Tuesday, May 17, 2011
New Belgium Brewery (Lips of Faith Series) - La Folie
There is no doubt that Peter Bouckaert of New Belgium Brewery got this one right. I had heard many wonderful things about this beer and was still pleasantly surprised.
This Sour Brown Ale has the aroma of sour cherries, with notes of lactic and slight vinegar. When poured you see a crystal amber brown color with a thin tan head that creates a beautiful lacing that last throughout the beer. At the first sip I can pick up the complex flavors of the cherries and apples and what I would almost describe as cran-raspberry. This is followed by a strong sour tartness that is overwhelming at first, but keeps you coming back for more. It is all brought together and balanced out with a nice woody oak flavor.
If you are a fan of sour beers such as a Flanders Red, the La Folie will knock your socks off. Although New Belgium makes some wonderful beer, I would go out on a limb to say that this is my new favorite.