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RATINGS: 1473   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 #150. Tasted at KC Bier Meisters meeting. 2002. Bottle # 4805. Light brown color, cloudy, lots of suspended particles. Cream colored ring. Sour nose, lemon?, yeast perfumy. Full mouthfeel, sour, almost like tart cider. Sour finish. Really nice. One of my first sour beers, so my rating is pretty non-descriptive. I hope to re-rate after some more exposure to the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Itís about time I had this beer. Pours a cloudy orange hue with a light slight-off-white head. Aromas of ketchup, a little b.o. and some nice funk with a hint of oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sour and bitter finish. Flavors of apples and honey and hint of lemon come ti mind and mixed well with that good sour funk. Not nearly as good as the rodenbach grand cru...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 tap at the brewery, i plan to add to this when i crack the bottle i brought back for myself. light tan that is a bit lighter than brown. sour nose with an inviting note. taste is acidic and citrusy with a rich body. words were hard to find with this one. so tart and dry with a nice balanced flavor that keeps it very drinkable. bottle at the house. orange brown pour with a white thin head. sour aroma with cherry and some cork/wood aroma. sour really attacks my tongue. sweet finish notes of grape and strawberry cider like in a way. damn good beer. i know what i am buying two of every time i get a chance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Proof that New Belgium can make good beer, you would never know by Flat tire I know its Fat tire But it is very flat on the palate. La folie is a big wow, vey malty with wonderful fruit complexity ant the most palate cleansing and appetizing tartness you can ask for I "Love" it. Inside joke for beer geeks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Bottle 04-4585 ($13.59 @ Bottleworks) pours a deep hazy caramel, large off-white fizzly head that quickly settles, very lively carbonation, with spotty lacing. † Wonderful nose, notes of Oak and a subtle cherry sourness. † Also smells tart or tangy. † Immediate tartness on first sip, mellowing out to a very enjoyable sourness that lingers. † Well balanced flavors of Oak and underripened cherries accompany the sourness. † A sweetness begins to emerge in the middle. † Well balanced, nothing seems to dominate. † Not overly sour/tart, with just the right amount of flavor. † Wonderful body, with a full to medium mouthfeel. † Lingering sourness on the finish, albeit soft, somewhat sweet, with traces of immature cherries and Oak. † Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours a hazy amber color, small white head. Aroma is incredible, of wood, sugar and sour cherries/apples. Flavor is sour fruits, and a very nice malt backing. Sweet finish, Awesome!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
draught. presented nicely with the reddish brown color, scented with cherry and raisin notes. palate was inconsistent & overly tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Poured a redish brown color with a medium head. Aroma was a sour and sweet cherry. Flavor was a good combination of both tart and sweet fruit with some woody notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2002 botte # 0219. Clear light red very thin head and some lacing. Strong sweet flower/sour cherry aroma with some woodsy notes. Very acidic flavors with some woody slight ly chaulky notes. Of the La Folie bottlings I have tasted my favorite is the 2002. This should get even better with age. Thanks to my friend Doug for this one.!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2005
2002 bottle. Golden red, brown color with nice head. Clear. The aroma is sweet/sour and fruity with acetic quite lively. Cherries and wood are also there. The flavor of the 2002 is more tart compared than the 2004, but it is balanced by the fruit, funk, and sweetness. There are apple flavors, wood, yeast, oranges and it is pretty dry. If Flemish sour ales are your thing, find a friend who can get you some or take a vacation to Fort Collins! Itís only for sale at the brewery! Great beer!!Thanks Doug!!

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