In this special beer blog, we are going to get into a limited release brew, which is La Folie Sour, from New Belgium Brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know New Belgium Brewery. Let us get into this sour ale.
It has a nice dark ruby-red to a nice brown color with a slight cloudy look. There is no head but the head that was there has a tan like color. The aroma has a sweet malty to slight caramel with some sour notes. The taste has a heavy sour to sweet malty notes. The aftertaste has a heavy sour finish. It is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.newbelgium.com):
La Folie, French for ‘the folly’, is a beer steeped in New Belgium brewing tradition. This wood-aged, sour brown spends one to three years in big, oak barrels, known as foeders. And when the beer finally hits the glass, La Folie is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. Pouring a deep mahogany, the mouthfeel will get you puckering while the smooth finish will get you smiling. Not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.
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In the end, I love my sour ales. I have to say that this is the best American version of Belgian sour ale. Upland Brewery has a great sour program but they just do very little batches. It makes their beers a little special and super rare. This is a great sour from New Belgium. There is a nice balance. It is pretty sour and bitter but not over the top. This is one of the best sours that I have ever had in a long time. It is up there with the Rodenbach and other great Belgium sours. I am talking as a American version. I highly recommend this beer. Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser