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RATINGS: 1586   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 itís considered one of the best sour beers around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (613) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Bottle 98 from 2002. Aroma of bretty barnyard, sour cherries, wood, caramel malt. Fruity, bright and very nice. Ruby-amber-brown in color with a thin, off-white head. Flavor is acidic and sour upfront wit ha well balanced caramel and brown sugar mid-palate. Sweet and sour, but then the acid kicks in. Wow is this stuff acidic. It hurts my throat! Thanks to tjthresh for the bottle, one of my very first trades over a year ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2006
shared by Glenn at the final heavyweight open house. hazy light copper color. sour/tart aroma, flavor is very tart and a little dry like a fine white vinegar. Dec í03 bottle. very nice, I will have to re-rate when I open my bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (2062) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Bottle #806, bottled 06-04: This one pours a hazy, slightly reddish amber color. There was a bit of a frothy off-white head on it, but it died off rather quickly. The aroma is excellent. Sour cherries prevail, with an oakiness to it also. The taste has a dryness to it. The oakiness is definitely there also, much like a good dry wine. There is a mellow taste of tart cherries. An excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle 98, 2002 vintage, shared by hezron.
Hazed and scarlet-caramel in color with a beady, off-white wrung for the head. Sweet kernels severed at the seed impart intense vinaigrette wafts along with cherry expletives, which tartly sour the aroma to astronomical proportions. Chartreuse rose petals meet a floral-like lavender tone that is aromatically cranking at 100 percent. Holy palate. Seers tartly, licking the oak and reaping the sour tannins from the barrel. Balanced indeed, with cherry tertiary traits meandering amidst vine twines to kernely vinaigrette. Warming wraps around the tongue, sourly and tanicly, while reveling in the ultimate sour complexion. Medium-bodied, sticky, souring and invigorating as the tonsilís cleaver. Twanging palate chomps elicit unconceivable souring flavors that you can still taste the morning after. Thanks for sharing, Nathan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastStiís house

Thanks to hezron for popping this one open late in the night. It made a fitting nightcap to a night of excellent, amazing beers. It also made a great finish because after this one, I couldnít taste a thing for the next four hours. This definitely puts the Sour in Flemish Sour. The one opened at the tasting was bottle 98 of the 2002 batch.

Aroma / Appearance - Sour, funky cherries, sweaty socks and musty old books are the hallmark scents of this aroma. I almost imagined a cedar note hiding in there as well. The huge head settled down to a half-finger and then soon to nothing. Eventually all that was left was a murky cinnamon colored liquid.

Flavor / Palate - There is only one way to describe this beer. Sour. You either love it or you hate it but you canít miss it. The first sip was not bad, the second intense and by the third it felt like Iíd come down with either a serious case of strep or just consumed four pounds of Sour Patch Kids. If there was anything live in your throat beforehand, it is dead now. I fall in the camp of those who love it for that intensity. A very one of a kind beer as far as I know, it is worth experiencing at least once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 29, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange brown with a light tan head. Smells of sourness, bacteria and wood (cedar?) The taste is way to much for me, maybe in a decade or two my palate will evolve into such complexities. Its lactobacilus, sour milk, lots of wood in the background. Too sour with no malts or cervesae yeasts to be found anywhere, kind of tastes like the aftertaste of when you vomit. Strong stomach acids churning the throat and tounge. Its a strong lambic with very strong bacteria overtaking the regular yeasts. Finishes very dry with a bandaid, bacteria sting in the mouth. A tad salty too. This is not what i was expecting at all.. where are you guys finding the fruits in this one?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Gee, Iím surprised I havenít rate this yet, as Iíve had it previously...ut I had it again at the NYRBG yesterday. What a great, full-bodied Flemish Sour Ale. Not too pungent or yeasty, slightly malty but very woody. Perfect for going with fine cheese. Similar to a lambic, but not so fruity or tart. This has become one of my favorite beers for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3255) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2011 Bottle provided by BeerandBlues2, thanks Brad. Shared this at NYRBG. First of all, FUCKING WOW. This is the best sour beer I have ever had. Aroma is a good Kriek, akin to Drie Fonteinen Kriek. Tarty, sour and cherry. Taste however is amazing. It starts out Sour kriek lambic-esque. But then becomes a strawberry sweet taste. Aftertaste isnít even tart but sweet. Mouthfeel is pillow-y and smooth. 8/4/10/4/18

Re-rate, 04/23/07: 2004 bottle, 3 years old @ Blind Tiger Ale House. A very different beer right now, has take a lot more traditional characteristics. Earlier had the DdB on tap and definitely notice a similar vinegar taste but no where as strong in the La Folie). Also has taken on a heavier muskiness. It was not as "airy" as the fresh bottle was. Sourness has become stronger and a bit more acidic.

Re-rate: Well I have been missing the old La Folie and this has especially been highlighted in a recent vertical. 05, 07, 09, and the new bombers. Basically, the 05, now 4 years old was stellar. Still strong and sour but a bold fruit sourness, just how I remember. Still hints of strawberry in there. Some age was present as it wasnít as bright but still going great. This was almost a completely different story with the 2007 bottle. It already is showing a whole lot of age. There is a cheap acetic quality mixed with cardboard. Very weird to come across something like that. The 2009 (last 750mL batch before the bombers) was similar just without the cardboard. Still that dull acetic character, strong but not in the same way the 05 bottle was. And now we move onto the bombers. The beer would almost not be recognizable as the same beer as the 2005 bottle. This head much less sourness then any other. There was also a weird burnt aspect to it. Now in general that beer is not bad but when put in comparison to the glorious 05 bottle itís just such a weakling. So the overall experience with this beer would range from around 3.6 to 4.4. I guess the rating I will give it will be the middle score.

3rd beer of blind tasting. Dark cola color with reddish hues, head fades quickly, has a halo lacing. The beer glows in the light but no clarity. Aroma is sweet, very musky, cherry, slight acetic and works great in the beer. Very natural sourness and refreshing aroma. Flavor is sweet cherry juice with tartness all over the place and nice drying sourness in the finish. Great sour aftertaste tingles the tonsils as well. 8/3/9/4/17, Standing in the tasting: personal Ė 2nd, overall Ė 1st 2009 750mL C&C.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange colour with a medium off-white head. Light acid sour fruity, wood aroma and a very acid, very sour fruity, dusty, wood taste. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2006
Thanks jpm30. A clear rlight reddish colour with lots of large bubbles in the head. Vinegar and malt aroma. Clearly sour taste that sweetens as you drink it. Vineous and slightly rich, wood only detactable before the taste buds are overpowered.. Great after salty fish

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