New Belgium is cranking out some incredible sours lately. Thanks to their Lips of Faith series which includes a nice a group that all taste great but, are also complex and carry their own personality. New Belgium currently offers three sours at this time, which include Le Terroir, Transatlantique Kriek, and La folie. Out of the three that I have had a privilege to try, La Folie intrigues me the most. New Belgium classifies La Folie as a wood-aged sour brown ale, which is closely resembles to a Flanders Oud Bruin style. What makes this sour stand out from the others noted earlier is the time and process. La Folie spends up to three years in foeders also known as colossal oak barrels.
During this transition period in the foeders La Folie takes on some nice subtle oak and earthy notes. La Folie pours a beautiful deep red with no evidence of a head that entices you to enjoy. The aroma is full of sour apples, cherries, and a hint of pomegranate. The taste is where this beer is distinct and palatable. On the first sip my taste buds were strained from all of the complexity of all the flavors, but somehow all came together creating an enjoyable balanced sour. Some of the flavors were expected like oak, cherries, and sour apples. I was not expecting a light smokiness, vinegar, and plums which were quite fitting for La Folie. Overall I highly recommend this beer to anyone who is infatuated by sours or is new and wants to see what all the hype is about. Come by Wilmington’s oldest bottle shop to grab one of the La Folie and all of your other beer vices.
Cheers, Jason King