Alengrin (3023) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2014 Exceptional Rodenbach release in 2008, unblended beer taken from one specific wooden barrel, brewed four years earlier. Thin, loose, unstable, light beige head, colour deep amber, clear, notably lighter than expected from a Rodenbach. Complex vinous and extremely estery aroma, mango, passion fruit, sour cherries, dry sherry, tomato, hay, vanilla, woody tannins, white wine, champagne, sour yoghurt. Tart onset with a soft, lactic acidity and a hint of sharp citric acidity, utterly fruity, refreshing and cleansing the palate, sweet caramelly and honeyish malt base, very vinous and almost champagne-like, long finish, complex, woody, tart and drying, almost reminiscent of a lightly sweetened geuze, alcohol very well hidden. Fantastic brew with huge ageing potential, I tasted a 10 year old sample recently and it had developed a more mellow and rounded, but very noble, even more vinous character. I hope they do this again someday.
Homer321 (2551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Bytemesis! Yet another want-list beer! Apple and pear in the nose, some cherry. Nearly a still pour. Very tart and winey flavors with some slightly sweet malt character. Low on the pie-like flavors, some light cherry as it warms and a mild acidity throughout. Seems as though there are some oxidation issues, but given the age, I’m not surprised. Enjoyable.
bytemesis (4267) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2004 vintage from Secret Santa - thanks! Shared at the homer "welcome to California" tasting. Pours crystal clear reddish amber, tiny off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is funky basements, a bit of fruitiness, apple, vinous - white wine. Flavor is oxidized yes, medium sweet, light tart and light funk. Ciderlike in some ways. Medium body. Interesting experience.
barn0216 (488) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Looks like clear apple cider. Pungent fruity aroma, sour apple. Sour flavor, a bite of lactose, bread and alcohol. Interesting, not bad for a ten year old beer but it doesn’t quite come together with the best.
Macegan75 (743) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Tom Foley split with Matt Capone, Kevin Wilk & Tom. Pours hazy brown to red with little head. Nose is acetic acid, funk and earthy notes. First sip is mild cherries, bit of oxidation, mild acetone. Beautiful finish which stArts fruity switches to sour quickly. Great beer . Thanks, Tom.
Countbeer (5147) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
No head. Clear amber colored beer.
Aromas of red berries, apricot, fish fond, perfume, wood, some caramel and marzipan.
Flavour is a tart mix of wood, grapes, red fruit, vinegar, some malts, some flowers, light spicy, some fruity dry or dry fruity tones and some berries.
Aftertaste is a mix of dry, tart, grapes, malts, wilder yeast and berries.
Low carbo, watery mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a spicy light dry watery texture.
Interesting, even after 10 years, damn interesting!
ThirstyBird (2015) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old rating from the Kulminator. Pours copper/amber color bubbles stuck to the side of the glass and old a tiny wisp of a head. The smell is vinegar, oak, cherry and grapes. The taste is super complex with oak, mild cherry, vinegar - super crisp with a dry finish. Light/medium body with light carbonation.
ClarkVV (4069) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2014 Bottle sampled 3/15/14
Flat, lifeless and clear ruby-amber liquid in the glass.
Prunes, tons of toffee and caramel. Over-ripened red fruits. Concentrated sweet strawberry jam and tons of vanilla from the oxidation. Smells like it’s going to be very, very, very sweet....
And not surprisingly, it is very, very, very sweet. I found very little flemish brown ale here and quite a bit of a barleywine with light to moderate Belgian influences. Very light on the acetic aspects, with just ripe red fruitiness and an ever so slight aceto-lactic tartness. Tons of toffee and caramel, light soy and lots of vanilla-like oxidative notes. Pretty low on the alcohol though!
I can’t envision how this would have been particularly good when younger. It’s just powerfully caramelly beer with very little tartness for balance. Would have had less oxidation, but just as much punishing sweetness. Very convinced a lot of this beer’s reputation was hype and rarity.
If Alexander can be near a 5.0 after 10-12 years of age, than screw this stuff /end-justification-for-why-I’m-rating-this-rant. Ugh, Palm....Call me up when they discover a single Foeder of aged pre-Palm bier....
Reynolds314 (2760) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
May be slightly flat and a touch oxidized but I still really enjoyed this. Nose was wet oak, cherry, creamed corn(odd), walnuts, and toast. Taste is puckering tartness, some cardboard, cherries, grainy sweetness.
Ernesto987 (4451) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Wow this is great tons of great flavors this is great. Fruits and tartness take over this palate. Slightly oxidized and flat, the complexity is mindblowing, tons of dark fruits, tartness, light herbs and spices. The belgians really crush it to sour browns.