theSlipperyPen (294) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
It is surely unfair to rate this beer so long after it’s best before date (being 2005). It would never have had the body or alcohol content to hold it up for five years; but I’m sipping it now and here are my thoughts. Firstly, thanks to Mark for this present. You are the man. The bottle opened with a sharp hiss and immediately lifted some bubbles up the neck. A good sign that the thick layer of yeast has done its share over the years to eat away at the sugars and raise up the ABV, which must have gone up a full percentage. The beer is a light amber, definitely hazed due to sediment, and holds a finger of very loose white head. This recedes, but for most remains as a circle around the glass. The nose is not at all what I was expecting; at first it’s offensively sour but, as the beer takes its first long awaited breaths, it opens up to a softer earthy aroma. In this way the beer has turned into an accidental Gueuze. But judged in this category it’s not at all bad. In fact, I rather like it. Yes, there is souring in the nose and on the palate - but nothing more than an Orval and nothing near a Cantillon; and there’s none of the harsh acidity found in some lambics. What there is are hints of white flowers, spring grass and sodden hay, farmyards and elderberries. Of the malt, a touch of honey has remained but it is there as flavour rather than sweetness. This beer is bone dry; again, very lambic-like. The carbonation level is high, with the beer almost frothing in the mouth, and this works with the peculiar taste. The more I drink of this the more I like it and I’m growing fond of the finish; it’s a subtle mix of petals and perspiration; very dry, progressively sour and refreshing. No doubt about it, it’s way past its prime and perhaps nothing like it was intended to be but at the same time something wonderful has happened here: this strange beer has gone its own way. And as long as it doesn’t give me a stomach upset, I’m prepared to follow it. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 27, 2006
Slightly in reddish hue m murky copper looking ale, Small head on top. Aroma was of citric nose, slightly sour in character, apricot with gentle hop finish. Dry with low carbonation, spicy, nutmeg, light bitter hoppy feel. Rare beer , Thanks Doug . DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
Aroma is yeast and malt with notes of fruit. Cloudy yellow/golden, pours a small white head. Sweet malt flavour to start, with mild kumquat also. Tangy, malty and dry. Terrific, in that it is so rare! Thank You so much to my neighbour’s sister Dorothy!