Leighton (11663) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split with Bruce and Colin at De Heeren van Liedekercke - Denderleeuw, Belgium. Vintage 1998 (consumed in March 2013). Pours clear, red-brown with a light, bubbly off-white head. The aroma holds lots of leathery fruits, ripe cherries, very light funk. Medium sweet flavor with juicy cherries, faint earth and very mellow leathery tang. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet on the finish with further juicy, ripe cherries, light dryness, soft funk. Well balanced. Wonderful juicy cherry character with accents of tangy, leathery fruits. Has aged gracefully.
angel77 (1063) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella de 33 cl tomada en la antigua internacional en septiembre de 1999. con fecha de cons pref para 12-1999. recuerdos dulces afrutados y ligeramente especiados con un cuerpo medio de 6 vol pero con un sabor bastante intenso. Bastante buena, una gran sorpresa en los inicios del mundo belga. No estaría nada mal poder volver a tomarla.
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle -
The beer pours out a beautiful purple/brown bruise like of a color (almost looking like a light grape soda) with basically nearly zero head. Aroma is really something wonderful. Strong notes of wet wood, sweet vermouth/sherry, light barnyard/funk, and something that seemed reminiscent of red wine vinegar??
The flavor starts out with a strong cherry/port like sweetness but it quickly balanced by an even tartness, layers of vanilla/oak/earth and caramel chews. It really is complex and far removed (IMO) from what the original beer must have tasted like fresh. Now it’ oxidation seems to work well with the character of the beer and creates something like a really fine brandy/port/sweet vermouth/Flemish concoction. Yowza!
jtclockwork (8782) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2014 Bottle thanks to Clark. Shared at Monday Night Tasting. Pours reddish brown with white head. Nose/taste of sour raspberry, oak, bright berry, light caramel and smooth vinegar tartness. Medium body. Held up incredibly well. No oxidation.
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
97’ bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Dark candi, brune tart fruit, other tart tones. No oxidation on flavor, light sweet and fruit like malt. No balsamic or oxidation, a winner in my book.
Enjoyit (3474) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear brown of color without a head. An aroma of prunes, vanilla, spice, cherries, chocolate, raisins and ryebread. A flavor of black currants, weak sour, oak, dark beeries and dry. Still nice after all these years!
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. It was a belting night, with our kid, Glen and the rest of the Belgian crew, Tom. No idea what the bar was called but what a completely mental place. THE oddest beer drinking experiance in my life and one of the best. No idea how old this beer is as the label is pretty much all perished but it’s old. Too complex for me to describe, I just don’t know enough to do it justice. It was stunning.
PriorL (1988) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear red beer, small stable off white head.
NOSE: sour, sweet, wood, fresh.
TASTE: sour, fruity, wood, little flat though.
Preserved amazingly! Bottle from around 1989.
MikeJslc (756) - USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Doug for the bottle. Deep copper, clear, off-white head. Bready/toasty malt, plumbs, dates, dried cherries, light sourness. Flavor: dried cherries, moderately sour, bready/toasty malt, dark bread crusts, cocoa, nutty notes, an earthy, minerally note and a lot of complex fruity notes. Complex, interesting.
Gription79 (2297) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a tiny 25cl. bottle, huge thanks to Doug. The aroma is cherries, slight cocoa. The flavor is cherry, caramel, toffee, slightly woody, brown sugar. The acidity is bright making the cherries pop, tasting almost fresh. Very good.