LilBeerDoctor (3633) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1988 vintage shared by beastiefan2k. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of funk, cheese, horseblanket, oak. Flavor is puckering sourness, light fruits (apricot), sour rind, acidic. I found the palate watery. I think this beer has passed its peak.
fonefan (42424) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75cl @ 17th Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2008.
[Vintage 1988 - from the old Eylenbosch factory] . Unclear hazy orange grey color with a virtually none appearance, virtually none lancing head. Aroma is green apple, sour - tart, oak, citrus. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, and a dry dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (240508)
beastiefan2k (3204) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2010 This bottle has a soaked cork and has a good pop from the carbonation. Color is clear amber with visible carbonation and a small head. Aroma is mainly muddy leaves and wet wood (a lot of barrel I guess). Past that is a light, mild lambic, which is slightly lemon citric and sour. It is light malt-vinegar and mainly oak. Taste is a bit more lambic and less oak with a nice dryness at the end. Much more lively in the taste, where as it was much older on the nose. Not much acidity or anything else. Seems filtered and/or pasteurized since there is no heavy leftover sediment. Its easy drinking and light. A bit more funk and lemon citrus with the end of the bottle. Clouds up with light acidity as well, much better this way, but again still wasn’t thick enough to be sediment of a 24 year old bottle conditioned bottle. I liked it but it definitely was not spectacular or anything.7/3/7/3/15
750mL, 1984 vintage, heavier glass with a different gold foil than the one shown in the picture, from Grote, split 3 ways.
1988 vintage bottle from Grote, and this is one is more in line with the other ratings. Pours with a hazy orange body. Aroma is old barnyard, definitely affected by age and then bretty cobwebs. Some grainy malt and light vinegar as well. Taste is medium sour with aged acidity (sounds weird but thats exactly what it felt like). Finish is aged sourness, which is overridden by a surprising fruit vinegar. Light acidity and lots of lemon in the aftertaste. A much better aged version of this beer. To be accurate, i actually think the 84 was a slightly different lambic then the 88 version. 8/3/8/3/16.
Swing-top bottle, green and white label simply says "lambic." Frank Boon thinks it is the faro, and I am NOT inclined to agree. Slight pop from the swingtop. Aroma is oxidized but cheap lambic and faintly sour. Flavor is much more tart, some sourness, very little oxidization, and the tartness sits at the bottom of my throat for a while. Its way to tart and sour to be such an old Faro, supposedly 1982, so as old as I am, unless it got infected before bottling. Still has some life on it. 6/3/8/3/15
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 1988:
Aroma: minerals, mustiness, some fruitiness--like peaches and apricots, watermelons, some "greeness" like stems or leaves, hisbiscus flowers
Appearance: murky, dirty yellow, lots of yeast
Flavor: watermelon, jerky, slight smoked meat flavors, some mustiness and minerals
Palate: smooth still quite tart, some aged flavors but not overwhelming
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2008. 1988 vintage: Cloudy amber with a thin film of bubbles that run to the sides of the glass. Aromas seem a bit subdued but very nice. Normal barnyardy funk with lactic acid, tart fruits, some white wine vinegar. Good musty earthiness and a touch of cork. Slightly grassy, or hay. Possibly a touch of malt in the back? Smooth is definitely the word! Once tasted you see how well this beer has aged. No negative effects from oxidation. Good tight sourness that is well blended into all the complex flavors. Fruity tartness. Apples. Mouth watering. Earthy. Finishes with a long dry acetic nature. Light sherry build-up towards end. Fantastic!
Jerre (3032) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl. Taste this 1988 vintage - old Eylenbosch factory- with Marc and Steven the day before Vilvordia ’08)
Hazy almost amber color, no head. Aroma very woordy, sourness and complex. Medium body.
Taste you don’t have the idae this beer is 20 years old: sour, malts, fruits, complex.
diabel (1674) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (1988 vintage - still from the old Eylenbosch factory)
Hazy amber to copper body. Nicely coloured. Sour aroma of wood and barnyard: very complex and no hints whatsoever of age. Harshly sour flavour of fruit (apple, pear, ...): quite complex and very well balanced. Surpringly it has a lot of carbonation for its age. This is a sublime beer!!
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 1988 750ml had at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation, May 2008 (20 years cellared)
Pours from the bottle with bits of cork (it was stuck) a muddy dark orange/brown color. Heavily acidic and old (musty) metal and semi-oxidized bready malts in the nose. Sourness still holding up well, but there is some bit of wet cardboard oxidation in there. Damp crackers and bread and burnt peanuts at times (even some old meat and melon flavors), heavily acidic and tart, but overall very muddled. Really good, but somewhat faded.
7/3/7/4/15 = 3.6
1984 750ml consumed May 2009 (25 years cellared)
Golden color, light haze. Still somewhat fresh/zesty/active in the nose. Mellow acidity, some honey sweetness and some bubbly champagne-like carbonation. Slightly fatty/goaty, some faded white wine notes. Quite good. Better than the 1988 bottle I had a year before.
8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9
thebeertourist (5168) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1988 vintage bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. Pours hazy amber with an impressive little head considering its age. Highly complex aroma of fruit and cheese- still with sharp edges. The flavours are sharply acidic and fruity with yoghurt and a hint of cheese. Tastes actually more like a sharp vlaams rood than a geuze. Body is still decent. Impressive; quality passes the test of time.
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Re-rate 12/29/11: Bottle shared at a tasting at my place. Bought the bottle at In de Verzekering tgen de Grote Dorst in 2008. I think the bottle had leaked a bit over the years. Also, the cork and the glass around it seemed in a really bad, rotten shape. 1984 vintage. Cloudy orange. Aroma of brett, some oxidation, light honey-ish hints and a bit of fruitiness. Sour barnyard flavor with some fruitiness, leathery hints and oak. Slick mouthfeel. A bit puckering. Still a very nice Gueuze (despite the cork problems), but it used to be better. 7/3/8/4/16=3.8
(2/29/08) A bottle shared by an Italian guy called Alex (thanks Alex!) at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst during De Nacht van de Grote Dorst in Eizeringen. 1984 vintage. Hazy golden with a white head. Complex woody and citric aroma with some barnayard. An amazing dry sour, fruity, citrusy flavor. Exactly the right mouthfeel. An outstanding Gueuze. 8/4/9/5/18=4.4
Rating for the unrateable Eylenbosch Faro Extra:
(2/29/08) A bottle shared by an Italian guy called Alex (thanks Alex!) at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst during De Nacht van de Grote Dorst in Eizeringen. 1988 vintage. Amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of wood, fruits and sugar. Flavor is sourish with some sugar sweetness and some wood. Medium-bodied. Enjoyable but still somehow too sweet after all these years and something is a bit off-putting in the aroma. 6/3/7/3/13=3.2