La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

La FolieLa Folie
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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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Ratings: 3,934 |  Reviews: 1,065
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

La Folie pours a dark deep amber color, with a very small soda like head. There is a strong vinegar smell, but it is also sweet, and dry like a champagne. The taste is at first awfully sweet, with a notes of berries, and then finishes with a bit of sourness, and the vinegar flavors really finish the beer. Very funky flavor, and the sourness/vinegar may make it hard to drink, but not a heavy beer. Overall a funky beer. I am not sure if everyone would enjoy this one, but I found it very good.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Max's. This is one that I never expected to have on tap on the East Coast. Very excited for see it (and the bottles too) in the Old Line State.

A: Dark, murkier and muddier that I remember La Folie being, the ale sits thick and sediment-filled. An off-white head blankets the ale, lasting for a few minutes.

S: The nose is vinegary, acetic with a strong dose of acidic sharpness. A nose like this doesn't come around often, puckering me up before I even have a sip. The Flemishness can't be denied, but the beer isn't a vinegary mess ala Duchesse (my beer nemesis).

T: More vinegar with a great pucker up factor. Sharp lacto, ample lemony citrus adds acidic bite. The wildness is very nice, scalding almost with each sip. Oak, vanilla, is plentiful, relaxing the lemony acidity. Vinegar returns for a swansong, a last blast of puckery sourness. Quite good.

M: Sour and tart, but very vibrant. Bracing at time, thin at others, the ale nicely straddles the middle of the road.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel tulip. Pours a dark black/ruby red with a nice one finger head with tight bubbles. The aroma has a very nice tartness and sour fruit (apples?) blending nicely with the oak. The taste hits you with the sour fruits, along with some subtle earthy and oak notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, and finishes very clean and smooth. Maybe a touch watery, but it's on the lighter side (6% ABV) so it should be that way.

Overall, a very nice sour from New Belgium. Just missing a little bit on the taste and feel to be truly an elite sour, but it is damn good.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, reddish mahogany color with great clarity. Wisp of head vanishes right away.

S: Virtuoso balance of tobacco, overripe apples, oak, birch and earth - this is magical.

T: It begins with a shot of sweet fruitiness reminiscent of apple, pear, cherry. The wood comes next, never overwhelmingly so then the whole thing is swooshed up by a wallop of lactic acidity. The aftertaste has a vanilla character from the wood, it's a thing of beauty.

M: Medium bodied and on the low end of carbonation.

O: My favorite example of the style so far. A truly wonderful beer, oozing with complexity - but it somehow remains very drinkable and refreshing. One thing I loved about it was the lack of vinegar character. Stunner!

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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mahogany shade of brown with a small beige head that recedes quicktly
S: Smells of sour fruit and some residual sugary sweetness
T: Sourness on top of sourness on top of delicious sourness intermingled with some cherry flavor and a bit of flavor from the oak. aftertaste is sour with some cherry flavor and a bit of sweetness along with some oak. sort of like the drink just less intense
M: medium bodied with very soft carbonation
O: this is a fantastic sour from New Belgium. I'm very happy that I have another bottle. Grab some while you can.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 33cl tulip. 2012 vintage

A- Has a nice reddish-brown, transparent appearance. A heavy pour generates a two and a half finger head. It moves at a steady pace two a thin lacing around the glass.

S- Sour apple, pear mixed with tart date and funk. Slight amount of oak and raisin towards the end. Some apple cider vinegar and green grapes as well. Nice and smooth, leaving you salivating.

T- Sour apple, cranberry, date, pear and sour patch kids. The oak is present in the form of a dry chardonnay finish. Lots of wild funky goodness. I do pick up some green grape and crab apple. Love this beer!!!

M- Good carbonation, great feel and leaves you wanting more. Lots of mouth watering goodness, the perfect palate cleanser.

O- I have enjoyed this beer for years and I will continue to do so. Enough said :).... o yea one of New Belgium's best... I'm done.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour cherry and malt vinegar aromas. Taste is very much the same with a very tart finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour beer that is tasty and very easy to drink. This is definitely a beer I could drink all day and not get tired of it.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 22oz bottle of this at Woodman’s in Janesville, WI for $12.79 in Early 2012.

Pours a dark brown color with a thick, fluffy head. There is a semi-strong sour scent mixed with sugars and fruits. The taste is unlike anything I have ever had before. There is a strong, sour tartness in the taste. It’s sour but yet fruity and juicy mostly of apples. For some reason this totally took me back to my childhood when Warheads were a popular sour candy, this beer is basically a beer version of sour apple Warheads. Once again, unlike anything else I have ever had before. Well worth the try even at $12. Great work New Belgium.

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La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 3,934 ratings
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