La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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4.25/5
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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
Ranking:
#833
Reviews:
1,071
Ratings:
3,991
pDev:
10.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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613
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Trade:
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Photo of Viaduck
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish bown with a modest light tan head that didn't last long. Aroma is understated, some vinegar, ripe fruit & not much more. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly sour, sour apple & chery, grain & caramel & a sweet finish. Nice amount of carbonation & smooth feel. An excellent thirst quencher & very refreshing

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Photo of csmrx7
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MikeWard
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a tall glass. 2017 vintage

Really nice color on this, a deep burgundy wine hue. Small off white body which persists all the way through leaving scattered lacing.

Aroma is primarily of apples.

Good but not overpowering sour tartness. Mostly apple, but there is a little cherry as well. The oak is only faintly present.

Getting close to full on the mouth, tart and sour on the finish.

Overall, a really nice drink. Think this is only my second Flanders Oud Bruin. Time to look for more.

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Photo of Blazer22
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gene-Colorado
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip. The appearance was a nice dark brown color with some ever so slight ruby to red edges. The head was less than a half a finger with a solid clingy white lacing sticking mighty finely to the sides of the glass. The smell was a decent sour to tart fruity aroma indicating amounts of apples and peaches with a decent woody edge to it. There is a nice earthiness coming out as well. The taste is sour leading with the peaches and apples taking over a nice tart background. The aftertaste is soured peaches and apples to end up leading into a dry sour and tart finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body. Carbonation felt fine, a bit under than expected but not letting the beer become cloying. ABV felt appropriate yet non-distracting. Overall, pretty nicely done Flanders Oud Bruin, fans of the style will most likely be seeking this one out.

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Photo of Diomedes
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried my first La Folie just a few days ago, apearently ive been living under a rock. If you've never had one and like a decent sour seek it out. By far one of the best beers ive had.

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

Photo of jwhancher
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a damn good beer so I have it all 5's. Why even bother trying to pick out tiny nuances in order to not give it a perfect score. Picked this up in Fort Collins at $17 a bottle. Tastes great! Tart & sour cherries, acetic acid, very light oak, some caramel. Sourness level is that of a very nice balaalmic vinegar. Just really well done. Could drink this all day long if I had to.

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Photo of kkazemi
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Estria
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKbrew89
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kelseyr713
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Amp
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Copper with about two fingers of tan head.

S: cherries, plum sour apple

T: Follows nose. Quite tart.

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Taste lines the tongue.

O: A nice sipper. The sourness really sticks. A good one.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmorris15
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

La Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 3,991 ratings