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RATINGS: 1601   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 itís considered one of the best sour beers around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2006 Rating # 1000. Pours a clear burgundy color with a thick diminishing offwhite head. Very seductive aroma of sour cherries and wood with some vinegar notes. With the first sip the first thing that hits me is the very strong, mouthpuckering sourness, but after a couple sips I can discover a very refined flavor of cherries ,maple, vanilla,wood and vinegar, I think Iím in love. The body is full with an oily texture and the carbonation level is moderate. What an amazing Flemish Sour, itís even better than Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is a huge achievement.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheSchmagler (6) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2006 does not count
This is an absolutly BEAUTIFUL beer, itís dark pinkish-amber color; a sustained bead; a toffee-like start; then apple and passion fruit notes. IT is very sour very complex and wonderfully balanced. La Folie is reminiscent of Belgiumís Rodenbach Flemish Red Ale, which just happens to be produced by the brewery where the NBB brew master, Peter Bouckaert, hails from. The quantities are limited, but some just arrived in St Louis!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
popdoggy (100) - USA - DEC 21, 2007
I loved this beer. Sour, Tart, a great sour ale. Drinkability is unmatched and mouthfeel is like a fine champagne.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 on tap @ papago... pours a hazy dark brown with red tints. itís topped with an aggressively forming tan head that rapidly disappears. tart aroma with some malty sweetness, fresh cherries, wood and some grassiness. the palate has little sweetness on it. flavors of wood, fruit (blackberry, red cherry, lemon zest), grain and a grassy/herbal bite. very dry finish which continues to parch. medium to full bodied for the style with a nice smooth texture. sharpness makes it really easy to drink at a hefty price from the taps... re rate from bottle coming soon.7/4/8/4/18=4.1

from 2007 bottle #1938 courtesy of rollinhard... intense aroma of blood... minerals and iron, wood, sour cherry, earth and a light saltiness. much more robust palate and sourness than on tap. the flavors are all there just amped up... now, to get some more... 9/4/9/5/19=4.6

new keg at papago... something has changed drastically. it has become more like the bottled version in depth of aroma and flavor. everything has been turned up... the malt sweetness and the counterbalancing sourness especially. herbal dryness really cleans the whole thing up. THIS is what i want drink everyday...10/4/10/5/19/4.8

sweet jeebus... growler from late 2008 batch=the best soured beer iíve ever had... 5.0

bottle 3/08 #234 from rudy on 5/20/12. brilliant. lots of crisp agro carbonation. super tart, vibrant, lemon and usual folie yum.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ficklepixel (5) - USA - MAR 3, 2008 does not count
A wonderful, sour beer that finishes beautifully with the addition of champaigne bubbles.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle brought home from the Brewery: Let me start by saying WOW. This is a great beer. This is not a beer your going to want to drink everyday, but for a special occasion, this one takes the cake. I shared this with my buddy Mike who is a Sour fiend and he concurs, this beer Rocked. It poured a brown color with lots of thin head and carbonation. The aroma is dark fruits, sugary sweet, oak, sour, tart, raspberry, wood, wonderful. The flavor was very sour and very tart but a clean finish. This beer has made me want more. I’ve searched high and low all around home and cannot find it anywhere. I’ve been having dreams about this one. It’s a must try and an awesome beer. This beer qualifies as my first 5.0 beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Simply AMAZING!!! I canít imagine a better sour. Rodenbach doesnít even come close. Itís like a fine wine in itís complexity. If your a sour freak like me? Go for it. If you think you enjoy sours now and then. Stay away!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2013
2013 bottle, first sip is extremely sour which is delightful, the aroma has a woody sour cherry nose. The flavor is very tart the sour cherries are very prevalent, the oak, vanilla, and other very woody flavors come through also. Probably one of the best sours Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HellesBunny666 (243) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2014
Tart sour fruit smells, apples, cranberries kind of. Slightly oaky aromas as well as taste. Super sour and tart fruit feeling and mouthwatering. Not very funky. Oh. My. God. If I could only drink this forever I would not complain.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Pours a clear medium brown with one finger of creamy tan head receding slightly to a dense cap, heavy lacing. Nose is apple cider vinegar, sour cherries, and a sweet toasty maltiness, with hints of leather and musty oak as it warms. Taste follows suit but is less sweet than suggested by the nose, with a building sour aftertaste. Mouth feel is medium-bodied and prickly sour, with a dry finish. Wow - this is a stupendous Flanders brown. . Thereís not a single negative thing I can say about this: nice depth to the flavour, with a bold yet not overwhelming sourness thatís tempered perfectly by a toasted malt sweetness that never becomes cloying; the persistent carbonation keeps the mouth feel crisp without being fizzy; and thereís a pleasantly dry finish despite the lingering sour aftertaste. The ABV is high enough to deliver a decent kick yet be completely absent from the nose or tongue. Even the appearance is perfect.

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