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 itís there, now itís 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) - Ňrnes, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
í82 bottle at Ebenezerís. 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 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, 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 Ebenezerís 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 (2139) - 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 (11752) - 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
Ď84 -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 (8700) - 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 Paulís place for Kanís 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.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, 1988 vintage) Pours a cloudy golden yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of green apple, earthiness, horseblanket, white grapes, and oak. Flavor of acidic lemon, grapefruit, some vinegar, and light wood.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at WSF. 1988 vintage. Pours hazy golden coloured with a thin white head. Oxidized aroma with notes of marzipan, rotten wood, berries, earth, forest floor and some spices that tickles the nose. Dry and tart flavour with mouldy notes of mature beer, tannins, balsamic vinegar and spice - almost hot.. Amazing brew, even after 21 years in a cellar.
Oakes (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1988 bottle made by Eylenbosch, not de Keersmaeker. Murky. Head fizzed up but promptly disappeared. Light tannic, leathery character with a hint of tartness. Some peach notes, plus pear. Tannic, but quite rounded and refined at this point. Fresh acidity and a long finish with a hint of sweetness. Light nutty character with lots of lemon at the end. Crazy - what a blast to drink this 21-year-old original.
Eylenbosch Faro, 1988 bottle. Hazy light amber. The aroma is sugary with some caramelly notes. Maybe a bit smoked - these phenols are coming from yeast degradation though. A hint of tartness late, and some apple skins, but this is clearly too old. 4-2-5-2-10.