xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with a kind of sparkling nature to it. Nice tall head of big bubbles. Lots of sharp fruits in the aroma, spicy in a way. Great flavor, malty, yet with light fruits - peaches, kumquats, tartiness for sure. Full mouthfeel, but still retaining that sharp achoholly bite. Friend had it for a while, I can only assume that the flavor was quite it bit smoother when it was fresh.
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Clear golden, low visible carbonation.
Citric and flowery on top of barnyard and leather.
Fruity base, light barnyard and youghurt. Light herbal, moderately sour. Medium body. Nice - they really should brew more of it.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at DougShoemaker’s 2005 December gathering - bottle courtesy of beerhugger. Unknown vintage - at least 5 years old. Clear gold colour with a very active body. Aroma is tart and funky, really liked it. Flavour is quite interesting - fruity (peaches, apricots), some boziness, bit of spice and barnyard. As the others have commented, it was obviously past its prime, but enough of its brilliance was evident to make it obvious why this used to be a Top 100 beer.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is funky, fruity, and barnyard, hazy golden, tiny cream head. Tastes of malt, mixed fruit, wet blanket too. Light bodied, complex, nicely made offering. Very nice. This must have been something in it’s prime!
Many Thanks to beerhugger for sharing!
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at ’December at DougShoemaker’s 2005’ -- courtesy of beerhugger. Vintage uncertain, somewhere between 1998 and 2000. Pours a hazy bubbly dark yellow with a small white head. Aroma is a little strange, it’s sour and soapy but in a good way. Flavour is also mildly sour along with some fruit and yeast. Both the aroma and flavour showed signs of being a little past it’s prime but overall it held up fairly well. Decent.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at Doug’s, Christmas ’05, thanks to BeerHugger for sharing. 2002?? A few years old anyway, didn’t catch the exact year/ Wonderful attic-like slightly sour aroma - almost in the league of lambics - pretty nice. Dark yellow, small white head. Taste like a mild sour like lambic. There is also a hint of syrup sweetness in there as well. Flat. Pretty mellow and decent for its age, but is probably a bit past its prime.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle opened by beerhugger, thanks Steve. Nice looking golden color, light haze, white head. Strong fruity aroma, golden apple, green grapes, apricot, a bit musty. Flavor was touch stressed from the age, funky, light colored fruits abound. Still plenty of carbonation, no signs of the alcohol, again a bit stressed from the age but whoever had this before beerhugger had kept this in real good shape. I enjoyed this quite a bit, I bet this was some killer stuff when it was fresh.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Beerhugger (?) Strawberries, musty grassy, lemon and maybe a little plastic. Tastes old. Lemon, old wheat, plum. Musty fruit - cherry, strawberries, yeasty finish. Sweet maple as well.
Sammy (8032) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Several years old, courtesy sharing with Steve (Beerhugger). An aroma of a very aged beer. The color of beige, lots of foam. A vinegary cidery taste, but better than a Cantillon. I could only sip this in between other food and drink. Still significant carbonation. Great for what it is.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for bringing and sharing this
Poured a cloudy light grown with an off-white head. Aroma is very sweet with notes of vanilla, oak, and perhaps some chocolate chip cookies. Flavor is dominated by vanilla and cherries, with a bit of alcohol showing through to a dry finish. A bit too muich vanilla character for me, but a good Belgian.