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RATINGS: 1604   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.

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4.1
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 PIB, tap... Poured burgundy with an off-white head. Potent, sour, wine-like aroma. Feels like a lemon warhead in the mouth (remember those!). Very satisfying and delicious. It’s aggressive in the mouth but makes you want more and more.

4
duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle (thanks Phil_L). this was great!!! Initial tart sourness in the nose. Some vinegar, and iron and blood in the aroma. palate is tart, and quite dry in the finish. With some beautiful well balanced acidity. Some nice oaky, light vanilla notes also come through. Flavour seems to go on forever. Finish is dry sour/tart. Very good indeed!

4.1
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2008
2008 Bottle - March of 2008 to be exact, aroma is like christmas, valentines day and bar mitzvah all rolled into one...oak monster, tobacco, leather, aged fruit and dk sugar, none of which prepares you for the first taste...most tart sour I’ve ever had, if people say it’s like a flemmish red, don’t believe them...oak is the most obvious, with yeast and funk following shortly thereafter....share this with at least one more aficionado, because a 750 of it is alot for one person...try it immediately after opening so you have a bench mark to compare to, it only gets better as it warms...

4.4
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2009 Pours out dark brown with some head. Smells great. Taste is lots of cherry with a lasting tartness. Not sweet at all. Pretty sour. Very woody and some what funky. Crisp and refreshing. Lambic like, Oude Bruin. One of my favorites.

4.3
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Caramel dark fruit nose, hints of tart cherry pie. Beautiful reddish amber hue, medium head that dissipated quickly, tiny bubbles continue to rise like a Champagne. Tart cherry and green apples, slight caramel vanilla hiding under biting sourness. Full body, yet effervescence cuts through. Mouth feel is creamy and finish is tart, complex, and long. This is an excellent sour ale, very complex, thought provoking, and a must try.

4.4
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Courtesy jayMFg. 2008 vintage. Wow! Even better than my lofty expectations. Pours a hazy, dark auburn to chestnut brown color with a foamy, eggshell colored head. Nice, sticky, honeycomb lacing marks the glass. The nose is nothing short of divine, with layer upon layer of succulently sour fruits, primarily cherries and apples, with notes of balsamic vinegar, toasted French oak, and lactic creaminess. There is a light, earthy, mustiness to the yeast profile. Flavors are equally impressive. Tart, nay, sour cherries and apples are calmed by lactose and caramelized sugars. Oak is the glue that binds everything together, its toasty, musty, vanilla profile drawing the sour fruits and lightly sweet malts into a beautifully integrated, satisfying sipping beer. Effervescent yet silky, the palate achieves perfect balance between substance and drinkability. This is just an excellent beer from start to finish. Masterful.

4.2
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009 Bottle with huge thanks again to BOLTZ7555, Cheers bro! Aroma has notes of sour fruit, oak, cherries, and a hint of earth. Deep amber brown hazy hue with an average sized off-white head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is sour as hell and fruity. A bit earthy near the finish and then wham-o, pucker time! Palate is medium bodied and sparkling. Acidic mouth feel but clean finish. Very different and interesting. Highly recommend.

4.2
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
An excellent intro to sours! Enjoyed very much. Strong, fresh, somewhat aged-fruit aroma, very acidic. Dark amber color, very clear. Light carbonation with a minimal amount of co2 bubbles. Flavor is of aged sour grapes that develops and changes color; ends with a very sour taste that can be sort of an acquired tasted. Palate is enormous and constantly changing. Quite interesting to patiently await it’s development. Overall impression was fantastic. Can’t wait to have this beer again!

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johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2008
My first sour beer. Pours a beautiful amber brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of vinegar and oak with earthy notes. Flavor is very sour and complex, mainly of sour apples and oak with earthy notes here and there. Med. to big bodied, lively carbonation, and smooth dry texture and mouthfeel round out this wonderfull intro to sours. Not my style of brew and probably will never be, but this is a damn fine beer that will have me drinking sours now and then to tempt and tease the palate.

4.1
MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2008
[Bottle] shared by STLWill. Pours a chalky caramel color with a small off white head. Aroma is brett, vinegar, sour apple and a little oak. One of the sourest beer I’ve had. Also in there is some oak, tobacco, and some other earthy flavors. Very dry and very much a palate wrecker, and also very very good.


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