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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
750ml bottle at the Columbus 2.0 tasting shared by Muckjoe! - Thanks! - Pours amber brown with very light tan head and very little lace. Aromas of brett, sour cherries, and barnyard hit your nose immediately but under that is a nice sweet caramel and oak aroma. Flavor is dominated by sour cherry and barnyard flavors too but under that is a nice pleasant oaky note blended with some sweet caramel. This is a very complex brew. Palate is acidic and quite sharp. Amazingly tart and a pretty fine sour..

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 750 ml bottle: pours a reddish brown with no head. The aroma rises out of the glass as sour tart, fruity, and barnyard, with lots of sour cherries. Its very tart and medium bodied with. Sour cherries a bit acidic, with a yeasty woody flavor underneath. It finishes fruity sour and acidic. As it warms up the acidity comes to the front more and more so much so that it begins to hurt your throat. But overall this is an amazing beer. 9/3/8/4/18 = 4.2

2/1/08. Sampled the original La Folie against the 10th Anniversary La Folie at "An Evening with Pantanap #3" Thanks to Kan for the 10th anniversary.
Regular La Folie pours a dark red amber with a froth beige head. Nose is yeasty, sour, slight funk with oak and acidity. Tart oak flavors, fruit, and cherries. This was a lot harsher and straight up sour compared with the 10th anniversary. I enjoy the acidity a great deal but I think it is muting the fruits that come out in the 10th. 8/4/9/4/17 = 4.2

10th Anniversary blend. Pours a dark red amber with a frothy beige head. The nose is less tart than the original. The nose is overall subdued but the cherries, and fruit are really nice with a light oakiness. The fruit is so strong in the flavor. Cherries, cherry pits, red and dark fruit with malts blending well. Vinuous, earthy, leathery, light oak and acidity. I like them both in different ways, but I prefer the smoothness of the 10th above the original. Great beers. 8/4/9/4/18 = 4.3

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Muddy orange colour with a dense off white head. Tart fruity aroma with dusty and yeasty notes along some marzipan sweetness. Tart fruity flavor with notes of yeast and wood. Acidic finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
I love this beer. First time I had it, I hated it. Second time I had it, it was a nice change of pace from all the IIPAís I had been drinking. Now Iím rating it, and itís amazing. Pour is amber with a red hue, nice off-white head. Aroma is unbearably complex, sour, with woodiness, sweetness, hard to even describe in words. Flavor is amazing. Sour, complex, again, words do no justice. You either love this or hate this. Had one bottle, my dad had one sip, hated it. My grandpa had two sips, hated it. I graciously drank the rest.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Bottle - Hand Bottled # 05-2583. I am very eager to try this especially since everyone seems to be willing to trade for this beer. My first Flemish Sour Ale. New Belgium recommends to let La Folie breathe after uncorking it. Pours a reddish amber color with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is cherry, wood, vinegar, and malt. Flavor is definitely sour. The first sip made my eyes water, definitely wasnít expecting that kind of sourness. Predominately a sour cherry taste through and through. The mouthfeel is somewhat tingly like seltzer. This is a beer you definitely can only have so much of and certainly cannot taste any other kind of beer afterwards. Like drinking liquid Sour Patch Kids! A very interesting and complex beer. This beer makes me want to venture into the more obscure styles.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle 98 from 2002. Aroma of bretty barnyard, sour cherries, wood, caramel malt. Fruity, bright and very nice. Ruby-amber-brown in color with a thin, off-white head. Flavor is acidic and sour upfront wit ha well balanced caramel and brown sugar mid-palate. Sweet and sour, but then the acid kicks in. Wow is this stuff acidic. It hurts my throat! Thanks to tjthresh for the bottle, one of my very first trades over a year ago.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2006
shared by Glenn at the final heavyweight open house. hazy light copper color. sour/tart aroma, flavor is very tart and a little dry like a fine white vinegar. Dec í03 bottle. very nice, I will have to re-rate when I open my bottle!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (1953) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Bottle #806, bottled 06-04: This one pours a hazy, slightly reddish amber color. There was a bit of a frothy off-white head on it, but it died off rather quickly. The aroma is excellent. Sour cherries prevail, with an oakiness to it also. The taste has a dryness to it. The oakiness is definitely there also, much like a good dry wine. There is a mellow taste of tart cherries. An excellent beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle 98, 2002 vintage, shared by hezron.
Hazed and scarlet-caramel in color with a beady, off-white wrung for the head. Sweet kernels severed at the seed impart intense vinaigrette wafts along with cherry expletives, which tartly sour the aroma to astronomical proportions. Chartreuse rose petals meet a floral-like lavender tone that is aromatically cranking at 100 percent. Holy palate. Seers tartly, licking the oak and reaping the sour tannins from the barrel. Balanced indeed, with cherry tertiary traits meandering amidst vine twines to kernely vinaigrette. Warming wraps around the tongue, sourly and tanicly, while reveling in the ultimate sour complexion. Medium-bodied, sticky, souring and invigorating as the tonsilís cleaver. Twanging palate chomps elicit unconceivable souring flavors that you can still taste the morning after. Thanks for sharing, Nathan!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastStiís house


Thanks to hezron for popping this one open late in the night. It made a fitting nightcap to a night of excellent, amazing beers. It also made a great finish because after this one, I couldnít taste a thing for the next four hours. This definitely puts the Sour in Flemish Sour. The one opened at the tasting was bottle 98 of the 2002 batch.

Aroma / Appearance - Sour, funky cherries, sweaty socks and musty old books are the hallmark scents of this aroma. I almost imagined a cedar note hiding in there as well. The huge head settled down to a half-finger and then soon to nothing. Eventually all that was left was a murky cinnamon colored liquid.

Flavor / Palate - There is only one way to describe this beer. Sour. You either love it or you hate it but you canít miss it. The first sip was not bad, the second intense and by the third it felt like Iíd come down with either a serious case of strep or just consumed four pounds of Sour Patch Kids. If there was anything live in your throat beforehand, it is dead now. I fall in the camp of those who love it for that intensity. A very one of a kind beer as far as I know, it is worth experiencing at least once.


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