Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New Belgium La Folie Sour

Example of Gleek Muscles Fully Engaged!

We just tapped a keg of New Belgium's La Folie sour brown beer which is brewed in the tradition of the Oud Bruin Flander's style of Belgian brewing.  
This is what they say:

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. 

I have been sitting on this keg for a couple of months and I have to say that one of the great things about craft breweries is that they are able to tweak and change each batch of beer from year to year or even from batch to batch, so that the beer is ever evolving.  This keg seems to have punched up the sour factor a bit, with less dark fruit presence and less oakiness that I have noticed in this beer in the past.  It is rich and complex as always, with that sour green apple element that always get's you right in the gleek muscles.  Nice.

If you like this beer be sure to check out our 750ml bottles of Rodenbach and Rodenbach Vintage.  They are a fine examples of the Belgian Sour and where New Belgium got their collaborative brewer.

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