RATINGS: 1623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 its considered one of the best sour beers around.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Poured a garnet red when held up to the light. Large, but soft, foamy head resting on top that quickly dissolved to a spotted film. Nose is very sour and I love sour. I cant quite place what the baseness of the sourness is without a taste but I know I like it. Flavor is a wallop full of sourness. Just a bucket full of sour cherries. I love ripe cherries but never really liked cherry flavored food stuffs but I am really digging this beer. Getting some tannins from wood too. Mouthfeel is full and vinuous. Puckeringly sour. The sourness actually creates a bit of deception and makes this beer feel lighter than it realy is. I would suggest serving it cold and drinking slowly to allow additonal cherry flavors come out as the beer warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobbrew (8) - Yacolt, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2007 does not count
On tap at the 2006 Portland International Beer Festival. I liked it so much, it was just about the only beer I drank at the festival. I havent done that since the 1993 Rogue Brewery festival in Newport where the only beer I drank was the first keg of Sierra Nevada Celebration available outside the brewery! I was disappointed that La Folie wasnt at the 2007 PIB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Draft, Stumblin Munk. Brown ruby, nice off white head. Aroma is sour cherries, oak, caramel. Has a very sweet taste, cherry, alcohol, sour, very oaky. Interesting for beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pretty intense here and while I can appreciate a good Flemish Sour, this was a touch too acidic for me. I prefer to see the acidity as an accent piece to the tapestry of flavours that are usually present in these styles. I did like the barrel-aging component as well as fruit complexity which adds another dimension. Malt flavours and acidity are out of whack, but peering through the layers there was a nice job and alot of thought put into creating a complimentary malt backbone. Good design and attempt, but the final execution was off with the acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Aroma: fruity, yeasty, oaky; notes of cherries and hay; initially intensely sour, bubble-gum and balsamic vinegar, and orange rind flavors, some Smarty fruit flavors and tartness; a little too sour, but very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Pours brown with bright amber highlights and a small beige head that fades quickly; smells sweet and fruity, apple cider vinegar, worcestire sauce, raisins; tastes dry and quite tart with a little pepper on the finish, some caramel notes, a little varnish smell, very interesting, but to be honest its a little to sour for me right now, but thats not the beers fault, I havent had many Flemish sours and this was more tart than I expected, still very good aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Ive had a couple bottle of this, and Ive also enjoyed on tap, but this is the first time Ive sat down to review it. Pours a mahogany with a two finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a spotty cap and ring. The subsequent lacing is sticky, leaving behind a nice webbing of foam behind. Smell; sour cherries dominate the aroma upfront, along with vinegar and oak. Theres a little vanilla and pepper, along with a mild underlying sweetness. This has one of the more complex noses of any beer that Ive ever had. Taste; the oak comes out a little more forcefully in the flavor, and then settles into the sour cherries with some tart apples. The vanilla doesnt come out right away, but starts to peek though as this warms, as does a little bit of the pepper I noticed in the smell. This actually makes my mouth water from the sourness after a little while. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice crisp carbonation. I actually enjoy beers like this on a warm day, which is good as its about 90 degrees out side, and this is going down very nicely..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Draft: A very dark red/brown amber color, cloudy, lots of bubbles, frothy 1 finger off white head. Tart fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity up front and quicky goes sour and could make one pucker. The only way i can describe this is juicy and sour as hell. So delicious, so refreshing. Also has more rich maltyness then most sour beers which i think put it as my favorite sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Another placemarker for a beer Ive had many times but never fully rated. Definitely a very good sour ale most recently enjoyed on our bike/beer tour. I have a 2007 bottle (#52) waiting for me (Fathers Day gift)!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3709) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009
4/28/2007: Slight vinegar and sourness in the aroma. It pours a hazy amber color. The flavor is sour with lots of vinegar. It is quite acidic and intense, but in a good way. This beer is medium-bodied with a smooth and creamy texture. My notes dont really do this beer justice as it is quite complex and it should be enjoyed slowly in a comfortable setting so that all the wonderful aromas and flavor complexities can be absorbed and enjoyed...

Sampled from a 750 mL bottle (06-394P) at DarkLord Day 2007. Rating: 7/3/8/4/16=3.8
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4/25/2009: La Folie has a very sour aroma but becomes sweeter and more of a caramel malt presence after it breathes a little. The flavor is tart and contains lots of cherry. It is sour, but seems to stike a good balance with the malt. The finish is dry. Good, if not better than I remember it from 2 years ago!

Sample from bottle (9/07 8564, 6% alc/vol) shared by cgarvieuk at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating: 8/3/8/3/16=3.8.

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