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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
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 (1208) - 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.

3.9
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
It’s definitely a sour. I can taste sour apples, jolly ranchers, tannins and woody notes. Pours amber with a thin white head. Full of various sour flavors like apples and apircots.

4.1
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
On tap from PP C-Bad. Brown amber color with a thin white head. Aromas of yeast and tartness. Very luscious and smooth with a medium body in your mouth. Flavors of some maltiness and tart sour cherry and apple. Great long easy finish without being over the top. Great beer for sure.

4.3
Sk8tybrd (7) - USA - MAY 19, 2008 does not count
Intoxicating aromas of mashed sour cherries, pie crust and some lovely spices. Aggressive on the tongue. An immediate shot of raw brown sugar mellowing to a tart cherri and finally to a cherry pie reminicent of the aromatic picture! I’ll have another!

4.1
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Brown bodied, no head formed. Aroma has mostly fruit, raspberry and blueberry, and a bretty funk. Flavor is sour bret with a slight bitter tang in the back.

4.2
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle 12629; 11/07: Courtesy of mgumby10, big thanks Mike. Murky, puddle-water color with a small cream head. Very intense aroma...light fruits, dark malts, oak and the acidity was very well represented but not in a vinegar kind of way. There also seemed to be a subtle earthiness representation noted as well. First taste led to a mouth puckering, tart body with almost nothing else to note...this led to the following tastes where the beauty of this comes through. The sour aspect is there but works with the rest of the brew, instead of against it...some of the dark malts come through with some rhubarb and dark tea leaves. Unbelievable brew.

4
DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 04 bottle. Thanks 7up2liter. Pours an orange brown with a thin white head. Crusty vag aroma, some vinegar, some paint thinner. Barnyard flavor, some vinegar, a few bits of aids. Kind of reminds me of chewing on a horses tail while it shits in my mouth. finishes extremely sour, refreshing.


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