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RATINGS: 1494   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
From a 750 ml. green bottle with hand bottled number, 05-2442. Made a good appearance, poured a semi-hazy cherry wood color with a small fizzy white head that reduced to nothing. Had a sour, tart aroma, cherry, fruity and whiffs of vinegar. Moderate carbonation and a sour, plucky medium bodied mouth feel, good sipper drinkability. Taste was sour and tart, cherry flavored vinegar and a dry sweet and sour finish. A good Flanders Red Ale, in keeping with the style, well made, not for everybody, but a great sipper, well worth trying.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8386) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one. It poured hazy ruby with a 1-finger off-white head. The aroma had big krieky oak (wow, this seems like the 4th beer in a row Iíve rated with that description) some Bretty funk, and some tart malts. The flavor was tart on an almost Cantillon level, but with a more solid fruit and malt presence. This one warmed up like a dry red wine, and the flavor profile expanded at that time. Just wonderful.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thegreenrooster (3459) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Pour is a cloudy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is fresh cherries with a strong and overpowering woody backbone. Very earthy and musty with lots of sourness.Very strange beer. Lots of mustyness and flavor, which is smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Pours orange/brown and hazy with a straw like white head. Smells of grass, hay, some citrus, overripe fruit. Tastes very tarte with some great tarte fruit tastes. Wish I could be more descriptive on this one, but I was too busy savoring it to keep writing when I took my notes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours a very hazy orange color with a white foamy head. Nose is very pungent, sour oranges, and fresh outdoors. Taste is explosive sour and fizzy notes in your face. Begins to fill your mouth with sour blasts and finishes with a big strong fizz stuck in your throat. excellent brew and would drink this all day.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
well, this is the one we drove all the way to fort collins for. the brewery was amazing, the beer eeh, not as amazing. the nose on this thing was great with a huge fruit nose of cherries or raspberries over a hazycopper fluid, little to no head. the doiminace of smartee tartness was excessive and over the top. the palate did not warm as it does to many in this style after the initial shock. similiar to a lambic or queuze. very dry and sublime. there was a redneck lookn dude sampling some at the bar near me. he looked at the bartender and said "what the hell is up with this beer?" pretty funny stuff although what he probably wanted to say dumbass this aint no pbr, the desription reads brown sour beer. maybe would be better with some cheese or crackers. probably after resting for a year or two we could get this sour baby down to a tolerable level.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Shared with Styles New Yers Eve. Poured hazy amber orange.Head was brilliant orange that disappeared quickly.Aroma was full of cherries and vinegar.Flavor was sour and tart cherries with some notes of wood. Very acidic overall very dry as well. Some would say they found sweetness but I sure did not

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Thanks to ericmc83 for the trade!<P>#100, but my first sample of the style. Bottle 04-254. Nice pop behind the cork, pours brown with light hints of red, with a thin quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma of wine, sourness, cherries, wood, wheat (hefe-style), and the kitchen sink. My nose is quite overwhelmed by this one. First sip. Wow, thatís sour. Green apples picked well before theyíre ready kind of sour. Sour cherries, wood, and a very pleasant palate, with dryness at the end. Pucker up. This certainly isnít a "drinking" beer... this is a sipping beer. Quite complex... this is a radical departure from my usual Belgian / Stout / IPA / Barleywine routine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10842) - 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.


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