TheJestersBeer (1875) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep straw colour, no head, no carbonation. Big, complex nose, lots of brett and barnyard notes, hay, earth. Medium bodied, dry, sour (no kidding!). Very complex, aromatic, well developed taste, straw, brett, very astringent, lingering finish, with lots of funky stuff going on. (2010-10-20)
mabjork (664) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (art nr. 11643-01). Hazy orange in color. Minor beige head. The aroma is fruity, citric and sour. GREAT! oranges are present as well. The flavor is sour BUT surprisingly sweet. It has a great and citric eftertaste.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2000 bottle vintage at De Heeren van Liedekercke; July 2010
An extremely aggressive pour by Joost produce a nice, stable, 1-finger thick, pale-tan tinged head. The beer is brilliantly clear and has a honey / pale-amber color. The aroma smells fruity with notes of apple and is somewhat sweet smelling. There is also some oxidation character here that perhaps brings our a touch of nuttiness. The nose is rounded out by funky Lambic notes of woody mushrooms, a light urea character as well as a typical mustiness.
The beer is drier tasting than the aroma would have suggested. It has a soft tartness to it and is actually a fairly soft Lambic overall. Much of the carbonation never really took hold in this beer; the texture is quite a bit thinner than it would be if there was more effervescence. This is nice and woody tasting it also has flavors of lightly funkified mushroom, musky-sweaty goat character and a spicy acetic backbone lightly spritzes the finish and even lingers on a bit in the palate. A light sweetness comes out a bit more as the beer warms in my glass. Both the acetic character and the oxidation bring out a fruity, apple-cider like note in the flavor.
This is definitely nice, but somehow it is not as good as I was hoping. It could use less acetic acid, the oxidation seems to dull it a bit, even though light and can be a touch distracting in the notes it brings to this beer. Still at the end of the day, I am definitely enjoying this beer.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle, 1996 vintage) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of horseblanket, lemon, some vinegar, and white grapes. Flavor of lemon, grapefruit, apricot, and light grass bitterness with a dry wood finish. Lindemans needs to make mistakes more often. Excellent!
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The is one of the very special beers I was privileged to try at the Rate Beer gathering last weekend. There are amazing beers and then there are amazing beers. Every now and then somebody pours you something and by the time you completely figure out what you’ve got in your hand you realize you’ve found buried treasure, but instead of hoarding it or trading it in for cash you drink it. Tasting this beer was like drinking a bottle of rare gems. That couple of fleeting sips was without a doubt one of the highlights of not just the gathering but my beer drinking life as well. Intensely sour and so much more than that as well. This beer certainly stands alone. If I even see another bottle it will be like finding Shangri La twice.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 1996, 750ml bottle, shared by MasterSki. Wow, I didn’t even know this rarity existed, and it ended up standing our amongst a very formidable lineup at RBWG ’10. The pour yields a lightly hazy, dark golden colored body with a small gathering of frothy, off-white bubbles at the head. Minimal lacing spots mark the glass. The nose is nothing short of stunning, showing a depth of luscious fruit and tart subtleties rarely achieved in even the finest gueuze from the top producers. Notes of tart apricot and bright peach are accompanied by hints of citric, lemony acidity, grapefruit, and tannic apple skins. A soft horseblanket must shows throughout, while the oaking remains subtle and restrained. Immediately, I am taken back to excellent vintages of Cantillon Cuvée des Champions. With alot to live up to, the flavor does not disappoint. Citric notes of lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit provide ample acidity, while apricot, peaches, and nectarines are there to soften the blow and balance things out. The fruit seems as bright and lively as it likely ever was, while dusty, musty oak and wild yeast notes are there to let you know this is one well-aged gem. Dry, tart, puckering, and refreshing, the palate represents all the best that lambic has to offer, without going overboard in terms of being parching or dusty. This is, without a doubt, one of the finest lambics that has ever passed these lips. Excellent, excellent beer.
kappldav123 (4292) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unlabeled bottle from DHVL. Corked and capped. Dark orange in the glass, very small head. Acidic aroma. Starts strong and sourish, woody and grasy notes, also fruity like lemon and apricot. Sourishness is increasing, finish really prickly and long lasting. Very enjoyable beer!
Plovmand (6026) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms. Bit hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is fruit, orange, citrus and vinegar. Flavour is fruity with notes of citrus, acid and light dust. Ends up citric and light acidic.
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms Stockholm.
Pours hazy golden with a minimal white head.
A dry and dusty aroma hits the nose, with notes of grape, wood and a little fruit.
The flavour is mild with dusty notes along with a little grape and fruit, ending in a lemon like after taste.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - AUG 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From De Heeren Van Liedekercke; vintage 1996, 13+ years old; corked bottle
Cloudy copper color; small head. Perfumy aroma, delicate Brett, pleasant yellow fruits mellow seduction and lemon sourness, well balanced; light wood too. Fizzy mouthfeel, astringent and acidic, woody, tannic, lemony; the final acidity is a bit aggressive; the flavor is not as impressive as the aroma. It doesn’t reach the top. But it’s very interesting.