jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado. Dark mahogany red color wit ha slight tan head. A powerfully tart and intense sour cherry fruit, woody, burning, spiced cinnamon, ginger, light apple. A wonderful beer but must be taken slowly.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is very sour with some fruit overtones.Pours a redish brown with a white head.Tastes very sour with some dark fruits present.Sour up front and sour in the finish.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 tasted a couple months ago. Amber brown. Small off white head. Vinegared cherries, oak, sourness, earth, subtle spice, and a dry finish. A bit past its prime. Smooth, medium palate.
IrishBoy (4022) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest 11/11/06; Nose of tartnees with oak and citrus; hazy amber with a small off-white head; tart caramelly oaky flavor.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 From a 750mL Bottle. Deep caramelly brown coloring with a healthy finger of white head. Outstanding sour aromas of woody, funky oak blends nicely with some chardonnay tannins and a squeeze of fresh lemon. A light fruity wave of juicy apple flesh and under-ripe pear skins compliment the acetic presence nicely, and are even sweetened by just a hint of maple syrup. Hints of vanilla. Light bodied, tingly mouthfeel that brings loads of rich, tart fruit flavors to the palate. Perfectly intensely sour without being excessively vinegary. Dry, yet loads of flavor complexity and a firm body. I’m envisioning a freshly baked apple crisp garnished with a slice of cidery lemon peel. A hint of white pepper spice lingers among the oak, leaving me to smack my lips appreciatively in the final smack. Amazing brew.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at Columbus tasting by moejuck. Pours slightly reddish. Aroma and flavor and sweetarts and sourness. I didnt think something could be more sour than beatification but this is. Leaves a little too much sour on the back of the tongue though. Still pretty good though.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was very sour with hints of fruits. The pour was a reddish brown with a medium head off white head. Medium palate presented tastes of sour fruits. Plenty of tart in this one--which I love. Not quite as good as I had expected, but a very solid sour.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap into a small tulip, Falling Rock Tap House. Finally, I get to rate this. Smells freaking fantastic. I smelled it for a full five minutes before daring to taste it. Acid cherry and granny smith apple in the nose; something lurks in there reminding me of white zinfindel and sharp blue cheese (without the cheese). The taste explodes like Enola Gay dropped it. My eyes watered it was so intense. More purely sour than any gueuze I’ve had. Fruitier than a gueuze, not as straightforwardly dry, but not as fruity and round as a Rodenbach. Granny Smith apples dominate the taste with a lack of sweetness (although the taste contains cinnamon syrup and caramel), some cherry, and dark spidery yeasty things after the sour dies off. Sour fumes even waft up into the nose from the back. The finish is almost dry, but the acid keeps bringing up saliva, so it can’t really achieve it. Body is medium, somewhat fizzy. Officially dope, although doesn’t aspire to the heights; if the finish were more developed, or it were a bit more complex, would be one of my all-time bests.
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, Toronado. Fairly dark ruby color on the pour. Slightly sour vinous aroma. Some raisins and fig, along with some other dark fruity qualities. Sour and spicy champagne notes. Very tart and quite enjoyable.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Re-rate 9/6/07. This rating is for the special edition brewed for The Falling Rock Tap House anniversary. I couldn’t decide whether to give this a separate rating or not. It is a special blend of La Folie using all 10 Foeters (large wood fermenters). Usually La Folie uses beer from only 2-3. AbV is the same at 6%. I had it on tap at The Falling Rock. It poured a slightly hazy ruby red color. There was a ring of off white head. Aroma was of cherry, subdued black raspberry, apple, and light brown sugar. Very tart on the tongue with sour cherry, red wine vinegar (especially in the middle toward the end), and distinct oak. Delicious.
Original rating 10/15/06: Draft at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO. Attractive clear garnet color with a lasting foamy white head that laced the glass. Smelled of cherry taffy, apple, and white wine. Rich fruity flavor of melon, raspberry, and cherry with oak and alchol undertones. Extra tart on the tongue. 8/4/7/4-18