MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2008 A Mes rate: 1989 37.5cl bottle from DHVL.
After dragging ourselves out of bed after the 5am mission in Buggenhout the night before and following a very shaky breakfast this little beauty was my ’hair of the dog’. Very slight oxidisation in the nose but it is still bloody gorgeous. Woody and brim full of all types of berries. Superb dark red brown colour that still has a ring of foam despite it being in the bottle almost 20 years. Flavour, in similar fashion to the aroma, is oaky and overflowing with fruity complexity. Brown sugar and vanilla pod notes add sweetness to the underlying sour lambic character. The finish is superb. There is a polite smack in the mouth as an intense yet understated wave of tart blendage washes across the palate and to be totally honest I was rather upset when the last drops were drained (every last drop) from the glass. However rough I was feeling from the night before was completely forgotten. Hats must go off to Joost for looking after this so well.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1989 bottle, Akkurat Well I hear that most bottles have really not kept so well as the keg. My other Eylenbosch experiences have been most disappointing, so this one felt pretty good when compared to those, but it still was not completely the mind-blowing, freshest lambic ever that some reviews, from the draught version, point at. That being said, the body is cloudy, almost murky, darkis brown with red reflects. A fair bit of head quickly disappears, but there is obviously remaining carbonation. And it smells quite great in a concentrated raspberry juice fashion, quite musty and hinting at further berries, namely cherries, the whole fruit: pit and flesh. In mouth, I assume the body has certainly lost some tightness, the apparent freshness comes from the fruit concentration which is still obvious, but oxidation has certainly started to eat out some of its brightness as brown sugar madeirization leaves an impression on the gums that is not exclusively related to the remainings acidity - that one being more of a fruit and almost citric tartness rather than a lactic sourness. So a very aromatic one that I assume impresses mostly because of its age status, otherwise, I think I like as much a Liefmans frambozen that plays the concentration game just as well, but may not be in this shape at this age for it lacks the woodiness.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 (Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm 27 April) – Vintage 89 - Huge creamy head lasting trough, leaving very beautiful laces on an unclear brown body; Incredible nose with loads of everything, fresh from sweet overripe raspberry together with oak, vanilla, brown sugar. This is simply amazing!; Very nice body, it could be more powerful, but has a superb balance and loads of complexity, it has a quite soft texture, could be a little more sour; The sourness explodes in the finish (not in the Cantillon way, but again in a very balanced way), which is super long with loads of aroma. THIS BEER IS SIMPLY FANTASTIC and I will never get enough of it.
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught@Akkurat, 1989 vintage) Hazy ruby red color with a very small, lacy head. Very fresh and delicious, slightly sweet raspberry aroma. Very balanced flavor with sweetness and mild tartness, and very fresh raspberries. The raspberry flavor is so clean it feels a bit artificial. Very refreshing, low-carbonated, medium-bodied, slightly sticky palate. An easy, pleasant and refreshing brew.
Svesse (5862) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Colour is mainly brown, with a disappearing head. Nose is rather sweet, with brown sugar bursting into dark aromas of raspberries and blackberries. Taste is sweet/sour with stifled raspberry notes, a bit of cellar, and a huge sweet/sour/raspberry finish. A bit on the sweet side, but very nice for a 17 year old.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Plan B, RBESG pub crawl, August 2005. I had this noted as 1989 but, what the heck, its old. And, although it might be old, its certainly still pretty sprightly. Really fresh fruity raspberry aroma. Nice balance of sweet fruit and acidity on the palate, although, understandably, the vibrancy has faded just a touch. But, all in all, the age hasn’t diminished this beer to any significant extent. Crisp, clean and fresh as a daisy. Remarkable.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
17 years old: At least, I remember someone saying it was 17 years old, but I see others having listed the beer we had as vintage 1986 or 1989. In any case, this one had been waiting quite a while to meet us and it was well worth the wait... Strong, thick cherry aroma is surprisingly fresh and vibrant with a fairly tart character. Opaque deep red body with low, dense, pink-white head that recedes very slowly to a ring that never fades. Biscuity, clean, raspberry flavour with subtle farmhouse phenolics and restrained acidity in the finish. Medium-light body with lively carbonation and soft texture. Still in marvelous shape despite it’s age. Sampled on draft at Plan B in Copenhagen.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught, 86 at Plan B: Red/orange with a beige lasting head. Ripe berries in the nose. Sour yet still so juicy and fresh. Amazing how a beer can be this old yet still taste so incredibly fresh. Long berry fruits. Very juicy and tart. Great stuff.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at plan b, vintage -86, RBESG pub crawl.
Red-ish colour with a tint of brown. Sweetish nose, with a light tone of canned raspberry. Lively mouthfeel and very very dry. Berry-ish candy. Very nice.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(RBESG05, draft at Plan B, Vintage 1986) Cloudy red body topped by an off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, raspberry, some syrup, bubblegum -- truly fantastic, I could stick my nose in this all day. Taste is medium sweet, raspberry, tart, light lemon. Light body, light acidity, remarkably fresh.