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RATINGS: 1593   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
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2007
oaky and fruity in the nose, as well as something else thatís sweet and warm and mellow that i canít quite put my finger on . citrusy sourness (though a bit like white vinegar) up front, with cherry, (vinous) grapes, wood as well. delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Awwwww yeah! Aroma is oaky, fruity, tobacco, good sourness. Flavor has a really powerful acidity up front and finishes really melllow, delicious fruits (cranberry, strawberry, lemon, clementine) with complex notes of chocolate, tobacco, wood. Fantastic!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8008) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown. Pours hazy lazy deep copper with nice tan head. The aroma is sour and more sour after that. The flavor has some nice dark grape juice notes along with tart grapes and sourness. Nice flavors where the tartness doesnít kill off my ability to taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2007
It took a flight out to Denver for me to have a taste of this. Had a sample at the brewery which I was surprised they were giving free samples of. Brown in color with a woody sour smell. Flavor mostly showed off the sweet n sour flavor of Flemish ales. Some wood, and cherry tones in the backend. Not sure if its worth the price but great effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Sampled at O-Town Throwdown. 2004 bottle. Murky brown with whitish thin head. Subtle fruity sour aroma, lemons, a background sweetness. Rousing revealed a more intense sour aroma. The sourness was not too aggressive, and a pleasant oak character rounds everything out. Light on the palate. Supposedly a bottle more recent than a 2004 would be even better, but I was still pretty impressed with this. Iíll re-rate if I get a chance to try a more recent bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Orangy with a copper accent. Nice light off white foam. Aroma is sour cherry, saddle leather, oak and citrus. Flavour starts off a little sweet with some lemon and cherry before completely souring out with an oak toastiness. Very sour and stunning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elpresidente19 (30) - Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2007
I drank this at the brewery, also out of a growler at home. Definately must be in a particular mood to drink this beer. Intense sourness, good notes of lemon and cherry. A definate "must try".

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
okipatrick (3) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2007 does not count
12oz. Bottle, also in a snifter poured from a 1/2 gallon growler at home. I had to be in the mood to drink this beer. Got it on draft at the brewery. Itís a stark contrast to any other beer New Belgium distributes right now. Very sour, fruity, cherry, lemon aroma and very thick, sweetish through the body and finish. Quite possibly one of the best sour beers out there today. I feel fortunate to be so close to the brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2007
Bottle (750ml). Shared with MrManning, his bottle via trade with kevin - hand labeled "06-1308". *Rating #2100* Iíve been wanting to try this a long, long time - and it didnít disappoint. Poured murky thick orange-brown with a decent head. Thick, sharp lemon-juice, funky yeast, coriander, oak, sour cherry, thick brown sugar and spice aroma - it kept shifting around - sour ... funky ... sweet. Yum. The up-front taste was lemon juice, then the other elements of this massive three-pronged attack joined in; rubber, sugar, coriander, lanolin, orange zest - but lurking under all that sourness and funk was a massive, rock-solid thick sweet malt body that held up for the hour or so we sipped at this. A thick, syrupy body, solid carbonation, heavy acidity, fresh squeezed lemon juice on the tongue - stunning; the very definition of a sour. I canít thank you enough, Len - big ups, man!

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