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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,570
Reviews:
1,079
Ratings:
4,022
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,022 |  Reviews: 1,079
Reviews by DeFaz:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2015, thanks to my friend, Ken, for sharing this one blindly with me
A - ruddy brown with a beige head that holds decent retention
S - cherry, oak, brown sugar, funky yeast
T - tart and sour cherry, plum, grape, brandy, oak, vanilla, yeast
M - medium body, modest carbonation, finishes dry, tart, and sour
O - the first time I had this was about 5 or 6 years ago. It was the first sour I'd had, and I did not like it. Today I really enjoyed it's complexity and tartness. Really glad to have it again!

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Photo of Gusler
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it pours from the bottle a bemused reddish-amber color, the head smallish in size, creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan color, with the lace a fine velum like curtain to drape the glass. Nose is tart and simply reeks of over ripe fruit with a pleasing oak and earthy aroma “WOW” what a treat for the old schnozzle, start is tart and nicely malted with the top fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity, hops delightful and accommodate the fruity tart sweetness quite well, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, what a magnificent beer it is a real treat, and one I wish was more readily available, hopefully soon is what I here, can’t wait to put some of these in my cellar.

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

Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown/reddish color. A two finger tan head forms and recedes to leave a little lace.
S: Very fruity and sour, funky. Peaches, apples, pears, cherries, ect. Very sweet as well. Vinegar and tannin like. Lots of complexities in the nose.
T: Tart, sour, and fruity. Almost to sweet for my tastes. Vinegar and grapes as well. Belgian yeast and funkiness. Lots of complexities, and a huge flavor.
M/D: A full body and good creaminess. Low carbonation. Because of the sourness, this is a sipper. Though I am really enjoying this.

Overall, a great beer. The sourness borders on cloying. Which is the only reason I did not give this a higher grade. I love sour beers, but almost to much for me. A solid all around beer that is complex as hell. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged, in a 750 mL champagne bottle, either 07-11 or 11-07. Hand-bottled, number 13, 490. Must be 2007 then. Thanks, Harvey!

A: La Folie pours a clear, ruby-tinted brown with a thin eggshell cap, but even in the etched goblet from New Belgium themselves, the head doesn't persist. There's no lacing, leaving the naked beer sticking to the glass like a bad wine. There are lots of little yeast clumps in the first pours, and a thick cloud of yeast in final pours.

S: Watermelon, honey, horse blanket, nutmeg. It's estery, just slightly funky, and oakey. It smells and looks a bit more like a Flanders Red than an Oud Bruin, but we'll see what happens next.

T: The taste is puckering sour cherries a sulfurous spice. It approaches overwhelming, but the intense tartness quickly backs off. There's cardboard in the middle, so I think this bottle might be past its prime, but I'd have to try a newer batch of La Folie again to be sure.

As I drink, it sweetens, but there's still more vinegar and salt than I remember.

It's more dry than sweet, but there is a faint, juicy sweetness behind the apple tartness. I don't get much malt at all, but plenty of juicy fruits.

Overall, a pretty good beer. The color, fruit:malt ratio in smell and flavor, general tartness, and vinegar make it seem more Flanders than Bruin. It's intensely tart, though there are plenty of beers more sour.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the much acclaimed, prohibitively priced sour brown ale from new belgium. finally i am drinking this. worth the hype? im not so sure... pours a reddish brown murky color with a lively off white head, very fizzy, but just an inch tall. smells very very sour, like some of those old school flemish reds. this one is not brett, but lacto, so its a totally different sour, piquant and pungent and permeating. some hints of sweeter malts in there as well, but the sour vibe carries it. flavor is actually fairly balanced for how sour this one is, but underneat it all is a nice chocolatey brown ale with some woody notes. feel is great, effervescent carbonation and a lighter medium body. with a low abv and a lot of intricacies, this is a bomber you want for yourself. i doubt if i buy this one again because of the absurd price (18 bucks), but im glad i finally got to try it.

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Photo of ber12
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of SourAddict
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Filabee
2.25/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Furlinator
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage.

Pours semi-clear dark ruby-brown with a 1/2 inch eggshell head that settles to a ring on top and leaves spots of lace.

The smell is of dark cherry, faint vinegar, plum and clove.

The taste is of tart unripe cherry, plum, molasses and dark grapes. There is definitely a woody, almost herbal taste on the back end. Sour cherry cola comes to mind.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

A very interesting effort. There are a lot of aromas and flavors intertwining with each other within this beer with positive results. Sour but, not overwhelming so. Try this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SSwarts
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

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

An amazing beer, so complex and really comparable to Belgian beers of this type. A nice sourness. Good musky cellar flavore, not as much as some of the intense belgians lambic like cantillion, but very nice. Very fruity. Good malt complexity. Oak adds a nice vanilla character. Well rounded and exciting, comparable to Rodenbach Grand Cru. A total beer experience.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #500. I figured this beer would be apt.

2006 Vintage #1156

A: Pours a hazy unfiltered paprika color with very fizzy carbonation. Head is almost all together gone, light beige and disapating rapidly. A healthy ring around the glass does remain though.

S: Pungent oak, cherry, raspberry, tomato vine, ascorbic acid and some cooked strawberry.

T: It begins tart, no surprise...but balanced. Its much like it smells. Cherry can be identified as well as strawberry and lemon juice. Very woody indeed. As it warms, berries and vanilla really begin to shine. Some minor spicyness of nutmeg and black pepper can be found far under the surface. Very juicy, explosive with flavor. Finishes sour, dry and fruity with just a hint of vanilla.

M: Medium body with a hard mouthfeel but fuzzy consistency.

D: This is close to the most sour beer I've had. Every sip I take makes me pucker. At first I really didn't think this was anything special, then it started to grow on me. Every sip is an experience. I have a feeling though gastronomically this one is gonna hurt me.

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Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with drseamus, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this amazing beer, originally cost approximately eighteen dollars from the brewery

Split with my girlfriend tonight while watching Into the Wild, hand bottled number is 07-2978, has been in my cellar since November, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Medium to dark brown body with red highlights, 3/4 inch off white bubbly head, tons of carbonation in this one, bottle exploded all over the place when open, no retention, some lacing

S-Tartness, granny smith apples, citric acid, eathy aromas, funky accents, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, vinegar, lemon juice, wood, wine, extremely sour overall

T-Sourness does not waste any time, big tart right off the bat, does not fade much into its somewhat dry and chardonnay-like finish, very acidic and did not see malt until later on in the middle once it warmed a little, lots of fruit and balsamic vinegar notes later on, tons of lemons and cherries that provide somewhat of a burning sensation on your tongue, super sour all the way through, even my last few sips an hour or so later, could taste some oak at the end, flavor rivaled some of Russian River's wild ales, superb taste overall

M-Sweet and tarty mouthfeel, thin to medium body, huge amounts of carbonation which can be overwhelming at times, aftertaste stuck around for a couple minutes

D-Could have drank the bottle individually, low ABV, lacks great smoothness, also the high level of sourness causes it to be pretty heavy, alcohol is hidden well though

Hard to believe this amazing beer comes from the same people that make Fat Tire, even better than the Red Poppy I just drank, need to try this next time it is on tap at O'Briens or Liars Club, I let the last few ounces in my glass warm for well over an hour and the result was great, cannot wait to drink this again, highly recommended

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

22oz bottle into a giant goblet

Pours a dark but clear ruby color, almost no head, carbonation is slow but fine. Smell is sour and tart, dark fruits like plums.

Taste is strange (but good). I don't really know many words to describe sour style beers. I get a flavor and feeling from this similar to the tart powdery stuff you find on things like Trolli Brite sour gummy worms. It's mixed up with a kind of fruity flavor that I can't quite recognize. The closest I can come is plum.

Mouthfeel is dry and acidic, which I suspect is par for the style. Under certain circumstances, I think I could drink more than one of these. It's tasty. Just different.

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2012-04-28

Have a bottle of the 2012 vintage today. I've had many more sours since my original review of this. I might give this slightly better marks than the last time. This is a very good sour.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of spark3148857
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 4,022 ratings