Minderbinder (2015) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 750ml. [1999 vintage]
Pours clear blond/golden with low to no white head. Aroma is of apricots, vegetables, apples, menthol, cardboard. Taste is of menthol, some citrus, cardboard. Palate: Very low carbonation. Light body. Overall: Over the hill, by alot it would appear. Feels old. Not gross considering the age.
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle shared mathieuc, many thanks bro! pours hazy very pale golden with a small white cap, shy retention and lacing. some bugs, cardboard, granny smiths, floury apples, citric-forward, soem floral notes. light carboantion - could be brighter but eh, light body, dry citric and grassy finish. past its prime and/or maybe it has never been good. blah.
JulienHuxley (3480) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 1999 vintage shared at a tasting. Hazy flat gold pour. Very dusty aroma, minty, cardboard-like oxidization notes. Taste is oxidized, old grain, dusty, light acidity, not very pronounced at all. Barely drinkable.
mathieuc (1513) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bottle from ’99 courtesy of Martinus, thanks! Pours a clear golden with no head and no lacing. Nose is of green apples and fresh minty notes. Taste is highly acidic and dry. Flavors are of green apples again, light tea and some unfortunate cardboard. This bottle is pretty tired it seems... Body was medium, carbonation low to medium. Overall this wasn’t quite the experience I was wishing for but still interesting to try.
tom10101 (3102) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (750 ml). Vintage 1999. Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Clear golden with a small ring of white foam and little lacing. Aroma is of cardboard and oxidation, but there’s also a lovely minty touch, some fruitiness, acidic presence and an unfortunate vegetables touch. Taste is also oxidized and dominated by cardboard but again there’s that very nice minty touch that is often found in old gueuzes along some fruitiness and a medium acidic presence. Medium body, but watery. Very soft carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Puckering finish. It’s sad that the beer really want to be good, but doesn’t achieve that goal at all. The minty notes are interested, but the beer is too oxidized. It was probably not a masterpiece right out of the gate either though.
Alengrin (2463) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The fully traditional geuze De Troch in 75 cl, only occasionally produced and different from the lightly sweetened Chapeau Cuvée - this is the unsweetened version. Citric acid and lactic acid relatively well-balanced, complex as can be expected from the style, though not the best old geuze I had so far.
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - under the Cuvée Chapeu label, this is the Oude Gueuze of De Torch (Lambic Oude Gueuze). Pours light hazy golden yellow with a tiny fizzy head. Nice and fine bubbles - quite amazing. Sharp sour nose, lots of oak wood, tanninscitrus and green apple. Light body, immediate sourness, mellowing as from the middle with a last sour and dry kick. This gueuze is less on the funkiness, then well on the citrussy and woody notes. Comes close to Hanssens. My recommendation to De Troch (of which I redeem the old lambic very highly): stop the commercial sweet s*** and go for these kind of cuvées all the way. They have a long way to go vs. others but it’s cool that they make these ones as well.
Trappist1 (575) - Diest, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber, small white head. Aroma of lemon, carbon, minerals, apples, smells also bit dusty. Taste is light sweet and light to medium sour with lots of apples, again carbon (paper) present. Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Bit sweet, but nice Lambic
berntholer (1052) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2013
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
small white head disappears quickly. copper colour. aroma of grape, dishwasher detergent, anti-freeze (yeah, the one you pour into your car). taste is citric acid, wry short finish. medium body, lot of carbonation. appalling really.
ThirstyBird (1706) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1999 bottle @ RBBSGII, Thanks to 77ships! Pours a brilliant yellow with only a small ring of off-white head. The smell is Bright sourness, lemon, funk. The taste is Funky, dank basement, lemon zest ending dry with notes of must. Light in body with mild carbonation. A very special treat!