Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011
In short: A wonderful fruity complex gueuze. One of the best of the best
How: Bottle 750ml at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst. 1984 vintage (26 years old!!!)
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a long lasting off-white head
In long: Nose is intensely barnyard and countryside but not quite as sharp as most good gueuzes. Not a problem with me. I could smell that barnyard, horse saddle and wet country field for hours. Taste brings together the best of what a gueuze can offer. First, the beer beer feels very fruity with strong notes of citrus fruits and various other tropical fruits. Refreshing and fruity like a fruit lambic (tropical fruits lambic, if such a thing existed). Notes of sawdust, lemon, dried fruits, wet wood. Let’s not forget the expected dry acidity you expect from a gueuze. Full body, lively carbonation. Overall the strong fruity character makes the beer feel less sharp and aggressive than most gueuzes. What a surprise this bottle was. During my second trip to Belgium I hunted more special lambics. Some were mild disappointments, some lived up to the hype. But this bottle of Eylenbosch Gueuze was without a doubt the surprise of my trip. Of course with a 26 years old vintage there’s nothing to say that another bottle might be as enjoyable, or even enjoyable at all. But if there is a place where I would try another one it is at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst where I drank mine. It is pretty much an accepted fact that they have the best lambic cellar in Belgium. A mysterious wet cold underground cellar. Your bottles come all dirty with the labels eaten my the mold. Nice. So if you find yourself in that pub I highly recommend that you take a chance on this 1984 vintage. I can’t believe one of my favorite bottle ever is from 1984. Crap, that’s old. That’s the year Apple released the firs Apple Macintosh launching the era of personal computers, revolutionising the way we communicate and watch porn.
daknole (8856) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Ryan Blanski for this one. Cloudy orange pour. Small, wispy head. Aroma is yeasty, cheesy, funky, leather, barnyard. Damn. Funky and vinegar flavor. Cheesy. Delicious. Mouth watering.
rodenbach99 (3063) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille, dans un petit resto de Bruxelles avec un steak à la sauce béarnaise. La bouteille était sale, elle empestait, mais le nectar était succulent. l’équilibre parfait. aigre, trouble. longueur en bouche exceptionnel. Malheureusement se produit n’est plus brassé.
Slatetank (17) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, Thanks to FooFaa for acquiring this bottle for us to share!
Poured implementing the traditional lambic method into wine glasses
A - A mellow golden clouded appearance w/ modest quick it’s there, now it’s gone carbonation that makes a ring of pin sized bubbles the
color strikes me as a caramel sunset
S - A smell that is so complex it is hard to put into words! a blend of sweet and sour grape aromas, oak and floral elements w/ mild funky accents not really off putting at all but contribute highly to the nose w/ a hint white pepper and mild orange rind. There is light herbal hints but the nose also has a gentle aroma of persimmons under the citric aromas
M - The right mix of lemony tartness and sweet pineapple like acidity whcih has balance that outweighs its acid and tannic qualities. The lambic is both light on the tongue and wild w/ fruit notes and light toasted oak texture - the feel is good but leads you right to the taste...
T - Holy Hyena Harpsichord - the Best flavor I could not even imagine a taste this sublime - I did not want it to end with one glass or two or...
A light grape and passionfruit blends with sweet pear and mellow grapeskin flavors, but the acidity in taste is pleasant and layered w/ mild lemon rind and hints of vanilla. The intensity is great but not to the extreme of grapefruits, just delicous citrus delivering both the sweet and sour in one forceful action, the flavor lasts on the palate long after the liquid is swallowed like ripples of pleasant flavor echoing in the taste buds
D - I wish I could say I was exaggerating, but this is hands down the best gueuze experience I could imagine let alone actual have - The layers of taste peel back and beckon for each additional sip the aging has contributed wondrously to the mellowness and complexity yet still retaining the sweet sourness every gueuze fan longs for
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’82 bottle at Ebenezer’s. Poured a murky dark yellow/orange, the head faded pretty fast. Carbonation was surprisingly lively though. Aroma was massively earthy. Cheese, dust, wood, wet forest, hay, with some vinegar and lemony citric notes. Very dry finish. Very cool to have tried a beer older than myself, and a good one at that!
craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty cool this came out to be my 600th. Big thanks to Chris at Ebenezer’s for this bottle. 1984 vintage. Pours a cloudy dark apricot color with an impressive bubbly head given the 25 years of aging. Aroma is total funk, but mellow and controlled, with lemon, hay, and heavy earthy tones. Flavor is similarly impressive; just an amazing example of a gueuze. Beautifully dry mouthfeel. Awesome stuff.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1984 vintage- thanks Chris. Hazy orange amber with a lively white head. Lots of fine bubbled effervescence in the body. The aroma is hugely funky but oh so mellow. Acidic lemon, leather, hay, and farm abound. The flavor is simply majestic. Massive tart funk, cider, farm, and puckering sourness. The palate is bone dry and smacking. Simply incredible.
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
‘84 -750ml bottle @Pauls Gathering courtesy puzzl, thanks Andy-pours no head and hazy orange/brown color. Aroma is earthy/leather, toffee-light malt, some sour. Taste is sour-light/medium fruit, earthy/leather, toffee-light malt.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 1984 vintage shared by Andy, wow this was something else. Pours a light murky and lime tinged nectar with a copper tone undermining the lime. Pungent cheese and basement musk aroma. Funky cheese a subtle acidic vinegar tone, some funky mildew and a lemony sourness. Very happy to have had the opportunity to try this.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of the 84 at Paul’s place for Kan’s visit courtesy of Andy. Pours a milky light brown with no head. Sweet, tons of honey and caramel. Cloying aromas. Light carbonation, subtle. Sourness hits quickly, long lingering acid and vinegar. Acid and a little bit of toast on the finish. Interesting.