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RATINGS: 1599   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
truebluehes (199) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
On tap at the Tap Room in Denver, Co. This was my first Sour Ale. I was blown away. Although I could drink only one. The flavor got to me right away. I donít have much to compare it to but the uniqueness is how it earned a high ranking. I will keep my eyes open for more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012
Date: June 18, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog I
Appearance: dark amber, thin white head
Aroma: tart malt aroma
Flavor: tart malt flavor, all sour

Date: August 20, 2006
Source: tasting
Score: i to ii
sour, sour, sour, light fruity character like a tart cherry, still not a lot of complexity

Name: La Folie 10
Date: October 13, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy dark red, creamy beige head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: big tart aroma with lots of oak bringing in a tart cherry character and musty cobwebs
Body: creamy body
Flavor: big sour flavor, good fruity tartness is balanced by a malty sweetness, nice oak adds depth, lots of complexity

Date: October 19, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar tasting
Score: 2.8 to 3.3
Aroma: tart woody aroma with a sour cherry pit character
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of oaky character, cherry tartness, lasting tart finish

Name: La Folie 10
Date: February 23, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar tasting
Aroma: lots more of the musty cobwebs in the aroma with the tart cherry receeding into the background
Flavor: flavor is much the same with the tart cherry pit character and lasting sourness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: June 20, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: muddy opaque brown, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, tart cherry, touch of wood
Flavor: huge tart cherry flavor with lots of woody character for that sucking on a cherry pit experience, touch of chocolate, dry caramel, light spicyness
Overall: the tartness brings a tear to my eye

Name: LoF La Folie Sour Brown
Date: September 20, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bottleworks, Seattle
Appearance: clear brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: big musty and woody aroma, touch of chocolate and sweet caramel, light fruity cherry pit character
Flavor: flavor starts of sweet caramel and chocolate before taking on an intense sourness, nice woody character, light bitterness follows the wood

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: December 20, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac kennesaw
rich tart chocolate covered cherry, really shows the Rodenbach heritage,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (5456) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2007
2007 bottle. Pours deep mahogany into a wine glass. Offwhite head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Sour pit fruit aromas. Upfront sharp oakey vinegar and sour cherries. Dry, complex finish. Also had Special Edition on tap at Falling Rock...9/4/10/4/19 = 4.6.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Sour tart nose. Sour cherries and granny smith apples. Pours reddish copper. Very dry and tart mouthfeel. Yeast, wood, sour cherries, caramel. Dry finish makes you want more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
Bottle. vintage 2005. Pours a copper-red body with a medium-sized creamy off-white head. Earthy aroma is vinegary with juicy cherries, oak, and tart green apples. Very lively - oily and juicy cherries...exceedingly dry and complex. Woody with cherry sugars providing a nice balance of sweetness. Superb.
Thanks Derek.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle. WOW!!! Pours a light brown color with some tight white head. Aroma is sour cherries, apple, oak, vinegar, wet hay. Flavor is outta this world, sour cherries, apple, oak, vinegar, some bread notes, vineous. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes dry and ultra tart. Friggen great stuff. Ive been sitting on this one quite a while for a special occasion, and man was it worth it!!!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Shared with (and thanks to) mwsf and beerguy101. Mahogany color with a small foamy beige head. Scent of a cup of Balsamic vinegar with a tablespoon of fruit cocktail syrup served in an oak bowl. Very similar to Rodenbach but with a bit more fruit and a touch less of the "barnyard" complexity. Very dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle 07-3195 courtesy of my Secret Santa (big thanks!) Poured a light brownish color with some short-lived white head. Before sticking my nose in there, I caught a little fruitiness, perhaps apples. Upon further inspection, I got tons of sourness along with some oakiness. The taste was just wonderful, really tart but not to the point of being too acidic or astringent. Way too easy to drink, as far as Flemish sours go. A subtle fruitiness peeks in behind the big-time tartness. Finish is sour and pretty dry and crisp. As of now, this is the best sour ale Iíve had the pleasure of tasting. Jess agrees. Thanks again Santa!


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