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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 2,904
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 453
Gots: 568 | FT: 36
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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.

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IKR

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium brown color. Moderate beige head.

Smell: Mild funk, tart cherries, and mild acetic notes.

Taste: Tart cherries, mild acetic notes, and a touch of funk. Faint tobacco notes are present in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Moderate body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good sour that's also priced well.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:56:55 | More by IKR
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colt45n

Missouri

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

A: Pours a dark orange hazing hue, with a fluffy white head, head amosts looks like that of a wit or white beer.

S: Getting a very bitter citrus sour smell, I can already tell this one is going to make me pucker! Maybe a little of the hops in there but very slight.

T: SOUR SOUR SOUR, its not a bad "beer" at all but the sourness made it difficult to have more than 1 glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:54:23 | More by colt45n
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leschkie

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a translucent rosewood with an ecru head that fizzles away like a carbonated cola. Sights and sounds are very reminiscent of pouring a champagne. But illuminate this one from the back to reveal one of its hidden gems: a transformation to red fall foliage. Damn dude...talk about a beer with a severe case of hyalophobia. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Reminds me of the immediate and highly aggressive fumes I'd take in when I would stupidly open a bottle of acetic acid in chem lab away from a ventilation source. Other contributions include sour apple, apple cider vinegar, and slight lemon. Are they sure this one is wood-aged? Guess I'll just have to take their word for it.

Taste: Yeah, whatever genius is credited with naming this beer got it exactly right...particularly considering that there is nothing in the French vocabulary that describes the type of "caprice de la nature" that would result if apple cider vinegar, acetic acid, spritzy communion wine, green apple pucker, and lemon and cherry Sour Patch Kids had an orgy. Now for the real kicker: somehow all this complexity comes together in near-perfect harmony. Sharp bite and aggressively acidic, but smoothly sour. And just when you think the madness and lunacy is finally over, the beer has one more trick up its sleeve: all acidic and vinegary notes unexpectedly morphs into sweet glucose syrup, similar to licking a fruity sour lollipop. What the hell is going on here?

Mouthfeel: You remember when your mom always told you that "if you make that face, it will stay that way?" Well, looks like I'm screwed...can thank La Folie's puckering sourness for that. But on the technical side: light-bodied and dry with little to no carbination.

Overall: I asked my local bottle shop for something different and now I'm regretting it. A very heavy beer that took me over 2 hours to finish. I feel like I gained 10 pounds drinking this. Damn good, but compared to the Rodenbach Grand Cru, I think it still has a lot of work to do.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 13:42:55 | More by leschkie
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks tsatem for this bottle!

2011 vintage

A - cloudy red/brown with a small tan head.

S - tart, raspberries, toasted malts. Nice, balanced

T - tart, toffee malts, the maltiest sour ale i've had. raspberries here too.

M - light, fairly thin, a bit dry.

O (D) - very nice, drinkable, well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:13:23 | More by ColdPoncho
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Well lets do this! Pours a muddied brown color with a cappuccino colored head that isn't exactly thick....it actually is quite noisy and fizzles quickly into a thin layer with a ring around the glass. The brew looks reasonably still and lacing is virtually non existant, but then from what I've read up on this one, this isn't unexpected.

S- Whoa, this is definitely sour! Sour fruits dominate here....cherries, raspberry, apples right away, followed by some dry earthiness, and possibly a bit of wood. The beginning shows just a hint of sweet fruit but then it's nothing but a sour bomb through and through.

T- Very much the same as the aroma but amplified times 10! Lots of candied sour fruit with just a hint of sweetness on the finish to keep me coming back for more. There is an underlying hint of wood and earth as well but it's very well hidden.

M- Medium/lite bodied, and with minimal carbonation. The sourness coats the palate and especially the side of the tongue where the sour sensors are! There is a lingering flavor afterwards that inclines me to have another sip of mouth puckering goodness.

O- This is the first sour beer I've ever had so I have nothing to compare it to. My first taste was hard to handle, but just like sour soother candies, the more you have, the easier it gets to handle...however it's too strong for my liking. I'm good with the one bottle I have and *may* look for this again. I obviously need more experience with this style but it's definitely in line with what was stated by the brewery!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 00:40:28 | More by ChrisCage
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bomber date stamped 4/6/09.

Pours out looking murky and very much browner than your average Flemish in color. But that is to be expected as it flat out states on the label "Sour Brown Ale". Minimal head that dissipates into nothingness, but hey, its been cellared for 2 years! I wasn't even expecting a head at all from a sour of this advanced age!
Smells faintly of cherries with a whiff of oak wood and malt for a nanosecond, and than you get slapped in the face with an enormous blast of vinegar. There are even some Balsamic vinegar notes to be found in that blast if you sniff around for it while your eyebrows melt and slide off the surface of your face....
The flavor is amazing.
Just like with the nose, you get a *very* brief moment of sweetness before the extreme sour candy flavor assaults you, and than parks itself on your tongue, not to leave for many minutes worth of aftertaste. Pre-assault I get cherry, gooseberry, apple, and limes bursting over a woody oak tannins and some kind of graham-cracker malt flavor. Than the fruit flavors and the oak tannins stay with you for framing of the post modern portrait that is the acidic apple cider vinegar attack with reinforcements of citric acid burning! This bad boy gets gradually more sour the longer you cellar it. I'm at the point where what I describe as "extreme sour candy" is actually MORE SOUR than nearly all actual 'extreme sour candy' I've ever tasted. And it hurts so good.
Body is relatively light and subtle as a background, which is perfect for the circumstances. Any heavier or thicker and it would have conflicted with the sour flavor. As it is, the aftertaste stays around for just the perfect amount of time, I mean. A thicker body would probably have made it overstay its welcome with each sip.

This is an amazing sour ale. Pick it up without hesitation if you ever see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 18:24:29 | More by WastingFreetime
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bottle of 2009 vintage. Poured my half into a Duvel tulip.

A - It formed a thin off-white head that dissipated immediately to no head or lacing at all. The color is burgundy red-brown with good clarity.

S - Smells of cherries and faint port wine with slight apple cider vinegar notes and a hint of funk that is tough to describe. No unpleasant aromas. You can sure smell the impending sour storm...

T - The only ghost of sweetness to be found comes in front from the cherry and apple flavors. The tartness takes over almost immediately with sour grape and apple flavors that definitely have quite a bit of acetic character. Absolutely mouth puckering.

M - The feel is light with very low carbonation. This works with the powerful sour flavors. Any more carbonation would make it overpowering. The finish is pleasantly dry.

O/D - The La Folie experience is similar to eating Warheads candy as a kid: so sour it makes you cringe yet you still have another. Like Warheads there is a bit of subtle sweetness that enhances the complexity and gives you a brief lapse in the sour. This is a great beer and I will always look forward to drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 04:49:26 | More by LaCoursiere
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pinni

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of bottle into a tulip at a bit below refrigerator temperature. I got a maltiness in the nose along-side a vineger-tinted sour.
When it first hit my tounge, I could taste some of the dark malt, but it was soon followed by a wow-za-level tartness: some cherry, some vinegar(but not as much as I was expecting). After-taste: the remaining flavors are some sour candy with tiny bit of metal... and the overwhelming desire to drink more.
Overall: this was fantastic. I really love that salted-yogurt tartness... it's a big, bold take-no-prisoners kind of beer, perfect as the "next step" for a sour beer novice such as myself.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 21:28:48 | More by pinni
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ExplosivoSR

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Ruby red, with a fingers worth of head and almost no lacing.

S - Vinegar, cherries, leather, oak.

T - Follows the smell, with a mouth-puckering amount of vinegar and sour cherries up front.

M - Coats the mouth with a nice sour flavor that burns slightly, and lasts forever.

O - An exceptional sour. While (to me at least) it's probably the easiest sour to get into, it is one of my favorites as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 07:28:04 | More by ExplosivoSR
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Durge

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why this isn't listed under the "Lips of Faith" heading, and it states it to be a "sour brown ale", not a "red", but the picture and name otherwise match so here goes... This beauty from Colorado is a dark brown mahogany color with a decent light tan head that thins out with very nice lacing. The aroma is a sweet sour malty brown sugar, skunky and aluring. The flavor is definite pucker-up sour with cherry malt and brown bread goodness. Vinegar, apple and a slight flowery hop in there, this stuff is a taste sensation if you like the style. It’s medium-light bodied with a spritzy feel. Drinkability is fine if you’re a fan of the style. An excellent sour that I can easily recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 14:53:25 | More by Durge
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drowninginhops

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass.

A: Brown with <1 finger light tan head that receded quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Smells of sour apples and alcohol and dark fruit sweetness.

T: EXTREMELY Sour! High pucker factor. Apple, dark fruits etc.

M: High active carbonation similar to a soda. So a little too much.

D: The mouthfeel is a little killing for this beer but overall good. My first sour.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 16:16:05 | More by drowninginhops
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rundocrun

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an apparent brown with minimal light tan head that fades quickly. When held up to the light, the beer glows a lustrous red. Very slight lacing on the glass.

S - Smells strongly of sour apples and alcohol (surprising since this is only a 6% beer). Hints of toasty grains in the background along with some dark fruit sweetness.

T - Wooooeee!!! Sour! I knew enough to read the description of this style before I drank it, but man, this blows away any expectations I had. It really is quite difficult to get too far beyond the puckering sour factor (not in a bad way), but I am also able to detect slight hints of roasted chocolate malt in the finish.

M - Pretty standard for a mid-range ABV beer. Not watery, but not too thick. Bright carbonation fits well with the tartness. It's almost like I'm drinking a very complex green apple soda.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 05:05:37 | More by rundocrun
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a ruby red/brown color with about an inch light tan head. The head didn't stick around for too long, and there's a small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is apple vinegar, tart cherries, oak and some brown sugar. The brew tastes like tart and sweet cherries, vinegar, tart apples, plums and a bit of caramel and chocolate. It's mostly sour but the sweet flavors are definitely noticable. There's also a lingering tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with good carbonation. I think it's a pretty good overall brew. I've been looking forward to trying this for a while, and I certainly wasn't disappointed with this beer at all. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 23:18:20 | More by bluejacket74
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drewba

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep opaque ruby, tan head which barely gets up to a half finger and very quickly dies down to a small ring around the glass. Lacing is sticky and irregular. 15 minutes after this was poured there isn't a bubble in sight.

S - Smells like a super ballsy flanders. Hugely sweet and sour vinegar, cherries, brown sugar,

T - There's a serious depth of flavors as well as flavors that progress during the course of a single sip. Begins with fresh cherries, tart lemon and vinegar, brown sugar, toast, caramel, butter. Then a dry and a mouth puckering lemon, vinegar and wood burst comes out of nowhere and confuses the hell out of my mouth, but I love it. The sweetness you'd traditionally get in a flanders, plus the intense pucker is really addictive.

M - This is a beer that sticks to your mouth and doesn't let go - I keep tongueing my teeth to help get rid of some of the vinegar. It's a little thin and the carbonation is low, but I really had to think about it because the vinegar creates such a major part of the mouthfeel.

O - I watched this as the the Miami Heat beat the Bulls and my friend said "sure leaves a sour taste in your mouth". Puns are awesome. This is a beer that I completely take for granted because it sits on the shelf for awhile. Next paycheck I'm loading up on La Folie and not looking back.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:31:09 | More by drewba
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dark brown with a thin light brown head--the foam collects a bit more on the side of the glass; lacing is pretty darn good

S: Tart cherries, lemon, apples with a bit of cider vinegar--this is fruity and tart and awesome smelling

T: Tart and fruity up front: cherries, lemon, apple and some slight vinegar flavors--a bit of a grainy undertone but mostly fruity sour awesomeness

F: Nice medium body with light carbonation

O: Amazing beer--not quite as sour as I would prefer but such a refreshing and tasty beer

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 14:12:03 | More by dbossman
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DCon

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap for $5 @ the cLips of Faith Beer & Film Festival in Forest Park (St. Louis), MO. Poured into a 12 oz plastic cup and enjoyed just like the first one.

Appearance- Had 1 finger of head that died down quickly, couldn't see much though because it was a late night but it had a dark amber body for sure.

Smell- Nice sour smell once again! Like candy if candy had a huge sour, sweet smell.

Taste- Nice cherry taste!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied, Smooth, but has a sour bite at the end of the drink.

Overall- One of the easiest beers to drink in the Lips of Faith Series. Was excited to try again and will be looking for this in the future!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 05:20:08 | More by DCon
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claytong

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i liked this more the first time. this time i just wasnt in the mood for something sour but still it was the beer i ordered since its a step above the rest of theirs. and they think so too with that price on it.
its one of my favorite sours to date. well its sort of a sweet and sour. has a lot of carbonation and taste similar to a very sour soda.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 22:25:48 | More by claytong
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benpopper

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage out of a bottle into a Stolzle Beer Glass

Pours out a deep dark red with about a half inch of fizzy head that is gone immediately. No lacing initially, but as you drink it there seems to be a little.

Smells pretty good, cheery sweetness and funky all at once. Pungent is a good word for it, not unpleasant, but strong. Things get more complex and less sour as it warms up.

Taste seemed to be a little mixed up. The first thing I get is tart fruit, but then there is this melded metallic, vinegar sweetness that seems to roll over the palette in a clumsy way. I remember this bottling tasting better half a year ago.

I enjoyed drinking it though. Slightly puckering in the mouth with a tingly low carbonation that made it light and easy to drink.

Overall the taste made me wonder if it had sat in the cellar too long as I have heard the newer batches of La Flolie really are not meant to be cellared. I really enjoyed subsequent tastings of the 2010 batch, but this time it really didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 12:43:15 | More by benpopper
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage, poured into a snifter.

Pours with minimal head, and what is there disappears quickly. Body is dark and beautiful shade of ruby.

The nose is very inviting! I smell tart cherries and raspberries, along with a general sweet/tart fruitiness that begs me to take a sip. With more olfactory investigation, I find notes of granny smith apples and fresh hay.

Much more sour than the nose suggests, this beer packs a moderate amount of puckering sourness. Never is it overpowering however, and the classic Flanders sweetness is very alive and fights back against the sour with gusto. The balance is still tipped in favor of the sour, but by the time the aftertaste kicks in it is nearly perfectly balanced. Fruity, tart, acidic flavors abound and layer upon each other with surprising poise. A bit of malt comes through in the end. This beer is interesting in its flavor because it seems to be more sour in the beginning than of examples I have tried, but then sweeten up throughout the taste experience and come out sweeter in the aftertaste than other examples. Very pleasant and quenching to drink.

The mouthfeel is lively because of the abundant carbonation, and feels on the dry side because of the tart, lactic quality.

Conclusion: This is a great beer. The fact that it didn't originate in Belgium is impressive as well. To my humble palate this tastes nearly exactly as the style dictates, but it still seems to lack the indescribable complexity sometimes found in sour beers. That being said, it is still an awesome beer and one that I would turn cartwheels over if I brewed it. Thank you New Belgium, for brewing authentic Belgian ales within a few hundred miles of my home.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 02:21:54 | More by allforbetterbeer
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip.

Pours a deep reddish brown that is a bold crimson when held up to the light. Thin tan head that lingers throughout.

Smells like tart cherries, oak, green apples, and some vinegar.

Tastes like sour jolly ranchers. Real fruity. Vinegar and sour apple dominate. Pretty sour and funky as well. Wow.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with decent carbonation.

Overall is an excellent sour. Would love to put this up against some Cascade and Russian River sours to compare as these are my favorite US sours so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:28:49 | More by daveytheformer
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madvermin

California

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

Vintage: 2010

Pours a deep, dark brown/ruby, with a black appearance outside of light. Head is slightly reddish and tan, finely bubbled, and retains well. Lace is average.

Nose is sour and funky the way it should be. Cherries, some lemon, and a lot of Brett dominate the smell, with cherries being the biggest fruit and a very pungent aroma in particular. Wood stands tall as well. Some barnyard funk from the Brett comes out stronger as the beer warms, with more mustiness coming out as well.

Pretty good strength of puckering on initial taste with tons of yeastiness - great start. Fruit flavors after that are good, but a bit underwhelming, with cherries this time taking a backseat to a simple lemon juice. Oak is prominent once again. Finish is a lemon/Brett battle royale.

Mouthfeel is very puckering as mentioned in the taste, with a full body and a strong acidity. Very nice, even if I have to keep taking sips of water to keep my tongue from shriveling up. Carbonation is perfectly understated and works well with the beer. Drinkability is great too - for a beer in this very sour style, it remains enticing and flavorful from start to finish. The lemon gets to be a bit much maybe after a glass and a half, but I still liked it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 10:24:51 | More by madvermin
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zhanson88

California

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

Appearance: La Folie pours a deep, slightly hazy ruby color. Two fingers of light tan head form that have very nice retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Light scents of tart cherries and other dark fruits (plum, mostly) show first. Funk, vinegar, light mustiness and lemony tartness appear as well.

Taste: Tart cherries and plums provide tartness as well as a hint of initial sweetness. Vinegar, light lemony tartness, funk and mustiness follow. This beer has very nice balance. The initial sweetness is very short lived, but still there, and overall it's not as mouth puckering as I had expected. Fairly acidic and tart, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is between light and medium bodied with medium carbonation that is very fine. Extremely smooth drinking, almost creamy. Overall, a great beer that I really enjoyed. Nicely balanced with a lot of flavor. I'd love to get ahold of some of the corked and caged versions.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:16:56 | More by zhanson88
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a deep reddish brown with a three finger off white head with a light tan hue that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, dark fruit, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, sour, tart, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew as it always has been. Excellent aroma and flavor coming off from this brew. First time I have ever gotten dark chocolate off of this brew, but it works with the other flavors present adding a slight hint of bitter to it. Have had this multiple times from multiple sources and will definitely continue to do so. If you have not had this beer before you need to do so now! Still want to try a C&C version (hint hint traders!)

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 11:58:27 | More by thagr81us
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Airyk12

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into a tulip.

Pours a rich mahogany, with a small brown head that disappears almost immediately.

Smells immediately of citrus, cherries, and a bit of vinegar. Very strong tart smell, and a noticeable sweetness.

Again, citrus and cherries dominate, with strong sour and tart flavors bringing a bit of pucker. Not as overwhelming as some sours. Again, sweetness and a little warmth from the alcohol tie it all up.

This beer has some bite, and brings the acidity throughout with a little carbonation. Goes down easier than many sours.

This serves as a good example of a flanders sour, without being too overwhelming for those new to sours. Solid, and quite tasty. Drinkable, but dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 07:50:56 | More by Airyk12
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

Pours a deep mahogany brown with a red tint. Just a faint collar of off-white head. No lacing.

Sweet cherries, plums, figs and red grapes on the nose. Light fruit acidity. Sweet malts with a touch of caramel and bread.

Lots of fruity caramel on the tongue. Light acidic sourness. Cherry, plums, grapes and a touch of green apple. Not overly sour at this age, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost slick, with light, but tingly carbonation. Nice acidity. Will probably improve in the feel with another year or two on it.

Overall, a well composed sour brown. Great for novices and sour heads alike. Could use a heavier dose sour acidity, but maybe a few years on the bottle will fix that. Worth picking up if you haven't tried it. I'm curious to see how the cork & caged variants compare to this.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 21:14:08 | More by sisuspeed
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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