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RATINGS: 1533   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 it’s considered one of the best sour beers around.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2006 bottle from Eric (footbalm) Thanks. Pours out a dark brown to red color with a tan head on it. Smell is sour cherry, oak, and spices. Taste is smooth and rich, full of cherries and oak notes. Not an over powering beer like some wood aged beers can be. Very smooth and just damn good. Probably one of the best flemish sour ales I have had. Bottle was digested rather quickly. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Tap @ Toronado. Dark mahogany red color wit ha slight tan head. A powerfully tart and intense sour cherry fruit, woody, burning, spiced cinnamon, ginger, light apple. A wonderful beer but must be taken slowly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Aroma is very sour with some fruit overtones.Pours a redish brown with a white head.Tastes very sour with some dark fruits present.Sour up front and sour in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2004 tasted a couple months ago. Amber brown. Small off white head. Vinegared cherries, oak, sourness, earth, subtle spice, and a dry finish. A bit past its prime. Smooth, medium palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest 11/11/06; Nose of tartnees with oak and citrus; hazy amber with a small off-white head; tart caramelly oaky flavor.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 From a 750mL Bottle. Deep caramelly brown coloring with a healthy finger of white head. Outstanding sour aromas of woody, funky oak blends nicely with some chardonnay tannins and a squeeze of fresh lemon. A light fruity wave of juicy apple flesh and under-ripe pear skins compliment the acetic presence nicely, and are even sweetened by just a hint of maple syrup. Hints of vanilla. Light bodied, tingly mouthfeel that brings loads of rich, tart fruit flavors to the palate. Perfectly intensely sour without being excessively vinegary. Dry, yet loads of flavor complexity and a firm body. I’m envisioning a freshly baked apple crisp garnished with a slice of cidery lemon peel. A hint of white pepper spice lingers among the oak, leaving me to smack my lips appreciatively in the final smack. Amazing brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Shared at Columbus tasting by moejuck. Pours slightly reddish. Aroma and flavor and sweetarts and sourness. I didnt think something could be more sour than beatification but this is. Leaves a little too much sour on the back of the tongue though. Still pretty good though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Aroma was very sour with hints of fruits. The pour was a reddish brown with a medium head off white head. Medium palate presented tastes of sour fruits. Plenty of tart in this one--which I love. Not quite as good as I had expected, but a very solid sour.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2006
On tap into a small tulip, Falling Rock Tap House. Finally, I get to rate this. Smells freaking fantastic. I smelled it for a full five minutes before daring to taste it. Acid cherry and granny smith apple in the nose; something lurks in there reminding me of white zinfindel and sharp blue cheese (without the cheese). The taste explodes like Enola Gay dropped it. My eyes watered it was so intense. More purely sour than any gueuze I’ve had. Fruitier than a gueuze, not as straightforwardly dry, but not as fruity and round as a Rodenbach. Granny Smith apples dominate the taste with a lack of sweetness (although the taste contains cinnamon syrup and caramel), some cherry, and dark spidery yeasty things after the sour dies off. Sour fumes even waft up into the nose from the back. The finish is almost dry, but the acid keeps bringing up saliva, so it can’t really achieve it. Body is medium, somewhat fizzy. Officially dope, although doesn’t aspire to the heights; if the finish were more developed, or it were a bit more complex, would be one of my all-time bests.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2854) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap, Toronado. Fairly dark ruby color on the pour. Slightly sour vinous aroma. Some raisins and fig, along with some other dark fruity qualities. Sour and spicy champagne notes. Very tart and quite enjoyable.


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