tom10101 (2661) - 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 (1170) - 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 (4379) - 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 (6584) - 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 (2420) - 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 (10611) - 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
spdyfire83 (32) - 5280, Colorado, USA - 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.
SirADNielsen (8949) - 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 (2207) - 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.