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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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3.6
Odeed (1806) - 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 (2468) - 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 (7860) - 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 (450) - 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 (2962) - 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 (3350) - 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.

4.2
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2008
[’08 Bottle, thanks a lot STLWill!] Pours hazy amber-brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma is very fruit forward with a lot of cherry. The taste is lightly tart but then it blends beautifully with the cherry with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. Good mouthfeel and very smooth. A well crafted beer where the different aspects of it have been melded together perfectly.

4.3
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2008
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 This is my kind of sour beer. While I enjoy the funky odd sour beers this has a fruit and malt sourness that is unlike any other I have had so far. So smooth to drink and well balance sour and malt taste. Nice almost creamy body go well with the dark sour fruit flavor. Very nice! 2004 750ml bottle.

4.5
brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2008
750ml, 2005 bottle. Enjoyed at the James Taylor concert with friends. Orange-amber pour with a light white head. The aroma is quite nice. Gets you excited for the sour goodness to come. Make no mistake. This is a demanding brew. If you are not ready for the sourness that awaits you, you are in for a surprising shock. Out of 6 people that tried it, only 3 wanted more. The other 3 had comments along the lines of, “That is the nastiest thing I have ever had in my life.” I, fortunately, enjoyed the heck out of this. The sourness is balanced with a touch of sweetness deep down and buried under all that funky sour. There are under-rip fruit notes and other goodness that I did not comment on. The point is, that this is a celebration of all that is Flemish sour. GET ME MORE!

4.1
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle shared by Taverner, pours nice mahogany with minimal head. Nose is sour and funk along with cherries. Flavor is similar, plus the influence of tart apples and oak nuttiness in the finish. Very nice sour.


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