La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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La FolieLa Folie

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks jpm30. A clear rlight reddish colour with lots of large bubbles in the head. Vinegar and malt aroma. Clearly sour taste that sweetens as you drink it. Vineous and slightly rich, wood only detactable before the taste buds are overpowered.. Great after salty fish. A slightly milder alternative to a Cantillon, overpowering the mouth but not for the entire day.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 offering.

Pours dark copper with red/cranberry tones. A fast fading light khaki head.

Nose of cooked cherries with hints of cocoa and light tart apple vinegar. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp; very well balanced and with perfect tart/sour character.

Flavor profile is tart cooked pie cherries with a "brown ale" undertone. There are hints of cocoa and cooked stone fruit, all with the tart character prevailing.

This is a very drinkable beer with a nice clean, tart finish that leaves you salivating a bit and wanting more.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin quarter finger head on a clear brown and amber body.

S: tons of sour cherries with subtle caramel and toffee. Bubble gum

T: nice degree of sourness with the flavor following the aroma perfectly. Toffee and caramel are mild but present.

M: thinner side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very nice sour beer, one of the better beers and sour beers from this brewery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour cherry and malt vinegar aromas. Taste is very much the same with a very tart finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour beer that is tasty and very easy to drink. This is definitely a beer I could drink all day and not get tired of it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the much acclaimed, prohibitively priced sour brown ale from new belgium. finally i am drinking this. worth the hype? im not so sure... pours a reddish brown murky color with a lively off white head, very fizzy, but just an inch tall. smells very very sour, like some of those old school flemish reds. this one is not brett, but lacto, so its a totally different sour, piquant and pungent and permeating. some hints of sweeter malts in there as well, but the sour vibe carries it. flavor is actually fairly balanced for how sour this one is, but underneat it all is a nice chocolatey brown ale with some woody notes. feel is great, effervescent carbonation and a lighter medium body. with a low abv and a lot of intricacies, this is a bomber you want for yourself. i doubt if i buy this one again because of the absurd price (18 bucks), but im glad i finally got to try it.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tried this tonight and was very impressed. I've heard about this beer and every time I see "New Belgium Brewing" next to the name I just keep right on browsing, figuring that it can't be any good. I was sorely mistaken.

This beer pours a deep red color that was sorta clear. Slightly hazy. There was some head in my glass but that was pretty much a vertical pour in an effort to aggravate the beer and produce some aromas. Not much retention.

The smell was wonderfully geuze-like. Moderately sour and definitely some oak in there. Also some sour cherries coming out. The smell is not as intensely complex as some of the reviews would make it out to be but it is very well balanced.

The taste is moderately sour and oak inspired. There is some fruit in the background and some sweet malt. Not much to comment on other than its a great flavor and that I could drink bottles of this on a daily basis.

Over the past 6 months or so I have really been introduced to sour belgian beers and this is a prime example. Medium body, enough CO2, very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear red in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin light pink head that quickly faded away and left a ring of bubbles around the collar of the glass.
S: There is a light to moderate aroma of sourness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very sour and has notes of cherries and oak in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The high amount of carbonation in this beer makes it quite drinkable.

Note: 2010 vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of the more illusive beers for me. Finally had to go to the brewery to nail it down. This might have been my favorite pint during the GABF '08 weekend. The beer begins with a mouthwatering scent of extreme berry-like tartness with black cherries, vineous red wine, oak, nuttiness, a touch of vinegar and even a hint of chocolate. Mesmerizing by the scent and the sight. The brandy sniffer shows a dark ruby color with brilliant clarity and a glowing crimson hue. Light head formation lasts the session. The pungent, assertive aromas morph seamlessly into the flavors with the same intensity and balance. The beer is aided by soft vanillans from the barrels and with a light tannin dryness. Other textures that come through are initial wine thinness, but then with a mild, all-attenuated malty creaminess, and lastly with a tart astringency that balances the beer in the absence of detectable hops. Finishes with a cherry-berry fruitiness and sharp dryness. If the malt backbone could add more creaminess, it would surplant Duchesse du Burgogne as my favorite Flanders.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2014 version, at 7% ABV by this recent shipment to arrive in Alberta - nice to see their more esoteric offerings made available here fast on the heels of the usual suspects. "La Folie" - aka, the 'craziness', or some such thing.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of restrained, weakly foamy, and yet tightly bubbly beige head, which leaves some low-lying webbed island profile lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sour dark fruit - cherry, plum, and raisin - bready, and lightly crackery pale malt, a metallic caramel sweetness, mild dry citrus, red wine vinegar, apple skins, and earthy, floral, and perfumed hops. The taste is rather sharply tart cherry and apple fruit, earthy yeast, gritty caramel malt, soaked white bread, lemon zest, subtle wooden vanilla and alcohol notes, more semi-sweet vinegar, and strangely prominent weedy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty buzzworthy and tacky by the same measure, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and smooth in the very sense of every sour ale out there that aspires as such - so, not so much. It finishes rather dry, the sour fruitiness still ruling the roost, the malt gone to ground, and the hoppiness putting 'er in neutral for the time being.

A pretty agreeable and enjoyable rendition of a Flanders red ale - sour, fruity, and barely, but still adequately balanced by the typical red ale malt and hoppiness. Crazy by this adorable brewery's standards, sure, but more than a tad below the progenitors' prowess in the style overall, which is a precept that I might have a bit of trouble validating, without actually doing a straight-up head to head tasting with Goudenband.

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a nice head that retains well and leaves strandsl of lace all over the chalice

Smell: Sour cherry with a range of other fruit subtleties such as green apples, passion fruit and sour orange

Taste: Opens up with a malty base that grows increasingly sour, mid-palate, with all of the flavors from the aroma, plus a new one - overripe bananas; very fruity and very sour

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation but a real mouth-puckerer

Drinkability: I wish somebody else in the household liked sour beers as it will be tough to polish off the entire bottle by myself

Thanks, Bitterbill, for the grand experience

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle from 2007.

Appearance: Dark red, clear for the first glass and then murky for the rest of the bottle. The head is initially huge, but eventually settles into a thin cover.

Smell: The nose is evenly balanced between sweet and sour; quite a contrast to the taste. Caramel, cherries and vanilla are prevalent with undertones of more acidic fruit and a hint of musty wood.

Taste & mouthfeel: Raspberries, cherries, green apple, caramel and vanilla. Oak is present but mildly so. Moderate sourness and acidity that has a balsamic vinegar character. Very subtle sweetness gives this the perfect balance for my palate. Light-to-medium in body with a sticky, coating mouthfeel. This beer packs a ton of flavor into 6% ABV. Very good.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired tonight at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, and served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I've heard a lot of hype over this having been raised in Denver.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention (though the ABV is merely 6%). Colour is a vibrant chestnut amber-brown. I quite like the colour, especially when held up to light. Semitransparent. Translucent.

Sm: Lovely sourness, bacteria, and wild yeast. Marvelous oak - amongst the best oak aromas I've ever encountered. Subtle yet rich and inviting. Brilliant.

T: Lovely rich sourness with a sweet climax. Bacteria and wild yeast are controlled yet rampant, really filling out the body nicely. Blended beautifully. Sour apple. Quite tart. Burgundy. Oak is more tonal, but helps to round out the balance. The sour wild yeast laden finish is damned amazing. I get cherry esters from it. It truly is a bit puckerworthy, but in an excellent bold masterfully executed way. Brilliantly layered and absurdly well balanced. Delicious. Very tasty. As complex as it is subtle. I'm blown away. The sweet fruity climax is jolly rancher-esque but in a good way (ignore that if it sounds ridiculous). Clean malts form the foundation.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours perfectly. The thickness and carbonation are both ideal, and complement the focus of the beer incredibly well. This is masterful brewing.

Dr: Who knew New Belgium could pull off a beer so good? Extremely drinkable for the style. I love it. One of the best sours I've had in the last month - and I've had some pretty nice Lost Abbey beers recently. I'd definitely get this again, ideally in a bottle to age. I doubt I'll be trading bottles of this one away; they're worth keeping for me. Lives up to the hype. I'm extremely impressed. Really a wonderful beer.

Drank very nicely out of me narrow-mouthed goblet. I'll take that over a snifter anytime.

Don't pair this, just enjoy it.

Best slightly warmer than 'fresh from the fridge' cold.

A good candidate for aging. I'll be aging some meself.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a medium foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of oak and tart is quite impressive with some tannic qualities also discernable. Taste is quite sour and tart with a nice oak presence and some subtle sour cherries. I thought taste had some great tannic qualities and was very reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is a great compliment when coming from me. I would love to try this again and I really appreciated all the complexities that this beer had to offer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 Cork & Cage bottle
This is my 3rd time sampling La Folie, and this particular bottle was from the 2006 release, numbered 06-3463. Served at cellar temp: 55º-60º.

Perfect crimson red, with racing carbonation. A small blanketing of foam develops after the pour, and settles to a patchy skim. Evaporating carbonation is audible, like Rice Krispies. A white ring of foam is ever present, and some irregular lacing decorates the glass.

Aromas of musty leather, dark underripe berries, black cherry, residual pasture funk, at a lower level than a Gueuze or Lambic. Complex without being overbearing, truly a signature aroma of a traditional Flanders Red.

Tart flavor, with a nice residual cherry and oak bouquet. Dry finish, oak tannins, with plenty of fruit lingering. Residual saltiness that is pretty unique for this style, yet compliments the sweet/sour well. Not ham-fistedly sour, as some Gueuzes can be at first sip. Delicate and complex, the most perfect Flanders style ale i've come across. Quenching in it's tartness, this is the epitome of my attraction to sour ales.

2008 tap sample: Very tart, it may put off novices to the style. There was a distinct grape jelly aftertaste that I never noticed before, acetic acid, and a hint of multigrain breadiness. The body seemed less substantial than from from the bottle, as if it lost steam after 15 minutes.

Sadly this beer has become one dimensional due to it's pasteurization and mass production, I feel. Every time I try it, it seems like a shell of its former self. :'(

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #06-3987 poured into a flute glass

A - Poured out a burgundy/brown color with small, bubbly, off-white head. It was a clear beer with a fizzy, carbonated body that left no lace.

S - It smelled very oaky and woody. Also a good bit of a sour apple aroma.

T - It was very sour. Tons of sour apple flavor and a little malt. It had an oaky flavor like a red wine, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Initially, I was not a fan of this beer, but upon retrying it (and gaining a greater appreciation of sour ales) I'd say it's worth the hype. Very good beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown with a finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt, mildly fruity, with some vinegar sourness.

Taste: Not too sweet, nice acidic vinegar and lemon flavor. Some fruit (raspberry like) hints with a sour finish. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A really smooth beer given how sour it is. Nice acidic vinegar notes. Fruity flavor is nice and mild and complements the other flavors well. Would definitely have more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a tawny brown color that is not entirely transparent; nice white head.

S: Lots of tarness of cherries and other fruits on top of a brown base. A little bit of funkiness going on as well.

T: The taste is quite sour, but not overpoweringly so. The biggest fruit component is of cherries, and there are oak hints complementing the sourness.

M: Prickly and sour; quite good.

D: Unbelievably drinkable for the style with the perfect amount of sourness--I'll definitely be looking for quite a bit more of this one in the future.


Corked and caged version labeled as 06-348, which I assume means that it was bottled in mid-December 2006. Thanks to bmanning for popping this open on 11.10.2010.

This is incredibly tart with some modest cherry and quite a bit of acetic character, especially in the finish. A bit of very mild earthy funk in the nose. This is one of the most sour beers that I've had in a long time.

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Photo of mothman
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at stubs.

I have had all three versions of this beer now: 22 oz bomber, cork and cage 750, and now on tap.

The tap version was a lot different than the bottled versions so I decided to review it.

Served in a pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of beige tan head. Fades to a thin layer, decent retention leaving some nice lace walls. Color is a murky bark brown.

Aroma: Sour, cherries, lots of malts, vinegar and acidic flavors. Basicall a lot of sour'/tart noes with some fruits.

Taste: Sour cherries off the top again with the vinegar/acidic notes kicking in shortly after. Very tart with a nice malt back bone to it. I can definitely tell that it tastes different than the bottled version (especially the 750). It seems to be more malty and not have as much fruit.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with an acidic aftertaste that is fairly clean.

Overall, I prefer the 750 the most, but the price for this pint is a lot cheaper. Glad to have this available at the bars. A good beer at the price. Easy to drink a pint.

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Photo of nickfl
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head on top of a dark, reddish brown body with some ruby highlights showing through. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sharp sourness with lots of brown, caramel malt sweetness and some acidic, berry like fruit. Raspberries, cherries, blackberries, toasted oak/vanilla, and a bit of musty, brett funk.

T - Puckeringly sour with a very sharp, fruity acidity of stone fruit. Notes of cherry, peach, and apricot backed by thick, malty sweetness that is quickly cut away by the intense lactic acid tang. A little bit of bready funk comes out in the finish before being washed away by sour fruit. Lingering notes of cherry and slight funk in the aftertaste with lots of brown, melanoidin malt flavors.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry, chalky finish.

D - I had heard that this beer was very sour, but wow. The intense acidity really seems to bring fruit flavors to life in a way that I have rarely seen. Some on the most intense and convincing berry and stone fruit flavors I have ever encountered. The malt character is quite nice as well and does its best to balance out the unstoppably intense sourness. The only area where the beer shows a weakness of flavor is in wood character; aside from some toast and vanilla in the aroma I don't get much. Drinkability is, as always, a relative thing; with this level of acidity I begin to feel heartburn coming on after one glass and despite this beers superb complexity, I find that some other, less sour, examples of the style are more to my liking. Very good, and well worth seeking out, but I can think of one or two other wood aged sours I would stock my fridge with first.

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Photo of oberon
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to orfeu for picking this up for me while in Nebraska,first off normally I am not a big fan of the style but this, this is awesome.Poured a hazed brugundy spiked with tawny brown a well defined slight off white head atop leaving one ring around my oversized wine glass.Complex to the hilt in the nose so much stuff going on I almost dont know where to begin,tart sour cherry and vanilla I would say are most prominant then the subtle stuff shows thru sherry,phenolic clove,nutmeg,pepper its all there.Quite tart at first it takes a minute to take it in then I start to pick vanilla and a real peppery presence a touch phenolic spiciness finishing with a saltiness that sticks and really hits the back of the tongue whoo!Wow what can I say it seems like each sip gives off something new,as I stated before not a style I go for much but damn how can you not at the very least respect this bad boy,a real gem.

2006 bottle#2006-1139

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this great beer thanks to MiguelMandingo, poured into Allagash tulip glass.

A: Very dark cloudy reddish brown color with very little visibility but with auburn aura and light airy head that disappears almost immediately

N: Nose of sour cherries, slight oak and vanilla, touch of sweetness

T: Taste starts with more sour cherries, very juicy tasting, somewhat fizzy and tangy, some wild yeast like flavors, somewhat sweet, a touch of maltiness, a slight spicey alcohol-like bite, makes my mouth water quite a bit with the juicy sour cherries and fruit, some light oak, wood, and touch of vanilla

M: Somewhat sticky, slightly thick and very light carbonation, but spicey

F: Pretty sweet and sticky, the sour and tangy hangs on the tongue for a while making my mouth continue to water long after I finished the sip, but also leaves a stickiness around the mouth, the spice fades quickly but follows down the throat

Final thoughts: A great Flanders Red ale. I'm just getting into the style and this is a great start. Nice sour fruit but not overbearing, some light malt and wood and touch of vanilla, very sticky and touch of spice, very enjoyable

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4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! I loved this beer so much that I was originally unsure of my own thoughts on it. However, after going over it for a while, and then rushing out and tasting some of the beers from Flanders (the one's without the extra sugar added), I really do feel that this is an exceptional beer that not only rivals the originals, but ranks very highly among them! The fact that a brewery in the United States produced this absolutely proves that we are the greatest beer nation in the world! So, if this be folly, then let me be a fool!!!

From a 750ml green glass Champagne bottle, corked and caged; 2004 vintage.

The first pour from a longstanding bottle is crystal clear (I can see my fingerprints through the glass). The body is copper colored with a reddish cast and glittering orange and gold highlights; beneath a massive head of creamy white froth that unfortunately settles fairly quickly to a standard collar and whispy surface covering. It does leave some large splashes of lace however, but they are transient and disappear after a minute or so.

The nose is tart with the acid produced by the Brettanomyces and bacteria, and it comes off like tart fruit. Once warm, woody notes become apparent, giving it greater depth; and some tropical fruit appears (mango, papaya, melon).

In the mouth it's light-medium bodied and just lightly tingly on the tongue due to the carbonation, but the acidity also helps to give it some zest.

The flavor starts tart and fruit juicy with an undercurrent of sweetness that appears at the swallow. Across the middle, the barnyard (musty, musky, feral) and oak character appears. It's superbly balanced in its tartness, and the oak isn't over-done.

Note: Once the yeast is added, it softens the flavor greatly, and I'd suggest you store this in your refrigerator for a long period before opening it to let the yeast settle. when you're ready, pull it out, open it, pour it carefully and enjoy it 5 minutes later. You will eventually get to the "yeast pour", but the first few glasses will be great!

It finishes bone-dry and slightly chalky with a mineralistic/barnyard characteristic from the Brettanomyces that leaves it slightly reminiscent of bleu cheese.

Stunning! An amazingly refreshing and drinkable beer that is surprisingly compelling.

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Photo of chinchill
2.51/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lips of Faith bomber dated 2011. (revised lightly with more enjoyable 2012 bottle)

Dark reddish brown with a rather short-lived tan head.

Aroma: Unattractive funky sour (OK) and vinegar (yuch) aroma with whiffs of over-ripe fruit and vinegar.

T - Markedly salty and sour: in both cases, more so than any beer I can remember. The saltiness here is not to my taste. [I shared this bottle with two others who confirmed the saltiness]. Hard to get beyond these two striking components, but there is more to the flavor including hints of dark fruits, green apples, and wood.

M - medium body with (too) light carbonation.

O - Avoid unless you love sour beers; if, like me, you dislike vinegar, then avoid in any case.
This was a fresh bottle from a reliable store that was kept refrigerated for about 3 weeks prior to consumption -- otherwise, I'd more strongly suspect it had gone bad. I let a dog sample some and he liked it, although it caused a long bout of sneezing.

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4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a deep clear ruby with a foamy off-white head. This maintains some robust ringing, leaving back thick sudsy swathes of lacing. Smells of oak and dark vinous character, with some acidic notes that singe the nose a bit at first. Some light backing sugars fill out the back of the nose. The taste is oak and wine with a somewhat heady sourness to the profile that puckers the tongue a bit but overall isn’t too overbearing. Sugars emerge more and more as this warms, helping even the flavors out. Dry and oaky on the finish with some lingering sweetness. The feel is medium with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation that blows up a bit in the mouth yet is undercut by some tannic slickness that helps keep this smooth. Alcohol feels right about where it should be. A little aggressive at first with the flavors, this balances out beautifully as things warm and develops into a tremendous example of a Flanders Red. One of the best from New Belgium and a great overall sour.

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