring touching the glass. Sour aroma hits you right away. Light fruit accompanies it: strawberry, cherry, cranberry. Pretty traditional Flanders brown malt lies beneath the sourness. A little chocolate comes out with a swirl. Oak comes off a bit strong and seemed a little off. Taste starts super sour. Lots of strawberries and cherries. Some nuttiness. Oak comes through, but barely. I almost had to look for it, but it came as the beer warmed. Watery and dry.

Interesting, but not complex. The flavor was very one note and the aroma had an off smell to it, maybe diacetyl or phenols. This wasn't all together unpleasant, but definitely not worth the price. Maybe I'm spoiled by the local RRBC sours & availability of Rodenbach.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Jimmys
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle. bomber split among friends.

A: dark, dark red. head is slightly off-white with good retention. virtually no lacing.

S: chocolate and acidic. sour cherries.

T: grape soda. acidity makes for a dry finish. lemon rinds.

M: medium to low carbonation on a medium body.

D: super tasty. i want to pick up a few more bottles of this and set them aside as im sure this would be tasty down the road. get some.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buying this on an $18+ whim was the exact moments I felt myself enter the beautiful (yet expensive) world of sours. Cheers to new frontiers!

Brewed two years or so before the date of this tasting; this is the 2010 vintage.

A: Deep red in color, this is one dark, bubbly body. A head appears just for a second, a half-inch of popping bubbles that settle down to just a light circle of retention. There’s one or two circles of lacing, so wet that they fall right back down.

S: A beautifully balanced Belgian nose, full of dark fruits and sour must. Reminds me more of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, actually – raisin, fig, blackcurrant, and grape jam are the biggest scents, with notes of pepper, oak barrel, and nuttiness. The funk comes with a rich, savory leatheriness – not incredibly sour, but with a distinct cherry tartness like pie filling.

T: Very smoothly acidic – lactic acid mixed perfectly with fresh, pulpy lemon juice. Holy hell, that’s delicious. And wow, these grains…a toasted bread experience unlike any other Flanders Red I’ve tasted. Its thick graininess combined with the fruits on the front end remind me of a bowl of flaked oat cereal with fresh blueberries and strawberries mixed in, and that’s on top of some lovely spiced apple and cherry pie tastes. Tannic, delicious. Plus, there’s a hugely satisfying profile of barrel mixed in to this palate: dark wood and vanilla clear as ever. A bit of barnyard yeast rounds it out, with an aftertaste of dry fruit juice and smooth oak.

M: Crisp and smooth, showing a nice combination of both bubble and silk. Feels like lightly-bubbled fruit juice, nearly.

O: One of the best sours I’ve had to date. Everything clicked: the sour flavors, the barrel notes, the thick grains. All memorable, all great. I’d go out of my way to get this one again, at this price and more.

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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my sour kick. 2011 vintage. From the 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours the classic Oud Bruin brown; clear, with red notes when held to light. Looks like liquid cherry wood. Produced a one-finger, light khaki head, quick to dissipate but left behind a bit of lacing.

Wet hay, cherries, apple vinegar, oak. Smells tart. Smells delicious. This is the way sours should smell; sour, but complex.

Sour throughout. A nice blend of oak and fruit up the middle. Touch of funk in the finish, would've like more. Overall more sour then funky. Lingering woody aftertaste. Nice, but not as deep in flavor as the nose.

Surprisingly light in body, likely the copious amounts of carbonation thinning it up. Dry and tart to the point of robbing the mouth of moisture.

Overall this is a truly tasty beer. Crazy how the highest rated Oud Bruin on this site is an American brew, but I see how that happened. Taste falls a bit short of the nose, and the mouthfeel is just a touch thin. Perfect level of sourness. Recommended highly to any sour-junkie. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle vintage 2012, into a tulip glass. Pour brings lots of sounding snapping carbonation.

A real creamy foamy light tan head, faint caramel and creamy in appearance settles to about a finger, then leave a good collar while drinking. Head sits on top of a very dark but clear body that is ruby blood red and brown. Some nice rising carbonation in lines along the glass, very impressive looking, with the body color being truly unique and exceptional.

Nose hits with tart cherry, light malt and classic Flanders chewy bread. Real simple and solid, airy and full of real flavor to come it seems, nothing artificial or overly sweet smelling.

While very tart on the palate, it also extremely wet bodied. Missing the mix of slight sweetness and malt presence, and a watery fleeting flattened cherry taste in the mid palate. Even the carbonation seems a little flat, with not much density or good feel. Doesn't seem to have much spice to it either for the style, and there's no richness at all.

What can I say for an Oud Bruin this is kind of boring, too bad cause she's a real looker. I would totally grab something else than this preferably De Dolle, Monks, heck even Petrus.

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stem tulip.

A. Deep reddish-brown mahogany colour. Little to no head or lace.

S. Vinegar straight off, with a strong brown ale component of roasted malts. Cherries and funk.

T. Plenty of mouth-puckering sourness that dries the inside of the mouth. More roasted malts along with a good hit of citrus. Wonderfully complex. Very dry finish with a strong hint of vinegar.

M. As is so often the case with New Belgium, a bit on the thin side.

O. La Folie was the first sour I ever tasted. At the time I couldn't believe anyone would want to drink this awful stuff. Since then I've worked my way back to it via a few other sours (I'm looking at you Russian River and Jester King), and blow me down - I really like it! Michael Jackson was right, of course: Belgian and Belgian style sours are among the most refreshing and complex beers to be had.

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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.

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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.

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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