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Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 1,018
Hads: 3,652
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 545
Gots: 855 | FT: 46
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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 mr-jj
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (1,284 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -5%

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! (361 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%

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. (472 characters)

Photo of dav2080
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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. (323 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of wesley777
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

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. (715 characters)

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)

Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.