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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A- Reddish-brown hue. Head vanishes almost instantly. Appetizing appearance, but not as "full" looking as a true Flemish Sour from Belgium.

S-Acidic, dry, but also some fruity essence, perhaps apricots or berries.

T- Like most American Wild Ales, this beer has a balance between sour, tart flavors found in their Belgian counterparts, but with a funkier, drier backbone. Apricots and berry flavors come forth, especially if served at cellar temperature. This is my favorite American Wild/Sour Ale I have tried from the U.S.

M- Quite sour, but not overpowering. If you serve it at cellar temperature, it is more balanced. Not as full of a texture as those from Belgium that I have tried.

O- One of the best examples of this style, although I do not think it should be categorized as a Flanders Oud Bruin, but rather as an American Wild Ale.

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

This is an easy review....

The perfect sour beer!

Pours a deep red amber. Exceptional lacing and a powder white head.

Aroma is balsamic dressing and vinegar.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but malty.

Flavor is a incredible! Mouth puckering sour, but balanced out by a sweet maltiness. No hop character to speak of.

I had the privilege of touring the brewery in 2011. I tasted both the Oscar and Felix in their wood aging tanks and spoke to Lauren Salazar who blends La Folie. This beer is the perfect marriage of Belgian and American brewing. I can't imagine a better 'sour' beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a medium to deep brown in color. Lots of red colors peak in the side and through the beer's body. The head is a light tan in color and about 1 finger thick with a vigorous pour. Retention is a minute or two until it is down to a thin film. Lacing is good.

S- A courteous heads up to my nose would have been appreciated, as this sour assaults the nostrils with tart scents. The classic sour scent from lacto is there, and so is a hint of fruit. Fruitiness is somewhat in the cherry to raspberry range, but not very prominent among the overall sour smell.

T- Starts just like the scent, with a sour bang on the tongue. Fairly aggressive as far as the level of sour flavor goes. Some of the fruit notes in the taste are more lemon-like than in the scent, but those cherry and raspberry like flavors are also there. The high level of acidic sour flavors is persistent, ending the drink as well as starting it.

M- Light and highly carbonated, this feels like a sour beer version of champagne. Easy to drink as far as weight and feel go, the high level of tart and sour flavors will be the limiting factor in La Folie's sessionability.

Overall, the most sour Oud Bruin I've had. Very good as far as quality of flavors and scents. A very good beer that will really satisfy your sour craving.

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