spdyfire83 (32) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 24, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
25cl bottle poured into namesake snifter. Vintage: 1998. Enjoyed at DHvL in early June 2012. Medium burgundy. Single (khakis) fingernail head on gentle pour. Smell is mix of dark cherry, tannins, and oak. Not much else here, but very deep. Nose is quite inviting. WOW - this beer tastes absolutely beautiful! Combination of cherry and oak. Touch of apple with hidden notes of faint vanilla too. Balance of sweet and sour is well executed and this beer is holding up quite well for being well older than a decade. Soft, smooth, and refreshing. Superb! A thoroughly enjoyable beer! Very well-rounded and has withstood the age of time. A beautiful beer that I would highly recommend to anyone. Simply amazing! Wish I could drink this more often.
adnielsen (7557) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
250 mL Bottle @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Pours a deep maroon/brown appearance with a tan, bubbly head. Rich, dark black cherry, fairly acetic tartness, delicious oaky, raspberry aroma. Very rich black cherry, deliciously tart, rich wild cherry, light vanilla, light tannin, oaky flavor. There’s a delicious and rich cherry tartness that is complemented very well by moderate tartness. 1998 vintage.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky red with a tiny dusty grey foam on top. Suprisingly fresh and fruity aroma with prominent cherry notes. Some tones of cellar time of course but not nearly as much as expected in the aroma. Flavor however reveals more dusty notes with less fresh fruityness, still oak mixes with cherry leading to a long balanced finish with sweet and sour goodness typical of any aged Rodenbach. Light ultra slick body makes for an easy yet complex drinking experience.
dcschiller (2153) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark caramel color with no head. Aroma is red wine and maraschino cherries. Taste is sweet with caramel, cherries and some tartness. Medium bodied and sticky. Really horid smelling early, but it opened up pretty nicel. Past its prime for sure.
Lowenbrau (1447) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last one i had was in 1998 i think. For traders: i´m really interested in this one. Berries aromas, pours bright red colour, with a thin reddish head. Light body, high carbonation tastes more sweet than acid. Good astrigent finish.
Samichlaus83 (6) - - APR 2, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (late 90s): Aroma was rich with a wine like bokay; ale poured a rich red color with a mild head. The ale had a sour overtone reminiscent of the Grand Cru, but lightened with cherry essence. Overall, the ale was full bodied, with average carbonation, and a magnificant bitter finish.
SirLimpsalot (1817) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bärig hallondoft. Lite halvt om halvt syrlig och söt. Mycket klibbig men någon tunn enligt mig.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Much sweeter than I had expected. Lots of caramel and maple syrup. Heavy on the cherries, a bit of Maraschino cherry note to them. Oak and oxidation are also well represented. A moderate tartness, both lactic and acetic, with an almost cherry candy (Lifesavers) flavor. Fairly substantial caramel and maple sweetness on the palate as well. Nice, especially considering the beer is 16 years old.
gyllenbock (3674) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at De Heeren van Liedekercke, March 2012. Vintage 1998.
Dark reddish/amber with a small head. The aroma was fantastic! Vinous with cherries, dessert wine, dust and some notes of earth. Balanced and quite complex. Mmmmmmm! The taste was also very, very good. Vinous and rather sweet. A pleasant tartness and a lot of cherries. What a creation! Such a pity that the beer is not made anymore. I am in love with Alexander!
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1989 Bottle at Brasserie 4:20, come via DHVL, so I gathered. Thanks to Alex for serving this up! Lovely red with no lace or bubbles of any kind. Aroma of cherry, vinegar, yogurt. Clear and crisp. Very acetic flavor, but not overboard. Lots of cherry and vanilla yogurt. Very light oxidation is almost unbelievable for a beer this old. Perfectly aged. Wonderful. This is one beer I did not want to end!