Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle from De Heeren during our last day in Belgium. Ordered from the cellar list. They didn’t know the exact year, but the guess was one of the bottles from the late 80’s, so I’m guessing probably the 1988 vintage given the prevalence of that one. Reviewed from notes.
Served from a lambic basket into a HORAL mini gueuze tumbler.
Pour was the color of a dark apple cider with no head or lacing. Probably to be expected from a 20+ year old beer.
The nose was quite nice with light apple cider character and quite a bit of funk plus some mild acidity. There was a lice earthiness throughout. The flavor was a bit more acidic with a bit more cider and less funk. Body was super smooth. Light to medium body with light funk through the finish and a bit of acidity. Very clean and a pleasure to try.
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of a generous trader, vintage 1984, 26 years old
Corked bottle; under the plastic film, the ugly mold has worn some millimeters of the cork, that is printed and guarantees the name of the brewery, from Schepdaal.
Beautiful golden-copper color, bright (at least, the first glass; the second one is cloudy orange); limited carbonation, mostly without head, with little perlage.
Mild aroma, sour components, wood, light plastic, a bit corky. Not exciting, though it improves after a few minutes.
Light bodied, but with the age it probably acquired a smoother mouthfeel; the flavor is sour, very lemony; the final is dry, acidic, a bit astringent but also rather short.
I am missing some more funky elements, lacking in complexity.
It will go well with my smoked mackerel, today.
Koelschtrinker (13105) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Säuerlicher aber relativ begrenzt intensiver Antrunk, harmonisch. Überaschenderweise schmeckt man nicht, dass das Bier bereits 20 Jahre auf dem Buckel hat. Im Mittelteil etwas süß, ausbalanciert, einfach nett - aber ohne Komplexität.
Test vom 13.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: -,11,12,12,-,12 - 11,82
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
17th May 2009
Copenhagen Beer Festival. Huge thanks to Jacob (Hildigoltur) for pulling this from his cellar and sharing. Sourish woody nose. Easy going sour beer. A little acidic but nicely rounded off with a soft dry palate.
cortomaltese (13) - , ITALY - JUN 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted in Belgium at Emelgem.Bottle from 1979!!Even though 32 years old the aroma and the taste was amazing.Mostly cloudy.
HonusWagner (1743) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1982 Bottle thanks to Dstructo at Stone Sour Fest. Thought I’d put in my rating but couldn’t find it.
Extremely muddy brown color, but that’s to be expected. Taste was heavy on lactic tartness, very funky and resembling an extremely moldy cheese. Pretty drinkable, although a touch of vinegar has no doubt poked through from age. Good beer, one that has held up amazingly well.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden orange pour with a thin white head. The aroma is very earthy and corky. Softly tart with a ton of cheesy/funky aroma. Soft tartness with a lot of soft texture. A bit of light earthiness. A bit of soft vanilla character along with a touch of tartness. Surprisingly very tasty. Showing it’s age, but it’s still drinking quite nicely..
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. 1984. Pours a hazed murky peachskin orange- mostly flat. Aroma is sweet and sour sauce, soy, oxidation,, some musty water, dank mildew, horsey brett funk and light fruity esters. Flavor is dusty old cobwebs, dusty malts, cracker, toast, slight old stale sweetness over a lactic sourness, oxidation has set in a lot, gets very earthy and leafy with leather, luckily aceto hasn’t overwhelmed and there is a flat acidity in the end which is a bit lackluster. I think this may have been my 2nd or 3rd 1984, and all have been slightly disappointing so far or poorly handled or stored over the years.
gyllenbock (5913) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Akkurat, vintage 1984.
Hazy golden with a small white head. Very impressive funky aroma with citrus, apples, earth, hay. Very tart taste, incredibly fresh given the age. A magnificent beer! 375 SEK for a 75 cl bottle, ridiculously cheap considering what you get in the glass. I must drink this one again.
Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle, 1984, at Grote Dorst, shared with BigMomma. Straightforward sour with the expected funk. Still had a lively head after all these years. Well-kept and expertly served.