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RATINGS: 1628   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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3.8
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Aroma: Balsamic vinegar, cherry, sour, yet rich. Appearance: ruby/brown, light beige head Taste: Intense, fruity sourness upfront, followed by musk, sweetness and oak notes, finishing dry. The bottle I opened was a bit too cold, once it warmed up the tartness was well balanced by the sweet, earthy flavors. Palate: Medium body, lively carbonation, finish doesn’t linger and is dry Overall: My first experience with a sour, was a bit intimidated by the style, but ended up enjoying this very much.


4.2
zoucrew102 (1802) - - JUN 9, 2017
Bomber, 2017 vintage. Tart green apple aroma with notes of cherry, plum, oak and caramel. Pours reddish-brown with a thin tan head that has some retention and excellent lacing. Starts with cherry, plum and caramel flavors that has a lively mouthfeel. Finishes dry with tart green apple and some oak flavors. Complex and delicious, a very nice sour.

4.3
k0mpsa (2902) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2017
Bottle. Dark mahogany reddish brown color, white head. Nice aroma, cherries, plums, oak notes. Nice taste has sour notes, oak, cherries, plums, balanced and complex.

4.2
meccahh69lol (188) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Magic sour cherry happy juice! 🍒 Has a fruity and almost syrupy aroma, with a dark red appearance and smooth palate. The taste is sharp and tangy in the cheeks, with a nice, fruity finish. One of the very best sours I’ve ever had- not too light on the sour, but doesn’t ignore the fruit either. Good for hoarding to yourself when you’re supposed to share it with your boo boo at the arcade that just got pinball machines, and/or reminiscing the day after while digesting spicy wings.

3.8
pivo (2685) - GERMANY - MAY 6, 2017
Dark brown, no head. Light sour nose. Big malty base hives way to a sharp sour. Bam. It lingers too.

3.8
Ronritter (650) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2017
on tap pours auburn with thin beige head aroma is cherry and apple taste is same with a tart finish

4.3
EvanFriend (578) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2017
Very complex. Starts out with some dry cherry, the with a sharp tartness in the middle that fades into a dry, oaky taste with maybe a hint of bitter chocolate. Ginger and spices hit with the sourness. Excellent.

4
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2017
2009 bottle thanks to Bill pours ruby red with no head. Cherry nose, battery, medium sourness. Light body. No carbonation.

4.4
malrubius (2855) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2017
2017 bottle from Brewtopia, drank last night. Reddish dark brown with lasting beige head and lace. Sour cherry woody earthy aroma. Mild ripe cherry plum sweetness with woody earthy light bitterness in very dry woody spice finish. Medium light body, nice fine internal carbo. TOTALLY FUCKING EXCELLENT. Up there with the best Flanders reds.

4.4
xhophead (24) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2017
2016, 22 oz. Pours deep red/brown, one finger head dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Fruit and wine on the nose. Raspberry, fig with a nice sour funk. Beautiful balanced finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
gripweed57 (2301) - 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.


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