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RATINGS: 1599   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 it’s considered one of the best sour beers around.

FullObs' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2012
22oz. Had this many times so thought I would rate it today. pours reddish brown wiith good carbonation. Moderately sour, woody and earthy with some apple/cherry fruitiness. This is a good gateway sour for newbies. I’ve heard the prices vary a lot but near me at $16 nearly double a Rodenbach, and with many other better choices I will go for something else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (1120) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2016
Bouteille vintage 2015. Robe brune trouble avec de petits reflets rougeâtres surmonté d’un léger col de mousse blanchâtre. Arômes de malt caramélisé, cerise, jus de baies, levures sauvages, sucre brun, légère acidité acétique, bois de chêne. En bouche, mélange d’acidité citrique et acétique, jeunes cerises, levures sauvages, chêne mouillé, baies rouges. Finale boisée avec touche citronnée et de cerise. Texture huileuse et corps mince à moyen. Très belle bière.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (714) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s during New Belgium 25th anniversary celebration. Pours a hazy copper with no head. Aroma is cherry notes, slightly woody. Same character sour, tart taste with caramel and bready notes. Pleasant, but I wish it more sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2565) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle. Wow. Pours a dark brown reddish color with little fuzz bubbles. Taste is tart and sweet but very well balanced. The rodenbach brewmaster would be proud

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VinegarStroke (381) - Napa, Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle: (2016) Copper red with a light haze. Certainly sour although clean. No VA or undesirable aromas. Light caramel aromas along with a flinty mineral note. Palate is clean, sour and tight. There is some citrus zest and moderate bitterness. Lots of fruit. Lovely beer. Note sure whether sour reds should be this clean or have a little more funk and personality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PanMarek (223) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2016
Sour, woody on the nose with some fruit (green apple?) notes. Pours dark amber / orange with thin white foam. The flavor is sour and complex. The malts are well balanced against the yeasty notes. The apple comes through as does the oak. Medium body and slightly slick. A good sour, but feels a little thin. Sampled at Big Pour 2015.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (3982) - NORWAY - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle, december 18th 2016. Dark red body with a tanned head. Aroma of tart fruit, herbs, funk. Sour fruit atste with leather and berries, quite dry palate. Funky and fruity finish. Good one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (9369) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2016
(bottle, 66cl) Slightly hazy, ruby brown colour with a short and off-white foamy layer. Slightly toasted malty aroma with notes of candied fruits, cherries, prunes and an oaky touch. Acidic and delicately tart flavour, medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Initially dry and acidic taste with fruity notes of cherries, plums, hints of vinegar, backed by oaky, woody notes and a tinge of caramel; dry and acidic cherry-/morello-fruity and plummy finish with mildly funky notes in the backyard. Great. 24.VI.16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10102) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 24, 2016
Bouteille: Red-brown, unclear, small and stable off-white head,; prunes, cherries and almonds, vinegar and wood ( french oak ) as well; solid sour flavour, some residual sweetness detectable; lingering sour and woody and fruity finish. Yes, yes...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axl (539) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2016
650ml bottle, 2015 vintage. Deep red-brown with small beige film. Fairly acidic aroma of tart red fruits, plum, apple, vinegar, wood, light vanilla and faint black olives. Taste is acidic with tart red fruits, plums, tart apples, wood, light vanilla, light black olives, red fruit pits and some cherry. Quite filling mouthfeel, medium carbonation and dry tart aftertaste with lingering acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jedi111 (6) - Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2016 does not count
Pours muddy Ruby red. Thin white head that quickly dissolves. Tart and mellow with hints of cherry and Brett.

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