TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle acquired via trade with ClarkVV. Thanks, Clark! Rating #6000. Pours a healthy deep ruby auburn hue, faint haze but near transparent as a healthy carmelized cherry glow tinges the body and edges. Frothy offwhite head atop stays as a mellow filmy layer, decent ringer atop stays small but laces well enough. Healthy colors are deep alluring, fiery copper, flashes of cherry and ruby cut through and catch the eye. Aromas show distinct sour cherries, jabs of tannic oak, cherry skin and some flashes of red wine. A touch of biscuit, lactic acidity is mellow but appealing. A nice sourness, faint leather, sour chrerries and stone fruit. A bit of balsamic, more red wine and some jabs of vinegar give some life on the nose. A bit of biscuit, faint spice and carmelized malts peek through with some gentle oxidation. Initial is a more mellow body overall, a bit more mellowed out than the nose shows. Some cherry pulp, gentle metallic twang and lactic slash. Touches of red wine, stone fruit and a bit of berry meet some gentle oak. A bit more tannic, a touch toasty and oxidized into the backend. Some wet paper, biscuits with touches of balsamic, leather and tannic cherry backwards. A bit of sweetness, spice and lactic twang as we trail out. Firmer oak, a bit of toast and lingering jab of balsamic and oaky life. While the nose pops here and seems to give some healthy nods to the good old days, the beer itself ends up just a touch faded into the backend. Some decent lactic pop, touches of muted and aging malts. Some healthy barrel and terroir with some nice sour pop and nuance up front. Good cherry, sourness and depth trailing back into some firmer oak, fuzzy lactic twang, touches of leather and earth with lingering pokes of red wine, a biscuity malt presence touches of age. Really, letting this breathe and warm a bit really picks up a lot more red fruit, lush cherries and touches of seedy raspberry. That touch of age on the backend and finish rears it head every now and then, reminding you of what this used to be but still how good it is all things considered. Pretty surprised at it’s hold up. That bit of dryness and oaky tannic feel hanging on and slowly letting go as we trail out through the finish. Overall a really great nose and appearance still has flashes of greatness at times through it’s flavor profile. A bit muted and faded overall with some elegant struts at times. A decent flow with some oxidation and dry tannic elements favoring the backend and finish. A really good beer that I bet sparkled at one point and still holds up against most sours I’ve come across, nuanced and delicate punching only when it needs to. An honor to try. Cheers.
biggsbowler (544) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Pours opaque brown. Cherries, sour, oak, and vinegar in the nose. Nice hints of cherries in the taste with the tartness, dark fruits, and grapes.
Leighton (14334) - 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 (1505) - 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 (2332) - 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 (11029) - , 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 (4929) - 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 (3610) - 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 (2784) - 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.