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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,032
Hads: 3,733
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 19.91%
Wants: 572
Gots: 910 | FT: 49
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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 BeerDazed
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of samshaw
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Lomac4
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!!

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Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.


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Photo of Barnoloid
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ttroha
3.42/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of Mikus
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great oaky, sour wine nose. Flavor is vinous and acetic, with toasted oak and cherry. Somewhat floral and malty. As it warms, the barrel notes meld seamlessly with the sour character and light base beer sweetness.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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!

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Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%

2014 bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma initial burst of rotting fruit quickly supplanted by a sour cherry smell
Head large (5 cm), light brown, fizzy, quickly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Body dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor begins very tart with tastes of cherry and maybe plum. No hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.1875. Final weighted score: 4.2875.

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Photo of dav2080
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Tart like sour apple yet sweet and crisp. Clear red amber. Nice head that faded but laced on the glass. I had this 22 oz beer after I cut the grass. Very refreshing. Tart and sour. Puckered at first but then mellowed. My wife thought it was horrid. My first sour beer. I really liked this and would buy this again.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

September 7, 2014

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Very dark brown with garnet highlights. Clear but barely enough light gets through to see it. Very little head, off-white with a pinkish tinge, what’s there dissipates quickly, with a few bubbles left on top.

S – Sour and tart, dark fruits and sour cherries. A hint of sweetness, maybe molasses. Some wood character. The fruity tartness really shines through. Very clean, brisk, and refreshing.

T – Puckering tartness leads into sweet fruity palate, returning to acidity on the finish. Cherries, possibly some other dark fruit. The sourness leads me to think of raspberry, though I don’t get that specific flavor. Possible some tart apple. Characteristics of a young lambic.

M – Very crisp, the acidity is refreshing. Carbonation is medium but the tartness takes over. Some sweetness but not at all cloying. Thin to medium body, some effervescence. Again, refreshing, leaves you looking for the next sip.

O – This is one of the better sours, of any style, I’ve ever tasted. Fantastic tartness is well balanced with mild sweetness. Acidity level is perfect. Could drink this after mowing the lawn or in front of a fire. Would love to see how it develops with a bit of age.

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Photo of wesley777
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz bomber out of a snifter. This is the 2014 series. For what it's worth, also my first dive into sours.
Appearance: Pours a burnt red with a small amount of lacing. Half inch head recedes shortly after the pour.
Smell: Has a rich smell of citrusy fruits, maybe something earthy.
Taste: Pungent start, hints of red wine, cherries, and citrus though all with a bite.
Mouthfeel: The feel of this beer is probably what I enjoy the most; a sip overwhelms the mouth at first touch, and then the acidity creeps down the back of the throat with little carbonation. Has a medium body that is lightened by the acidity.
Overall: Excellent for my first sour. I'll definitely be looking for similar brews in the near future.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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