Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at DHL shared with MrChopin plus 2. Clear golden color, solid white head, solid lacing (not bad for a lazy one!). Aroma of dusty, sweaty lemons. Taste is dusty grapefruit, with a deep, sweaty sourness. Very nice.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[3728-20110513] Big bottle. Flower petals yeast aroma. Hazy, orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Delicious yeasty flavour is simple and straight-forward and I want some more; it’s sour but has a wonderful balance of something yeasty that is almost sweet at first. Medium body is yeasty and fairly sour. I could sit around all night just smelling this. 10/4-/9/5/18) 4.6
Overheard: "WHOA! I swear this is older than I am! Just give me pitcher of this."
(From DHVL; w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc)
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml shared by Alex at Sean’s 30th Birthday. Pours a glowing orange hue, golden elements with good haze, a frothy whitish head dies to a small offwhite ring, laces ok. Aromas are a melange of wonderful lactic acid, funky brett, wet oak, atraw. Grass, lemons, touches of pears, funky soft gentle cheese. Lemons, grapefruit, very nice and rich. Initial is lighter bodied, with a healthy sour bite, lemons and acid, touches of yogurt, sour acid but still inviting, sour and still quenching like lemon or limes. Straw, bready malts, sour flashes and melanges of fruit, funky brett, yogurt, some funky cheese. More sour than funky, some wet oak, I really dig this. Finish is tart and lactic, some bready malts, oak. Really nice aged lambic that still tastes amazing. More sour than funk wins me as a fan, light and ended up well carbonated.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Alex for this 1996 bottle... Pours a dark orange with a light tan head, surprising amount of carbonation... Super musky, tons of oak, a bit oxidized but really nice.... Lots of oak some nice musky notes
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dieses Bier (Flasche von 2000) war der erste Veruch für das Bier, das heute Cuvee Rene heißt. Süßlicher, fast etwas künstlicher Geruch, etwas nach Honig. Im Antrunk mild, fast wässrig mit zaghafter Säuerlichkeit, die zudem noch trocken auftritt. Dieser Eindruck bleibt lange bestehen. Im Mittelteil komplexer, das Bier wird deutlich bitter, Säuerlichkeit und Bitterkeit agieren auf verschiedenen Leveln und wirken so zur selben Zeit. Dann endet das Bittere Zwischenspiel schlagartig als die Wässrigkeit diese auffrisst. Trocken säuerlicher Abgang mit einem süßlichen Beiton, zu dem mit spontan als Frucht der Pfirsich einfällt. 11/11/12/9//10
blankboy (5971) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [750ml] shared with HogTownHarry, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a spare diminishing off-white head. Aroma: Wow, amazing! Sour and tart fruit, yeast, barnyard, herbs, Baby Jesus’ tears and more -- a perfect smelling beer! Flavour follows the aroma and is so easy to drink, it’s basically a super easy-drinking version of the style. Medium bodied. Almost a perfect beer -- amazing!
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011-05-13. Lightly hazy golden body with a modest off white head and lace. 3+ Complex aroma smelled a little bit like cork for a second but that dissipates quickly. Musty, glimpses of lemon, barnyard and barn board, a melange of aromas that can only be describe as gueuze! 9+ Flavour is pleasantly sour throughout, with a sharp uptick in sourness in the finish. Modest musty funk, lemon with ephemeral wavers of very sour lemon seed that seem to vary in intensity depending on how quickly I am drinking. 8+ Average plus bodied palate suits the beer. Sourness is slow to build but gets there eventually. Not the most complex lambic I have had, nor the most intense, but it is rather lovely in its richness and balance. Very nice. Bottle from De Heer Van Liedekercke
TheJestersBeer (2034) - 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 (667) - 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 (3759) - 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.