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(Editor’s note) Originally this version was available for the American market, while in Europe a version less sour was available; as of today, only this version of Sour is produced, so if you got a recent vintage you had this one.
The Sour has a sticker to differenciate it from the sticker-less Barriquée Mild, which has not been inoculated with lactobacillus bacteria.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Usually one would shy away form rating a beer after 12 straight hours of drinking beer..a different beer every 10 minutes or so, mind you. But i don’t give a rat’s ass what one would usually do...This beer still kicked all ass when my palate was as limp as a 96-year old man who can’t find his viagra. Poured into the glass after midnight by the one and only Dr. Bill, courtesy of Cquiroga. It was a purple hue on top of amber. Faint whispers of galactic suds swirled. Tart, Pink grape aroma. Flavors were sour, fruity, and grape-like with a perfect ending. The sourness sticks to the end and fades slowly to nothingness instead of quickly fading to graininess as some reds seem to do. Perfect fruity sourness..damn near perfect, though i need to drink more to rate so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Thanks to richlikebeer for broadening my beerexperience. Aroma to me was vinegar, slight wood and whiskey and what I describe as cocktail sauce. Poured a dark murky color with a thick head. Flavor was definitely sour, red winish flavor some smoke. All I can say is wow what an eye opener to a different style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Never had a beer quite like this one before. Aroma was quite difficult at the outset. The best analogy I can come up with is that the aroma was something similar to something only the ex could conger up from the nether regions. The first sip was rough However, one gets used to the sour grape taste, slaty vinegar and the flavor of a dark, red wine. Overall, an enjoyable beer. Thanks to richlikebeer for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5588) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (10713) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2005
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2005
smells oaky. palate is acidic. tastes sour, some berry, acidic, vinegar. very oaky finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
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.

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