hopscotch (11043) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle (1984)... This beer rocks!... Lightly-hazed amber ale with no head. The bouquet is restrained and hard to pull from the glass, but it finally offers up lemony, funky notes of ancient cheese, horseblanket,manure and barnyard. Medium-bodied with tickling carbonation. The flavor is as sour as Hell, but also amazingly fruity with huge notes of pluot and apricot. The acidity is sharp, crisp and crystal clean. The funked-out, musty aroma doesn’t hint at the acutely acidic, fruity flavor and crisp, tart, clean finish. Ultra complex, fruity and flat out fantastic - from top to bottom - from start to finish. Big-time thanks to biggsbowler for acquiring this elusive, world-class rarity to share with the South Florida Crew! 50belair (3617) - Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Botte, ’84, generously shared by Randall. Clear burnt orange pour with a fleeting white head. Tart with lemon zest, butted orange, and grassy notes. Good body and mouthfeel. Impressive considering the age.... biggsbowler (624) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle ’84 - pours amber color. Nice tart and sour aroma. The taste is nicely sour, grassy, and horse blanket taste. For a 30 year old bottle, this was amazing!!! AdamChandler (4977) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Vintage from the 80s. bottle was incredibly dirty unsurprisingly. So musty on the nose like smelling an old basement with cheese rind and leather shoes. taste was just about the same. flat cheesy, stale, mild dessert wine port notes with dried cow dung. Considering the age, not bad but couldn’t get through the glass. tom10101 (6030) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle (375 ml) @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst. Vintage 1988. Dark amber with a medium off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is very sweet with caramel, cheesy notes, light funk and cardboard. Taste is sweet for a gueuze with oxidation notes, caramel, light funk and cardboard. Medium/heavy body. Moderate carbonation. The bottle has held up very well, but it probably wasn’t that good from the start. Too sweet. We had it side bu side with the Eylenbosch Faro from the same year and it’s sweeter than the Faro. It was nice to try it though.
JulienHuxley (5792) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
375ml bottle from Grote Dorst, 1988 vintage. Clear copper pour with white head, looks good for its age. Aroma is really sweet, intense caramel, cheesy funk, light cardboard, sherry. Taste is very sweet, sweeter still than the 88 faro actually, light carboard oxidization notes. Palate is also sweet, nice carbonation. I believe this bottle was in excellent condition, it just wasn’t very good. dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle from 1988 (!) shared by Kirk at the Grote Dorst, thanks! Pours a yellowy amber with almost no head. Aroma is deep caramel, bourbon, prunes, sherry, Sauternes, dark honey. Taste is syrupy Sauternes and orange marmalade, apricot jam, liqueur-like. Best before January 1991. Tasty, even if old and not at all sour. jtclockwork (16436) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle. 1981 vintage. Pours dirty brown with no head. Nose and taste of dirty earth, caramel, pond water, dirt and more dirt with some old farmhouse sludge. Lots of sediment. Well past its prime. Medium body. JefVerstraete (3304) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle, 25 cl.. Gueuze Eylenbosch cuvée spéciale, exp. date 1991. Nice amber colour, still a bit foam. Medium carbonation. This old beer has some oxidation. Sweet/sour taste with notes of caramel, citrus and candy sugar. I tought this was a traditional geuze without sugar or sweeteners, but it wasn’t. mcberko (17178) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
1990 Vintage. 375mL bottle at Grote Dorst, pours a fairly clear copper with a small white head. Aroma is full of dry cardboard, wood, and old dry leather. Flavour tastes very old, with notes of dry cardboard, wood, and leather. Tastes very old with no sign of any "off" notes despite this being 23 years old. I would love to have tried this new side-by-side with an old one, but this tastes fantastic. What a wonderful experience to try such an old beer.