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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - La FolieLips Of Faith - La Folie

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Ratings: 2406
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.00% 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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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep redish/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, oak, funky yeast, brown sugar and sour apples.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some tart cherries upfront, sour apples, woody oak, funk, sweet brown sugar and some red wine notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 18:12:31 | More by SebD
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into an Ovila chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown, reddish body. The color resembles a dark cherry wood color. Minimal fizzy head, disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Initial waft is dominant with sour apple and sweet tarts. Grapes - almost white wine-esque. Small hints of oak. Loads of funk.

T: The sour apple presence from the nose follows right to the palate. Mouth-puckering sourness. The grapey character is present, but comes off more like wine in the palate than the nose leads on. The tart and funk completely overshadow any small hint of oak. The aftertaste has a smidgen of grape juice on the tongue.

M: Heavy carbonation. Medium body. Has a sharp bite.

O: Probably the most tart beer I've ever had, but it is fantastic. Not overly complex, as the sour character dominates, but the apple and grape notes are a very nice touch. Definitely my favorite of all the "lips of faith" series.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:01:27 | More by Justin_Neff
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macher0

Kentucky

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013. Bottle to snifter.

A: Rusty-dark amber. Slightly translucent. A finger head that quickly retreats to a frothy rim and blotchy film (looks like bacteria on a petri dish). Stable lacing.

S: Very fragrant. Sour yeast. Slightly sweet fruit and malts. Smells like it’s been in an oak barrel for an extended period of time.

T: Sour/tart. Oak. Dry cherries. Not as sweet as the nose would suggest, which is good. This sour has a slight oak lingering finish.

M: Smooth, very smooth. This beer is jaw clinching, but in a very good way. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. A very nice tart after taste that makes it extremely drinkable.

O: This is an excellent sour that is tart. Sour heads would love this ale. This ale reminds me of Rodenbach Grand Cru, but I think its better than its foreign counter part and way less sweet and syrupy. A very complex ale in respect to its smell and taste. This beer goes down extremely smooth, especially for its level of tartness. I picked up several bottles with hopes of cellaring a few and it is down to one. I really enjoy this sour as a go-to. If you are a fan of JP La Roja, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:19:47 | More by macher0
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. 2013 vintage bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish caramel amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A ripe, tart, funky, and fruity aroma with some nice dark malt undertones. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk and pepper. Big scent of sour cherries with some Brett. Red wine barrel hints of oak and wood. Fruity hints of apples, pear, and banana. Solid bready malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, biscuit, yeast, and some chocolate. Dark fruit hints of plums, grapes, and raisin. Slight lemon zest hint. Sweet brown sugar scent. Subtle grassy hops in the background. A really good complex aroma.

Taste: As complex as it smells with a big combination of sour, funky, fruity, and malt flavors. Big taste of sour and tart cherries throughout with some Brett. Red wine barrel notes of oak and wood. Belgian yeast with notes of peppers and funk. Fruit taste of apples, pear, and banana. Dark fruit notes of plum, dark grapes, and raisin. Sweet and toasty malt presence with notes of caramel, bready biscuit, yeast, toffee, and chocolate. Also a little lemon zest. Brown sugar adds some sweetness. Light grassy hop taste towards the finish. A very good and complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Sour, zesty, fruity, and somewhat acidic feel. Balanced and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A really great sour beer here. Bold but balanced. Good mix of sour fruit and funky flavors with the dark malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 06:54:55 | More by MattyG85
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weonfire

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby, full finger of cream head, dissipates quickly down down to around the rim, light lacing

S - Sour apple, brown sugar, oak, red wine, peach

T - Tart cranberry, green apple, red wine, oak, carmel. finish: oaky sourness-sour apple

M - Great carbonation, frothy, oaky fruits cover well

O - Whew! it is tart. But I love it. Mouthpuckering is correct. Exceptional after dinner beer. Funky and fizzy, very refreshing, light yet fulfilling. If you are a tart lover- the oakiness is very good - you will appreciate this throughly.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:34:32 | More by weonfire
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andyfrancis

California

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Short brown head erupted quickly and dissipated as quickly as it came, leaving a placid, cloudy reddish brown glass.

Wow, no doubting its sourness on the nose. That acquired vinegary delicious funk. Almost like bleu cheese just before it hits your lips.

Oh my god. So good. Just a great blend of sour with a sweet fruit back and funky bite. Every sip makes me want to take another.

Incredibly smooth and easy drinking for a sour. Has that astringent bite and finishes clean.

Not quite as good, but in the same ballpark as the Russian River sours and my favorite of the Lips of Faith series, Eric's Ale. Will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:29:56 | More by andyfrancis
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from 2013.

Pours dark mahogany with a thin, tan head. A mostly placid surface with occasional dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with balsamic-drizzled apples and worstershire. Hints of cider and wet leather follow though.

Medium bodied with an prickly but oily mouthfeel. Slightly waxy.

Vinegar-soaked apples and soured fruit starts the palate. Meaty undertones with hints of cherries and cider vinegar follow thorough.

Finishes with a lingering sourness and deep fruit undertones.

Great beer but the carbonation is a bit light for the style and this beer definitely deserves to go back into a cork and caged 750.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 01:01:04 | More by brewandbbq
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Andonato

Texas

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color, tan head, mild carbonation.
Aromas of tart green apples, vinegar, brett, sour lemon
On the palate a wave of mouth puckering intensity. The tart green apple comes through, as well as the brett, vinegar, a fruitiness is detected along with sweet malt and oak. As I sip, my jowl is watering like crazy! Love that!
Medium light body with a nice smooth mouthfeel
Overall a great sour. Perhaps a bit too sour for my tastes, although I see the appeal to any sour fans. Rodenbach Grand Cru is more my preferred sour but to any hardcore sour seekers, I would highly recommend it

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 06:22:19 | More by Andonato
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brewed in the tradition of a Flander Oud Bruin, the 2011 vintage pours a hazy, deep mahogany with red highlights around the edges. A quickly disappearing cap of light brown foam dies down to provide a solid amount of lacing. Powerful aromas of balsamic vinegar erupts from the glass and is joined with hints of oakiness and green apple. The nose of this brew leads the mouth to begin salivating in anticipation of the sourness awaiting the drinker! Some will complain that this beer tastes like vinegar, and we urge those people to take another sip. The depth of flavors provided in a sip of La Folie include tart cherries, oak, Brettanomyces, and green apple. All of these amazing sour flavors swirl over a base of light malt that provides enough sweetness to help reign in a touch of the sourness. Dry in the finish, La Folie is medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:19:01 | More by phishsihq
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep, mahogany red, clear on first pour, but the yeast/bacteria on the bottom made the second pour a little hazy. Nice head at first, but dissipates quickly leaving just a soupy ring and minimal lacing.

A: Big sourness, nice cherry aroma, along with other stone fruits like peach and plum. Some sweet malt is noticeable as well, accentuating the fruitiness. Very intense.

T/M: Big sourness up front, moving into puckering cherry and peach, perfect balance from sweet maltiness as well as some spicy yeast (or bacteria?) character. Mouthfeel is modestly textured, and is cut out by a souring, dry finish.

Overall, one of the best sours I have tasted. Great complexity from the bacteria/yeast character, giving a nice Stonefruit quality. Malt balances just about perfectly and the finish is dry and quenching. Amazed that New Belgium produced such an incredible sour, I am guessing they had help.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 05:11:45 | More by Siriusfisherman
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BrianJohnson

South Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice dark color on the pour with only a bit of head and pretty much no lacing down the glass as you drink it. The smell was obviously a sour ale - very pungent and clearly it was going to be a sour. I was a bit suprised though, because I kind of expected the brown, dark color to lend a new taste to the sours that I know and love. I didn't notice any difference in the taste. I expected it to have the coffee / chocolate / dark malt taste, judging by the color, but I didn't notice anything really different from many of the other sours I've had. Either way, this was a very enjoyable beer which I will definitely purchase every time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 23:27:52 | More by BrianJohnson
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bnes09

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice ruby brown color. Weak soda-like head on the pour with zero retention and almost no lacing. I anticipate that the lack of head is expected with this style.

Dark fruit aroma of prune and black cherry juice. Sweet character overall.

Some dark fruit ester notes and mild spices up front (e.g. ginger and nutmeg). Then the aggressive lactic and citric acid sourness dominates the palate, eliminating all other flavors. Finishes on the spicy end with lingering tartness. If I let it sit on my tongue for more than a second or two, the aggressively sour flavor reminds me of stomach acid. My recommendation, drink it quickly.

Light to medium bodied with a sharp, aggressive carbonation. Bone dry in the finish while leaving sticky sugars on the lips.

This may be a good example of the style but its just not my thing. I'm disappointed too because I really enjoyed Monk's cafe.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:50:33 | More by bnes09
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 22oz bottle.

A: Brown/red-ish color with a quickly receding brown head.
S: Super fruity and sweet. Sour cherries, raspberries and maybe a bit of citrus too. Has almost a "jam" aroma. Vinegar and oak in the finish.
T: Opens up pretty tart. Well balanced with the fruity sweetness. Very big fruity taste - sour cherries, orange - followed by a bit of funk. Not too sour, very pleasant. Big oak and slight vinegary taste as it warmed up. Finishes dry.
M: A bit thin and it could have used more carbonation.
O: Great take on the style, I would gladly buy tons of this if it was available. Thanks for this one Tom, glad I was able to try it!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 06:17:47 | More by standardcherry
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Avagadro

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April 6, 2009; Consumed May 12, 2013. 1-3 years in oak plus four years in the bottle makes this a blend of beers 5-7 years old. Served in a Duvel glass.

A: Dark brown in color, with mahogany highlights when held to the light. A few shades darker than a traditional oude bruin, but it's not off putting. A frothy head forms upon pouring, but fades quickly. Lacing is present, but lazy.

S: Aroma is a bit faint, but what is there is pleasant; Pedro Ximenez, balsamic, and vanilla blend together elegantly in the bouquet.

T: Saying that this is sour is an understatement. The puckering acidity masks all of the delicious vinous flavors that make an oude bruin so delicious. Big sour in the front, with only wisps of port, caramel, and vanilla in the back. It's tasty, but I can't help but wonder if this beer would have been more balanced if consumed at an earlier date.

M: Very light and dry, which is good, but without any effervescence the beer seems lifeless.

O: A well made beer, but I feel like I may have help on to this one a bit too long. This is my first encounter with this beer, so I may be wrong, but I have to imagine the sourness has been amplified by its years of aging. If you want a really sour beer, go ahead and age it, but if balance is your forte, drink it sooner.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 21:08:34 | More by Avagadro
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage 650ml bottle poured into tulip 10/5/13 thanks Rutager for yet another bottle

A brown with a hint of red, enough clarity to almost see the other side of the glass under the foam, two fingers sit for a few sips and leaves no lace

S burnt brown sugar, tart cherries, unripe strawberries and sour apple, vinous notes, some oak but its mellow, sweet and sour sauce with a hint of vinegar and teriyaki, a little funk works wonders, smells bang on for the style

T slightly more oak but other then that the smell follows through in the mouth and that's a good thing

M sour and acidic, not too heavy with decent carbonation, has a nice pucker to it and its quite slick after the fact, I want to say its dry but I get a little sweetness on the finish but not much

O very well made brew going on here, nails the style and I could drink another bomber or three with no worries

I'm wondering what Old Belgium or the true OB (Original Belgian) would have to say about this one? I'm guessing the OB would just say "respect" and bump fists with this "New" comer

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 04:52:03 | More by wordemupg
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep reddish brown with a quickly receding light brown head. 3.5

The aroma hits with cherries and just this big fruitiness that comes off a little like strawberries and raspberries. Some sweetness in there matches well with the fruit. Vinegar and the wood barrel.

Slightly sweet and fairly tart. Delivers a largely fruity taste like the aroma indicated. Lots of cherry and more red fruits and tart green apple, vinegar, wood.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The tartness is nice and after the initial sour shock lends itself to a great sippability. Finishes a little dry.

Definitely worth a try if you like sours.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 06:04:20 | More by MattSweatshirt
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 12/02/12, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown color. Produces a thin layer of off-white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Lots of tart acidity, nice blend of lactic and acetic, some funk, oak, some sweet cherry aroma. This smells pretty damn nice.

T- Very tart, the tartness is great btw, moves into a bit of funk and light cherry towards the center and a huge, very dry, oaky, tannic finish. The fruit is subtle here, which I really like, it accents the sourness really nicely without being overbearing.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, bone dry.

O- This actually surprised me. I'm not a huge fan of Oud Bruins, but this is actually a really tasty beer. The tartness is done really well and the cherry is in just the right amount. One of the more impressive American sours I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:22:57 | More by WillCarrera
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, sudsy amber. Thin head, and little noticeable lace.

Nose says sour fruit, and funky yeastiness. Unusual and exceptional.

Taste is very much sour fruit and funky, yeasty, musty sweet and sour-ness. What a unique flavor profile! This one is strong and quite acidic -- assertively sour and astringent, with a lingering taste on the palate. Enjoyable and impressive, even if the $15.99 price tag is a little hard on the wallet.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 23:34:32 | More by secondtooth
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kaseydad

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage...7% abv

Pours a murky brown with a fairly decent cream colored head but is like a distant visiting cousin....doesn't go away. Volumes up when agitated.

The aroma is very much oak. Decent whiffs of vinegar, raspberry, floral, and blood orange.

The sour is there in the taste but enjoyable. Not as sour as the label would have you believe, but definitely drinkable. As it warms the sour lessens and the true magic happens. Big and oaky with a firing of sourness on the swallow. Bitter. Slight grapefruit/orange rind. Sour cherries. Funk. A tad salivation on the buds but not much.

Nicely carbonated.

Overall I dug this. There are many other sour browns out there, but this was enjoyable and nary a palate wrecker. It's got the flavor and the right amount of sour to compliment the overall end product. Not a huge fan of some of the NB beers, but this one was well made and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:18:52 | More by kaseydad
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FTowne for this bottle... 2013 vintage...

A: Pours a deep murky brown with reds around the edges. There is one full finger of light khaki colored head that seems to fade very quickly. What is left of the foam is only a thin ring of tiny bubbles along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is sour cherries, grape skin, cider vinegar, mild raspberry, and lacto. Damn this smells sour.

T: Wow. This beer starts out and finishes the same way. TART! I get sweet fruits right up front, but it instantly changes to tart and sour. Berries and vinegar are all over the place. The finish is puckering and drying.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out tart and biting, get fruity in the middle, and back to tart. The flavors destroy the palate and overwhelm it.

O: This is a super sour beer. It’s good, but it’s not my favorite for the style. I am happy to have tried it, but it’s not something I’d personally seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 20:11:45 | More by trxxpaxxs
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, brown with a short tan head that vanishes leaving little, lacing, cloudy

S: sour cherries, acetic acid, pickles, that mouth watering throat closing vinegar smell

T: mouth turning sour, astringent, cider vinegar, tart, dry, oak, wood, earthy, sour cherry, sour apple, sour

M: thinner with good carbonation, lasting sour taste

O: it is sour in every sense of the word, in America we do it big and this is bolder than it's typical Belgian inspiration

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 00:50:22 | More by M_C_Hampton
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 edition reviewed on April 28, 2013. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The beer pours brown with a hint of ruby red, fairly clear, and sports about a half finger of khaki head that dies off very quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam. The nose has some nice fruity malt aromas of plums, figs, and dark cherries. There is also a faint vanilla-like oaky note.

Light to medium body and a sharp, tart flavor. There are a few sweet notes here on the front of the tongue, but the sour notes truly dominate. After a very brief vanilla and caramel-like note, big cherry and lemon notes rush in and scour the palate. The mouth dries out in back, leaving a red wine-like tannic feel that makes the beer very appetizing. Very sour, but doesn't get very high marks in the complexity department.

Not really an Oud Bruin, as it lacks the maltiness of that style. More in the tradition of a Flanders Red Ale in flavor profile. Not the most sour beer I've had, but a tart, unbalanced, acidic beer that American fans of sour beers should enjoy. It's good, but I probably won't buy it again. Goudenband is cheaper than what I paid for this.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 17:14:20 | More by deadonhisfeet
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep roasty and dark red brew with burnt straw colored foamy head. Missing lacing.

Tart green apple, pear, peach, lime, acid. Bitter.

Oily, and bitter. Limey, peach, apple, lingering well placed flavors, moderate carbonation, some well hidden ginger and cinnamon. Flaming early tartness with mellow smooth bubbly finish.

Recommended, but at $15-18/22oz it's a bit hard to swallow. Bring back the C&C, New Belgium!!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 03:04:52 | More by chugalug06
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GRG1313

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 offering.

Pours dark copper with red/cranberry tones. A fast fading light khaki head.

Nose of cooked cherries with hints of cocoa and light tart apple vinegar. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp; very well balanced and with perfect tart/sour character.

Flavor profile is tart cooked pie cherries with a "brown ale" undertone. There are hints of cocoa and cooked stone fruit, all with the tart character prevailing.

This is a very drinkable beer with a nice clean, tart finish that leaves you salivating a bit and wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:17:14 | More by GRG1313
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 Vintage

The beer pours a dark candied brown, and sits in the glass as almost purpling brown with only a ring of sand-dune-colored bubbles as a head. The beer’s body is beautifully ruby colored in the light, and hazy with proteins and such, there is even a nice steady stream of miniscule bubbles working their way to the top of the beer. The beer leaves a lacing of splotchy bubbles that almost look like a crooked willow tree on my glass. The lacing is sticky and dry, but not dominant on the glass. On the nose, the beer smells nicely green apple tart with malic acid and funky with hints of malt vinegar. There are slight hints of oak, and definite cherry leather scents in the funk, though it does tend more towards the barnyard side of things. As I stick my nose in it more, I almost get a toasty note within the funk, which I assume is coming from the barrels, and which also hints at a molasses scent in the malts. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely acidic and with only a light touch of sweet sugar and fruit and a lingering hint of salt in the aftertaste. Flavors begin as puckering green apple, which grows into slight malt vinegar and green apple flavors. The tartness is a little oppressive on the taste buds, but there are light hints of cherry and light cleaning solution on the finish of the beer. The aftertaste mellows the beer out considerably and brings some lovely caramel malts into the tart cherry flavor alongside a less pleasant flavor that moves from appleskins to green apple and also shows hints of bitter tannin from the barrels the beer aged in. In the mouth, the beer feels medium light in body, but attacks the tongue oppressively with carbonation, washing away any sweetness that may have helped balance out the big tart flavors of the beer. The mouth is left puckering and a little burnt from carbonation, and wet from the spittle trying to neutralize the acid of the beer. Overall, this beer, like many American wild ales, is a little unbalanced in terms of acidity. It has some lovely complexities that get drowned in the harsh acidity of the beer. Perhaps with age the acid will mellow and the brettanomyces that I assume are in this beer will become more dominant, but right now I think the beer is a little too rough and acidic for my tastes, though certainly complex and well crafted. Maybe I got an off bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 21:53:03 | More by Maxwell
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