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RATINGS: 1604   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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4.1
gripweed57 (2966) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2017
22 ounce bottle. (2016 vintage). Pours a ruby red, brown color. Small creamy light tan head. Nose is earthy, leathery with sour plum notes. Big puckering sour fruit notes upfront. Notes of sour apple, sour cherry and oak. As the beer warms, the character becomes smoother and the sour notes are less assertive. The finish is lightly tart with a chewy mouthfeel. Very good.

3.5
hershiser2 (3819) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2017
Draft Taproom (Charlottesville) as La Folie (Lips of Faith) (2017). Flavor is tart but smooth lemon, grasses, fruit.

4.1
cmacklin (1370) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2017
650ml bottle. (2016 vintage) Pours a clear deep ruby with some sediment floating around and a medium, short lived, beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Sour aroma of dark malt, prunes, cherry, apple cider vinegar, red wine and oak. Sweet flavour of green apple, cherry, raspberries, vinegar and oak with a dry, sour, acidic finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent, the pucker power was over hyped but still very enjoyable.

3.9
NikkTwist (3401) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2017
UPDATED: APR 2, 2017 Draft at Khyber Pass. Translucent dark ruby brown pour with just a thin fizzy ring. Clean complex sour red/brown. Tart, earthy and malty. Sour cherries. Cocoa beans. Plums. Dates. Brazil nuts. Raspberries. Toffee. Apple cider vinegar. Sassafras. Molasses. Pomegranate. Broadens nicely as it warms. More interesting with every sip.

4
copestx (227) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2017
2014 bottles back in November ’14 and now in March 2017. Aroma is quite strong -- oak, dark fruit, red wine, sour funk. Taste follows aroma along with some cofee, cola, raisins and dates. Complex beer. Sweetness increased and sourness decreased over time, as well as the oak/wine flavors dominating the aftertaste (it was more smooth back in ’14). IMO was markedly better back in ’14 but still really good three years on.

4.2
Haslinger (985) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2017
on tap at New Belgian on a blustery Colorado day. Wow this is a good one. Some fruit, malt and a bit of sour vinaigrette in it. Damn fine beer

4.1
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle; pours brown with some tint and thin tan head; light tart aroma of red fruits, wood, malt, and hints of apples; taste is tart red fruits, apples, wood, and malt notes; tart, dry finish; very good

3.8
tompete (350) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2017
Pours light reddish brown with a small head. Aroma is malty. Flavour is malty and sour and musty in s great way.

3.6
Geiserich (4659) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 2, 2017
650 ml bottle shared by Werckmeister, thanks! Aroma with wood, acid, dark malts, some roastiness, vinegar. Dark brown color, brownish head. Flavor is dark malts, candy, hints of barrels, molasses, berries, leather.

3.6
Sebilinz (2714) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. Thanks to Werkmeister. Dark brown reddish body with tan head. Aroma is nice roasted malts dried fruits hints of sourness. Taste is sour roasted malts coffee some fruits maybe some leather . Aftertaste is sour roasted malts.


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