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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Felix is New Belgium’s blonde sour ale aged in oak foeders at the brewery. It is blended in various proportions in many of New Belgium’s sour wood-aged beers, such as Le Terroir and Tart Lychee.

How to tell you’re drinking the Felix version of Love: should be straw to orange / amber in color, not dark caramel or brown. If it’s called "Love" on a pub or festival menu, it’s most likely Felix and not Oscar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 I mean seriously. What an appropriately named beer. The bracing wood soaked tart aroma makes me smile and proud to have such a moment. Really. Sublime complexity, fresh and pure with each new sip. I want to get a growler and see if I can ever get tired of it. Sharp powerful citrus, pain in my jaw, rush of endorphins. Magical.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2009
On tap at Malt & Vine. pours an attractive orange with ruby hues. Nice cream head with great lacing. Nice citrus aroma with hints of currants and cherries. Great complex sour taste that hits with a nice sweet and sour start, leading to a strong sour finish. Well balanced, though not sure how many my tastebuds could handle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Left over from the Brouwer’s sour ale fest. Poured a dark orange with a thick off-white head. The aroma really wasn’t what I was expecting - soapy vinegar, with some tart citrus. The flavor came through in a bigger way, with peach, apple, and fuzzy apricot - it’s a very warm-flavored brew, with a wet mouthfeel and a vibrant carbonation. It doesn’t hold a candle to Le Terroir. Interesting, but underwhelming, and a bit too tart in a way that wasn’t exactly refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Sour Fest. Pours mostly clear dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is sour cherry/apple and vinegar with a little bit of honey. Taste starts sour and becomes slightly earthy with a cookie maltiness. Very smooth with a tart, slightly malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2009
On tap for SBW Sour Fest; one of 16 tried. Orangey peachy red, bubbly but no head. aromas of burnt sugar, grapefruit, apple and cherry. Too carbonated for my taste. Has a bit of a funk with a tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s for sour fest. Pours a clear orange with a thinnish ring of head. It comes with a strong sour taste and a sweet pucker sour taste, somewhat appley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
On tap at Firkin Fest 2009 ~ Golden hazy in color with a little white head. The nose has fruit & oak notes. Comes across the palate as apple, and pear notes; very malty. Sweet tasting. Medium bodied. Tart finish. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. I could sip this for day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2008
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, it’s 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2008
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 doesn’t 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.

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