Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to eric for sharing this old bottle- best before 99. Pours a hazy amber with lot sof yeasty particles and a thin fading head. Aroma is traditional old belgian beer, with some oxidation, light cardboard, wine-like, and has a slight pediococcus bacterial infection- some cherry pie like aromas and relatively sweet. Lots of earthy cork both in the arom and flavor, also more cherry pie in theflavor, and finishes with a wierd slight tart light alcohol finish. It kept a lot of its sweetness but finishes tart and dry.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to egajdzis for this...
It has a ’99 date stamped on it.
Appears a dark hazy brown with a small off white foamy head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of oxidized old cork, vanilla, caramel, and sugary syrup.
Taste is of sweet malt & syrup...nothing really good standing out.
Mouthfeel is of light, sugary syrup. Unbalanced mess. Aging perhaps?
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked bottle acquired in joint trade. Bottle labeled best before Feb ’99. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Some floaters. Aromas were dominated by cork with some yeast. Just smelled all around old and musty. Tastes of no cork, fruity, caramel, light leather, and light spices. Has a sweet maltiness to it.
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to egajdzis. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small bubbly off white head with some small floaties. Aroma of cork, musty with some various fruits. Flavor of vanilla, candy corn and malty. This may have been past it’s prime but thanks to Eric for bringing it by.
egajdzis (5521) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[BB 2/99] Poured a hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, some cork, nuts, yeast, and light oxidation. Taste of more caramel malts, light cocoa, dried fruits, green apple, spices and light alcohol as well. Low carbonation / soft mouthfeel.
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Belgian Beer Festival 2006 in Pasadena. Clear tan with a medium off-white diminishing head. Good lacing. Aroma is mostly yeast (leather?) with some sweet fruits, very intriguing. The yeast shows up first in the flavor profile as well--slightly funky and not bad at all! Alcohol is apparent but well controlled. Sweet malts, reminiscent of honey. Sweet hoppy fruits, citrus and white grapes. Lightly acidic in a way that doesn’t hurt at all. Finish is brief and sweet. Bubbly and watery on the palate with light body. I picked this beer blind off the dwindling list of taps that were not gone yet and was pleasantly surprised. I don’t know why it’s rated so low!
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Note that this is likely not a retired beer. The bottle says something like "returned by popular request".
Pours a chunky light brown with a decent head. Lots of floaters in this one (trub). Maybe my pour was tad agressive? Roasted malt and fruit on the nose with a touch of hops. Bitter on the tongue with a sugar cane malty body (kinda roasty) and a touch of spicy hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium light with a fair fizz. A bit of lacing on the glass. Seems to reveal more of a hop bitter character as I near the bottom of the glass and the brew warms a bit. Not a bad brew but I favor many other Belgians over this one.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I don’t think this is retired. Anyway... clear reddish brown body with a small head. Caramel and sugar all the way with aroma and flavor. I actually liked the regualar version better. This felt too thin and alcholic. 7 of these stupid things left...
SSSteve (3917) - - NOV 3, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
white grape sparkling wine aroma. grapefruit. orange color. more yeast chunks than i have ever seen floating around. minimal white head. kind of sour and citrusy. this may have gone bad.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
Pretty decent. Shame they changed it in favour of the new version which is not quite as good. Very red amber colour. Plenty of caramel and brown sugar. Lovely palate. Strong hops in the finish turning more bitter as it goes on. Not bad at all