WeeHeavySD (3367) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Sour Fest 4. This was a highlight for sure. I remember love, itself as being quite amazing, since its the base beer for La Folie and La Terrior, this version was certainly awesome too. Pours orange with a bright white head. Nose is sweet, light, and hoppy, with a bit of funk. Taste is a great blend of hoppiness, sweet notes, and funk. Damn this was both different and great.
Earlier Rating: 7/19/2009 Total Score: 4.4
Tap @ Stone Sour Fest listed as Love Barrel #3. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet and fruity with some apricot, and its quite tart. Taste is sweet, tart, rich fruitty and overall sublime, so happy to finally have this.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Stone Sour Fest. One of my favorite beers of the fest. Amazing nose of pungent hops and tart citrus. Flavor was Quite tart with citrus, dry oak and light acidity.
Earlier Rating: 7/24/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Tap @ Stone Sour Fest 2009. Another awesome sour from New Belgium. Pours a hazy deep golden orange with a thin off white ring. Some light vinegar on the nose as well as tart citrus fruits and a touch of oak. Flavor held oak, vinegar, tart orange and lemon peel .
peteinSD (1456) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2010 [this was a dry hopped version of Love entitled "Felix">
From memory. On tap at Stone Sour Fest - blew three tickets on three glasses and it was worth it . .. hands down the beer of the event for me. Crisp, dry hop aroma with little hint of the sour love underneath. I could not place the taste that followed after the hops for the life of me . . . something slightly spicy, but not holiday spice, and some vegetable and . . . I have no idea. Middle-to-end flavor of dark, tart/sour spiral . . . just lingering, dominating, and perfect. An absolutely 1-of-a-kind stellar beer.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite of the two at the sour fest. Big bright dry hop aroma, citrus nose. Taste was outstanding, very sour, little to no vinegar, dry with a hint of bpody left, nice and funky, but complimented quite well with the liberal hopping.
Earlier Rating: 10/26/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Labeled Love Barrel #3 at sour fest.
Pours a hazy sunset orange.
Nose is the obvious oak, nice summer fruits and stone fruits.
Taste is fantastic, lots of fruits, peaches, lemon, strawberry, pineapple and grapefruit with a strong sour punch. Oak adds an earthiness that keeps it from being too fruity and balances well.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone sourfest. Bright orange, thin head. Nose is grassy hops with light fruits, woodsy. Flavor is light tartness up front that transitions to bitter grass-resin hops, full flavored tart sour with a complimentary hop flavor, best of the fest so far!
Earlier Rating: 8/12/2008 Total Score: 3.3
On draft at Toronado SF. Appearance is bright orange amber hue, thin white layer of head, sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is subtle tartness, light fruits, honey, floral and grassy hops, not much going on here. Taste is initially dominated by tartness and sweetness, light fruits and funk, some earthy hops and bread malts, sourness is quite subtle. Palate is medium-bodied, smooth texture, biting carbonation. Overall a balanced and moderately sour beer, long-lasting finish of biting carbonation and tartness lingers, moderate level of complexity and flavor.
Earlier Rating: 8/12/2008 Total Score: 3.8
Foedre #3 on draft at Toronado SF, described as "a base beer for Le Terroir, kegged personally by Dave Keene". Appearance is a dense amber/orange hue, thin white head dissipates mostly, moderate lacing. Smell is super tart and funk, light fruits, sweet sugary candy, absolutely delicious. Taste is mouth-puckering tartness that dominates from start to finish, vinegar is present, transitions partly to light fruits (pears, apples, peaches) near the end. Palate is medium-bodied, smooth moderate texture, highly carbonated. Overall, the solid tart flavors dominate with a biting carbonation presence.
anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Sheffield’s, Chicago, IL. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty tart aroma with some woody hints. Fruity and very tart sour citrus flavor with hints of wood. Has a fruity and very tart sour finish.
kesslekb (19) - USA - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at the kitchen. this brew is truly top notch
a lover of la folie, I luv this beer
silky smooth without the usual acute tongue harshness of a sour
mmmm mmm mmm good
one of the best I have ever had
wedgie9 (2588) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on draft at Lush CBC event. Pours pale brown-orange with essentially no head. Nose is sour with green apple, some cereal, and brett funk. Flavors are super tart sour with some rubber, green apple, and vinegar. Carbonation is very lively with a medium body and a long finish. This is a great sour, and displays some of the best New Belgium has to offer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: February 27, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Appearance: cloudy orange, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet lemony aroma, light wild funk
Flavor: big tart flavor, just enough malty sweetness to keep in in balance, light funk
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Hamilton’s Tavern (San Diego, CA): Opaque, light orange/golden pour and no head... maybe forty small bubbles around the rim. Aroma of barnyard funk, pale malts, aged wood, and cltrus- white grapefruit, lemon meat, and stale orange juice. All around tartness, with lots of raw citrus pulp and some leather funk. Prickly carbonation. Smooth all around. Drinkability: A complement to the style. Pairing: Fried mozzarella sticks. Rebuy: Yes. #341 on 13032010, DG.