willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
07.08.05 RBSG Big aroma of produce aisle, various traces of musty fruits, lettuces, sprouts, cucumber, unbruised apple and pear. Surprising sourness. Coin tartness. Lots of cucumber. Weird but good.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1996 bottle. Hazy brownish copper color, thinner beige head. Very complex, sweet maltiness, cidery, lemon, sourness and tart, along with notes of spice and plenty of farmhouse character. Such an odd combination works so well. Slight oxidation but it really adds to the character, some acidity, but still with a nice sized body. Completely strange but thoroughly enjoyable.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle (1995) shared with the scintillating, sensational ClarkVV in his humble abode. Translucent verging on clear copper with little head left....truly description-defying aroma seems to me to be an uneasy but fascinating mix of vanilla and vinegar with a dose of sea salt...stunningly complex flavor profile by turns sour, sweet, salty, its a many-way skirmish between Sicilian lemons, Winesap apples, brown sugar and an overriding Riesling character...sour-funky-sweet all at once, a sensory overload, dirty and oxidized and nothing like any beer is "supposed" to be...and therefore, another masterpiece from Vapeur.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 750mL, bottled in 1996, provided by and shared with Muzzlehatch on 5/20/2005. Iíd been dying to try this, he must have read my mind, what a guy, thanks!
Amber-orange-copper, some bright, deep reddish tints. Small white head, recedes to ring. Unfiltered and unpasteruised, you know the drill. Smells tart and has notes of cider vinegar. Lots of old, musty yeast is quite acidic. Notes of white pepper, sour bacterias and some sugar. Aroma is typical of such an old bottle and is not indicative of the flavor to come. First sip. . .wow! this is tart stuff! Itís like a dark strong gueuze (sort of). Well, itís immensely tart AND sour. Lots of rich, oily leather tannins, plant roots (not that Iím an expert on those). My notes use the word "sour" about eight times. Lightly sugary maltiness. Vinous on the end, some brett-like notes. Despite being oxidized and having some thinning, it still has a wonderful amount of malt that provides for a medium to medium-full body. Low carbonation, tingly/effervescent mouthfeel. Must get more!!! Love this brewery (send help, Iím addicted to oxidation).
Rerate. Another bottle from the same vintage sampled in July 2004 proves to be a bit too muddled with yeast, protein, madeiraisation. But the worst part was a very strong metallic character on the finish that was quite out of character.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light soury fermented fruit, citrus, and some sort of spice (that I canít place) on the nose. The flavor had lemons, citrus, and soury light fermented fruit. The beer poured a cloudy orange color w/ very slight head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and creamy.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle; corked & capped (bottled in 1996, sampled March 2005): Moist cork, with a small release of CO<SUP>2</SUP>Ödecent big bubbled froth settles into a modest ivory foam that bubbles and never really dissipates. Rich, clear copper body with miniscule floating flecks. Sour, leathery, metallic, chalky, almost gueuze-like aroma with undertones of alcohol, almond extract and candi sugar. Palate has suffered the most with the age and has turns watery and still. Tart, lip smacking flavour that finishes with a metallic twang and rustic tannins. Cool.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
"96 Bottle. Bark amber color with a swirl of tiny bubbles on top. Cobwebs, stale cork and white grape in the aroma. Thin and fairly lifeless in feel. Weak cidre flavors with cobwebs, citrus and tin. Watery and bland. Hard to tell itís 8%. Perhaps a hot summer day quaff, but nothing Iím smitten with.
Ernest (5871) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dr. Bill tasting, Toronado, Feb 2005.
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Virtually no head.
Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned (?).
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, caramel), lighlty yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of grape, sherry, and wood.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.
As with other Vapeur offerings, not terribly impressed.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle, 1995) Beige head tops a cloudy dark amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, tart, blackberry, apple, wood. Taste is medium sweet, some tart, apple, light wood, blackberry. Watery light-medium body, alcohol well hidden.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1996 750mL. Original murky orange with a brownish shadow. Slowly diminishing faint head. Funky fruit aroma, tart pomegranate, orange and melon. The nose itself is refreshing. Juicy malt profile, sweet and tart, yogurty and citrus zest. Lemony/cranberry aftertaste lasts long over the slightest alcohol suggestion. Mouthfeel has definitely lost some over the years unfortunately, itís almost still and lacks life. Still a tasty and unique offering.