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RATINGS: 1545   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Incredible sour ale that is a kick in the mouth, nose and palate. Very, very dry, but it works so well! My only regret with this beer is that it was opened towards the end of the night, preventing me from enjoying it to its fullest extent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Rating # 1000. Pours a clear burgundy color with a thick diminishing offwhite head. Very seductive aroma of sour cherries and wood with some vinegar notes. With the first sip the first thing that hits me is the very strong, mouthpuckering sourness, but after a couple sips I can discover a very refined flavor of cherries ,maple, vanilla,wood and vinegar, I think Iím in love. The body is full with an oily texture and the carbonation level is moderate. What an amazing Flemish Sour, itís even better than Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is a huge achievement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Reddish/brown with decent off-white head. Up front nose sour cherry vinegar makes your mouth water. Oak/woodiness. Initial flavor is all tart cherry and mouth puckering, sour lemons, with vinegar taking a back seat. Oak/woodiness and spritzy carbonation in the finish, really dries out the palate. Doesnít get much better than this!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
festival of barrel aged beers 2004. fruity winey aroma. pours a dark amber, with a slight head. it tasts like a fruity wine, with a bubbly palate. then the tart vinegar afterbite kicks in. Not a great beer, but not a drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Now thatís a beer "experience". The first thing that came to mind was that this was almost like a beer reduction - like it had been concentrated because it is so rich and full and...sour. The color even has the rich color of having been reduced. No hea, garnet in color. Aroma is sour fruit, with an almost bourbon/rich spirit quality. Very dry and acidic. Very tart and lively - actually ascerbic. Dusty and earthy. Very nice. I wish I could remember which one of my lovely trading partners sent this one my way. I keep terrible notes...but thanks to each one of you. Ah, this makes me think of a feature enhancement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2005
750ml. bottle 2004(#5182) thanks to Joeec5 for sharing. Auburn color with a thick tan head. Amazing aroma of tart cherries and cedar. Reminds me of Rodenbach Grand Cru a bit. Flavor was sweet and sour cherries(mostly sour), with some wine like qualities. Heavily carbonated with an extremely dry finish that makes you want to keep taking sips. Slight burning sensation in my throat as it goes down. Damn fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 awesome aroma, sour, watermellon, cherries. Flavor is complex and enjoyable, dry tart finish beckons me to take another sip. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
word dood. bright orange with lots of head. very sweet and sour sauce drenching some cherries and some grapefruit and maybe a dash of strawberry and pear.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Yummy. Ultra yummy, in fact. Orange, with a huge white head. . Enticing aroma of cherries, grapes and wine, which is amplified in the flavor. Big winey flavors, but a significatn wood character, as well. Lots of fruit flavors mixed in as well - cherry, of course, bu also lemon, grape and even some pears and apples. Very tasty

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 Bottle from mjames. Pours a hazed reddish brown color with a decent off white head. Aroma is of cherries and spice, very reminiscent of Quelche Chose. Flavors full of cherries and bits of clove and cinnamon. Body thins out in the finish to an almost watery consistency which is disappointing. A very solid beer lacking only in body and finish. 9/4/7/3/15
Bottle 3/08. Appearance is much the same, reddish brown colored. Fast fading white head, no lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant, barny funk, acidic, tart. Body is thin, super attenuated. Well carbonated. Tart flavors dominate, quite acidic. Light barnish flavors. Nice

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