lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: a sourness of black cherries, white grapes, and Beligum yeast
Appearance: b/c of the beer’s "frozenness" caused by a night in the freezer, the beer had only a small head with little carbonation at all. Colors are a warm oak brown.
Flavor: sour, not a whole lot of distinct flavors though (probably due to its being frozen previously and let thaw), can taste a bit of oak and some white grapes.
Palate: watery (again, probably not normal), sour at the back of the tongue, slight sour aftertaste.
3fourths (8467) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m a dumbass. I threw this one in the freezer the other day to chill it quickly before putting it in the fridge... forgot about it. Ended up with a Rodenbachsicle. When I found her, she had a little semi-frozen trail of bubbles coming out from under the cap, which still at least looked like it was attached. So I popped it, let it foam a little bit, dug out some of the ice at the top, and recapped with my homebrewing equipment. Fast forward two days and I have it back in liquid form, probably about 9-10 ounces from the bottle. Poured without much of head, but still smells wonderful. Full on flemish sour chewey caramel-like malts, sweet black cherries, plums, raspberries... oh my this is an incredible aroma. Without too much carbonation it’s still not that bad of a drink, the flavors are vivid plum and prickly oak, with some more subtle butter perhaps in the finish. An amazing beer, even after my mess-up, that bites the back of the throat and tickles the tongue. I love this style, and can not get enough.
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep ruby colour with a tight, fairly creamy but rather short-lived ivory-coloured head. Sour cherry on the nose, rather like a kriek but less so, with hints of vanilla and cranberry. Initial sharpness on tongue gives way to a blast of cherry flavour that fades into a long, sour, refreshing finish. Nicely chewy, and leaves you with a feeling your tongue’s been coated with cherries. Plus the paper-wrapped bottle makes it feel like Christmas Day! [Edit: bottle aged about four years - definitely one to lay down!]
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the stuffed sandwich. Pours a fizzy reddish brown with very little head and what there is fizzes away. Aroma of sour cherries and vanilla. Oaky med. sour w/ a sweetish cherry finish. Med bodied. Fairly oxidized. Med. dry. I think this bottle was past it’s prime.
joergen (22453) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown coloured with a lacing beige head.
Acidic aroma with notes of woods and berries.
Acidic flavour dominated by wood with notes of balsamico and berries.
Acidic woody finish.
Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - MAY 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Red dark color, tending to the brown. Lightly torbid and much bubbly. Delicate and intense scent; determined notes of red fruit, Bonarda, red racy wine and Lambrusco. Modest and balanced bitter. Sturdy and lightly alcoholic taste. Slightly acidulous and of long persistence finish.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful pours - a clear ruby-brown body with a rockt tan head. It’s got a sharp acidic aroma, fruity and woody. The flavor is a quite tart blending of light, juicy fruits. The finish is quite sour, literally causing my mouth to water. Very nice drink.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had while sitting in the back yard on a sunny day. 33cl bottle, bb 30.06.06. Served @ 56° in my NB worthy glass. The color is deep, dark red with a cream colored head and multiple streams of carbonation. The aroma is sourness and oak with an almost winey flavor. The flavor is tart with wood, citrus?, and red wine. The finish is tart and astringent. The body is moderately full, initially, maybe due to the carbonation, but finishes very dry and acidic. I find it somewhat hard to rate these beers because I can appreciate that they are good, but they are just not my thing. Thanks to beerbuzzmontreal for this bottle and to Footbalm for the one sitting in my fridge waiting for another sunny day. As I look back on my notes for the La Folie, I wonder why the Rodenbach is filtered, the yeast added something to the La Folie that seems missing in the RGC.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 A Mes rate:
It is one of those love or hate beers. This one was what first got me started on the road to lambics. Pours a deep mahogany red with a good sized tan head which vanishes quickly but the body looks so great I can live with it. Heavy lacing too, you can tell exactly where it has been. Nose is cherry and fruity with balsamic vinegar. Flavour is almost savoury. Finish begins sugary but instantly goes dry, tart and lengthy. Complex and balanced. A regular for me.
highlandlad (1433) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blockbuster oak-matured Flemish sour ale. Aged in oak for two years. Poured a muddy plum colour with a tall, lasting head. Huge fruity nose combines dark rum, sour peaches and oak. Lively palate - it fairly dances across the tongue before settling into that long sweet-sour finish. Sherbety and very sour. Rum and passionfruit.