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RATINGS: 1581   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 it’s considered one of the best sour beers around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigcat03 (243) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Draught from the brewery poured into sampler globe glass - Pours brown amber with an off white head; Aged wood, cherry tarts, lemon, and a hint of champagne to the nose; Tart lemons, oak, aged red wine, and a little alcohol on the initial taste; Bitters, lemon, and champagne backtaste; A full creamy palate; Nice carbonation; Made me pucker up a little bit, but I LOVED it! A simply wonderful brew. It’s so different compared to anything I’ve ever had. I just wish I could’ve brought a bottle or two back!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2007
750. Poured a kinda tan color with no head. The aroma of vinager is ver present. The taste of sour ness and vinager is really diffrent for me. This is beer??????

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2007
750. Pours amber red, with a thin beige head. Smells like vinegar... hmmmm. Full bodied, and i’m starting to wonder why they call it a sour flemish?? or maybe its because i wince a i dirnk it. Tastes like a sour vinegar, this is definetly something that will have to grow on me, but definetly, a unique, and interesting experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. This brew pours a clear ruddy orange color with a thin off-white head that has decent retention. Thin, spotty lacing. The aroma is fruity and woody. Medium body with a very tart character that does not mellow out much later. Sour fruit flavor offset by a bit of malt. Touches of spice and hops as well. The finish stays sour on the tongue and leaves a tart apple aftertaste that puckers my mouth. Fairly enjoyable despite not being one of my preferred styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3705) - Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011
++++ RE-RATE 12 August 2011 ++++

The following are notes from a blind tasting of sour brown and sour red beers at beastiefan2k’s house. The beers were served in sets of three, three flights total. All beers were served blindly, with a random order. This was really well set up, and a bunch of fun - thanks Eugene!

Beer #1 - Squatters 529.
Aroma - Aroma of light sour vinegar clears quickly revealing some nice lemon citrus tartness. Clean. 7
Appearance - hazed copper ruby pour, with a smallish off white head. 4
Taste - Taste is the bright vinegar sour of the nose, lemon, some nice oak barrel. Flavors nicely melded. 8
Palate - spritzy carbonation, medium light bodied, bright clean finish. 4
Overall - Nice beer, bright clean natural flavors. 14
Final Score - 3.7

Beer #2 - Nøgne Ø Tyttebær.
Aroma - a lot of rubber right away, some floral, all a big mish mash - weird stuff. 6
Appearance - Hazed, golden orange with a light white head. 4
Taste - The rubber, lightly sour malt, herbal, spice, weird as expected. Rubber comes back around in the finish. 5
Palate - Medium bodied, grainy mouth feel, lower carbonation level. 3
Overall - Strange stuff. 11
Final Score - 2.9

Beer #3 - New Belgium La Folie’09 cork and cage.
Aroma - Light sour, ginger citrus, grassy - nicely put together, but less aggressive than #1. 6
Appearance - Light haze, brown bronze, not much of an off white head. 4
Taste - Blackberry, fruit sour cherry, light spiced yeastiness. Really soft and nicely integrated sour character. 9
Palate - Medium bodied, nice tingly carbonation, tart fruit finish. Quite drinkable. 4
Overall - Enjoyable beer, great balance between sour character and clean drinkability. 15
Final Score - 3.8

Beer #4 - Eugene’s Home Brew.
Aroma - Potpourri spice, light vanilla, some additional floral yeast aromas. 6
Appearance - Lightly hazed brown, caramel colored, pretty much no head. 3
Taste - Woody potpourri spice, bit of a cherry character, along with some weird apple peel sour. Lemon and cilantro in the lingering finish. 7
Palate - Medium to light bodied, spritzy carbonation, woody finish. 4
Overall - Interesting flavors, though a touch heavy handed on the potpourri. 13
Final Score - 3.3

Beer #5 - Zoetzuur Flemish Reserve Ale.
Aroma - Spiced nutmeg, lightly herbal yeasty. 6
Appearance - Hazed brown light ruby, touch of a white head. 4
Taste - Light cocoa flavor, caramel, paired with lightly tar acidity. 6
Palate - Medium to heavy bodied, mouth coating, lingering spiced nut finish. 3
Overall - Independently I liked the sweetness and acidity, though I did not feel they worked very well together. 13
Final Score - 3.2

Beer #6 - Rodenbach Vintage’07.
Aroma - Vanilla, cherries, bit of funk. Nice clean aroma. 7
Appearance - Hazed brown copper with a smallish egg white head. 4
Taste - Gentle bright cherries, lightly tart, nice acetic character. Flavors pleasantly subdued, and well integrated. 8
Palate - Medium bodied, bright cherry fruit in the finish. 4
Overall - Nice beer, really liked the integration of the fruit and vinegar sour. 14
Final Score - 3.7

Beer #7 - Cigar City Vuja De.
Aroma - Light vinegar, tart sour, nice cherry fruit. Fresh and clean nose. 7
Appearance - Hazed brown ruby along with a smallish tan head. 4
Taste - Bright lemongrass, lightly floral, tart cherry, grassy - quite a bit of variety in flavors, nicely melded. 8
Palate - Medium bodied, bright clean finish. 4
Overall - Enjoyed this, had the brightest fruit expression of the night. 14
Final Score - 3.7

Beer #8 - Two Brothers Moaten.
Aroma - Initially vegetal, pear fruit comes out as it opens, light funk in the back. 6
Appearance - Flat pour, light hazed golden copper with a smallish off white head. 4
Taste - Lightly sour, citrus, floral, earthy, tart, a bit woody in the lasting finish. 7
Palate - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, residual herbal woodiness in the finish. 4
Overall - Decent, not as well integrated as others in the tasting. 13
Final Score - 3.4

Beer #9 - Baladin Super Baladin Sour Edition.
Aroma - Light floral, sour citrus funk, some general toilet odors. 6
Appearance - Hazed, unfiltered looking orange amber with a ring of a white head. 4
Taste - Sweet caramel, tart citrus, lots of burnt caramel. Interesting lingering finish with clove and yeast. 7
Palate - Medium to heavy bodied, lighter carbonation level, lingering sweet caramel and tart finish. 4
Overall - Sort of odd interplay between caramel sweetness, tartness and an almost roast character. Weird, but interesting. 14
Final Score - 3.5

++++ ORIGINAL RATING 29 December 2009 ++++

06 Bottle, opened on New Year’s Eve. Initial pour deep orange, with some fizz. Aroma is sour cherries and almost a champagne scent. Initial taste is big sour and tart. As it warms the sour mellows a bit, and the citrus and malt takes over. This beer was enhanced greatly by pairing with dark chocolate. (8,5,7,4,15 - 3.9)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
vtmobile (43) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2006
this might be my first sour but it will be my last. 13 bucks for this vile buttugly brew that was little more than hard cider with foam. The palate is fruity with a nice bloom of sour cherries and lemon. The caqrbonation is weak and short. The tart blasts on your tongue and just turns you mouth on its side. sorry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Internet Wines & Sprits. Poured a hazy copper with a small fizzy/creamy off-white head. Aroma of tart black cherries, yeast, barnyard funk, and a touch of candy and caramel. Flavor is tart but very balanced... light wild cherries, some wood flavor, lemony tartness. Causes a bit of phelgm to congeal in the back of the throat, but still very delicately drinkable. Very little toffee flavor, which tends to abound in the style. A very refreshing, balanced, and drinkable sour ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Fresh 750ml. Very lively pour, carbonation rolling over like an angry tide. Nothing like a sour brown at 10am, however not such a good combination with my Dunkin Donuts croissant sandwich. Aroma is of wood, wood, more wood and cherries and lactobacillus. Taste is very satisfying, very full bodied for a sour. The tart finish leaves nothing to be desired and fades beautifully into a cacophony of flavor. Would be great with baked salmon and asparagus.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheSchmagler (6) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
This is an absolutly BEAUTIFUL beer, it’s dark pinkish-amber color; a sustained bead; a toffee-like start; then apple and passion fruit notes. IT is very sour very complex and wonderfully balanced. La Folie is reminiscent of Belgium’s Rodenbach Flemish Red Ale, which just happens to be produced by the brewery where the NBB brew master, Peter Bouckaert, hails from. The quantities are limited, but some just arrived in St Louis!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Tap at Mugs Ale House. Cloudy, ruby tinted orange colour. Amazingly tart nose, lactic acidity over sweet cherry and cherry skins. Intensely acidic with a hint of wet straw and light acetic notes. Very Rodenbach-ish. Mouth-puckeringly tart flavour. Fantastic, fruity, cherry/berry flavours. Some blackberry flavour as well with soft vanilla notes in back. Soft caramel notes underneath all of the tartness, but the flavour is still wonderfully dry. Very resfreshing and incredibly complex. Light barnyardy character behind the intense lactic/acetic notes. One of the most sour beers I’ve tasted, and one of the best. The saddest thing is that I know I won’t see it again for awhile.

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