austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hmmmm. Not as enthused about this one as everyone else is. It was nice and all, but the typical flemish sour flavor of sweet yet sour was not evident. I got far more sourness than sweet and it all veered off toward lambic territory more than I’d hoped. Oakey and tart, but falling short of massive New Glarus Raspberry Tart tartness. Wouldn’t bother with it again, considering it cost $16 at the brewery. Thanks to my Colorado connection, Aubrey, for getting me two bottles, nevertheless.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2010 New 2010 bomber:
Sourness has diminished, body is not as polished and carbonation is somewhat detached. Wow, my favorite beer has changed. It’s still an excellent Sour Ale, but it is not my favorite any longer...
Previous batches:Triumphant citric intensity displaying its sour marvels onto the sagacious wood…Eminent fruity (cherry, cranberry) caramel balances out this intensive and passionate balsamic tartness and achieves perfection in the flavor department…A massive body shows confidence and nourishment and propels this to, for me, the quintessence of a Flemish Sour sipper, surpassing the great Rodenbach Grand Cru in my tastes…Far from folly or craziness, the patient wisdom and brilliant strength of its intricacies can only be equalled by the ocean magnificent…
Recently, I had the incident idea to mix a sip of La Folie with a bite of vanilla ice cream...Oh my...May I please have the luxury one day to have enough La Folie for myself to attempt a Folie float...Amen.
The yeast addition in the second half of the bottle seems to embolden the raspberry aspect of the fruitiness and adds an earthiness to the flavor profile. A dirtier second glass which doesn’t shine quite as much as the cleaner first one, but which might offer even more flavor. Having a bottle all to yourself is a sin. I am proud to call myself a sinner.
The 10th Anniversary Falling Rock edition was in the same tooth-licking good category, while not displaying the same full body and harmonious mélange. Its cherry-like balsamic vinegar notes and long sourness were still amazing though...A cinnamon candy-like character was quite intriguing too...
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful reddish brown pour with sour/woody aroma immediately eminent. Immediately tart on the tongue, followed by fruity/earthy flavors. Finished sour, with very little oakiness. I think I need to age it longer than a year next time to really experience this one as it should be.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber-copper body is darker than I expected. Honest off-white head with above average retention for the style. Aroma explodes with oak wood character. Lova at first sniff you’ll call it. Cedar, vinegar, wood chunks, it’s an obsession. I feel like walking in a forest right now. This is more than I can handle. All kinds of little red fruits provide these admirable fruit acids to marry the balsamic. Farmy taste, nostalgic, elegant, very fruity, cherry and raspberry reminding. And that oak, marvellous oak, wood among the wood. Blue cheese hints, cider-like dryness is explosive in the finish and adds just a bit more class to a drink that really didn’t needed anymore. Perfect level of acidity for the style. Perfect medium-full body with tongue-cleaning carbonation. Great stuff, mind stimulating. Kudos to an american brewer (not that he didn’t work with the best belgians before) to reproduce such a rare and beautiful style with such elegance. And kudos to hopsrus for providing this envigorating experience.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2006 Musty wood and earth, balsamic vinegar and barnyard all come together in this wonderfully sour aroma. Copper-brown body with plenty of sedimented and suspended yeast. Off-white head recedes to cover. Sourness seems initially aggressive, but notes of sweet balsamic vinegar and dark pit fruits emerge along with oak and a strong, though undetermined spiciness. Nice long dry finish. Satisfyingly thick and heavy in the mouth with strong prickly carbonation to keep it lively on the tongue. More please... Bottle. Enjoyed with hopsrus, MartinT and Rastacouere.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 Poured a reddish orange color with a beautiful off white head. Aroma is of over ripe cherries, wood, earthy and acidic. Sour cherry is mostly the flavor without being over the top. Finish is sour and acidic, kind of dry.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
RBSG ’04 This is when the "don’t rate a style you don’t like" people get pissed, but I’m not one of those people. My opinion is just as subjective as all the people who like it. Hazy amber out of the bottle with a thin off-white head. Very traditional, funky sour nose. The flavor is sour, rotten, musty, complex and offensive. Composted orange rind finish. Pinchingly pungent. I don’t get it.
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber in color, a little cloudy with some golden hues. Almost no head, slight lacing around the top. Aroma is very light, very sour, my favorite smell! Almost like sweet vinegar. Taste was immediately intensely sour, but then backed off to a warm, fruity taste. Swallows extremely sour as well. The mouthfeel and taste was a little bland, but I think it was the bottle we had (?). Overall, very nice.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 Update: 10th anniversary edition thanks to Dubbercody. Very dry and earthy, big funk to it, acidic and sour. Every time I try this beer I’m more impressed. This vintage was a blend of a few previous ones I guess. I haven’t tried this for a while, but this was just beautiful.
RBSG 04, Pours a dark amber/brown, very hazy with almost no head. Intense fruity nose, with tons of cherry, wood from barrel aging, and almost a wine like somethingness. Taste was very powerful, sourness that could force you to put down your glass for a few minutes. Not really my style of brew i guess. Tons of cherry in the taste, with a barnyardish quality and woody. Interesting brew that i will only try once.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, 2004, shared with (and courtesy of) TAR and cb. Cloudy copper, lasting small head. Huge nose: wine, cherry, sherry-vanilla..gets much more complex and sour-oaky as it warms. Super-intense, mouth-puckering sourness...this is at the other extreme of FSAs from De Dolle Special Brousel, the fruitiness and sweetness being really subdued and buried in a rather light maltiness. Smooth and oaky in the midpalate, lots of balsamic vinegar at the finish and hints of cherry-nutmeg. Not quite Rodenbach, but quite distinctive.