Sour red-brown, 5.2%
"I remember tasting it, because it was something I'd never tasted before. I had no idea beer could taste like that. Sweet and sour with lots of fruit, and just very, very unique. To this day I still love Rodenbach. It's a pretty simple beer, but it has so much going on. Still very drinkable." -- Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, Evil Twin Brewing, Brooklyn, NY
Sour brown ale, 7%
Fort Collins, CO
"When I moved to Fort Collins in 1999, I became instantly aware of 'microbrew' beer, as it was known then, and more specifically, Fat Tire. My first Fat Tire was not a pleasant experience. I found it sweet and heavy, and it was not something I wanted more than one of. I was turned off to craft beer, but was still intrigued by the possibility of a more flavorful beer. I just needed to find a flavor I enjoyed.
"I kept trying different beers -- Odell, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams. The beer that finally won me over was another New Belgium I tried on a fateful visit to the brewery: La Folie. Back then it was only in 750ml bottles. It was an eye-opening experience. While all my friends neglected to try a second sample, I bought multiple bottles. I was amazed at how different this beer was from everything else I had ever tried. It was malty and rich, but oh so beautifully sour.