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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2002

BEER STATS
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#774
Reviews:
1,067
Ratings:
3,965
pDev:
10.12%
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 La Folie

Color- cloudy buckwheat honey. Slight head.

Aroma- sour cherries and apple cider vinegar.

Taste- Very tart with earthy fruit and woody finish with slight hint of almonds and a lingering dryness.

Each year's version of La Folie is unique and technically should have it's own rating. The 2014 is not as good as last year's (which was an outstanding batch) but is still excellent if you like sour ales. The 7% ABV is well masked.

Purchased at Spec's in Austin.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/17/2014.

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Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. 2014 edition. 7% ABV.

A: Slightly hazy, chestnut red-brown body. Almost 1 finger of off-white head with below average retention, but leaves very cool sudsy legs. Nice lacing.

S: Sour cherry. Citric acid, lactic acid and a touch of acetic. Sour grape. Lemon. Brown sugar. Faint oak. Nose is sweeter than the taste.

T: Assertive sour with only a very faint sweetness. Hints of malt occasionally break the surface, suggesting subtle chocolate notes. Cherry predominates in terms of fruit. Mild bitterness on a semi-dry, puckering finish. Quite sour. Alcohol is well hidden. Lemon candy/Lemonhead essence lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Low to moderate carbonation with a light body. Appropriate and suiting.

O: I'd say it's a sour bomb, with minimal sweetness and only a bit of hop bitterness to mitigate. The depth of scent is good and definitely changes as it warms. I found the taste to be a bit more one-dimensional. But if a solid tartness gets you going, I'd give this one a whirl (or two) for sure.

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,965 ratings
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