mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at NOTF. Golden hazy in color with a little white head. Fruity acidic oaky aroma. Apple, pear and cherry notes. Malty and fruity flavor. Vanilla and plum notes. Sweet tasting. Medium bodied. Dry finish. Very drinkable. Tart. Very enjoyable.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2009 On tap at Falling Rock, GABF 2008, Foedre 3 version. Slightly hazy, golden amber color with a tight bubbled head of fizzy off white. The appearance seems substantially lighter in color than bottles of La Folie I have enjoyed. Notes of apple, pear, and under ripe fruit lay on top of an oaky vanilla background. The acetic nature of the beer rares its head right away in the nose, coming across with an acetone, nail polish note. Light bodied, briskly carbonated mouthfeel with a tingling acidity. Wonderful fruit flavors leap out on the palate right away, bringing forth visions of baked apple pie, rhubarb, and crab apple skins. Some milder under ripe strawberry also adds some complexity. While certainly acetic, the vinegar nature of the beer is not nearly as offensive as I feared from the aroma of the beer. There even seems to be some lactic acidity to add some complexity to the funk. Impressive amount of under ripe fruits, but the acetic nature of the beer does not seem to integrate as smoothly into the beer as it does with La Folie.
Updated based on several samples at the 2009 Stone Sourfest, same foedre. The acetic note appears to have really tamed down from my original sample of this beer. While still there, itís now balanced by a funky, gueuze-like lactic quality, which seems to have eliminated any of the unpleasant nail polish and acetone aromas. This gueuze-like lactic quality has intensified on the palate as well, driving the pleasant fruity characters into a long, lingering, well developed palate. This easily makes my top 5 list of best American made sour ales, and stole the show of this particular fest.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Foedre 3, Sampled at the Falling Rock, GABF week 2008
The beer arrives with a hazy, orange tinged, amber hue and is topped by a light tan colored head. The aroma is very fruity and has a big, appetizing, backdrop of fruit vinegar; this last a sort of melange of apricot, rich grape, cherry and balsamic vinegars all tempered by a bracing oak character that adds lots of spiciness and a tannic wood character. The aroma is exactly what my nose was hoping for at this point.
The flavor is quite tart, with a substantial sourness to it that definitely leans towards vinegar, though the lactic character is still dominant. There is a fruity backdrop to the acidity that adds notes of apricots and sour cherries. I really am enjoying the acidity in this beer, it is a fantastic integration of softer lactic notes with a light, but sharp and expressive acetic acid character. I also really like the soft oak component that sneaks in towards the finish as well as the massive fruit character; really seems quite fruity for a beer that doesnít have any fruit in it. The acetic character in this beer is about as much as I have ever had in a beer; the fact that I have been sipping sour beers for a couple hours prior to this, really almost required something of this level of acetic character, it really helps to cut through to my palate and is very enjoyable.
This was simply a fantastic experience, I definitely am at a loss to describe this beer, but it was incredibly enjoyable and I was sad to see the last drop drain from my glass. I would love to get more of this to sample in a more singular setting, but have a feeling that if I get the chance it will be a completely different beer anyway.
Ernest (6148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, Falling Rock (this was the Foedre 3 version, not that it matters much).
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with notes of plum, cherry, wood, sour apple, hamburger.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
I rarely sample La Folie, so I can’t really speak to the subtle differences here...the gist is very very close, though. The hamburger-ish note is here as well, though certainly not overpowering. The acidic bite is very strong (a good thing), but just a tad burning (like stomach acid reflux). My memory is that La Folie is not as harsh in the latter respect, and perhaps a bit more interesting in the aroma. Still pretty enjoyable though.
BeerandBlues2 (9425) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Falling Rock Tap House, GABF 2008. Pours hazy orange with an average, fizzy, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, earth) with notes of grapes, plum, peach, and apple. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a sour finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and sourness.
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Falling Rock: Hazy orange. Creamy but broken head forms a creamy collar as it disperses. Cheesy aromas merge with hints of sherry, apricot cobbler, and cantaloupe. Intensely acetic, and to a detriment. Gentle carbonation. Soft in body. Bracingly acetic and tacky upfront, with a supple and meaty honey-drizzled apricot core. Straw-tinged malt evokes thoughts of piecrust before giving way to an intense estery fruitiness and assorted notes of melon. Structure suffers due to dull oak and flabby fruitiness which soon fatigues the palate and becomes the dominant character. Finishes off-dry with a coarse brush of poorly defined oak which struggles to fend off the stewed apricot sweetness and acetic acid. Certainly enjoyable to a degree but, overall, the fruitiness, which is both rampant and clingy, destroys the structure of the beer, and the throat-burning acetic character is reminiscent of uric acid.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap @ falling rockís love fest. Damn. The nose is amazing. The distillation of all that is great in rodenbach and la folie! Iíve been here 20 minutes and have yet to do more than sniff. A clear lightly carbonated gold. Incredibly sour body. Slighly sweet with hints of brown sugar but with a biting sourness that dominates the tongue. A smooth finish that lingers.
after4ever (6068) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brouwers Cafe Sourfest. Pours a very cloudy bright orange that clarifies to a ruddier amber as it warms. Nice thick creamy head. Lemony nose that just rips your head clean off--this is like standing at takeoff behind a jet plane that runs on lemons. Rich, creamy body that as Theisti noted is "simultaneously both mouth-coating and drying." Sharply tingling carb as well. Lemony, lactic, acetic kick just thrashing you every inch of the way across your tongue. Perhaps not the most unrelenting sour beer made; Iím sure you can find others that thrash harder. But itís close enough that itíll do until those beers get here. This is good stuff, bracing and refreshing, but itís really a lot to deal with and just a now-and-then thing.
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2008 Total Score: 4
Draft at Brouwers Cafe Sourfest. Pours deeply cloudy bright orange with a thick, creamy white head. Huge lemony nose with some malt sweetness cutting through--this one definitely shows more breadth and polish and finish than its base beer. Rich, creamy medium body with tingling, zapping carb and a monstrous lemony kick right off the bat. Some brett and earth kick in (you can feel them slightly on the nose as well), but then thereís that big lactic/acetic blast at the end. Has several interesting components very harmoniously blended. Not something to drink all the time, or very far from private indoor plumbing if you have a sensitive stomach. But beautifully done and very drinkable.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ brouwerís sour fest - had this side by side with the Le Terroir; bright orange with slight haze and plenty of carbonation; thin head quickly fades; aromas of peaches and apples are tart; lots of sourness and a dry finish; medium body and slightly creamy texture; enjoyable, but i couldnít quite finish, especially as i was blown away by le terroir but probably more due the fact that i was all sour-ed out by this point
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 (Draught) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with small off-white head. Aroma of mold, mustiness, old books, and light sourness. Flavor of sour fruit upfront and then dries out quickly with the oak.