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RATINGS: 1545   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Internet Wines & Sprits. Poured a hazy copper with a small fizzy/creamy off-white head. Aroma of tart black cherries, yeast, barnyard funk, and a touch of candy and caramel. Flavor is tart but very balanced... light wild cherries, some wood flavor, lemony tartness. Causes a bit of phelgm to congeal in the back of the throat, but still very delicately drinkable. Very little toffee flavor, which tends to abound in the style. A very refreshing, balanced, and drinkable sour ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Fresh 750ml. Very lively pour, carbonation rolling over like an angry tide. Nothing like a sour brown at 10am, however not such a good combination with my Dunkin Donuts croissant sandwich. Aroma is of wood, wood, more wood and cherries and lactobacillus. Taste is very satisfying, very full bodied for a sour. The tart finish leaves nothing to be desired and fades beautifully into a cacophony of flavor. Would be great with baked salmon and asparagus.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheSchmagler (6) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
This is an absolutly BEAUTIFUL beer, itís dark pinkish-amber color; a sustained bead; a toffee-like start; then apple and passion fruit notes. IT is very sour very complex and wonderfully balanced. La Folie is reminiscent of Belgiumís Rodenbach Flemish Red Ale, which just happens to be produced by the brewery where the NBB brew master, Peter Bouckaert, hails from. The quantities are limited, but some just arrived in St Louis!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Tap at Mugs Ale House. Cloudy, ruby tinted orange colour. Amazingly tart nose, lactic acidity over sweet cherry and cherry skins. Intensely acidic with a hint of wet straw and light acetic notes. Very Rodenbach-ish. Mouth-puckeringly tart flavour. Fantastic, fruity, cherry/berry flavours. Some blackberry flavour as well with soft vanilla notes in back. Soft caramel notes underneath all of the tartness, but the flavour is still wonderfully dry. Very resfreshing and incredibly complex. Light barnyardy character behind the intense lactic/acetic notes. One of the most sour beers Iíve tasted, and one of the best. The saddest thing is that I know I wonít see it again for awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - DEC 16, 2006
pours hazy red with thin fizzy heads. has legs (interesting). aroma is sweet sour apple and cherries. flavor is sour apple and very tart cherry (cherry sweet tarts) and some wood notes in there. finishes quite tart. pretty good considering this is my first sour ale isnt reeally what im into.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2006
750 ml bottle, caged and corked. Bottle # 05-4260, purchased 7/3/06. Pours a clear reddish amber with a thin off-white head that quickly diminishes to a wispy collar that has some legs.

The aroma is peppery wood, fruits, a tart acidic sourness and some sweet-tarts.

The flavor is a little sweet fruitiness quickly followed by a huge mouth-puckering sourness - kind of like the sour sweet-tarts. The mouthfeel is medium to full and low on carbonation, but what little there is is pretty sharp and zings the back of the throat.

Overall, a very nice sour ale! Itís different and not for everyone, but is quickly addicting. It has much more in your face sourness than the Panil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Pours dark red/brown. Aroma is sour fruit and earth. Flavor is much the same, sour fruit, earthy notes. Lively palate. Tart. Dry sour lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2009 2006 bottle #2529. Pours a very dark garnet with brownish tints and a hazy body; head is beige, fizzy, pillowy, and somewhat full, but slowly falls to a small, creamy head with minimal lacing. Nose is very vinous and complex with notes of sour cherries and sour apples, red wine vinegar, some earthy muskiness, and some malty notes of caramel and raisin. Sourness is upfront in the flavor being very vinous with underlying malt notes and others. Up front is sour cherries and sour apples with a sweet tart kind of taste; underlying notes include caramel, faint vanilla, faint wet oak, some light spiciness (hard to pick out which spices) and earthiness. Palate is medium light, very lively, and refreshing with a good bit of tart acidity. Ends still sour but with a moderate amount of earthiness and some oak; the flavor dries out some and lingers on the tongue for a while. Only my second flemish, but better than the first in the sense that it had more underlying character underneath the rich sourness. Not a beer I could drink everyday, but definate worth the money for special occasions. After some other sour beers under belt... this one shows great tart sourness with complete underlying notes of oak and slight sweet flavors. One of the better Flemishes from the US.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Goldend brown body with minimal head. Sour apple, spices with light hops in the aroma. Musky earth bdy with nice sourness and spice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009 as "La Folie Lips of Faith". Clear reddish amber body with a small off-white head. Sour fruity aroma. Very sour flavor, some balsamic vinegar, lots of fruit. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 8/4/9/4/17 - 4.2 Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. 2003 Bottle. Slightly hazy amber body with a small white head. Light sour aroma with a fruity hint. Gentle sour flavor with some fruit and mild caramel. 9/3/9/4/17 - 4.2

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