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RATINGS: 1599   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 itís considered one of the best sour beers around.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle 06-1166. Minimal bubbles and skiff. Dark orange-brown. Huge decaying sour nose. Sharp sour edge to flavour. Wood. Lemon touch. Smooth not harsh. vinegary and lemon. Less sour than expected, doesnít sink into the teeth roots. Still a sipper capable of some shivers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (4171) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Sampled at the RBPG; bottle courtesy of lukin013. Sour malty cherry skins, smooth. Hops, light caramel. Deep vinuous aroma. Deep chestnut brown clear with thin off-white head. Smooth palate, velvety. Smooth tart fruity taste, light acidity, not harsh. Nice malt, with oak. Great fruity malt finish with light bitter after. I really like sour ales and this is a nice one; could probably chill out for a bit more time and be even better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 29, 2008
ON tap at liarís club. Dark brown garnet with q fizzy white head. Sour cherry aroma and taste with some good lemon tartness and a dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
This is so close to perfection itís unbelievable. I bet had I had a full 12 oz glass it wouldíve got a perfect rating so I gotta get my hands on a bottle of this. Aroma was strong sour cherry. Pour was a nice dark gold with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was mouth puckering perfection. Sour cherries, vinegar and a hint of wood in the front. The nice carbonation leaves a sour bitey aftertaste. Iíll back up my fellow Pittsburghers below me. This was amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheap (5259) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 1/27/2008 Pittsburgh ratebeer.com gathering upstairs, Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I am invited again and I see a spread of bottles like I did there - ever again. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we sampled! For example, how about this beer; La folie bought by John, lukin, lukin013! Really good lambic sour and tart aroma. Clear and almost pinkish in color. Good tingly carbonation that is welcomed and accepted! Beuatifully sour and tart on the palate. Quite impressive on the taste buds. Slightly wooden background and heavily roped. Very tart and this stuff boders on the flavors of a gueuze lambic. Very enjoyable, thanks John!! lukin013, I owe you one. There is a fine line between real lambics and sour ales. As zebracakes says, top notch!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle sampled at the Ratebeer meet-up 01.27.08 at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Beer courtesy of lukin013.

Orange ruby, white head. Aroma is tangy, tart, peppery. Flavor is the same and has a really nice tart, sour, tangy bite. Top notch!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Pours a red ruddy brown with a two finger thick creamy light tan head. The aroma is sour, acidic, smells like muscadines, fruity and sweet, a little mellow. The flavor was tart, acidic, a little sweet, definitely sour grape, wonderful flavor and aroma. The palate was definitely tart to say in the least full with a sandy carbonation. Lasting tart finish with some grapes. This was a very complex brew. Had a lot more depth than most sours Iíve had. More levels and layers in the flavor and aroma, a lot more distinguishable parts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2008
The color was amber red. The head was thin, creamy, and fizzy. The aroma was sour, grape, and yeast. The flavor was sour, fruit, aged, and yeast. The palate was smooth. The finish was tart.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarliTruebeard (17) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2008
I tried this beer at the New Belgium tap room along with 3 other samplers of their ales. This was the ale I had been hearing about and wanted to give it an honest review. This was my first sour ale and I was warned by the staff there that you will either love it or hate it - so be prepared. My first sip was WOAH - that was sour! A sweet yet somewhat vinegary taste to it. This stuff woke up my mouth. After a 2nd and 3rd sip I had gotten more used to the sourness and felt compelled to finish the glass. I bought a bottle to take to Cincinnati to share with some beer geeks there. Word of warning, If you transport this stuff by airline and open it in a much lower altitude be warned - this stuff can explode once uncorked! I lost over 1/2 the bottle when I opened it in Cincinnati. Needless to say, my friends had never tried a sour beer before and they had a much stronger reaction to it than I did. They didnít want more but simply said it was "interesting". A tad pricey to buy a big bottle of but if you want to try something different - try this.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
the best beer i have ever had! thanks to Silphium for sharing this amazing beer! 2006 bottle #3538 pours reddish/ruddy brown with slight off-white head..aroma is very similar to Rodenbachís Grand Cru...massive blackberry, vinous concord grape, vinegar, and sour must...flavor is massively sour/tart...begins with a punch of concord grape, vinegar (seems like it has been aged perhaps)..similar to a fine wine or champagne...very woodsey, acidic...puckering finish!! SUPERB!! enveloping mouthfeel, soft yet strong and sour as hell! almost a tear-jerker! almost perfect...


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