Grovlam (4247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle. [Courtesy of yespr, quality tasting @ Papsoe] Huge frothy off-white head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Light cloudy orange / golden color. Flowers, perfume, citrus, barnyard, leather, wood, pepper, some underlying grain / wheat feel as well. Quit complex and sour overall impression. Full bodied with an average carbonation. Heavy acidic flavor with light sweet notes. Dry and sour finish. 28-09-2007 FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 Bottle. Slightly hazy golden colour with a small white creamy mostly lasting head. Nice fruity sour aroma and taste. Nice beer, but worth the price? i dont think so Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of yespr. Pours a cloudy golden with a bubbly and lively, off-white head. Distinct, sour Brett nose. Medium body, dry as a bone with sour - albeit not Cantillon-sour - Brett and vinegar notes. Lightly earthy edge and again with an extremely dry and sour finish. Rather complex. 280907 saxo (18364) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 Bottle. Huge head with excellent duration. Color is hazy amber. Aroma and taste are malt, berries and lactose acid. Rerated @ fonefan tasting. Aroma and taste are brett, leather, stable, berries and malt. Nice and sour. Old rating 7/3/7/3/14. New rating. 9/3/10/4/19.
PLundsgaard (483) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2007
Appearance Head/Initial-small, Head/Color white,
Palate/Body-light to medium
not good beer
HenrikSoegaard (14176) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle 2003 version. from ølbutikken cph. Frothy white excellent mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Fantastic powerfull aroma. Loads og horseblanket/barnyard/leather acetics. Heavy bitter flavor. Fantastic long powerfull acetic/bitter finish. Creamy palate. Wonderfull but very difficult to drink. hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, brilliant golden ale with an orange hue and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great, small, tight retention. The acidic, acetic and funky aroma is a holy union of white pepper, earth, resin, dried flowers, canvas, damp straw, sawdust, herbs and sharp, well-aged cheese. Intense! The flavor provides a perfect balance of moderate initial, pale malt sweetness; medium spicy, floral bitterness and restrained funk and acidity. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. Bitter, acidic finish. Complex beyond belief! A forty year vertical might be necessary to find this beer at its precise prime. Thanks, boboski, for the chance to try this wonderful rarity! boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2007
2003. Lightly clouded orange body, very deeply hazy. This is a glow I’ve come to love, one of yeast swirling with wild abandon amongst a dense backdrop of aromatic integrity and rewarding flavor that is a sure thing with this brewery. A near white head recedes very slowly and only eventually fully after half the glass has been drained. Rock-solid and immovable arc lacing forms and drapes downward under its own weight. A textbook appearance and then some; how delightful a beginning to what was probably my most anticipated beer in five years. Punishing farmhose notes and absolutely terrific, thrashing brettanomyces notes collide with tartness that lights up senses and pins my eyelids back, it’s just enormous and supremely unforgiving, an intense wall of solid lambic character that is unmatched. Wet straw and a milky but not overly lactic waterfall of acidic craziness follows. Oak is bombarding, bursting through the confinement of the streamlined aroma and exploding into a whole separate dimension in the nose. Lemony and more exotic floral perfume notes pin down a surreal embankment that channels the funk forward and down the throat, gastric juices set ablaze in anticipation, mouthwatering ensues with vigor. Horseblanket and pineapple meld into a tropical and earthy conglomeration. Everything together, and every thing apart from the next nuance, is as intense as I’ve ever encountered in this style of beer, or anything remotely similar. Nothing out of the ordinary, as far as noticeable ingredient additions or flaws, except a sly dill component that is likely the result of acetic tendencies. Good peppery esters, flawless, all funk. Unreal. The flavor is softer than expected and not as brash and unbridled as the aroma, but nonetheless: very highly acidic, very funky, giant farmhouse notes everywhere, succulent wild yeast. It’s definitely in top condition. Really, this tastes like it has the potential to continually improve for another 30 or more years, maybe much longer. Never have I encountered so much wild yeast and staggering amounts of acid-lined blasts of funk in one sip of something. Dryness grows to an unmanageable strength as the beer warms to room temperature but doesn’t detract from the flavor, it actually makes it more enjoyable. Sweetness is noted but low and thankfully held back by wave after crashing wave of intense, mouth-puckering and lip crinkling sourness. Lemon and grapefruit juice splashes about in a taste that seems to change slightly with each sip. Grapeskin tastes feel like a barrier that dutifully separates each available component into a space that was previously set aside for such an occasion - a formatted, sequential tasting parade that was preset by the skill of the brewer and the quality of the ingredients, by time too. Woodiness is lessened as the sips progress, but this is merely due to the palate destroying sourness. Very mild earthy hops swing a feathery gavel of bitterness late in each sip. The finish is superbly complex, dry, dusty, very long, quenching and brings with it more retronasal sourness and a light funk that regrows into a monolithic masterpiece. This is so huge! It’s also insanely drinkable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, vibrantly carbonated, silky with rough edges. Amazing! One of the five best beers I’ve ever had and certainly the best lambic that’s ever crossed these lips, tied my tongue in knots and practically brought tears to my eyes - not because it’s so tart, but because it’s so wonderful. This will be truly perfect with longer, careful cellaring. I hope my other bottle lasts long enough to see this realize its full potential. For now, I am truly content. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 Cork releases with a loud pop, surprising to say the least. Color is a benign copperish orange, head is larger than expected. Aroma is funky Belgian goodness, with a citric, slightly green apple component. Touch of hay and straw, freshly cut silage. Awesome. Flavor is so perfectly balanced, almost to the point of perfection. The sweetness, bitterness and acidity have come together so graciously and seemlessly that this is a wonder to behold. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Birthday Beer #2. 750mL bottle split with artusory, courtesy of fonefan. Thanks, Jan! Pours a hazy, effervescent orangish-golden color; sturdy off-white head with great retention and lacing that stays affixed to the sides of the glass. Relaxed, oak-tinged sourness in the aroma; horseblanket and funk, with a chewy citrus presence holding things together; grapefruit and hints of vanilla. Lively, champagne-like carbonation in a medium-to-full mouthfeel; not fizzy, but textured and very alive on the palate; excellent, mouthwatering acidity; citrus, toasty oak, and cobwebby funk; much lighter acidity and toned-down citrus presence compared to the Roze, and softer on the palate overall; generous, intense funk with a dense tangerine (thanks, Ryan) fruit character. Just an amazing gueuze. Lengthy, cobwebby and mildly tart fruit finish; slightly dusty.