Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle at WSF. 1988 vintage. Pours hazy golden coloured with a thin white head. Oxidized aroma with notes of marzipan, rotten wood, berries, earth, forest floor and some spices that tickles the nose. Dry and tart flavour with mouldy notes of mature beer, tannins, balsamic vinegar and spice - almost hot.. Amazing brew, even after 21 years in a cellar. Oakes (18167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
1988 bottle made by Eylenbosch, not de Keersmaeker. Murky. Head fizzed up but promptly disappeared. Light tannic, leathery character with a hint of tartness. Some peach notes, plus pear. Tannic, but quite rounded and refined at this point. Fresh acidity and a long finish with a hint of sweetness. Light nutty character with lots of lemon at the end. Crazy - what a blast to drink this 21-year-old original.CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Eylenbosch Faro, 1988 bottle. Hazy light amber. The aroma is sugary with some caramelly notes. Maybe a bit smoked - these phenols are coming from yeast degradation though. A hint of tartness late, and some apple skins, but this is clearly too old. 4-2-5-2-10.
1988 bottle generously shared by ygtbsm94 on 1/10/09: Pours a clear amber orange with a thin-lacing wispy white head. Aroma of complex toasty caramel and mild tartness with a touch of peaty scotch character. Body starts with faint carbonation and nice light malty sweetness with toffee notes and good crisp tart balance with a touch of oak. Has some acidic warmth in the finish, but has aged extremely well. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
1988 Bottle at WSF. Cloudy dark orange and a little carbonation. Wood, apple, pear, totally unique aromas. A bit of bandaid though. I think it is showing some age, but is a sturdy beer. Nice palatable, drinkable palate. Bright, fun, very herbal. Fresh, like drinking a garden. Lovely and crisp. Even found some kumquat character here. Dedollewaitor (16229) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2009
To Celebrate my 700th Belgium Beer. Bottle @ WSF. Vintage 1988. 75cl Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small creamy white head. Tart, mouldy, woody, grapes and cellar. Very complex and still world class. Kind of mellow and smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Vague vinegar tickles the cheek. Ends tart and dry. 21 years of age and still wonderful.
Christian (13753) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2009
1988 bottle at the best beer festival in the world - weekend of spontaneous fermentation. Muddy orange with a small white head. Despite beeing rather oxidized, the aroma is really exciting. The fruity note reminds me of Northern Scandinavian cloudberries. Funk like leather, rotting wood (think old park bench) and earth or mud. Really dry and tart, funky and vineous fruity flavour, with a touch of vinegar. MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 1988 vintage @ WSF. Pours hazy orange and practically still. Aroma is slightly sour with oxidation notes. Taste is funky still with some cardboard present. A good bit of lemon still left in this one. Finishes decently and not very spritzy at all. Not bad for a 20 year old lambic. 6/4/7/3/14
1984 vintage courtesy of Andy. Pours brownish and still. Aroma is quite oxidized and caramel sweet almost. Doesn’t seem too promising until you taste it. Pretty much the exact opposite. Big puckering tartness; lemons and acetic acid. Some oxidative sweetness in there as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and finish is plenty sour. I rather liked this despite the sensory confusion. 6/3/8/3/16 MiP (15943) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2009
1987 bottle, 22 years old. Nice citric aroma, hint of metal. Cloudy amber colour. Very small white head. The flavour starts off with a little farty malt and then turns citric. The citric note is late and slightly vinegary. Not mouthpuckering, and not entirely clean. BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2009
84 vintage shared by mj, thanks man. Poured a lightly hazy orange color with some brown edges and a bubbly white head that faded to a thin layer. Tart, funky aroma with some dry fruit (berry and apple skin), some horse blanket, and a strong barnyard yeastiness. Crisp, lightly tart entry with some tart fruit (berry, green apple) and some funky barnyard yeastiness that imparts some nice horse blanket and cobweb flavors before finishing with some dry woodiness. Low carbonation, smooth and puckering on the palate. Very enjoyable beer, thanks a bunch to Mike for sharing. Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 1, 2009
1988 Vintage 37,5 bottle @ Akkurat. Deep golden with a lasting creamy white head I’ve never expected to see in a beer like this. The aroma is sweet, a little oxidized and quite corky, but funky and lively nevertheless. A strange mix of sweetness and sourness. The flavour is sweet with just a little lemony tartness.