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RATINGS: 1522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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.


ACHops' rating

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2012
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours dark reddish brown with minimal head. Sour cherries jump out on the nose. Big, lip puckering sourness on initial taste. Solid notes of apple, cherry, and oak. Dry, crisp body that finishes super clean. Easy for many sour beers to hide their alcohol, but this is nicely moderate. Probably the most commonly available sour and delicious to boot! Pretty sure this was my first sour many years ago, and although my reaction to them has changed quite a bit, this is still an archetype for the style.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2084) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle from Elmanana. Many thanks! Red colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Aroma of red berries, balsamico, vinegar, lemon. bitter earthy notes. Refreshing, but not very well balanced. I like Rodenbach Vintage much better!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (4063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Dark red pour from draft at Beef and Barley. White sticky head. Sweet cherry and tart aroma. Strawberry and fruit punch. Fantastic beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (695) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
Red-brown color, beige head. Red berries nose, wood, caramel. Berries taste, strawberries, sour notes, wood, hints of cherry pits, caramel malt and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Xebbe (132) - - JUL 24, 2015
Doftar som jordgubbssylt på ristat bröd. God smak. Inte så märkvärdigt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (702) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours light hazy dark reddish brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma is vinous, vinegar, oak, vanilla, tannic, red berries, balsamic notes. Taste is tannic, oak, red berries, malty, vinegar, balsamic, slightly toasty for some reason.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (1888) - Alabama, USA - JUL 17, 2015
650ml bottle, bottled 18/01/15, BBE 28/02/16. Pours a deep ruby red with a good, yellowish-brown head. Aroma is a heady mixture of sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, some green apple skin, sour, some red berries. Taste is somewhat sour, balsamic vinegar, red berries, sour cherry. A lot of berry and caramel on the aftertaste. Not sweet. Fairly full. Great sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1755) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
Butelka 65cl. OCZY : piwo ma kolor brązowy z odcieniami czerwieni. Piana jest niewielka o kolorze szarym. NOS : na pierwszy niuch piwo uderza aromatem owoców takich jakich jak wiśni, śliwek, jabłka. Sporo czuć drewna, czekolady i wanilii. Wyczuć można również goździki, miód, kwiaty, delikatne nuty herbaciane, kandyzowane czerwone owoce tak jak wisienki Maraschino. Bardzo bogaty bukiet. USTA : piwo jest delikatnie nasycone i ma konsystencje podobna do kompotu. Kwaśność tego piwa jest intensywna ale nie zakrywa bogactwa i mocy aromatu. Kwaśność przypomina kwasek cytrynowy i jest na granicy octu. Pozwala wciąż na delektowanie się intensywnymi nutami drewna owoców i nawet czekolady. Po kilku łykach przyzwyczaiłem się już do kwaśności bo w posmaku cierpkość nie zalega za mocno. Tutaj sporą rolę gra przyprawowość i rozgrzewający alkohol. ODCZUCIA : piwo ma świetną bazę słodową i bardzo wyraźne nuty zaczerpnięte z drewna. Pod każdym względem udane. Nawet kwaśność, jak na Amerykana nie jest przesadna. Warte polecenia.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nische (1187) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2015
Tap at Mikkeller Stockholm. Dark ruby red beer with almost no head. Aroma and taste of sour cherry, vanilla, oak and cranberry. Very enjoyable!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2775) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
Sample at Leuven Innovation Beer Festival. Thanks for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, almost no head. NOSE: sour, fruity, oak. TASTE: sour, fruity, oak, nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3020) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle with massive thanks to Mike. Brown with tan head. Aroma is funky, cherry, oak, dried fruits. Taste of berries, dried fruit, cherry, raisins, oak. Dry, quite thin and tart,


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