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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,162
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 481
Gots: 644 | 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 JohnnyChicago
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
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

hoppymcgee, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -6.1%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of megmulvaney
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes served in a nice looking bottle with an intriguing design. The appearance is dark with a medium hold. There is a good amount of carbonation. The smell reminded me somewhat of soy sauce when I first smelled it. There was also a slight citrus smell to it. The taste was very strong. It reminded me of vinegar, but I enjoyed it. The mouthfeel is also strong. You almost have to swallow twice to really swallow it completely. Overall I think this is a great beer. Not sure that I would enjoy drinking an entire bottle because it is pretty strong tasting, but it is good to enjoy a small amount.

megmulvaney, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of BrutalSusan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

BrutalSusan, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev -29.6%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Joeyuwp
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Joeyuwp, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 version in Boulevard Tulip

A - 2 finger head came and went quickly. Was a nice light tan/copper color. Almost no red like the color of the body. Deep amber. No lacing.

S - Sour cherries of course, but I'm also getting some sort of sweetness. Candy-like. There is grapefruit in there as well. Very nice scent on this one.

T - This is the first place the woody characters come out. And wood is the best way to describe it, but in a good way. It had a solid tartness to it that isn't over the top. The sourness is more of a lemon with only slight cherry flavors.

M - Drying tartness in the mouth. Body is on the lighter side but held up nicely with some good carbonation.

O - I may enjoy this beer more when it is fresh. The tartness is more pronounced and the cherries noticeable. Overall, very well done beer that I need at least a case of.

RuckusDu, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of DrEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DrEntropy, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of kri1
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer: La Folie - Sour Brown - Oud Bruin

By far the most interesting beer I have ever tasted in my life. Even though it was even just a challenge to get the cork out of the beer, it was well worth the effort.

This complex beer poured very nicely, a thick-looking beer, with a light-medium head that had the look of a nice latte. The beer itself is a very dark brown that shows it has a dark roast with malt characteristics of caramel or coffee, which lead me to give this beer a 5.0 in appearance.

On the nose it had a very heavy aroma, of dark fruits such as black cherry or pomegranate, as well as the distinct aroma of soy sauce. The smell of soy sauce in particular gives a pleasant savory smell to the beer, which I learned is more often called 'Umami.' This smell was so intense and had many different layers to pick through and deemed me giving it a 5.0.

Upon tasting the beer, I was first overwhelmed by the intensity of the sour-ness of this beer, not expecting that taste to be paired with such an aroma. That being said, it has a very heavy mouthfeel as the tang of the beer sticks to your tongue and takes a couple swallows to clear the taste from your mouth. This mouthfeel was a little too intense for me, but I know it is a very rare taste to experience in a beer and I rated it a 4.0, but a 3.5 in mouthfeel as it was very sticky on the tongue.

After getting passed the initial sip, under the tang lies the dark fruity taste that gives a sharp acidity to the beer. You can tell that this beer has been aged for a long time, 3 years to be exact in Oak Barrels.

This being said, this beer is not for the faint of heart and definitely one that hearty brewers and tasters alike should get their hands on for it's one of a kind taste.

kri1, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of bradjoiner
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bradjoiner, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Dtopete21
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This malt double had a sweet and sour taste. It reminds me a lot of soy sauce, but it also gives off a blackberry taste. It's aroma is very strong and unique just like vinegar.
Color: Dark
The reason why this beer is dark is because the malt has been roasted.

Dtopete21, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of schnay90
1/5  rDev -76.5%

schnay90, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of spkissane
4/5  rDev -6.1%

spkissane, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kspongeworthy, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of adammathis
5/5  rDev +17.4%

adammathis, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of battleaxebrewery
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

battleaxebrewery, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

tclapper, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of nppeders
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - brown with amber highlights. Nice one finger head, higher carbonation then I rememeber.

smell - amazing aroma, sour tart cherries, and some funk, a little caramel malt in there as well.

taste - acid at the start, cherry bomb in the middle, and then finish's extremely tart. Also some sweetness mixed in and caramel toffee malts.

mouthfeel - medium level of carbonation gives this a thin yet creamy mouthfeel. really perfect balance.

overall - This is about exactly what I want in a Flanders Red Ale. Sour cherries, tart, caramel, toffee, malt sweetness in the backbone. Could use a little more backbone but damn good. Very drinkable!

nppeders, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of MarshallMan
3/5  rDev -29.6%

MarshallMan, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

jdmandel, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

buckyp, Jan 10, 2012
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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