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

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by donaldchapman:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of B_G
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kristienhare
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hsus0225
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TexIndy
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BucketBoy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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!).

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Photo of surfnebr
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Chambic
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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