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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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 release on-tap in a tulip glass

A: Reddish, amber.

S: Muted, slightly yeasty.

T: Tart! Very mild, yeasty flavor. Fruity. Sweet.

M: Lots of carbonation, crisp. Leaves the palate clear.

Pretty good sour ale. I'd like to try a chilled bomber of this one later in the summer.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A light rusty red color. Very translucent. Good looking beer.

Smell: Sour fruits, tinge of vinegar and a woodiness. On a second smell I'm smelling the mustiness mentioned in other reviews.

Taste: Sour fruit at the beginning, primarily cherries. Somewhat acidic tasting. Smooth wooden finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and slightly acidic, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Great beer, I don't have a lot of experience in this style but I do like what I've had.

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

Had on tap at Tyler's in Carrboro. Pour is translucent red with a very small white head. The smell is well, wow. Tart cherries, vinegar, and lactic acid. Its balanced, but bold. There is a balance between all of the flavors, it even pulls some stuff from Gueuze, Flanders Red/Oud Bruin. Its upfront with sourness, vinegarness, and acidity. Lots of oak as well, could use a little less of everything and more balance.

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4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour a dark ruby-brown that is almost clear around the edges and a thin finger of frothy khaki colored head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is full of sour cherries, oak, vanilla, some funk and farmhouse smells, and a bit of sweet malts.

T - Starts out with sharp and strong sour cherries with some acidity, some oak and a bit of vanilla alongside. Through the middle, some sweet malts with a touch of dark fruit and a bit of funk comes through. The finish is a mix of mellowing sour cherry, more funky farmhouse flavors, vanilla, oak, and some sweet malts.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, dry, and lightly acidic finish.

D - Very drinkable. The strength of the sour cherry flavor here is fantastic and the beer has some nice complexity around it to provide some balance.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from 2011

Appearance – Reddish brown colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Malts, vinegar, dark fruits, citric acid

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, balsamic vinegar, and some dark fruits. (raisins, cherries) I can also taste an earthiness and some citric acid. The beer finishes with a tart/sour vinegar and dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Delicious, they have really done a good job with this beer. The bottle size makes it a good one to share with other but I could probably still get through one of these on my own. The only drawback might be the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: Dark brown with red hues and a small tan head that fades into a small ring. Small spots of lacing dot the glass.

S: Sour cherries, berries, lactic sourness, funky wet hay, basement must , oak, and a dab on vinegar.

T: Has a very sharp tartness to it. Sour cherries, oaky tannins, barnyard funk, slightly acedic, finishes sour but but more funky with a dry finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, bubbly carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Overall a fantastic beer! If you love sours or flanders reds do not pass up on this one.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black with shades of red when you hold to light. Two finger head.

S - Tart funky cherries.

T - Initial sour blast of tart cherries followed by a wave of earthy oak.

M - Light with good carbonation. Bubbly and tart.

O - A good sour but I was expecting a bit more complexity. Fairly straight forward but very refreshing. Brett is fairly subdued.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,989 ratings