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RATINGS: 1581   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Pours hazy brown with voluminous tan head. Aroma is dominated by sour yeasty barnyard with vague notes of vinegar. Woody notes linger. Amazing lingering sour taste with a sweet crisp finish. Amazing beer


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gespuccian (64) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2016
Aroma is stone fruit, some oak. Pours a dark brown, with little head that dissipates quickly. Taste is cherry, sour apple, and oaky dryness. Finishes sour but very clean. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2180) - - APR 18, 2016
Poured from a bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades very fast, leaving just some hints of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sour green apple smell mixed with a good deal of sour cherry. The sour fruity smells are accompanied by some aromas of oak and a strong apple cider vinegar and slightly hay-like aroma. Taste – The taste begins with a rather sour green apple flavor mixed with a little bit of cherry. The cherry grows slightly stronger as the taste advances with a sour flavor of apple cider vinegar coming to the tongue. Along with these developing flavors comes strong flavors of hay and some yeast. A light level of cherry sweetness develops toward the middle, with it only fading again more toward the end of the taste. At the very end, a decent showing of oak and even more tart green apple and sour tastes come to the tongue, leaving one with a cherry and apple fruited sour taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather thin with a carbonation level that is moderate. The thin body is fantastic for the sour flavors and with the medium carbonation it makes for an easier drinker in light of its very sour and bitter nature. Overall- A somewhat fruity, but still rather dry and quite sour brew. A pretty good example of a Flanders Oud Bruin and one to at least give a try too.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2016
Pours ruby with medium tan head. Sour slightly smoky aroma. Flavor very complex with hints of caramel, sour cherry, smoke barely breaking through the sour palette. Intense but didn’t quite work as hoped.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggiebob (583) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2016
Draft. Dark ruby red in color with an off-white lace ring. The aroma is dark stone fruits. Very sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours a reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour cherries, yeast, wood, and a couple of sweet tarts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2016
22 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. 2016 vintage. The pour is a reddish brown color with a bubbly light cream colored ring of head that leaves a pretty soapy lace all around. The aroma is surprisingly boozy for the style. There is a lot of malts here that are really preventing a sourness from establishing itself. The maltiness is really strange. The flavor is equally disappointing. The malts are really sweet up front and there is a decent profile to it. There is a light vinegar and just no sour at all. For a beer that has the word sour on the label, this is horse shit. The mouth feel is watery and thin with a sweet metallic aftertaste. This one is not great at all, but it's drinkable at least.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (947) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Gus. Aroma is tart, funky, barrel, sweet and decent. Appearance is red brown, light tan head, somewhat clear. Taste is somewhat tart, funky, skins, barrel, malt, meh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, malty aftertaste. Overall, this one is incredibly disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (2018) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2016
Pours hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma is earthy, green apple and woody. Taste is tart and sour. Medium bodied with some residual stickiness. Crisp and dry finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Funkatrocious (119) - - APR 6, 2016
Pour from bottle in San Antonio. This is a great sour that pours dark with tan, lasting head. You can taste the barrel aging, and it has a crisp finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (5096) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Tart smell with wood and some fruits. Similar taste. Very nice!


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