Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
La FolieLa Folie
3,965 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,965 |  Reviews: 1,067
Photo of niiiv
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RebeccaMB
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of McNazz
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of PappyVans
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

 608 characters

Photo of will_eye_e
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of n00blar
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of fourstringer
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


 1,091 characters

Photo of RobinLee
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mkf629
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Dag48
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of paradoxnighthawk
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of DeFaz
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MrNate
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MtnDewd
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Lorihall1
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tpaetow
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of craftbeerasian
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TGanyone
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tanzbodeli
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.