MrHangover (4439) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle @ Epic Sour Sourpuss Tasting, thnx to a non RateBeerian friend. Really looking forward to opening this bottle, cellared since ’98. Big yeast sediment cling on the side of the bottle. Carefully poured, it shows a clear blonde beer with a decent amount of off white head on top. Carbonation is amazing after all these years. Aroma is granny smith apples, tartness, oak and age. Big mellowed out fruit tones are noticeable, making this quite complex but at the same time not so complex as I’d hoped for. Flavor is light sour, almost sweet like a faro, some stringent tart notes shine trough in the body. Some touches of sugar and yeast in the background. Fizzy mouthfeel with decent carbonation, well balanced. Nice one. deanso (10070) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 17, 2013
75cl bottle sample courtesy of a friend.
Funky aroma. Good carbonation. A little tart. Very complex. kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle shared at the epic sour sourpuss tasting, massive thanks to a non-ratebeer friend. Pours fairly hazy golden with an off white head. Aroma of big funk and horse blanket, oak, musty cellar, dank, mold and old tart fruits. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and light moderate sour. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and incredibly complex palate, developing with each sip. Leather coming out and light citrus touches. Full bodied with (still!) light carbonation. Feel so lucky to have had the chance to try this. Damn.., pushkinwow (2781) - Ottawa, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Opened at the 2013 end of year Ottawa tasting, thanks to Boutip for breaking this one out. Opens with a surprising pop, pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Nose is amazing - horse blanked, hay, funk, epson salts, brett and very clean. Although I have not had this before my impression agreed with Phil that this is on the decline as the taste and mouthfeel does not live up to the aroma - huge carbonation, mild body, crisp, fresh, funky but overall a little thin and makes you wanting for more. rejtable (2622) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Incredible! Pours dirty orange with some light head. Nose is lots of barnyard with notes of lemon, vinegar. Tastes was medium to heavy sour. Light to medium body with good acidic bite. Nuts!
Dennoman (21) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2013
750 ml bottle at Stockholm tasting. I didn’t fancy myself a lambic drinker, until I tried this. Pours with amazing vigor. Color is a deep amber with a wonderfully fluffy head. Aroma is incredibly complex: some hoppiness on the nose, but deep funk and sourness from the yeast and cask. Wood, leather, "horse blanket". Layer upon layer to be discovered with every sniff. Palate is wonderfully light and refreshing, yet deeply rich and complex at the same time. A hint of fresh fruit in there, hops, bitterness, deep leather, parmezan cheese. Overall: the best gueuze I’ve had the pleasure of trying, bar none. Lubiere (13772) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
A hazed golden Gueuze with a thin white head. In aroma, complex citrusy Gueuze with barnyard character, Epsom salts, Brett, very nice and complex. In mouth smooth Gueuze with light tartness, lactic acid, light cherry, very nice. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013. fredrik_ (102) - SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dennis @ Ludvigs tasting.
Wow very lively bottle thought the gushing would never stop. Such a great beer happy i got to try this. PatrickGav (23) - - AUG 20, 2013
Amazing retention. Aroma is spectacular! "That’s from the Challenger hops," said Armand. I’m the only one who uses them." Scents of rye flour, leather, sesame, biscuits and grandma’s attic. Taste is toasted dark bread, citrus and sesame breadsticks. Wonderful. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Mikkeler SF opening A - pours darker clear golden amber, very low head. S - stronger than the 50th and oh so complex. The nose is a myriad of so many well blended notes Honey, jasmin, subtle mint, allspice and jerk spice. Musty oak, horse blanket, clover, lemon juice. M -so creamy, so mellow and round. Nice balance of sweet/tart/funk. Mf is watery up front but the palate is thicker and slightly slippery with a light tartness in the end. T - the taste follows the nose well. clover, lemon and horse blanket lead the way. Quiet sweet lemon and pie crust, vinegar, musty oak on the palate, lingering tart notes, with simple darker sugars. O - so damn good complex and round. 9