Tuesday, August 4, 2009

35. New Belgium La Folie Sour Brown Ale

New Belgium Brewery is in Fort Collins, CO. New Belgium is a great great brewery. New Belgium doesn’t distribute to Ohio. That sucks. That sucks big. I tried all summer to win one of their Tour de Fat bikes using my dad’s address, but I failed miserably. We first had La Folie on tap at the Map Room in Chicago; when we were getting ready to open this one, my mouth started puckering even before I opened it.

La Folie has a tart, sour, sweet hard candy smell; there are also slight adhesive and medicinal hints within the nose. With a tan light head and a deep mahogany color mixed with red highlights, La Folie is almost as pretty as it smells. And that’s before getting to the flavor. It begins with a slight fruity carbonation fizz before moving into a sour candyish flavor with slight medicinal notes; as it runs across the palate, it continues to pucker the tongue, and ends with some astringency that lingers in the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is watery, slick, and puckery. And yes, we understand that that may be a contradiction in terms. Welcome to the beauty that is sour beers. Overall, a delightfully tart and delicious beer—so so tart and yummy. As well, it is most certainly part of the dirty band aid family of beers. This beer is pretty much a guaranteed Top 10 best beer of the year—the sourness and tartness appeals to both our palates, and the overall taste and flavor range is exquisite.

From the New Belgium website: “La Folie Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being hand bottled, numbered and corked for your enjoyment. Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, came to us from Rodenbach – home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peter’s beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones.”

ABV: 6.0%


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