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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 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle. Had this one @ the brewery in 2005 and didn’t like it. "Too sour" I thought. Now these sour beers are really growing on me. This one’s so sour that it burns the back of your throat, but not like an alcohol burn. Aroma has a mild hint of ethanol to it. Bitter, sour cherry notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2006
draft at the brewery. .. Sour, vineagarey, horse blanket. Complex!. .. Hazy, chestnut brown. .. Fruity - cherry raspberry, sour, intense, sweet-tart. . . medium-light body. Sourness gets in the way. . It’s a flavor adventure!! Interesting blend of berries and sour (almost too much sour? - will be interesting to compare to the bottles in the cellar. Great quote from a server a the brewery " You’ll hate it today, but crave it tomorrow. It kinda gets under your skin"

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2625) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3967) - 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.

   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.

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