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.
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Pucker up! A dark amber appearance with a large head. The aroma consists of vinegar, cherries, and oak. The flavor is really really sour with some funk, vinegar, cherries, sour apples. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated. Damn this was good!
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the "letís piss off Clark" tasting, big thanks to MartinT for supplying this rarity
Brownish caramel, with just a thin head that tapered off quite quickly.
That great balsamic vinegar aroma was present, but with an extra spicy cinnamon in a Quelquechose kind of way, with a touch of musk and just enough alcohol to make me think I was smelling an old bottle of perfume I found in some dusty attic. Marvelous!
Good carbonation, the wood doesnít take center stage, it plays more of a backup role for the solid body and sour cherry flavors to glimmer in the spotlight. I donít know if itís the type of wood used for his barrels or just the aging process that wasnít as pronounced as most others (that would be my fist guess), but the brewer seems to have determined the perfect combination in order to get the smooth oaky flavors from the wood yet without sacrificing body and soul to get it, giving la Folie a more complex and satisfying taste as youíll ever find in Flanders Reds/Flemish sours.
skaughty (650) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky, colored ruddy brown. Aromaof strawberry and cheese. The wood doesnít really impart itself on the flavor, just cherries and kiwi. Not sharp at all,and lacking vinegar funkiness. The sour finish builds up the phlegm nicely and leaves a round coat on the tongue.
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, hazed amber. Big head. Big aroma. Soured dishcloth, Musty hay, apricots. The flavor is highly acidic. A bit of bubblegum in the very back. Sourness lingers after the swallow. This really seems more like a lambic than a flemish sour.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hatís off to New Belgium for making this beer. Itís marvelous. Not as crazy sour as it used to be, I understand they changed the blend just a little bit. Lots of sour apple and malty notes on the aroma, but on your first taste, if youíve never had a flemish sour, youíll be surprised. Very sour all the way through - but again, much more approachable than it used to be. Itís dry, sour and woody. Not lemony sour, more apple sour. Try it. Itís fantastic. I still like Ericís and Terroir better, but theyíre available at the brewery only.
asheft (2599) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle brought by Pat to a MontreAlers meeting]
Cloudy, orangish brown witha tight white ring. Excellent dry and sour aroma: winey grape and woody cherry with some perceptible malt too. Unfortunately, the flavour did not reflect so much the nice aroma: sour dill pickles with a little cloves. Too vinegary for me, but I guess thatís the style... Some nice malt comes out at the end with some mild bitterness. Mouth puckering with plenty of carbonation. Not for me, but at lest I can spell better than Dan Quayle.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I bought a bottle of this in Denver and saved it for a tasting in Tampa. But, I got so schnockered that by the time we opened it I was far past the ability to rate anything. So when someone..who I have now forgot, but is an incredible human being...sent me this I was quite happy.
Aroma is sour balsamic vingerarette with woody and sour cherry notes. Color is hazy red/orange with a mostly fading thin white head. Fore is identical to the aroma...sour and woody. Overripe fruity notes compliment a delicate feel on the palate. It is actually more carbonated then I remembered and this beer is older than the one I had before, but that carbonation tickles the tongue nicely in conjuction with the sour fruit-mostly sour cherries-notes.
This style is to beer what Tomís Great American Vinegar & Salt Potatoe Chips are to salty snacks. And this beer is an amazingly accurate rendition of a beer most commercial american brewers would never even consider attempting.