Goldorak (438) - 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 (652) - 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 (3191) - 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 (2670) - 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.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 Bottle # 04-3008: After laying down for two years, I decided this would be a nice time to open this up and see how itís doing. Iíll admit that any sour beer style automatically does very well with me, and this is no exception. Pours a perfect amber, golden orange that gives way to magnificent yellow hues as the tulip glass tapers. Thick head dissipates quickly, leaving not a trace of itself, but still lending lace to the glass. Aroma is vinous, sour, and dusty. Hints of lemon and flowers, maybe even a trace of seville olives. Flavor is initially lemony and sour, somewhat salty, a hint of burlap and hay, sour grapes, cobwebs, wood, and a dry, sour finish. Change that: extremely dry finish. A very excellent selection, one that I hope to have more of in the future (#05-2691 after two years of laying in the bottle on 01/20/08)
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice hazy brown color with a good light tan head. Nice, slightly sour aroma. Sour flavor, itís pretty good, but not outstanding. Good body. Overall, pretty good.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I adore this beer. It poured a hazy, medium copper color with a small, creamy, off-white, mostly lasting head. The aroma was tart, inviting and complex. It contained a light malty note of toasted grain; light hop notes of herbs, chamomile and lemon; a moderate yeast note of cellar funk; and tons of fruity, bright miscellaneous estersówood, peach, cherry, white grape juice, green apple, balsamic vinegar and a trace of copper. The flavor was moderatly sweet and grippingly acidic with an average-length, moderately sweet, heavily acidic finish that sends a tingle down the spine. The body was medium, the texture was creamy and the carbonation was lively. This is a beautiful, complex and colorful beer. Definitely not to be missed!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750 ml. green bottle with hand bottled number, 05-2442. Made a good appearance, poured a semi-hazy cherry wood color with a small fizzy white head that reduced to nothing. Had a sour, tart aroma, cherry, fruity and whiffs of vinegar. Moderate carbonation and a sour, plucky medium bodied mouth feel, good sipper drinkability. Taste was sour and tart, cherry flavored vinegar and a dry sweet and sour finish.
A good Flanders Red Ale, in keeping with the style, well made, not for everybody, but a great sipper, well worth trying.