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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2387) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 2005 bottle tasted Christmas Eve 2007.

The beer starts beautifully. A soft pop of the cork, a gorgeous pour (clear deep beautiful copper read with a nice white head). Simply lovely aroma: wood, balsamic vinegar, sour cherry.

But for whatever reason, the flavor doesnít blow me away the way that the best lambics do. Rather, the flavor is just a little bit over the top sour for my taste (Despite the fact that I adore e.g. Cantillon Bruocsella 1900 Grand Cru) or perhaps it is that the intense sourness is not matched with a corresponding dryness. The acidity burns the throat almost like whisky; it scorches the inside of my nose like vinegar; it kicks away at the inside of my stomach like too much black coffee at 4 in the morning. The woody tones in the flavor are wonderful, but my palate doesnít "shift" as I sip into this one as it does for my favorite lambics. (By this I refer to that glorious saturation of oneís sour receptors that kicks in a third of a way through a great bottle such that the subtle sweetness comes through and shines like miracleberry on the tongue.) A day later, I still struggle to finish this one, even with help from my father, who did more than half of the work. Sadly, Iím in little hurry to repeat the experience and in less hurry yet to repeat it on a full bottle. 7/5/7/3/13=3.5

Tap 7/25/09. Perfectly reasonable sour, but I just donít understand the hype. A schooner of this one was more than enough.

Bottle 8/05/09. As part of the Naked City sour tasting, this one shined, easily outclassing the competing flight of Duchess, Rodenbach GC, and Cascade Cuvee de Jongleur. Deep sourness, very clean, certainly deserving a 4.0 if Rodenbach Grand Cru deserves a 3.9. Iíll bump in that general direction.

Tap 2/4/10. Iíd forgotten what a rich dark brown this pours. Again, richly enjoyable. Very nice woody flavors. 3.8 or 3.9 range.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle huge massive thanks to secret santa. Aroma is tart sour fruit, loads of acidity, wood and a massive lactic acid note. Taste is similar but the acid is over powering, far too much acidity, i still drank the 750 in a mtter of minutes, but trying its hardest to be rodenback but missing the mark. Carbonation is too heavy also.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
popdoggy (100) - USA - DEC 21, 2007
I loved this beer. Sour, Tart, a great sour ale. Drinkability is unmatched and mouthfeel is like a fine champagne.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6426) - 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 (5543) - 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 (2751) - 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.


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