La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour AleLa Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale
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La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour AleLa Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kell50 on 11-02-2017

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Rmiles
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, just wow. The smell is amazing with the coffee beans easily making their presence known. The taste is smooth but complex with a quick initial taste of the coffee beans then a switch to a easy sour punch.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from 750ml bottle. Looks like La Folie, deep brown red smallhead of foam. Smells tart, very fresh coffee nose. Very strong!! Taste is a great mix of mild tartness and super fresh coffee. Light bodied. Long lasting aftertaste of the coffee.

A very interesting and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a burgundy/mahogany red with a very small khaki head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Freshly roasted coffee, that has some deep earthy notes, mixed with some light fruit, a few notes of citrus and some light sourness underneath. This is the most pleasant coffee beer, I have smelt.

T: Freshly roasted coffee, notes of light citrus and some fruit from the coffee, mix with the sourness from the base La Folie to provide a nice balance. The coffee beans they used to brew this beer are incredible.

F: Medium body, lower to medium carbonation.

O: The coffee in this beer is incredible, very good aroma and it balances well with the sourness of the beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Afeo
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark burgundy-brown with just a coin edge thickness of khaki, tight, nitro foam. A few strands of lacing left behind. Aroma is bright notes of coffee with citrus, and juniper. Plum, and dark fruits swell up after the coffee fades. Flavor profile is light bodied, smooth coffee with notes of citrus. Plum, and dark fruits with a slight twangy sour punch. Mouth feel is smooth, and velvety with a watery, nitro edge. It's medium in thickness. Overall, a top notch beer with stand-out coffee. Coffee is executed extremely well in both the aroma and flavor profile, and balances well with the twangy sour twist of plum at the end. Packaging is beautiful as well. It comes in a thick, paperboard box with an explanation of the coffee, beer, and malts used to create this beer, and a well presented bottle at opening.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i cant remember the last time i was this stoked to crack into anything new belgium has done, its been a long and at times quite painful slide into mediocrity and irrelevance among the craftiest drinkers for these guys, but they are making a big push lately with these single vessel releases and these reserve beers, this is the cherry of them all so far, and i sure was pleased to get a bottle, even at this exorbitant price! the packaging is deadset gorgeous, cork and caged near black heavyweight glass bottle emerging from a gold foiled elegant looking box, really pretty presentation. this was bottled with liquid nitrogen, which as far as i know is a first, and we rarely see nitro sours, so intriguing in a lot of ways. we open it up on thanksgiving weekend with loved ones. it pours a little still, i was expecting a much greater nitro rush and head collecting, but it takes an aggressive pour to even get a thin white layer on top, less than a quarter inch once all is said and done, but it does stick around awhile, and contrasts the very dark beer quite beautifully in the glass (this looks way darker than the original, must be the coffee). through whats left of the nitro head i smell rich and wonderful coffee. it has notes of dried cherry, cascara, honey, cocoa, and raisin, a wonderful and rare type of coffee, and i think it comes through gorgeously in the nose, my favorite aspect of this beer overall. there is a nice acidity here too, not too much as i feared, and it doesnt break the coffee down, rather accentuates its fruity features and extends it. its bacterial but clean, and the wood is present too, mellowing, old timey, and strong. slight fruit vinegar and red wine in the nose thats there in the flavor too, but this is less flanders, more american to me, drastically more refined and mature than the original la folie, at least for my money. i like the nitro feel being kind of relaxed, i think prickly carbonation or frothing nitro would get in the way of the slowly coursing flavor journey this takes me on, and why risk it? its mellow in feel with just a little lift and softness, its just right despite it being not so dramatic on the pour. the coffee is another element in the flavor, it doesnt steer it like it does in the nose, but i still appreciate it as being different and special as coffee goes. acidity ramps up as the beer warms, taking on a sour cherry and stale red wine quality that i think is flattering to the grain base here, as well as the wood, which is also increasingly present as the temperature climbs. cherry and coffee fruit, roast and cocoa and even char for a second, molasses and vanilla too. im really digging the complexity of this and the way the special coffee works with such a refined sour beer. this has lambic qualities to it, and while it didnt quite reach my lofty expectations on the whole, i thought this was both brilliant and technically extremely interesting, and i feel good about paying for the bottle. really cool beer overall, its awesome to see new belgium taking chances and evolving again, this really brings me back into their fan club in a lot of ways. i hope they continue with this sort of thing. i know a lot of work and energy went into getting this beer just right, and it really shows. bravo!!!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours almost no head to speak of but creates a little bit of eggshell foam that manages to form after the end of the pour. It's very interesting to look at. The beer itself is absolutely beautiful. It has a gorgeous brown color that has a delicious reddish hue to it. The end result is a almost wine like appearance despite how clear the beer is.

The smell and taste are really good and share very similar notes. While one might lean towards one more than the other, the coffee and sour characteristics come out really well.The smell comes out as coffee forward with the sour notes supplementing the a gentle fruity roast with a nice mandarin floral note and a good cocoa that complements it well. The taste is a bit more sour forward with a bit of tartness and cocoa with a very little roast note from the coffee since it gets lost in the tart.

The feel is pretty good. It has a very light medium body with an extremely velvety feel to it. There is not tickling from carbonation since it seems to be nitrogenated.

Overall, this is a really good beer and a bit pricey as well. NB definitely made a good decision and the way this beer was crafted is fantastic. It won't appeal to sour fans and may be out of the price range for some since it runs at $60.

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La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 9 ratings