Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): I think this bottle was somewhat past it’s prime. Nevertheless, a worthy lambic representative. The ring-head topped cloudy orange beer revealed an exceptionally tart fruity aroma that was joined by some solvent charaacteristics. In the mouth sour orange and lemon, in fact mighty sour with notes of funk and earthy minerals. It was all good stuff but slightly old and starting to become disjointed. Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2007
99 bottle: Peachy amber colour, with a pale tan head. Very fresh acidic aroma. Very strong sourness, like sucking a lemon, it’s like this beer got more sour with age, I would not have guessd it was 7 yrs old, it was just so vibrant and fresh tasting. JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 19, 2007
1999 ala Matt. Hazed amber color with a diminished fizzy head. Full acid and malt aromas permeate the nose. Very full feel for the acidity present. Lemony acid with a full malt backdrop, Leather and wood in the finish. Another great lambic. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 7, 2007
99’ bottle- I’m not going to go over the appearence, if its important see the above photo. The aroma and flavor are unrivaled by anything I’ve drank. The aroma is vinegar, sour apple, a beautiful combination funk and fruit. The flavor is sour. This brew is 7 f’in years old and I can only imagine what it tasted like fresh. This sucker is mouth-puckering sour funky goodness. F’in deliciousness as my friend would say. The finish is perfect and rounds out a beer I feel incredibly lucky to try. I think the funk is finally loving me back. haukur (1946) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JAN 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 1999 vintage, bottle no 6699. A trully spectacular aroma, very complex aroma of toned vinegar, preserved herby aroma, sherry, acidic apples, citrus peel and sour orangeys. Very clear in the firsth pou, becomes very cloudy in the 2nd pour. Beyound clody, small head and an awesome palate. Magniificent is an understatement!!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottled at the Milwaukee YeHA.. special thanks to Facto for this unworldly experience! 1999 Vintage. Poured a clear, paler toffee/golden with just a ring of white head remaining. No chance of topping the ridiculous nose that came from this one... huge sour presence and dusty horse saddle funkiness.. lemon zest.. vinegar.. full and enveloping of the senses.. never abrasive or poorly-balanced. Tart lemony blast scalds the tip of the tongue with heavy dusty old barn, faint apple, and vinegar behind it.. this never lets up, leaving a long and rewarding impression at the finish... and chewing up stomach lining well afterward. Sour, refreshing, and infinitely complex on the palate! Brilliant beer! StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
1999 vintage via Matt. Hazy and pale brass in color with a few solo bubbles appearing at the sides. Tart apostrophes, freesia and mulberry run through the nose like a fresh spring rain, emitting freshly scented and brightly soured ambitions. Tartness rings in with a sweet intercession. Cherry cream meets a tart, plumy shae butter spoof. Palate cleansing sorbet gets rewritten to become liquid citric mandarin drippings onto soured gardenias. The stomach churns as the palate rejoices with the tart, tongue smacking stream. Pollinated freesia berries and unripened juniper seemingly crescendo long after the last sip. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Thanks to MrFacto for bringing this to the tasting. My stomach was not really in the mood for more sour beers but it is hard to pass up a beer of this caliber when you get the chance. So I soldiered on and give it a try. Now I know why it is one of the best retired beers on the site as well as why so many people have love/hate relationships with gueuzes. On the other hand, I could probably not drink more than 8 ounces of this at one sitting before getting ill. Still, it is an experience not to be missed.
Aroma / Appearance - A very sharp, sour aroma greets the nostrils. It is formed of berries, cheerios and a distinct barnyard characteristic. There is no mistaking this for anything but a Belgian style beer. The amber body had very little head.
Flavor / Palate - Sourness and horse blanket coat the throat from the second it hits the mouth. A funky mouthfeel permeates everything from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. There is no messing around with this beer. Lemons, orange rinds and tea leaves are in the background. It takes some getting used to this but it is worth the time.
Thanks Matt!!!!!! 1999 vintage. The beer pours to a very hazy light caramel colored body with a thin white head. The aroma is fantastic. It has tons of sour cherries, barnyard galore with horse-blanket and sourness. The flavor is insane. Same as the aroma. Perfect. The palate is sour but perfect in feel. Fantastic!!! hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Wow, huge barnyard aroma... nutty malt, cherries, vinegar, brown sugar, etc... hard to describe. Slightly cloudy pale orange in color with a very thin head that fades. Wow, initially a touch of sweet malt and fruitiness, lemon, vanilla, oak, etc... and then it quickly changes to a growing sourness that just grows and grows...until it fades off to a slightly acidic finish. Incredibly complex and drinkable, one of the most interesting beers I have ever tried. Huge huge thanks to MrFacto for sharing this.