hallinghansen (3415) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2016
Bottle @ Himmeriget. Unclear reddish body with a small head. Earthy, grapes, barnyard, yeast, basement. Red berries, grapes. Thanks Bill. GlasgowTAD (1896) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 12, 2016
Bottle at Himmeriget. Pours cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is citrus zest, dust, peppers, coriander. Taste is dust, lemon zest, straw, horseblanket. Airy body suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2016
Dark straw colored pour. Bordering on shiny gold. White head. Fades fast. Lacing, almost non-existent. Aroma of funky wine and straw. Some lemon notes. Taste is on par with the aroma. Very good. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2016
750mL bottled January 2003, drunk 3/26/16. Thanks to JTClockwork!AdamChandler (5177) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Soft, light cherry-pink body has a golden hue to it and is topped by a small, but fairly dense, off-white head with moderate-to-strong retention. Good clarity, of course.
Musty, heavy cellar-like qualities in the nose, with a definite grape-like fruitiness, soft vanilla, wet hay and easygoing horseblanket. Good intensity of aroma, even at 13 years old. No alcohol or flaws.
In the flavor, it’s fruity, moderately acidic and full of bright grape and horseblanket. Perhaps a touch of green apple, with a high level of dryness, of course, and no alcohol or flaw. Still has tight carbonation and the alcohol has no doubt helped preserve it, but I just can’t get that in to grape lambics. Despite having had plenty of vigneronne as well as St. Lamvinus and Reed Gueuze Pinot Noir, I find the grapes kind of clash with the acids from the bacteria and yeast, rather than complement them as with cherry and apricot. Interesting one, but probably more of a novelty at this point. Hopefully this will get rebrewed soon as I’d much rather try it fresh.
75CL from Clark. My god, I almost bought this secondhand so many times...looking at that buy-now button on a $600 bottle of Lambic and not doing it and now, so many years in the future that I get to try it. Finally. Yay. Thank you Clark.
AirForceHops (7793) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2016
A - Yellow, hazy, tight bubbles, pours with a 4-finger head thtat fades to a thin-line.
S - The grape aroma is insane. It’s absolutely insane. Grapes for days and days. I’m letting this one sit for 20 minutes and the aroma just gets more and more juicy. Lemon Meringue pie as well.
T - No doubt about it, this is a grape-bomb. Musty, Musk, basement mold, dirt and earthy. Oak tannins and the grapes and light lemon just all meld together perfectly.
M - Mouthfeel is very faded, not explosive but given the age, the pour and mouthfeel are pretty good
O - Alright, this is an old beer. I believe based on this label this is the CBC 2011 re-release. Same 2003 batch, just new label. It’s really good. let it breathe, enjoy with friends. Cherish.
Thank you ClarkVV for the bottle share. Aroma is Lambic yeast very mild funk, Forest Moss. Chalumeaux (1702) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Flavor has a mild dusty basement, lambic yeast is so restrained. (I guess the 13 years of cellaring will do that) I guess this is in its wheelhouse right now. The red grape at this point just comes off as a sweet malty nuance. No pucker at all but the funk is still here. Interesting without a doubt. Have not had anything nearly this old... Wild of the wall lambic.
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV opaque gold with an effervescent white head. Aromas of funk must and white grapes. Taste is tart grape skin sour fruity balance. Nice. piscator34 (2646) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Slightly opaque gold in colour with spritzy carbonation. Aromas are unmistakably 3F with elements of funk, lemon, cobwebs and musty basement, along with notes of balsam wood and a hint of wine must. Intensely funky and acidic in the mouth with an interesting mixed berry (blackberry-raspberry), soft grain, and driftwood combination. It has aged very well. knickskicks (1168) - - NOV 25, 2015
Golden pour, high carbonation. Nose is leather, vinous, white grapes (I know it used red malvasia grapes). Taste is tart grapes, leather, caramel. Light crisp mouthfeel. Great bottle, got very lucky with this one. ctipping (2233) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2015
750 mL bottle. Bottle date has rubbed off, but I understand this to be a 2003 bottle. Originally reviewed 10/20/2014.
Deep golden orange body. Mostly clear with a big white head. Thick collar as it settles.
Smell has a very faint semblance of a generic fruitiness. Nothing I would pick out as grape. Juts a bit fruitier than a 3F OG. White pepper, as is typical of 3F. Kinda funky. Quite oaky.
Taste is fruity up front. Still, just a generic fruitiness. Oak is sharp right up front, too. Sour. An oaky, peppery sourness. A little bit of oxidation, too.
High carbonation. Medium body.
A great beer even if the fruit is almost completely gone. Oxidation is beginning to creep in, though.