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RATINGS: 1449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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La Folie Wood-Aged Biere, is our original wood-conditioned beer, resting in French Oak barrels between one and three years before being hand bottled, numbered and corked for your enjoyment. Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, came to us from Rodenbach Ė home of the fabled sour red. Our La Folie emulates the spontaneous fermentation beers of Peterís beloved Flanders with sour apple notes, a dry effervescence, and earthy undertones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Sampled at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA Ratebeer Gathering 11/20/04. Clear dark amber with off-white head. Very sour, horse-like aroma. Taste is very fruity, citric/lemony, berry-like sour all wrapped in an overall tart barnyard taste. Very nice on the palate. Still developing a taste for this style...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Bottle @ the VA/DC/MD gathering: Brownish amber with ruby highlights. Very sour nose, dust, horseblanket, cherries, plums, berries. Wow. This is quite sour, I feel like itís peeling the enamel off my teeth. Great flavors of yeast, citrus, cherry, apple, light wood. Amazing mouthfeel, again a perfect palate there (first thing on my notes). Thanks to whoever brought this treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Ooooooooooooh. Amber. Nose musty and sour, full of vinegar and sour apples. Beautifully explosive tart flavor, lovely apple, cherry, and peach fruitiness dancing around the mouth, great sugars, and almost got a vanilla-esque richness at the finish. Just wonderfully tart. Amazing mouthfeel, rolls around the mouth nicely. One of the best beers Iíve ever tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 FOBABí04: Grapefruit heart red. Funky horseblanket nose, strong and sharp. Extreme sourness at first sip, exploding tartness and fruity flavors, including Cherries, cranberry and green apple. Some vinegar notes and acidic, nearly toxic tones that made it almost exciting on the tongue. Souring, facepuckering at the finish, it left a wondeful sour, woody, and tangy taste on my lips. Aftertaste is even complex and tart. Amazing, best of FOBAB and one of the best beers Iíve tried all year. 2012: the complexity seems lacking, still an excellent and tasty sour!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2004
@AzReal AleFest. Aroma was sour, somewhat fruity. Very tart, then that vinegar taste arrived and would not leave. The enthusiasm that most people had about this beer was not mine. Tasted other flemish ales before but not to this degree. I tried to enjoy the flavor but it was too overbearing. It wasnt the sourness, the dryness just the vinegar taste of a old wine gone south. Sorry not my cup of tee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1708) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
FOBAB 2004: Sour cherry huge sour. Sits on the lips and dances around. Sort of a cran-apple alcoholic drink that is good. One of my favorites at the FOBAB.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
I feel like a damn broken record entering these ratings. Big thanks again to David for this treat. Enjoyed in Ottawa at Celebration November with CapFlu, radiomgb, muzzlehatch, tiggmtl, DumDum, and of course Rastacouere. And enjoyed is the operative word. Itís a tough call between this one and the Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs for beer of the night (Beverage of the night was a cider). The incredible sour black cherry, balsamic vinegar woody aromas invited me into explore. Ruby-red tinged brown body with deep rich fruity sourness and occasional hints of sweetness. Lingers forever, as you want it too - fantastic beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 FOBAB 2004: This poured a brownish color and had a sinus-clearing sour aroma of cherries, plums, berries, and alcohol. Complex flavor. It was intensely sour, close to vinegar, but had a variety of fruity flavors blended in. This had one big, face-puckering sour finish.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4680) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2004 (22oz bottle) My favourite of the night from Rastacouere at Celebration November 2004. Pours a yellow head with a clouded, yellow-brown body. The nose was of amazing complexity - the smell of a marathon runnerís sock, alcohol and a slightly sweetened malt. Raspberry, unrefined sugar, cask bourbon flavours flowed past the palate. Thanks again David - I liked this more than the Rodenbach...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 La Folie pours a dark ruby with dark orange highlights and a dense white head. The head falls quickly into a thin layer covering the glass. Unbelievable aroma. Cherries, sour apples, a bunch of mixed berries and you can definately tell it is oak aged. Big and sour flavor profile. Sour cherries, sour apples, grapes, marachino cherries and lemon up front, the mid-palate is full of watermelon and the finish is unbelieveable and lingers on for hours. Many dry lambic qualities. If you take a big gulp of this sacred juice and swiss it around in your mouth like mouthwash, your mouth will expand like a helium balloon. The mouthfeel is full and leaves my mouth sticky and begging for more. This is truly a magnificent beer.

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