New Belgium Brewing Celebrates 20 Years of Sour Beer with Release of 2017 La Folie

lafolie2017bottleNew Belgium Brewing Company (Ft. Collins, Colorado) recently announced that La Folie has officially returned to shelves and taps for its annual release.

Since this award-winning Sour Ale was first launched in 1997, the 2017 release of La Folie not only marks the beer’s 20th anniversary but also New Belgium’s 20th year of brewing sour beers.  Overseen by Eric Salazar, New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Manager, and Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s Sour Beer Blender; La Folie – French for “the folly” –  is a Flanders-style Oud Bruin-inspired beer created from a careful blend of American Sour/Wild Ales aged in various foeders (oak barrels). Their meticulous efforts result in a Sour Brown Ale that is “sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes.”

“We’ve been blending and experimenting with sour wood beers for two decades and as the name La Folie implies it’s always with a touch of eccentric madness,” said New Belgium Spokesman, Bryan Simpson. “We combine multiple barrels based on continual tasting to create a combination that is just right. Once again, the crew nailed it this year.”

2017 La Folie is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft as a limited release.  This always popular offering can be found at fine craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s vast distribution footprint.  If you are a fan of Sour Ales, be sure to recognize this milestone in American brewing tradition by picking up a bottle of La Folie during your next beer run.  Prost!

Vital Information for La Folie (2017) from New Belgium Brewing Company

Release – Limited, launching late February 2017
Style – American Sour/Wild Ale inspired by the Flanders-style Oud Bruin
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 18
Malts – Pale, Munich, Carpils, C-80 & Chocolate
Hops – Nugget
Yeast – Lager yeast
Treatment – “Oscar Production: A base beer is fully fermented, filtered and then moved to barrels at room temperature (no carbonation). Barrels are aged for 1-3 years and it’s a blend of 2 Oscar barrels: Acidifying and aging gives it its complex tart aromas and flavors. We taste barrels every three months and then blend different foeders with different flavor profiles and ages together at different percentages to make a complete single sour brown that is decidedly La Folie.”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
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