Brigadier (3095) - 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.
beastiefan2k (2525) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2011 Bottle provided by BeerandBlues2, thanks Brad. Shared this at NYRBG. First of all, FUCKING WOW. This is the best sour beer I have ever had. Aroma is a good Kriek, akin to Drie Fonteinen Kriek. Tarty, sour and cherry. Taste however is amazing. It starts out Sour kriek lambic-esque. But then becomes a strawberry sweet taste. Aftertaste isnít even tart but sweet. Mouthfeel is pillow-y and smooth. 8/4/10/4/18
Re-rate, 04/23/07: 2004 bottle, 3 years old @ Blind Tiger Ale House. A very different beer right now, has take a lot more traditional characteristics. Earlier had the DdB on tap and definitely notice a similar vinegar taste but no where as strong in the La Folie). Also has taken on a heavier muskiness. It was not as "airy" as the fresh bottle was. Sourness has become stronger and a bit more acidic.
Re-rate: Well I have been missing the old La Folie and this has especially been highlighted in a recent vertical. 05, 07, 09, and the new bombers. Basically, the 05, now 4 years old was stellar. Still strong and sour but a bold fruit sourness, just how I remember. Still hints of strawberry in there. Some age was present as it wasnít as bright but still going great. This was almost a completely different story with the 2007 bottle. It already is showing a whole lot of age. There is a cheap acetic quality mixed with cardboard. Very weird to come across something like that. The 2009 (last 750mL batch before the bombers) was similar just without the cardboard. Still that dull acetic character, strong but not in the same way the 05 bottle was. And now we move onto the bombers. The beer would almost not be recognizable as the same beer as the 2005 bottle. This head much less sourness then any other. There was also a weird burnt aspect to it. Now in general that beer is not bad but when put in comparison to the glorious 05 bottle itís just such a weakling. So the overall experience with this beer would range from around 3.6 to 4.4. I guess the rating I will give it will be the middle score.
3rd beer of blind tasting. Dark cola color with reddish hues, head fades quickly, has a halo lacing. The beer glows in the light but no clarity. Aroma is sweet, very musky, cherry, slight acetic and works great in the beer. Very natural sourness and refreshing aroma. Flavor is sweet cherry juice with tartness all over the place and nice drying sourness in the finish. Great sour aftertaste tingles the tonsils as well. 8/3/9/4/17, Standing in the tasting: personal Ė 2nd, overall Ė 1st 2009 750mL C&C.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Hazy orange colour with a medium off-white head. Light acid sour fruity, wood aroma and a very acid, very sour fruity, dusty, wood taste. Medium body with a dry finish.
Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks jpm30. A clear rlight reddish colour with lots of large bubbles in the head. Vinegar and malt aroma. Clearly sour taste that sweetens as you drink it. Vineous and slightly rich, wood only detactable before the taste buds are overpowered.. Great after salty fish
joergen (21507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy orange coloured with a beige head.
Light acidic aroma of wood.
Acidic flavour of wood, glue and fruits.
BrewDad (5025) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Portland International Beer Festival Ė Tap]
A good dark colored brew with a light head. This had aroma and flavor that was very good. The flavors where sweet yet still had the Belgian sour qualities. Liked the flavor this was very good sour ale.
demitriustown (1090) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle (Huge thanks to Skoisirius). A clear maroon pour with a small soapy white head. Aroma consists of apples, malts, cherries, cranberries, hops, with a slight caramel note. Taste is definitely sour and quite fruity. A nice sour tartness mixed together with slight hopiness and the light spices is absolutely wonderful. I also detect a faint cinnamon note. Palate is sour and acidic from the fruit element. Overall, This is some good stuff! If you want a change from the hum drum of other lagers and ales pick up one of these. Rather expensive but worth the money!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper brown. A small layer of muslin white head, leaving a wispy skim that survives to the end of the glass. The smell of a warm fall day in an apple orchard; the fruit in various stages of ripening, falling, and the beginnings of decay. The aroma builds to include cedar, melons, blackberries, all borne along in a cacophony of dazzling tartness. The flavor is equally brilliant; almost alive. Tart, dry, musky. I feel like this beer is engaging parts of my palate I didnít know I had. Evocative, inviting. An unabashedly sour beer, and yet beautifully balanced. A beer experience worth every penny.