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RATINGS: 1511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
í05 version... Appears a hazy red toned amber with a small white head that fades out into a small cap. Smell is oaky, earthy, with tart cherries, spree candy, perhaps a touch of papaya somwhere in there...heavenly. Taste is of the same aromas with a spicy, wild bite that is outstanding. The oak is subdued enough that it brings out all of the tart, meaty characteristics that make this beer a winner. This is very much to the liking of Rodenbach Grand Cru, only better. There must be some magic on those Rodenbach barrels b/c everything that goes inside of them, comes out enticing my palate and making me want more and more. Mouthfeel is spritzy, sugary, tart, balanced, and medium bodied. Really nice. Iím sure this will be in my personal top 10 for a while.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
From the Coulmbus tasting, shared by moejuck! Dirty orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma of brett, sour cherries, funk and oak. The flavor was sour, with some woodiness and some funk. Acidic and tart over the tounge. Pretty neat stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snwbrder0721 (5) - USA - OCT 4, 2006 does not count
I canít decide whether I hate or love this beer. A departure from anything Iíve ever tried before. Had a sample at the brewery, at first it had me puckered up. I think it might be okay a glass at a time, but Iím not sure I could drink very much of this in one setting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On tap at the Falling Rock as part of the GABF 06 festivities. Really cool looking reddish brown. Served with not head, or even indication of head. A lot going on in the nose. Tart cherry, brett funk, wood, nail polish remover. It about put me down when I took the first drink. Huge rush of tart sourness. Certainly not for the timid. Those that take the challenge with will be nicely surprised.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
750 at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO after the first GABF session. Pours a reddish brown with a large off white head. The carbonation is lively on this beer. Aroma is tart fruit, specifically cherries for the most part. Taste is tart fruit also, with tons of Brett and sourness, tart finish. Not sure if it was worth the money, but it was good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Enticing acetic and fruit aroma,(looks like Iíll need my tums for this one) taste is smooth , fruity, sour tangy,tart plum,a little thinner then I thought it would be. It loses some of its fruitness as you drink it,still an excellent Flemish Sour,it is however too pricey to buy often, Rodenbach is as good and cheaper

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Draft at the Liarís Bar in Mission Beach, CA. Very shocked to see this on draft! pours a dark brown color with minimal head. Fruity aroma, with cherries and apples. Tangy, tart taste. Somewhat sour, but not like I was expecting. Very interesting beer and glad to finally drink it!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2899) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle. Very "bright" and yet very sour. A pale brown color with a light thin head. Not much to talk about besides the sourness which reminds me of Bing cherries, Granny Smith apples and Jolly ranchers. Some horsiness to go with it. Yet I coould see sitting up with a good book and drinking this all night long.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle: Columbus tasting shared by moejuck! Finally get to try this. Orange pour with an off white head. Aroma, sour, oak, some fruits to it, and a nice bit of funk. Flavor, lots of sourness and funk up front, with a bit of apple and lemon. Some oaky sweetness on the finish though. Really interesting, and worth the wait.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
KPMycoskie (15) - USA - SEP 11, 2006
750ml bottle. Tasted the draught at the brewery - even after tasting 3 other strong beers, this one broke through. The heavy acidic aroma was a preamble to the flavor: Pickles, vinegar, cherries. Strange, but delicious. I couldnt get the aroma from my thoughts for hours...its going to be hard to let this one age in the cellar!


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