gEUS (1671) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Kriek Lambic Cuvée Spéciale - bottle 37.5 cl - cuvée of 1980 (estimated) - expiry date = July 1990.
Eye: Amber, light orange - thin head, dissolving quickly
Nose: very gentle kriek nose left, some kirsch, hint of madeira and a little wood
Mouth: fresh sweet start, Rumtopf impressions in the middle (Rumtopf = cherries on strong alcohol), little aftertaste.
Conclusion: I bought a stack of about 50 bottles of Eylenbosch and old Belle-Vue, all kept in a cellar for 30 years. It is incresible how well these beers stay drinkable. Wow!
------ 28/07/2012. Rated it down from 4.2 to 3.5.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A kriek that tastes like a nice sweet cheery fruit ale
How: Bottle 375ml. Given to me by JorisPPattyn. Age unknown. Old. Very old. Very very old. Thanks a lot for this rare opportunity Joris!
The look: Cloudy dark red with almost no head
In long: Despite the age of the bottle I was surprised by the fresh cherries nose accompanied by a little dusty attic. Not much funkiness or lambic character. Almost none at all actually. Taste is a bit disappointing. Much like the nose the taste has lots of fresh cherries, it is a bit sweet, woody notes that resemble construction wood. Body is very juicy and the carbonation is almost flat. Funk level is low and so is acidity and sourness. Overall the beer was drinkable, even if not much of a kriek. But this bottle was so old that maybe it was more of a true Kriek many many years ago. I don’t know the age of the bottle I drank but I suspect that it was bottled many many years ago back when I considered being spanked a punishment and I didn’t like it.
Travlr (19556) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Grote Durst, shared with Robin. Very nice duty and musty kriek, still has fruit after all these years. Amazing.
SirLimpsalot (3453) - SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ölet i sig var gammalt men extremt läskande. Jag hade utan problem kunnat svepa glaset, ingen kolsyra och ingen syrlighet.
gyllenbock (6899) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Akkurat in September 2010. (Vintage 1989)
Hazy red with no head. Sweet aroma of cherries with some light funk. Very dry and refreshing to drink, no carbonation and a very light sourness. Incredible to have the possibility to drink beer like this in Stockholm, thanks to Akkurat I love you!
hirigalzkar (2734) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, Vintage 1989 @ Akkurat. Ap: Hazy red-brown. Small white head. Ar: Sweetness of cherries mixed with sourness of ammonia. Fla: Sour cherries, some sweetness, dry in finish. Ov: Medium bodied. Acidity, almost corroding fluid due to the ageing and powerful carbonation. Very refreshing!
TEJA (2050) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Akkurats reopening, the second last keg from 1989. Small head. Color of straweberry soda. The aroma is more like a cassis than a kriek but the cherries are there toghether with almonds. Realy dry kriek with a perfect acidity and lingering fruit. Just a perfect summer drink.
mjs (6023) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught - 1989 vintage - at Akkurat, Stockholm. on 2009-07-27) Reddish and cloudy. Hardly any head. Cherries, raisin and sweetness in aroma. Medium bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Cherries, sourness, sweetness, lightly raisin, bitterness and berries in taste. Cherries and sourness in aftertaste.
anders37 (21693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ De Gans, Huise. Pours a slightly brownish reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity cherry aroma with some hints of almond. Fruity and slightly sweetish cherry flavor. Has a fruity and slightly sweetish cherry finish.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by ChristianScheffel. Exp. 1991. Cloudy reddish brown with a small off white head. Aromas of marzipan, macaroons (makroner?), sweet cherries, a bit tart and oxidized. The flavour is mildly sour and fruity with notes of almonds, sticky sweet cherries and some musty cellar. Thanks again Christian!