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RATINGS: 1608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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 its considered one of the best sour beers around.

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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2011
I know there are people that like this, but I cannot be included in their number. Bomber to Chalice. Pours dark amber with no head at all, bad sign. I smell sour cherries and soy sauce, another bad sign. Taste is sour, yechh, Couldnt finish it on a dare, or even a double dog dare. Ill try to be fair on the numbers, but this is not for me.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1510) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Our tour guide at the brewery suggested that you have to date (or taste) a sour three times to really warm up to it. I like that, and Im going to borrow it. This one is pretty tasty, definitely some acidic funk that isnt for the faint of heart, but also not the most complex of sours. Nicely balanced.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThirstyBird (2676) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Thanks to Hertie for sharing this 2013 bottle. Pours a hazy brown with orange highlights and a tan head. It smells a bit infected. Wood, cherry, some tartness and some fruit. The taste is fairly punchy fruit - cherry, wood ending super dry. Very active carbonation...not so smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclefrito62 (186) - Stow, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2016
22 ounce bottle. 2015 vintage. Very unique beer You can taste the burnt wood and the sour, which is not very overwhelming. You can smell the sour with wood. Dark brown in color and smooth when drinking When poured you get some head. Overall this is a really nice sour. Happy New Year!

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghostbeer (166) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Delicious and brown with complex cherry and dried cherry and some sweet spice notes. This was the 2014 offering and was quite good and tart with balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehaak26 (252) - - DEC 4, 2016
On tap at HopCat. Pours brown with little to no head. Aroma of green apple and cherry. Taste is tart and pleasant.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (11042) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2016
22 oz bottle. Vintage 2012. (New Belgium Brewing Co) Ft Collins, CO.
Halloween rooftop rating session in the dark. Chicago, IL.

Dark red brown color with a small tan head. Looks really nice. Sourness, red berries, wood, mold, sweetness, cherry and malt in the aroma. Complex. The flavor is sourness, tartness, red berries, cherry and woody dryness. Very nice. Balanced and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1605) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2016
Bomber vintage 2014 dguste en compagnie de Cdrick. Robe rouge pourpre et profonde sur laquelle une franche mousse demeure longuement assise. Une quantit presque outrageante de fruits foncs. De la prune confite, de la pelure de figue, du raisin noir. Une bire qui minspire un trange croisement entre une bire sre et une quadrupel. Le bois occupe une place importante et contribue une importante acidit dans laquelle je retrouve du jus de pommes frachement presses. Trs intense, je crois adorer une gorge sur deux de cette bire hors normes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3661) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2016
My introduction to the family of New Belgiums sour beers. Not the expected golden brown nor are there any obvious references to cannibalism. A dramatic clear deep re with a beige head thats soon a coat. Aroma of prunes, cherries, leather, strawberry vinegar, raw apples. Lowish carbonation. Couldnt quite decide whether just a little more body would have worked better. Quite sour, noticeably acetic. Faint note of boot polish. Lots of fruit, leather, twigs, cherry stones/ almonds, oak. Perhaps sacrifices refreshment for intrigue a little more than my ideal, but a very fine beer indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2943) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2016
Pours ruby-tinted copper with a small head. Nose shows cherries, strawberry jam, soft balsamic notes and a peppery character. Flavours include nutty and toasty malt, cherries and an assertive acidity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (1386) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2016
Bouteille vintage 2015. Robe brune trouble avec de petits reflets rougetres surmont dun lger col de mousse blanchtre. Armes de malt caramlis, cerise, jus de baies, levures sauvages, sucre brun, lgre acidit actique, bois de chne. En bouche, mlange dacidit citrique et actique, jeunes cerises, levures sauvages, chne mouill, baies rouges. Finale boise avec touche citronne et de cerise. Texture huileuse et corps mince moyen. Trs belle bire.


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