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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Ratings: 3,934 |  Reviews: 1,065
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JulioH
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Got this one on tap. Nothing better than fresh beer. It came and it had a dark amber color to it, and it was transparent. Smell was typical of red Flanders, with some funky lambic lingering around. Taste was good. A bit sour, typical red Flanders. My taste buds were pulled in different directions but nothing irritating. Mouth feel is light but somewhat syrupy. Could drink this all day.

Very good red Flanders.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown tinged red, with one finger thick of dense khaki colored head. Fades to a thin ring; a few streaks of lace manage to hold up. Smell: lactic dosed dates, raisin bread, brown sugar, leather and oaky notes. Taste: fruit first... black plum, cherry, acetic. Then cola, green apple. Finishing mildly lactic and oaky. Medium bodied, plenty of carb to keep things moving, semi-drying finish. Not terribly intense in any one aspect, nice flavors and easy drinking. 2014.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, poured into a teku glass

A- pours a dark, but nearly transparent brown color with some ruby hues appearing on the edges of the glass, small foamy and creamy light tan head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind after finally settling

S- dark cherry juice tartness with notes of berries, vinous red wine, nutty oak barrel, balsamic vinegar, floral and candied fruit

T- immediate puckering hits the mouth, then quickly releases flavors of dark grape skin, fresh berries, dark cherries, wild grapes, oak, balsamic vinegar and finishes with a woodsy dryness

M- medium body with moderated carbonation produces a foamy mouthfeel, leading to a smooth and puckering bone dry finish

O- mouth puckering great sour ale, lots of fruity notes with a good oaky backbone. 2012 is holding up nicely

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage.

Pours semi-clear dark ruby-brown with a 1/2 inch eggshell head that settles to a ring on top and leaves spots of lace.

The smell is of dark cherry, faint vinegar, plum and clove.

The taste is of tart unripe cherry, plum, molasses and dark grapes. There is definitely a woody, almost herbal taste on the back end. Sour cherry cola comes to mind.

The texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

A very interesting effort. There are a lot of aromas and flavors intertwining with each other within this beer with positive results. Sour but, not overwhelming so. Try this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty brown color with some initial haze. Clarity comes through after it has a few minutes to settle. Head is 1+ fingers and light tan in color. Dissipates quick with little lacing left behind. Swirling the glass does produce some lacing that sticks around for a while.

Aroma is tart cherry, oak, lactic acid, and sour apple. Vanilla, ripe plum, and vinegar.

Taste is tart and fruity. Cherry, plum, green apple, and lemon. Oak barrel, vanilla, and caramel malt. Lactic acid. Some brown sugar like sweetness at the end.

Medium body with a smooth almost creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Tart and acidic but has a bit of sweetness.near the end.

Really well done beer with great depth of flavor. Flavors really blend and complement each other.

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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark reddish brown, clear, little head
S: cherry, dark fruits, smells like a oud bruin, not sure how to describe the tart smell
T: very tasty, sour, dark fruits, tart cherries, little oaky flavor
M: great, lots of carbonation
O: really goods Flanders, tart and sweet. On par with duchesse

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
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