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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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4.2
BuckeyeBoy (8473) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2008
#900 750ml Bottle #9067 Sep 07 Pours out an amber topped with almost no head. Aroma of very nice fruit. Tast it gets you in the jaw on the first tast. Dry, sour and very nice. WOW thanks a ton Indiana_Red for letting me have some of this on another mile stone.

4.2
jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Bottle (9067) - thanks Ken! Chestnut brown pour with a smaller, dense beige head. Sweet and tart, woody sour tones. Big impact upon first taste. Lots of sour intensity. Like a magnum sweet tart. Light oaky tones. What a treat!

4.3
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
750ml bottle. This is the best sour beer that I’ve had to date... I said that about RR Compunction too, but La Folie has more flavor. Pours a dark brown color with ruby red highlights. Crisp offwhite head that fades quick and leaves no lace. Smells a touch sour, ripe malts and sour cherries. This is one of the most sour tasting beers that I’ve had, it’s great! Some mellow oak notes but nothing major. Lots of sour cherry flavor. Medium body, crisp, super pucker sour. Very active carbonation.

5
ficklepixel (5) - USA - MAR 3, 2008 does not count
A wonderful, sour beer that finishes beautifully with the addition of champaigne bubbles.

5
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 on tap @ papago... pours a hazy dark brown with red tints. it’s topped with an aggressively forming tan head that rapidly disappears. tart aroma with some malty sweetness, fresh cherries, wood and some grassiness. the palate has little sweetness on it. flavors of wood, fruit (blackberry, red cherry, lemon zest), grain and a grassy/herbal bite. very dry finish which continues to parch. medium to full bodied for the style with a nice smooth texture. sharpness makes it really easy to drink at a hefty price from the taps... re rate from bottle coming soon.7/4/8/4/18=4.1

from 2007 bottle #1938 courtesy of rollinhard... intense aroma of blood... minerals and iron, wood, sour cherry, earth and a light saltiness. much more robust palate and sourness than on tap. the flavors are all there just amped up... now, to get some more... 9/4/9/5/19=4.6

new keg at papago... something has changed drastically. it has become more like the bottled version in depth of aroma and flavor. everything has been turned up... the malt sweetness and the counterbalancing sourness especially. herbal dryness really cleans the whole thing up. THIS is what i want drink everyday...10/4/10/5/19/4.8

sweet jeebus... growler from late 2008 batch=the best soured beer i’ve ever had... 5.0

bottle 3/08 #234 from rudy on 5/20/12. brilliant. lots of crisp agro carbonation. super tart, vibrant, lemon and usual folie yum.

4.4
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2008
467-12, 520. I’ve been looking forward to this out of the bottle for about a year now. Popping the cork released a apple cider vinegar aroma that reminds me of my first la folie. I thought there was something wrong with my beer. I’ve since come to love sour ales and for me this is the standard. Poured a lively 3 finger head that aggressively burned out. More aroma of damp wood and cherries with the vinegar. Cloudy brown with strokes of orange with a light sandy brown head. Seductively tart; pie cherries, lemon peel, with a soft embrace. Sour notes stay on my lips with a tingle while the swallow finishes dry on the back of my throat. I’m already looking forward to my next one.

4.1
rayOfBeer (680) - El Cerrito, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Poured from bottle at beerapalooza mardi gras, an opaque brown with off-white firm head. Aroma of sour grass and cherries with a slight earthiness. It tastes like mouth puckering, tart sour grass and cherries that slowly grows smoother with a malty sweetness and a woody vanilla. Definitely not a food beer. This one is an aperitif or dessert all the way. Nice one.

3.9
BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Pucker up!!! Beautiful beer: Served on Tap @ Papago Brewery, Phoenix into a snifter. Color is overcooked caramel with a massive eggshell head. Aroma is sharp cherry and mellow oak. The flavor is indicative of a cherry Jolly Rancher, and although the barrel aging doesn’t necessary make itself obvious on the palate, it does smooth this one out significantly. Very tasty and different...would try again.

4.1
ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2008
(Bottle 07-6791). Appearance: Pours a hazed brown body with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Smell: Tart-smelling sour cherry aroma with notes of seasoned wood, earthy funk, and a neutral graininess. Taste: Immediately sour and tart with a blackberry and cherry-like fruitiness. Slightly tannic oakiness and a bit of funk encountered. Fleeting flash of malts. Two drops of Worcestershire sauce. Bracing acidity. Finishes dry with a long-lived tart, fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fine carbonation. Drinkability: There hasn’t been anything this tart yet still wonderfully balanced and easily drinkable in my mouth in a long, long, LONG time. A lovely beer.

3.7
Goodgrief (2059) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2008
May 2007 - Beer pours deep dark caramel color with nice head and lacing. Strong aroma of vinegar and cherries. Rich full flavor, very sour cherry flavor with that horseblanket lambic flavor. I would have thought this was a fruit lambic over a flemish sour. Very strong...but a slow sipper.


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