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RATINGS: 1602   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Doaner88 (9) - - NOV 16, 2013
Great lacto development with a round body. Finishes nice but a little thin. Fantastic aroma with a good development on the palate.


4.6
Cristobal37 (1236) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 8, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2017 2017 vintage. Deep brown, slight reddish hue. No head. Classic Flanders brown aroma sour vinegar, earthy, fragrant wine. Immediately massive sourness, didn't see it coming. Afterwards the oak or wood barrel or foeder comes through nicely. There's is definitely a fruitiness to it, but I can't say Im getting cherries and apples, as advertised. A few sips in and I got some sweet malt in the finish which really shows how complex this is. Ive read about this one and how it's such a big deal and I have to agree. It's the best "sour brown" I can recall. Ive had about a dozen of NB's more easily accessible beers and found them all to be total crap, so it's nice to finally try this and see the quality side of this likeable brewery. American classic and worth the hunt!

3.9
Samuel214 (1470) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2017
Flaska från SB. Vintage 2017. Mörk kastanjebrun med halvfinger högt smutsbeiget skum. Förvånansvärt stor maltsötma i doften med torkad frukt, fikon, torkade plommon och kola. Även körsbärskärnor och mörka röda bär. Lätt ekig kropp med viss fatkaraktär. Mild och fin. En del maltighet i smaken jämte vinösa och jordiga toner, körsbärskärnor. Även lite citrusvita, citronjuice och beska i avslutningen.

3.7
BillWyce (1104) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Pours semi-opaque ruby red-brown with a 1-finger bone-colored head that was gone quickly. Tart cherry aroma with a touch of wood mixed in. Medium body, with a touch of syrupy character. Long finish with a tart dryness. Tart cherry flavor mixed with a wood note. Some yeast funk at the back.

4.6
Pyrmir (6210) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2017 650 bomber bottle at home, thanks Jef! 2014 vintage I think. Reddish brownish with tan head. Aroma and taste are sour and complex, fruit, plums, cherries, caramel, acetic, lactic, woody notes and apples leading to a sour fruity finish.

4.4
BeerdedDave (1875) - Beckley, USA - SEP 14, 2017
reddish-brown color; great tart fruit aroma with oak notes; fantastic tart, dark fruit flavor with tart cherry notes and lots of oak; dry, oaky, tart finish

3.8
Stoned99 (1674) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2017
2013 Bottle shared at epic Cantillon tasting. Aroma: brett, caramel, brown sugar, slightly oxidated. App: brown, reddish, minimal beige brown head, leaving great lacing especially for a 2013 bottle. Taste and palate: medium body, light sweetness, moderate high acidity and dry finish. Overall: good stuff. A bit too much acidity for me but it's well made. Good stuff.

4
sebastokrator (127) - - JUL 10, 2017
,Pours a dark brown with some nice beige head. The nose is sour apple, oak, cherry, and a hint of vinegar. Taste is a nice sour apple and hint of cherry. The oak barely comes through. The finish is quite fruity. Light to medium bodied, with light carbonation. This is just a good solid sour.

3.7
Padedze (49) - - JUN 25, 2017
Purchased Washington DC in May 2017. Drunk June 25. Dark sour. Nice lingering head. Good aroma. Cherry lemon sourness. Tart but refreshing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
ANZUShophunter (573) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2017
From bottle in Belgian ale glass. Pours murky maroon/amber with frothy head that fades quickly. Tart cherry from beginning to end with nice woody undertones from the oak.

4.2
zoucrew102 (2107) - - 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.


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