biggsbowler (629) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle - pours a murky brown. The smell is raisins, vinegar, and sourness. The taste is nicely tart with vinegar, dark fruits, and berries. It’s pretty good for a 10yr old beer. adamnowek (3195) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 There was a bit of a vinegar smell. The alcohol is super mild. Really fresh. Almost no head. Unbelievable. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Pours deep reddish brown with finger thick tan head. Subtle in all ways; tartness, fruit, malt. It was hard to get this one and I’m glad I tried it, but I wouldn’t trade the farm to get another. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2004 brought back by Todd and shared. Thanks! (I think this is the 3rd time I’ve had this, so it’s nice to actually have the rating.)
A: Clear brown color, no head, some lacing.
N: Nail polish, wine grape, honey, grapefruit rind and lemon zest.
T: Tart, slightly sweet, and some acetone.
M: Light body. Very acidic.
O: This is probably the best of the 3 bottles I have tried. The other two were much sweeter, this one has a pleasing tartness. I am worried about its age, 10 years old might be pushing the limit on what it can do. Sledutah (7792) - Utah, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2004 bottle shared at the Portland tasting, thanks
Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
Clear golden with a small white head, no lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, mild sweet caramel. Taste is fruity, grapes and vinegar
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2014 Exceptional Rodenbach release in 2008, unblended beer taken from one specific wooden barrel, brewed four years earlier. Thin, loose, unstable, light beige head, colour deep amber, clear, notably lighter than expected from a Rodenbach. Complex vinous and extremely estery aroma, mango, passion fruit, sour cherries, dry sherry, tomato, hay, vanilla, woody tannins, white wine, champagne, sour yoghurt. Tart onset with a soft, lactic acidity and a hint of sharp citric acidity, utterly fruity, refreshing and cleansing the palate, sweet caramelly and honeyish malt base, very vinous and almost champagne-like, long finish, complex, woody, tart and drying, almost reminiscent of a lightly sweetened geuze, alcohol very well hidden. Fantastic brew with huge ageing potential, I tasted a 10 year old sample recently and it had developed a more mellow and rounded, but very noble, even more vinous character. I hope they do this again someday. Homer321 (5170) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle shared by Bytemesis! Yet another want-list beer! Apple and pear in the nose, some cherry. Nearly a still pour. Very tart and winey flavors with some slightly sweet malt character. Low on the pie-like flavors, some light cherry as it warms and a mild acidity throughout. Seems as though there are some oxidation issues, but given the age, I’m not surprised. Enjoyable. bytemesis (9005) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle, 2004 vintage from Secret Santa - thanks! Shared at the homer "welcome to California" tasting. Pours crystal clear reddish amber, tiny off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is funky basements, a bit of fruitiness, apple, vinous - white wine. Flavor is oxidized yes, medium sweet, light tart and light funk. Ciderlike in some ways. Medium body. Interesting experience. barn0216 (550) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
2004 bottle. Looks like clear apple cider. Pungent fruity aroma, sour apple. Sour flavor, a bite of lactose, bread and alcohol. Interesting, not bad for a ten year old beer but it doesn’t quite come together with the best. Macegan75 (848) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle from Tom Foley split with Matt Capone, Kevin Wilk & Tom. Pours hazy brown to red with little head. Nose is acetic acid, funk and earthy notes. First sip is mild cherries, bit of oxidation, mild acetone. Beautiful finish which stArts fruity switches to sour quickly. Great beer . Thanks, Tom.