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RATINGS: 1586   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6021) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Based on all the hype, I was expecting a serious Duchess competitor for best sour red. Not so fast, as Lee Corso might say. This is a good beer. Decent aroma. Pours nice. A bit too carbonated. Fairly nice sourness. But itís no Duchess. Still, it is absolutely the best New Belgium Iíve had. La Folie goes beyond New Belgiumís typical mediocrity. I wish my wife would like sour beers so that we could share. Alas, the bottle is mine tonight.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2007
11/7/07 From the bottle. Aroma is fruity and tart, efevescent, with a sweet malt background and lightly alcoholic note. Appearance is a medium hazy copper with a moderate tan head. Flavor has a strong lactic acid tang that becomes much stronger in the finish, sweet, with a low resiny flavor. Mouthfeel is highly attenuated, dry, tingly and warm. Overall, this is marred by the back of the throat tingling/finish just being too strong and overpowering the rest of the flavor. Perhaps an extra 20 minutes to open up and oxidize on the next try will help the flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5453) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2007
For rate number 1,700, brewfiend was kind to share this highly rated brew. From a 750 ml bottle, pours a dark reddish amber brew with a fizzy off-white head that has some good retention. Aroma of sour dark fruit, some cherry, and some earthy herbs/spices. Taste is medium bodied, well-carbonated with flavors of tart fruit, some wood character, and some yeast funk. Finish is just as tart as its flavor, with a touch of lemon zest. I would easily put this up with some of Belgianís top sour ales.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
A: Dark amber/red body with decent white head. S: Nice sour aroma with a bit of pucker factor. Some slight wood aroma as well. T: Big pucker/tingle in my jaw effect. There is a bit of sweetness, but this is definitely on the dryer side. I love this beer, although the Le Terroir is a bit more my style. M: Medium/light bodied. It tastes heavier than it feels. D: Excellent. Canít drink it all night, but I could put a bottle away myself.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2007
750 ml corked bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear reddish brown. Lots of carbonation, almost Champagne like. Fine white bubbled head. Lots of sour fruit in the aroma, cherries and apple. Light bodied. Very tart, lots of fruit flavors. Very dry. Didnít really taste the wood. Nice version of the style, might not be everyoneís cup of tea (or beer!)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
On tap @ OíBrienís San Diego. My first sour beer in years! And it didnít dissapoint. Big nose of sour cherries, vinegar, and earth. Medium in body with an amber hue. Mouthfeel was hard for me to come to a conclusion on. It was a damn good beer none the less.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2007 bottle. Big thanks to Brent for sharing, this was very generous! Ruby color. Aroma begins to preview the sourness here, with hints at green olive jar juice, even touches of black olives. My nostrils just tingle with the acidity. Starts with a hard tartness, very tightly focused at the center of the palate. Some green apple character. It has almost a savory quality. Bone dry finish. wow. Maybe not super complex but just a big great sweet and sour mother. Stunning stateside version of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On tap @ OíBriens San Diego. Copper cherry colored pour. Sour nose with sweetness. Woody, sour taste, tartness. This style is starting to grow on me. Very good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2008 On tap at Brouwers Belgian fest May 2007. Copper color with a persistent head. Good oak/wood tart lemon, cider smell. Big sourness at first gives way to flavors of cherries, tart lemon, yeast and wood. Very good. The best American brewed sour beer Iíve had so far.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle from xmarcnolanx. Damn... I could nose this beer all day. Wonderful! Cherries, vanilla and new oak. Very pelasant tart and sour without being overpowering. The cherry and vanilla assert themselves as the beer opens and warms. Pours cloudy brownish red with a lively, frothy head. Dry wood, tart cherries with an insane amount of bracing sourness on the palate. Pleasant acidity with lots of new oak notes as well. Medium bodied with pleasant, mouth filling carbonation.


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