mcberko (12454) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 1998. 250mL bottle at DHVL, pours a deep dark amber with good clarity and a medium beige head. Aroma is a little dusty, with notes of oak, dark fruits, a touch of vinegar, and some sweetness - highly complex stuff. Flavour is a wonderful balance of sweet and sour - amazingly complex stuff - with notes of sour dark fruits, a little vinegar, some candied sugar, and oak. The layers of depth in this are incredible, with a remarkable balance between the sweet and sour. Very low acidity on the finish, with a perfect marriage of sweet and sour. Wonderful stuff.
MotherBrother (883) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy Mother of goodness. This is the best smelling beer (or anything for that matter) I’ve ever encountered. Huge thanks to Enjoyit and Phredrik for sharing a couple of these bad boys.
Pour slightly hazy chestnut brown with not head. (really? older than twenty years and no head?) Aroma of dates soaked in some sort of delicious alcohol, marzipan, vanilla, prunes, raisins, caramel, rum. Oi boy this is outstanding. The taste is sweet upfront, followed by faint bitterness and ends out with some tiny sour notes. Really is a treat. Medium bodied, with no carbonation.
Theydon_Bois (16017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Bruce and Leighton at DHVL, 22/03/13. 1998 vintage.
Clear chestnut brown with crimson hues, thin off white head that soon clears edgeward.
Nose is rich vinous berry fruits, light nutty tones, brown sugars, woody, tarte fruit.
Taste comprises dark cherries, caramel, sweet caramelised sugars, tarte and slightly soured berry fruits.
Fuller end of medium bodied, smooth as, fine carbonation.
kraddel (5726) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
shared with 77ships
BBE 18/5/2000 , belgium standards are 2 years, so almost 15 years vintage i guess !
pours clear, red, very small white foam. smells rodenbach-ish, still got carbo, sourness, much cherries ( still! ) sweet, old but not that extremely old in the taste. dry, sugaryu, VERY nice. make this again dudes, seriously !
evergreen0199 (2830) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1999 vintage bottle in Brugge. A red/brown coloured pour with a very small off white head on top. Sour, berry fruit aroma. Tastes sour, raspberries, cherries, tart. An interesting experience trying this, not really my thing though.
Martinus (4355) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear reddish brown colour, small white head. Light sour aroma, cherries, caramel, yoghurt and raisins. Quite sour flavour, still a slight sweet touch, light cherry syrup. Sweet finish, raisins, malts and old fruit.
Very nice! Long time want, and it isn’t disappointing! Couldn’t be happier!
(From 25cL bottle @ The Vintage Tasting during Brugs Bier Festival. 1999 vintage. Courtesy of Jay. Thanks for sharing!!)
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Procured @ DHL. Splitsies with Kraddel / Dylan. 25 cl. bottle with BBF 18/05/2000 so presumably 1998 Vintage. Shares some similarities with Vin de Cereal but that one is a bit better. Pours a reddish, raspberry copper, only some brief bublles for a head. Smell is aged Rodenbach, some of their foederbier, quite heavy vinegar, sharp very sour cherry & cherry pits. Taste is bit oxidation, was this sweetened when fresh because I get some similarities here with aged sweetened sours, vinegar, very sour berries & cherries, tad musty, cellar, cobwebs,lingering vinegar in the back, bit affected by age, light bitter cherry pits, touch barrel / foeder, sour base foederbier but ligher, tad wattery. Bit affected by age, thinned out slightly & close to flat. Good but not the best by them nor topping Vin de Cereal. Originally meant as #1800 tick, now I have done all of Rodenbach, wow, whalez bro! // wow at the dude below me who claims to have 24 cases of this one in his basement from 1986 // crazy
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 21, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(Bottle 1986 first year) Have had this on a number of occasions. Each time it seems to get even better. Top 10 all time beer for me. Most recently served in a Rodenbach Alexander Glass.Pours a nice garnet color with an off white head. Nose is really, really nice with cherry, sherry, balsamic vinegar, and a bit of oaky earth. Taste is definite sour cherry, acetic acid, balsamic, oak, and some light fruitiness. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with good acidity. I am fortunate to have 24 cases of this beer in my cellar.
nimbleprop (7006) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle pours a spritzy looking cherry red with zero head. Nose of apple, celery, bright cherry, cranberry, a little malt, some light vinegar. Flavor is lightly tart, grassy, cherries, celery, some passion fruit. Tart, prickly finish. Very nice.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
250mL thanks to Mac! Pours a clear deep reddish brown, thin tan bubbles, still carbonated! Thin, layer of persistent foam with spots of lace. Nose is fresh cherry, oak, chocolate, no oxidation, some savory soy/miso, brown sugar. Taste is sweet cherry up front, clean with lactic acid, sugar cube. Palate is spicy, lemon, chocolate, long lactic finish with spice. Warming alcohol. Very clean and enjoyable despite its age. A real treat!