Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,007
Hads: 3,625
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 5.23%
Wants: 547
Gots: 842 | FT: 44
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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 titty_mcbitty
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

A: Pretty dark almost completely opaque. Has a reddish tint to it.

S: Very potent with raspberries and vinegar.

T: Metallic, tart raspberries, cherries, cream, sweet bread, raisin, and oak. Explosion of flavors.

M: Medium and a bit carby. On the creamy side. Leaves a nice after taste.

O: amazing beer. The complexity and richness of the flavors really shine. Definitely world class. (390 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

22 oz bottle 2014 version - Appearance is dark brown with amber highlights. A one finger head moves to an off white slightly creamy lace. Smell is of cherries, pears, green apple, cider, and bread. Taste is sour reminiscent of the nose, surprise, but there was a nice undercurrent of malt, vanilla bean and chocolate that helped balance it out. Picked up some wood/oak notes later on. Mouthfeel is interesting, below average carbonation, and it is not as crisp as other sours I have had. This one has more dense, creamy mouthfeel. Recommended, price is a little steep, but worth it. (592 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

My first foray into any kind of sour, so take this with that in mind.

Pours a deep copper/ amber color with a decent head. Head is khaki colored with some slight lacing.

Smell is very tart and sour. Not too sure how to describe it, but what comes to mind is raspberry and vinegar. Very sour smelling. As the beer warms, I get more of an oak smell, as well as a some other fruit (apple mostly), as well as an almost wine/ fermented grape smell.

Taste smacked me with mouth puckering sour and tartness right off the bat. As my palate adjusted I began to notice exactly how complex this beer was. Sour raspberry, cherry, and apple blended nicely together with a slight red wine vinegar that mellowed on the finish. As the beer warms, I notice a dryness found in something close to a dry white wine. The flavors of wood aging also begin to come through. Almost reminds me of some dry and tart red wines.

Mouthfeel is acidic and dry.

Overall it took some adjusting, but this beer has opened a door into the world of sours. This beer is extremely complex. Good beer from a purely objective point of view. Subjectively though it is not really my cup of tea. I enjoyed it a lot more as it began to warm up. I can appreciate it for what it is and will rate it based on that. (1,278 characters)

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

Poured from bomber into a tulip glass.

A- dark reddish brown with little head that dissipates very quickly. Doesn't look bad, doesn't look amazing.

S- I'm getting tons of apricot and similar fruits. Slight raspberry scent. But I mainly get a sour fuck that makes me pucker my cheeks before I even take a drink.

T- follows the nose very well. Apricots, peach, raspberry. Also getting some woody taste. There is also a dryness in there that sits after the sour makes its first hit. The sourness is pretty good in this beer the funk in it stays with you.

M- super sour. Probably the most sour beer I've had. Intmstantly makes you pucker. The more you drink it the easier it gets though. Medium body as well.

O- a very delicious sour, not my sour but a delicious one. Very glad I got to try this beer. (804 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner (beer tulip) glass (2014 release)

Appearance: Rich, frothy, off-white head of both fine and large bubbles. Dissipates to good, ornate lacing. Clear, deep garnet brown.

Smell: Red wine vinegar, dark fruit, slight yeast and toasted grains. Slightly musty and funky

Taste: Dominantly tart: sour apple, red currant, and vinegar. Some toffee rounds out the body with slight oak tannin in finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with nice, prickly carbonation.

Overall: Good tart flavors with some oak character emerging as it warms. Refreshing and smooth, not too complex. (621 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014. Pours a clear, amber brown with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Lots going on in the aroma - dark fruit, caramel, red wine vinegar, with hints of biscuity malts and earthy, floral hops. The taste is tart - cherry and apple, earthy yeast, caramel, vanilla, and vinegar. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Finishes dry. Overall, a very drinkable Flanders ale. (390 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass; 2013 vintage, bottled 12/2/2012. Pours crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, caramel, brown bread, hay, straw, grass, leather, toasted oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/lactic yeast, dark malt, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of sour cherry, green apple, cranberry, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, caramel, brown bread, hay, straw, grass, leather, toasted oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, cranberry, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, leather, toasted oak, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/lactic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Flanders brown ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/lactic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink even with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,645 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a 11oz. goblet.

A- Deep garnet with a light toffee head, good degree of clarity.

S- Sour apple, light vinegar, some oak, maybe a bit of spice and vanilla.

T- More sour apple than anything, then some light vinegar, some oak, finishes dry. Not as complex as Le Terrior IMO.

M- Medium a bit more carbonation then I was expecting.

O- A great American version of the style and one of the best beers I've had from New Belgium. Definitely give this one a try. (478 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a deep copper red with two fingers of cream coloured head.

Smell - Oak, caramel malts, earthy hops, cherry, plum and fig. Hint of sourness in the aroma.

Taste - Very pleasant sour character. Caramel/toffee malts, fruity esters (cherry, plum, fig), slight bit of oak and vinous quality.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Enjoyable tartness left on the palate.

Overall - For my first go at a Flanders Oud Bruin, it has some excellent flavours. Quite enjoyed the sherry-like vinous quality and the play on sweet and sour flavours. (578 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


The color of this sour is a Dark cherry red to a rusty Brown hue that presented an off white foam of active bubbling.

The nose is tart and sour cherry with a bit of vinegar and light mineral aspects.

The taste is tart and sour cherry as well but it's dry with a touch of raspberry. The vinegar and mineral is gone and it drinks like a sour candy.

The smooth tart cherry is never harsh or puckering and this drinks easy and delicious. (442 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Poured into a smaller snifter glass the foam built a head just shy of a full finger – cream colored with fine bubbles that expanded to larger as it quickly fell. Streaking and spotty lacing when swirled and sipped. The beer is a dark brown/amber leather color with good clarity (from what I can tell). Dark ruby red highlights when back lit.

S: Balanced between sweet cherry and raspberry notes and bready and pie crust at cooler temperatures the beer has the impression of fresh pie with more emphasis on the crust. A light tartness impression as it warms with more complexity and a slight bit of funky earthiness in the background.

T: Sourness level is high and complimentary to the overall level of flavors coming through in the beer. Tart cherries and pomegranates with more fruit complexity then the nose would leave it to believe. The bready /crust flavors drop back in the flavor to a threshold level, but other malt characters in the way of prunes and apricots poke through. Oak is more prevalent as the beer warms and, again, balances nicely overall.

M: A moderate level of alcohol warming combined with the back-of-the-throat tartness makes this a nice sipping beer. A dry finish but but not thin feeling at all. Mild carbonation level.

O: Very tart and full of that classic cherry pie flavor you find in Flemish red/browns. A great beer for how easily attainable it is. (1,395 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle at fridge temp into a large burgundy glass. Allowed to warm.

Look: deep ruby/garnet, with a minimal pinkish-tan head and very active carbonation.

Smell: first note is slightly-off metallic, followed by tart cherry.

Taste: almost perfectly equal parts sweet and sour. Cherry (think Luden's more than Bing/Rainier), mild wood, and of course, plenty of sour/tart. Finishes clean with just a hint of oak and cherry on the back end.

Feel: prickly and medium-to-light, but good for the style. Could be interesting with lower carb and a thicker, more syrupy mouthfeel, which is hopefully the direction it would go in with age.

Overall: I've had La Folie once before (maybe around 2011), and remember it being completely dominated by sour; this time, the sourness is tempered considerably by the sweet. Still lacks the subtlety or complexity of something like Rodenbach Grand Cru, but pretty good nonetheless. (918 characters)

Photo of slackattack
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip from bomber.

Looks brown on initial pour, when held up to light it's revealed as a deep auburn red. 1/2 inch head with pour down the middle sticks around a while and follows you down the glass. Nose is dominated by tart black cherry, definite sour notes, green apple also. Taste is sour, whoa, cheeks definitely puckered right off the bat, but then as my palate got used to it some more flavor came out. Sour cherry, red wine vinegar, and rhubarb are what I'm getting most of. Body is pretty full, finishes nice and dry, not too much carbonation, but it's BA so that's expected. Overall I like it and would purchase again, really into the sours right now and this is a good one. (697 characters)

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Jester King tulip glass

A: Beautiful amber color with minimal lacing. Not sure why, but i'm getting a bunch of condensation on the outside of my glass.

S: I'm not picking up any dominant smells. Some sour notes mixed in with oak and some dark fruits.

T: The mild smell belies a wonderful tasting sour. Dark cherry taste leads the attack. The sour punch really kicks in, more so than what I was expecting from a Flanders. But its fantastic. Getting a bit of cranberry and maybe some oak.

M: Pretty tart in the mouth. I feel like i'm getting more carbonation than others do. Chalk that up to my unrefined tongue.

O: A very good beer. I've been wanting to try this for a long time and it doesn't disappoint. Just really well balanced. Maybe not perfectly characteristic of the style in my experience, but a really well done American sour. Nice job New Belgium. (892 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass. 2014 Edition.

A beautiful dark ruby red, nearly brown with a tan head that quickly fades and leaves a little light lacing.

The aroma is interesting. I pick up a little brown sugar as well as green apple, maybe some black cherry and maybe a little oak char?

Taste is big acidic bite right up front. Green apple, lemon curd, dark sour cherry. there is also an underlying sweet malt base that shows up every now and then. A lingering sour dryness and a tart tingle on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little sticky with a bit of carbonation.

Overall, a prretty fun and tasty experience that will wake up those taste buds. (669 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is for the 2014 La Folie.
This pours a dark, ruddy, caramel-malt in color. The aroma is intensely tart—sour/black/tart cherries dominate. My mouth is watering already! The flavor is likewise tart and sour with a mouthpuckering finish. I’m a fan. (254 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Riedel Cabernet glass- 2014.

A - Dark red-purple when tilted to the light. Almost no head retention when poured, but settles to a khaki crown. Slight lacing.

S - Tart aroma of black, sour cherries, brown sugar, molasses, and a touch of cola - tightly woven together. Not much outside of the initial aromas.

T - The first flavors that I get are of sour dark/red fruits (apples, cranberries, and plums). There is a light flavor of the oak barrels used, as well as, a hint of metal. And of course, there is the vinegar flavor once gets in most Flanders.

M - Dry and mouthpuckering. Low carbonation. It does leave you wanting another sip.

O - For such a highly rated beer, I was expecting a little more complexity. It tends to be, just sour. Is it good? Absolutely! I wouldn't turn this down if it was offered to me or if I saw it on tap. I don't think the bottles contents warrant the price you pay. It is very well made and I hope the 2013 I have in the cellar is a bit better. (996 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 La Folie, sour brown ale, from New Belgium's Lips of Faith series. 7% ABV.

A: Plum red, with a slight pinkish hue. Grey-yellow in the dimple. About a third of a finger of head; settles to almost nothing. Medium arc of lacing.

S: Some kind of tart berry-cherry scent. Black cherry, maybe? Coffee cherry/coffee bean. Dry raspberry.

T/MF: Wow. That's interesting! There's a very sharp forward tang taste, but it doesn't seem so acidic, and it is short. More coffee cherry/black cherry. Some fruity funk. Acidity gets stronger as it reaches for the back of the tongue. I do get a bit of oak.

While not as good as some other sours I've had, a solid addition to my repertoire. (679 characters)

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium brown with a tan head. Mild nose with a light tart-rasberry-cherry aroma, moderate taste following the nose. Tart upfront, then decrescendo. Not a lot of complexity, just a nice tart fruit flavor. Had heard good things about this, and it was...good, not great. Would try again. (284 characters)

Photo of murphy1ryan
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014. Pours ruby red/brown almost tawny port like. Little to no head. Smells like tart cherries and green apple. Did not get much oak smell. Much like the smell, tastes of cherries and green apple with moderate sourness. . I get more of the oak flavor in the taste but not as much as I expected. Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin but leaves a subtle tartness leftover. Not the best La Folie (I feel like other years were better) I've had but for the price and availability still a great beer. (486 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 batch. Opened for my 100th beer review. Poured into a TB Teku.

Appearance: Pours a finger of quickly fading sand colored head with a rich burgundy body. Nice sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet and tart stone fruits up front with a musky sour apple in the middle and a soothing vanilla in the back. Bits of tangy orange and wine soaked barrel come out as well.

Taste: Tart fruits ala cranberries and plumbs up front leading into a lip smacking tangy sourness. Pucker up, fool. Finishes with a nice vanilla and chocolate maltyness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Lots of prickly carbonation with a medium feel. Lip smacking tartness.

Overall: A great example of an Oud Bruin, lots of fruity sourness up front with a nice malt profile in the back to round it out. The fruit is so rich and jammy you almost believe there's plumbs, cherries, and cranberries in this. At first you think you're eating Warheads candy but once you adjust it's like tangy yogurt and acidic Granny Smith apple. Highly recommended.

edit: as it neared room temp, a leathery oakyness came out. (1,093 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby red, almost brown with a good 1&1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly in the snifter.

S - Vinager, Oak, tart cherries, pear/apple and grapes. Some funk hidden in there. Smells tart but a bit muted.

T - See smell but a notch better. This American Wild walks a fine line of balance being sour, without overpowering all else.

M - clean dry finish without lacking in body. A nice sipper.

O - Very Nice representation of the style. Glad I had this on tap. I didn't want to shell out for a 22ozer. (515 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red Star Bar at Whole Foods Kingsbury in Chicago, served in a snifter.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, hues of dark amber, garnet and ruby red with a thick, foamy, bone colored head, about a finger or so high that has great retention and leaves a huge network of lace behind. The aroma is somewhat muted, plenty of tart cherry, woody oak, light funkiness, red wine grapes, soft malts, light vinegar and tart apple, nice balance. The flavors pop nicely, plenty of fruit, grape and cherry with light apple, chewy oak, leather and tannins, light funk, sweeter malts, almost brown sugar like. Vinegar is present, but not in an off putting way, nice pucker to this beer without being overly sour. The body is nice, thick and rich with nice crisp carbonation, lively with a prickly finish.

Verdict: A lovely beer from New Belgium and likely the pinnacle of their annual releases. Great fruit and oak flavors that are balanced very well with strong supporting complexity. One of the benchmark American made wild ales. (1,032 characters)

Photo of mpdavis
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 La Folie on-tap in a tulip glass.

Appearance - A dark reddish brown, almost maroon. Just slightly hazy. A single finger of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Black cherry. Apricot?

Taste - Tart black cherries, pears and apricots that lead into a distinct tannin phase that leaves the mouth feeling smooth.

Mouth Feel - Very bright and tart. I can feel it before I can taste it.

Overall - Hands down the best sour beer I have had. Deliciously refreshing, especially during the warmer months. (507 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 version poured into snifter.

Pours a dark copper to burgundy. Some head but nothing much to speak of.

Nose is of vinegar and slight barnyard/horse blanket. Oh and my mouth is watering.

Much more pungent than I anticipated with a Flanders. Delicious but this packs a sour punch. Vinous with just a touch of caramel and slight residual sweetness. Much less sweeter than the typical Flanders Red.

I could easily put away a bomber of this. Simply amazing and I am glad I got to try this. I think I'll age the next version if I can find another just to see the difference. (577 characters)

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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