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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Cloudy amber in color. Vanilla and tartness (vinegar) in the nose. Oak for sure and tart in your mouth. A little wheat and cherries in there too.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1931) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Aroma is a sour malt scent. Color is an amber/brown with good carbonation and nice head. Taste is a strong tart flavor on a medium body with a mild malt taste. Finishes with a bold sour taste that lingers on. I have not had anything like it, but I like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a hazy amber color with a tan head. Aroma is woody, vanilla, sour fruit, and some wheat. Flavor is fruity, woody, wheaty, and sour tart fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2007
My immediate reaction to the La Folie was something like "Oh no! I do not like this!" Of course, as things usually go with great beers, I started warming up to the stuff and, eventually, began not only to like it, but love it. Once I got used to the weird champagne and wine qualities and the lip-puckering taste, I realized that La Folie was just a damn fine brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Thanks to theisti for the bottle. Clear ruby/brown color with a large head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is balsamic vinegar and tart cherries. Taste is beyond funky tart with cherries, dust and wood. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 Very vinegar acidic initial aroma to the beer. Leaves little to no head in the glass. Taste is initially sour acidity, but develops under tones of vinegar, oak, a very, very slight malt, and cherry. Not overly complex, as I think the acidity overwhelms the other aspects of the beer for the most part, but its intensity and challenging nature make the beer fun to try. 636315 ---re-rate--- May 08 bottle: Aroma is sour, red fruit, lactic. Fruity and fizzy. Lots of cherry and dull fruit in the nose (probably cereal malt) that is still somehow vibrant. Taste is very oaky, red fruit, malty and some cereal. Very tart. Finish is slick and a bit buttery, but a lot of tartness, some abrasive sourness, and finally some crispness. This is awesome. What was I thinking in my first rating? 848517

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1860) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 Bottle tasted at Saarlander’s SoCal tasting with saarlander, cquiroga, dirty_martini & kittiesandbeer, JohnC and others. Small fine bubble head, cloudy amber color. Wow, the funky sour aroma hits your nose with the first sniff. You would wonder if your just about to try a gueze if it weren’t for the color.= Great over-the-top sour flavor. 8,4,8,4,17:4.1 1/24/07: Tried again at the new Liars Club. Amber red color. Small microbubble head. Sour lacto aroma. Slick mouthfeel. Lightly sour, not as sour as I remembered it. Malty aroma. 8,3,8,4,17:4.0

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 On tap. Medium brown in color with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, and funk. Hard to explain the taste, it’s sour with hints of fruit, mostly cherries, and a nice oak finish that ended very crisp. Excellent beer that I would recommend to anyone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
truebluehes (196) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Murkiesh red/brown color with no head. Aroma is quite sour and woody. Flavor is very sour with strong hints of wood. Very well balanced.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 WOW! WOW! WOW! I had the pleasure of trying this on draft at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. AWESOME!!!!! I love this beer. Sour and tart, very Rodenbach-like. Deep red color and aroma of sour fruit. I could have drank this all night, but at Falling Rock - so many great beers and never enough time.


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