La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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La FolieLa Folie

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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

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Photo of sd123
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uvachief
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Poured a dark copper reddish brown. Half finger of head that dissipated quickly and left nice lacing. Smells of fruit, mainly cherries and malts. Taste is much the same with green apples and cherries dominating upfront with roasted malts on the back end. I don't detect a lot else but not overly sour either. Little pucker. Little thin in the mouth for my liking since it is allegedly barrel aged. Still easy drinking sour. Tasty.

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Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a deep copper red with two fingers of cream coloured head.

Smell - Oak, caramel malts, earthy hops, cherry, plum and fig. Hint of sourness in the aroma.

Taste - Very pleasant sour character. Caramel/toffee malts, fruity esters (cherry, plum, fig), slight bit of oak and vinous quality.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Enjoyable tartness left on the palate.

Overall - For my first go at a Flanders Oud Bruin, it has some excellent flavours. Quite enjoyed the sherry-like vinous quality and the play on sweet and sour flavours.

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Photo of OldTime
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elgiacomo
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2012 batch. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.

Pours clear reddish brown with a two finger light brown head that recedes to a ring and leaves only a few spots of short-lived lacing behind.

Aroma is sour, vinegar, apples, cherries, a little funky, some wood and a hint of vanilla. All comes together quite nicely. Good to very good strength.

Flavor starts with a big blast of sour, quite puckering, strong sour apples, cherries, vinegar, oak, a little touch of sweet malt dances around, particularly at the finish, but this sour first and foremost. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a bit sticky, lowish carbonation.

Very nice Sour and quite sour at that.

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Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage.
Poured into a snifter and yields a small head which dissipates rather quickly.
Nose of berries.
Tastes a bit like unripened strawberries.
Feel is just about right.
Overall a nice representation of the style and my favorite beer from this brewery.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= Pours a translucent brown/ dark red color with a nice two finger off white creamy head that looks alive with the larger bubbles popping through the creamy smaller bubbles. Decent spotty lacing is left on the glass and the retention is average.
S= Lots of vinegar in it with sour cherries and maybe a touch of oak with slight caramel malt character.
T= Very sour and vinegary in the taste. Lots of sour cherries and lots of tartness. One of the most sour beers that I have had to date. Very good. Lots of pucker. Somewhat one dimensional though. I find lots of sours to be one dimensional.
M= Great smoothness and dry finish.
D= Great. I really like this beer. It lacks complexity but it is well deserving of its spot in the top 100. I would love to have regualr access to this beer. Really great and well crafted.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage...7% abv

Pours a murky brown with a fairly decent cream colored head but is like a distant visiting cousin....doesn't go away. Volumes up when agitated.

The aroma is very much oak. Decent whiffs of vinegar, raspberry, floral, and blood orange.

The sour is there in the taste but enjoyable. Not as sour as the label would have you believe, but definitely drinkable. As it warms the sour lessens and the true magic happens. Big and oaky with a firing of sourness on the swallow. Bitter. Slight grapefruit/orange rind. Sour cherries. Funk. A tad salivation on the buds but not much.

Nicely carbonated.

Overall I dug this. There are many other sour browns out there, but this was enjoyable and nary a palate wrecker. It's got the flavor and the right amount of sour to compliment the overall end product. Not a huge fan of some of the NB beers, but this one was well made and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudylaw
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed my first La Folie (bottled 3/08) with a steak, on the porch.

It pours a dirty amber color with a massive head that fizzes out fast.

It smells of vinegar, sour apples, cherries and barnyard animals. Very funky.

It tastes woody, tart, vinegary and puckertastic! It is so sour right off the bat, but as it warms, it begins to glide down very easy making this an extremely quaffable beer when it's all said and done. Lots of carbonation.

This is well worth the effort to track down. I'll leave my last bottle in the fridge for a few months to see how it ages.

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Photo of ebustin
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGordo
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled (repeatedly) on tap at Belmont Station's Puckerfest 2007. Poured into a New Belgium snifter glass. Body is a slightly cloudy chestnut brown color, topped by a minimal amount of tan head that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Nose of tart red wine vinegar, dried apricot, light candy sugar, and a hint of Euro hops. Palate is mildly sweet up front, yielding only a small clue to the sour onslaught that hits mid-palate. Mild citrus flavors are embedded in a deep vinegary sourness, along with a touch of spicy noble hops. The sourness only increases as the beer warms, bringing out notes of sauerkraut and brine amongst the complex flavors. Body is robust enough to convey the complexity of the beer, while getting out of the way to provide a maximum pucker factor. The supreme sourness limits the drinkability of this beer, but it's not something you'd want more than one glass of in an evening. A delightfully successful experiment that makes the name New Belgium fully deserved.

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Photo of CelticBelly1
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pfknapp
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer in a trade with jhammerly

The beer pours orange/red amber. It really is a beautiful color, but a bit hazy. Has a huge head initially which fades very quickly.

Aroma is beautiful. Sour, but not too sour. A bit of acetic acid in the aroma, but mostly a general sourness, not weighed too heavily towards lactic or acetic. It has nice hints of read fruit, particularly raspberries and cherries. Some malt sweetness and possibly some tropical esters.

The taste is really nice. Not as fruity as the aroma, but still quite prominent. Assertive sourness, but it does not detract. It is well balanced between sweet and sour. I almost detect some hop flavor, but that could be my palate fooling me. This is really good.

It has a lively carbonation. I imagine without the carbonation this beer would be rather creamy. The carbonation livens it up nicely.

The drinkability suffers somewhat due to the sourness. It is just a shade too sour for me to drink much of this. But I am prone to heartburn, so don;t let that scare you. This is a beautiful, well balanced beer.

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Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured from the bottle a dark amber with deep ruby highlights. It was topped by a thick egg-white colored head. The nose is bright an tart. Cranberries, orange, fresh bread, and sweet dates. A real blast in the mouth. Tart berries, green apple, bread dough, and subtle sweetness on the finish. Slick, and acidic mouth feel. Nice drinkability. Really marvelous beer from a US brewer.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Porterhouse flute.

A: Pours dark garnet with reddish tinted white foam that falls slowly.

S: Sourness blasts out right away and the tarter aromas hang out in the background.

T: Lemon rind, kiwi, vanilla...its a flavour bomb, but everything still seems well balanced. Nice amount of dextrins as well, which is surprising.

D: Smooth tartness and dry finish makes this an easy drinking and complex beer.

Overall: I like this one. Its sour and powerfull, but also very balanced. My only complaint is that its a little too clean. it lacks that funky mustiness of some other sours. I know that NB flash pasteurizes their sours. That may be the culprit of this over-cleanliness.

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Photo of demitriustown
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (Huge thanks to Skoisirius). A clear maroon pour with a small soapy white head. Aroma consists of apples, malts, cherries, cranberries, hops, with a slight caramel note. Taste is definitely sour and quite fruity. A nice sour tartness mixed together with slight hopiness and the light spices is absolutely wonderful. I also detect a faint cinnamon note. Palate is sour and acidic from the fruit element. Overall, This is some good stuff! If you want a change from the hum drum of other lagers and ales pick up one of these. Rather expensive but worth the money!

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Photo of atone315
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a one-finger off-white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tart dark cherries and vinegar.

T - The flavor is tart cherries, green apple, and vinegar. The oakiness comes through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice Oud Bruin. For the price point this is hard to beat.

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Photo of _RL_
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Boomer4ES
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrieJackalope
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Belgian goblet. Immediately greeted by a funky sour that comes wafting up from the glass. Color is dark red, almost brown, what you would expect from a Flanders Red. Pretty minimal head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves almost no lacing. Smell is tart, vinegar, sour cherries and apples. Taste definitely delivers on the aromas. Very tart with plenty of mouth puckering goodness, very enjoyable if sour beer is your kind of thing. All the lively/tart/sour characteristics in this beer contribute to a pretty dry finish, leaving some residual sourness long after each sip. Overall, I find this beer to be pretty drinkable. Flanders Red is one of my favorite styles, however, so if your not a fan you might want to steer clear of this one.

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Photo of davedahl
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Binny's South Loop. Approximately a 12oz pour in a Riedel wine-glass for $5.00.

An opaque but very clean looking brew whose color is a deep tan with rose highlights. No head, but a ring of light brown bubbles around the edge of the glass.

First whiff catches predominant sweet, sour, chery in the nose. A swirl produces a slight oaky-nuttiness in the aroma's finish.

First sip is primarily sour. As the beer warms to a more appropriate temperature it really opens up. Delicious light but full cherry flavor balanced nicely with nutty malt.

Mouthfeel has a sour acidic bite and a slightly sweet finish.

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 3,916 ratings.
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