guntlipz (19) - Portland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Brewvival. this might be one of the best us sours ever made. Very lucky to have tried it. Maybe i’ll get to try it again BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Tap @ falling rock’s love fest. Damn. The nose is amazing. The distillation of all that is great in rodenbach and la folie! I’ve been here 20 minutes and have yet to do more than sniff. A clear lightly carbonated gold. Incredibly sour body. Slighly sweet with hints of brown sugar but with a biting sourness that dominates the tongue. A smooth finish that lingers. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Foedre 3, Sampled at the Falling Rock, GABF week 2008ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
The beer arrives with a hazy, orange tinged, amber hue and is topped by a light tan colored head. The aroma is very fruity and has a big, appetizing, backdrop of fruit vinegar; this last a sort of melange of apricot, rich grape, cherry and balsamic vinegars all tempered by a bracing oak character that adds lots of spiciness and a tannic wood character. The aroma is exactly what my nose was hoping for at this point.
The flavor is quite tart, with a substantial sourness to it that definitely leans towards vinegar, though the lactic character is still dominant. There is a fruity backdrop to the acidity that adds notes of apricots and sour cherries. I really am enjoying the acidity in this beer, it is a fantastic integration of softer lactic notes with a light, but sharp and expressive acetic acid character. I also really like the soft oak component that sneaks in towards the finish as well as the massive fruit character; really seems quite fruity for a beer that doesn’t have any fruit in it. The acetic character in this beer is about as much as I have ever had in a beer; the fact that I have been sipping sour beers for a couple hours prior to this, really almost required something of this level of acetic character, it really helps to cut through to my palate and is very enjoyable.
This was simply a fantastic experience, I definitely am at a loss to describe this beer, but it was incredibly enjoyable and I was sad to see the last drop drain from my glass. I would love to get more of this to sample in a more singular setting, but have a feeling that if I get the chance it will be a completely different beer anyway.
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2011 Brewvial best in show! I easily drank my entrance fee worth in the love at brewvival. By the end we were blending it with la follie. Hazy orange pour with a thin head. Aroma is cherry, lactic and lemon. This stuff is cantillon sour which is always nice. Lemon, cherry pit, oaky tannins,funk, leather, earthiness and lactic. Really well balanced, super sour and easy to drink. I hope i’ll get to drink this again some day ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2010
draft at Brewvival. definitely one of the top 5 beers at the festival. pours a hazy, yellow-gold with a soft, pure white head and light lacing. aroma is wonderful with huge, sour cherries, tart red berries, red wine vinegar, barrel funk, and light earth with a beautiful balance of sweet florals, vanilla, and oak. flavor is, to quote my notes, "sick" with pure, funky, brett tartness, sour fruit notes of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry with hints of apple, lemon pulp, and light oak. palate is wonderfully sour and lip puckering with spritzy carbonation. if i’d not had Supplication a few days later, this would be the best sour i’ve ever tasted.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
On tap at Firkin Fest 2009 ~ Golden hazy in color with a little white head. The nose has fruit & oak notes. Comes across the palate as apple, and pear notes; very malty. Sweet tasting. Medium bodied. Tart finish. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. I could sip this for day. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2009 I mean seriously. What an appropriately named beer. The bracing wood soaked tart aroma makes me smile and proud to have such a moment. Really. Sublime complexity, fresh and pure with each new sip. I want to get a growler and see if I can ever get tired of it. Sharp powerful citrus, pain in my jaw, rush of endorphins. Magical. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Draft sample pour @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. Amazing Sour! One of the best beers at Brewvival for sure... So glad that they got this beer out east for the festival!!! Deep hazy golden pour with a white head... Wonderful sour nose - nothing lacking here. Sour apple, lacto, funk, wood.... big sour body throughout... citrus twist on the end along with some more funk. One of the best sours I’ve had yet..... I want more. Mep3222 (1563) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Woody, oaky vinous sour blonde colored beer. Great flavors, vinous prob 6 or 7 of 10. This is great. Seems like le terroir without the dry hop. Really enjoyable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Strange aroma of sour apricots. Coloration is intersting - almost a ruby red grapefruit color. Flavor is sweet in the nose but with a deeper middle. Finish is tart as is appropriate for a sour ale. Excellent mouthfeel with a complicated palate. I might also recommend New Belgium's La Folie as an even better yet different representation of this style.