jackl (4698) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1987 bottle @ Kulminator. Deep, rusty red pour. No head. The nose is fruit by the foot. Rich cherries. Minor tart accents. A bit sweeter smelling than the ’87 framboise we drank alongside it. The taste is somewhat oxidized (no surprise there!). A bit of grape skin, must, sweet cherry jam. Little else. Smooth drinking, very soft. Overall, OK.
Martinus (2915) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013
Re-rate (8 June 2013): Vintage 1993, 30L barrel @ In de Verzekering.
Deep brown red colour, beige head. Aroma of cherry, caramel, confiture, apple sauce and raisins. Hint of porto. Sweet flavour, raisins, caramel, cherry syrup and candy sugar. Cherry finish, caramel and raisins.
Nice, much better than the 25cL bottled version. Possibly pasteurised: no artificial sweeteners in this one as far as I could tell.
(draught @ De Dag van de Kriek, Eizeringen)
Initial rating (23 April 2013):
Caramel brown colour, slight white head. Aroma of confiture, caramel, molasses, light cherry and sweetener. Sweet flavour, caramel, syrup, light fruit and confiture. Well carbonated. Finish cherry and apple treacle (appelstroop)
(from 25cL bottle @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst - during the after-Tour de Geuze barbecue. Thanks for sharing, Geert!)
tderoeck (4936) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
26/III/13 - 37.5cl bottle from Kulminator (Antwerpen) @ home - BB: not indicated, but must have been an early 80ies vintage (2013-271)
Clear dark amber to ruby red beer, no head. aroma: lots of cherry candy, surprisingly actually. A bit mouldy, sweet and sugary. MF: no carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sweet and fruity, cherry candy, a bit aged. Aftertaste: lots of cherry candy, sweet, slightly lemony acidity, mouldy again. Probably not a "real" cherry beer, but with added syrup and pasteurised after bottling.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, 1987 vintage) Pours a hazy amber body with a spare white head. Aroma of cherry, mustiness, caramel, earth, and marzipan. Flavor of cherries, herbs, earth, and light citrus with a moderately dry finish.
daknole (9261) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy reddish brown color, off white head. Aroma reminds me of cherry chewable vitamin c. Flavor is a bit of old cherries, a bit stale and oxidized. Sour and sweet both. But more sweet.
KyotoLefty (6586) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1987 bottle shared by Bobby at the Grand Tasting 2012 LA. Brownish red. Nice lush cherry nose. Not funky. Flavor is pretty decent cherry, though not very interesting as a lambic. Aged well, though, and very smooth.
brokensail (11106) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a murky brownish-red color with little to no head. Sweet cherry aroma, cardboard oxidation, a light tartness, and sugar. A light woodiness, maybe some vinegar. The flavor is sweet and sugary. Decent cherry flavor, lots of cardboard, a touch of vinegar to go with the more acidic sourness.
Rasmus40 (11524) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Kulminator, Antwerp as Eylenbosch Kriek Cuvee Speciale. Vintage 1987. Hazy reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty, cherries and oxidated. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 240712
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another of the 1987 bottles at the Kulminator.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small well retained head.
The aroma is funky and fruit forward with a mild woodiness.
The flavor is very fruity, a bit too sweet but tart and lightly sour, lots of cherry flavor, lightly earthy.
After trying that old bottle of the Eylenbosch Gueuze two years ago at the Ratebeer Summer Gathering I was a little bit surprised that this was a sweetened beer, not nearly as surprised as I was at how this sweetened lambic, as old as my brother didn’t taste very "old" or stale at all, it was really rather pleasant.
JefVerstraete (1482) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Kulminator (1987). Still very good Kriek. Fruity, red colour, white head. A little bit too sweet maybe.