Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,011
Hads: 3,628
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of MDHopster
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

solid, nice brown ale hue small tan head with excellent lacing. Fruity aroma of cherry and other tart fruit tempered with oak, much stronger flavor and excellent but not overpowering sour tartness. (198 characters)

Photo of ranchosdancingbull
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark amber color with a one inch caramel/coffee froth head that quickly dissipated. Very sour and oaky in the best way possible. Tastes like apple cider vinegar and a little sulfur like the way a freshly struck wooden kitchen match smells. Fantastic! Can't wait to sip on the next bottle while BBQ-ing this summer!! (334 characters)

Photo of Jasonm2
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One exceptional and amazing beer. Brewed right here in Fort Collins, and aged in barrels for years, La Folie is one exemplary beer. Combining traditions of European style sour ale with American hops and home-country brewing, this beer deserves it's price and rarity. At 7 percent ABV, La Folie allows the consumer to experience the subtle deliciousness of an ale combined with the sweet and earthly-bitter fermentation of the wine barrel. Overall, this in one beautiful beer. I recommend it whenever and wherever you find it, even with the price it's set at. Make this an opener of a good night and enjoy, because an American brew such as this is rare and worth your time. (672 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely sour, typical Flanders flavor profile but a dry bitterness of bark. Not as pronounced as far as the red wine vinegar taste. One of the better Flanders I've tried (171 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Naja's. Reddish-brown with little head and no lacing. Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, and wood. Taste is similar with not too much puckering sourness, moderate carbonation, crisp mouthfeel, and a dry finish. (218 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yeah, like the last guy said....."expensive sh*t....." not worth the price. but still a very good brew. very tart. nice aroma. but just where do they get off on the price? (171 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a white/red wine glass

A - a deep brick red/brown, half finger light tan head and some sticky lacing

S - bready yeast, serious funk, unripe cherries, wet wood, sour grapes, lots of grainy malts, sour grass flower, apple, slight earthy hop note and some very light fruit notes

T - sour cherries/grapes/raspberries, french/old world wine, oak, lemon, bready/belgiumy yeast, lots of awesome funkiness and all around mouth puckering.

M - full/medium body, balanced, nice complexity, perfect carbonation, medium plus acidity and such a wonderful ale/wine/sour awesomeness from start to finish

D/O -very tasty, very refreshing, unique and just overall delicious! This is an all year, all weather anytime, any day, open up straight away or age. Just flat out impressive.

Final thoughts - the price is a bummer, I can't remember the first year I had my first bottle, however, I do remember it was $8 for a 22oz, now it is $16, twice the price? Kind of a bummer because I only pick up one, instead of many! The abv at 7% is just perfect. (1,047 characters)

Photo of BeerDazed
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal clear snifter at The Luft. Almost like apple cider in appearance with a whitish, thin, head. Smelled of cherry sourish fruit. Medium to high carbonation. Taste is that of a tart dark sour cherry, and some oaky to it, freight train of flavors. Lemon, apples, a little grassiness to it as well. Nice dry finish. I really like this one a lot. (361 characters)

Photo of samshaw
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin dark amber with a minimal off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Slightly sour aroma with a strong note of sour cherry.

T: Cherry flavor definitely present, but now heavily dominated by strong and extremely pleasant sour flavor of wild yeast that tickles the tongue without becoming overwhelming.

M: Thin, light body complemented with moderately heavy carbonation, which suits the flavor quite well.

O: Extremely refreshing wild cherry beverage that leaves a pleasant feeling in the mouth and simply leaves you longing for another sip. (556 characters)

Photo of Lomac4
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One one my favorite sour beers, and I am a big sour fan. The sour is there and clean with a dry mouth feel. Semi-sweet at first then as it takes over your mouth a darker and more sour taste comes through. Great beer all together!!! (231 characters)

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid sour, and I'm not usually a sour lover. Fair warning, however: my boyfriend and I always split our bombers, but he hated this and thought it tasted like puke (he thinks this of all sours). So, more for me, right? Drinking an entire bomber of this to oneself is not advised... still tasted great over the 2 hours it took me to finish, but my stomach took a beating. Before anyone asks why I was crazy enough to finish it off in one sitting: his glass was already poured, so it would have been silly to funnel it back into the empty bottle with a stopper (plus, no idea how well the stopper would keep it, especially after the transfer). So, please share this beer. Have a friend sip from your glass before pouring them their own if you or they don't think they'll like it. (777 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage-served in a tulip glass
Dark brown with a big sturdy cap of off-white foam
Aroma-Faint apple cider vinegar, Belgian brett funkiness
Taste-Puckeringly tart, oakey spiciness,brett yeast funk. Big depth of character and flavor, tangy and sour, strangely refreshing. Cries out for a food pairing: marinated steak,spicy Szechuan, pulled pork. Lip-smackin' goodness! (373 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Hop Cat in Detroit, Michigan.

$7 for a 10oz snifter pour... my last of the night, and I'm ashamed to say I couldn't finish my glass (due to nursing it too long) and someone else finished it before we took off. I wish I got more time to spend with this beer, but I'll definitely be looking for a bottle to try again.

This stuff was absolutely awesome. Brings on the funk, the dark fruit/grapes, and sour. This beer is really a bargain when compared to some other sours out there, and as good or better. I'm not typically super impressed with New Belgium, but this was a great beer... even going down the gullet of a guy who was uncomfortably full from a burger and several beers expanding in his stomach.

I'll hopefully be back with a more helpful and specific review soon, but if this beer was as good as it was when I was pretty much on my back panting for air, I figure my mind would be blown when I was a bit more comfy.

Must-buy. (951 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well made sour from New Belgium. The nose here is massively enticing - puckers your nose before your tongue. Tart cherry and macerated cherries come through here with a great balance on the acidity. Big fan of this one. (226 characters)

Photo of ttroha
3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap from Hop City. Pours the color of apple juice with white head. Aromas of citrus, lemon, and honey,. Flavors of light hay, lemon grass, slight honey. and lots of citrus. Medium sweet with a light dry finish. It’s okay. Not my favorite. (240 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just getting into the sours (tried a few of the Gose styles, including a homebrew version, which rocks BTW)... La Folie was absoultely awesome. I especially enjoyed the taste. Jaw-puckering sourness, and delicious dark fruits pushing through the tart, sour enjoyment. Watch out sours, here I come! Cheers New Belgium! (317 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one is a thick red-brown color, completely opaque in its darkness as well as its heaviness. The head is a tan pillow one finger tall, soft-looking while remaining dense. It throws down a good amount of pretty even lacing.
I think it's safe to assume without knowing beforehand that this is an Oud Bruin, and its got some strength to it. Its tartness and sourness run hand in hand for some good puckering and lots of overall flavor and aroma. It combines some heavy malts, almost bready, with lots of soured dark fruits and develops well.
There's a certain thickness on the tongue along with plenty of dryness and acidity running all over from the front to the bag, somehow being refreshing while making the mouth water. The finish lingers with all the tartness, sourness and dryness that it never lessens throughout the session. (838 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BOD 2014. Beautiful clear dark ruby pour. Held to light, it is a deep garnet. Good head volume and retention for the style. Lacing is quite good. The outstanding complex nose is light sweet red fruit - raspberries and cherries - with hints of apples and peaches, over a slightly tart and sour background. Light medium bodied with a surprisingly creamy texture given it's carbonation. Well carbonated with explosive effervescence throughout. The flavor profile is simply World Class ( very intense amazingly complex and masterfully balanced ). It begins with an assault of the flavors of the nose. Tart fruits, with a slightly sour note, slowly allow separation into their components (raspberry, cherry, tart apple) as the tart and sour mild puckering effect sets in. The middle is where the masterful balance and complexity become evident as every flavor just ebbs and flows like a tidal action and oak notes become evident. The finish is a slightly sweet flavor fade into a tart dry pucker that has crisp elements and hints of vinegar. A 12 oz. format would be ideal, as a bomber is a bit much for such a tart ale. (1,126 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Stogies n Hops

Color is hazy deep red with a thin tan head. A bit of lacing. Smell is sour cherries, some earthy aromas and green apple. Flavor is initially very tart and biting with some caramel malt presence that works its way through. Finish is sour, fruity and lingering. Body is medium with just enough carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good sour. Not my favorite style, but they are starting to grow on me.

M - Great mouthfeel, big and smooth with good carbonation, nice balance of sweet and sour. Has the heft of a 7% beer but quite drinkable.

O - Very good, particularly for an American interpretation, but not quite as standout for me compared to some other Flanders I've had. (709 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 bottle split. Had this once before, in Salt Lake City I believe.

A - A nice deep red color with some translucence. A finger or so of khaki-colored head retains well as a swirly cap and leaves some lace behind.

S - Tart lemon and cherry, kind of a vinous feel, light funky qualities, some granny smith apple.

T - Definitely opens up more here. More nice biting tartness but still somewhat on the moderate side. More vinegar, and a caramelly/nutty brown malt presence that was nowhere to be found in the scent. No oak noticeable, but still kind of a wine-like feel with fruits like cherry, apple, lemon, green grape.

M - Great mouthfeel, big and smooth with good carbonation, nice balance of sweet and sour. Has the heft of a 7% beer but quite drinkable.

O - Very good, particularly for an American interpretation, but not quite as standout for me compared to some other Flanders I've had. (897 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red to amber in color with a fingernail of khaki head. Brussels lacing. Deeply tart aroma of cherries and musty horse blanket. The taste is intensely tart but it really doesn't overwhelm you. It does build more at the back of the palate. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp. (292 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. A dark reddish mahogany brown with a half-finger of small perky tan bubbles, more concentrated on the sides of the glass. Sour vinous fruit nose ... red wine, raisin, tamarind, light floral vanilla, maybe a whiff of caramel. Mainly sour fruit though. Initial taste impression is that of sour cherries and grapes drizzled with light chocolate sauce and vanilla nougat. Over the course of a few sips the chocolate note becomes less salient and the sour fruit and vanilla notes take over, although the former never entirely goes away. Nice acetic red wine vinegar flavor that falls just shy of puckering, and something else a little goaty or salty-sweaty perhaps. Faint echoes of licorice and oak chips. I am noticing more oak on the nose about half way through. Feels prickly on the tongue yet somehow quite smooth at the same time, a fizzy yet soft paradox. Cola-like brown spice comes on strong late, nutmeg, peppercorn. Finishes sour, salty, and woody, with more of that prickly to soft caress transition described earlier. I understand why this style is sometimes described as a real polarizer. Like cilantro or molasses, you either love it or hate it. I am firmly ensconced in the former category, with relatively limited experience to date. (1,284 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -5%

On draft (2014?) at Chuck’s bottle shop. Orange brown color, with a medium amount of white head. Slightly cloudy. Lace lingers a bit. Aroma of caramel, very little hops, fallen leaves, cranberry, cherry. Starts sour, and then sweet, with a sour finish. Medium body, soft carbonation, slightly oily texture, a little metal with a fairly long finish. Nice beer! (361 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark red/brown. Tall and fizzy medium brown head that fades quickly. No lacing.

s: Nice sweet brown sugar with sour fruitiness. Cherries maybe? Decent chocolate when swirled oddly enough. Reminds me of chocolate covered cherries.

T: Oh yeah. Sour bomb. Way more sour than the smell alludes to. Heavy lactic sourness with lots of sour berries. A touch of sweetness in the finish with brown sugar and caramel. Lingering dry, crisp sour fruits.

M: Medium bodied, very sour.

O: Really nice Oud Bruin. Crisp and refreshing. Very sour but borderline TOO sour. Backed up decently with a little malty sweetness. Smooth for something this sour too. Nicely crafted. (690 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Lindeman's flute glass.

A - Pours a clear brown tinged with ruby. One and a half fingers of off white head.

S - Sour cherry is the main aroma I get.

T - This is a fantastic flavor profile. Tart, sour cherry and apple, a bit of sweet raspberry, and a good helping of oak. The pucker power on this is strong.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. Great sour aftertaste.

O - Definitely one of my favorite sours. This hits all the right notes and is still very drinkable for the amount of complexity. (533 characters)

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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