auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 Original rating. 750mL Bottle. Rising, acerbic, volatile aroma, loaded with strawberry reduction, balsamic must, barrel finings, oak chemicals, edges of glacial acitic acid, pear sauce, tabasco and rum. Complex, refined, enticing and amazing. Pours a nice clearish ruddied middle brown, beautiful foam of smoked ivory atop. Flavor falls behind a little bit, but works gracefull with the tart and acidic. More pale fruit sauces, spiked with drops of vinegar and sake. Crisp, clean and actually really soft. The carbonation is perfusive and cuts the edges off. Really not as searing and blinding as I expected. Even better than I had envisioned. Finishes dry, with a bit of almond sweetness and some mistings of lemon rind. Beautiful. 9/4/8/4/16=4.1
hapjydeuce (1000) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 16, 2007
I swear Iíve had this in the 22oz Bottle since my original rating, but perhaps not. This bottle is a 2009 22oz. The pasteurization and filtering are present and a bit denuding, but it does smooth out the edges. I find this particularly malty and leaning a bit goaty. There is that characteristic nip of acetic acid. Fluffy. Well balanced. I do think that by going to a stripped down, clean 22oz bottle presentation, theyíre moving towards the mean and producing something more uniform with the style, but less distinct and exciting. 8/4/8/15=3.9
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 Rating updated from sampling out of bottles numerous times, and on tap at various locations. I remember when I first became interested in craft beer and artisanal ales, La Folie was the first sour ale I ever tried; at the original Liarís Club while I was living in Mission Beach. I didnít think this was the beer that would initiate a serious devotion for barrel-aged sour beers. Really, really good stuff. Hazy brown color with a one-finger head and good carbonation. Earthy and malty base character in the flavor that balances well with the citric sourness and lactic acid. Prominent oak wood notes linger on the finish. The use of champagne yeast for secondary fermentation gives it a unique mouthfeel. A mature and sophisticated beer in every sense. The 2005 Anniversary Vintage has been my favorite. Absolutely killer. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
27April07. On tap @ Toronado. aroma of a freshly sliced plum. WOW, I did not know that New Belgium Brewing made a Flemish Sour Ale! Reddish-brown color. very tart. Flavors of sour fruit. very acidic. This beer makes me feel like Iím in Belgium! very unique mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2007 Stopped in to The Liars Club while in San Diego last weekend and took notes. I only had time for two beers Ė one of them being this. The aroma of apples and wine swirled above the New Belgian snifter. The first sip of the red entity delivered an all-new experience in beers. The presence of the wine barrel was clear. The intense sour response numbed after a couple of sips to reveal a very interesting beer experience that left a carpet of stimuli on the tongue. All should try this unique creature. jefcon (1830) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2007
Draft. A wonderful companion to Le Terroir at New Belgium. Similar in appearance though more reddish in color. The aromas and flavors emphasize the cherry and lemon fruits. The wood aging is apparent on the tongue. This is, however, a really sour beer which relies on brute force to show its complexities. As a result, the finish is a bit harsh and grabby instead of the smooth sour finish offered by Le Terroir. Still, a fantastic flemish sour.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 20, 2007
Bottle thanks to Martin. Hazy reddish brown in colour with a small off-white head. Wellbalanced sourness with notes of berries, citrus, balsamico, wood and syrup. faroeviking (10838) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 20, 2007
Bottle. Ruby red colour with a short lasting beige ehad. Sour aroma of wood and some malt. Flavour: very sour, wood,fruity, bit of soil, bit sweet.Great Flemish sour ale. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2007
Bottle at NB - ōlsymposium. Unclear red/brown - offwhite head. Berries, cherry, balsamic vinegar, bike-glue, harsh sour (bitter/dry), wood, oak, brown sugar. Very nice. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2007
750ml bottle from BeerandBlues2. 2006-1158. Aroma: Lots of tart fruit with cherries, apples, and raspberries standing out. Strong acetic acid. Dry oakiness comes out with a little bit of a spice character. Under all that, I get a bit of toasted malt. Appearance: Rusty brown in color and hazy. Off-white head was medium and foamy with decent retention. Fair lacing. Flavor: Lightly toasted malt with a light caramel. Sour kicks in early and strong. Really sour. Sourness reminds me a bit of a mix between malt, apple cider, and rice wine vinegar. Some grapes, apples, and cherry flavors in there fairly strong. Wood is strong, but not to strong. Finishes very dry with some tannic dryness on the tongue. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: This was a great beer to spend the evening with. Changed alot as it warmed up. Itís super sour, but holds a lot of complexity. Really enjoyed it. Boutip (6321) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a medium foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of oak and tart is quite impressive with some tannic qualities also discernable. Taste is quite sour and tart with a nice oak presence and some subtle sour cherries. I thought taste had some great tannic qualities and was very reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is a great compliment when coming from me. I would love to try this again and I really appreciated all the complexities that this beer had to offer.