RATINGS: 1608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 From a 750mL Bottle. Deep caramelly brown coloring with a healthy finger of white head. Outstanding sour aromas of woody, funky oak blends nicely with some chardonnay tannins and a squeeze of fresh lemon. A light fruity wave of juicy apple flesh and under-ripe pear skins compliment the acetic presence nicely, and are even sweetened by just a hint of maple syrup. Hints of vanilla. Light bodied, tingly mouthfeel that brings loads of rich, tart fruit flavors to the palate. Perfectly intensely sour without being excessively vinegary. Dry, yet loads of flavor complexity and a firm body. Im envisioning a freshly baked apple crisp garnished with a slice of cidery lemon peel. A hint of white pepper spice lingers among the oak, leaving me to smack my lips appreciatively in the final smack. Amazing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Shared at Columbus tasting by moejuck. Pours slightly reddish. Aroma and flavor and sweetarts and sourness. I didnt think something could be more sour than beatification but this is. Leaves a little too much sour on the back of the tongue though. Still pretty good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Aroma was very sour with hints of fruits. The pour was a reddish brown with a medium head off white head. Medium palate presented tastes of sour fruits. Plenty of tart in this one--which I love. Not quite as good as I had expected, but a very solid sour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2006
On tap into a small tulip, Falling Rock Tap House. Finally, I get to rate this. Smells freaking fantastic. I smelled it for a full five minutes before daring to taste it. Acid cherry and granny smith apple in the nose; something lurks in there reminding me of white zinfindel and sharp blue cheese (without the cheese). The taste explodes like Enola Gay dropped it. My eyes watered it was so intense. More purely sour than any gueuze Ive had. Fruitier than a gueuze, not as straightforwardly dry, but not as fruity and round as a Rodenbach. Granny Smith apples dominate the taste with a lack of sweetness (although the taste contains cinnamon syrup and caramel), some cherry, and dark spidery yeasty things after the sour dies off. Sour fumes even waft up into the nose from the back. The finish is almost dry, but the acid keeps bringing up saliva, so it cant really achieve it. Body is medium, somewhat fizzy. Officially dope, although doesnt aspire to the heights; if the finish were more developed, or it were a bit more complex, would be one of my all-time bests.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Tap, Toronado. Fairly dark ruby color on the pour. Slightly sour vinous aroma. Some raisins and fig, along with some other dark fruity qualities. Sour and spicy champagne notes. Very tart and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Re-rate 9/6/07. This rating is for the special edition brewed for The Falling Rock Tap House anniversary. I couldnt decide whether to give this a separate rating or not. It is a special blend of La Folie using all 10 Foeters (large wood fermenters). Usually La Folie uses beer from only 2-3. AbV is the same at 6%. I had it on tap at The Falling Rock. It poured a slightly hazy ruby red color. There was a ring of off white head. Aroma was of cherry, subdued black raspberry, apple, and light brown sugar. Very tart on the tongue with sour cherry, red wine vinegar (especially in the middle toward the end), and distinct oak. Delicious. Original rating 10/15/06: Draft at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO. Attractive clear garnet color with a lasting foamy white head that laced the glass. Smelled of cherry taffy, apple, and white wine. Rich fruity flavor of melon, raspberry, and cherry with oak and alchol undertones. Extra tart on the tongue. 8/4/7/4-18

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2006
2005 Bottle # 05-3838. Cork pops out like agustus gloop up the pipe in Willy Wonka. Luclkily, no beer escapes. Beer is sitting in the sink now, but I can already catch a waff of the aroma some 8 feet away Medium amber with a thick and carbonated off-white head. Crackles. Smell is oak, funk, earth, gummy cherries, sour cherries, lemon . Wow. Taste is much more tart and sour than I expected. Lots of l sharp lemon, slight cherry, vinegar, light sweetness, and a bit of alcohol. This is much more sour and mouth puckering than I expected for this beer or this style. Maybe more similar to a more of a more deeply flavored champagne than I have ever experienced from a Gueuze. Intense and Enjoyable. Like Warhead candy, its a big rush very quickly but I cant get enough of it. Props to my friend Shannon for bringing this back from her trip to the brewery. Thanks Shan!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
05 version... Appears a hazy red toned amber with a small white head that fades out into a small cap. Smell is oaky, earthy, with tart cherries, spree candy, perhaps a touch of papaya somwhere in there...heavenly. Taste is of the same aromas with a spicy, wild bite that is outstanding. The oak is subdued enough that it brings out all of the tart, meaty characteristics that make this beer a winner. This is very much to the liking of Rodenbach Grand Cru, only better. There must be some magic on those Rodenbach barrels b/c everything that goes inside of them, comes out enticing my palate and making me want more and more. Mouthfeel is spritzy, sugary, tart, balanced, and medium bodied. Really nice. Im sure this will be in my personal top 10 for a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
From the Coulmbus tasting, shared by moejuck! Dirty orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma of brett, sour cherries, funk and oak. The flavor was sour, with some woodiness and some funk. Acidic and tart over the tounge. Pretty neat stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snwbrder0721 (5) - USA - OCT 4, 2006 does not count
I cant decide whether I hate or love this beer. A departure from anything Ive ever tried before. Had a sample at the brewery, at first it had me puckered up. I think it might be okay a glass at a time, but Im not sure I could drink very much of this in one setting.

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