VsXsV (4584) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2017 Bottle, vintage 1980. Damaged cork. Light hazy deep brown liquid with minimal white head. Aroma of raw sugar, raisins, acetic acid, cork, butter, green apple and earth. Taste is dry and medium sour with notes of acetone, raisins, vinegar and butter. Medium bodied with no carbonation. Horrible, oxidized and flat. callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Best guess is early 80s as the label doesn’t have the bottle dating code bar as seen in the photo in this listing. I’ve heard mixed things about whether Festival was always a filtered gueuze, but given the complexity here, it comes across as though it was unfiltered. Dark golden orange body, just a thin layer of bubbles upon pouring. Super woody and musty nose with wet wood, springtime barn notes, earth, citrus, and moderate oxidation (nothing like a ton of older gueuzes that I’ve had the opportunity to have 50s Hanssens, 70s Eyelenbosch, 80s De Neve, etc). Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, lively acidity and tartness, lingering earthy/woody finish. Damn cool to try. PhillyCraft (8312) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pre 84 Bottle, generously shared by Ryan. pours soft gold orange with no head. Aromas and flavors are as dusty as you can get with some earth honey, wet cedar, lemons, christmas, light barn, vtg piano and all kinds of complex woodiness. What a cool treat to try, thanks meh. jcwattsrugger (12579) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2013
@jts 5/10/4-some offwhite bubbles-hazy amber/brown. A-funky, acetic, wood. T-acetic/pickle juice, tart fruit, wood. 77ships (11601) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2013
75 cl. bottle sampled @ Kraddel does 1K tasting. Procured by Kraddel. Cheers. Unknown Vintage – no indication of date on the bottle. Looks quite old – 1980s origin maybe? Cork is completely rotten through, blackened, crumbling apart entirely. Some filthy gunk on the bottle. I thought that all of the Eylenbosch beers were sweetened and pasteurized but this tasted like the real deal, wonderful surprise. Decanted the bottle – ridiculously murky overripe peach amber with a creamy white head. Surprised how much great carb. here. Nose is wow, so sour, incredible surprise, I am even getting acetone in the nose, big tart, vinegar, lots of fruits, musty,… Taste is big sourness, peaches, orange peel, vinegar, toffee, tart, light herbs, touch bitter herbs, lots of musty cellar in the best way imaginable, citrus, bitter barn, some citrus burn in the back of the throat. Thick very creamy body. Wonderful – wowza. This is a incredible geuze and beer. Far better than Sélection Lambic.
kraddel (9425) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2013
at my 1000th review tasting !
FUCKED UP CORK i pulled it out for 90 % ( in 15 pieces ) the rest kept stuck , with a hole in the middle wich we poured trough. it looked discusting.
how old is this , even ? no sign of bottledate, anywhere....
looks orange, smells very sour.
tastes very sour as well, combined with apples, and that ’dusty’ element ( this is at least 20 years old, so ... ) dont know what happened to the previous rated bottles ( were they even more fucked up ? ) cause this one was PHENOMENAL !
jredmond (8964) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Sampled at Clockwork’s 4K/5K/10K gathering 2013. Bottle pours a deep, hazy amber body with no head or lacing. Aroma is peach, light spice and faint weird cheese. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of fruit, light malt, spice, light acidity and faint cheese. blipp (10106) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle at the 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours amber with little head. Funky and oxidized in the nose. The flavor is tart and funky, with medium acidity, rhubarb, green grapes, and some nice lingering acidity. Pretty good. jtclockwork (17769) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle shared at my house for 5K/10K/4K. Pours dark brown. Nose and taste of sherry, wood, funk, caramel, funk, brine and aged apple cider vinegar. Touch of pickle juice. Very acidic. Finishes with lingering tart acid. Medium body. j12601 (13472) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle at James’s 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a rather clear orange amber. Smells of cheesy old cracker jack, salty umami, caramel pickles. A hint salty, malty and oxidized. Lots of cheesiness comes through toward the end, more salinity and tart acid. Very weird.