Review: New Belgium La Folie 2018 | Craft Beer & Brewing
New Belgium La Folie 2018
99 out of 100

Style: Sour Brown

ABV: 7.0 IBU: 18

99/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

New Belgium La Folie 2018

What the brewers say

“This wood-aged sour brown spends 1 to 3 years in oak foeders. When the beer finally hits the glass, La Folie is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. Pours a deep mahogany. The mouthfeel will make you pucker while the smooth finish will make you smile.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Brown malt and dried dark fruit—currants and dried cherries. Light sour notes well integrated with the fruit notes plus a touch of coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and some dark caramel. Overall, earthy, woodsy, with some mushroom.”

Flavor: “Sharp acidity up front that quickly gives way to complex dark malt character, with toasted bread crust and sweet biscuit and roasted coffee. The sweet and sour are well-balanced. Finish is a touch musty, with a dry woody character that adds a bit of definition.”

Overall: “It’s like eating a thick piece of toasted sourdough bread with a healthy slathering of extra tart marmalade. Malt notes, fermentation esters/phenols, and acidity, all work in gorgeous harmony.”

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