(Served in a tulip glass)
Brewed in 2005
A- This beer pours a deep auburn body with a thin wisp of head that is supported by a strong carbonation of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.
S- The full aroma of gentle tartness and cellar mustiness complements some wet wood and earthy fruit hints in the finish.
T- The taste of old dry wood is soon overtaken by a tart fruity flavor that has some jammy qualities but is not at all sweet. There is a nice tartness in the finish that lingers with some mellow astringency and a nice musty pithy note.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft little carbonation but not much astringency in the mouthfeel.
O- This beer has a great aged flavor with soft subtle depth that builds but is a bit hard to describe. I don’t get a bit tartness or brett character that stand out but there are lots of complimentary flavors that grow and change with each sip. Very tasty.
Served In: Pint Glass
22 oz bomber I picked up at Hop City in ATL for about $12.99 a bottle. Been wanting to try this for a while and I was stupid excited when I saw it on the shelf and that is why I broke my rule for bomber prices to purchase this brew. Served up in a snifter.
A: Pours a nice dark brown in color. Held to the light, you get some really deep and vibrant red hues coming through at the corners. I really can't see through the brew at all, which is a bit of suprise to me. Can't see any carbonation activity in here. The pour built up a half finger of off white to light tan colored head. It was very bubbly and not very tight at all. This falls to a thin, bubbly ring that lasts pretty much throughout the glass. No stick to the lace. Still, it looks good and appetizing. Could be better but I like the look of it.
S: The smell is absolutely heavy on the vinegar/sour notes. It dominates and doesn't leave much room for much else. Luckily, that is what I was looking for so I am happy camper. Sour fruit coming through as some cherry and some granny smith apple skin. Touch of wood coming in on the backend but not too much. Very nice but I could use some more diversity.
T: All I can say is . . . wow. This starts off with that serious vinegar/sour/tart flavor. The cherry flavor comes out a bit more and really is complimented but the notes of apple skin. As quickly as that sour bite grabs you, it is cooled with a really interesting woodiness and maltiness. There is a touch of nuttiness that works well with the wood and a caramel presence I imagine kicking out of the malt. The flavor just combines to make a beautiful flavor profile and experience.
M: Medium bodied with a medium to slightly lighter carbonation. This beer is tart and dry. Nicely drying to be exact. Sits very light on the palate and leaves that tart bite on the back of your tongue and throat. After taste is all vinegar and sour fruits.
D: Damned good beer. This has gone above and beyond my expectations. The flavor is just beautiful and so well crafted IMO. It just works so well. The beer could grow in other arenas, but I'd say just leave it alone. If the flavor can be that good, who cares about the look or aroma. I could put this down easily and I would spend that price repeatedly to enjoy this beer again. Hells yeah.
Served In: Bottle
I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this from BitterBill and russpowell, thanks guys! This bottle is from Russ and is the November 2007 bottling. La Folie gurgles from the glass and a fizzy head grows to a finger on a soft pour. The off white head quickly fizzles down to a few isolated islands of foam and a thin collar. The body of this beer is scarlet with a few glowing ruby highlights when backlit. The minimal head does leave behind thin drink lines and the dark body looks fairly clear when backlit.
The nose on this beer is outstandingly complex and inviting. I'm greeted all at once by vinous qualities, mild somewhat buttery oak and red wine vinegar. Each swirl of the glass awakens the head and allows some cherry and melon sweetness that can't quite keep up with the vinegar sourness. Again this beer is so complex and deep that I can't take my nose from the glass. New Belgium needs to make La Folie air fresheners.
The flavor is loaded with complexity as well. The red wine vinegar sourness takes over as soon as this beer hits the tongue but it's not so aggressive that it completely takes over. The vinous qualities flash through again with the cherry adding a touch of sweetness. The buttery oak floats around in back and adds a lot of depth. This has been my simpleminded review of the flavor, there's so much more going on I'm not going to begin to try and explain it all.
The mouthfeel is right where it should be for the style. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum with a healthy carbonation that gives it that nice airy quick moving feel. The sourness creates a pucker and if given a chance will coat every inch of my mouth. The finish shows a growing dryness.
The drinkability of this Flander's Red is through the roof. The dry sourness keeps me coming back for drink after drink. The funny thing is, for me at least, it's a slow drinker due to the complexity.
La Folie is an outstanding version of the style and although I think Rodenbach Grand Cru is the benchmark I think this beer is slightly deeper. The bottle BitterBill sent is a 2004 so it'll be fun to see the changes. Thanks again guys!
Served In: Tulip
Pours a deep brown with a touch of red to it. Off-white or very light brown color foam that settles and leaves just a couple bits of lace on the walls of the glass and a small coating of foam coloring covering the top of the brew.
Sour cherry up front with a touch of raisin and bitter fruit. Touch of sweet malt comes through and theres a bit of woody aroma coming through. Bit of apple comes through too.
Light body with tons of flavor. Sour cherry and apple up front. Wood notes come through nicely and there's some raisin and tannin notes throughout. Bubbly carbonation on the tongue helps bring all the flavor to the palate.
Big flavor, easy to drink, and well done (if you're into sour brews).
Price: $2.50 Served In: Pint Glass
Fully Folly? Pour is a cloudy amber red color with very little foam that quickly disappears.
The aroma gives off sour almost vinegar qualities. Very lactic with some minor funk on the back end. Some lighter notes of fruity cherry are noted really blend well with some feint oak smells.
The taste is a beer to savor. When served it was chilled and had a tart cherry, almost a hint of apple finish. The sourness really shines. Some lighter notes of oak and vanilla flavors come out. As the beer warms, more sour and vinegar-like taste become noticeable. The vanilla and oak flavors are enhanced and the vinegar tastes become for prominent. More of a our cherry then tart. There also is a sweetness with come candy-like flavors and a light bready tang.
The body is light but acceptable. This isn’t a easy beer to drink but one to savor. If you have a chance, enjoy every taste you get.
Served In: Bottle
Color was a medium, dark reddish-brown. Foam settled down quickly. Smell was all tart, with a slight funky smell that seemed off for some unexplained reason. Taste was somewhat different, though. Obviously tart. But again, something seemed off. Maybe like a "sour" sour taste. I got it....like the strong flavor eating lemon rind. An "off" sour taste along with the expected brett yeast sour.
I did like this one, but wasn't overwhelmed. Maybe it's because I let it sit in the cellar too long. It was about two years old, and I suspect that this one needs to be had at or before the one-year mark. As WST has mentioned in the past about other brett-based bottles, the longer you wait, the more the sour changes. This one seemed to change toward the "off" side.
Served In: Pint Glass
Thanks to rsyberg01 for the trade. I’ve been waiting to try this beer for some time now.
Hand Bottled # 9/07 9775
Huge pop! Pours a light caramel color but settles to a dark ruby in the glass. A thick 2-3 inches of slightly dirty white colored foam amassed and quickly settled down to a ring.
Very tart cherries on the nose and a lot of funk with a wonderful caramel and oak overtones. Some sweet cherries begin to peak through the sour notes as the beer settles. Hints of vanilla and orange cream. As the beer warms up I begin to detect some red and green apples, pears, and ripe red grapes.
Good tartness on the first sip, not a lot of cherries as in the aroma though. After the tartness there is some vinegar and wood flavors. A very acidic finish, yum. Tart cherries, acid strawberries and some raspberry flavors in the finish. There’s also some lemon long into the aftertaste.
A tad light on the mouth-feel, could use a bit more malt or some aging…really carbonated as well. Good drinkability, might need some tums after I finish this 750ml though.
Served In: Tulip
Review from 01/31/07
A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red body. Pours a big, slightly off white head. Head is now only a thin layer on the surface.
S - Wow, big tart nose. Acidic, tart cherries. Red berries. Subtle oakiness.
T - Starts out tart, very tart. Gives you a nice pucker. Cherries are most present here, but there are tons of fruit flavors going on here. Raspberry, lemon zest, pears. Oak comes in with a hint of vanilla and a nice smokiness. Slightly spicy when it gets warm, with a touch of black pepper. Finish is sour cherries with a dry feel to it. Leaves a tart aftertaste.
M - Medium bodied with a dry feel to it. Hard carbonation tickles all the way down the throat, but I don't seem to mind it here.
D - This is just what I wanted tonight. Tart and sour to the max. I don't know if anything is this tart. I love it.
Served In: Pint Glass
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