arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour out of 250 mL bottle, big thanks to Aaron for this brew, celebrating my wedding. Dark cherry red pour with thin to no white head, but to be expected. Aroma brought notes ofslight oxidation but works very well, some of the caramel, toffee notes go into a sherry note, nice cherry, bread, some hints of sour fruits, lemon, nice hint of acetic vinegar leads into a nice lactic note, slightly funky adding to the complexity. Taste is a wonderful mix of sour cherry, both in lactic notes, nice sherry mixing into the caramel, toffee, slight biscuit, touch of earth, nice dark fruits, finishing slightly tart, slightly sweet, perfectly balanced.
tderoeck (6067) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
15/X/2012 - 25cl bottle from De Heeren van Liedekercke (Denderleeuw) @ home - BB: 18/V/2000 (2012-1138)
Clear reddish to dark amber coloured beer, bit aery off-white head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity start, earthy, tobacco, some acidity, cherry is clearly present, sour, lemony. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very fruity start, cherry, some cherry candy, sweet but with a sour touch, pretty lemony. Aftertaste: sour, little bitter, earthy, almost vinous, fruitiness, cherry pits, dry tart ending, bit lemony.
czar (5549) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by david. huge thanks! pshttt... really!? almost clear - huge yeast amount bottom of bottle, light reddish, pink tint, with a small off-white head. tons of raspberries and dusty yeast notes, light chocolate, vinous, lightly oaked, spiced fruitcake. light soft tartness. soft carbonation, light body - very oily, very nice lightly sweet and acidic finish.
Minderbinder (2470) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Wrapped in paper) [Best Before 1996] Thx David.
Pours mahogany with almost no head, some lacing. Aroma is of red fruits, malt, "sourness". Good, fine aroma, but somewhat faint. Taste is of fruits, sweetness, faint sourness. Very mellow. It doesnt seem to have been too spoiled by aging, but I would be very surprised if that beer was meant to taste like that. All is fading away. Overall: Sligth to no oxidation. Easily drinkable. Pretty good, but clearly, and without a doubt in my mind, over the hill. Glad I had a chance to taste it.
tom10101 (3773) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating # 500. Small pour from a bottle (best before 1996) generously shared by David M., huge thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this one! Clear reddish brown with a small lacing. About 20 years old and still well carbonated. Intense raspberries aroma with other red fruits, some sweetness and slight sourness. Not overly complex but perfectly balanced. Taste is sweet with red fruits and slight sourness (far less than what I expected though). The red fruits of the aroma and of the taste are completely different (same fruits - mostly raspberries and cherry - but different effect ), the aroma is more like fresh fruits (even after 20 years) and the flavor is more syrupy. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Almost no sign of oxidation. I don’t think the beer could benefit from more aging, it may be a little on the decline, but it’s still a wonder. Superb balance and nice complexity. Merci David!
mathieuc (2064) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
This gem was generously shared by David M., thanks a lot man! Best before end of December 1996, I was a little worried that this one wouldn’t drink anymore. Boy I was wrong! Smell was amazing with red fruits and some sweetness. Taste is more of the same with a good sour but not a bracing one like someone would expect. This 33cl bottle was shared 8 ways but I believe if we had 8 bottles it wouldn’t have been enough. It was really THAT amazing!
PS. We had this back-to-back with the Classic and Grand Cru and this one really stood out!
jackl (5565) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ DHVL. Pours deep reddish brown with a small head. The nose is deep, meaty blackberry and raspberry fruit salad. Jam, hints of yeasty marmite spread. Umami, some ketchup. Lightly salty. Big, complex aromas. The taste is mellow strawberry and raspberry jam. Meaty and vibrant. Full flavors, mild funk and some acidity. Hints of tart balsamic vinegar on the long finish. The is so drinkable, refreshing. Lovely, lively flavors, soft approachable body. I wish I had a case of this! Overall, fantastic. Well worth the wait.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at BCTC generously shared by Slander. Pours a caramel color without much of a head. Smells initially of caramel fruit rollups. Medium bodied, sweet clean caramel notes come through right away. Big caramel, toast, sweetness, raisins and more caramel. Toast, sweet acid, long sweet fruit, toast. Some faint acetic acid on the finish. Chewy malt and delicious caramel. Definitely has a good amount of age on it, and I was never lucky enough to have it when it was fresh so I can’t really compare, but currently tastes rather wonderful. Sort of like a sweet little oxidized dessert in a glass.
Huhzubendah (2942) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks a lot Mike! A top want of mine.
The beer is chestnut brown with a touch of crimson, sporting a thin beige collar that leaves some random lacing on the tulip.
The aroma offers a healthy dose of cherries, cherry juice, a bit of oak. Definitely smells like a Rodenbach.
The flavor is a lovely mix of sweet and tart, with cherries shining through beautifully. Age has served this beer well. Mild on the palate and silky smooth. Like drinking fresh cherry juice. It’s hard to believe the beer is as old as it is, as it tastes fresh and fruit forward.
Light in body with moderately lo carbonation.
Overall, a delicious treat. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to try this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-05-2012
Rasmus40 (13505) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Vintage 1998. Clear reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, port and oxidated. Flavor is quite sweet and light acidic. Dry and light acidic finish. Went really well with my stoofvlees. I kept a little in the glass for most of the evening just to have a smell once in a while :o) 20072012