Lips Of Faith - La Folie - New Belgium Brewing
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4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2012 Vintage...ive had for over a year. Its been in my cellar for a while then in my fridge and back and forth...so, who knows here.
Nice hiss when cap is popped...good sign.
Pours a deep brown with reddish hue into my Firestone Walker Teku...white lacing that never seems to go away.
Huuge tart aromas...red wine, caramel, and slight chocolate maybe? cherry notes as well.
Taste is mouth puckering cherry, caramel, red wine, and woody oak. Its so tart, dry, and flem inducing; its amazing. The sweet caramel-like base of the bruin combined with the tart cherry-like character of the "bruin" make this phenomenal.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 00:53:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.73/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
The beer comes in a reddish brown color with an off white head.
The aroma has a wonderful sour lactic aroma of cherries, apples, vinegar.
The flavor follows with a decent amount of sourness that mingles with a berry note and some ripe apple. There is a wonderful balance on this beer as it is not too sour and also has a good amount of carbonation to clean up the beer. The toasty malt in there goes well with the fruity sourness. The finish hits with some dryness and oak.
This is an extremely drinkable brew and really shows how the style shines.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2013 00:28:36 | More by dar482
4.53/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Thanks, Jon. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. 2013 vintage. Been wanting to try this one for a good long while.
Pours a color very reminiscent of some of the top examples in the style - brown, yes, but with garnet and reddish colors that reveal themselves when placed against the light. Contains an off-white head that lasts a good long while, and even leaves behind some minor lacing in the process. Very vinous in appearance, and thickened looking, with some cloudiness from the yeasty sediment. Some floaties linger at the bottom, in fact, which might mean that this is one of the few bottle conditioned beers NB has ever released.
Yes, tart as people told me it would be! Excellent notes of under ripe fruit pelt the nostrils instantly, with dark sour cherries, ripe currants, and cranberries coming in full droves. Due to the oak, there are nice barrel spices and non-fruit at play, ranging from almonds, nutmeg, tobacco, clove, and baking soda throughout. Vinegar is a common flavor here, as well as green apple skins. The toasted malty flavor provides some caramel and breadiness to the mix, and makes it wholly enjoyable. A little bit of barnyard funk is also present here, but it's subtle compared to the soured notes. I simply cannot believe that this is American made. It's as great as any authentic acetic soured blended beer closest to the source in Belgium.
The flavor is about as identical to the aroma - tart, funky, and wild, but also not as intense as I expected it to be. At first there's the brief vinaigrette flavor that becomes quickly awash with the notes of cherries, blackcurrant, and prunes, which meld into a caramel tinged flavor from the malts that ends with the barrel spices (almonds, baking soda, nutmeg). Finishes slightly bitter and grassy, with notes of clove, as well as damp straw and musty barnyard funk. All of the flavors are extremely well represented as far as a oud bruin goes, and yet it maintains itself as complex and quite drinkable. The acetic acidity of this is intense, however, and this is not for beginners. I paired this with some fatty food and garlic to cut a lot of the acidity. Very thick and amazingly restrained due to the malt profile that was used. Quite a fabulous beer in many respects.
After the train wreck that was Transatlantique Kriek, I was very hesitant to try any future Lips of Faith offerings due to the my already growing dissatisfaction with NB experimental offerings. How wrong I was. This is world class stuff. I'm yet to find another American brewer that gets this style and mass produces it this well. I will buy this every year it comes out, no matter what the cost.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2013 19:41:49 | More by magictacosinus
Lips Of Faith - La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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