La Folie Falling Rock's 10th Anniversary
New Belgium Brewing Company

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New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Flanders Red Ale
4.29 | pDev: 5.83%
Apr 27, 2016
Oct 13, 2007
Notes: None
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Rated: 4.49 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Apr 27, 2016
Rated: 4.46 by SocalKicks from California

Jun 15, 2015
Rated: 4.27 by B_G from Iowa

Apr 30, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by spycow from Illinois

Oct 26, 2014
Rated: 4 by DOCRW from Washington

Jan 24, 2014
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Reviewed by BucketBoy from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Review from notes. Opened with some great BAs at my first epic Philly tasting on 3-26-11. Tasted side-by-side with NB Bottleworks 10th and Twisted Spoke 15th - this was #2 for me of the three.

L - Sexy looking mahogany with fizzy, crackling foam that recedes to nothing fairly quickly.

S - Light but nice - cocoa powder, tart cherry and sweet cherry pie filling, vanilla, oak, lots of berry, light leaher, mineral notes, acetic throughout with some earth funk.

T - Delicious! Much like the nose, with a very bright acetic tartness that never becomes too much. Brown sugar, vanilla oak, big cherry pie filling, touch of milk chocolate andd dark cocoa, cherry jolly ranchers, warm leather, and just a shade of peppery funk in the finish.

M - Nice and light, with just the right amount of carbonation, though a touch thin.

O - Really delicious, the cocoa-covered cherries play front and center over acetic acid that perfectly balances the edge without ever becoming too much. Glad to have been able to try this again since my original review (thank you, forgetfu!).
Jun 30, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by hsus0225 from Texas

Mar 05, 2013
Rated: 4 by ChrisPro from Illinois

Jan 16, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by Chambic from California

Oct 18, 2012
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
You’re the man, Chad. Snifter, reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a dirty, murky, cloudy brown with a very fizzy and short lived light tan head that faded into nothingness.
S: Nose is full of light cherries, huge lemon, red fruits and berries, currants, and oak.
T: More red fruits and berries, earthy barrel, lightly sweet with hints of syrupy malts and caramel. Acid is light, very drinkable.
M: Tingly carbonation, lightly tart, super dry, clean mouth.
O: The best la folie I’ve had. Extremely drinkable with very integrated flavors. Thanks cpferris.
Sep 13, 2012
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Reviewed by Sean9689 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark ruby/brown color, off-white head, thin collar. Tart cherries, oak, light funky sourness, vinegar, and fruit. Flavor is tart cherries, oak, nice acidic sourness, must. Body is light, good carbonation, dry tart finish.

A really nice beer here, but mostly just tastes like an aged La Folie. This beer is nearly impossible to locate, so probably not worth it to give up a ton when you can try an 07/08/09 La Folie a lot easier. Good beer and would definitely have again.
Aug 31, 2012
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Reviewed by jethrodium from California

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Falling Rock 10th Anniversary bottle shared by cpferris. Thanks Chad. Pours a murky brown with a small white head that settles to a bunch a bubbles at the edge of the glass and leaves some light lacing. The aroma is oak, cherry, some light brown sugar and caramel as well as a bit of vinegar. The taste has a light initial sweetness as well as a decent tartness. There is oak, cherry, and a bit of brown sugar. The finish has a decent amount of acetic acid and lots of oak. Medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation.
Aug 30, 2012
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Reviewed by MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big thanks to ChrisPro for tracking down this rarity. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.

A - White foam quickly settles to a thin ring, spotty haze, and no lace. Hazy dark orange-brown body.

S - Smells like vintage La Folie, with a mixture of vinegar, sour cherries, moderate malt sweetness, and a touch of oak. There's a touch of oxidation setting in at five years of age, but it's not distracting yet.

T - The taste is quite nice too, with a mix of funky overripe cherries, acetic acid, wet oak, sweet malts and perhaps even a light chocolate flavor. Definitely a Flanders, with the requisite malt heft.

M - Super dry texture, medium-bodied with zesty carbonation, mildly tannic, negligible alcohol, and the signature New Belgium acidity.

D - It's not terribly different from concurrent vintages of La Folie, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoyed this quite a bit as it made a nice contrast from the more acidic American Wild Ales we had. Probably too acidic for me to drink an entire 750ml though.
Jul 01, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by whartontallboy from New York

Jun 24, 2012
Rated: 4 by AgentZero from Illinois

Jun 24, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by Doodler from Colorado

Jun 14, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by MiguelMandingo from Texas

Feb 27, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by oregone from Oregon

Feb 25, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

Jan 30, 2012
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Reviewed by Kristienhare from California

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This beer is delicious! One of the best beers I have ever had. Love the sour/tart taste of the black cherries. Mouth feel is a little sticky but the tangy after taste is great. The low carbonation works well with the flavor of the beer- resembles a wine but you can still tell that it is a beer.
Jan 21, 2012
Rated: 4 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Jan 12, 2012
Rated: 4 by jophish17 from Georgia

Dec 23, 2011
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Reviewed by NittanyBeerFan from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A big up to Joe (aka bucketboy) for covertly snagging this rarity for our recent tasting. The first of our diagonal of 3 La Folie Anniversary Beers, and 17th overall in our 2-day tasting.

Pours a hazy garnet brown, capped by a creamy but coarse and rapidly receding head. Spotty bits of lace stick to the edges of the glass and slowly slink their way back down to the beer itself.

The aroma is a signature New Belgium La Folie Acetic sourness that slams the nose. Cocoa powder, sour cherries, some oakey tannins and and earthy funk make their presence known just before sweet notes of berries come through and round out the bouquet. The taste follows in the vein of the aroma, with the same prominent acetic sourness that creates a strong first impression. Again, it is followed by tart cherries, a dusting of bitter and dry cocoa powder. The earthy oakiness squeezes its way in as the acetic sourness crushes any funk that was in the aroma.

The finish is bone dry as the acetobacter have metabolized everything in this beer. The sourness is truly mouth puckering, while the carbonation is perfect for the style and the flavors of the beer. As good as this is, the overwhelming vinegary sourness would make this hard to drink much more than 5-6 oz.
Apr 23, 2011
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks for sharing this rarity, Joe!

A clear reddish copper with a dense, beige head that recedes to a ring, leaving little lacing. The nose has bright acetic sourness with a good fruity, berry base, with cherries and more leather than is typical for New Belgium. A touch oxidized with some ketone-like aromatics, there's some vanilla and a little cocoa as well. The palate opens seriously sharp and sour, this has a bracing blend of lactic and acetic sourness, though its predominantly acetic. Berry sourness is noticeable, and its a nice, chocolate, cherry, strawberry character. drying and acetic on the finish this is great in small quantities, especially since there's a little solvent on the finish. A great effort.
Mar 29, 2011
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Reviewed by glid02 from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Shep - much obliged! Bottle 87 of 6861.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart raspberries and currants backed by medium malts. Also present are large amounts of vinegar and lighter amounts of oak.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Fairly dry medium malt flavors kick things off and are quickly dried out further with the addition of solidly tart berry and currants. Midway through the sip the tartness subsides just a bit as oak flavors make an appearance, before light vinegar tartens things back up, carrying through to a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer. It's tartness is a good deal greater than that of regular La Folie and the oak influence is also a bit more robust. All in all an interesting beer and I'm glad I could compare it to the standard version. Worth a shot.
Mar 17, 2011
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Reviewed by mjn5036 from New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had the pleasure of having this at the Falling Rock Tap House. Chris, the owner, set a barrel aside and I was lucky enough to be visiting when they cracked into it. Served to me from tap in a 6 oz wine glass. Large, impressive white head that slowly dissipated, leaving light lacing. Amber/brown in color. Smells, well, sour. Couldn't pick up on a lot in the smell. A sour with some funk.
Taste blew my mind. Holy SOUR. Very tart. Almost makes you want to clench your teeth. I think the age has given it some more sourness. Citrus, black cherry, green apple, maybe some oaky flavors as well. Some malt flavor that I didn't really expect. A fantastic funkiness; barnyard taste towards the end. Not overpowering, but just enough to give the beer some serious complexity. Very drinkable in my opinion. All around an amazing sour, one of the best I've ever had.
Jan 17, 2010
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Reviewed by Oxymoron from Colorado

4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I guess you have to compare and contrast this with La Folie to really get a good review. Especially considering this is a blend of 10 different aged La Folies. I judged La Folie a 4.6 originally.

Pours a mostly reddish with darker brown hues throughout. A soft head that quickly dies out and leaves not much with lacing. Similar in regards to La Folie.

The nose is a bit maltier than La Folie but the sour acidic notes are very much present. More esters and complexity as well. There is a funk that is a bit more distinct as well. But overall it is very similar to La Folie. Subtle differences overall very similar.

The taste is a bit more complex versus the nose and a bit more funky compared to a traditional La Folie. The malt comes out a bit with a nice sweetness and complexity. A light caramel flavor with a almost distinct Special B like taste. Some prunes and figs as well. The sourness is still their and very sharp. But there is a light funk and horse blanket that you don't see in La Folie. Just adds a secondary complexity that really brings out some great quality.

There is some talk that La Folie is getting more and more sour/acidic over time. If so this might be closer to what it was originally. Overall I really enjoyed the added complexity and funk. I would have liked a bit more to balance the sharp sour notes but a step above traditional La Folie. Very tasty.
Jun 02, 2009
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Reviewed by Floydster from California

4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml corked and caged bottle from my trip to Colorado, drank last night with a few friends, poured into my New Belgium snifter, not much determining the difference between the normal La Folie except for the year handwritten by the number and a small sticker

A-Medium brown body with red highlights, one inch off white bubbly head, tons of carbonation in this one, little retention or lacing
S-Citrus, tartiness, green apple, funkiness, grassy accents, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, vinegar, lemon, wood, white wine, and oak
T-This stuff is very acidic, starts off and ends that way, again I did not see malt until later on once it warmed, lots of fruit and balsamic vinegar notes later on, tons of lemons and cherries that are piercing, nice sour bite, the brown ale-like texture is what makes this beer so great, nicely balances with all the sour notes
M-Sharp, sweet, sour, and tarty mouthfeel, medium bodied, high level of carbonation which can be overwhelming at times, aftertaste lasts a long time
D-Alcohol is hidden well, not too sour, not filling or anything, everyone wanted more once the bottle was gone

It is crazy to think ten different barrels of La Folie went into this beer, from what Eric at New Belgium told me, the best tasting barrel had the biggest presence at around thirty or forty percent and the worst the least and so on, this beer was great and I wish I had more, although I did not taste many differences at all from the other batches I have had in the past, I am still glad I got to try it, recommended
May 15, 2009
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Reviewed by TexIndy from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Split a 750ml bottle with Roberts during my trip to Denver. This was a special release and was a blend of the 10 prior La Folie's. It's not on the beer list so you have to ask for it. Chris, the owner, dug around in the cellar and brought us a bottle. Bar lighting so hard to tell exactly but looks like dark ruby. Light carbonation and light lacing. It had a finger of beige head.

The aroma was excellent with a great sour cherry aroma. This was our 4th sour in a row so the aroma score might have been hurt a little by that. Also since it is a blend of 10 various age versions the aroma and taste is more muted than a regular La Folie. The taste was really good. It was both very sweet and very tart. Good mouthfeel with sour bite and carb.

Overall, a great beer. Glad that we asked to see any beers that weren't on the regular or special boards. I wish that I had gotten to try on a different day as it was late in the lineup so it had to be impacted somewhat by that. Gonna try to find another one if possible but as of now none listed or to be found.
Dec 15, 2008
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Reviewed by surfnebr from Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Redish-copper tint, effervescent white head

S - Sweeter smell than traditional La Folie, earth-gritty,

T - Funky sourness as expected, more of a sour apple taste than cherry.

M - Effervescent, medium body, smooth

A more palatable beer for one who is not used to bret. A great way to introduce someone into the genre, a very enjoyable beer

Serving type: bottle
Sep 23, 2008
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
07-23-2007 This was the special Falling Rock 10th anniversary edition which I was informed had more barrels involved in the blend. Light amber in color with a fizzy white head that surprised me with its tenacity. Smell was sour, the taste was mouth-puckeringly sour and reminded me of raspberries. I don't think I could finish a whole 750ml of this beer but it was still quite good.
Sep 15, 2008
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Reviewed by donaldchapman from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Brilliant redish copper color, with a substantial white head.

S - Goaty, brett aromas dominate accompanied by a prominent acidic aroma.

T - Smooth sourness, malty notes, and substantial brett flavors bring a great balance to this beer.

M - Medium bodied, tart, with a high carbonation.

This is a wonderful beer, the brett and lacto characters in this version balance out a lot of the aceto flavors in La Folie.
Jul 14, 2008
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Reviewed by HumuloneRed from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to my friend Bill for sharing this at a tasting. I first had it at the Falling Rock on tap.

The beer pours a hazy red/amber with a fizzy white head and some lacing.

Tart cherries, green apples, wood, and sour funk in the nose.

The flavor is a lot more balanced than the regular La Folie. The malt hits the palate right down the middle balancing the malt and tart very well. It is not as acidic as the regular either.

Very good job in blending this batch!
Apr 08, 2008
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Reviewed by Enola from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A reddish brwon beer pours into my Chimay glass with a fair head. The smell is sour with hints of smoke. The taste is dry, somewhat like wine. This is a very sour beer, amoung the best of the style that I have tried. There is a very lasting sourness in the aftertaste. The lower abv is a nice touch but I still took my time with it. This style is not my favorite but I can visit it once in a while and this beer is good within the style.
Nov 04, 2007
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Reviewed by wcudwight from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy burgundy color with a massive bubbly head. Head quickly falls to a thin lace on top of the glass.
Smells like sour apple jolley ranchers.
Sharp tart flavors. Strawberry and raspberry. IMO the oak aging is a bit more noticable in the flavor than the origional La Folie. It's also more smooth. Kind of reminds me of Sweet Tarts.
Lot's of bubble in the mouthfeel with some burn. Very active carbonation.
Sipper but easy to drink.
Thanks to Fugazme and Josh Beckett for the beer.
Oct 27, 2007
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 35 ratings