La Folie
New Belgium Brewing Company

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From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #2
ABV:
7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,943
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 10.12%
Reviews:
1,098
Ratings:
2,999
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 29, 2022
Added:
Sep 22, 2002
Wants:
  623
Gots:
  993
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.
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Rated by TheBrewDude52

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
balanced, a little apple taste.
Nov 29, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Straight down the middle sour. Funky apple, vinegar, oak and cherry. Good carbonation and finishes dry. Earthy with barnyard grass, malt, oak barrel vanilla, spicy caramel malt, red wine, hay, and grape. Sour but not overly so. The finish has a brown ale malty bluntness. I went to college in Boulder but this is my first time having this beer. I see why it it is an American classic of searching for European greatness.
Nov 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
La Folie

New Belgium Brewing Company

Sour-Flanders Oud Bruin

The classic sour. Produced way before it was mainstream popular. This aged sour had tangy apple, metallic sharp earthy funk, cherries and amber malt aspects. The French barrel flavor and feel is very mellow and provides an excellent subtle depth.

4.00
Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by clm9 from North Carolina

Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by McSeal from Connecticut

Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Jun 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Apr 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by DOCRW from Washington

Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Great example of the style. Well balanced and delicious! Just the right amount of sour, and a wonderful depth of flavor. Just right for a before dinner quaff. I love this beer!
Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by caffeinelogic from New York

Dec 25, 2021
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Rated by Denverbeerman21

4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Sour taste, apple , vinegar, funky, dry finish, high carb. All good for this style.
Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by cgrunin from Texas

Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.56 by blisscent from Rhode Island

Jun 20, 2021
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Rated by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Even after several years, this is still the best sour I have ever tried. I wish I could come across another sampling of it. 7/2/2022
May 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by eameslover from Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
After the Tycho show, had the sublime sour brown ale from New Belgium. Delicious balance of sour! Well done. I'd have it again in a flash.

Great outside on a Late spring evening!
Apr 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Duvel tulip. 2017 vintage.

Ruddy brown hue. Minimal to no head.

Aroma of oaky tannins, light cherry-berry, dark maltiness.

Flavor is also dominated by oak tannins, dark fruit like date and prune, and a lighter but pleasant lightly sour bacterial note.

Mouthful is surprisingy light.

A very nice approachable sour brown ale.
Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I definitely need to have this a couple times, this is the first of this specific style I've had as well so I've nothing to compare it to. I feel like I've had other things I like better that hit similar tasting notes but this definitely isn't bad. Will need to have again for sure.
Apr 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.58 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Mar 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by CAcker from California

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Good stuff but quite sour and not that complex. Still it's really in style and it's balanced overall. The sourness takes you for a ride. Almost citric
Feb 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Feb 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Clear, very dark brown/amber color with a nice head and decent lacing.

Smell: Cherry, oak, flanders' funkiness, and yeast.

Taste: Taste is similar to the smell. Cherry, French oak, funk, and yeast.

Feel: Mouthfeel is surprisingly nice. Not overly sour, nicely carbonated, very easy drinking.

Overall: This beer really surprised me. I'm rating it higher than it's current score.
Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Oct 28, 2020
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Rated by marion_district from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
delicious and complex. mildly sour with a hint of sweetness at the end. aged complexity comes through.
Oct 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Oct 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Sep 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jun 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by edthehead from New York

Jun 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.67 by Joe-P9 from Missouri

Jun 28, 2020
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