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RATINGS: 1320   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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La Folie Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being hand bottled, numbered and corked for your enjoyment. Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, came to us from Rodenbach Ė home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peterís beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2005
I had tried this on tap at New Belgium in late June of 2004, prior to the Ft. Collins Brewfest, but I also brought back a bottle (#04-3469) to share. Poured a deep copper amber - clear or hazy depending on which pour you got from the bottle (sorry John, yours looked a little muddy!). Sour fruits - apples, cranberries, raisons, bing cherries, etc. Excellent sour/tart taste with a very dry earthy and woody finish. Iíd be willing to drive out to Ft.Collins just for more of this!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (9062) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Ive been picking up a case of this beer every year for 4 years now. And it gets even better with age! This is a nice woody and tart beer, very belgian.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 On tap @The Toronado. Iíll be sure to rerate this when I score a bottle. Itís pretty complex to try and remember after the fact. Poured a fairly still ruby red color. The aroma is sour apples but I also smelled a bit of cherries and some sweetness to it. The flavor is all about tart. Cherries and apples show up again in the flavor after the initial sourness lets loose of your taste buds. Fades into a quite tart dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2004
This was a gift from my Secret Santa, pdee. I would have thought that a beer aged in/on wood would have been mellow, but this was anything but mellow. It pour like fresh pepsi. The carbonation snap crackle and pop was really suprising. Even after it had settled in the glass it was fizzing like crazy. The color was deep ruby with little to no head after it had settled. I donít think the fizzy bubbles would have allowed it. The aroma could be smelled from across the room. A sour "dark" fruit smell. Despite the violet fizziness in the glass, it rolled over my tongue smoothly. There was no vineger here like my beloved Duchesse. The taste was fruity with a very tolerable sour. I was very dissapointed I had no one to share it with. Great stuff for a special occasion. Thanks again to pdee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2004
Farmyardy, sharp, vinous aroma - very Belgian sour. The flavour is also tart and noticeably woody. Some balsamic vinegar and citric fruity notes. Sour finish. Pretty authentic. With this style becoming increasingly rare in Belgian, it good to see US micros carrying the torch. Impressive. Bottled at DC gathering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Iím still a little surprised that a brewery as large as New Belgium would bother aging a beer in wooden casks for such a small distribution, but hey Iím not complaining. This is a bazarre beer right off the bat - sour apple flitting throughout the aroma and giving an initial impression of cider for sure. Dried cranberry/cherry tends to give precedence here, although the yeast is making a valiant effort. The apple is more apparent in the flavor, but the natural sourness reminds me more of cranberries that anything else. Semi-sweet spices in the yeast give further impressions of cider, but nothing battles the tartness. I wonder what this would taste like without the aging process, probably border-line undrinkable. Definitely one of the more sour flemish beers Iíve had, but surely worth the strong reaction.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Bottle courtesy of eyedrinkale. Pours a reddened amber. Nose is strong sour cherry, light wood notes, mild barnyard and hints of cat urine. Perhaps some lingering vinegar. Excellent aroma. On par with itís Belgian cousins! taste is tart but controlled. Wonderful! Mild sour fruit, some hints of wheat, light wood, faint vinegar, and perhaps an underlying sweetness. Body is mildly acidic and is definitely tart. Finishes with more tart fruit, light acidity, hints of other sour fruit and light woodiness. Great beer! I need some more of this!

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (18972) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled. Dark amber. Strong vinegary cherry aroma. Dry and acidic, pleasant rounded mouthfeel. Black cherry juice! Perfect, hardcore rendition of the style. Could perhaps be more complex still, but this is really a great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours red. Aroma is sour cherries. Flavor is a mild dry sour cherry with a slight sweet maltiness.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Celebration November 2004 at CapFluís place. This is one of those beers that makes you sit back and say holy shit. Cherry red in colour. Aroma of cherries, balsamic, quite sour and tart. The flavour was just fantastic. It was tart, very acidic, lots of black cherries, woody, lots of vinegar. High carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a large body. Finishes with a very long cherry tartness. Just a hair below Rodenbach Grand Cru in my books buts its almost to close to call. What a treat it was to try this. Thanks for bringing this Rastacouere.


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