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RATINGS: 1601   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jibby (13) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Opaque brown. Small head. Aroma: balsamic vinegar, gingerbread cookies, cherries, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla. Biting acidity, but balanced with some malt sweetness. Finishes off dry. Similar in flavor to what I would call "New Age Flanders Ales", like Lost Abbey Red Poppy, Cascade Sang Royale. Differs somewhat from the granddaddy Rodenbach in its gingerbread quality. It is a fine beer, with good balance and drinkability. Still, it doesn’t quite reach Rodenbach elegance or the Lost Abbey comforting mouthfeel.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3500) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2016
My introduction to the family of New Belgium’s sour beers. Not the expected golden brown nor are there any obvious references to cannibalism. A dramatic clear deep re with a beige head that’s soon a coat. Aroma of prunes, cherries, leather, strawberry vinegar, raw apples. Lowish carbonation. Couldn’t quite decide whether just a little more body would have worked better. Quite sour, noticeably acetic. Faint note of boot polish. Lots of fruit, leather, twigs, cherry stones/ almonds, oak. Perhaps sacrifices refreshment for intrigue a little more than my ideal, but a very fine beer indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2016
Pours ruby-tinted copper with a small head. Nose shows cherries, strawberry jam, soft balsamic notes and a peppery character. Flavours include nutty and toasty malt, cherries and an assertive acidity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (1174) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (768) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2593) - 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

4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PanMarek (241) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daje (3995) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (9423) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10132) - 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...


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