RATINGS: 1596   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 it’s considered one of the best sour beers around.

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apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Gee, I’m surprised I haven’t rate this yet, as I’ve had it previously...ut I had it again at the NYRBG yesterday. What a great, full-bodied Flemish Sour Ale. Not too pungent or yeasty, slightly malty but very woody. Perfect for going with fine cheese. Similar to a lambic, but not so fruity or tart. This has become one of my favorite beers for sure.

beastiefan2k (4007) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2011 Bottle provided by BeerandBlues2, thanks Brad. Shared this at NYRBG. First of all, FUCKING WOW. This is the best sour beer I have ever had. Aroma is a good Kriek, akin to Drie Fonteinen Kriek. Tarty, sour and cherry. Taste however is amazing. It starts out Sour kriek lambic-esque. But then becomes a strawberry sweet taste. Aftertaste isn’t even tart but sweet. Mouthfeel is pillow-y and smooth. 8/4/10/4/18

Re-rate, 04/23/07: 2004 bottle, 3 years old @ Blind Tiger Ale House. A very different beer right now, has take a lot more traditional characteristics. Earlier had the DdB on tap and definitely notice a similar vinegar taste but no where as strong in the La Folie). Also has taken on a heavier muskiness. It was not as "airy" as the fresh bottle was. Sourness has become stronger and a bit more acidic.

Re-rate: Well I have been missing the old La Folie and this has especially been highlighted in a recent vertical. 05, 07, 09, and the new bombers. Basically, the 05, now 4 years old was stellar. Still strong and sour but a bold fruit sourness, just how I remember. Still hints of strawberry in there. Some age was present as it wasn’t as bright but still going great. This was almost a completely different story with the 2007 bottle. It already is showing a whole lot of age. There is a cheap acetic quality mixed with cardboard. Very weird to come across something like that. The 2009 (last 750mL batch before the bombers) was similar just without the cardboard. Still that dull acetic character, strong but not in the same way the 05 bottle was. And now we move onto the bombers. The beer would almost not be recognizable as the same beer as the 2005 bottle. This head much less sourness then any other. There was also a weird burnt aspect to it. Now in general that beer is not bad but when put in comparison to the glorious 05 bottle it’s just such a weakling. So the overall experience with this beer would range from around 3.6 to 4.4. I guess the rating I will give it will be the middle score.

3rd beer of blind tasting. Dark cola color with reddish hues, head fades quickly, has a halo lacing. The beer glows in the light but no clarity. Aroma is sweet, very musky, cherry, slight acetic and works great in the beer. Very natural sourness and refreshing aroma. Flavor is sweet cherry juice with tartness all over the place and nice drying sourness in the finish. Great sour aftertaste tingles the tonsils as well. 8/3/9/4/17, Standing in the tasting: personal – 2nd, overall – 1st 2009 750mL C&C.

Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange colour with a medium off-white head. Light acid sour fruity, wood aroma and a very acid, very sour fruity, dusty, wood taste. Medium body with a dry finish.

Sammy (12346) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2006
Thanks jpm30. A clear rlight reddish colour with lots of large bubbles in the head. Vinegar and malt aroma. Clearly sour taste that sweetens as you drink it. Vineous and slightly rich, wood only detactable before the taste buds are overpowered.. Great after salty fish

joergen (28386) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a beige head. Light acidic aroma of wood. Acidic flavour of wood, glue and fruits. Too acidic.

BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Portland International Beer Festival – Tap] A good dark colored brew with a light head. This had aroma and flavor that was very good. The flavors where sweet yet still had the Belgian sour qualities. Liked the flavor this was very good sour ale.

demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2006
750ml bottle (Huge thanks to Skoisirius). A clear maroon pour with a small soapy white head. Aroma consists of apples, malts, cherries, cranberries, hops, with a slight caramel note. Taste is definitely sour and quite fruity. A nice sour tartness mixed together with slight hopiness and the light spices is absolutely wonderful. I also detect a faint cinnamon note. Palate is sour and acidic from the fruit element. Overall, This is some good stuff! If you want a change from the hum drum of other lagers and ales pick up one of these. Rather expensive but worth the money!

Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Copper brown. A small layer of muslin white head, leaving a wispy skim that survives to the end of the glass. The smell of a warm fall day in an apple orchard; the fruit in various stages of ripening, falling, and the beginnings of decay. The aroma builds to include cedar, melons, blackberries, all borne along in a cacophony of dazzling tartness. The flavor is equally brilliant; almost alive. Tart, dry, musky. I feel like this beer is engaging parts of my palate I didn’t know I had. Evocative, inviting. An unabashedly sour beer, and yet beautifully balanced. A beer experience worth every penny.

vyvvy (6516) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Pours hazy deep amber with light tan head. Aroma has vinegar and oak. There is also light cherry and tart apples hints. Medium / light body with sharp, but light, carbonation. Taste is oaky / woody with vinegar qualities and citric acid. The finish is prickly with granny smith apples, tart cherries and pepperiness. Starts smoothiing out the further down you get and the fnish starts taking on a bit of sweetness to compliment the tartness. A very complex beer - something to sit back and savor. (84/8/3/17 - 4)
Rerate notes - just bumping up number to where they should be.

bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
"Thanks to eagle for this one. After hunting all over the place for this i was a little disapponited. Not that it was bad. Poured a light ruby color with a thin head. Was a little thin. Aroma was of tart cherries lemony. Flavor was much the same. Missing the winegar that is normally in the sours. Much more acdic then the Penil. Still a good beer."

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