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:
601
Gots:
963
For Trade:
49
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Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggtriksta
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhlosito75
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlazz222
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
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 +2.6%
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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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(22 oz bottle, poured into a wine glass)

L: crystal-clear dark tawny liquid... rather tall gummy pad of tan foam, doesn't hold long... chunky-jagged specs in the bottom of the bottle... messy splotches of suds left, not an unbroken cap, little lace

S: big bop of mid-dark caramel, sour cherry pits, vinous flourishes... hints of juicy grapefruit flesh, light-brown cocoa-brownie - chocolate-orange??... booze is mellow and brightens it all up... overall, very clean, near-full, on point

T: bright up front, tart bitter lemon in finish, with a hint of nutty yeast in the immediate aftertaste... certainly a somewhat dense, brown bread-crusty malt underneath, but heavily weighed down by the soft acidity of the sour atop, its character never quite rising up and with hardly any sweetness - at least not in like some Belgian examples of the style

F: again, light flowing, but with some body for sure - smooth and lightly glassy (till the dregs go in)... the front and finish both have a bite that mellows with each sip

O: I hesitate to say it could use a lil more sweetness - it does, due to its dry bottom (blush), seem to maybe lack a lil depth (or unique character) - but its dryness will only enhance its pairing appeal... I've had this a few times on tap and this bottle version was, by a few hairs, the most subtle, but the most drinkable

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

Photo of bcsbeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A more subdued, woody, earthy version of Le Terroir. Murky brown with a skin of creamy head that clings to the glass. Aroma more of darker dried fruits and milder tartness . Excellent companion to Le Terroir . Ying and yang. ’14 and ’16 rated.

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Photo of deereless
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LaGuarns
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rydev24
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really a great oude bruin especially considering its stateside origin. Nicely malty and sweet, but balanced well by a fairly pronounced tart cherry and sour apple note. Highly drinkable, splitting a 750 with a friend is a no brainer. Does have a certain amount of tackiness that is style appropriate but might throw some folks off who are looking for a slightly more dry, vinous character like what you'd get in a Flanders red.

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