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Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Belgium - 2010 La Folie Sour Brown Ale

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
2010 La Folie Sour Brown Ale
New Belgium Brewing
500 Linden Street
Fort Collins, CO USA
Est. 1991 

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 22.0 (3 oz. sample)

Postmortem Brew Review
Caramel brown color.
French oak barrel aged; formerly used for wine.

Leaves distinct wine aromas; oak figgy and wine.
Minimal tan head.

Spotted lacing on the glass.
Sour taste that doesn't get too harsh.
Bits of plum and fruit in flavor.
Moderate carbonation.
Full taste. Medium bodied. Easy to drink for a sour.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy 
This blog post was done live at the first ever Beer Blogger's Conference, held in Boulder Colorado. 108 bloggers were in attendance, from over five hundred identified blogs. Luminaries of the craft beer world also attended to serve as presenters and keynote speakers for the event. A "speed round" of blogging was held by 12 brewers, each bringing an exemplary brew to blog. 12 beers, 12 blogging tables and 60 minutes were allotted in a fun, free-for-all session. 

Round #1

Justin Patti
First up is New Belgium's La Folie Sour Brown Ale from their Lips of Faith series. Now mind you, 'sours' are an acquired taste and certainly not my favorite style, but this one was rather good. I guess that the sours I've tasted were a little too over the top.  La Folie doesn't overpower with too much fruitiness, nor does it have the pucker power of others.  It is sour, but just enough to make you want to come back for another taste.  Quite interesting, indeed.

All in all, it changed my perception of what sour ales can be; not by knocking out my taste buds, but by tantalizing them.  Love to dig some of this up in Florida someday, but til then I will learn to try more sours. I didn't expect that!

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