JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 FOBAB’04: Grapefruit heart red. Funky horseblanket nose, strong and sharp. Extreme sourness at first sip, exploding tartness and fruity flavors, including Cherries, cranberry and green apple. Some vinegar notes and acidic, nearly toxic tones that made it almost exciting on the tongue. Souring, facepuckering at the finish, it left a wondeful sour, woody, and tangy taste on my lips. Aftertaste is even complex and tart. Amazing, best of FOBAB and one of the best beers I’ve tried all year.
2012: the complexity seems lacking, still an excellent and tasty sour!
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
@AzReal AleFest. Aroma was sour, somewhat fruity. Very tart, then that vinegar taste arrived and would not leave. The enthusiasm that most people had about this beer was not mine. Tasted other flemish ales before but not to this degree. I tried to enjoy the flavor but it was too overbearing. It wasnt the sourness, the dryness just the vinegar taste of a old wine gone south. Sorry not my cup of tee.
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FOBAB 2004: Sour cherry huge sour. Sits on the lips and dances around. Sort of a cran-apple alcoholic drink that is good. One of my favorites at the FOBAB.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I feel like a damn broken record entering these ratings. Big thanks again to David for this treat. Enjoyed in Ottawa at Celebration November with CapFlu, radiomgb, muzzlehatch, tiggmtl, DumDum, and of course Rastacouere. And enjoyed is the operative word. It’s a tough call between this one and the Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs for beer of the night (Beverage of the night was a cider). The incredible sour black cherry, balsamic vinegar woody aromas invited me into explore. Ruby-red tinged brown body with deep rich fruity sourness and occasional hints of sweetness. Lingers forever, as you want it too - fantastic beer.
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 FOBAB 2004: This poured a brownish color and had a sinus-clearing sour aroma of cherries, plums, berries, and alcohol. Complex flavor. It was intensely sour, close to vinegar, but had a variety of fruity flavors blended in. This had one big, face-puckering sour finish.
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CapFlu (4361) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2004 (22oz bottle) My favourite of the night from Rastacouere at Celebration November 2004. Pours a yellow head with a clouded, yellow-brown body. The nose was of amazing complexity - the smell of a marathon runner’s sock, alcohol and a slightly sweetened malt. Raspberry, unrefined sugar, cask bourbon flavours flowed past the palate. Thanks again David - I liked this more than the Rodenbach...
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 La Folie pours a dark ruby with dark orange highlights and a dense white head. The head falls quickly into a thin layer covering the glass.
Unbelievable aroma. Cherries, sour apples, a bunch of mixed berries and you can definately tell it is oak aged.
Big and sour flavor profile. Sour cherries, sour apples, grapes, marachino cherries and lemon up front, the mid-palate is full of watermelon and the finish is unbelieveable and lingers on for hours. Many dry lambic qualities.
If you take a big gulp of this sacred juice and swiss it around in your mouth like mouthwash, your mouth will expand like a helium balloon. The mouthfeel is full and leaves my mouth sticky and begging for more.
This is truly a magnificent beer.
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2002 Oak Aged) Thin head that reduced to a light foam. Color is a cloudy dark amber. Great strong aroma of wet red oak. Grew up with the smell and remember it distinctly. Complex aroma that is sweet, sour, fruity and has a touch of alcohol. Flavor is very sour. Almost vinegary. More fruit and oak in the flavor also. Finish is sour and dry and reminiscent of vinegar again. A good brew but a little overly sour.
austinpowers (2826) - 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 (7523) - 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...