La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,481
Reviews:
1,077
Ratings:
4,013
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
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613
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992
Trade:
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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017

A: dark brown with a light tan head

S: very tart with oak and dark fruit.

T: oak, tartness, berry, with a touch of bourbon,and some earthiness.

M: light in body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: tasty, sour, and classic.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive looking brown and ruby color with a decent sized foam head. The head displays good retention.
The aromas immediately hint at its tartness, with a hint of white wine vinegar, green apples and dry spider. Complimentary aromas of dark add a nice touch.
The taste matches the aroma with its flavors of dark fruit, plum, raisins and sour cherries. The tartness is moderate, with vinous flavors of red grape, cider and green apples. Solid amber malt base still shines through. The finish is just right, with a slight mouth puckering acidity and refreshing dryness.
Medium bodied, fruity and dry with a smooth carbonation. Multidimensional and balanced with just the right amount of tartness.
This might be my favorite New Belgium brew so far. Well done for the style, dynamic and not too acidic, thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of dtevans5
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brandoneast
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jarnes
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deliciously tart.

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Photo of BeerBrotherJaymo
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very very tart. Can be an absolutely delicious beverage when paired with a meal that cuts it appropriately however this beverage is unslammable. A little after halfway it can be too tart to finish without some help. Something to relax with for sure.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - brown color with slight foam
Smell - sweet dark fruit and maybe some maple syrup
Taste - real sweet dark red cherry and very tart
Feel - medium light body with a crisp carbonation
Overall - tart and yummy

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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mynie
4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle begotten from the brewery. Uncorked about 2 months later.

A very dark pour for an Oud Bruin. Across the table, it's almost stouty looking. It's got a respectable, tight brown head astop a very dark and nearly opaque body.

Aroma is very bright, as is par for the style, but it lacks any of the overly acidic or vingery nodes that are also common in Oud Bruins. Here, that absence is quite welcome, as it leaves room for plums, red wine, and a nice rounded woodiness.

Tastes like it smells, only smoother and with a bone dry finish. Tart cherry brett up front, moving into a plumy and vinous middle with just a hint of vinegar, ending wonderfully rounded and dry as the barrel aging and bacterial sourness move into near-perfect interplay with one another.

Even today, with sours flooding market and every month-old brewery cranking out a horribly named Sour Something or Other, this beer stands out. In 2002, it must have been a goddamn revelation. I'm glad I've finally gotten to try it.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcghost
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper, brown body, transparent. Light tan head, with an orange tinge.

S - Brisk and bright nose, sour fruit suggesting plum, and a definite woody note.

T - Delicious tart apple notes, hints of plum flesh, a middle more wine-like with bright grape and mild oak, and a finish that is soft with a touch of bitterness reminiscent of over-steeped black tea and a lingering sour line that lasts well after all other flavors fade.

M - Solid carbonation, a middle of the road feel, moderate weight and subtle acidity. The close trails, with just a hint on the tongue that takes time to fade.

O - From a 2015 bottle, this was a hugely rewarding beer, with great flavors and feel, a surprisingly welcoming nose. A subtle experience that rewards attention, but is also pleasant enough to please without careful examination. One of the best Oud Bruins I've had.

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Photo of daeds_714
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Olesjm
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of right2beararms
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nicholas_JD_11
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: Solid brown/mahogany, with a two finger tan head that lasts.
AROMA: Sweet, tart, big Maraschino cherries, sweet tart candies, red and white grapes, you can go on and on...
TASTE: Very tart, but, also a sweet undertone. Huge green apple, grapes, again, sweet tarts, and a touch of cocoa.
FEEL: Very tight carbonation, perfect, and huge. Very dry throughout, medium full body.
OVERALL: Brilliant.

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Photo of robotic_being
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,013 ratings