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RATINGS: 1526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Hazy ruddy light brown body with a light coating of white bubbles. Pungent, sharp aroma of cherries, cream, Hostess Chocolate Cupcakes and dried sweetness. Heartburning flavor of very sour cherries, caramel syrup, and acid. Palate murder in a bottle which was numbered "04-6709". 1/31/2006, bottle 04-1976. Seems less sour on this go. Starts with cherries and chocolatey caramel and a warming peppermint/cinnamon thing. Much smoother this time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Hazy copper body. Off-white creamy head. Uber-good aroma that has brownie batter, woody sweet cherry Brett, caramel, cherry leather conditioner, apple juice, cherry manual spray carwash water, faint sulfur as it warms. OMFG I love this aroma. Flavor turns into a dry and sour concord grape. VERY dry beer. I hate this beer because the flavor is awesome, yet the flavor is moderately 1-D to me. However, as it sits in my mouth a bit, its kind of nice... the concord grape skin comes through. Okay... the flavor isnít so bad as it warms... but... compared to the aroma...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2007 Had this at the Tosa tasting, hand bottle 046209 (I think, it was smudged). Sour cherry, very Belgian yeasty, oakiness. Appearance: Fast dissapating fizzy head, looks like fish eggs. Size goes down to thin. Mahogany color. Decent lacing. Flavor: sour cherries, strongly sour, oaky. Palate: Very strong, sour, acidic, medium body. 9, 4, 7, 3, 14 = 3.7
Resampled bottle 04-1976. Thanks Dave! The brew pours to a hazy/murky glowing mahogany/copper body with a nice off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is very complex. Sour cherries with nice wood and Belgian yeasts. Very balanced and delicate. The flavor is very smooth. Imagine a Chinese finger trap grabbing all the components of the flavor and blending it into one. Itís such a nice component together. Woods, balsamic vinegar, apples, mmmmm.... The palate is smooth and good. Thatís about all I can say. Definitely worthy of a 5. Glad I got a chance to re-rate. 9, 4, 9, 5, 18 = 4.5
Bottle 06-373. Tart and acidic as hell. Kind of like a quality balsamic vinegar. I love the toasty malts that kick into the flavor later through once my taste buds become adjusted.

   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 (2155) - 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.

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