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RATINGS: 1532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3557) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2007
25.4 oz bottle. 06-1659. Murky amber brown gives up some balsa head before dispersing. Woody malt vinegar with hints of celery, cherries and nectarines. Intensely sour green plums and dried apricots with needle-y carb. After tastebud saturation and sinus-clearing acidity, flavors of pear and oak emerge. A light, lingering, sour cherry mouth buzz is one of the best features of this brew. Intoxicating and invigorating. What a trip.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
This is an outstanding beer. Very sour aroma. Flavor has cherry, some wheat, oak, and apple. Comparable in quality to Panil but more sour and less sweet. One of the most sour beers I have found anywhere.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
750mL bottle, courtesy of drewbeerme. Thanks, Andrew! Pours a beautiful, clear, amber-brown color; light tan head with great lacing. Medium, tart aroma, showing plenty of funk, citrus, sour cherries, and toasted oak; incredibly mouthwatering. Full, sour mouthfeel: medium acidity (hardly vinegar) with a high level of tartness; a robust, overripe cherry note lurking underneath, with lots of toasty vanilla, red fruits, and viscous malts to fill things out. Excellent tartness and balance; wonderfully complex. Long, tart cherry and citrus finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2007
ebf 07. bangin. pinkbrown. sharply sour nose but fruity not like vinegar. it taste very sour but not vinegar like rode-on-cock. but still fruity and well balanced

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 Pours a murky reddish/brown. Very nice tart apple on the nose with a hint of fruity sweetness. The flavor is extremely intense and dries the palate like no other. Very sour green apple flavor balanced ever so slightly by a good cinnamon like spiciness and ripe cherry. Very sour and very good, but a nice balance not super vinegary like many sours. Definately a must try!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
This was really really fantastic! Orange colour with a medium disappearing head. Well carbonatied, the aromas of sour cherry and vinegar burst into my nose. The sourness is huge, it pretty much overpowers the senses, but itís o-so-good. There is a bit of vinegar in the flavour, and it finishes dry and reminiscent of a sour candy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stine (1663) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Pours to a bronzey orange, with aromas of orange and sour, sugar glazed lemon. Tastes of cherry and tongue-twisting sour candies; the sourness is biting and almost overpowering but so endearing. Unforgivingly dry with a vinegar strangeness, though brilliantly drinkable.

Updated. An old bottle from the Brickskeller stocks, shared with Ken. Red, slightly cloudy pour. Aroma of balsamic, celery salt, some peat, and old cherries. Quiet, but very tart. Taste realizes this to the purest of burning sour perfection: white pepper, dill, cherries, and pears within a simply massive acid body. Absolutely unmatched sour fire at the finish. That slow pulse of dry, spicy acid that breathes on the smack is just perfectly executed. A pure, transcendent example.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Purple in a trappist glass. Smells of sour cherries. Sour, fruity, and strong cerry flavor. Well balanced despite itself. Very unique and flavoful. Be careful as it comes only in a 75cL bottle as far as I can tell.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5393) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
25 oz bottle, via SecretSanta winter 2005, bottle no. 05-192. Pours a clear copper with a pink to reddish hue under a fizzy beige head. Generous carbonation yields a well retained creamy film. Aroma is just beautiful. Sugary sweet yet lightly sour, lots of sour cherry, apples, almonds, and vinegar. Flavor is very dry and tart with a moderate acetic bite on the finish. Sour cherry, apple cider vinegar, and chocolate nibs. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with great fine bubbled spritzy carbonation. The finish just sucks the spit right outta your cheeks. This was really very good, as we all know, but I gotta give the overall edge to both Panil and Le Woody Brune for being a little more drinkable. The late finish on this just got a bit too bitey for me by the end of the 25 ounces.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2007
bottle. dark hazy brown pour with two fingers of off white head. very perfumy aroma, dark fruits and holy sourness. very tart and fruity. cherry burns the chest. good for style but this is a tough one to drink.


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