AdamJackson (2958) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This bottle acquired in a trade appears to be from 1992. 37.5CL with 91-93 on the label but none of them scratched to indicate the year. Served in a Gueuze Tumblr @ 45 Degrees F.
A - Ultra cloudy, just a murky burnt gold color. Cork had a small whisp of carbonation but no head formed.
S - The nose is not overwhelming but it smells very sour, lots of lemon, lime, maybe some cherry cola, coconut and balsamic vinegar.
T - Oh yeah, this is a total sour bomb! Insanely sour like it’s hurting my tongue but it has a lot of depth. A lot of flavor going on, nice lemon and sour dough bread and skittles.
M - Pretty much completely flat
O - Really enjoyed trying this. I have a 75CL as well but given I’m drinking this with just 1 other person, I’m glad it was enjoyed in the smaller format first.
PhillyCraft (3516) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 Bottle, shared by Mike, awesome. 94 vintage pours murky golden brown color with small head. Aromas and flavor are super vintage...dusty wood, Italian leather, light lemon, basement musk and a touch of chlorine but not anything to fret about overall. Only improved as it warmed up and sat for a bit in the glass. Miss the 90s yo.
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Hotel. Thanks, Bill. Bottle from 1984. Hazed amber pour with a tall white head. Nose is very lemon and vinegar forward. Some cork, grass, and green apple skin. Not terribly complex. Maybe a bit of a damp funkiness. Flavor is incredibly sour. Tons of lemon juice and a bit of vinegar. Damp wood, grass, and soil. Sort of oxidized. Has a touch of caramel to it as well. Nice to try and still okay, but not great.
kermis (5871) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1990 vintage bottle shared at DHVL. Pours clear dark golden with a small bubbly off white head. Aroma of mouldy dank cellar, big cobwebs, citrus, still a little fruity. Flavour is moderate acidic going into a heavy acidic finish. Very dry in the palate. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation.
_angst_ (3150) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Magnus (non-RB). Best before 1994 but not sure on the actual vintage. Smell is slightly sour and slightly funky with crackers, leather, hay, dry soil, lemon peal, barnyard, prunes, horse blanket, codwebs and hints of cardboard. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny sour, tiny malty and tiny fruity with crackers, hay, lemon zest, barnyard, leather, cardboard, white raisins, dry soil, horse blanket, codwebs and hints of wine gums. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, slightly tart, flat and light bodied. Finish is tiny sour with crackers, lemon juice, hay, dry soil, leather, cardboard, barnyard, horse blanket and lemon zest. Pretty oxidized but still interesting, intriguing and tastes quite good.
tkrjukoff (4113) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage???, tnx to Magnus. Pours cloudy darker amber with a small diminishing head. Aroma is weak to medium fruity honey barrel. Flavor is a bit "old" cellar funky lightly sour nicely fruity and astringent.
Alengrin (2592) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vintage at De Kulminator. Continued for a while by Belle-Vue for its good reputation, after De Neve stopped their activities in 1994. Orangey blonde colour, loose, off-white head. Fruity and yeasty aroma, sourish but not as assertive as usual for a traditional geuze, which I guess is logical as this was the filtered version; same for the taste, which had all lambic features but in a kind of restrained way, even a sweetish touch. Not bad as a stepping stone geuze to get to know the style - had it still existed, that is.
hopscotch (9730) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (1991)... Hazy amber ale with no head. The dusty bouquet has probably seen better days, but I’m able to pick up some nice things – musty fallen oak, white grapes and leather – and some not so nice things – grass, vinegar, cardboard and apple-like oxidation. Light-bodied with nearly-expired carbonation. The flavor is tart, but not as sour as I expected – delivering notes of lemon, key lime, white wine vinegar and cardboard. Tangy, dry, cardboard finish. Kudos to biggsbowler for the opportunity to try this seemingly-ancient brew! This bottle is well past its prime, but if you have a bottle that has been stored properly for the past 23 years, it could prove enjoyable.
Ferograd (4) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Two bottles from 1990, kept in a beer cellar these past 23 years.
Amber colour, though still very clear when poured. No real head, very little carbonation. Both bottles had a very fruity flavour, reminiscent of berries and (for me) apples. First bottle had a light sweetness and an amazing aftertaste that seemed to last forever. Second bottle had higher acidity. No cardboard flavour whatsoever, seems to have aged perfectly. Overall one of the best gueuzes I ever tasted.
Cork is very fragile, first broke of halfway (didn’t crumble), which can be normal for a layered cork after so many years. Second came out in one piece. Still have 10 bottles left, and very grateful for that.
JefVerstraete (1660) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 1991. Hazy amber colour, medium carbonation. Very complex aroma of sour apples, citrus and some light sweet hints. Very good for the age.