hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37.5cl bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. 2003 vintage (bottle stamped 07/06/2003). Poured a deep and lightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of yeast, citrus, musty cellar, green apple fruitiness, and funky. Tastes follow suit. Lightly tart finish. Nice.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this. Vintage 2003. Pours a hazy golden with hints of orange and a medium bubbly head. Aroma of mixed citrus, floral notes, musty basement, horse blanket and a general funkiness. Flavor was tart and musty, wheat, funky, sour and nice.
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Vintage: ultra serious style but perhaps I should not be surprised. Very active fizzy head eaely but this soon settles to leave a snow white, creamy residue. Chunky lacing too. Hazy glowing apricot in colour. Nose is a touch subdued; salt, vinegar, sour and ctirus fruits, but I’m probably not doing the right thing by assessing this beer straight out of the fridge. Palate structure is very classy and I’m sure this beer will look ok as a 7yr old. Lots of balance early with sour grapey notes, perhaps on the ’elegant’ side of things, but the intensity slowly ramps up through the palate and the beer becomes progressively more tangy, sour and almost spicy and bitter. Plenty of fizz as well. Yup - the duck’s nuts.
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - JAN 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 vintage. Hazy orange color with a frothy lasting head. Sensational aroma of citrus, cellar, yeast and bitterness. Extremely dry in flavor with a great aftertaste, heavy carbonation despite the age. A gueuze I won’t forget!
downender (7040) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 1000th beer! 375ml of the 2004 vintage. Hazy deep amber colour with moderate carbonation and a big, but short-lived off-white head. Strong aroma of yeast, the barnyard, bitter orange and sherry. The flavour had a citrus edge, with more yeast and orange peel. The finish had plenty of acidity, yet a touch of smoothness, and left a long aftertaste. Excellent.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, caged, corked and foil wrapped purchased from the brewery. Bottled 16 Apr 2002. Poured a cloudy orange with a small light beige head. Rich aroma of bubblegum, peaches, horseblanket, and grapefruit. The flavor is more or less dominated by sourness with some hop notes sticking out from the grapefruitiness. Mild sour bitter finish. This is damn fine stuff.
Enjoyit (3610) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002. Almost clear orange of colorwith a large foamy head. A dry aroma of oak, horseback and lovely sour notes. A flavor of horseback, oak, cider and dry!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 2004 consumed in 07. Hazy orange liquid rolls from the bottle, awesome lively carbonation generating and sustaining a thick and creamy white head that is reluctant to recede, eventually mostly diminishing and remaining creamy. Incredible liveliness for vintage lambic - no doubt this would’ve endured multiple decades of careful storage with grace and little degradation. Barnyard funk is focused and penetrates multilayered acidic citrus attacks, a barrage that, at its core, is floral and heartwarming. Must is off-centered and releases cobweb and doctors the overall profile to create a very formidable powerhouse that doesn’t overexcel in any one area, but feels boisterous and vigorous from afar and until the glass is drawn from the nose at long last. Lemon, followed by orange and soft sour pomegranate, play the leading roles in the citrus character affront. Pineapple juice-soaked Ridgeway Blue cheese seems to be a crust at the outlying borders of each inhalation. Nearly perfect in every imaginable way. The flavor accelerates acidic tendencies and stifles mustiness initially. Bitterness is soft and soothing, sweetness is medium but recedes quickly. Sourness is moderate and refreshing, never overpowering. The finish is subtly drying, ever-so-slowly beckoning another contemplative sip(or gulp, it’s too tempting). The mouthfeel is soft and light-medium bodied, with silken carbonation and a completing velvety blanket and malt. A staple this would be, were it available to me. Oh, pity.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2004. Pours a light copper, perhaps a roasted orage color. Aroma is a punch in the face. With a dank earthiness up front, bowing out to an acidic component, perhaps bright lemons and an acetic quality. There is a finishing note of strewn hay and meadow flowers. Awesome. The flavor is equally as complex. The acidity is there, but is so elegant and graceful, I am awed.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Totally different beer type, the Gueuze, and this seems to be the benchmark. Deep strong moldy nose that betrays the hazy copper tone. Taste is utterly sublime, where the aroma is nothing but subtle, the tastes are, ranging from metal to bitterness to lush fruit. Fantastic.