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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,348 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,348
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 496
Gots: 699 | FT: 39
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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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Photo of Mauerhan
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a big thanks to bitterbill for tossing in a pair of these in our last trade.

its been quite some time since I have had this let alone reviewed so bear with me.

pours out of the 22oz bomber with a quick fizz of khaki colored head that sits atop a body of brown with nice auburn highlights, head falls rather fast and leaves one splotch of lacing. only real down turn of the look

smell is sour. you get a bit of barrel on the nose. fresh and fruity almost like a chardonnay.

taste is not as good as i remember off tap but still pretty damn good. a strong pucker. i get everything from raspberries to leaves, cranberries to oak, a very full and complex beer. more flavors come out to play the longer i have it on the palate.

i would say that the mouth is the lowest point for me. very fizzy to the point of being like a soda. i am also left with a bit of a metallic berry twinge. very small but still pulls from the beer.

im glad that i have another bottle with a bit of age on it so i can see what comes from giving this guy some time. solid beer.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into a goblet. Not sure what to expect after my last Lips of Faith beer.

A- It pours with a minimal head with light brown bubbles that dissipate fast. The color is a very hazy walnut. And it looks much more viscus then it is. Some carbonation is visible streaming from the bottom of the glass. There is no lacing to speak of as the beer goes down. It looks appetizing.

S- The smell sets me back for a minute, because its hard to place this with any familiar smells. At first it seems like a vinegar infused with cherries. Deeper inhales give way to an acidic malt with dark fruit undertones, which is a sort of dried unripened fruit. Intricate aroma.

T- The taste follows suite with the aroma. There is a very tart sour funk up front which carries cherries and unripened peach pits. Towards the end there is very intense oak with hints of vanilla.

M- This is a very acidic beer, it comes across as very light leaving a tart feeling on the tongue, almost like licking a 9V battery. Good carbonation, holds well with the flavor.

O- This is an amazing sour beer. It is very complex carrying the acidic funk towards the dry oak finish. It makes me pucker up after every sip. This would be amazing with a bowel of vanilla ice cream.

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

Been drinking this regularly at TAPS in Petaluma. Whenever I drink this beer, I have a friend try a sip and say "these are the same people that make Fat Tire." Suspend your disbelief.

This is a dark beer. It looks innocuous enough, sort of a dull maroon that doesn't betray its intense character. The head has always been minimal on the beers I've drank.

The smell? Funk, pure and simple. How do pop rocks blended with cherry juice smell. I guess kinda like balsamic vinegar. Man, I love it.

The mouthfeel is as one would expect it to be. Really light on carbonation and slightly viscous, kinda like wine.

Sure there are hints of lemon and cherry to this brew, but also a real blast of balsamic, just like the nose suggested. This beer is Nerds Rope Sour. I just can't get enough.

Unlike some other extremely sour beers, this one doesn't build up the vinegar slick in the back of your throat. You could drink more than one, I swear! Okay, maybe one and a half.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a tulip

P: Deep auburn with a toasted tan head of soapy foam that did show a good, even consistency of little bubbles that huddled together pretty tightly. Showed below average retention, then formed a thick halo on top with a little lace.

A: The powerful aroma features a good amount of funky sourness right upfront, followed by big notes of black cherry, and some dark fruits like plum and purple grapes; almost like concord grape juice. The oak notes didn't really hit me until it had warmed up a bit, but they're there.

T: Whew! The label says it was aged in wood to achieve a mouth-puckering perfection...and I wholeheartedly agree! Upon first contact with my lips, I was smacked in the face with a brilliantly tart, lemon-drenched vinegar sourness that is somewhat balanced by the sweetness of the great-tasting fruity flavors that consist of black cherries and grapes. It seems to suck every drop of moisture out of the mouth and leaves you NEEDING to take another drink to quench that thirst. Once again, the french oak imparts a nice, subtle woody flavor that really comes out as the beer warms.

M: La Folie is a medium-bodied beer that is perfectly carbonated and as dry as the Serengeti. It slides across the tongue due to the smooth texture, and features a lush richness that I find to be really enjoyable.

Notes: This is a really good beer that pushes right up against the edge of being too sour for my preferences, but stops just short and manages to land right within the sweet spot. More importantly, its got some great dark fruity flavors that offer just enough sweetness to cut through the sour waves and provide a hint of balance without tasting artificial or syrupy. Couldn't drink more than one bottle, though, as the mouth-puckering may just turn my face inside out. Very nicely done!

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top, nicely painted bottle. No freshness date that I can see; this beer is a mix of beers aged 1-3 years the label says.

Appearance: Looks dark walnut-brown until held up to the light where beautiful garnet hues with bright hints of ruby emerge; the dense creamy head is tan and soon recedes to a medium film.

Smell: Straight out of the bottle, this is pretty one-dimensional and vinegary, yet with a little time in the glass, it really starts to open up. It's still somewhat vinegary, but now it seems almost more like aged balsamic vinnegar, full of dark cherries and just an underlying hint of sweetness. There's some light musty oak in the background as well.

Taste: This is a zinger on the tastebuds for sure. Tart and woodsy from the get-go, this has nice flavors of tart dried cherry and light oak. There isn't a ton of depth here, but the flavors are still really nice (and this is not a style I'm usually big on). The tartness is lightly puckering, but in a good way, like underripe strawberries, not in an "Oh my gosh, I can't believe I'm forcing this down" sort of way.

Mouthfeel: Light and puckering with a slightly prickly mouthfeel

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Damn good beer from this brewery; like I said, I usually find Flemish Reds a bit challenging and not all that enjoyable, but this is a perfect mix between funky/earthiness and delicious fruity flavors...tart and puckering, yet highly drinkable...this is definitely my favorite Flemish Red I've ever tried. This went perfectly with a rustic French baguette and some aged Mimolette.

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

22 oz Lips of Faith version. Thanks Beerlando for the trade. Thanks Bryan!

Pours a dark ruby brown, slightly murky. When held into the light, nice red ruby tones shine through, but no clear images can be seen through the liquid. About a half finger tan head is produced, and quickly shrinks to nothing. There is some occasional lacing, a spot here and there, but this brew is pretty much void of it.

The aroma is very vinous, however a wine connoisseur would probably be repulsed by the intense sour and vinegar characteristics. I get unripened sour cherries, grapes and maybe even a woody character.

The taste is very sour and tart. Sour cherries, grapes with a nice barrel aged feel to it, maybe oak. The sourness is definitely the focal point, they don't mess around with anything else.

Mouthfeel, like I said before, is extremely sour and tart. Literally makes your cheeks and lips pucker with every sip. Dry finish. Drinkability is great, but for someone not expecting the sourness, this could be a labor to drink.

Overall, this is a great beer. Probably not my favorite Flanders Red Ale, but it's still a good representation of the style. I wouldn't mind havin this again, although the price tag is pretty high.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into 10oz foothills glass

a-ruby brown color...no head?...slight bubbles from the carb ...ok lacing

s-straight vinegar...a whiff of cherries and thats about it

t-tart at first...then the waves of sourness truly explode....subtle fruit and cherries....followed by complete sourness

m-medium....prickly and acidic..,.

d-one and done...a bomber is almost too much

overall a nicely done sour...almost too sour but teeters on the edge the whole time....i could see age doing wonders to this brew..

Photo of coldmeat23
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Served @ approx 38-40 degrees
Enjoyed this at Map Room in Chicago

This pours a dark reddish brown color with nice ruby highlights. Almost two-fingers of beige foam make the head. Retention is okay. Lacing is thin, but quite sticky.

The nose is filled with tons of tart berry smells. This one smells big, bold and sour. A nice level of earthiness is here also. Good oak presence.
I'm salivating already, just from the scent of it, which is a wonderful thing.

The flavor is slightly less intense than the nose, but wonderful, nonetheless. Big berry flavors, mostly tart, but a touch of sweetness is here also. Big oakiness is present, in the most wonderful way. A slight touch of vanilla sweetness balances the tartness so that it's not overwelming. A good deal of earthy/musty presence help give this a nice, dry finish.
This is a wonderfully deep and complex beer.

This has a nice medium-body and a fairly low carbonation level. The bubbles are loose and spacious, like in seltzer, which works very well for this style.

I find this to be very drinkable. With it's somewhat low abv, I'd have no problem drinking this one frequently.
This is a beer with a good level of hype that is very deserved.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired a 22oz'er via trade with MiguelMandingo, thanks Mike! Poured into a 16oz solo cup, and then a pint glass.

Appearance: Auburn, reddish brown. A 1/2 finger to one finger tan head that recedes to a thin layer that sits on top of the beer throughout the rest of the drink. Nice lacing down all sides of the glass.

Smell: Sour, vinegar smell. Lots of woody oak notes in the aroma as well, lending a nice sweetness to it. Almost smells a little like chocolate, with some berries adding some fruitiness to the nose.

Taste: Phenomenal. Simply amazing. Starts with sweet oak flavors and a hint of tart berries and with an acidic, sour fruit flavor and very little bitterness. Very nice balance between wood aged sweetness and tart fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Has a medium body and is very smooth. Not syrupy, just smooth. Plenty of pucker and only a touch of carbonation.

Drinkability: Like I said, it just seems really balanced to me. The sweet oaky flavors transition beautifully to a puckering sour fruit flavor. Low ABV and medium body lends it to being highly drinkable.

Hands down my favorite sour so far. A wonderful treat. I can't believe New Belgium hasn't made it to Philly...hurry!

Photo of Reaper16
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a chestnut brown with significant ruby around the edges. Its actually not unlike a glass of Dr. Pepper. My Chimay goblet tends to not give any kind of head at all and it has stayed true-to-form with this pour. The laced foam looks to be a shade just lighter than beige.

I love beers like this for the way they allow me to be think outside of the box to describe what the wild yeast and age are doing. My first impression was of Balsamic Vinegar mixed with Ludens' cherry cough drops. Tart, overripe cherries seperate themselves from the sweet-yet-tangy cough drop scent. I get a significant amount of musty leather... like old work gloves. The oak barrel woodiness is noticeable. "Damp wood" is how I usually describe the kind of woody aromas that La Folie gives off.

La Folie is very tart. Spoiled cherry meets a bevy of sour fruit candy (Specifically coming to mind are Ice Breakers: Sours). The middle of the palate is assaulted with puckering, while the tip of the tongue enjoys a more balanced, balsamic vinegar flavor. The finish is drying and tastes like tree bark. There is a bit of a strange taste on the sides of the tongue on the aftertaste... I think its most like bile, actually; like stomach acid. For about three seconds after you swallow you feel as if you threw up some cherries. As the beer warms I can make out some of the malt, which takes on a slightly vanilla tone with the interplay between it and the wood.

The mouthfeel isn't sharp or carbonated. Its fairly light and seems in-line with beers of other sour styles. I don't have the depth of experience in sours to say how drinkable La Folie is compared to other Flanders Reds, Oud Bruins or other sour beers. I can say that, while very tart, its not a punishing beer. I'm going to have some slight difficulty finishing the entire bomber (I'd rather share a beer like this) but I'm going to have a good time trying.

Remember those old candies called Sour Warheads? It was always a challenge at the roller rink in grade school to see how many warheads one could fit into his mouth at once without choking/requiring emergency tastebud transplant surgery/having a seizure. Drinking La Folie reminds me of those days. Its amazingly puckering, but always with fruit flavor. Some underlying sweetness would have made this beer even more complex. As is, it is pretty tasty and a good introduction into sour styles.

Photo of naterock
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a fluted tulip. with a lot of lacing and a medium brownish red color. with a nice foamy head.

smels quite sour maybe even vinegary. some fruity notes, really hard to describe.

Taste of some sour fruit and a nice malt backbone. I think Im over my head in this beer.

Mouth is tinglng with a sparkly carbonation but it doesnt ditract. Drinks fairly slow. I don't have much to go off of but this is a very good beer.

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber on 10/5/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Reddish brown body with minimal carbonation and thin beige ring that deposited some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Tart sour berries with a hint of chocolate and cherries. Lots of oak and woody notes. There is also a slight Balsamic vinegar presence.

T - Oak presence is huge, while there is plenty of sour acidity and woody, oaky astringency. While there is minimal bitterness in the finish, it is replaced with tart and sour fruit notes.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and very dry mouthfeel. Lots of pucker on the tastebuds. Quite sour and astringent on the palate.

D - I really dug this one. While there is an extreme amount of sourness present, there is also plenty of requisite brown ale qualities. The sour fruit really works well with the oakiness and chocolate notes.

Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blood red with chestnut hues and a solid beige rise on top.
Sour cherry nose, with oak traits, and a variety of fruit punch sweet-sourness, emphasizing pineapple.
Sour Patch Kids in the mouth. A bit of toasty graininess is dispatched right away. Then it is all vague tropical fruit doused it forceful tartness. Cherries, pineapple, lime juice, white grapes, and balsalmic vinegar. Oak brings tannic sour woodiness on the tail.
Full bodied, with a syrupy feel that grips the mouth with its acrid sour juice.
It lacks a bit of sweet counterweight of many Flanders ales, but sour heads should seek this out ASAP.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased earlier this summer down in Orange County. Dark red-brown with a medium beige head. The aroma has a lot of rich tobacco, with tart green apple, pear, and toasted oak as well. The flavor is firmly sour, but has a nice malt balance that provides an earthy chocolate flavor without being too sweet. Lemon and cherry come to mind when thinking of fruit tartness present. Medium thickness on the tongue with ample carbonation. Seems pretty similar to Rodenbach GC, which I should have figured I guess. Great beer with a nice complexity to the sourness.

Photo of DIM
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottled 3/08 #2020.

a: This was a gorgeous, glowing, ruby tinted mahogany color. It poured with a massive light tan colored head that faded fairly quickly.

s: I got overripe tart berries, other fruits I couldn't indentify, musty vinegar, plus something damp, dank, and earthy. Very appealing overall.

t: Starts off musty and very lightly sweet, before becoming tart, vinegary, and acidic at the finish. There are suggestions of fruit here, perhaps cherries, raspberries, and green apples. I also tasted earthy, woody grains. Plenty here I don't have words for as well, this is just astoundingly deep.

m: Fairly big bodied with lightly spritzy carbonation that held up pretty well. The aftertaste is long lasting, biting tartness.

d: What can I say? Big, big thanks to JohnGalt1 for the chance to try this superb brew. One of the best from one of the best, thanks again Toby!

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

22 ounce bomber poured into snifter glass. I have been looking forward to drinking this. The style really interest me so here goes nothing...

This baby pours a deep beautiful amber color with translucence in the pour. Big 2 finger head is present after an aggressive pour and fizzes away very quickly like a coke. No lacing lines the glass. Smell is sweet and vinegar up front. Also hints of dry grapes. Smell also reminds me of red wines. Taste is much like the nose, very sweet and a sour vinegar after taste. You can taste the acidity, man would i hate to spill this on an open wound! Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkabilty is pretty high with the one two punch of sweet and sour. All in all I am impressed with this style and definitely look forward to sampling another beer from this style. Good work NB!

Photo of sinistermadman
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 22oz bomber, this beer pours a dark red hued brown with only a slight head which immediately subsides. Nose is expectedly sour with vinegary fruit overtones.

Taste immediately begins with tartness and transitions into a lingering fruity sourness. Slightly acidic with a light, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Finishes with a puckering sourness that begs you to take another sip. Interesting beer, recommended.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just amazing.

The appearance on this one is beautiful. Great dark amber color that comes with a white soda head that goes away fast. Just sitting in my wine glass it looks great. No lacing.

The smell is disgustingly sour. Short sniffs get the saliva glands working overtime. Sour funky fun, then followed by oak. Also receive a raspberry tart smell as well.

Somewhat different from the nose, the flavor is mellower, but not by much. Cranberry is the strongest characteristic, a funky soured cranberry that is. Oak mellows out the flavor, but a raspberry or fruity sweetness is also in the background. Just great and intense.

The mouthfeel is dry and tart. Great. The drinkability is low because I just love savoring every sip because of the complexity. Great brew from New Belgium. Might have to start seeking out all the Lips of Faith series.

J

Photo of joshuadlight
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicious and unique beer from New Belgium. Dark brown with little foam. Nose of a robust red wine. Jaw clenchingly sour with bright fruit notes throughout. Effervescent and drying. Wonderful beer. I've never had anything that compares to the style, but I really liked it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a tawny brown color that is not entirely transparent; nice white head.

S: Lots of tarness of cherries and other fruits on top of a brown base. A little bit of funkiness going on as well.

T: The taste is quite sour, but not overpoweringly so. The biggest fruit component is of cherries, and there are oak hints complementing the sourness.

M: Prickly and sour; quite good.

D: Unbelievably drinkable for the style with the perfect amount of sourness--I'll definitely be looking for quite a bit more of this one in the future.

UPDATE:

Corked and caged version labeled as 06-348, which I assume means that it was bottled in mid-December 2006. Thanks to bmanning for popping this open on 11.10.2010.

This is incredibly tart with some modest cherry and quite a bit of acetic character, especially in the finish. A bit of very mild earthy funk in the nose. This is one of the most sour beers that I've had in a long time.

Photo of boomer31
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden and hazyish, typical for the sour ale I've had before
S - Sour and acidic, little else
T - Again, sour and acidic at first. Similar to Beatification but a bit less sour. Very nice sour...not sure if I'd call it a flemish red though. If this is a flemish sour, what's beatification? Either way very solid brew here
M - Sour and thin. Not looking for a full bodied sour just a nice 'thin' sour with acidity. Great mouth feel, simple but fantasitc
D - Can't drink more than 10oz but an excellent brew.

Thanks Muddy Pig in Mn. Not expecting this on the Peddle Pub but happened to be in the right place at the right time. Great sour brew.

Photo of wonderbread23
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hues. Head quickly disappeared leaving creamy ring. Lots of little bubbles persisted.

Aroma: Tart cherries at first. A little bit of alcohol comes out along with a bit of sour grape. Under-ripe sour plums were coming out towards the end.

Flavor: Initially very sour and acidic. Mellows out after a bit revealing an almost wine like oakiness. Not as funky as other sours I've had. The sourness is very clean and crisp (and intense).

Mouthfeel: Very puckering almost astringent sourness. Mellow carbonation with a nice round and long finish.

Drinkability: When craving this style, it is very drinkable. Definitely something I couldn't drink more than one of in a single setting. A good beer to drink slowly and let evolve.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my New Belgium globe. I call it a globe; others may call it a stemless wine glass, enlarged snifter, etc. It's the common 0.4L beer glass sold by New Belgium.

Appearance: Pours out clear and brownish caramel, but once settled is almost opaque. When held directly to light, the body glows a deep crimson mahogany, and actually shows some good clarity. This is not a murky or gritty beer. A solid plume of carbonation can be seen rising from the etched bicycle logo at the bottom of the glass. A loose, fizzy, light brown-colored head sat on top initially, but crackled and popped down to a creamy bulls-eye shape rather quickly. Occasional wispy lacing.

Smell: Wood, rich chocolate fudge, sour cherries, red currants, leafy hops, and even cream all come together to form a beautiful aroma. This is really a treat! The vinegar aspect is strong, but doesn't (seem to) distract from any of the beer's delicious subtleties. Rich, complex, fantastic!

Taste: The first sip knocked me back a bit. I'm new to sours, and this one puckered me up. A few sips later, however, I had adjusted to it. Starts out with cream, caramel, sweet oak, and possibly chocolate creme. Tart raspberry and cherry-type flavors take over from there and join up with white wine vinegar for a long-lasting sour aftertaste. Swishing intensified the sourness, really making this one mouth-puckering.

Mouthfeel: Mouth-puckering, dry, and thin in body. Thin seems like the wrong word, but there aren't any thick or viscous attributes in here. Moderate carbonation. Very light creaminess that disappears as soon as the dry aftertaste kicks in. Acidic but not harsh. Light-to-medium in body. Surprisingly, this led to some fullness and bloating toward the end.

Drinkability: I'm not quite there yet, but I could imagine myself getting into sours. I've had roughly a half dozen so far, and either this one is milder or I'm starting to get used to them. This was very interesting, and got more enjoyable as the session went on. It did get a little heavy toward the end, but also felt much smoother as time went by. I'd love to give this another shot in the future.

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

A--Very little head. Dark plum color with red undertones. Clear and beautiful.

S--Cherries, cherries, cherries...a bit of the pie-filling kind, and a bit of the Bubblicious kind, and a lot of the overripe fruit. A little bit of smoke there too.

T--Man, that is sour. A tiny bit disappointed at the entry, but it makes up for it with a smoky, woody finish. A little vanilla at the end too.

M--Smooth, medium bodied, mouth-filling.

D--I could knock down quite a few of these. Not as good as the Rodenbach Grand Cru, in my opinion, but still better than most Flanders I've had from a bottle, and definitely better than anything I've ever had from NB. Awesome!

Procured from Whole Foods, Valencia, CA (THANKS MATT!!!)

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Whole Foods in Los Altos, poured into a snifter.

A - Ruddy medium brown appearance with a small off-white head.

S - Funk and brett, sour apples, oak, and sour cherries.

T - On the more sour side for the style. Funky with lots of fruity notes, especially apple and cherry, as well as wood and a little vinegar. A real nice sour brown ale.

M - Soft carbonation and a dry, tart finish.

D - Above average for a sour beer.

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 3,348 ratings.