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La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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4.25/5
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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
Ranking:
#776
Reviews:
1,067
Ratings:
3,965
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
605
Gots:
980
Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of coryhk
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 consumed in 2017

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Photo of Pittsburgh-Redneck
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vintage '15.

Pours a dark brown-red with a finger of khaki head. Fair head retention and a few laces. Aroma is cherries, dark fruit with biscuit and bread malts. Light sour twinge to it. Flavor profile is cherries, dark fruit, and plum. Light biscuit and bread malts as well. It carries a light lactic sourness to it. Mouth feel is smooth, and somewhat watery, giving it a thin feel. Overall, very tasty and smooth. It has a pleasant level of sour, without being a sucker punch to the jaw.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of briancathy
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
2.48/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of beaulabauve
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of C_Pel
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage.

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Photo of Shaun_S
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billydrinksbeer
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbcrunch
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of gshak
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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 -0.7%
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 +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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