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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 496
Gots: 701 | FT: 38
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade...shared with my wife.

Color is a light brown/amber. The head forms and quickly dissipates.

The nose is tart with apples and hints of an earthy goodness.

The.taste is a nice tart Apple flavor. This is a nice sour. At first the sour was subtle but as it warmed it is prominent. Berry flavor coke though in the end. The coronation....Damn you phone...carbonation is pleasant and drying.

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3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 2011.

A: Barely transparent and ruddy brown in the light, there is a faint head atop the mahogany beer which fizzles out rather quickly.

S: Smells like a Flemish sour -- bright fruit and sour yeast.

T/M: Mouth-puckering. The tartness on the finish is excellent, but it seems unfortunately lackluster in the maintaste. The fruitiness is brief, but the oaken influence is strong. Lightly carbonated.

O: Overall, an enjoyable Oud Bruin, but not an exceptional one. Overpriced, if tasty. Tentatively recommended. I continue to enjoy the Lips of Faith series.

EDIT (15 June 2012): Review of this year's release. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 2012.

4A: Clear ruby in the light; clear red-brown in the shade. Light white head quickly disperses.

4S: Sour fruit and oak. More mellow than sharp, which is appreciated. Fruit is bright and inviting, though the nose is a bit subdued.

4T/4M: Very nice, but not exceptional. My comments on the 2011 apply to this bottling as well...the maintaste is lamentably brief, overshadowed by the lactic acid. Bright fruit is there and then gone again, an ephemeral sourness.

4O: Overpriced, but nice enough. Drinkable, enjoyable, and commendable. Not recommended.

EDIT (14 December 2013): The 2007 bottle is gorgeous and hand-numbered. It smells incredibly rich (4.75) and the flavor is fruity and fantastic. This beer ages well.

EDIT (1 January 2015): Vintage 2014. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Teku glass.
A touch thin, but plenty fruity-tart. B+

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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

2012 bottle into tulip.

A- Clear dark brown with plum highlights. Two finger off white head the slowly recedes to a thin cap. Lacing is excellent.

S- Slight white wine sour, grape juice, apple juice and skins. Candied sugar or brown sugar. There is a touch of wood as well.

T- Pucker power! White wine, grape skins, apple, apple cider little grape juice a nice oak taste. The least sweetest Flanders I've ever come across. Some I've had were straight up Welches Grape Juice. This is great for a change.

M- Light and refreshing, great carbonation.

O- I really enjoy Flanders beers. I was hesitant see the price tag on this while visiting Indiana ($19.99) New Belgium isn't available in Buffalo let alone Canada so I splurged and I'm glad I did!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Appearance: :La Folie pours a delightful copper color from the bottle. In the glass there's a deep red surrounded (when held to light) by a piercing amber color. There's a finger of light beige head that moves on as quickly as it shows. Lacing is extremely mild.

Smell: There's a tartness up front here, it blends and stands as an overtone for an almost vinegar aroma. Deeper lies is a citrusy apple smell. As it starts to closes on the nose there's also grape and white wine here. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Almost like white wine with something filling it. The weight here goes on the help carry the tartness is the flavor.

Taste: Tart on the top with a bright white wine flavor standing out. It's odd that the least prominent smell is the most prominent flavor. There's a green grape flavor there that is distinct from the wine. As it rounds the middle of the tongue there is also a roastiness complementing caramel it leads up to.the last thing I notice, a powerful, rich, charming smoky oak. It really stands out here at the end.

Overall: Really a great beer. If you ever get a chance to spend the cash on a bottle, I say buy two. You can get the supreme mouth pucker they were going for with the fresh one and age the other to bring on the oak character that makes this beer stand out. Yet again though, a world class beer is held back by it's price. Sadly, I'm pretty sure that's how they make it so world class...

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into tulip glasses. Writing based on 2-week-old notes.

A: Crimson-brown. Medium, off-white head.

S: Gingerbread, vinegary acidity.

T: Crisp sourness. Cherries and other fruits - maybe plums and apples. Reminiscent of hibiscus + rose hip herbal tea.

M: Smooth - rather than biting - acidity. Refreshingly thin (not in a bad way).

O: A great beer.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle [2012 Vintage] poured into a Duvel tulip. Had this beer many times for the past 3-4 years and have finally decided to review it.

A dark reddish brown, almost burgundy color when held up to the light, with a two finger tan head the dissapates rather quickly to nothing. Leaves behind very little to no lacing.

Aromas are tart, soured fruit(cherries mostly, but also some soured apple), slight vinegar(lactic sourness). Very little, to no, malt aromas coming from this... just sweet, sour and abit of funk.

Flavors follow the nose well. Very tart and sour fruitiness with some woody oak notes added to round out this awesome tasting beer.

Medium body, slightly carbonated, which is to be expected. Dry, slightly acidic feel.

Bottom line... I love this style, and I absolutely love this beer. Will continue buying and drinking it as long as NB keeps putting it on TX shelves.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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