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RATINGS: 1608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 its considered one of the best sour beers around.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
NorCal tasting Apr 07 - This was the last beer of the night and one sip of this and you can see why. Such an intense, acidic, mouth stripping character, this is right up on par with Cantillon in terms of intensity. Aroma was cherries, concentrated vinegar, wood and some light malt. Appearance is amber in color, hazy with a foamy white head. Mouthfeel is acidic and stripping, like swigging around acid of some kind. Flavors were like the candy WarHeads with an intense sourness to go along with the acidity thats just off the charts. It really makes it hard to distinguish any other flavors due to the assault your tastebuds are under. A Flemish Sour? Not really sweet enough me thinks. Perhaps a lambic? Good stuff though no matter what it is. Hardcore for sure.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
750 ml bottle (2005): Medium amber w/ a thin but lasting off white head. Light brett/horsey aroma with bready malts; also a bit solventy for some reason. Also some lightly toasted malt and oak aromas. Very sour to start, but caramelly malt tries to cut the sourness, but to no avail.. It stays sour into the dry finish which is toasted malt flavored. Medium light body, medium carbonation. Too sour for my tastes and it seems to lack a bit of complexity for being 2 years old, but Im sure this beer would lay down well for another few years.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2007
On tap at the New Belgium tasting room. Cloudy brown pour, fast fading off white head. Nose is mostly earthy funkiness with a bit of cinnamon. Light effervescent mouthfeel. Flavor is extreme sourness, hard to pick out much else. Im slowly getting more of a palate for Flemish Sours.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
750mL Hand Bottled # 06-3379, courtesy of my best friend Cole. Pours a cloudy orange caramel brown with a 2/3 finger beige head, fades to a film after a short while. Aroma of big acidic sourness--the only fruit I can pull may be some unripened granny smith apples or strawberries--, oak, cinnamon, some light toffee--overall the tone was quite sour. Wow, this is freakin sour! Some huge acidic sourness with dry oak starts out up front, some toffee, very light roast--I know this doesnt fit at all but its there--, apples and strawberries. I can usually pick out tobacco with no trouble, but I couldnt figure out what this extra flavor was until puzzl stated it. Bone dry finish. Fairly high carbonation with a medium body. This was a very good beer, but one glass is plenty due to the intense sourness

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 Dark brown color with a little light brown head. Very oaky aroma. Sour and tart with some apple in the flavor. 8/4/8/4/17

Rerate. 2007 vintage on tap - the blend of all 10 vintages of La Folie. Truly magnificent. Sharply tart aroma with a little funk on a brown body. Exceptionally smooth body with just enough sweetness to balance the sourness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
A Mes rate: Sampled at ZBF, thanks Jim! What a cracker! A superb Flemish sour. Medium red/brown colour with a swift tan head that is attractive while it lasts. Sourish aroma full with plenty oakyness and malt. Flavour is just what I had expected from the nose but very good indeed. Acidic and sweet, fruity and sour with plenty of barnyard character and some cherry and other dark fruit. it bounces around all over the mouth and is a real wake up call for the taste buds. Lovely mouth feel. Expected dry finish. Very drinkable. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2007
oaky and fruity in the nose, as well as something else thats sweet and warm and mellow that i cant quite put my finger on . citrusy sourness (though a bit like white vinegar) up front, with cherry, (vinous) grapes, wood as well. delicious

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Awwwww yeah! Aroma is oaky, fruity, tobacco, good sourness. Flavor has a really powerful acidity up front and finishes really melllow, delicious fruits (cranberry, strawberry, lemon, clementine) with complex notes of chocolate, tobacco, wood. Fantastic!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Sampled at the O-Town throwdown. Pours hazy lazy deep copper with nice tan head. The aroma is sour and more sour after that. The flavor has some nice dark grape juice notes along with tart grapes and sourness. Nice flavors where the tartness doesnt kill off my ability to taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2007
It took a flight out to Denver for me to have a taste of this. Had a sample at the brewery which I was surprised they were giving free samples of. Brown in color with a woody sour smell. Flavor mostly showed off the sweet n sour flavor of Flemish ales. Some wood, and cherry tones in the backend. Not sure if its worth the price but great effort.


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