after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Champagne bottle (with BitBucket; club meeting). The sourness of this beer is astonishing--almost overpowers everything else. There was a bit of foot in there, and some fruity ester at first. Fizzy and a bit sweet...combined with the sourness, itís a bit too far around the bend for me.
Another 750, courtesy of BVC. This is definitely more approachable now after a couple years of tongue training. Rich strawberry tart funk on the nose. Big lactic kick looking there, and it certainly emerges on the mid-palate, near the finish. This is still a very sharp, tart one, but it’s complex, interesting, and drinkable. I definitely missed all that the first time. Cheers to BVC for forcing me to re-assess.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Champagne bottle. Clear orangish amber with off-white head. Taste is very fruity, citrus, berry-like and sour, I sort needed to sneak up on this one. My palate did warm up to this style after the initial shock. Clean short finish.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber body with a medium white head. White grapes, pears, oak and light vinegar notes in the aroma. Very acidic, with more grapes, oak and vinegar in the flavor. Great stuff! Big thanks to rudolf for providing this bottle.
Bartzilla (551) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap @ Liarís Club. This stuff rocks me in many different ways, and Iím tough to rock, let me tell you. Itís like a giant glass of Sweet Tarts except itís a beer, not candy. This would be a great hangover beer. I kinda like these sour ales.
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong vinager sour smell. Very sour taste. My first in this style. Not bad, but it takes a little getting used to. Being that this is the first sour, that is basically what I taste. I guess if sour is your thing youíll love this...for me, Iím not sure if Iíll acquire this as a favorite. Iíll let the lambic and sour fans revel over this while I indulge in other gems.
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very sour and sweet aroma. Promising. Cloudy amber body with an off-white head ring. Beautiful color, nice head, no lace. Not a bad beer. I canít really tell a good flemish sour from a great one. This is nice in small quanitities. Four people shared this bottle and there was still half of it left over. An acquired taste that may not ever be acquired.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark orange. appearance. small head aroma is of stale cherries, love and tart cherries. flavor is of tart cherries and leaves you w/ a dry mouth. spice & cinnamon in back of throat. good for a snack. palate is thick yet carbonated
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 On tap at the Toronado. Iím not sure that I will ever see this sold in my home state. It was delightful to find it at the Haight. Pours amber with a white head. Has the aroma of 1N Acetic Acid. This is a very very sour beer. Itís like sweet tarts sour without the sweet. No lacing as I suspect the ale actually solubilized parts of the glass that contained it. This is far closer to battery acid than anything Iíve had from NB before. Way too astringent for everyone at my table. Some even refused to taste it after smelling it. Obviously, I loved it. UPDATE 12/2006: The amazing Beertopia in Omaha now carries this in the big bottle. Iím still holding out for the kegs. UPDATE 1/2007: ON tap at the brewery hospitality house. The battery acid burn remains disturbingly strong. I can get a wisp of oak flavor out of the huge sourness. The aroma is no where as vinegar as it was at Toronado. The color is a dark auburn. Thereís still a residual chemical burn palate. If you work it, you just might get apricots in the nose. This beer could make an astringent beer cry. Iíd guess the pH is 3.7. UPDATE: New Belgium tasting at Max & Joeís Tavern on 10/18/7. Seems like it has a very fruity aroma now not unlike grapes. This is still followed by a slight nasal acid burn. Ruby dark amber in color. Nice medium-sized off white head. very wine-like today. The tartness does not seem to be as unbalanced and the beer does not come across as straight battery acid this time. Iím starting to really enjoy the intermittent oak flavors that sporatically blast through. I ease the score up one tenth of a point to 4.1
UPDATE: Falling Rock blend of La Folie at New Belgium tasting at Max & Joeís Tavern on 10/18/7. Huge carbonation and a big head. Darker than regular La Folie. Sweeter and maltier as well. The aroma is not as good as reg. and seems to be a bit toned down. The sweetness is like a spider inviting you into her web: it is super tart and very acidic. Burns the esophagus. The palate is not smooth at all. this is just like drinking vomit acid. Perhaps this needs a bit more aging?
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle number 5 of 2919. Brownish amber color with a long lasting medium tan head. Chocolate and cherries in the nose. Dry and crisp with flavors of chocolate and an ever building hit of sour cherries from start to finish. For me, different and just outstanding.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Fizzy snap crackle pop pour - excited head. Lotsa sweet íwhiffleberryí ale aroma. Transluctent amber with eggshell head. Spritely golden honeysuckle flavor. Light, syprupy, íspecialí belgian spices. As it goes on, a note akin to grape robitussin - medicinal but grape sweet, comes out.