Spicy Folie | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by t0rin0 on 07-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild traditional winter warmer spices are featured in the smell and taste of this beer. It starts off like a typical amber-colored pale ale--copper color, single finger head, nearly clear. Leaves good streaky lace.

The smell is muted bittering hop and lighter malts.

Nice balance, with a nod to the hop bitters. The body is as expected. The spicing is light but enough to be present, particularly on the swallow. It went very well with the Andouille sausage I had for lunch.

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Photo of socalde
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow! This beer bombards the senses with various herbs and spices all along for the ride atop a drakkar of sourness. The first thought I had was "This is a Christmas ale gone wild!". I tried this at the Stone Sour Fest '09.

A- Pours a dark hazy brown with an appetizing finger of creamy tan head, which quickly melts down to a little island of remaining lace.

S- Does not smell like beer at all. However, I still rated this beer as exceptional in this category. So many different aromas hit you at once it is hard to pick out individual notes. Overall, it is a very herbal, spicy smell. Notes of coriander, mint, dark malts, and much much more.

T- This beer has obviously seen the likes of some brettanomyces. Not sour, but slightly tart. I have a strong suspicion that coffee was used in this beer as well. It drinks almost like a stout, I wouldn't be surprised if peated barley was thrown in the mix as well. Nothing is overpowering, but the spices and herbal flavors are very much the front runners here.

M- Great mouthfeel, very stout-like.

D- I had to mark this beer down in this category just because of the intensity factor. One beer is enough for me.

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Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this one on tap at the recent Stone Sour Fest 09.

Poured a dark brown with a quarter inch of foam.

Spicy on the nose, slightly herbal too. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and toasted malts. A touch of vinegar too.

Similar to the aroma, toasted bread, brown sugar, vinegar, a touch of tart cherries and some raisins in the finish. Moderate carbonation, soft on the palate with a semi-dry finish. Interesting beer but I've yet to try a variation of La Folie that is an improvement of the original.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was debating wether to put this in the Winter Warmer category or not. In my opinion this is a soured winter warmer but I know that everyone wants to add more American Wild Ales to their list so you be the judge. The short description is Spicy Folie = Anchor OSA + La Folie.

Pours dark brown, some haze, tan head.

Smells of christmas beer spices, possibly cinamon, maybe lavender (ala OSA 07), and a touch of coriander or something. My nose isn't good enough to identify the rest of the flavors that I smelled and tasted.

Flavor is heavy on the spice and the darker malts. The sourness and general greatness of La Folie really adds to the beer. Its a bit drier than one might expect from the description of the beer but it works well.

No idea on the alcohol content and I only had a 4 oz sample but it was thoroughly enjoyable. I believe this was the most love it or hate it beer of the fest and I know that there will be some damning reviews of this beer but either way it is worth trying once.

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Spicy Folie from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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