Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1988 Vintage 37,5 bottle @ Akkurat. Deep golden with a lasting creamy white head I’ve never expected to see in a beer like this. The aroma is sweet, a little oxidized and quite corky, but funky and lively nevertheless. A strange mix of sweetness and sourness. The flavour is sweet with just a little lemony tartness.
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1988 Bottle, thanks for sharing this rarity, ygtbsm94!] Pours dark golden with a small white head. Funkiness in the aroma is pretty subdued, with a decent amount of sourness that turns semi-sweet at times. Pretty nice. The taste starts a little sweet as well, then turns funky, especially in the finish, that is dry. Smooth with pretty good mouthfeel. A very well-rounded gueuze, and an awesome experience to get to try something this old.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 1988 vintage thanks to Beastiefan2k. Moldy cork. Poured a hazy gold color. the aroma was very nicely tart with just a hint of funk. Tart flavor with a mild acidic burn. Woody and lemony. Light bodied.
1984 vintage. Poured a hazy still brown. Mildly sweet old malt aroma with a fairly tart flavor. Puckering produced.
nuplastikk (4852) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked bottle, 1988 vintage, broken out graciously shared by ygtbsm94 in January of 2009. Sweet mellow aroma, shows little of it’s age, but still holds up quite well. Still has some carbonation. There are some light sour tastes, but they have mellowed as well. Very pleasant lemon lime wheaty aftertaste. Extra points for aging gracefully. An awesome treat.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle, 1988 vintage, courtesy of ygtbsm94. Orange-amber color that has some head despite the age. Mellow and smooth aroma, though still quite tart and citric. Smooth, sour and woody flavor. Low on the carbonation, but that was expected. Really cool to sample a gueuze with this much age on it.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of YGTBSM94. 1988 bottle consumed 1/10/09. Clear pale amber body with a tiny white head. The nose is cheese and light citrus with just a touch of cork. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly sour with lemon, hay, cobweb, light cheese and pineapple. Medium body is very soft with very light carbonation.
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(75cl bottle, 1988 Vintage, thanks ygtbsm94) Small white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, tart/sour, some horseblanket, light fruitiness. Taste is mildly sweet, sour, some lemon tartness, light orange. Light-medium body, low carbonation, some acidity. This has held up very well.
Martinus (3344) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2013 Rating 24 March 2013:
Golden colour, firm white head. Aroma of citrus, funk, lemon peel, light butter and earth. Funky flavour, lemon, citric acid, yoghurt and fruits. Sour finish, yoghurt and funk.
Very fruity for it’s age.
(from 37.5cL bottle @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst, Eizeringen)
Rating 20 Dec 2008:
We had vintage 1984, a 75cL bottle at the Verzekering tegen grote dorst, in Eizingen. Beautiful beer, seems to have even improved in it’s age.
Slightly orangy yellow. Head disappears instantly, but logically it is not poored in such a way that it can develop a good one either. Lemony citrus aroma, bread and some apples. Very dry finish. Great way to start a day!
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ WSF - Vintage 1998. Hazy orange with no head. Sour aroma with barnyard, wood, lemon, leather and horseblanket. Sour flavour with notes of barnyard, wood, lemon and horseblanket. Nice tart and dry finish. Lovely!
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange colour with a small white head. Light fruity tart and ,alty sweet aroma with wood notes. Fruity flavor with light tart notes and hints of wood and dust.