Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 On tap at FoBAB V: i’ve had this beer several times and I always make an effort to pick up a few bottles while in Colorado. just an awesome sour beer met by a huge tart cherry flavor. really funky and sharp sourness. just a step behind supplication, but really great stuff. I can’t wait till i can sit down with a whole bottle and get into this beer further.4.2.

2/1/08, La Folie 10th Anniversary Falling Rock edition (thanks Kan) vs. regular La Folie (thanks holdenn). both pour dark red with beige head. regular la folie has a nose that is funkier, earthier, and oakier while the 10th is deeper/richer in sour cherries. the flavor in regular la folie is sour tart cherry, oaky, funky, very brash and assertive, while the 10th is tart cherry, richer earthier cherry pits, some dark fruits, much more fruity than regular la folie and less acidic/mellower than regular la folie. the 10th was more drinkable and tannic. both were of course wonderful. I liked 10th a bit better but both end up scoring the same. 8/4/8/5/17=4.2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007. Unassuming slight haze reddish brown with a thin dense cream colored head. Almost a dead ringer for Rodenbach Grand Cru. A little grappier and oakier. Great balance, a little lactobacillis kick. Thickish, not syrupy, low carbonation. SHARP! This is the tartness I want in the style! This is like sour salty yogurt. Great sharp oak only feeds the tartness. Round grapey malt, pushes it towards balance, but doesn’t quite make it, which is best. Lingering sour red winey oaky tannins. This is a damn fine beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Pours a ruby brown with no head. Smell is tart with some of the oak coming through. Taste is all sour. This is liquid Sweet Tarts. Not a whole lot more there. Just a smooth, not overly carbonated sour beer. Decent, rather one dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Big and bold acidic smell with a slightly sweet scent. Red to golden color with no head. Acidic and sour flavor. Stays on the tongue forever.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1956) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 120 121 122  123  124 125 126 » 161

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50