jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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...
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
@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.
jaymobrown (1708) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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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CapFlu (4680) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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...
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.