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RATINGS: 1596   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2009
Bottle 75cl.
[ As my Ratebeer Rating #7500 ;o) ]. Unclear medium amber color with a average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is sour, tart, barnyard, wood, mega sour citrus. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, heavy acidic and bitter with a average to long duration, and a dry dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20081122]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (39962) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2008
75 cL bottle, courtesy of KimJohansen. Pours hazy deep brown with a diminished white head. Dense acetone yet smooth milky aroma. Dry acetone and dark malty flavoured with a light acidic touch. Dry and acidic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (33996) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2004
The aroma is dry, slightly sour and woody, though still sweet with hints of marcipan. The color is orange-brown and it has a fine beige head though disappearing. The flavor is very woody and sour from the wild fermentation. This is really a good beer. Thanks MartinKubert for bringing this to a sampling night.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a beige head. Light acidic aroma of wood. Acidic flavour of wood, glue and fruits. Too acidic.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of KimJohansen. Pours a hazy amber golden with a tiny off-white head. Piquant sweet and sour aroma with a distinct woodiness. Medium body, tart, fruity sour berry notes with some wood and salt. Lightly tart finish. 221108

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24919) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Bottled@AIH53 (from systembolaget, umeå). Orangeish amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is kind of sour wood along with some mild slight sour fruity notes. Flavour is very similar. This feels rather hyped to me, and don’t get me wrong. It’s a beautifully balanced sour beer. But it lacks the depth of lambic, Rodenbach or most other "classics" in the sour/wild category. So adding something that’ll give depth to it would help it out from going from very nice to marvellous. I had vintage 2015 now on this very date (and have stored the bottled in constant temp and dark since I got it in Spring 2015).

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (22999) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled. Dark amber. Strong vinegary cherry aroma. Dry and acidic, pleasant rounded mouthfeel. Black cherry juice! Perfect, hardcore rendition of the style. Could perhaps be more complex still, but this is really a great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle @ Brouwer’s, SEattle. Pours a slightly hazy murky brownish color with a small off-white head. Tart soureish fruity aroma with some oak hints. Slightly sweetish yet tart sourish fruity flavor with some oaky hints and some earthy hints. Dry tart sourish finsh with some oaky hints. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
3rd March 2011
Bottle shared at ACBS courtesy of Steptin. Cheers James! Clear dark red beer, tiny cream coloured head. Sourish medicinal and Dr Pepper nose. Light dry palate. Taste follows the nose. Very dry finish with a sourish note. Not really my kind of beer but this was alright!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (20908) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Bomber shared with Jeff. Clearish maroon, beige edge head. Aroma of grapefruit and brown sugar, taste is nicely sour throughout, no dryness, minimal funk. Decent balance, wood, spice. Very nice.


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