notalush (5909) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2008
HUGE thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing this 20 year old bottle - freakin’ awesome - hazy straw colored beer - a lot of damn earth, cellar, cobweb in the aroma, with moderate undercurrents of blue cheese - a lot of leathery character in the aroma and flavor - enormous earthy complexity, and mild citrus tang - salivary gland stimulating sourness - some salty, briny qualities at the end - it’s certainly past it’s prime, though, as some stale, cardboard-ish notes are apparent - it’s still a real treat, though. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
1988 vintage, thanks to beastiefan2k. Aroma of luscious strawberry-raspberry-lemon complexities, oak, horsey funk, some almost gasoline-like funk. Flavor of tart, sour fruits, lemon juice. Lacked that fulfilling funk in the mouth. Still, delicious. LilBeerDoctor (4128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
1988 vintage shared by beastiefan2k. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of funk, cheese, horseblanket, oak. Flavor is puckering sourness, light fruits (apricot), sour rind, acidic. I found the palate watery. I think this beer has passed its peak. fonefan (50579) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
Bottle 75cl @ 17th Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2008.beastiefan2k (4053) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2008
[Vintage 1988 - from the old Eylenbosch factory] . Unclear hazy orange grey color with a virtually none appearance, virtually none lancing head. Aroma is green apple, sour - tart, oak, citrus. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, and a dry dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (240508)
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2010 This bottle has a soaked cork and has a good pop from the carbonation. Color is clear amber with visible carbonation and a small head. Aroma is mainly muddy leaves and wet wood (a lot of barrel I guess). Past that is a light, mild lambic, which is slightly lemon citric and sour. It is light malt-vinegar and mainly oak. Taste is a bit more lambic and less oak with a nice dryness at the end. Much more lively in the taste, where as it was much older on the nose. Not much acidity or anything else. Seems filtered and/or pasteurized since there is no heavy leftover sediment. Its easy drinking and light. A bit more funk and lemon citrus with the end of the bottle. Clouds up with light acidity as well, much better this way, but again still wasn’t thick enough to be sediment of a 24 year old bottle conditioned bottle. I liked it but it definitely was not spectacular or anything.7/3/7/3/15
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2008
750mL, 1984 vintage, heavier glass with a different gold foil than the one shown in the picture, from Grote, split 3 ways.
1988 vintage bottle from Grote, and this is one is more in line with the other ratings. Pours with a hazy orange body. Aroma is old barnyard, definitely affected by age and then bretty cobwebs. Some grainy malt and light vinegar as well. Taste is medium sour with aged acidity (sounds weird but thats exactly what it felt like). Finish is aged sourness, which is overridden by a surprising fruit vinegar. Light acidity and lots of lemon in the aftertaste. A much better aged version of this beer. To be accurate, i actually think the 84 was a slightly different lambic then the 88 version. 8/3/8/3/16.
Swing-top bottle, green and white label simply says "lambic." Frank Boon thinks it is the faro, and I am NOT inclined to agree. Slight pop from the swingtop. Aroma is oxidized but cheap lambic and faintly sour. Flavor is much more tart, some sourness, very little oxidization, and the tartness sits at the bottom of my throat for a while. Its way to tart and sour to be such an old Faro, supposedly 1982, so as old as I am, unless it got infected before bottling. Still has some life on it. 6/3/8/3/15
Bottle from 1988:
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2008
Aroma: minerals, mustiness, some fruitiness--like peaches and apricots, watermelons, some "greeness" like stems or leaves, hisbiscus flowers
Appearance: murky, dirty yellow, lots of yeast
Flavor: watermelon, jerky, slight smoked meat flavors, some mustiness and minerals
Palate: smooth still quite tart, some aged flavors but not overwhelming
Bottle at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2008. 1988 vintage: Cloudy amber with a thin film of bubbles that run to the sides of the glass. Aromas seem a bit subdued but very nice. Normal barnyardy funk with lactic acid, tart fruits, some white wine vinegar. Good musty earthiness and a touch of cork. Slightly grassy, or hay. Possibly a touch of malt in the back? Smooth is definitely the word! Once tasted you see how well this beer has aged. No negative effects from oxidation. Good tight sourness that is well blended into all the complex flavors. Fruity tartness. Apples. Mouth watering. Earthy. Finishes with a long dry acetic nature. Light sherry build-up towards end. Fantastic! Jerre (3800) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. Taste this 1988 vintage - old Eylenbosch factory- with Marc and Steven the day before Vilvordia ’08)
Hazy almost amber color, no head. Aroma very woordy, sourness and complex. Medium body.
Taste you don’t have the idae this beer is 20 years old: sour, malts, fruits, complex.
NICE ! diabel (1721) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2008
Bottle (1988 vintage - still from the old Eylenbosch factory)3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Hazy amber to copper body. Nicely coloured. Sour aroma of wood and barnyard: very complex and no hints whatsoever of age. Harshly sour flavour of fruit (apple, pear, ...): quite complex and very well balanced. Surpringly it has a lot of carbonation for its age. This is a sublime beer!!
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 1988 750ml had at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation, May 2008 (20 years cellared)
Pours from the bottle with bits of cork (it was stuck) a muddy dark orange/brown color. Heavily acidic and old (musty) metal and semi-oxidized bready malts in the nose. Sourness still holding up well, but there is some bit of wet cardboard oxidation in there. Damp crackers and bread and burnt peanuts at times (even some old meat and melon flavors), heavily acidic and tart, but overall very muddled. Really good, but somewhat faded.
7/3/7/4/15 = 3.6
1984 750ml consumed May 2009 (25 years cellared)
Golden color, light haze. Still somewhat fresh/zesty/active in the nose. Mellow acidity, some honey sweetness and some bubbly champagne-like carbonation. Slightly fatty/goaty, some faded white wine notes. Quite good. Better than the 1988 bottle I had a year before.
8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9