ClarkVV (5798) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle shared by Vtafro on 8/13/16, unsure of exact date, but is said to be from the ’80’s. Wine cork full insertion, with no cage. Fill is good; mid-neck.
Deep copper-orange, good clarity, with a small film of white bubbles that show low retention.
Very earthy, somewhat funky (horseblanket, sweat, cellar, must) nose is fairly well integrated between various acids and does show a touch of brett even. Seems fairly lactic, with a hard, yogurt/cheese rind-like character that is somewhat softened by a honey-caramel sweetness itself being a bit stale/oxidized.
In the mouth, it’s sweet again, with a strong honey-like backbone, with notes of oxidized caramel and bits of simple sugar. Quite fruity and oaky, with strawberry, apple and lemon notes leading to a bit of sour acetic character and ending moderately lactic, acidburn lingering. Fairly well-balanced, quite easygoing, but with enough acidity to signify a lambic. Carbonation is light, but still apparent, giving a frizzante-like character. No alcohol noted. Interesting, and in strong condition for its age, but nothing terribly compelling here and a bit sweet/saccharine-like at points.
jtclockwork (14940) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2016 Bottle - 1980s - Generation Lambic Share - pours orange gold white head - nose and taste of lemon, horsey funk, basement must, lactic acid and woody funk / medium body
vtafro (6675) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 1980 vintage? Sediment in an orange pour. Actually some carbonation. Light fruit, tart, wild aromas. Flavors are funky, wild tart and oak tones.
krumbum (964) - truckee, California, USA - MAY 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big tart slight rubber slight stone fruit. Hazy copper with soft white head. First sip a bit cold cut clean sour like a white grape smooth dry finish.
PotjeBier (2718) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small sample from bottle in the Beer Geeks bus from Vleteren, apparently 28 years old? Yallow color, hazy. Aroma’s: sour, wood, tannines. Flavor is sour, woody. Light bodied, enough carbonation. Just a good gueuze, hard to believe this was that old.
Minderbinder (3276) - 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 (7723) - 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 (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - 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 (3328) - 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 (5272) - 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.