Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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3,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,611
Reviews: 1,039
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 545
Gots: 834 | FT: 44
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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 samshaw
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Lomac4
4.56/5  rDev +7%
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!!!

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Robert17529
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. The sour never stops all the way through.

Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of SerialTicker
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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.


Photo of Barnoloid
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of ttroha
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of Mikus
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of Brenden
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Erik-P
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

not a huge fan of sours myself

Photo of tillmac62
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

This was on tap at Barrel Republic from 2013.

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Great sour! My favourite in the tour.

Photo of mr-jj
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Martyrob
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Great Sour

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -6.1%

too tart

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of FoamFingers
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Smells of red wine and tart fruit. A vinegary rainbow of flavor in the front, 3.5 of a possible 5 puckers in the back.

Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Great oaky, sour wine nose. Flavor is vinous and acetic, with toasted oak and cherry. Somewhat floral and malty.

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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!

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Sour bomb for sure! Cherries, plums and lactic acid. Finish is dry with champagne like carbonation

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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