Part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series, New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie Sour Brown Ale poured a hazy, brick red into the glass with a loose, oily tan head. The nose had a tart vinegar start with some cherry sweetness hiding in the background.
New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie opened the opposite of how its nose implied, with the fruity sweetness taking charge before suttling into the dry, vinegar tartness that was the base body of the beer. More tart than sour, the body was surprisingly light and refreshing and complimented the undertones of farmy funkiness as the ale warmed.
La Folie hit all the high marks I expect from a true sour… wild, a little funky, and carrying a balsamic tartness rather than the limbic sour taste I see many sour ales hiding behind. Well worth checking out!