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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,933
Reviews:
1,065
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
602
Gots:
967
For Trade:
49
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Ratings: 3,933 |  Reviews: 1,065
Photo of billydrinksbeer
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a dark-ish brown, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sweet breadiness, red wine vinegar, cherries, dark fruit (prunes), and woodiness.

This is definitely a classic beer, and very enjoyable. It's quite malty, which is nice, with caramel and breadiness, along with sour cherries, red wine, light chocolate, and toasted oak. This is really complex, but it remains super drinkable.

This is medium bodied, a bit creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a classic for a reason- a lot of care went into this one.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Some acetic/vinegar notes up front along with plenty of funk. Dark fruits and caramel maltiness in there as well, along with the oak and woody undertones

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of the tartness and funky notes, light acetic, dark fruits, oak, and dark chocolate. Green apple definitely stands out quite a bit amongst the funk and tartness. Caramel maltiness brings some sweetness to cut the tartness a bit. Finishes with lingering dark fruits and oak

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great oud bruin that is plenty funky and foeder-y enough, especially for an American version of the style. Nice to sip on and enjoy the complexities of. Definitely worth checking out, it's interesting to compare to the European classics

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of gshak
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well...very underwhelmed given the 94/100 rating on BA. Perhaps I was seeking something along the lines of a Rodenbach, instead what I got was a Fat tire that had been soured in barrels. I think the Fat tire and friends series had some very comparable, even better, beers at the very excellent price point of $1/bottle (costco pricing). Onto the beer itself.
A - Brown, and flat with minimal lacing or head. Ample carbonation in the beer itself, it just wasn't making its presence felt, which is ok, given it is a sour beer. I've come to expect that not all sour beers generate a head.
S - A brown ale with sour notes - i.e., toasted malt with some faint bread notes, some fruit notes, slight wine vinegar.
T - Just like drinking a fat tire brown ale that has been soured a bit. While the fat tire itself isn't a very memorable beer, drinking a 22oz-er that has been soured a bit, was a tad too much for me.
M - Medium.
O - Oh well...glad I ticked it off my list, but won't be buying any more, especially given its price. I'd be happy chasing a Rodenbach or two for that price.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish bown with a modest light tan head that didn't last long. Aroma is understated, some vinegar, ripe fruit & not much more. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly sour, sour apple & chery, grain & caramel & a sweet finish. Nice amount of carbonation & smooth feel. An excellent thirst quencher & very refreshing

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Photo of csmrx7
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tall glass. 2017 vintage

Really nice color on this, a deep burgundy wine hue. Small off white body which persists all the way through leaving scattered lacing.

Aroma is primarily of apples.

Good but not overpowering sour tartness. Mostly apple, but there is a little cherry as well. The oak is only faintly present.

Getting close to full on the mouth, tart and sour on the finish.

Overall, a really nice drink. Think this is only my second Flanders Oud Bruin. Time to look for more.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gene-Colorado
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of craigbelly
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip. The appearance was a nice dark brown color with some ever so slight ruby to red edges. The head was less than a half a finger with a solid clingy white lacing sticking mighty finely to the sides of the glass. The smell was a decent sour to tart fruity aroma indicating amounts of apples and peaches with a decent woody edge to it. There is a nice earthiness coming out as well. The taste is sour leading with the peaches and apples taking over a nice tart background. The aftertaste is soured peaches and apples to end up leading into a dry sour and tart finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body. Carbonation felt fine, a bit under than expected but not letting the beer become cloying. ABV felt appropriate yet non-distracting. Overall, pretty nicely done Flanders Oud Bruin, fans of the style will most likely be seeking this one out.

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Photo of Diomedes
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried my first La Folie just a few days ago, apearently ive been living under a rock. If you've never had one and like a decent sour seek it out. By far one of the best beers ive had.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Estria
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kelseyr713
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Amp
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Copper with about two fingers of tan head.

S: cherries, plum sour apple

T: Follows nose. Quite tart.

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste lines the tongue.

O: A nice sipper. The sourness really sticks. A good one.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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