New Belgium La Folie

New Belgium Brewing Company

USA

Holy shit it's sour!! I had to consult the style guidelines for a Flanders Red Ale, and not surprisingly it's under the category of Sour Ale. It's aged in oak barrels that contain the bacteria necessary to ruin a perfectly good Belgian, but apparently that is the desired outcome. This beer is rated insanely high by many connoisseurs, and it certainly fits the guidelines perfectly...but that doesn't mean it's good. I can appreciate the complexity, I just can't appreciate the taste. If you're a fan really sour candy and Belgian ales, this is right up your alley. Coming up with a score is difficult because it is technically excellent, but realistically I hope I never torture my mouth like that again. So...we'll split the difference.

Reviewed: March 11, 2006

Rating: 5/10

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