La Folie
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #2
ABV:
7%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,000
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 10.05%
Reviews:
1,095
Ratings:
4,081
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New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
95
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La FolieLa Folie
Notes: Flemish Sour Brown Ale fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-4 years of aging then blended to taste.
Reviews: 1,095 | Ratings: 4,081 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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eameslover from Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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
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argock from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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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KT3418 from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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
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Bruno74200 from France

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle - 2017 vintage

Pours dark maroon red with a khaki colored foam head. Smells like tart red fruits, dark fruits, cherry, raisin, fig, plum, red wine, mild funk, barnyard hay, some dark caramel malts, chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, molasses, dried fruit, apple, hint of spice, with earthy herbal grassy hops. Tastes like red grapes, cherries, sour red fruit, plum, raisin, fig, dark fruits, dried fruit, apple, rich caramel malts, toffee, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, oak, red wine, mild funk, barnyardy hay, hints of spice, with earthy floral grassy hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy slick with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice Flanders style oud bruin.

Jun 13, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

2/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Notes from 5/19/2020.
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is dark amber with 1.5 fingers of tan head. Retention is average leaving a thin island of foam.
The intensity of aroma is low. There are notes of fruit, some funk, and oak. Also, there's a dirty diaper smell. It smells like a disposable diaper that's full of baby shit. How unfortunate. I hope it fades and fast.
The intensity of taste is medium-high. The taste has berries, oak, and is super tart. There's a strong wine quality. The shit filled diaper smell comes and goes. I find myself taking a whiff before each sip to make sure the coast is clear of dirty diapers.
The feel is medium in thickness. It's slightly syrupy, has almost no carbonation, and a medium astringency.
Overall, besides the dirty diaper smell, it's far too tart for my taste. With the shit filled diaper smell, it's appropriately ranked #2.

May 25, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: appears opaque and cola brown, but if held to the light, it's mahogany and crystal clear; 1 finger tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: funky, fruity, vinegary, sour, white grapes;

T: sour cherries and vinegar with a hint of vanilla; a little green apple at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: surprised at how well the head stood up; really nice complexity in the aroma and flavor; I didn't notice much oak character;

May 01, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown color with a substantial tan head that sticks around for a bit, which is usually not the case with sours in my experience. I like it. There are also reddish tints on the edges as you hold this up to light. What a gorgeous beer.

The first thing I notice on the nose is caramel notes, which bodes well for me (I LOVE caramel). There’s loads of funky, fruity sour aromas, of course, and I was searching for oak notes but alas, I didn’t find them.

The taste is as described on the bomber, with tart apples and sour cherries flavors in abundance and the caramel and a hint of vanilla from the oak at the end of the taste.

The mouthfeel is on the verge of puckerville, but backs away at the end. This is a truly magnificent sour, IMHO, because it’s not just sour - there’s depth to this world-class beer.

Jan 19, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

October 25th, 2015 - This ancient brew is coming out of storage for a special occasion. 2007 marks the year of my college graduation and isn't far from my first bottle of La Folie, but we also acknowledge that like my body, the beer has probably aged terribly in eight years, and we are prepared for its flaws. On the nose I smell Bragg's apple cider vinegar, white grape juice and a little cinnamon. The lighter vinegar smell reminds me of sushi rice, as does the ginger note. After that comes some pear juice to round out the aroma, all of which is rich and beautiful. And to my surprise the flavor has matured beautifully too. I taste white balsamic vinegar, dancing in recision with white grape and a berry medley, and supported with a carbonation that hasn't managed to escape from the bottle in the intervening years. My drinking buddy could use more bubbles and a palate, but I find it acceptable, and spent the rest of my time ignoring my notes and enjoying the beer in a quiet bliss.

Jan 03, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:. Pours a dark purple brown with no head or lacing.

S:. Dark cherry, plum, vinegar, sour, a hint of chocolate and caramel, very complex and interesting.

T:. Sweet plum and cherry, vinegar, chocolate a touch of smoke, char, sour, some caramel.

F:. Slick body, medium feel.

O:. La Folie is always a treat regardless of where you have it.

Oct 14, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. 2015 vintage. "Seriously sour, this Flanders-style reddish brown ale was aged 1-3 years in French oak barrels for mouthpuckering perfection."
Reddish brown colored body, really displays the red tint when back lit. Minimal light tan head. There are just a few scattered spots of lacing left behind.
Aroma of vinegar, red grape, cherry, plum, raisin, oak, and caramel.
Taste is sour and it ends dry. Flavors of vinegar, red grape, raisin, green apple, and something akin to chocolate. Also has the oak barrel influence. Aftertaste is the sour red grape and green apple.
Medium mouth feel. The dryness pulls the beer through the mouth. Good carbonation.
This is a beer that brings on puckering but also has very good flavors and smells that entice another sip.

Jun 24, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Café Hollander Wauwatosa, WI.
I don't love sours but heard this was good. Pours dark brown with creamy white head. A lot of vinegar and funk on the nose.
Taste is pretty balanced. You pucker at first but the funk and some dark sour fruits balance out. It's pretty good.
one would be enough.

May 21, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark beer with a nice head. You can smell the sour. It’s strong. The taste is strong sour up front but smooths out the more you indulge. The mouthfeel is different in that it’s a sour and your tongue adapts to that as you go along. Overall it’s another reason to try sours as this one is very good. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

May 01, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruby color.

Minimal khaki head; no lace.

Raspberry nose; slight chocolate.

Thin mouthfeel.

Strong tart cherry flavor up front; slight chocolate covered raspberry undercurrent. Plus notes of oak.

Delicious.

Apr 29, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

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

22 oz bottle 2016. Pours reddish-brown with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head. Nose is of funky yeast, caramel malt and red fruit. Body is full and tangy. Taste is very sour, funky yeast, caramel and red fruit. Finish is long and sour. Nice sour brew.

Mar 04, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Dec 22, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Dec 20, 2018
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BeerBrotherJaymo from Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Nov 02, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -3%
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

Oct 25, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Oct 18, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Sep 29, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Jul 21, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

May 22, 2018
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Mar 11, 2018
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