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RATINGS: 1466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Dark reddish-amber pour, small off-white head. Very tart smelling...woody, fruity (cherry?), earthy. Flavor is quite powerful to say the least. The stinkier side of some cheese, sour cherry and other assorted fruits, more woodiness, light malts down deep. Geez, this one is what it claims...sour. Quite a complex mix of flavors leading to a dry finish. Whew, great example of the style, but a lot to drink by yourself when the wife bails after the first whiff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10766) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2005
Sampled at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer at Goose Island, Nov.11, 2005. Dark reddish brown ale with a thin creamy lacing head. Sour cherries and vinegar abound, in an aphrodisiac way. In mouth, the graceful sour cherries go well with the vinegry, woody notes, and cinnamon like qualities coming out. My best of show.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
2003 Vintage, courtesy of Drew. Shared with Drew, Andy, Nilay, and Edward. Tart apple and cherry notes with loads of oak-enhanced nutmeg, ginger, cinammon, and vanilla. Toffee and caramel and dried fruit lend a hand to a superb palate. An impeccable finish with a bracing acidity leaves one longing for more. Excellent. Should be a Top50 beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2006 On tap at the Toronado. I do not get the raves. To me it smelled like vinegar, tasted like vinegar and I had heartburn all night as if I just drank vinegar. Maybe they have a bad batch at the Toronado, not sure if one could even tell. Rerate: tried it again: same result, awful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Had this twice now, dunno why I didnt enter a rating before. Dark orangy / amber pour. Fruity sour aroma, cherries, some breadiness too. Sweet and acidic on the palate. Fruity sour and a bit candied cherry flavors, with some yeast and some light funk. Maybe a touch too acidic - it gave a little burn going down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
í02 vintage. Poured a medium to dark and clear orangish/amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of sour and tart cherries, light yeast, and some wood. Nice and puckering. I have a bottle at home that I will definitely spend more detailed time analyzing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Sampled at Richís YeHa 05. 2002 Bottle courtesy of EyeDrinkAle (i think). Sour, vinous, bready, fruity, sweet complex aroma. Nice for the style. Mostly transparent honey-copper color with an off-white/tan head. Sour, acidic, fruity/vinous start with nice gentle maltiness following. Not overly astringent. Nice for the style, but I am not a big Flemish Sour kinda guy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
I think that I need to get a little more used to this style before I can really appreciate it. They arenít joking around when they call it a Flemish Sour. Wow. It tasted like liquid Warheads.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2005
bottle thanks to secret santa. pours ruby red with a decent fluffy white head arma is strong sour malt and a little sweet. taste is sour. malt alittle fruity very tart. and damn good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 2004 bottle, #4534. Deep orange-brown body, thick beige head. Tart, sour, fruity aroma, woody, musty, with hints of brie cheese rind. I should mention that Iím drinking this at room temperature. OK...Iím still stuck on the aroma. Itís that good. The flavor hits hard with tart fruits, wood, and cheese rind, and hints of alcohol (despite its low concentration). Incredibly perfumey and fruity. Chewy, tart, sour malts. Red wine, raspberry vinaigrette, etc. As I continue to enjoy each sip, itís becoming apparent that this is one of the best beers Iíve had the fortune to sample. Almost perfect in every regard. This is absolutely worth the cost (high, from what I hear and read). Trust me...this is a must-try! Many thanks to beeryum for this incredible beer. Continuation...Iím coming to the conclusion that this is the absolute best beer Iíve ever sampled. Phenomenal. Stille Nacht Reserva and Expedition Stout have company.

2006 bottle #3538,courtesy Styles. This one served at 50 degrees. Sweet nose, blackberry and cherry in particular, raspberry vinaigrette, tart but not sour. Musty. The body is an explosion of sour, tart, almost lemony funk, with oak, blackberries, and vinaigrette, with just enough sweetness to keep the tart body from becoming overwhelming. Long, sharp, tannic finish. Fantastic beer. Rating same.

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