beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge thanks to radiomgb for sharing this treat! (I can still taste it hours later....) Ok well I'm a neophyte when it comes to rating in general, and especially when it comes to this style of beer. Having said that, I have tried a slightly larger number of beers over the years than I have rated here; so I have probably developed enough of a palate to begin to appreciate this....barely.
Was lucky enough to be able to rate the 1992 edition. Gorgeous orange-amber champagne with foamy/creamy tan head. Sour grapfruit and lemon and subtle spice and musty cellar aromas waft out. Very complex. Tart apple cider vinegar and sour orange citrus emerge from a beautifully balanced body. Very complex. Mouth-puckering dry finish lingers until....well it's still lingering actually. Very complex. Can't get over how incredibly this aged and how annoying it is that it's so hard to find. Did I mention it is very complex. Beautiful. My feeling is that there can only be one perfect 5 for each style of beer, and in my very limited experience I have a hard time imagining a better traditional gueuze. Wow.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2009 99. Very thin and extremely acidic, almost nasty so dusty old brew with a rough, extremely dry finish. Some lemon and funk alongside oak underneath the more forward acidity. Still interesting and drinkable but l nothing I would care to try again really (3.6) Update: Seems I ended up having it again, this time a 92 vintage which blev my mind, extremely balanced with a lovely woody and fruity complexity, medium funk and way less vinegary than the 99 I had. Just gorgeous with all sorts of barnyard and wet leather notes, grass and sour berries. Very complex.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[Rating salvaged from the archive] 1999 vintage. Amber with almost no head. Fair bit of carbonation from the looks of it but far from crazy.
Aroma reminiscent of preserved cherries and vinegar. The yeast and the hops, cheesy, show through. Quite dry but not so much as many others and it’s quite full in the mouth.
[I was probably quite... erm, invigorated by the beer as I wrote this "prose".]
Hint of preserved peaches but not that fruity or sweet, though. Might be toned down by the musty, cheesy hops? Hardly bitter and that despite what tastes like citrus fruit peels. Even a hint of aniseed on the exit.
Maybe I just dreamed it all?
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1992 vintage. Cellared for about 17 years.
Orange color, very hazy, with a small off-white head that leaves small lacings.
A very funky smell - horse blanket, blue cheese, dirty socks, mud, you name it. Some acidity beneath the funk. A very round smell and surprisingly appetizing. Citric notes and hints of wood.
The taste is tart and very funky. Barnyard, mold, horse blanket and pungent cheese is almost overpowering at first. Some cleaner bretty flavors as well. But a punch of acidity breaks it all up and paves the way for some pleasant but muted aromas of lemons, oranges and peaches. Notes of wood and grass. Very complex and nicely layered. The finish is tart and very dry with long lasting notes of wood and fruit. Very round and well composed. A truly interesting and delightful taste.
Medium body and still quite a lot of carbonation despite all those years in the bottle. Bone dry.
A work of art. One of the best lambics I’ve come across.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
biggsbowler (435) - 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.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): I think this bottle was somewhat past it’s prime. Nevertheless, a worthy lambic representative. The ring-head topped cloudy orange beer revealed an exceptionally tart fruity aroma that was joined by some solvent charaacteristics. In the mouth sour orange and lemon, in fact mighty sour with notes of funk and earthy minerals. It was all good stuff but slightly old and starting to become disjointed.
PLundsgaard (395) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2007
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Appearance Head/Initial-small, Head/Color white,
Palate/Body-light to medium
not not good beer
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBESG 2006. Wow! There’s a party in my mouth and all my sourest yet still likeable friends are invited. Fruit salad and stinky cheese. Amazing finish.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2/20/05. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, sample at Dr. Bill’s Backroom Tasting of the Toronado Barleywine Fest ’05 in San Francisco, CA 2/20/05. 1999 Vintage. Clear golden, pristine in color. Nice, tight sandy lacing. Almost no head. Aroma has a touch of nailpolish remover and a crisp tartnes with a dry pineapple funk. Barnyardy and crisply acidic. Amazing, explosively tart flavor, almost bilious and crisply fruity. Oily texture with silly dry puckery crisp finish. Soft on the back end with a black pepper and almost chili taste. Very distinct and impressive, but I do prefer other funkier, mustier geuzes. I didn’t even think this was a geuze-- I thought it was an unblended lambic with flavors closer to a wood-aged flemish sour (not unlike La Folie). Still damn impressive and explosive in its own right. I’d love to try a 10- or 20-year-old bottle of this.
MrGGen (316) - ITALY - JUL 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Approfittando della trasferta a Bruxelles,quale migliore occasione per assaggiare le migliori birre belghe direttamente sul posto?
Una di queste è la lambic di Belle Vue,qui in versione Sèlection.
Colore ambrato leggero,un pò opaco,scarsissima la schiuma.Al naso sentori di uva bianca,limone e un qualcosa che definirei sulfureo.Gusto morbido,un pò acido con note di limone,spezie e pepe.Retrogusto acido e secco.Mi dicono che la produzione è stata interrotta o sospesa,beh,è una brutta notizia,fortuna che ne ho fatta un pò di scorta.Meravigliosa lambic,anche se quelli di InBev non sono dello stesso parere!