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RATINGS: 1525   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 itís considered one of the best sour beers around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Portland International Beer Festival Ė Tap] A good dark colored brew with a light head. This had aroma and flavor that was very good. The flavors where sweet yet still had the Belgian sour qualities. Liked the flavor this was very good sour ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demitriustown (1133) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2006
750ml bottle (Huge thanks to Skoisirius). A clear maroon pour with a small soapy white head. Aroma consists of apples, malts, cherries, cranberries, hops, with a slight caramel note. Taste is definitely sour and quite fruity. A nice sour tartness mixed together with slight hopiness and the light spices is absolutely wonderful. I also detect a faint cinnamon note. Palate is sour and acidic from the fruit element. Overall, This is some good stuff! If you want a change from the hum drum of other lagers and ales pick up one of these. Rather expensive but worth the money!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Copper brown. A small layer of muslin white head, leaving a wispy skim that survives to the end of the glass. The smell of a warm fall day in an apple orchard; the fruit in various stages of ripening, falling, and the beginnings of decay. The aroma builds to include cedar, melons, blackberries, all borne along in a cacophony of dazzling tartness. The flavor is equally brilliant; almost alive. Tart, dry, musky. I feel like this beer is engaging parts of my palate I didnít know I had. Evocative, inviting. An unabashedly sour beer, and yet beautifully balanced. A beer experience worth every penny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Pours hazy deep amber with light tan head. Aroma has vinegar and oak. There is also light cherry and tart apples hints. Medium / light body with sharp, but light, carbonation. Taste is oaky / woody with vinegar qualities and citric acid. The finish is prickly with granny smith apples, tart cherries and pepperiness. Starts smoothiing out the further down you get and the fnish starts taking on a bit of sweetness to compliment the tartness. A very complex beer - something to sit back and savor. (84/8/3/17 - 4)
Rerate notes - just bumping up number to where they should be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
"Thanks to eagle for this one. After hunting all over the place for this i was a little disapponited. Not that it was bad. Poured a light ruby color with a thin head. Was a little thin. Aroma was of tart cherries lemony. Flavor was much the same. Missing the winegar that is normally in the sours. Much more acdic then the Penil. Still a good beer."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 Batch 05-3149 or maybe 05-3144. Poured lighter than the Panil, more of a pink burgundy color with haziness but no sedimentation. The head was present, more of a ring of head around the eges of the glass. The lacing was decent, not outstanding. On the thinner side of Flemish Sours in appearance. The aroma was solid, tart cherries and citric tartness came through most strongly. Tangerines after a few minutes. This thing got better in aroma and flavor as it warmed. The flavor was all of the aroma (tart cherries most prominent), vinegar was notably lacking, essentially absent relative to its peers (this came across more like a fruit lambic than a flemish sour, imo). Definitely sour and tart, but not incredibly gueuze funky (like the Panil). Light wood notes, but again subdued. The mouthfeel was light for its style, but carbonated and subsequently zingy with an additional acidic character. Re-rate, bottle 05-221 four year old beer as beer number two in a killer July 09 Super Secret Sour State Line Tasting (SSSSLT) featuring (first to last by my counts): Supplication, Consecration, La Folie, Dissident, Cuvee de Castleton, Red Poppy, Lambic de Hill, Festina Lente, Panil. Bottle popped on opening, man this thing held its ground, just beautiful. Full malty copper clear color. Funky for sure in the aroma with some wood notes. Flavor followed, nice tart bite, strong tart cherries, finishing with a firm sawdust touch. High carbonation in the mouth, lively, spritzy, red grapes alive with warmer temperatures. A beautiful brew and a big thanks to Robert who I believe originally gave this one to me anyway!!! Rock on, SSSSLTís!!!! Re-rated in Sept of 09 as a "Lips of Faith" bottled brew, not nearly as impressive, perhaps I wasnít in the zone for a sour, donít know: extremely sour and tart, acetic, cherrie flavors were harsh (but the Avery Sui Generis was had right before it, which rocked). Holding the rating, but with this one, the 4.6 could be fairly challenged!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bgoguen (53) - Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Okay. I have a real hard time with this beer. Iíve tasted it at the brewery about half-a-dozen times and every time I canít decide whether its intensity is a good thing or not. Iím leaning toward not, but I canít bring myself to discredit it completely. It is definitely a sour, and I mean ssssour, oak-barrel-aged brown ale with some interesting things going on underneath the veneer of vinegary palate. But itís tough to get a real sense of the underlying notes when the sour malty-vinegar is so darn prominent. So thatís the conundrum of LaFolie. Oddly enough, my girlfriend, who is not a beer drinker, loved it. And my friend whoís had fifty-million different beers from Belgium and all over Ė well he thought it was crap. So maybe that says something about it right there. Of course, Michael Jackson praised it, so it canít be all bad. If you like sour Ė youíll probably like LaFolie. If you canít handle one of those sour Warhead hard candies Ė itís probably not going to be worth the eighteen bucks youíll pay for a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Bottle #05-3136 from BeerandBlues2. Rating #400, 5/25/06. Poured into my New Belgium Globe. Big pop upon opening the caged and corked champaign bottle. Pours a murky, rusty tinted brown with a big fizzy off-white head. The head fades quickly to a cover, with some lacing. The aroma is heavenly, luscious sour cherries, chewy caramels, lots of oakey chardonnay, lets not forget about the Brett, some hay and horsey, barnyard funk, cobwebs, some notes of lemons and vinegar round it out nicely. Wow. I had high hopes for this beer, I was not disapointed in the least. Starts off very sharply sour, with lots of tart cherries, some balsamic vinegar, golden raisins, crabapples and vanilla, bone dry though some caramel and toffee do come through. The mouthfeel is sparkling wtih bright carbonation and a very dry and tart finish with lots of oakey tanins that really exagerate the dryness of the beer. The finish very Merlot-like. Thanks Brad! 9/4/9/4/16 4.2

2002 vintage sampled on Aug 10, í06 Bottle #0098. Cherry, horse, oak cider vinegar with a touch of caramel in the nose. The flavor is cherry, very sour, some oaky vanilla, tofee and plum skin. This was a better bottle than the previous, the harsh tannins where much more subdued. Amazing. 10/4/9/5/20 4.8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2012 Latest note: 5/2/2012, bottle of 2012 version. Still a classic, an amazing exemplar of the style, and probably the best beer NB makes. What a beauty. [[ Had the opportunity to do a vertical tasting of 3 different years of La Folie at Falling Rock Taphouse the night before winning BDOTY 2008. That delivered me forever into the column of sour ale lovers. ]]<<Original comments: Nice sized sample from the bottle at St Louis Microfest, 5/13/06: This is the poster child for sour ales. The other RBerians at the fest got a kick out of my wifeís face just at the aroma ... like vinegar is to wine. This beer delivers a big sweet-and-sourness, but it somehow remains refreshing. Apple tones ... sweet tarts. Possibly an acquired taste, but I like to have had the opportunity to acquire it!>>

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2006
Dark golden, red shine, small white head, few laces; nose is a bit closed when just poured but grows with time in glass into something very deep and complex. It is very hard to distinguish but is a lot like a strongly fruited oaked mellow harsh vinegar; very, very, very sour full body, becoming a very much alike finish, extremely sour, very long and harsh, again like a sour vinegar, it almost hurt to drink it, but in a nice way. I think the extreme sourness overpowers and hides an expected (and I guess existing) complexity. Fantastic, very special and almost to sour. And thanks again, again, again, again Jeppe, for ďwastingĒ all your good beers on me :-)

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