richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to willblake who gifted me this bottle, poured a cloudy dark amber with a thick creamy head that faded fast. very sweet aroma, grapes, vinegar, wood, whiskey. flavors were also very sweet, red wine like flavor with the vinegar tastes not nearly as overwhelming as rodenbach grand cru.. also in the back are some smoke and grassy hops. a very tingly, carbonated mouthfeel and a crisp aftertaste, where again the acetic character is not overwhelming. i actually opened this just for the sake of drinking it, and found myself enjoying it thouroughly.
Pailhead (4818) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is a tad on the weak side for a Flemish Sour. Lighlty sour with some wood, and a slight malt presence. Pours a non-transparent brown with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Sour and tart flavor with a pretty big oak presence. Tartness lingers into the aftertaste for some time. Definitely gets better and more sour/tart as it warms.
Had this again on back to back days. Much better. More flavor and much more cherry tartness. Old rating was 7-4-8-4-17. New rating is 8-4-9-4-18
BeerandBlues2 (9693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle from ClarkVV. Pours crisp and clean dark nut (hazel) brown with ruby highlights as you turn it in the light and a few tiny tightly packed bubbles clinging to the glass. A light brown foamy head sits atop the sour goodness and exhibits a creamy tiny bubbled lined lacing that lazily falls back to its perch on the brew. Lightly musty aged oak shortly greets your nose but is quickly replaced by tart cherry/berry malted aromas with faint caramel notes. As soon as the tart acidic sour cherry mouthful hits your tongue, the saliva glands kick into high gear. Nice tartness that is enough to overpower the alcohol content which remains unnoticeable throughout the bottle. The flavor ends moderately acidic with musty aged oak notes and of course, tart cherry. Medium bodied, almost full bodied, palate with an excellent balanced mouthfeel that is somewhat dry except for the saliva kicked up because of the tartness. Excellent brew to accompany an acidic Italian dish, to replace the traditional red wine.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005. Dark brown/ruby. Small, bubbly, tan head hisses as it quickly disappears. Danger. Sour yeast, dark berry undertones, and a bit of must in the aroma. Cognac, vanilla, yeast, sour berries, oak- complex flavor. Medium/full body, nice level of carbonation. Dry finish. Aftertaste reinforces the cognac character and sour flavor. Beautiful beer.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
smells oaky. palate is acidic. tastes sour, some berry, acidic, vinegar. very oaky finish.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2005 Bottled in 2005, 750ml USA release, sampled August 2005
Pours a lightly hazy deep amber-ruby color with a three finger thick, frothy light brown colored head. From afar the noses has a note of balsamic like vinegar. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get a funky, musty character that reminds me of old, musty cellars, and wet, slightly moldy blankets. There is also notes of sour cherry with hints of raisins, prunes and figs as well. The dominant sense that I get from the aroma is that of a fruity vinegar, it is not hard or so funky like many Lambics, just nicely so.
The beer is quite full bodied as it first hits my mouth, it sticks to and coats my mouth, yet is not really sweet (nothing like the sweetness of a Rodenbach Grand Cru). The beer has a gripping tannic astringency as well that helps to accentuate the mouth coating sensation. Wow the body on this is almost thick and chewy, more something I would expect to find in an Imperial Stout. The beer is definitely sour with acetic acid being the dominant form, though just barely as there is definitely lactic acid here as well. It is a really nice mix of sourness for this type of beer. The flavors remind me of (or evoke thoughts of) cherry pits, balsamic vinegar, chewy toffee, dusty cobwebs, tobacco and tannic oak.
What an absolutely exquisite brew, this has been done incredibly well. I was half expecting this to not live up to the hype, but I am thoroughly enjoying this beer and absolutely wishing that I had a lot more of it. All of the flavors in this beer are in such an harmonious balance, each flavor melds with and into the others making a complex satisfying whole. This beer combines a great sourness with a bit of earthy funkiness and lots of chewy malt notes all together to form a splendid tipple. Quite Burgundian indeed, this overtakes any Rodenbach product that I have had from the last 15 years.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of apples and brown sugar sloshed over wine vinegar, with some tangy dark cherry mixed in. Clotty, lasting, beautiful head. Delicate woody flavor, pears and balanced astringency. Love the slightly sweet finish with yeasty notes and a hint of caramel. IMO, gives La Folie a run for its money.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice murky appearance and medium brown in color with some grey galaxy wisps for the head. Aroma is sherry, cognac, Cointreau, orange peel and red currant. Quite a fragrant little number and outright in its intent to sour. Oaken elements and sherry tartness peel away to showcase souring complexities. Intense souring oranges and black cherries, sweetened with some currant currents. Titters on the palate, souring and then sweetening. Finishes like orange liquor with a lingering oaken smoothness, reminding me of what I enjoyed most about this beer.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Purple Label 750mL. Marvellous burgundy pour, beautiful light chocolate head, deep. Charming oak nose, chocolate soaked cherries gets in the path of the assertive leafy, branches woodiness. Clean fermentation, no apparent spiciness. Very vinous with a broad arrange of fruit touched, going from the berries to the grapes and pineapple. Incredible sweet and tart interplays transform your mouth into a carry-on euphoria state. Candyish at first, but quickly turning into a huge tart bite, we’re talking La Folie tart and maybe more. Huge lactic and acetic character, sharp balanced wood flavors, delicate cherry find their way, fleshy, still fresh. Hidden alcohol, stupendous and flawless balance, evoluting flavor development with bricks over bricks building a wall to perfection. Moderate carbonation level, lasting glorious aftertaste, medium bodied, sharp tart finish. Delicious and up there with the greatest oud bruins.
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Auburn in color. Dense off-white froth. Small rocks form as it settles. Musty stone, iron, medicine, red licorice, and sun-dried cherry aromatics. Beautifully integrated earthy husk whiff. Lush, palate filling carbonation. Quite dense. Sharply sour cherry-flavored explosion with secondary notes of shoe polish and strident medicine. Zingy, irony, and well rounded. Sassy brett pairs up with the pristinely attenuated body to prolong the tartness. Lurking, complementary mineral harshness and firm, but dainty, cedar. Finespun, understated oak-derived tannins mesh effortlessly with the brett laced briskness whilst brightly tart sour cherries continue to ride an earthy husk and clingy medicinal wave. Light candied malt sweetness enhances the acidity. Finishes moistly full, but equally dry with a low-toned woody graze amid invigorating aniseed and cedar exhales, as earthy husks deflect the ensuing leather and fully sustained acetic-tinged tartness. Absolutely stunning. If the aroma, alone, doesn’t inspire you, nothing will. Note: Although the malt doesn’t really thrive until it warms up, the body does become less dense and the acidity declines as it warms, so I recommend drinking this heavily chilled.