tom10101 (4098) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (375 ml) @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst. Vintage 1988. Dark amber with a medium off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is very sweet with caramel, cheesy notes, light funk and cardboard. Taste is sweet for a gueuze with oxidation notes, caramel, light funk and cardboard. Medium/heavy body. Moderate carbonation. The bottle has held up very well, but it probably wasn’t that good from the start. Too sweet. We had it side bu side with the Eylenbosch Faro from the same year and it’s sweeter than the Faro. It was nice to try it though.
JulienHuxley (4445) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml bottle from Grote Dorst, 1988 vintage. Clear copper pour with white head, looks good for its age. Aroma is really sweet, intense caramel, cheesy funk, light cardboard, sherry. Taste is very sweet, sweeter still than the 88 faro actually, light carboard oxidization notes. Palate is also sweet, nice carbonation. I believe this bottle was in excellent condition, it just wasn’t very good.
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 1988 (!) shared by Kirk at the Grote Dorst, thanks! Pours a yellowy amber with almost no head. Aroma is deep caramel, bourbon, prunes, sherry, Sauternes, dark honey. Taste is syrupy Sauternes and orange marmalade, apricot jam, liqueur-like. Best before January 1991. Tasty, even if old and not at all sour.
jtclockwork (11248) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. 1981 vintage. Pours dirty brown with no head. Nose and taste of dirty earth, caramel, pond water, dirt and more dirt with some old farmhouse sludge. Lots of sediment. Well past its prime. Medium body.
JefVerstraete (2224) - Ghent, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 25 cl.. Gueuze Eylenbosch cuvée spéciale, exp. date 1991. Nice amber colour, still a bit foam. Medium carbonation. This old beer has some oxidation. Sweet/sour taste with notes of caramel, citrus and candy sugar. I tought this was a traditional geuze without sugar or sweeteners, but it wasn’t.
gEUS (1541) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
had vintage bottles on several occasions. Vintage mid 80s. Pours yellow to gold with still a slight creamy head. Aroma is obviously that of an aged beer/geuze; dusty but still quite some citrus. Thin body, with carbonation. Taste of sherry, some lemon tartness and cardboard hint. Quite OK for its age but not my type of vintage geuze.
mcberko (10071) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1990 Vintage. 375mL bottle at Grote Dorst, pours a fairly clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is full of dry cardboard, wood, and old dry leather. Flavour tastes very old, with notes of dry cardboard, wood, and leather. Tastes very old with no sign of any "off" notes despite this being 23 years old. I would love to have tried this new side-by-side with an old one, but this tastes fantastic. What a wonderful experience to try such an old beer.
77ships (5900) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesey of and thx! to ClubGonzo (Stian).#50 Geuze rating. 1990 Vintage. 375 ml. Bottle sampled @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst during the Tour De Geuze. Darker amber orange appearance, head is slightly denser white bubbles around the edges of the glass only. Smell is musty, dusty cellar, old candy, clear oxidation notes – this has been pasturized & filter if I am not mistaken, some vintage notes or regular beers gone past their peak but light hear, cobwebs, cottage & strong oxidized & filtered etc. beer. Taste is musty, dust, cobwebs, herbal, light bitterness and candy in tack, lemon, clear signs of oxidation etc. mainly because this was tempered with, mellow candy sweetness, cardboard,… Flat and much better than the Framboos (s*cked) or Kriek and way better than it has any right to be.
ClubGonzo (4817) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2013 1990 bottle @ In de Verzekering Tegen de Grote Dorst, Belgium. Pours a slightly hazy deep orange body with a small white head. Nose is sawdust, cellar mold, light malts, hints of caramel-like port wine tones. Elegant oxidization. Taste is wet cardboard and sherry/caramel notes with cellar must, lemon, wet leaves, earth, hints of grains and light malts. Mild carbonation and light mouthfeel. Multilayered and complex, with both acidity and mouthfeel intact. Very interesting to try a geuze this old.
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Huhzubendah (3084) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by BucketBoy. Thanks so much Joe!
The beer is golden to apricot in color with a small, fleeting head. The aroma brings well water, mineral scents. Notable signs of age in both the aroma and flavor. A touch of cider. Nice pucker and tartness in the finish. Citrus flavors have faded for the most part. Earthy and mineral notes. What a cool experience.