La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,920
Reviews:
1,060
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
602
Gots:
963
For Trade:
49
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage 650ml bottle poured into tulip 10/5/13 thanks Rutager for yet another bottle

A brown with a hint of red, enough clarity to almost see the other side of the glass under the foam, two fingers sit for a few sips and leaves no lace

S burnt brown sugar, tart cherries, unripe strawberries and sour apple, vinous notes, some oak but its mellow, sweet and sour sauce with a hint of vinegar and teriyaki, a little funk works wonders, smells bang on for the style

T slightly more oak but other then that the smell follows through in the mouth and that's a good thing

M sour and acidic, not too heavy with decent carbonation, has a nice pucker to it and its quite slick after the fact, I want to say its dry but I get a little sweetness on the finish but not much

O very well made brew going on here, nails the style and I could drink another bomber or three with no worries

I'm wondering what Old Belgium or the true OB (Original Belgian) would have to say about this one? I'm guessing the OB would just say "respect" and bump fists with this "New" comer

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep reddish brown with a quickly receding light brown head. 3.5

The aroma hits with cherries and just this big fruitiness that comes off a little like strawberries and raspberries. Some sweetness in there matches well with the fruit. Vinegar and the wood barrel.

Slightly sweet and fairly tart. Delivers a largely fruity taste like the aroma indicated. Lots of cherry and more red fruits and tart green apple, vinegar, wood.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The tartness is nice and after the initial sour shock lends itself to a great sippability. Finishes a little dry.

Definitely worth a try if you like sours.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled on 12/02/12, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown color. Produces a thin layer of off-white head that recedes to a collar.

S- Lots of tart acidity, nice blend of lactic and acetic, some funk, oak, some sweet cherry aroma. This smells pretty damn nice.

T- Very tart, the tartness is great btw, moves into a bit of funk and light cherry towards the center and a huge, very dry, oaky, tannic finish. The fruit is subtle here, which I really like, it accents the sourness really nicely without being overbearing.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, bone dry.

O- This actually surprised me. I'm not a huge fan of Oud Bruins, but this is actually a really tasty beer. The tartness is done really well and the cherry is in just the right amount. One of the more impressive American sours I've had recently.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of secondtooth
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, sudsy amber. Thin head, and little noticeable lace.

Nose says sour fruit, and funky yeastiness. Unusual and exceptional.

Taste is very much sour fruit and funky, yeasty, musty sweet and sour-ness. What a unique flavor profile! This one is strong and quite acidic -- assertively sour and astringent, with a lingering taste on the palate. Enjoyable and impressive, even if the $15.99 price tag is a little hard on the wallet.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 3,920 ratings.
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