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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,248
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 483
Gots: 657 | FT: 37
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.

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Photo of davedahl
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Binny's South Loop. Approximately a 12oz pour in a Riedel wine-glass for $5.00.

An opaque but very clean looking brew whose color is a deep tan with rose highlights. No head, but a ring of light brown bubbles around the edge of the glass.

First whiff catches predominant sweet, sour, chery in the nose. A swirl produces a slight oaky-nuttiness in the aroma's finish.

First sip is primarily sour. As the beer warms to a more appropriate temperature it really opens up. Delicious light but full cherry flavor balanced nicely with nutty malt.

Mouthfeel has a sour acidic bite and a slightly sweet finish.

davedahl, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750, corked and caged...hand-bottled 10/2008...#9945. Via trade from googzoid10 - thanks Greg! Took it from the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to warm a bit. Into the Ommegang chalice it goes with a solidly strong pop of the cork...letting it breathe for about 10-15 minutes after opening...

Pours a murky dark sofa-leather (distressed leather) brown...a little hazy and cloudy topped by almost a finger of tight buttery ginger-maple head. Leaves moderately quickly but leaves strong bready wisps of yeast up top.

Beautiful leathery (power of suggestion) horse blanket and saddle notes (now I get what the wine community means by saddle notes - it only took 7 years and a very special beer to figure it out). Mild clove and ginger spice cut the thick sour funk...a little cinnamon, dates and stewed prunes. The oak character is mildly husky and reduces the poignancy of it all...acting as a moderator or liaison...or maybe a mediator...to bring this all together.

I enjoy the hell outta this at virtually room temperature...Leathery body with slight vinegary sour warmth envelops and warms the soul. Mild ginger/clove spice blends like a Christmas fruit cake (I mean a good one) for an even backbone. The oakiness of it all provides an even keel and really mellows this and calms it down incredibly well.

Powerful yet soothing sourness meld with dark fruits to create Beautiful Chemistry. On the palate presence the oak is key in providing a creamy vanilla feel while working with the carbonation to put it all together. Even-keeled for the style and the most creamy and soothing example I've come across.

Under normal circumstances a 750 in the style would be a daunting task in and of itself to enjoy in one setting. But, this is not normal - a tremendous effort that yes, drinks rather slowly but warms the body with every sip and is consistent from start to finish - only enhancing itself slowly with warmth. Very even quality and superb construction.

IBUnit63, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown color with a big white head.

Scent of tart cherries, oak, yeast, and some dark fruits. Balanced and fairly complex, very tart, very good.

Taste is very tart with cherries, oak, sugars, and dark fruits. Finishes with oak and a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with pleasant carbonation.

paco1029384756, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of a trade with sry23. Have been wanting to try this for a while. This is bottle number 4434 of what appears to be a bottling on 7/08.

Dark, opaque brown with light brown head. Intense nose. Vinegar notes, but not as overpowering as some others of the style. Nice. Grape and cherry notes. There is a touch of earthy, grittyness. Taste...well, TART. More so than I had expected. Given the smell, I expected it to be sweeter, but the tartness really dominates. After a few seconds, as the sourness subsides, some of the fruit flavors appear. Sour cherries, tart green apple. Sour aftertaste left on the palate along with a slight woodiness. Very interesting, good balance and complexity. Due to the sourness - did I mention it is tart? - this is not a beer that I would want every day, but consider me a big fan. I had high expectations and I am more than pleased.

yeastsipper, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of csmiley
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours reddish brown in color. In the light, it appears more on the brown side. The tan head looked nice and topped out at just over one inch. It lasts for a few minutes before receding to a thick cap. Some active carbonation is evident in this brew.

S - Sour cherry on the front end. It fades rather quick to reveal some malty notes. Caramel and a touch of dark bread. Aroma gets a little sweeter towards the end. Kind of like cherry hard candy.

T - This one is interesting. The sour fruitiness really pops at the start - mostly cherry with green apple. Some Belgian sugar / yeast flavors are present throughout. The oak flavors show up in a distant background. Sweet bread and some spice have a stong showing at the very end. Could be some dark bread too. Not bad overall.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation. Finishes with some sourness but more of a malty finish than expected.

D - Drinkibility is good. Kind of different for the style but still good. The tart feel is crisp but does not overtake the other things this brew is going for. The malty flavors kind of threw me off at first but they start to work well once the palate adjusts and it warms for a minute or so. Congrats to New Belgium for producing a nice beer.

csmiley, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2008 from Beertopia.

Poured cloudy reddish brown with a medium to large fizzy off-white head htat lasted with good lacing. Heavy complex tart fruit woody aroma. Medium body. Medium sour fruit flavor with medium sour finish of medium to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of joepais
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a local brewer tell me this was his favorite beer so I grabbed a bottle to share with him. The bottle spit between 4 of us into tulip glasses it was a murky reddish brown in color almost no head but a wisp of off white lace.

Aromas of old wet horse blankets yup it's a sour, vinegar and sour cherries filled my nose as well

Flavors sour cherries and more sour comes to mind. Very tart but I like Flanders so I know what to expect I couldn't find any oak quality's to it the sourness just overpowered those. Medium in the mouth not to much carbonation

It is a sipper it warmed up very good as I enjoyed the conversation it is nothing you would want to pound a ton of but it is very drinkable if you are into sours

joepais, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of rwdkosak
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Attempted to sample the 2004 but apparently Lauren Salazar had stopped by Bailey's Chocolate Bar the night before and the owner opened the last bottle of that year...settled for the '05 bottle.

Good pour into NB snifter at cellar temp, rich rusty orange color with a thin, short-lived head. Going backwards here, I truly enjoy the unique taste of this beer and this style for that matter, someone likened it to Rodenbach and i think that's accurate but not quite as dark a bit more complex. A light oak, sour cherry, taste very much spot on to the purveyor's description. The detractor for this was an overly vinegar smell; not a deal-breaker but certainly overpowering and I'll have to try another bottle to find if this is a one-off/cellar issue. A hint or taste of vinegar is acceptable but unfortunately this sample was nearly all vinegar smell.

Good sipping, drinkable and certainly a great taste to revisit now and again.

rwdkosak, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of shark262
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very appealing. Slightly opaque brown with red/ruby tint. Slight foam on head when poured into a large brandy snifter.

Complex aromatics of sour cherry, slight hay/grass, sweetness, and maybe even some melon in background.

Very tart when first hitting the palette assisted by medium effervescent carbonation. Warms in the mouth to reveal refreshing sweet and acidic mixture. Dark cherry, slight caramel, oak, earth...delicious combinations. Fruity aftertaste is awesome.

Mouthfeel is not too heavy or viscous. Feels refreshing and light.

I'm pairing this with both camembert and fontina cheeses served with a french baguette. This increases drinkability for me, and I'll experiment with white chocolate joining this beer for dessert.

shark262, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of beermanbrian
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby red color with a two finger white head that drops quickly. A few splotches of lace but the real high point of the appearance is the crystal clear color. Smell is sour with some wood notes. Smell is nice but dosn't punch with the fruit notes I was expecting. Now the taste is a different story, there's the sour fruits. As it warms the oak shows itself with subtle notes. Very bright mouth with lots of carbonation and the sour to pucker your lips a little. Overall this beer is excellent. I can understand why some would discount this one and say they don't like it, but for anyone with a sense of adventure this is a must try. Compares favorably to the best sours I've ever had. I will have this one every chance I get.

beermanbrian, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Fishdawg71, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of sour cherries and vinegar along with light malts and a little yeast.

T: The taste is likewise very sour and tangy with flavors of cherries and other dark fruits up front. The malt character is thin and there's not much of a hops presence as you would expect from the style. The after-taste is tart and sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is another one of those wine-like beers where I can appreciate how well-made it is even though it isn't my kind of beer.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Sconnie
3.1/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer was much more interesting than it was good. A dark redish brown pour, very little head, light carbonation. Very tart nose. The taste was lots and lots of sour, but a very one dimensional sour, and not very pleasing, even for someone who likes sour ales like me. A bit reminiscent of stomach acid. Seems like they were going for a bold, Rodenbach Grand Cru type of sour, but just didn't get that kind of complexity and was just a bit off putting in the type of sourness created. Still, i'm very glad to have been able to try it, and very impressed that an American brewery brewed a beer that tasted like this one did. Impressive feat, interesting beer, but I won't be having one again any time soon.

Sconnie, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Poser
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with red tints and a fast-rising and fast-falling top. Sour tart aroma like a cherry lime. Extremely dry, sour, tart flavor. Green apples with a side of lime to add to the sour. There's definitely an oak, woodsy texture hiding underneath all that complexity. Carbonation? Who knows, a little too acidic for my palate to break through much.

Poser, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bitterbill for this!

"Hand bottled" 04/07, #12,349

750 ml cage-corked bottle - opened to allow to breathe and warm, as per instructions on attached tab. Poured into same type of glass pictured on the cap.

Pours hazed brown with a foamy tan head that fizzes to a disappearing patch. A bit of lacing slides down glass without sticking.

The smell is sour, vinegary, with musty oak with dark bread and a hint of dark ("brown") sweet maltiness underneath.

The taste is sour/tart and acidic. Sweet maltiness comes through more as it progresses and tartness mellows, though it still retains a tart/sour character. Musty more than funky I would say. It has woody and bready notes and a dry, though not long, finish. It almost reaches a "4", but it's one of those that just doesn't stand out as one, IMO, though certainly nothing "off" about it.

The fizziness in the first few sips mellows to be a bit understated. It has a medium-body I would say.

An interesting sipper that doesn't thrill me the way it should, I suppose, but a nice sour ale, ala Flemish that has a fine malty, bready, backing and a nice oak touch.

jwc215, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 515 Cocktail and Kitchen cafe in Santa Cruz.

Poured into a large brandy snifter, the beer is an attractive orange honey color with excellent head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, consisting of the expected sweet tart and horse blanket. It's not overdone, and is not as funky as I recall from the first time I tried it (one of us had changed, and don't t think it's the beer). On the palate the flavors replicate the nose. While there is a sour component, it's not overdone, allowing me to appreciate some of the underlying cherry and lime in this beer. Actually, if anything, the sour and fruit flavor is not at all over the top, which enhances this beer's drinkability. I really like the mouth feel of this beer, which has an intriguing smooth creaminess that impresses. Alcohol feels as if it's dialed down pretty well, and with the modest sour component, drinkability is surprisingly good.

A very nice beer from New Belgium. Might even order this again next time I see it.

John_M, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of roblowther
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Big bottle with a big aroma when you pour. Very active head, cloudy red/brown in color, light tan head. Smells of vinegar, pepper, and dusky earth. Taste is strong up front, threatens like cooked cherries, then tart, dry and more dry. Faint hints of worsteshire sauce. The aftertaste is sweet and oaky. Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, and dry (again). The drinkability is good but this style is so sour & dry that it will limit it. This is an excellent example of the style and a great outing from New Belgium.

roblowther, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of midaszero
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 07/08 batch

A - Cloudy red amber body with one finger

S - Sweet and sour cherry with a little bit of funk

T - Sour cherry tart with a clean and crisp taste

M - Medium body with high carbonation

D - Awesome sour with good character and flavor

midaszero, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Map Room 1/11/09. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a deep, dark-russet/rusty medium-brown color. 1/2 finger head recedes to creamy off-white ring that leaves no lace.

S: HUGE slap of sour cherry, vinegar, and a small whif of oak that lends some balance to the nose.

T: See above. Tart/sour cherry gradually leads to an underlying mild berry sweetness. Earthy notes of oak, as well.

M: Bracing! Tart and sour. Medium bodied. Slight sweetness emerges as it warms and my palate gets used to it!

D: Fantastic and refreshing. Once you start drinking it, it's hard to stop. Sure, it makes you squint your eyes and shake your head a couple of times, but it's so worth it!

GbVDave, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/07 sampled 1/09
Received in trade with sfromdawes, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a crystal clear red/amber with a massive bubbly off white head that calms down after a while but never totally leaves. Aroma of tart cherries, acid, a little bit of funk, some spice. I can smell some sweet malt in the background especially as it warms. The taste is quite the puckering experience, sour citrus fruits, a bit of acid, some funk. Body is medium, mouthfeel is sour, carbonation is high. Great sour ale, I'm glad I got the chance to try this.

johnnnniee, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of bifrostguard
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque plum color with a small somewhat reddish brown tinted head that leaves no lacing.

S - Tart cherries, lemons, funk and wood.

T - More sour than it smells and well balanced with similar flavors to the aroma. Sour cherries and funk are the stars of the show hear with an under sweetness that keeps it all together.

M - This really gets the saliva glands going. Medium bodied, smooth and moderately carbonated.

D - Usually with sours it's a one and I'm done kinda deal, but I find this one surprisingly drinkable. I am near finishing the bottle and could still go for more.

bifrostguard, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Zadok
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle #4470 bottled on 7/08

Poured a deep amber with a light frothy/whispy head. Doesnt look to have any lacing.

Have a very fragrant aroma of sweet fruits. Honestly before I even taste it it really smells over the top sweet...we will see I guess.

Wow was I right and wrong at the same time, extremly sweet but is even more sour if thats possible. Has a cheap fruity wine quality about it mixed with champagne. Flavor is actually decent when you get over the sourness.

Has an extremly spritzy mouthfeel, high carbonation and a tingly mouthfeel.

Although the ABV is relativly low, this is still only a one glass in a setting brew. The sourness is a bit over the top but at the same time gives it some uniqueness. Probobly wouldnt buy again but ya never know.

Zadok, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears ruby red in color with a once inch off-white head that hold ups quite well with very tight bubbles. A bit of lacing is left behind but is not remarkable.

Aroma is quite sour mostly of tart cherries and lemon zest. There's also an underlying sweetness but the sour dominates. Not the most complex Flanders Red but pleasant nonetheless.

The taste is sour from the start, reminding me of tart cherries and lemon zest like the aroma. Midway through, a light sweetness makes a brief appearance. The linger remains lightly sour with the sweetness hiding beneath a layer of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a very creamy texture that is crisp and refreshing as well.

This is a very good Flanders Red and one of the more sour examples that I've had. Often I find that many Flanders Reds are not sour enough and this one is much more sour than those. It could use a tad more sweetness, then this would be perfect.

roadhouse, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of RixBeer
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a nice clear brownish/amber with a thin ring that sits atop the brew like a crown.

Before going on let me say that the aroma of oak and sourness are very strong and very in your face. Take a good whiff, it's insane how good it smells! There is a seemingly sweet cherry in the midst of all that sour and oak!

amazing sourness with a hint of a sweet cherry. I swear it's cherry but the sour is so potent that it's hard to distinguish.

This is a palate cleansing brew. Tastey and cleansing. MMMM...

I am drinking this whole bottle.

RixBeer, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/24/08. Bottle courtesy of Sparky27 (thanks Eric!). Pours a dirty brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of tart sweettart candies and earthiness. Very reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Flavor of tartness with a pinch of vinegar and oddly for a 6%, a slight alcohol tinge. Acidic but decently drinkable. This is a pretty good sour, but not quite there in the flavor department (compared to the best sours that is).
8/4/8/3/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking bottle 11123 bottled on 11/07, poured into my duvel tulip glass, poured a brownish red color with a four finger slightley tan head rising to the top that ran away faster than a bank robers getaway car, the smell is vinigar and some cherrys. the taste is a sweet rich malt at first then a blast of cheerys, vinager and lemon juice. the aftertaste is of wood ageing and vinager, this is deacent but i have had one beter, this is one that i would gladley take another bottle of.

orcasteve, Dec 24, 2008
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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