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RATINGS: 1598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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La Folie, French for "the folly," is a beer steeped in New Belgium brewing tradition. This wood-aged, sour brown spends one to three years in big, oak barrels, known as foeders. And when the beer finally hits the glass, La Folie is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. Pouring a deep mahogany, the mouthfeel will get you puckering while the smooth finish will get you smiling. Not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head. Find out why it’s considered one of the best sour beers around.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2008
750ML 2006 bottle courtesy of Ughsmash, thanks buddy!
Appearance & Nose Poured into a snifter with red-hazy-amber color and medium frothy offwhite head. Great head retention and lacing of the glass. Nose from the pop of the cork is vibrant, pungent, aggressively tart cherry. Screams sour and purkiness to come. Apples, white vinegar, wood, red wine are also apparent.
Flavor & Palate Mouth feel of micro bubbles and light body. Initial taste tart. Freshly sliced granny apple & sour cherries combine with intense sour presentation. White vinegar falls into place from the aroma and displays mildly the acetic acid . Mid palate displays more oak and some mild barnyard funk (must and hay). Finishing dry with raspberry and lemon rhine bitterness. Palate duration is above average. Planning to drink this entire bottle to the face but this one is definitely a sipper, strong acidity really catches up after first half glass. Sides of the mouth pucker with joy. Not overwhelmingly complex but a flavor that displays fine qualities of a sour ale and is very drinkable as well as enjoyable. You want sour, this is remarkeable along with intense heartburn I am receiving.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Deep red pour with soft tan head. Nose is very tart (which I love) cherries, apples and vinegar. Wood comes out as well. Flavor is a surprisingly tasty sour that gives good mouth coverage. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottled 2007. This poured a gorgeous red brown with a towering whitish head. Tons of bubbles. The head gently subsided though leaving a thin layer that stuck around through most of the glass. Aroma of green apples, cherries, brett and wood. The flavor of this was just fantastic: sour, tart, smooth oakiness. It just wrapped itself around your mouth: bubbly, and dry enough not to be cloying at all. Glad for the advice to drink this fresh!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 This 2007 bottle from session1979. Thanks! Pours a cranberry to blood red color with a light beige medium lived head. Smell is nice and tart, with a semi sweet and woodsy cherry aroma and a smooth rounded character. Surprisingly devoid of a harsh vinegary aroma, which was very welcomed. Taste was intensely tart, and extremely drying oakiness, and dry unsweetened sour cherries. Nice and tart and unbalanced in a fantastic way. Sucks the moisture out of your mouth like a really dry tanniny wine. No harsh vinegary qualities to it in the flavor either, making for an awesomely drinkable sour. My new favorite of the style!

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
handsomejn (75) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 22, 2008
This reminds me of the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes. Apparently everybody likes this, it rates so high, yet I hated it. I guess the sour vinegary flavor is an aquired taste that I have yet to acquire. My thinking is that you should mix with a light canola oil and pour it over a salad. Beautiful to look at, interesting smell, a taste that I can’t wait to open another beer and wash out of my mouth. I want to like this beer, as I’m sure the people of the town wanted to see the clothes on the Emperor, but I’m that guy who said "dude, he’s naked"

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
On tap at Liar’s, Obriens, etc. Murky brown with hints red hue. Very tart, cherry, hints of wood in the nose. Flavor seeps with tart cherry funk, backdrop of soaked wood and oak. Sour and lingering, but delicate and refreshing. Hard to stop sipping this one. Just really, really, really f’in good, oh yes! Can’t wait for the bottle....

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2008
A difficult beer to rate, beause I can’t claim to be an expert on this style. A beautiful dark amber color with good carbonation. A thinner head than one would expect. A very nice tart, fruity aroma that doesn’t really prepare you for how sour the actual flavor is. Fruity flavor that is extremely tart. Very smooth mouthfeel. Not really my preferred style, but I can appreciate it for what it is.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2008 On tap@OBrien’s: Murky, dark prune brown color with a wisp of beige foam. Aroma is sour, acidic red wine vinegar. Flavor starts sour vinegar followed by green apple and a lightly tart lemony finish. Light-medium body is thin and lively.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
2002 bottle, shared very generously by eyedrinkale. Dark brown / red pour. Aroma is lightly tart cherries / fruit, vinegar. Flavor is lightly tart again from the fruit, oak and vinegar. Well balanced and subtle flavors make this quite nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
10th anniversary blend shared by Sliffy at the Cleveland tasting. Poured a nice brownish red with a creamy off white head that stuck around for quite a while. A great looking flemish sour brown. Very tart and acetic aroma with some fruits, vinegar, some woodys elements. Flavor profile has a very pronounced sour cherry presence that melds nicely with an oak smoothness in the finish. Very very quality brew. Not sure if there is a big difference between the 10th ann. blend and the regular bottling of this brew...but the blended anniversary batch is top notch!


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