lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last beer popped at the christmas tasting - thank god we ended here. I can tell by my handwriting that it surely was a very good idea. This bottle was from 1999 and no. 3794. The pour is hazy yellow with no really head but with a white edge. The aroma is sour and with clear buttery notes. Its acidic and fruity with notes of young plumps. The taste is pretty straight forward with a agressive sourness as in green grapefruits. Maybe a bit over the top. The palate is dry and nice. All together a very nice experience to get my tounge mixed up with this one.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into tulip. Crazy-ass lambic tasting in our hotel room, GABF 2007. 1999 vintage. Cheesy as a mo-fo in the smell, wow, with chardonnay oakiness, vanilla, sharp acid and lacquer. Huge sour bomb in the mouth (me likey), balsamic in quality and tempered by sour apple notes, which stay on the tongue as the acidity fades into the finish. The acidity seems to coat the mouth like La Folie. End of the finish is dark, yeasty, echoing a little bit of the pale malts in the middle. Wonderfully tart. This is my kind of lambic. Still, might have been a little bit past its prime; a little thin, I think this would have been optimal a couple years earlier. Drink ’em if you got ’em.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, huge barnyard aroma... nutty malt, cherries, vinegar, brown sugar, etc... hard to describe. Slightly cloudy pale orange in color with a very thin head that fades. Wow, initially a touch of sweet malt and fruitiness, lemon, vanilla, oak, etc... and then it quickly changes to a growing sourness that just grows and grows...until it fades off to a slightly acidic finish. Incredibly complex and drinkable, one of the most interesting beers I have ever tried. Huge huge thanks to MrFacto for sharing this.
biggsbowler (568) - 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.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 bottle 6772, 1999. Bottle 1 of Day 2 of the tasting to end all tastings. Simple orange color with little if any carbonation. Aroma is oak, grapefruit, Meyer Lemons, lambic funk, a touch of orange blossoms. Perhaps a touch of dill. Flavor is unlike any gueze I have experienced. There is a sweet orange component, the yields gracefully and seamlessly to a bracing acidity, livening my palate. Utterly amazing.
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)
PLundsgaard (417) - 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