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: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter on tap at Rustico Alexandria.

I thought this was a good one. I’m certainly a rookie with sour-like beers, but blending all three years certainly makes for a great beer. - 4.5

A - Pours a red tinted brown with a tan half-finger head. Opaque in the glass. Great lacing - 3.75

S - Sour fruit, but hard for me to discern specific aromas. - 3.75

T - Sour with some sour cherry but with a supporting malty base that gives the beer a smooth finish. Some faint sweetness. No super lactic (puke in your mouth) taste like some Flanders. - 4.5

MF - No pucker, medium-body, smooth dry finish. - 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Rustico Alexandria in a goblet 2014 vintage

A-Clear, mahogany with a one finger off-white head and a lots of lacing.

S-Aroma of tart dark fruit, cranberry and roasted malt.

T-Taste of tart dark fruit, strawberries, roasted malt, vinegar and cranberries.

M-Medium body and medium/low carbonization.

O-Overall this was great sour, it was my second sour to try and will try again because it was great!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into a mini snifter.

A: Dark burgundy red. A little lacing and head, but dissipates quickly.

S: Like fruity vinegar. Acutely acidic. The sourness of this is almost overwhelming.

T: Super sour. Like biting a lime wedge sour, ok, not quite that sour. However, it is one of the most sour beers I have had. It does have a bit of a spicy fruit finish. If you like sours, you will probably like this. If you dont, you will probably hate it.

M: Tingly, a surprisingly thick feel. It is not a BA stout by any means, but for how puckering it is, its not very thin.

O: A great sour, it may only be released once a year, but had good availability despite that. Drinks great fresh.

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 3,929 ratings.
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