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RATINGS: 1537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 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 it’s o-so-good. There is a bit of vinegar in the flavour, and it finishes dry and reminiscent of a sour candy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stine (1682) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5441) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
750 ml bottle thanks to BeerandBlues2. Cola color and head. But very active. Over flowed after the cork went flying up and hit the celing....(someday the wife will ask me what all those little marks are from)... Aromas were very sour cherry and apple Very Flemishy. Flavor was also very sour. Cherry and pear and tangerine. Wowzers really really tart. Very tasty stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 In short: Intensely tasty Flemish Sour that also offers a rich malty body. Amazing stuff.
How: Many tasting sessions. Never had a full bottle. Latest sample (rated here) at Montreal-crew sour beer tasting. Bottle from MartinT
The look: Cloudy dark red body with a medium beige head
In long: Straight to the point Flemish Sour. Very sour. Lots of cherry and oak sourness. A little peppery-ish spicy too. Rich body that offers more on the malt/caramel front than all other Flemish Sour except maybe the Earthmonk. Somewhat fluffy body. Woody and even tree bark flavours in there too. The attack is intense, then the beer settles down and it becomes rich and round and after you swallow you get that intense comeback of spicy cherries and oak. Might be my second favorite Flemish Sour right after the Earthmonk. There are many things I expect to find in Colorado: mountains, cows, guns… but this Flemish Sour was quite a surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Pours an amber red with a thick creamy light tan head. Smells, of extreme tanic sourness, and mixed in with some apples and cherries. I’ve had this one before room temperature, but this one was ice cold and it seemed way more sour this time than before. I get a lot of lemons, and tannin, some light citrus fruits as well. extremely sour but still nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Fruit and brett in the aroma. Reddish brown color. Sour, green apple up front, some berries, vinegar, very smooth oaky tanin finish. Right after you swallow it feels like you grow a little patch of hair in the back of your mouth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JesSayan (9) - USA - JAN 18, 2007 does not count
Bottle # 04-2995 Vibrant copper with stunning clarity, a bit of a head forms, and disapears, there’s a fine film of tan bubbles coating the top of the beer. Nose is of biting, green apple skin acidity, cherries, raspeberries, and a bit of woody taste swimming in vinegar.In your mouth, the beer is aggressively sharp and surprisingly full-bodied, with just the subtlest hints of astringency and that acidic bite in the back of the throat. It hits your toungue with a lovely acidic start, followed by underripe raspberries, almonds and slight woody aspect. Vinegar is omnipresent here, and it’s lovely in this form. There’s a every so faint toasted bread there, It’s sour and tart, through and through, but it’s somehow balanced. Finish is fruity and vinegary with that acidic bite building in the back of the throat. Exquisite.

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