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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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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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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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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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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red in hue, beautiful clear color with a small off-white or light tan head that dissapates down to a patchy, bubbly sheet. The bubbles pop rapidly and the sheet dwindles to almost nothing. The smell is intense and smells sour, with the tartness of a berliner-weiss in its lemon and orange mixture in the aroma. But its backed by an incredible smoky malt that is faintly remeniscent of a raucshbier and the two aromas seem to enhance the other. There is an underlying sweetness from the malts as well that hints at fruity caramel and molasses. Definitely a bit leathery. Complex nose, very interesting and I can't wait to try it.

Wow that is in your face with the sourness. I have yet to try a beer that was this mouth-puckeringly sour, like biting into a malty lemon. The sourness overpowers many of the other flavor profiles of this beer, hitting with that huge profile of sourness and tartness that dries out the mouthfeel and finish, but that is what the true character of this beer is. Coming from such a complex nose to being hit in the palate with a huge sourness was surprising and a bit overbearing at first. The more I drink of it however, the more I acclimate to it and see the other facets of this beer. For instance, it actually starts off lemony sweet in the front of the palate, with a hint of caramel for good measure. It then moves into an understated caramel malt taste in the middle, underneath the obvious sourness. Moving along towards the back and through the mouthpuckering taste, there is a subtle bitterness, citrusy in character that is sometimes overlooked, but at other times is very noticeable throughout the taste. It finishes with a puckering dryness and a bit of a syrupy collection in the back of the mouth. Very interesting little beer here.

I think I was a bit unprepared for just how sour this beer was going to be, this being one of my first true sours. I've had a few summery kind of sours before and enjoyed them greatly, but this one is a whole other world of beer for me. And I liked it to a certain extent. It was a touch overbearing at times throughout the taste, but once I settled into it, especially the second half of the bottle, I didn't think it was so overbearing anymore. Its certainly a new style and worth the try if you have an adventurous palate, but maybe try sharing it with someone as it will strike up a good conversation about just how interesting beer can be. Definitely glad I picked this up.

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,981 ratings