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RATINGS: 1602   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 it’s considered one of the best sour beers around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2007
Bottle at NB - Ølsymposium. Unclear red/brown - offwhite head. Berries, cherry, balsamic vinegar, bike-glue, harsh sour (bitter/dry), wood, oak, brown sugar. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
750ml bottle from BeerandBlues2. 2006-1158. Aroma: Lots of tart fruit with cherries, apples, and raspberries standing out. Strong acetic acid. Dry oakiness comes out with a little bit of a spice character. Under all that, I get a bit of toasted malt. Appearance: Rusty brown in color and hazy. Off-white head was medium and foamy with decent retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Lightly toasted malt with a light caramel. Sour kicks in early and strong. Really sour. Sourness reminds me a bit of a mix between malt, apple cider, and rice wine vinegar. Some grapes, apples, and cherry flavors in there fairly strong. Wood is strong, but not to strong. Finishes very dry with some tannic dryness on the tongue. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: This was a great beer to spend the evening with. Changed alot as it warmed up. It’s super sour, but holds a lot of complexity. Really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5951) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a medium foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of oak and tart is quite impressive with some tannic qualities also discernable. Taste is quite sour and tart with a nice oak presence and some subtle sour cherries. I thought taste had some great tannic qualities and was very reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is a great compliment when coming from me. I would love to try this again and I really appreciated all the complexities that this beer had to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
Draft. Sampled at the brewery during GABF week the past 5 years; most recently sampled at Monk’s Cafe New Belgium Dinner 4/10/07 and at Tria Fermentation school 4/11. Poured ruby brown with a moderately thick tan head. Sour, bretty nose with notes of wood. Very tart; acidic, woody and sour. Lingering sweet-tart flavors. Despite tartness, i found this very refreshing. La Folie was one of the first sour ales I ever sampled and I found it a bit overwhelming at first, but this has become my favorite style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
NorCal tasting Apr 07 - This was the last beer of the night and one sip of this and you can see why. Such an intense, acidic, mouth stripping character, this is right up on par with Cantillon in terms of intensity. Aroma was cherries, concentrated vinegar, wood and some light malt. Appearance is amber in color, hazy with a foamy white head. Mouthfeel is acidic and stripping, like swigging around acid of some kind. Flavors were like the candy WarHeads with an intense sourness to go along with the acidity that’s just off the charts. It really makes it hard to distinguish any other flavors due to the assault your tastebuds are under. A Flemish Sour? Not really sweet enough me thinks. Perhaps a lambic? Good stuff though no matter what it is. Hardcore for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
750 ml bottle (2005): Medium amber w/ a thin but lasting off white head. Light brett/horsey aroma with bready malts; also a bit solventy for some reason. Also some lightly toasted malt and oak aromas. Very sour to start, but caramelly malt tries to cut the sourness, but to no avail.. It stays sour into the dry finish which is toasted malt flavored. Medium light body, medium carbonation. Too sour for my tastes and it seems to lack a bit of complexity for being 2 years old, but I’m sure this beer would lay down well for another few years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2007
On tap at the New Belgium tasting room. Cloudy brown pour, fast fading off white head. Nose is mostly earthy funkiness with a bit of cinnamon. Light effervescent mouthfeel. Flavor is extreme sourness, hard to pick out much else. I’m slowly getting more of a palate for Flemish Sours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
750mL Hand Bottled # 06-3379, courtesy of my best friend Cole. Pours a cloudy orange caramel brown with a 2/3 finger beige head, fades to a film after a short while. Aroma of big acidic sourness--the only fruit I can pull may be some unripened granny smith apples or strawberries--, oak, cinnamon, some light toffee--overall the tone was quite sour. Wow, this is freakin’ sour! Some huge acidic sourness with dry oak starts out up front, some toffee, very light roast--I know this doesn’t fit at all but it’s there--, apples and strawberries. I can usually pick out tobacco with no trouble, but I couldn’t figure out what this extra flavor was until puzzl stated it. Bone dry finish. Fairly high carbonation with a medium body. This was a very good beer, but one glass is plenty due to the intense sourness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 Dark brown color with a little light brown head. Very oaky aroma. Sour and tart with some apple in the flavor. 8/4/8/4/17

Rerate. 2007 vintage on tap - the blend of all 10 vintages of La Folie. Truly magnificent. Sharply tart aroma with a little funk on a brown body. Exceptionally smooth body with just enough sweetness to balance the sourness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
A Mes rate: Sampled at ZBF, thanks Jim! What a cracker! A superb Flemish sour. Medium red/brown colour with a swift tan head that is attractive while it lasts. Sourish aroma full with plenty oakyness and malt. Flavour is just what I had expected from the nose but very good indeed. Acidic and sweet, fruity and sour with plenty of barnyard character and some cherry and other dark fruit. it bounces around all over the mouth and is a real wake up call for the taste buds. Lovely mouth feel. Expected dry finish. Very drinkable. Great beer.

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