popery (1677) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999, Bottle #03046. Relatively dark amber liquid. It’s quite cloudy. No head. Just a flat glass of color. Carbonation looks low. Color is darker than expected - curious if that has anything to do with the age of the bottle. The aroma has a firm balanced sourness but little funk. Vanilla, stone fruit, medium yogurt, light vinegar, oak. Reminds me of American sour flavors more than Belgian. Taste has fairly heavy lactic-forward tartness. Lots of sourness and little funk, again. Tart apricots, grapes, berries. Interesting stuff. Carbonation is low. Kinda flat, really - not sure if that’s from the age or not; the cork is good. Sourness in the back of your throat. Fun to try an old lambic.
ineedbeer (1261) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL 1999 vintage bottle #03046 shared with popery. Aroma has quite a bit of stone and tropical fruit with some medium light lactic acid and faint acetic character. Some medium light earthy herbal notes but not the barnyard funk you get from some other gueuzes. Light oak and some orange peel notes. Pours a fairly cloudy golden orange with only a faint head that quickly disappears. No lacing no legs. Flavor is rather nice with medium acidity, mostly lactic with faint acetic. Moderate stone fruity notes with some overripe tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Citrus notes, especially orange but some lemon and lime zest as well. Medium light oak notes. Medium light, herbal earthy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation. Low acidic astringency with low alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice gueuze, but not my favorite ever. Not as much barnyard funk and Brett complexity as you get from some of the bigger gueuze names. Nice acidic complexity though and some nice fruit character. 8-3-8-3-16 for 3.8 for this bottle.
750 ml bottle of 1989 Fond Gueuze.
This one has a better aroma than the 1999 with more earthy, funky notes and a more complex acidity. This bottle also had some carbonation and a small white head that persisted a bit on the edges. Flavor is better with more complex acidity and funk. Nice woody notes that the 1999 was lacking. Acidity is a bit stronger. Showing a bit more age, but not horrible.
vtafro (4929) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Backlog) 1992 bottle at spontaneous fermentation. Hazy golden pour with tan head. Spiced aroma, touch of oxidation, with funky notes. Spice, funky, leather, musky and dusty flavor tones. Enjoyable.
kermis (7125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1999 vintage Bottle shared at Grote Dorst. Pours clear dark golden with a small white head. Aroma is big funky, musty cellar, fruity. Flavour is really heavy acidic, maybe a little too much. Unfortunately when trying this I was feeling a little worse for ware after a massive beer tasting in Brussels the night before. After enjoying a small amount this fine vintage whale, said whale proceeded to violently exit my body in a blend of old lambic and stomach acid. On the bright side, I got to enjoy it twice!
biggsbowler (544) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ’99 - pours an amber color. Very tart aroma with some grassy notes. The taste is extremely sour, almost too much with some acidic notes.
Inbreak (3001) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24.04.2014, 0,75l bottle (1999 vintage, bottle #5941) @ BBGTC tasting:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is mild and smooth acidic, sour socks, sorrel, thinner, oak, grass, hay, citrus peel, old lemon juice. Taste is very acidic sour, sorrel, raw rhubarb, old lemon juice, sour socks, grass, oak, thinner, citrus peel. Medium bitterness, nice dry acidic mouthfeel. Nice!
ej (997) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No 05941. Pours a dark golden with no head. Aroma is sour and fruity. Hints of paint-thinner and oxidation. Oak and barn. Taste is citric-sour, heavily so. Not much more to say really. Medium body with little to no co2.
ClubGonzo (4753) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Whohoo, a real whale up for rating - this one was brewed while I still thought beer was pretty much pale lagers. Much better to drink it now I guess. ;-) Pours a still-looking hazy body with no head to speak of. Nose is smoothly blended vinegar and citric acid tones, hay, barnyard funk, oxidized red fruits, straw, hints of red berries, acetic fumes and faint oaky vanilla in the back. Taste is intensely sour lactic tones with loads of lemony citric notes, mild acetic tones, red berries and hints of barnyard funk, wet straw and unripe gooseberries. Medium body, very soft pearly carbonation. What was once probably a rather bland geuze has definitely improved a lot with 15 years of aging. Very nice stuff.
JulienHuxley (4319) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 1999 vintage, at Grote Dorst. Clear gold pour with nice thick white head. Aroma is quite acidic, lots of citric notes, mild acetic aroma as well, light funk, not musty, still some fresh grainy notes. Taste is massively sour, quite puckering, citric acid, light vinegar, mineral notes. Palate is bone dry, prickly dry carbonation, light. This beer is certainly mature, it has held up well as in it isn’t oxidized and cardboard-y, it is however, a little too harsh acidity on the palate.
tom10101 (4019) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml) @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst. Vintage 1999. Almost clear golden/orange with a small ring of white foam and little to no lacing. Aroma is very acidic with barnyard, funk, vinegar, light oxidation notes, light caramel and mineral notes. Taste is massively acidic with a fair amount of funk and barnyard, wood, oxidation notes, mineral presence and light carmel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Bone dry finish. Mouth puckering. The quality is there, but this beer is a tad harsh. It’s at the border refreshing and too acetic and it crossed the line a few time while I was drinking it.