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RATINGS: 1491   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 it’s considered one of the best sour beers around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4723) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2004 (22oz bottle) My favourite of the night from Rastacouere at Celebration November 2004. Pours a yellow head with a clouded, yellow-brown body. The nose was of amazing complexity - the smell of a marathon runner’s sock, alcohol and a slightly sweetened malt. Raspberry, unrefined sugar, cask bourbon flavours flowed past the palate. Thanks again David - I liked this more than the Rodenbach...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 La Folie pours a dark ruby with dark orange highlights and a dense white head. The head falls quickly into a thin layer covering the glass. Unbelievable aroma. Cherries, sour apples, a bunch of mixed berries and you can definately tell it is oak aged. Big and sour flavor profile. Sour cherries, sour apples, grapes, marachino cherries and lemon up front, the mid-palate is full of watermelon and the finish is unbelieveable and lingers on for hours. Many dry lambic qualities. If you take a big gulp of this sacred juice and swiss it around in your mouth like mouthwash, your mouth will expand like a helium balloon. The mouthfeel is full and leaves my mouth sticky and begging for more. This is truly a magnificent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2423) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
(2002 Oak Aged) Thin head that reduced to a light foam. Color is a cloudy dark amber. Great strong aroma of wet red oak. Grew up with the smell and remember it distinctly. Complex aroma that is sweet, sour, fruity and has a touch of alcohol. Flavor is very sour. Almost vinegary. More fruit and oak in the flavor also. Finish is sour and dry and reminiscent of vinegar again. A good brew but a little overly sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Hmmmm. Not as enthused about this one as everyone else is. It was nice and all, but the typical flemish sour flavor of sweet yet sour was not evident. I got far more sourness than sweet and it all veered off toward lambic territory more than I’d hoped. Oakey and tart, but falling short of massive New Glarus Raspberry Tart tartness. Wouldn’t bother with it again, considering it cost $16 at the brewery. Thanks to my Colorado connection, Aubrey, for getting me two bottles, nevertheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2010 New 2010 bomber:
Sourness has diminished, body is not as polished and carbonation is somewhat detached. Wow, my favorite beer has changed. It’s still an excellent Sour Ale, but it is not my favorite any longer...

Previous batches:Triumphant citric intensity displaying its sour marvels onto the sagacious wood…Eminent fruity (cherry, cranberry) caramel balances out this intensive and passionate balsamic tartness and achieves perfection in the flavor department…A massive body shows confidence and nourishment and propels this to, for me, the quintessence of a Flemish Sour sipper, surpassing the great Rodenbach Grand Cru in my tastes…Far from folly or craziness, the patient wisdom and brilliant strength of its intricacies can only be equalled by the ocean magnificent…

Recently, I had the incident idea to mix a sip of La Folie with a bite of vanilla ice cream...Oh my...May I please have the luxury one day to have enough La Folie for myself to attempt a Folie float...Amen.

The yeast addition in the second half of the bottle seems to embolden the raspberry aspect of the fruitiness and adds an earthiness to the flavor profile. A dirtier second glass which doesn’t shine quite as much as the cleaner first one, but which might offer even more flavor. Having a bottle all to yourself is a sin. I am proud to call myself a sinner.

The 10th Anniversary Falling Rock edition was in the same tooth-licking good category, while not displaying the same full body and harmonious mélange. Its cherry-like balsamic vinegar notes and long sourness were still amazing though...A cinnamon candy-like character was quite intriguing too...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Wonderful reddish brown pour with sour/woody aroma immediately eminent. Immediately tart on the tongue, followed by fruity/earthy flavors. Finished sour, with very little oakiness. I think I need to age it longer than a year next time to really experience this one as it should be.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
Amber-copper body is darker than I expected. Honest off-white head with above average retention for the style. Aroma explodes with oak wood character. Lova at first sniff you’ll call it. Cedar, vinegar, wood chunks, it’s an obsession. I feel like walking in a forest right now. This is more than I can handle. All kinds of little red fruits provide these admirable fruit acids to marry the balsamic. Farmy taste, nostalgic, elegant, very fruity, cherry and raspberry reminding. And that oak, marvellous oak, wood among the wood. Blue cheese hints, cider-like dryness is explosive in the finish and adds just a bit more class to a drink that really didn’t needed anymore. Perfect level of acidity for the style. Perfect medium-full body with tongue-cleaning carbonation. Great stuff, mind stimulating. Kudos to an american brewer (not that he didn’t work with the best belgians before) to reproduce such a rare and beautiful style with such elegance. And kudos to hopsrus for providing this envigorating experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 Musty wood and earth, balsamic vinegar and barnyard all come together in this wonderfully sour aroma. Copper-brown body with plenty of sedimented and suspended yeast. Off-white head recedes to cover. Sourness seems initially aggressive, but notes of sweet balsamic vinegar and dark pit fruits emerge along with oak and a strong, though undetermined spiciness. Nice long dry finish. Satisfyingly thick and heavy in the mouth with strong prickly carbonation to keep it lively on the tongue. More please... Bottle. Enjoyed with hopsrus, MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 Poured a reddish orange color with a beautiful off white head. Aroma is of over ripe cherries, wood, earthy and acidic. Sour cherry is mostly the flavor without being over the top. Finish is sour and acidic, kind of dry.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
RBSG ’04 This is when the "don’t rate a style you don’t like" people get pissed, but I’m not one of those people. My opinion is just as subjective as all the people who like it. Hazy amber out of the bottle with a thin off-white head. Very traditional, funky sour nose. The flavor is sour, rotten, musty, complex and offensive. Composted orange rind finish. Pinchingly pungent. I don’t get it.

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