La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
La FolieLa Folie
BA SCORE
4.25/5
Outstanding
3,996 Ratings
La FolieLa Folie
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:
#1,390
Reviews:
1,071
Ratings:
3,996
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
613
Gots:
984
Trade:
47
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 3,996 |  Reviews: 1,071
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.

 401 characters

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

Photo of CoopIsLoose
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arrowsmith_
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of white_pony21
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitch
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2016 vintage, bottled on 19th December 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A dark reddish brown colour with a two fingered creamy tanned head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart cherry, vinous, wine with hints of plum, raisin, oak and vinegar.

Taste: Tart, sour, cherry, plum, vinous and oak with hints of green apple. A good lasting sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice and great tasting Oud Bruin.

 521 characters

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

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snakeayes11
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Look is a dark brown/ruby color with quickly dissipating head. Smell is sour apples, yeast, malt. Taste is more sour apple, with cherries, brett, and candy sugar. Mouthful is evenly balanced, lightly carbonated, moderate sourness, and finishes dry with a pleasant sour fruit aftertaste.

This is probably the best sour beer New Belgium makes. I wish it was easier to find and that they also sold it in 12oz bottles, but this is very enjoyable. A good sour beer, not too sour but just right IMO.

 528 characters

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

Photo of omahawk
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby brown with 1 cm lacing that lingers. Smell is sour fruit. Taste is a great balance of carbonation, sour, fruit, and malt. Just a wonderfully drinkable sour barrel aged beer. Hints of cherry and green apple. Mouthfeel is light, fizzy balanced with slight sour bite. Great Belgian style beer.

 308 characters

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

What NBB calls the original sour beer. I really like this beer and the crispness mixed with the sour punch on the tongue without being overpowering.

148 characters

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

Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,996 ratings