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:
3,924
Reviews:
1,061
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
600
Gots:
963
For Trade:
49
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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

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

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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

Photo of mmorris15
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmcquirk
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zkoehn
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Casey_L
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper with reddish hue. A bit hazy, but mostly clear. About a 1/4" head - recedes quickly to a foam ring. Decent lacing continues.
Smell: Sour cherry and raspberry. Slight vinegar. Some malt and caramel. Quite aromatic.
Taste: Strong bitte at first. Bitter and sour - a tad harsh. Only a brief hint of sweet malt, but quickly dries and gets very tart - almost puckering level. Fruit flavors spin around and around. Plum, cherry, apple, grape, raspberry. Strong Oak flavor. Smokey and nutty. Left with fruity aftertaste and some earthiness.
Feel: Medium / but thinner. Low end of Medium.
Overall: Checked this one off of my beer Bucket-list. This is routinely in the "top 50 beers" in America. A great beer for sure. I really enjoyed it. Not to many big beers really live up to their hype, but this one is great. I would buy this one again for sure, even at the $18 price.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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