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RATINGS: 1585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9526) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle at appellation. Pours deep amber, nose is funky, grapes, vanilla, taste is hugely sour, dry, funky, fruity, cherry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (8806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle Appellation Wines, Comely Bankers Draught tasting. Pours clear red-brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of sour cherry, light sweet. Taste is sweet and sour cherry, sour finish. Oaky at the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (2245) - - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle shared, thanks Will! Lovely sour cherry character with a gentle tart edge, lingering herbal notes, umeboshi, oak, fairly smooth on the finish. Maybe not as complex as some Belgian classics but a very enjoyable and drinkable sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2015) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle shared at Antenna America. Deep cherry wood color with 2 fingers of soapy foam that lingers. Loads of oak on the nose with cherry and blackberry undertones, almond, light balsamic vinegar and dark fruit. Dry on the palate and leathery with a slight creaminess that comes out on the finish. Good tartness on the palate with lots of wood coming through and more of sherry-like finish. Very nice, or at least it was at this point in the night.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (1104) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2016
(2015 650ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours a clear deep mahogany with a moderate head of dark cream froth that lingers with lots of lace. Aroma fairly sour with sour cherry, balsamic, lots of wet oak and earthy forest notes, a bit of toast to the malt, a hint of sweet caramel for balance. Rather acetic overall. Palate is much less sour, very woody with lots of wet oak and even basement notes, a bit of cherry and raisin, slightly acidic vinous notes but more lactic than acetic, even a bit of lemon juice. Some sweetish caramel, and lightly toasted malts showing up towards the finish with lightly bitter leathery oak. Lightish body with moderate, mouth-filling carbonation. Not a bad Flemish brown, but it doesn’t really touch the best in style. Seems like the new incarnation isn’t quite a match for the old.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroadestTom (349) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Aroma nuts, cherries, Appearance amber, brown, clear, minimal head, white foam, Taste medium sweetness, medium sourness, Palate medium body, lively, fizzy, Overall I’m new to sour beers so I can only go off of what I have had up to this point. This sour is really nice to me. Very easy to drink and not overly tart. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Deep, enticingly fruity nose with Concord grapes, wood, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, cacao, earth, and calvados caramel; shift your lungs into third gear and you’ll delve into the grainier, drier notes, with some panko crumbs. Underneath it all there’s a very slight funk. The mouthfeel is fizzy, with lively carbonation that dissolves the medium body into foam as you press it against your palate. I would have wished for something slightly less intrusive, as so much fizz gets in the way of such a beautiful beer. The beer is bright on the tongue, very acidic with residual sugary sweetness and a dry, grainy backbone. An extremely pleasant aftertaste of Concord grapes and Trolli gummies lingers. Outstanding, delicious, and super interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2870) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottled from Giant. Red brown pour. Malts, sour patch kids and some body. Bit of wood. Pretty nice.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chupachups01 (38) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 19, 2015
Poured in a Spiegelau wit glass at home. Served chilled. Not as good as i remembering it being. This is my second bottle today. Slightly watery. Hint of barrels. Will try a warmer bottle next time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorkenstein (338) - - DEC 8, 2015
Cherry juice and oaky aromas. Taste is nice lightly roasted malts and oak, then a tart sourness of cherries and balsamic vinegar kicks in the back.


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