KyotoLefty (7876) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the late ’70s or early ’80s, shared by the manager of Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Dry, dusty, citric, oxidized aroma with barrel notes. Lovely orange-amber color with some bubbles. Funky as hell; aged big time. Hugely fruity and citric flavor, funky, with some yogurt, leather. Soft, oily mouth feel. Very interesting, and in great condition. Lovely; very impressive.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2010
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
375ml bottle, I think from 1988 or something. Lost my notes, but didn’t really need them with this. Long story short, a complete buttery mess. Just nasty butterscotch, something has gone wrong here. I would have liked to have tried one of the "epic" bottles of this, but diacetyl just took over this poor bottle.
CanIHave4Beers (3584) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1984 bottle courtesy of Puzzl with all highest recommendations from Davinci. Pours almost flat and remarkably hazy, almost a grayish yellow. The aroma is odd butterscotch and salty notes with a deep funkiness that really doesn’t dominate the aroma like the salt water does. The flavor is all sorts of lemon sourness with some apply fruitiness and a deep intense earthiness. There is some leathery and salty briny notes in there as well, this beer is all sorts of weird and lovely. Thanks Andy
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG Tasting. Officially the oldest beer I’ve had. 1984. Crazy shit. Really effing crazy. Aroma is corky and old. Seriously weird as shit, cigar ash sour-I love it though. Cheese that fills the sinuses.
rlgk (14381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
37,5 cl bottle from 1988. At Akkurat, Stockholm. Golden color, white head. Aroma from raisins, rubber, sweetish notes, earthy, sourish and with some yrup. Vinous, sour flavor, sweet fruits, rubber. Very balanced and smooth. Amazing sweetness after 22 years.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG 2010. Pours murky brown, low carbonation, no head/lacing. Nose is mushroom, leather, funk, tobacco, vinous notes, acid. Palate is very tart, mildly oxidized in the mouth. Leather, horseblanket, butter cookies, baked goods finish. Insane that I even got to try this...
gnoff (8795) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
37.5 cl bottle at Akkurat, Stockholm. BB was August something, but the year ws torn from the label. 1988 vintage.
On August 6, 2010
Clear copper color, white head. Acidic, milky, red wine, some dirtcellar, dates, raissin, sweet scent. Swet, sugary, lactic, metalic, acidic taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Dates and raissin aftertaste.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of the ’84, graciously opened by the guys at Hopcat, 90 feet underground in an old gypsum mine cum cold storage facility. One of the two bottles opened gave a pop and hiss upon pulling the cork. Poured with a beautiful effervescence. A bottle nearly as old as me... Pours a crude oxidized brown/bronze that is actually quite beautiful, particularly compared to its belabored brother. The nose is funky, acid and sweet at the same time, horseblanket, old grass clippings, fresh rain and yoghurt all comingle. On taste, there is plenty of carbonation to remind you that this is a gueuze. Lemon tart, a bracing bitterness that is surprising. I think the main reason this has done so well is the level of bitterness present. Nice old oak notes as well. I can’t give it a 5, but this is a very refined and magnificent beer.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(note: this is a rating for an indeterminate Eylenbosch bottle that may or may not be the Gueuze. The gueuze rating itself is to come)
Swing-top bottle, green and white label simply says "lambic." Frank Boon things it is the faro, and I am inclined to agree. Muggy, very oxidized aroma, herbal, some dry lemon. The flavor hits with a distinct white sugar/faro note up front, but has a strong, pure underlying acidity, more acetic acid than lactic acid, which makes me think it may be unintentional. Very fruity, fairly uncomplex I feel, some oak notes remain. Sweetness is a bit too much, but this is a very well aged beer for 28 years old.
brokensail (13668) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I figured this beer would be worthy of review #1000. A huge thanks to Dstructo for not only bringing this to, but sharing it at, Stone Sour Fest 2010!
Bottle from 1982 (gotta love drinking a beer that’s older than I am).
A: The pour is a muddled brown/copper/dark amber color with no head and some minimal carbonation bubbles.
S: The tartness is immediately noticeable, but surprisingly still not in a terribly degraded sense. The nose is quite lactic and pugent, but only a hint of vinegar (impressive for a 28 year old beer). A moderate funkiness that is quite earthy and somewhat barnyard like (hay, wet wood).
T: The funk is surprisingly not as pronounced in the flavor. A bit of musty wet oak, some hay, and a bit of earthiness, but not a huge brett flavor. Good tartness all around, in fact, this is one of the more sour beers I’ve had. The vinegar/acetic quality is minimal, and the tartness is very lactic and lemony.
M: The body is quite light and the carbonation is there, but not overdone, either. Fairly minimal carbonation for what you might expect for a gueuze, to be honest.
D: This is one beer that I’ve really wanted to try very badly and I was so pleased to have the opportunity. And even better, it was actually a very nice beer.