La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

La FolieLa Folie
BA SCORE
93.2%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 3,933 Ratings
La FolieLa Folie
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:
#839
Reviews:
1,065
Ratings:
3,933
Liked:
3,664
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
10.09%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
602
Gots:
967
Trade:
49
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,933 |  Reviews: 1,065
Photo of mmorris15
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmcquirk
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zkoehn
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Aisha
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey_L
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggtriksta
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhlosito75
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlazz222
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark Amber color with medium bubbles on the body. Off-white head, rising maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: Like bread and lemon, and a hard hit of yeast. Light scent which is not bad just wish it had a little more potency.

Taste: Sweet and sour brew, lemon and grapes with a shot of yeast.

Mouth: medium carbonation, sticky and probably the best characteristic of the beer.

Overall: descent brew which could just use a tad tweaking. Sours usually aren't my regular thing, but wouldn't mind another turn. Always in a glass...Salud!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage; 22 oz bottle.

This beer has been high up on my "wants" list for quite some time. Beautiful ruby-brown/copper color on the pour with good clarity. One finger of tan head that sticks around for a while. In fact, there's a slight head on the beer throughout its entire duration. Sticky spots of lacing on the glass.

Lots of deep fruity notes in the aroma, along the lines of plums, figs, and cherries. Slight caramel and brown sugar sweetness but nowhere near cloying. More fruit in the flavor except there's a good amount of apple mixed in. Cranberry juice-like tartness with a slight vinegar kick, but it strikes a really nice balance with the malt and fruit flavors.

Medium bodied. Carbonation is low. This just comes across as such an expertly crafted and blended beer. All of the flavors and the body are in check. Really impressive and I'd say it's an excellent intro to sour beers, for those looking to try some.

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 3,933 ratings
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