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 York, 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 (1898) - 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 (3125) - 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 (2580) - 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.