ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Bottle @ the DCVAMD Gathering. Gettin on in the night. . .haha, my notes say "fruity", but fortunately I dont take long notes and do remember this one very well. It pours a dark amber with strong peachy/auburn tints throughout, small white head, good retention. Aroma leans more to some darker fruits, raisins, some sour blackberries, black cherries, pungent yeast. IMO, the American brewed flemish sour, proved the most funky of the day, though it hardly means much seeing as how the yeast strain was taken from Belgium (which I learned from Joris). I also never got to try the PP Le Woody. Moving on, the flavor is a mix of what I can best describe as ALMOST spoiled fruits: strawberries, tart cherries and pomegranate seeds. Deliciously yeasty and sour to the extreme, this one had a musty, earthy, woody feel to it as well, especially on the finish. Yes, I do believe I will be trading for some of these. A touch more body and this would be near perfect.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Clear dark amber with off-white head. Very sour, horse-like aroma. Taste is very fruity, citric/lemony, berry-like sour all wrapped in an overall tart barnyard taste. Very nice on the palate. Still developing a taste for this style...
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ the VA/DC/MD gathering: Brownish amber with ruby highlights. Very sour nose, dust, horseblanket, cherries, plums, berries. Wow. This is quite sour, I feel like it’s peeling the enamel off my teeth. Great flavors of yeast, citrus, cherry, apple, light wood. Amazing mouthfeel, again a perfect palate there (first thing on my notes). Thanks to whoever brought this treat.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ooooooooooooh. Amber. Nose musty and sour, full of vinegar and sour apples. Beautifully explosive tart flavor, lovely apple, cherry, and peach fruitiness dancing around the mouth, great sugars, and almost got a vanilla-esque richness at the finish. Just wonderfully tart. Amazing mouthfeel, rolls around the mouth nicely. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted.
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 (4370) - 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...