La Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

6 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. A dark reddish mahogany brown with a half-finger of small perky tan bubbles, more concentrated on the sides of the glass. Sour vinous fruit nose ... red wine, raisin, tamarind, light floral vanilla, maybe a whiff of caramel. Mainly sour fruit though. Initial taste impression is that of sour cherries and grapes drizzled with light chocolate sauce and vanilla nougat. Over the course of a few sips the chocolate note becomes less salient and the sour fruit and vanilla notes take over, although the former never entirely goes away. Nice acetic red wine vinegar flavor that falls just shy of puckering, and something else a little goaty or salty-sweaty perhaps. Faint echoes of licorice and oak chips. I am noticing more oak on the nose about half way through. Feels prickly on the tongue yet somehow quite smooth at the same time, a fizzy yet soft paradox. Cola-like brown spice comes on strong late, nutmeg, peppercorn. Finishes sour, salty, and woody, with more of that prickly to soft caress transition described earlier. I understand why this style is sometimes described as a real polarizer. Like cilantro or molasses, you either love it or hate it. I am firmly ensconced in the former category, with relatively limited experience to date.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Smells of red wine and tart fruit. A vinegary rainbow of flavor in the front, 3.5 of a possible 5 puckers in the back.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great oaky, sour wine nose. Flavor is vinous and acetic, with toasted oak and cherry. Somewhat floral and malty. As it warms, the barrel notes meld seamlessly with the sour character and light base beer sweetness.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

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