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RATINGS: 1598   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
On tap at the Falling Rock as part of the GABF 06 festivities. Really cool looking reddish brown. Served with not head, or even indication of head. A lot going on in the nose. Tart cherry, brett funk, wood, nail polish remover. It about put me down when I took the first drink. Huge rush of tart sourness. Certainly not for the timid. Those that take the challenge with will be nicely surprised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
750 at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO after the first GABF session. Pours a reddish brown with a large off white head. The carbonation is lively on this beer. Aroma is tart fruit, specifically cherries for the most part. Taste is tart fruit also, with tons of Brett and sourness, tart finish. Not sure if it was worth the money, but it was good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Enticing acetic and fruit aroma,(looks like I’ll need my tums for this one) taste is smooth , fruity, sour tangy,tart plum,a little thinner then I thought it would be. It loses some of its fruitness as you drink it,still an excellent Flemish Sour,it is however too pricey to buy often, Rodenbach is as good and cheaper

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1612) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Draft at the Liar’s Bar in Mission Beach, CA. Very shocked to see this on draft! pours a dark brown color with minimal head. Fruity aroma, with cherries and apples. Tangy, tart taste. Somewhat sour, but not like I was expecting. Very interesting beer and glad to finally drink it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle. Very "bright" and yet very sour. A pale brown color with a light thin head. Not much to talk about besides the sourness which reminds me of Bing cherries, Granny Smith apples and Jolly ranchers. Some horsiness to go with it. Yet I coould see sitting up with a good book and drinking this all night long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle: Columbus tasting shared by moejuck! Finally get to try this. Orange pour with an off white head. Aroma, sour, oak, some fruits to it, and a nice bit of funk. Flavor, lots of sourness and funk up front, with a bit of apple and lemon. Some oaky sweetness on the finish though. Really interesting, and worth the wait.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
KPMycoskie (15) - USA - SEP 11, 2006
750ml bottle. Tasted the draught at the brewery - even after tasting 3 other strong beers, this one broke through. The heavy acidic aroma was a preamble to the flavor: Pickles, vinegar, cherries. Strange, but delicious. I couldnt get the aroma from my thoughts for hours...its going to be hard to let this one age in the cellar!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
750ml bottle at the Columbus 2.0 tasting shared by Muckjoe! - Thanks! - Pours amber brown with very light tan head and very little lace. Aromas of brett, sour cherries, and barnyard hit your nose immediately but under that is a nice sweet caramel and oak aroma. Flavor is dominated by sour cherry and barnyard flavors too but under that is a nice pleasant oaky note blended with some sweet caramel. This is a very complex brew. Palate is acidic and quite sharp. Amazingly tart and a pretty fine sour..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 750 ml bottle: pours a reddish brown with no head. The aroma rises out of the glass as sour tart, fruity, and barnyard, with lots of sour cherries. Its very tart and medium bodied with. Sour cherries a bit acidic, with a yeasty woody flavor underneath. It finishes fruity sour and acidic. As it warms up the acidity comes to the front more and more so much so that it begins to hurt your throat. But overall this is an amazing beer. 9/3/8/4/18 = 4.2

2/1/08. Sampled the original La Folie against the 10th Anniversary La Folie at "An Evening with Pantanap #3" Thanks to Kan for the 10th anniversary.
Regular La Folie pours a dark red amber with a froth beige head. Nose is yeasty, sour, slight funk with oak and acidity. Tart oak flavors, fruit, and cherries. This was a lot harsher and straight up sour compared with the 10th anniversary. I enjoy the acidity a great deal but I think it is muting the fruits that come out in the 10th. 8/4/9/4/17 = 4.2

10th Anniversary blend. Pours a dark red amber with a frothy beige head. The nose is less tart than the original. The nose is overall subdued but the cherries, and fruit are really nice with a light oakiness. The fruit is so strong in the flavor. Cherries, cherry pits, red and dark fruit with malts blending well. Vinuous, earthy, leathery, light oak and acidity. I like them both in different ways, but I prefer the smoothness of the 10th above the original. Great beers. 8/4/9/4/18 = 4.3

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Muddy orange colour with a dense off white head. Tart fruity aroma with dusty and yeasty notes along some marzipan sweetness. Tart fruity flavor with notes of yeast and wood. Acidic finish.

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