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RATINGS: 1597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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 itís considered one of the best sour beers around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Iíve had a couple bottle of this, and Iíve also enjoyed on tap, but this is the first time Iíve sat down to review it. Pours a mahogany with a two finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a spotty cap and ring. The subsequent lacing is sticky, leaving behind a nice webbing of foam behind. Smell; sour cherries dominate the aroma upfront, along with vinegar and oak. Thereís a little vanilla and pepper, along with a mild underlying sweetness. This has one of the more complex noses of any beer that Iíve ever had. Taste; the oak comes out a little more forcefully in the flavor, and then settles into the sour cherries with some tart apples. The vanilla doesnít come out right away, but starts to peek though as this warms, as does a little bit of the pepper I noticed in the smell. This actually makes my mouth water from the sourness after a little while. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice crisp carbonation. I actually enjoy beers like this on a warm day, which is good as itís about 90 degrees out side, and this is going down very nicely..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Draft: A very dark red/brown amber color, cloudy, lots of bubbles, frothy 1 finger off white head. Tart fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity up front and quicky goes sour and could make one pucker. The only way i can describe this is juicy and sour as hell. So delicious, so refreshing. Also has more rich maltyness then most sour beers which i think put it as my favorite sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Another placemarker for a beer Iíve had many times but never fully rated. Definitely a very good sour ale most recently enjoyed on our bike/beer tour. I have a 2007 bottle (#52) waiting for me (Fatherís Day gift)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009
4/28/2007: Slight vinegar and sourness in the aroma. It pours a hazy amber color. The flavor is sour with lots of vinegar. It is quite acidic and intense, but in a good way. This beer is medium-bodied with a smooth and creamy texture. My notes donít really do this beer justice as it is quite complex and it should be enjoyed slowly in a comfortable setting so that all the wonderful aromas and flavor complexities can be absorbed and enjoyed...

Sampled from a 750 mL bottle (06-394P) at DarkLord Day 2007. Rating: 7/3/8/4/16=3.8
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4/25/2009: La Folie has a very sour aroma but becomes sweeter and more of a caramel malt presence after it breathes a little. The flavor is tart and contains lots of cherry. It is sour, but seems to stike a good balance with the malt. The finish is dry. Good, if not better than I remember it from 2 years ago!

Sample from bottle (9/07 8564, 6% alc/vol) shared by cgarvieuk at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating: 8/3/8/3/16=3.8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 02/23/08. 10th anniversary. bottled 07. bottle # 6361. Courtesy of Beerandblues2. This beer is amazing. Pours a dark reddish brown with a foamy off white head. Aroma is mostly sour fruits and caramel. Tastes of earthy wood, sour cherries, apples, figs, slight caramel sweetness. Finishes with a tart fruit taste on the palate, diminishing into a rather clean dry fruity taste. 5/23/07 Pours a unfiltered copper color with a white fizzy head. Has hints of sour fruits, spices, and oak flavor. This beer had red floaties. Finishes with a smooth sour taste. Thanks for sharing boboski.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
thanx to boboski. Pours a cool looking reddish amber color with a small head that dissipates quick. Sourness on the nose.Flavor is slightly sweet and sour.Finish is sour cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Huge thanks to boboski for sharing this one with all of us at the Orlando gathering.

2007 vintage. Pours a semi cloudy golden body with a small, off white head. Aromas of sour cherries, yeast, funk, spices, oak, vanilla. Fore is lightly astringent, with the sour notes coming in strongly. Finish is sour fruits, funk, wood notes. Finish is tart, but not nearly as bad as I expected. Finish is medium length and memorable. Superb brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (652) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Oh dear God. Can I please have this every day til I die? Dark brown and full of sour smells. I get lemon, peach and orange bursting through. So sour on the palate. I get every type of sour flavor Iíve ever had in a beer. Like beer and lemon juice combined. Tom, the trade was worth it for this beer alone. Thanks again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Original rating. 750mL Bottle. Rising, acerbic, volatile aroma, loaded with strawberry reduction, balsamic must, barrel finings, oak chemicals, edges of glacial acitic acid, pear sauce, tabasco and rum. Complex, refined, enticing and amazing. Pours a nice clearish ruddied middle brown, beautiful foam of smoked ivory atop. Flavor falls behind a little bit, but works gracefull with the tart and acidic. More pale fruit sauces, spiked with drops of vinegar and sake. Crisp, clean and actually really soft. The carbonation is perfusive and cuts the edges off. Really not as searing and blinding as I expected. Even better than I had envisioned. Finishes dry, with a bit of almond sweetness and some mistings of lemon rind. Beautiful. 9/4/8/4/16=4.1

I swear Iíve had this in the 22oz Bottle since my original rating, but perhaps not. This bottle is a 2009 22oz. The pasteurization and filtering are present and a bit denuding, but it does smooth out the edges. I find this particularly malty and leaning a bit goaty. There is that characteristic nip of acetic acid. Fluffy. Well balanced. I do think that by going to a stripped down, clean 22oz bottle presentation, theyíre moving towards the mean and producing something more uniform with the style, but less distinct and exciting. 8/4/8/15=3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 Rating updated from sampling out of bottles numerous times, and on tap at various locations. I remember when I first became interested in craft beer and artisanal ales, La Folie was the first sour ale I ever tried; at the original Liarís Club while I was living in Mission Beach. I didnít think this was the beer that would initiate a serious devotion for barrel-aged sour beers. Really, really good stuff. Hazy brown color with a one-finger head and good carbonation. Earthy and malty base character in the flavor that balances well with the citric sourness and lactic acid. Prominent oak wood notes linger on the finish. The use of champagne yeast for secondary fermentation gives it a unique mouthfeel. A mature and sophisticated beer in every sense. The 2005 Anniversary Vintage has been my favorite. Absolutely killer.

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