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La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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4.25/5
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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
Ranking:
#771
Reviews:
1,067
Ratings:
3,960
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
603
Gots:
980
Trade:
47
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Ratings: 3,960 |  Reviews: 1,067
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip. The appearance was a nice dark brown color with some ever so slight ruby to red edges. The head was less than a half a finger with a solid clingy white lacing sticking mighty finely to the sides of the glass. The smell was a decent sour to tart fruity aroma indicating amounts of apples and peaches with a decent woody edge to it. There is a nice earthiness coming out as well. The taste is sour leading with the peaches and apples taking over a nice tart background. The aftertaste is soured peaches and apples to end up leading into a dry sour and tart finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body. Carbonation felt fine, a bit under than expected but not letting the beer become cloying. ABV felt appropriate yet non-distracting. Overall, pretty nicely done Flanders Oud Bruin, fans of the style will most likely be seeking this one out.

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Photo of Diomedes
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried my first La Folie just a few days ago, apearently ive been living under a rock. If you've never had one and like a decent sour seek it out. By far one of the best beers ive had.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwhancher
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a damn good beer so I have it all 5's. Why even bother trying to pick out tiny nuances in order to not give it a perfect score. Picked this up in Fort Collins at $17 a bottle. Tastes great! Tart & sour cherries, acetic acid, very light oak, some caramel. Sourness level is that of a very nice balaalmic vinegar. Just really well done. Could drink this all day long if I had to.

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Photo of kkazemi
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Estria
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKbrew89
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kelseyr713
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Amp
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Copper with about two fingers of tan head.

S: cherries, plum sour apple

T: Follows nose. Quite tart.

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste lines the tongue.

O: A nice sipper. The sourness really sticks. A good one.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmcquirk
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zkoehn
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jacob17
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey_L
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper with reddish hue. A bit hazy, but mostly clear. About a 1/4" head - recedes quickly to a foam ring. Decent lacing continues.
Smell: Sour cherry and raspberry. Slight vinegar. Some malt and caramel. Quite aromatic.
Taste: Strong bitte at first. Bitter and sour - a tad harsh. Only a brief hint of sweet malt, but quickly dries and gets very tart - almost puckering level. Fruit flavors spin around and around. Plum, cherry, apple, grape, raspberry. Strong Oak flavor. Smokey and nutty. Left with fruity aftertaste and some earthiness.
Feel: Medium / but thinner. Low end of Medium.
Overall: Checked this one off of my beer Bucket-list. This is routinely in the "top 50 beers" in America. A great beer for sure. I really enjoyed it. Not to many big beers really live up to their hype, but this one is great. I would buy this one again for sure, even at the $18 price.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,960 ratings
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