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RATINGS: 1602   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
truebluehes (201) - 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.

   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.

   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 don’t have much to compare it to but the uniqueness is how it earned a high ranking. I will keep my eyes open for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (5543) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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