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La Folie Falling Rock's 10th Anniversary - New Belgium Brewing

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La Folie Falling Rock's 10th Anniversary
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 6.07%
Wants: 61
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-13-2007)
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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes. Opened with some great BAs at my first epic Philly tasting on 3-26-11. Tasted side-by-side with NB Bottleworks 10th and Twisted Spoke 15th - this was #2 for me of the three.

L - Sexy looking mahogany with fizzy, crackling foam that recedes to nothing fairly quickly.

S - Light but nice - cocoa powder, tart cherry and sweet cherry pie filling, vanilla, oak, lots of berry, light leaher, mineral notes, acetic throughout with some earth funk.

T - Delicious! Much like the nose, with a very bright acetic tartness that never becomes too much. Brown sugar, vanilla oak, big cherry pie filling, touch of milk chocolate andd dark cocoa, cherry jolly ranchers, warm leather, and just a shade of peppery funk in the finish.

M - Nice and light, with just the right amount of carbonation, though a touch thin.

O - Really delicious, the cocoa-covered cherries play front and center over acetic acid that perfectly balances the edge without ever becoming too much. Glad to have been able to try this again since my original review (thank you, forgetfu!).

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You’re the man, Chad. Snifter, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dirty, murky, cloudy brown with a very fizzy and short lived light tan head that faded into nothingness.
S: Nose is full of light cherries, huge lemon, red fruits and berries, currants, and oak.
T: More red fruits and berries, earthy barrel, lightly sweet with hints of syrupy malts and caramel. Acid is light, very drinkable.
M: Tingly carbonation, lightly tart, super dry, clean mouth.
O: The best la folie I’ve had. Extremely drinkable with very integrated flavors. Thanks cpferris.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/brown color, off-white head, thin collar. Tart cherries, oak, light funky sourness, vinegar, and fruit. Flavor is tart cherries, oak, nice acidic sourness, must. Body is light, good carbonation, dry tart finish.

A really nice beer here, but mostly just tastes like an aged La Folie. This beer is nearly impossible to locate, so probably not worth it to give up a ton when you can try an 07/08/09 La Folie a lot easier. Good beer and would definitely have again.

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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Falling Rock 10th Anniversary bottle shared by cpferris. Thanks Chad. Pours a murky brown with a small white head that settles to a bunch a bubbles at the edge of the glass and leaves some light lacing. The aroma is oak, cherry, some light brown sugar and caramel as well as a bit of vinegar. The taste has a light initial sweetness as well as a decent tartness. There is oak, cherry, and a bit of brown sugar. The finish has a decent amount of acetic acid and lots of oak. Medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ChrisPro for tracking down this rarity. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

A - White foam quickly settles to a thin ring, spotty haze, and no lace. Hazy dark orange-brown body.

S - Smells like vintage La Folie, with a mixture of vinegar, sour cherries, moderate malt sweetness, and a touch of oak. There's a touch of oxidation setting in at five years of age, but it's not distracting yet.

T - The taste is quite nice too, with a mix of funky overripe cherries, acetic acid, wet oak, sweet malts and perhaps even a light chocolate flavor. Definitely a Flanders, with the requisite malt heft.

M - Super dry texture, medium-bodied with zesty carbonation, mildly tannic, negligible alcohol, and the signature New Belgium acidity.

D - It's not terribly different from concurrent vintages of La Folie, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed this quite a bit as it made a nice contrast from the more acidic American Wild Ales we had. Probably too acidic for me to drink an entire 750ml though.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious! One of the best beers I have ever had. Love the sour/tart taste of the black cherries. Mouth feel is a little sticky but the tangy after taste is great. The low carbonation works well with the flavor of the beer- resembles a wine but you can still tell that it is a beer.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big up to Joe (aka bucketboy) for covertly snagging this rarity for our recent tasting. The first of our diagonal of 3 La Folie Anniversary Beers, and 17th overall in our 2-day tasting.

Pours a hazy garnet brown, capped by a creamy but coarse and rapidly receding head. Spotty bits of lace stick to the edges of the glass and slowly slink their way back down to the beer itself.

The aroma is a signature New Belgium La Folie Acetic sourness that slams the nose. Cocoa powder, sour cherries, some oakey tannins and and earthy funk make their presence known just before sweet notes of berries come through and round out the bouquet. The taste follows in the vein of the aroma, with the same prominent acetic sourness that creates a strong first impression. Again, it is followed by tart cherries, a dusting of bitter and dry cocoa powder. The earthy oakiness squeezes its way in as the acetic sourness crushes any funk that was in the aroma.

The finish is bone dry as the acetobacter have metabolized everything in this beer. The sourness is truly mouth puckering, while the carbonation is perfect for the style and the flavors of the beer. As good as this is, the overwhelming vinegary sourness would make this hard to drink much more than 5-6 oz.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this rarity, Joe!

A clear reddish copper with a dense, beige head that recedes to a ring, leaving little lacing. The nose has bright acetic sourness with a good fruity, berry base, with cherries and more leather than is typical for New Belgium. A touch oxidized with some ketone-like aromatics, there's some vanilla and a little cocoa as well. The palate opens seriously sharp and sour, this has a bracing blend of lactic and acetic sourness, though its predominantly acetic. Berry sourness is noticeable, and its a nice, chocolate, cherry, strawberry character. drying and acetic on the finish this is great in small quantities, especially since there's a little solvent on the finish. A great effort.

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Shep - much obliged! Bottle 87 of 6861.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart raspberries and currants backed by medium malts. Also present are large amounts of vinegar and lighter amounts of oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Fairly dry medium malt flavors kick things off and are quickly dried out further with the addition of solidly tart berry and currants. Midway through the sip the tartness subsides just a bit as oak flavors make an appearance, before light vinegar tartens things back up, carrying through to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer. It's tartness is a good deal greater than that of regular La Folie and the oak influence is also a bit more robust. All in all an interesting beer and I'm glad I could compare it to the standard version. Worth a shot.

Photo of mjn5036
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of having this at the Falling Rock Tap House. Chris, the owner, set a barrel aside and I was lucky enough to be visiting when they cracked into it. Served to me from tap in a 6 oz wine glass. Large, impressive white head that slowly dissipated, leaving light lacing. Amber/brown in color. Smells, well, sour. Couldn't pick up on a lot in the smell. A sour with some funk.
Taste blew my mind. Holy SOUR. Very tart. Almost makes you want to clench your teeth. I think the age has given it some more sourness. Citrus, black cherry, green apple, maybe some oaky flavors as well. Some malt flavor that I didn't really expect. A fantastic funkiness; barnyard taste towards the end. Not overpowering, but just enough to give the beer some serious complexity. Very drinkable in my opinion. All around an amazing sour, one of the best I've ever had.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I guess you have to compare and contrast this with La Folie to really get a good review. Especially considering this is a blend of 10 different aged La Folies. I judged La Folie a 4.6 originally.

Pours a mostly reddish with darker brown hues throughout. A soft head that quickly dies out and leaves not much with lacing. Similar in regards to La Folie.

The nose is a bit maltier than La Folie but the sour acidic notes are very much present. More esters and complexity as well. There is a funk that is a bit more distinct as well. But overall it is very similar to La Folie. Subtle differences overall very similar.

The taste is a bit more complex versus the nose and a bit more funky compared to a traditional La Folie. The malt comes out a bit with a nice sweetness and complexity. A light caramel flavor with a almost distinct Special B like taste. Some prunes and figs as well. The sourness is still their and very sharp. But there is a light funk and horse blanket that you don't see in La Folie. Just adds a secondary complexity that really brings out some great quality.

There is some talk that La Folie is getting more and more sour/acidic over time. If so this might be closer to what it was originally. Overall I really enjoyed the added complexity and funk. I would have liked a bit more to balance the sharp sour notes but a step above traditional La Folie. Very tasty.

Photo of Floydster
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle from my trip to Colorado, drank last night with a few friends, poured into my New Belgium snifter, not much determining the difference between the normal La Folie except for the year handwritten by the number and a small sticker

A-Medium brown body with red highlights, one inch off white bubbly head, tons of carbonation in this one, little retention or lacing
S-Citrus, tartiness, green apple, funkiness, grassy accents, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, vinegar, lemon, wood, white wine, and oak
T-This stuff is very acidic, starts off and ends that way, again I did not see malt until later on once it warmed, lots of fruit and balsamic vinegar notes later on, tons of lemons and cherries that are piercing, nice sour bite, the brown ale-like texture is what makes this beer so great, nicely balances with all the sour notes
M-Sharp, sweet, sour, and tarty mouthfeel, medium bodied, high level of carbonation which can be overwhelming at times, aftertaste lasts a long time
D-Alcohol is hidden well, not too sour, not filling or anything, everyone wanted more once the bottle was gone

It is crazy to think ten different barrels of La Folie went into this beer, from what Eric at New Belgium told me, the best tasting barrel had the biggest presence at around thirty or forty percent and the worst the least and so on, this beer was great and I wish I had more, although I did not taste many differences at all from the other batches I have had in the past, I am still glad I got to try it, recommended

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La Folie Falling Rock's 10th Anniversary from New Belgium Brewing
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