Hey Guys. I have some interesting stories to tell yall about these beers. I lived in Fort Collins for 7 years, and 2 of which I lived with the son of New Belgium. Obviously since I am on this website, I have some crazy home brewing adventures. When I was scrolling the forums and came across this post, I was stoked.
Sour beers are the best beers in the world. Perhaps some of the best beverages in the world. Living with the New Belgium Family was the most truly amazing adventure I can ever imagine experiencing.
I am really glad that you got to go and talk with Eric. Truly an impeccable person, and his wife, Lauren. She has some of the best taste buds in the world. You have no idea how nerve racking it is to have these guys taste and critique your homebrews. WHOA!!! But, what I learned is invaluable.
I can totally agree about the La Folie, one of my favorite's ever. I have had the opportunity to drink copious amounts of this stuff. Imagine having New Belgium parties where everyone has their own globe glass filled with La Folie and Erics Ale, among everything else, on tap in the garage. Anyways, the beer has changed. All beer changes however. Fat Tire is not brewed in the original recipe, in bottle. They went back to the original, very close, when the started putting it in cans. Even Chimay doesn't taste the same.
Here's the fun part. One day Zak, the son, and I are brewing on our electric keggle system and do an Imperial IPA and then pull all the second runnings to do a braggot. We added tons of honey and then pitched 100% Bretta straight from a fermenter at the brewery. After 14 months of aging, it was time to blend, keg, and bottle. As my signature says, and of course you know about the Transatlantic Kriek and the LOVE Foudre, do I say more? I will. We have 10 gallons of 7% 100% Bretta Braggot with Cherry Juice that was used in the Old Cherry Ale and then split into 2 5 gal Cornies. We went down to the brewery and how coincidentally fortunate is the Boon Oude Gueze from Belgium and the Love foudre in the same room in the warehouse. WOW. Take a growler pull of each and head back to the house. There ya go. 2 different blends with 10% Boon Gueze in one and 10% Love in the other. Carb and bottle. 2 years later I have 3 bombers left of each. This is why I love sharing this story. I have 2 beers that would never in a lifetime be able to be reproduced. I am truly fortunate for all my crazy opportunities and adventures. Shout at me I would love to answer some questions.