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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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bomber of the 2013 bottling with Matt. Thanks for bringing this one over buddy. Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 4/2/2014. First time I'm able to review this brew, but not the first time I've had it.

App- Dark but clear brown body, one finger effervescent tan head, ok retention, no lacing.

Smell- Tart cherries, sweet brown malt, vinegar, a bit of musty oak. Smells very appetizing.

Flavour- Sweet brown malt, 6/10 acidity that isn't bracing or a heartburner, thank God. Sour and a bit sweet. Musty oak, very faint dry earthiness on the finish. Good, seems to be missing some depth on the back-end of the palate as it starts out sweet and sour and suddenly just falls off into a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, not watery nor syrupy at all. Very good carbonation, almost like a nice aperol spritzer. Backend is a dry, tannic, oaky earthy flavour.

Overall- Very good sour brown. I would have liked it to be a bit more complex and full throughout the palate, but for what it is, it's an excellent wild with a nice mix of sweet and sour. It would be great if they sold these in 4-packs like New Glarus did with Wild Sour Ale.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

VISUAL: deep dark red bronze. Low lacing, or head.
AROMA: Big Green apple, jammy, caramel sweetness, cherry pit, citrus zest
FLAVOR: Sharp sourness, clean and sour and malty- like biting into a fresh picked Granny Smith Apple. Some brown sugar and Caramel in the flavor.
MOUTHFEEL: Big Mouth feel with puckering and thirst quenching.

Overall a great one. I like Le Terrior more. But overall great

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 3,916 ratings.
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