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RATINGS: 1598   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggiebob (711) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2016
Draft. Dark ruby red in color with an off-white lace ring. The aroma is dark stone fruits. Very sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours a reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour cherries, yeast, wood, and a couple of sweet tarts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2400) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2016
22 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. 2016 vintage. The pour is a reddish brown color with a bubbly light cream colored ring of head that leaves a pretty soapy lace all around. The aroma is surprisingly boozy for the style. There is a lot of malts here that are really preventing a sourness from establishing itself. The maltiness is really strange. The flavor is equally disappointing. The malts are really sweet up front and there is a decent profile to it. There is a light vinegar and just no sour at all. For a beer that has the word sour on the label, this is horse shit. The mouth feel is watery and thin with a sweet metallic aftertaste. This one is not great at all, but it's drinkable at least.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1310) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Gus. Aroma is tart, funky, barrel, sweet and decent. Appearance is red brown, light tan head, somewhat clear. Taste is somewhat tart, funky, skins, barrel, malt, meh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, malty aftertaste. Overall, this one is incredibly disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (2081) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2016
Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is earthy, green apple and woody. Taste is tart and sour. Medium bodied with some residual stickiness. Crisp and dry finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Funkatrocious (119) - - APR 6, 2016
Pour from bottle in San Antonio. This is a great sour that pours dark with tan, lasting head. You can taste the barrel aging, and it has a crisp finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (5807) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Tart smell with wood and some fruits. Similar taste. Very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1219) - New York, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Tap at Austin Ale House, Austin, TX. Pours deep Burgundy, slightly tan head. Aroma is sour funk, caramel, cinnamon, dark fruit. Flavor is sour funk, dark fruit. Man, really good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (1607) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Medium brown color, short lived small off white head. Medium body with a slight tart flavor with q nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1611) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2016
A sour bretinomyces aroma, pours a clear reddish brown color with a short lasting tan head. A tart fruit taste with a medium body and a mildly sour finish.


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