downender (7253) - 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 (3671) - 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 (1123) - 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.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 2004 Vintage, shared by kmweaver. Cloudy pale body with a small white head. Super funky, blue cheese nose is lightly sweet, moderately acidic with pineapple, lemon and horseblanket. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately sour with lemon/lime, melon rind, light oxidation and yogurt. Medium body is soft with gentle carbonation.
Red label 2002. Big citrus nose, lots of grapefruit peal, lots of lemon, cobwebs, hay and cheese. The taste is moderately sour, lightly sweet, some cotton candy, lemon, grapefruit rind, and honey. Very similar to the magical ’99 vintage. 10/5/9/4/18 = 4.6
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml 2004 bottle thanks to boboski. Beautiful head on this golden orange pour. Aromas of tart fruit and lemon. Flavors were very acidic. NIce tart flavors and gueuzey. Can I say gueuzey? Well that’s what it was. Very Very yummy
Stine (1713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 vintage, poured from a 375 ml. Hazy, golden appearance. Aroma of springtime mist, all wet leaves, young flowers and distant funk. Goat cheese, feta, and blue cheese with bold pungency; watermelon, berries, and pepper in the lighter moments, though again dominated by the must, mold, and wet cat. The sour burst of taste is all lemon juice at first, though a lovely, light sweetness of almond runs through it, giving way to vinegar, wet juniper and ginger dressing. Rather tepid, but still exciting and bracing in its presentation. Pears, apples, sweetened lemon even it out. Light, and brilliantly dry in the mouth, finishing with a lot of tang and perfect animalistic funk. Perhaps even a bit more bizarre than expected, especially for a comparitively young example. To my memory this pales in comparison to the older vintages, though quite beautiful and intriguing in its own right. Thanks for sharing, Ken!
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002. Fine spritzy head, drops at a moderate pace, leaving a rich golden beer striking as the colour is far more golden than I expected. Soft yet rich nose, with what might be called that distinctive 3fonteinen nose. The flavour is far more rounded than the normal gueuze, yet maintains a long dry finish.
All in all a really nice treat.