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New Belgium Brewing is releasing 2015’s La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek while reissuing a new Cocoa Molé, offering an inventive mixture of sour, sweet, heat and tradition. Two of these Lips of Faith additions (Transatlantique Kriek and La Folie) will remain out through the remainder of 2015 and Cocoa Molé will be out while supplies last. Here’s what our resident beer connoisseur thought about all three:

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La Folie 2015: Wood Aged Sour Ale
Nose
Sour Ales are aged in wood barrels (in this case oak), so its no surprise that it has a woody nose.
Taste 
On the the first sip, I was hit up front with immediate tartness. After additional sips, you there were notes of apple and cherry.
Finish
It has a woody finish to it in my opinion but the finish invites another sip.
Recommendation
If you are not familiar with Sour Ales, I would recommend trying a sample first.
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Transatlantique Kriek: Wood Aged Sour Cherry Ale – 2015 Lips Of Faith
Nose
Tart cherries on the nose.
Taste
Tart cherry that sweetens as it lingers.
Finish
It has a nice crisp finish with a hint of tartness.
Recommendation
Again, I would recommend trying a sample if you are unfamiliar with Sour Ales. However, this is a more approachable introduction to the Sour Beer family.
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Coco Mole: Spiced Chocolate Porter – 2015 Lips Of Faith
Nose
Cinnamon and chili spice.
Taste
Caramel and chocolate sweetness are up front on the palate, but as it lingers, the heat from the peppers builds.
Finish
The heat continues to linger, along with some chocolate notes.
Recommendation
I would recommend warming up with a sample first. All in all a good beer to cut through some of those lingering cold nights.
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By Matthew Phillips
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