New Belgium’s 2017 La Folie Makes its Debut

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,161) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    Ft. Collins, Colo. – February 2017 – This year marks New Belgium’s 20th year for making sour beers, which first launched its wood beer program in 1997 with La Folie. The award-winning sour ale’s 2017 version is now available and continues the sour ale tradition thanks to the craftsmanship of New Belgium’s blending team.

    Every year, Eric Salazar, New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Manager, and Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s Sour Beer Blender, coordinate a blending of various foeders (oak barrels) to make La Folie a winning interpretation of a Flanders-style sour brown ale.

    “We’ve been blending and experimenting with sour wood beers for two decades and as the name La Folie implies it’s always with a touch of eccentric madness,” said New Belgium Spokesman, Bryan Simpson. “We combine multiple barrels based on continual tasting to create a combination that is just right. Once again, the crew nailed it this year.”

    The 2017 La Folie is a sharp, tart sour ale full of green apple, deep cherry, dark chocolate, and tannin-like plum skin notes. It’s 7% ABV and available in both 22-oz. bombers and on draft.

    To geek out even more on sours, here are some links for enjoyment and learnings:

    To find New Belgium beers near you, visit the libation locator at or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app.

    About New Belgium Brewing

    New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easydrinking Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at
  2. BigIslandfarmer

    BigIslandfarmer Aspirant (265) Sep 30, 2016 Minnesota

    Any word on when 2018 will be released?
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  3. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,208) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I think (?) I read somewhere that it's coming back in 750ml corked and caged bottles. So far I've only seen check ins of it on draught.
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  4. BigIslandfarmer

    BigIslandfarmer Aspirant (265) Sep 30, 2016 Minnesota

    I've seen check ins saying it's 2018 Folie but the bottle clearly says 2016 or 2017. I had some on draft a couple weeks ago and the place didn't list the year. Didn't know about it being corked & caged this year. Thanks for the info!

  5. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,208) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Since I couldn't link the FB page:

    VOILA! On May 27th, something exciting is happening…featuring the oldest continuous living sour culture in America, we’ve bottled our classic sour brown ale La Folie in the traditional cork and cage style bottle. ⠀

    Come celebrate 20 years of wood-aged sour beer at New Belgium in our Fort Collins and Asheville liquid centers, where you can grab a bottle of La Folie and more for you and your friends. After that, La Folie 2018 will be available in select cities across the U.S. Keep an eye out or stop by on May 27th to grab a bottle and party with the ones who have made this all happen. Cheers!
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  6. errantnight

    errantnight Savant (975) Jul 7, 2005 Iowa

    Any word if they're still pasteurizing, or does the c&c mean they're putting an end to that practice on La Folie?
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  7. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,208) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I haven't heard.
  8. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Disciple (311) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    It will be unpasteurized