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: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 22oz bottle.

A: Brown/red-ish color with a quickly receding brown head.
S: Super fruity and sweet. Sour cherries, raspberries and maybe a bit of citrus too. Has almost a "jam" aroma. Vinegar and oak in the finish.
T: Opens up pretty tart. Well balanced with the fruity sweetness. Very big fruity taste - sour cherries, orange - followed by a bit of funk. Not too sour, very pleasant. Big oak and slight vinegary taste as it warmed up. Finishes dry.
M: A bit thin and it could have used more carbonation.
O: Great take on the style, I would gladly buy tons of this if it was available. Thanks for this one Tom, glad I was able to try it!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April 6, 2009; Consumed May 12, 2013. 1-3 years in oak plus four years in the bottle makes this a blend of beers 5-7 years old. Served in a Duvel glass.

A: Dark brown in color, with mahogany highlights when held to the light. A few shades darker than a traditional oude bruin, but it's not off putting. A frothy head forms upon pouring, but fades quickly. Lacing is present, but lazy.

S: Aroma is a bit faint, but what is there is pleasant; Pedro Ximenez, balsamic, and vanilla blend together elegantly in the bouquet.

T: Saying that this is sour is an understatement. The puckering acidity masks all of the delicious vinous flavors that make an oude bruin so delicious. Big sour in the front, with only wisps of port, caramel, and vanilla in the back. It's tasty, but I can't help but wonder if this beer would have been more balanced if consumed at an earlier date.

M: Very light and dry, which is good, but without any effervescence the beer seems lifeless.

O: A well made beer, but I feel like I may have help on to this one a bit too long. This is my first encounter with this beer, so I may be wrong, but I have to imagine the sourness has been amplified by its years of aging. If you want a really sour beer, go ahead and age it, but if balance is your forte, drink it sooner.

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 3,924 ratings.
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