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RATINGS: 1632   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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4.2
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!

4
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 (907) - 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.

3.6
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
(sample from dr. bill)reddish body with some white head.aroma is a nice blend of acidity,lemons,fruits,and brett.flavor is highly acidic with the other characteristics following.

3.9
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2010 750 ml bottle courtesy of Dr Bill at BA Speedway line tasting. Poured a cloudy dark amber color with a small white head. Big nose with lots of tart fruits and a bit of funk. The flavor was overtly sour with many complex fruits surfacing, cherries, grapes, persimmons and apples. Very yummy. The mouthfeel was silky smooth. The finish was long and sour. Overall: A great sour. rated 4.1 Re-rate on 07-11-09, rating the new lips of faith series. Aroma is sour green apples. The taste is sour vinegar.Overall: they ruined it. new rating 3.7 Re-rate on 07-15-2010, Aroma is mild barnyard and horse blanket, flavor is tart green apples and is mildly acidic. A bit of a rebound from last years mess--new rating 3.9

4
blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
My bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & garthicus -- courtesy of Kevin. Bottle # 11/07 - 10,880. Pours a murky mahogany with a small white head. Very nice aroma of sour fruit, some funkyness and spices. Flavour: Oh yeah, that’s sour! Tart fruit, funky yeast, some spices and wood all backed by sweet malt. Well carbonated. Dry mouthfeel, thick bodied. An easy to drink, well made, delightful Sour Ale -- fantastic stuff.

4.8
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Let me start off by saying a HUGE Thanks to Styles. He sent me this awsome beer and I have to say that it is my favorite beer thus far. I told Chris that I am becoming more and more interested in sours and this beer was absolutely wonderful. It poured a nice brown body with a huge vinergery smell. The sour fruits (apples and cherries) came through with a hint of fig. The taste was so complex. Huge sour and malt. The sourness became ever more dominant as it warmed. Lacing stuck to the glass lick glue. This was pefect on that hot memorial day.

4.2
garthicus (2929) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 4, 2008
Thanks to Blankboyfor sharing this: Shared with Tupalev, Blankboy and HogTownHarry: Appearance: Brown red colour, zero head. Aroma: Delightfully sour aroma, some spice and fruit too. Flavour: mmm lovely and sour, bitter and the carbonation on my tongue is incredibly enjoyable. Peppery and ’juicy’ wow, very enjoyable!!! Very much so! Bottle no 11/07 - 10,880

4.3
pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Much thanks to Eclectic for this bottle. Pours out a very attractive mahogany color with a small off white head. Interesting funky, sour earthy and some tart/sweet fruits in here too. Taste is very tart off the bat, sour fruity notes, some earthy/ funky earth flavors going on also, refreshing and very intriguing. Much thanks.


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