ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Muddy orange colour with a dense off white head. Tart fruity aroma with dusty and yeasty notes along some marzipan sweetness. Tart fruity flavor with notes of yeast and wood. Acidic finish.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love this beer. First time I had it, I hated it. Second time I had it, it was a nice change of pace from all the IIPAís I had been drinking. Now Iím rating it, and itís amazing. Pour is amber with a red hue, nice off-white head. Aroma is unbearably complex, sour, with woodiness, sweetness, hard to even describe in words. Flavor is amazing. Sour, complex, again, words do no justice. You either love this or hate this. Had one bottle, my dad had one sip, hated it. My grandpa had two sips, hated it. I graciously drank the rest.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Hand Bottled # 05-2583. I am very eager to try this especially since everyone seems to be willing to trade for this beer. My first Flemish Sour Ale. New Belgium recommends to let La Folie breathe after uncorking it. Pours a reddish amber color with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is cherry, wood, vinegar, and malt. Flavor is definitely sour. The first sip made my eyes water, definitely wasnít expecting that kind of sourness. Predominately a sour cherry taste through and through. The mouthfeel is somewhat tingly like seltzer. This is a beer you definitely can only have so much of and certainly cannot taste any other kind of beer afterwards. Like drinking liquid Sour Patch Kids! A very interesting and complex beer. This beer makes me want to venture into the more obscure styles.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 98 from 2002. Aroma of bretty barnyard, sour cherries, wood, caramel malt. Fruity, bright and very nice. Ruby-amber-brown in color with a thin, off-white head. Flavor is acidic and sour upfront wit ha well balanced caramel and brown sugar mid-palate. Sweet and sour, but then the acid kicks in. Wow is this stuff acidic. It hurts my throat! Thanks to tjthresh for the bottle, one of my very first trades over a year ago.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
shared by Glenn at the final heavyweight open house. hazy light copper color. sour/tart aroma, flavor is very tart and a little dry like a fine white vinegar. Dec í03 bottle. very nice, I will have to re-rate when I open my bottle!
boto (1854) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #806, bottled 06-04: This one pours a hazy, slightly reddish amber color. There was a bit of a frothy off-white head on it, but it died off rather quickly. The aroma is excellent. Sour cherries prevail, with an oakiness to it also. The taste has a dryness to it. The oakiness is definitely there also, much like a good dry wine. There is a mellow taste of tart cherries. An excellent beer!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 98, 2002 vintage, shared by hezron.
Hazed and scarlet-caramel in color with a beady, off-white wrung for the head. Sweet kernels severed at the seed impart intense vinaigrette wafts along with cherry expletives, which tartly sour the aroma to astronomical proportions. Chartreuse rose petals meet a floral-like lavender tone that is aromatically cranking at 100 percent. Holy palate. Seers tartly, licking the oak and reaping the sour tannins from the barrel. Balanced indeed, with cherry tertiary traits meandering amidst vine twines to kernely vinaigrette. Warming wraps around the tongue, sourly and tanicly, while reveling in the ultimate sour complexion. Medium-bodied, sticky, souring and invigorating as the tonsilís cleaver. Twanging palate chomps elicit unconceivable souring flavors that you can still taste the morning after. Thanks for sharing, Nathan!
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastStiís house
Thanks to hezron for popping this one open late in the night. It made a
fitting nightcap to a night of excellent, amazing beers. It also made a
great finish because after this one, I couldnít taste a thing for the next
four hours. This definitely puts the Sour in Flemish Sour. The one opened
at the tasting was bottle 98 of the 2002 batch.
Aroma / Appearance - Sour, funky cherries, sweaty socks and musty
old books are the hallmark scents of this aroma. I almost imagined a cedar
note hiding in there as well. The huge head settled down to a half-finger
and then soon to nothing. Eventually all that was left was a murky cinnamon
Flavor / Palate - There is only one way to describe this beer. Sour.
You either love it or you hate it but you canít miss it. The first sip was
not bad, the second intense and by the third it felt like Iíd come down with
either a serious case of strep or just consumed four pounds of Sour Patch
Kids. If there was anything live in your throat beforehand, it is dead now.
I fall in the camp of those who love it for that intensity. A very one of
a kind beer as far as I know, it is worth experiencing at least once.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 29, 2006
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Hazy orange brown with a light tan head. Smells of sourness, bacteria and wood (cedar?) The taste is way to much for me, maybe in a decade or two my palate will evolve into such complexities. Its lactobacilus, sour milk, lots of wood in the background. Too sour with no malts or cervesae yeasts to be found anywhere, kind of tastes like the aftertaste of when you vomit. Strong stomach acids churning the throat and tounge. Its a strong lambic with very strong bacteria overtaking the regular yeasts. Finishes very dry with a bandaid, bacteria sting in the mouth. A tad salty too. This is not what i was expecting at all.. where are you guys finding the fruits in this one?
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gee, Iím surprised I havenít rate this yet, as Iíve had it previously...ut I had it again at the NYRBG yesterday. What a great, full-bodied Flemish Sour Ale. Not too pungent or yeasty, slightly malty but very woody. Perfect for going with fine cheese. Similar to a lambic, but not so fruity or tart. This has become one of my favorite beers for sure.