Review - New Belgium Brewing Company's La Folie
"Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being bottled. 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.
New in 2010, we'll do a single bottling of La Folie for the year. Collect the 22oz unique to 2010 designed bottle and start a yearly wood-aged collection of goodness." -- New Belgium
Initially a dominant sour presence escaped from the bottle. The malt and hop presence were light and overpowered by the sour notes. The aroma was so exciting, that we couldn’t wait to taste. Pours a chestnut brown hue with a thin rust colored head with short retention. Lacing is thin with almost no grip. Body clarity is cloudy with virtually no carbonation. Initial taste is remarkable sour with a Sour Patch Kid-like tartness that immediately dominates the flavor. As it subsides, there really is very little else that stands out aside from the biting sourness with lemon and cherry notes. Light in body with a harsh sour puckering. Softly carbonated, our mouth were put at red alert (from the tartness), but quickly shifted into a happy place. The alcohol presence was well masked. We first sampled beer at New Belgium in Colorado and we were in love at first sip. The sourness is like no other. We are sad that we only have one bottle. If you can find it on the shelf - PICK IT UP!!
Reviewed on December 12th, 2010.