La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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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

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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.


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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Adding a review of 2015 to previous rating of 2014. This beer pours a shimmering reddish brown with an average head and some lacing. The aroma is of balsamic vinegar, raisins, bananas, kumquats, and brown bread. The flavor provided a bracing hit of vinegared sourness, with supporting notes of raisins, plums, oak, sandalwood, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is fizzy and very dry. Overall this remains a classic American sour, super balanced, with nice surrounding complexities.

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 3,934 ratings
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