beerguy101 (5251) - 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 (976) - 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.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a beer snob's beer. It's not for the wimpy BMC types. Nice brown color w/ hints of orange, this is a great example of a flemish sour ale. It starts out quite sour, but finishes slightly sweet. This certainly is not for everyone; I could never drink it as a session beer, but once in a while, you need to drink a beer of this class in order to fully appreciate the beer spectrum.
JorisPPattyn (7682) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Colour: dark brown with orange shine, yeast cloudy (in suspension). Thick brownish head, disappears fast in any but tulip glass.
Nose: extremely vintage-wine-ish. Tones of oakwood, acetic acid, lactic acid, and esters. Fruity tones like blue grape, orange rind, sherry.
Taste: expressly sour, but fades for a much more fruity taste. Tannin-rich, seeped wood, even a bit resinous. Lactic acid, hints of acetic acid. Citrussy tones, but this time more lemon-like.
Mouthfeel: seems much thinner than it really is, because of high acid levels. Sharp, quasi-burning sensation, as you would expect from such a beer.
Aftertaste: no new aftertaste. Vintage oak-ripened vinous taste goes on and on.
Whether Peter Bouckaert does better at Fort Collins, than at
Roeselare is open to debate, but this is world-class without a shade of doubt.
Update for 2005 version. Very gueuze like, aged gueuze with Pinot Noir hints.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky plum colored; very little head- strange; Aroma of wood, musk hint of tart- very nice indeed. Sharp slap to the face with the sourness. Smoky woodiness. Dry in the back of the throat and mouth- almost abrasively so. Lot sof dustiness. Small hint of sweet grapes. An amazing representation of the style IMHO.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 it poured a murky brown with hints of orange lighting the bottom and edges..the top settled with a thin ring of tan around the edges and living astronomy in the middle..madd oak notes and vinous qualities bombard your nose..such an oily inhale..with subtle notes of chocolate creeping in the background and a kriek-like cherriness keeping the complexities out of mind's reach...the flavor was extremely oaky and the mouthfeel was tremendously oily, it was down right amazing..one of the best palate pleasers I've ever had..very vinous in flavor too.with just the right amount of puckering sourness..this beer is like licking an expensive italian leather couch..its just so tremendously pleasing to drink..this american version puts other "authentic" ones..to shame.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Special 10th Anniversary edition sampled on 10/13/07: Pours a clear orange amber with a well-lacing ring of white head. Sweet tart cherry and oaky nose has some slight earthy notes. Very well balanced flavor has a slightly sweet caramel malt character with a big, fresh tart acetic oaky presence toward a drier, puckering finish. A great blend (8,4,9,4,17).
Rerated alongside Panil Barriquee and Zoetzuur 10/10/05: Deep copper ruby color reveals a sweet, sugary tart cherry aroma with some vinegar. Body has lots of acidity and sugary cherry sweetness, but compared to the other two just seemed more crude and not as well balanced. Still a fine beer, but it’s tough to compete with more authentic versions.
Original rating 1/13/03: Dark copper with a thick off-white head. Strong tart, oaky aroma with sweet fruity notes. The flavor is very tart but smooth with a nice woody character. This is an amazing American replication of the Flemish style (8,4,8,4,16).
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tart, tangy, but not astringent. A deep brown color with a nice head. So tart that it makes my eyes water at first. Very good for something brewed in USA. Not terribly sweet and a good mouthfeel. Reminds me slightly of the the Cantillon 1900 Grand Cru except more balanced off the tart side. Very enjoyable.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 Handsome bottle. Cork removal was extremely lively. Tight dirty white foam, which clings nicely, with a strawberry juice color liquid. This aroma tops Rodenbach Alexander with its lush juicy strawberry, passion fruit, subtle musty wood, concrete wall basement, medicine, and appley firmness; perfect touch of funkiness. Literally fuzzy carbonation; like eating a cobweb. Leathery soft palate. Flavors begin rather balanced with a puckeringly juicy, leathery middle. I cannot discern whether I just bit into a piece of soft leather or sipped from an authentic Flemish Sour. Tartness is matched by modest amount of astringency, which leads to defined, sharp ending notes bursting with juicy fruit gum and metallic tinges with a whisper of balsamic vinegar. Very nice example.