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RATINGS: 1602   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
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 (2555) - 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 (2638) - 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!

3.5
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2008
barleyPops shared a bottle of this with myself and Nimrod. Thanks! Falling Rock Tap House 10th Anniversary Special Edition Bottle #07-7123. Only my second sour ale to date and this was an interesting one. Murky light brown pour with a small tan head. Aroma of sour grapes and a hint of oak tannins. Every sip of this was an experience! Mouth numbing sour tartness initially held me back from really discerning the subtleties of the beer. Cherries and some subtle oak characteristics are really the only definite flavors I could pick up. Very acidic and funky. I know a well-made beer when I drink one and this is - it just isn’t a style that I’ve come to enjoy.

3.6
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle. Good fruity acidity in the aroma, lots of peach. Cloudy brown poor with a swirly head. Strong sour flavor without too much depth, slight sweetness in the finish. Clean thick mouthfeel.

3.7
barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2008
bottle #: 07-7123, Falling Rock 10th Anniversary blend courtesy of iowaherkeye, thanks Joey. shared with illini08 & nimrod. while I’m not much of a sourhead, I have had a few which I really liked. unfortunately this one just didn’t quite do it for me. by the time I hit the second half of my glass I was enjoying it more, but the first half of the glass was tough. reddish brown pour with a tan-ish off white head. aroma and initial flavor is TART cherries and some sour funk. in addition to the tart cherries other flavors noted were some oak and acidic vinegar to make your mouth pucker.

4.3
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
On tap at the liars club.....

great stuff...sour nose....complex sour tastes
quite honestly the best beer ever from new Belgium that I have ever tried...which admittedly is not anywhere near my favorite brewery....but a damn good sour!

4.4
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2008
750ML 2006 bottle courtesy of
Ughsmash, thanks buddy!

Appearance & Nose
Poured into a snifter with red-hazy-amber color and medium frothy offwhite head. Great head retention and lacing of the glass. Nose from the pop of the cork is vibrant, pungent, aggressively tart cherry. Screams sour and purkiness to come. Apples, white vinegar, wood, red wine are also apparent.

Flavor & Palate
Mouth feel of micro bubbles and light body. Initial taste tart. Freshly sliced granny apple & sour cherries combine with intense sour presentation. White vinegar falls into place from the aroma and displays mildly the acetic acid . Mid palate displays more oak and some mild barnyard funk (must and hay). Finishing dry with raspberry and lemon rhine bitterness. Palate duration is above average. Planning to drink this entire bottle to the face but this one is definitely a sipper, strong acidity really catches up after first half glass. Sides of the mouth pucker with joy. Not overwhelmingly complex but a flavor that displays fine qualities of a sour ale and is very drinkable as well as enjoyable. You want sour, this is remarkeable along with intense heartburn I am receiving.

4.1
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Deep red pour with soft tan head. Nose is very tart (which I love) cherries, apples and vinegar. Wood comes out as well. Flavor is a surprisingly tasty sour that gives good mouth coverage. Very nice.


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