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La Folie

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by StaveHooks, Mar 16, 2013.

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  1. StaveHooks

    StaveHooks Nov 18, 2008 Oklahoma

    Just cracked a 2013 La Folie and I know this year (pasteurized) is not the same as the previous version but it's damn sour. The 2012 was just as good. Is the previous version that much better?
     
  2. youradhere

    youradhere Feb 29, 2008 Washington
    Beer Trader

    It depends upon individual preferences. I prefer fresh, as it was intended by the blenders at NB.
     
  3. TNGabe

    TNGabe Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    It's been pasteurized since they went to 22s from 750s.
     
  4. waltersrj

    waltersrj Dec 16, 2010 Washington

    The last 750 ml, unpasteurized La Folie was in 2008 FYI.
     
  5. youradhere

    youradhere Feb 29, 2008 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I thought 2009 was half unpastuerized C&c and half pasteurized 22oz.
     
  6. djs467

    djs467 Mar 1, 2011 Colorado

    La Folie is just a fantastic beer no matter what year your are drinking (pasteurized or un-pasturized)
     
  7. jedwards

    jedwards Feb 3, 2009 California

    This is correct. There was a batch of 750ml corked & caged bottles released in certain markets in early 2009 (I recall purchsing some in February of that year), and then the first round of 22oz capped bottles came out around June of 2009.

    In terms of flavor/aging... I've done a side-by-side of the two '09 versions several times since their release, most recently in mid-2012, and I don't think I'd be able to distinguish them blind (i.e., they're not aging that differently, at least to my palate).
     
  8. HeadyTheElder

    HeadyTheElder Nov 3, 2012 Louisiana
    Beer Trader

    So what is the significance of pasteurization on how well this beer will age?
     
  9. slvrmon82

    slvrmon82 Dec 4, 2007 Delaware
    Beer Trader

    beer ages well. I as well did a few year vertical last year and found them to be identical in profile.

    My thought is maybe they are blending it or just using the same recipe and the same barrels..?
     
  10. pmoney

    pmoney Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    Pasteurization kills most/all bacteria that would otherwise be living in the bottle. It is the live bacteria that continues to work in the bottle that causes changes over time.
     
  11. HeadyTheElder

    HeadyTheElder Nov 3, 2012 Louisiana
    Beer Trader

    So there is no point in aging a new La Folie?

    Also, what's their motivation to pasteurize it?
     
  12. pmoney

    pmoney Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Exactly. No point really. That's why the older c&c non-pasteurized bottles of La Folie are a lot more desirable.

    The reason they do this: consistency of their product. They believe that it's great and ready to drink the way it is, and by pasteurizing it, they "lock-in" that state of the beer across the board.
     
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  13. HeadyTheElder

    HeadyTheElder Nov 3, 2012 Louisiana
    Beer Trader

    Thanks for the info.

    Boo pasteurization. Hooray beer.
     
  14. Thehuntmaster

    Thehuntmaster Sep 2, 2009 South Africa

    Yip, I had a bottle of '09 C&C last year. It was bloody sour and bloody delicious :D
     
  15. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    I've been told by the 3rd employee of NB that flash pasteurization doesn't kill EVERYTHING :)
     
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