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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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4.6
badgerben (5171) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Uber thanks to BDR for sharing this mana. Murky brown color with a very tall head that quickly collapses to nothing. Outstanding aroma of sweet, sour and tart cherries. Some oak and yeast, as well as toasted pie crust. The cherries merge into a primarily tart flavor. Plenty of oak and vanilla. Lots of sugar (brown, candi) and caramel. Very heavily carbonated. Pure, unadulterated deliciousness.

4.3
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark copper color with a small head. Intial sour smell which fads into fruit aromas. Tastes immediatly of sour cherry and a nice oak flavor.

4.2
msonnenberg (30) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Finally, a decent beer from New Belgium. Bottle I’ve had for a couple months, let warm for about 10-15 minutes. Sour/vinegar aroma overpowers the fruit/sweet quite a bit. Little head with rich brown color and some sediment, not much. Immediate sour with cherries and a kind of smoky wood flavor.

4.4
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2008
Falling Rock 10th anniversary bottle from Ernest - thanks! Nice ruby red color with a fair size off-white head. Aroma is wonderfully oaky and sour with some cherry and vinous hints. Flavor is pleasantly sour with some cherry, smooth and plentiful oak, earthy grapes. Pleasant on the mouth, but not overwhelming. A fantastic sour that is deserving of its great reputation.

4.2
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2008
Tap @ San Diego Brewing. Highlight of the evening there. Visually gorgeous: hazy mahogany, small head. Vinous and wooded complexity in the bouquet. Mellow, sensual flavors that center on the core of its pleasant dry sourness, some cherry, grape, more wood, more wine, each sip offers something new to think about with this magnificent happiness beer.

4
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-24-08 bottle shared with lb4lb, aceofhearts, and fly thanks to session1979
Medium thick amber red pour with a white hurricane head. Smell is numbing sour tart flowers. Flavor is tart as hell but well balanced and wonderful. Tart and yummy and not overly sweet. Great balance. Very complex and interesting and enjoyable. Another I would love to try again.

4.1
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
Many a "thank" go out to chef201atc for grabbing this while in Colorado! Pours a tan/ruby color with a good sized tan, but slowly dissipating head. Aroma is noticably even while pouring not even close to your nose. Definite wood, cherries, mustard, light vinegar, old library books (you know the smell of those pages), and perhaps even some nuts. Well rounded. Pungent sour flavor is also surprisingly balanced upon inspection. Flavors of vinegar and mustard, oak, cherrys, nuts/dirt, and it finishes with a wonderful earthy oakiness that isn’t too dry, but is very flavorful. Palate is creamy for the style yet still a bit slick. Chewier than other sours, which I appreciate. This is excellent and has a lot to offer. Excellent sour!

4
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2008
Sampled at Hellbilly’s tasting. Thanks Hellbilly! Cloudy gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma of sour fruits and vinegar. Similar flavor, very sour, but sweetens a bit on the finish. Very good!

3.8
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2008
Sample from bottle at hellbilly’s gathering. Murky gold body color. Aroma and flavor were the same with a good dose of sour and tart like the style is name for. Good sour and glad I got to try it. Thanks Joshua.

4
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Sampled at the Hellbilly’s Hellraiser Phoenix tasting (4/13/08). Bottle courtesy of Hellbilly. My first sour ever. Pours a dark amber with a very small head. Nose is vinegar, sour crabapples with a slight malt background. Palate is more vinegar, crabapple, aspirin and lemons. Whew – this baby is sour, but I liked it!


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