booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Egad that's sour. Nice reddish brown color, like dried blood or so. It's no Rodenbach, but then again, what is? I gotta give it points for being an american beer in this style.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 1224 02': Hazy,murky red/god knows what color.So ugly it looks good. Great looking creamy,frothy head. Aroma is mainly tart,but also woody,sweet/fruity malts. Mouthfeel has some chewy acidity,and a slightly metallic feel to it. Tartness is the first flavor to hit the tounge,followed by fruity/woody flavors.Finish is tart,lightly fruity,with a deep,red-wine vinegeratte finish,weird! Excellent lacework is building up and great,head retention.This is totally full of funk. Thanks Aubrey!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome red/orange color. Sweet and sour cherries, oak, lambic barnyard and must. Sweet and tart like orange juice, except made with cherries as opposed to oranges. It hits the back of your throat and it puckers up like a snare drum. Very reminiscent of a lambic beer at times, but still distinctly tart. I think I could drink several bottles in one sitting. Just an outstanding beer.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light sour aroma, bit of cherry as well. Powerfully sour and strongly tasting of cherry. Very dry in the finish, to me differing from rodenbach in this regard. Strongly kriek like to me, only with the substitution of a flemish sour ale sourness for the acetic sourness a lambic. Elegant in a way that belies the fact that it is an american made beer. Truly excellent. Thanks Ringo!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one started off fairly iffy, but wow did it really come through and impress the hell out of me in the end. It pours a deep amber color with definite browns and reds mixed in to create a cloudy soup of flemish sour aledness with a tiny white creamy head. The aroma hinted at cherries, some lemon, a tarty berryness, and an acetic sourness. Total flemish sour ale taste...nice balancing of souring tarts and mellowing sweet cherries. A grapefruity cherry sour explosion in the mouth near the ending...dry and tart, but oh so mouth appealing. I want MORE! The carbonation level was just right here, and this was a nice representation of the category.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish red pour with a halo of bubbles. Nose is full of cherries and chicken shit. Full barnyard thing going on here. Very astringent finish.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby color graced my presence along with a slight amount of light head. The tasted is based around a foundation of roasted, not burnt cherries. This was another impressive beer from the wheel of beer.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is sour and malty. A sour Flemish Red. Malts are prevalent, but the sour/tart flavor shines through on this beer. Tannic with a touch of fruitiness, raisins and apples. Well balanced. This is so very close to a Rodenbach Grand Cru its amazing. Perhaps the only difference is the La Folie is a little bit thinner in body and a touch woodier. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart and sour. YUMMY !!
La Folie (2004)
Sampled on 11/27/2009. So this is a 5 year old La Folie. This sour pours a reddish color from the bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, malty and tart. A medium bodied sour. The malts are fruity and sweet, yet there is that nearly overpowering tartness. Five years of aging has added some malt flavors and mellowed the fruitiness. It is still tart and acidic, perhaps the tartness has been taken to a new level. It is still and excellent beer, somewhat different, but still unmistakably La Follie. Wish I had a few more bottle of the old stuff around… Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is tart.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had from bottle at the Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgain Ale Festival on March 8, 2003
#70 on your programs. Wow. Definitely a kick in the ass to get ya going. The beer has a very smokey aroma - almost like it was brewed right next to a BBQ. The aroma also had faint hits of sweetness, but was mostly overpowered by a vinegar/sour smell. The beer appears creamy with a tan head and fair amount of lacing. It's clear, with an amber/red color.
While I absolutely loved the Rodenbach Alexander (one of my favorite beers), I found this one a bit too sour. Don't get me wrong - it's filled with flavor - but a bit too acetic for my liking. Kudos to the brewery though - I had many authentic Belgians on this day, and this one was able to definitely hold its own.
Jayb0 (981) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 2002 vintage on 2/27/03 : Apparently the NB brewer previously brewed for Rodenbach and he has done an amazing job of creating a Flemish style ale, with an aggressive sourness, in the US. Personally, I was shocked that this beer did not come straight from Belgium. I have two bottles, the beer is wonderful to drink now and I’ll cellar the other for a while. New Belgium is brewing some great beers of very varied style.
ReRate: 2nd bottle 4/7/2006 the sourness is too pronounced at the finish leaving a vinegar impression. Downgrading slightly.