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Eylenbosch Gueuze - Brouwerij Mort Subite

Eylenbosch Gueuze
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 21.69%


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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Floydster on 06-12-2009)
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

1.9/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

375ml bottle, I think from 1988 or something. Lost my notes, but didn't really need them with this. Long story short, a complete buttery mess. Just nasty butterscotch, something has gone wrong here. I would have liked to have tried one of the "epic" bottles of this, but diacetyl just took over this poor bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 19:58:48 | More by JAXSON
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

2.73/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a wine glass.
Best Before: June 1993

A massive thanks to Futura for this one.

Appearance: Eylenbosch Geuze pours a lightly hazed amber-orange colour and appears pretty flat, with a rough pour not even yielding a a hint of a head. The beer does seem thicker than normal for a sour, with a swirl resulting in a light film on the glass.

Smell: Sadly it doesn't seem as though there is much in the way of sourness left in this beer, as the initial nose is comprised almost entirely of sweet apple juice, with a little old cork also present. After a few minutes the nose opens up with notes of old books, mushroom, sweet fruitiness and some oxidization, but still nothing in the way of sourness.

Taste: As the nose suggested, there is nothing in the way of tartness and is in fact rather sweet. The flavour offers a ton of apple juice, a little cardboard oxidization, some old cork and a little old wood.

Mouthfeel: As expected, the beer is absolutely still with no trace of carbonation what so ever and the body is medium, with an odd hint of stickiness.

Overall: Having tasted both this and the Eylenbosch Kriek, I can't help but think that these beers were sweetened and somewhat like the modern Lindeman's and I think that is the reason that they haven't aged gracefully like many other lambics.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 20:35:58 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from De Heeren during our last day in Belgium. Ordered from the cellar list. They didn't know the exact year, but the guess was one of the bottles from the late 80's, so I'm guessing probably the 1988 vintage given the prevalence of that one. Reviewed from notes.

Served from a lambic basket into a HORAL mini gueuze tumbler.

Pour was the color of a dark apple cider with no head or lacing. Probably to be expected from a 20+ year old beer.

The nose was quite nice with light apple cider character and quite a bit of funk plus some mild acidity. There was a lice earthiness throughout. The flavor was a bit more acidic with a bit more cider and less funk. Body was super smooth. Light to medium body with light funk through the finish and a bit of acidity. Very clean and a pleasure to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:47:25 | More by Thorpe429
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1984 bottle.
Pours almost flat and remarkably hazy, almost a grayish yellow.
The aroma is odd butterscotch and salty notes with a deep funkiness that really doesn't dominate the aroma like the salt water does.
The flavor is all sorts of lemon sourness with some apply fruitiness and a deep intense earthiness. There is some leathery and salty briny notes in there as well, this beer is all sorts of weird and lovely.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 15:13:25 | More by BieresDesMoines
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by BucketBoy. Thanks so much Joe!

1984 vintage

The beer is golden to apricot in color with a small, fleeting head. The aroma brings well water, mineral scents. Notable signs of age in both the aroma and flavor. A touch of cider. Nice pucker and tartness in the finish. Citrus flavors have faded for the most part. Earthy and mineral notes. What a cool experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:22:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1984 bottle. Pretty excited to drink a beer that is a few years older than me.

Pooured into a tulip.

Pours a light fizzy head. Color is a hazed peach orange.

Aroma: Sour with lots of funk. A big peach flavor with some other fruit notes. Also get some spices. Then comes the vinegar and acidic flavors.

Taste: The vinegar and acidic flavors come early for the taste. It is sharply sour and tart. There seems to be some fruit flavors of apples, peachers, and lemons. This beer is very funky.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and mouthpuckering. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Very tart and funky.

Overall, this beer was very good. It seemed to have held up very well. It was interesting to taste a beer as funky as this was. I could probably have a few glasses of it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 19:01:52 | More by mothman
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to FooFaa for selecting this vintage 1984 gem from Ebenezer's cellar and sharing with our group on 2/27/10! Opened and served by Chris, owner of Ebenezer's, and poured into a wine glass.

A - Appeared from the dusty bottle as a cloudy reddish orange liquid with surprisingly quite a bit of carbonation for a Gueuze bottled when I was ten years old! No head, unfortunately, which also meant no lacing.

S - The Gueuze packs an intense funkified musty basement character with a characteristic earthy quality. Aroma suggests sour fruit, band-aid, acidic notes and an herbal spice character. Needless to say, the aroma was ridiculously complex and definitely benefitted from such a laborious aging process.

T - Aggressively tart and sour with a potent astringency and acidity, suggesting citrus fruit and sour Sweet Tarts candy. Hint of saltiness in the backend.

M - Light bodied with a bristly, prickly mouthfeel and a very sharp tartness on the palate. Finish is quite dry and acidic with an astringent quality.

D - This reminded me of (for lack of a better description), a very tart pink lemonade. Needless to say, I found this to be an exemplary example of the Gueuze style and, while not one of my favorite styles, this one was probably the best I've ever had... how could it NOT be? Thanks Dan!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 17:00:54 | More by ffejherb
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Floydster

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle thanks to Yves over in Belgium, thanks a lot for this gem man, have had two different vintages of this now, shared this bottle at Blue Palms last night with Chris and a few others, poured into a tulip glass

A-Golden yellowish orange color, 1/4 inch of slightly bubbly white head that did not last long, not much carbonation left in here but that was not expected by any means, some legs but no lacing in this bad boy
S-Citrus including orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon juice, also funkiness, white grapes, oxidization, brettanomyces, wild yeast, mangoes, oak, saltine crackers, light wheat, barnyard, and other sour aromas
T-Starts off with a big citric acid welcoming, not a big tart like most gueuzes but more a rounded sourness, citrusy and sour fruits make up the middle, finish is both sour and very dry at first, as it warms the tartness becomes more developed and that is when I really notice the wood in there, lots of lemon after a while too, puckering in the last few sips with a mix of sweetness and granny smith apples, not vinegary at all but rather very acidic with citrus
M-Citrusy with a lemon lime sprite-like feel, dry, acidic, sticky, burning, and sour mouthfeel, medium bodied on the thicker side, like I said before there is light carbonation, aftertaste lasts a very long time and is mainly because of its acidity
D-Good drinkability for how acidic this is, tingles the throat a little but still not very harsh for the style, can even be refreshing at times, the drinkability could be better but still goes down pretty easily and no alcohol present, really enjoyed this stuff overall

This gueuze is a great interpretation of the traditional style, I would take this anyday over a lot of the super hyped sours out there, it is truly awesome, I look forward to having again in the future, recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:11:11 | More by Floydster
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seaoflament

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey for opening up this bottle at the 'You Bring the Cheese Tasting' which took place on July 25-26th 2009. This seemed to be a 1984 vintage.

Mesmerizing and gross...Once we took off the foil we could see some black fungus or gunk surrounding the mouth of the bottle and covering the top of the cork. Opening this bottle really took some teamwork. The cork seemed like it was going to break into pieces as Chris was removing it, a piece of about an inch in length did break off. The beer was hazy, cloudy, and a light orange color with hardly any head, good ring retention though.

Super funky on the nose, loads of cheese, wet and rotten wood, very musty, lemons, maybe a bit of honey in the background, kind of hard to describe the sweetness I was getting. A bit of sulfur, nail polish remover, rotten lemons and citrus fruits. Very complex with an aggressive funk, must, and cheese profile.

Really tart lemons, oak, must, hay, horse blanket, sour grapes, grapefruit, lots of rotten wood and rotten citrus flavors as well, some sweet wheat flavors mid-way, and a salty finish. Moderate carbonation with a very dry and puckering finish. Nice acidity and settles well in the stomach so the drinkability felt high, yet this was a beer that begs to be sipped and is overwhelming on the palate. A great beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:34:57 | More by seaoflament
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, what do we have here? A beer from 1984! Thanks, Joey. Opening this beer proved to be an enjoyable challenge, what with the cork looking like it needed CDC certification

A: Hazy orange with a thin white head.

S: Insane amounts of funk along with an aroma that reminds me of wet cork. There's a lot of honey and citrus with candied lemons. Very funky, with musty, barnyard aromas, and wet oak.

T: Opens up sour with a musty, mildewy wet wood character before a big, bright citrus sourness with limes, lemons and grapefruit. Cork is present on the palate too. Cheesy and funky. Finishes dry and sour, drier than anything I've had. A definite tobacco character is observed on the finish

M: Light, *extremely* dry, with a rather light carbonation. Excellent

D: Unique, I'm thankful for the chance to try this beer. It's also one that makes me want to buy multiple cases of every authentic gueuze I can find and age for 20+ years.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 21:21:44 | More by DefenCorps
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1984 vintage. This beer is as old as me. This was brought to our tasting by Lord South Bay at on 7/25/09 - 7/26-09. Thanks Joey!

I removed the wrapping around the top of the bottle and beheld the most rancid and funky cork I'd ever seen. We slowly and carefully removed it from the bottle, but it was so fragile that even then we almost broke it in half.

The beer is hazy golden orange with a one finger fluffy white head.

The aroma is a lot of oak, with lemon, orange, and honey. The beer smells highly acidic. The Brett funk is unbridled, cheesy, and salty. Notes of cat piss, wet horse blanket, and barnyard mustiness are present. There's lots of wood and some earthiness as well.

The flavor opens up with soft citrus notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit. A heavy wood flavor is pervasive, with notes of cheese. Brett is more restrained in the flavor than it was in the nose, imparting notes of horse blanket and musty barnyard. Acidity is medium at all times, bordering on high. The beer is tart throughout the flavor, but more so in the dry, acidic, citrus finish.

The beer is light bodied with and effervescent. The mouthfeel is acidic and incredibly dry

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 18:13:50 | More by HopHead84
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largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'84 vintage, thanks for sharing this one, Joey!

Murky, muddy pale amber body. Plenty of carbonation, but no head to speak of. The aroma is loaded with funk; musty damp basement, soil, rotting lemons, cheese, urine and other excrement; just over the top funky. There's a surprising hint of sweetness as well, almost honey-like. The taste is hilariously sour, with bracing lemon juice-like acidity. It's literally like biting into a lemon. There's plenty of cheesy funk backing up the sourness, along with some earthy, tannic wood flavor. Crisp, dry mouthfeel, just a hint of sweetness up-front leading into a long and intensely sour finish. One of the most complex and interesting beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 22:48:09 | More by largadeer
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I figured this beer would be worthy of review #1000. A huge thanks to Dstructo for not only bringing this to, but sharing it at, Stone Sour Fest 2010!

Bottle from 1982 (gotta love drinking a beer that's older than I am).

A: The pour is a muddled brown/copper/dark amber color with no head and some minimal carbonation bubbles.

S: The tartness is immediately noticeable, but surprisingly still not in a terribly degraded sense. The nose is quite lactic and pugent, but only a hint of vinegar (impressive for a 28 year old beer). A moderate funkiness that is quite earthy and somewhat barnyard like (hay, wet wood).

T: The funk is surprisingly not as pronounced in the flavor. A bit of musty wet oak, some hay, and a bit of earthiness, but not a huge brett flavor. Good tartness all around, in fact, this is one of the more sour beers I've had. The vinegar/acetic quality is minimal, and the tartness is very lactic and lemony.

M: The body is quite light and the carbonation is there, but not overdone, either. Fairly minimal carbonation for what you might expect for a gueuze, to be honest.

D: This is one beer that I've really wanted to try very badly and I was so pleased to have the opportunity. And even better, it was actually a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 16:05:15 | More by womencantsail
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koopa

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1984 Bottle purchased from the House of Geuze in Belgium. Old dirty green bottle with yellow wrapper on the top. The cork seemed to be covered in earth / potting soil. The bottle appeared to be about 3oz lower than the other bottles I got (3 in total). The second I placed any pressure on the cork, it pushed straight into the bottle. Makes me wonder if I lost any carbonation on this bottle. I will have to re-review the next time I open another one.

Appearance: Pours a 1 dimensional dull orange with no head or lace. I wouldn't call it dull, probably more "at peace" than anything :)

Smell: Oh baby this is one fine smelling vintage gueuze. Moderate sourness, a healthy dose of sweet honey, a healthy dose of barnyard, minor urine soaked hay note, and some lemon spritz from the brett. I'd give it a 4.7 if I could.

Taste: Goes down with some barnyard and the finish is all lemon! It's hard to tell if the hint of earth in the finish is from the brew barrel or from the sediment on the cork that got pushed into the bottle. I'll know next time I have another bottle but either way I like it! Good notes of rotting lemon and grapes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Definitely missing some carbonation but it isn't flat by any means. I do suspect though that the next bottle I drink will score higher in this department.

Drinkability: For a gueuze with this much brett development (heavy lemon bitterness) it is going down quite well.

A fantastic gueuze....Thanks Yves! My other two bottles seem to be (after a visual inspection) in much better shape than this one I sampled so hopefully they will be even better!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 22:38:52 | More by koopa
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another rare treat Chris had opened up at the Lion's Pride, 1984 vintage gueuze, almost as old as me. The bottle that was opened up did have a label for us to analyze, although for the most part it was pretty scuffed up and fairly illegible.

Pours a golden color although I'm pretty sure it had a good amount of orange in it (with low lighting and a copper color bar top, it's hard to tell), there's carbonation! Not much head or lacing, but a decent amount of carbonation for a bottle as old as me. The cap pretty much disintegrated upon opening, but the cork saved the day, came out without a hitch (I've certainly had problems with "decaying" corks before).

Smell at first was off-putting, it came across as astringent and moonshine like, but eventually my nose came around and told me it was honey, loads of sweet honey with spice.

The taste is definitely on the sweeter side and the sourness that might have been for this gueuze is almost but gone yet you could tell it used to be there, picking up that sweet sweet honey again with hints of funk aftertaste, quite syrupy but I could easily drink more of this.

Probably the most unique gueuze I've had so far in that it's not very "gueuze-like" after 26 years. Seriously, this beer is almost as old as me and is most definitely the oldest beer I've ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:16:53 | More by deltatauhobbit
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

'84 vintage (my birth year!), purchased earlier this year from In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst, and opened with good friends at a truly epic Lambic tasting on 8/25/12. Poured from the 750ml corked bottle in a Lambic basket into a 3 Fonteinen wine-style glass. Review #1500.

A: The cork has been completely soaked through, but it seems as though the moisture has been kept contained by the cap and yellow plastic shrink-wrap. The cork comes out in one solid piece, and the beer pours a cloudy, bright orange body with a thin, fizzy head of white foam that settles into a solid ring. It's just ok, but I'm excited to see carbonation at all given the leakage issue.

S: The aroma is old, musty, delicate, and earthy. There's lots of flinty, gunpowdery minerality; oaky cobwebs; and dry grape skin. As it warms, some more purely acidic fruit notes come out - lemon and peach. It's very complex, aromatic, and deep. Amazing.

T: Mmm. There's rich fruity sourness right up front, with lemon and tropical fruit flavors quickly giving way to dry mustiness and profound loamy earthiness. Very dry and oaky with lingering acidity on the finish. Delicious, and remarkably different from the nose. Terrific.

M: Light-to-medium body with light, soft carbonation and intense prickly acidity. Interesting.

O: This was one of the most complex and most delicious Geuzes I've ever had, and it was truly a special moment in an incredibly special evening. It's such a shame that this brewery has gone under, as this was truly a masterpiece of blending and aging. The funkiness was similar to that found in my beloved 3 Fonteinen Lambics, and was balanced with just enough fruitiness to keep any one aspect from dominating. So, so good. I wish I could afford to order more.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:26:24 | More by woosterbill
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tpd975

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dstruco for this rare gem. One of my favorites of the ratebeer winter gathering which was no small task.

1984 Vintage.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish pink with a small head. No retention or lace to speak of.

S: Aromas of funky cheese, earthy barn yard funk. Mild floral notes with hints of hay and citrus.

T: Just wow, a real drinking experience. So complex for a gueuze. Citrus and cheese. Earth and cheese. Perfect level of acid, and vinegar. Boldly sour.

M: Light and zippy. Very dry finish.

D: Awesome. Expertly crafted, one of the best beers to ever pass my lips.

Ryan thanks for plunking down the $$$ for this one. It is one I am honored to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 21:18:57 | More by tpd975
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, Thanks to FooFaa for acquiring this bottle for us to share!

Poured implementing the traditional lambic method into wine glasses obviously the unfiltered lambic-*Note according to Burgundian Babble Belt -Frank Boon:
"Posted by Frank Boon on 01/17/2010 12:54:00 PM

After the Eylenbosch brewery was sold in 1983 they only produced "filtered" Gueuze. Filtered Geuze is a kind of blend of Lambic and top fermented beer, not the real stuff.
For a long time they sold their old stock of traditional gueuze (until 1990?). These bottles have no label (white dash of chalk), are closed with a wine-cork and a yellow or gold small plastic sleeve around the neck.

If your bottle has a cork+wire, it is a filtered one. It will have sediment, but this is not yeast.

If it has a white dash and is still foaming, it may be a wonderfull surprise.


A - A mellow golden clouded appearance w/ modest quick it's there, now it's gone carbonation that makes a ring of pin sized bubbles the
color strikes me as a caramel sunset

S - A smell that is so complex it is hard to put into words! a blend of sweet and sour grape aromas, oak and floral elements w/ mild funky accents not really off putting at all but contribute highly to the nose w/ a hint white pepper and mild orange rind. There are light herbal hints but the nose also has a gentle aroma of persimmons under the citric aromas

M - The right mix of lemony tartness and sweet pineapple like acidity which has balance that outweighs its acid and tannic qualities. The lambic is both light on the tongue and wild w/ fruit notes and light toasted oak texture - the feel is good but leads you right to the taste...

T - Holy Hyena Harpsichord - the Best flavor I could not even imagine a taste this sublime - I did not want it to end with one glass or two or...
A light grape and passionfruit blends with sweet pear and mellow grapeskin flavors, but the acidity in taste is pleasant and layered w/ mild lemon rind and hints of vanilla. The intensity is great but not to the extreme of grapefruits, just delicous citrus delivering both the sweet and sour in one forceful action, the flavor lasts on the palate long after the liquid is swallowed like ripples of pleasant flavor echoing in the taste buds

D - I wish I could say I was exaggerating, but this is hands down the best gueuze experience I could imagine let alone actual have - The layers of taste peel back and beckon for each additional sip the aging has contributed wondrously to the mellowness and complexity yet still retaining the sweet sourness every gueuze fan longs for

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 18:06:11 | More by Slatetank
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cbanker

California

4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bdige for sharing this at SourFest. Review written same day from memory and notes.

1982 Bottle - wine cork with yellow wrap, unmarked green bottle. Some degradation of the cork and some pieces were floating in the beer, but the cork came out intact. Cork said Eylenbosch and something else that I couldn't decipher.

Opened with a nice hiss, but no gushing. Poured carefully into sour fest taster glasses.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow-orange. Low head that faded pretty quickly.

Aroma: Lemon, stone fruits, mild funk, a little bit of "basement". Nice blend of sour and funk, along with some extended aging scents.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin mouthfeel, which is appropriate to the style. Medium-high carbonation.

Flavor: Sharp lemony tartness that starts to show some peach and apricot flavors as it fades. Moderate funk and aging character. A little bit of extended aging character that resembles the basement aroma. A very enjoyable blend of tartness, fruit, and funk. It is quite tart, so definitely a slow sipper.

Overall Impression: A well-aged, fine example of an early 80's lambic. I'm impressed by how well this beer has stood the test of time. I haven't had many extremely old lambics and this is my first from the 80's, but I truly enjoyed sampling this beer. Dr. Bill, who is more familiar with long-term aged lambics, sampled this with us and said it was slightly past its prime, but still outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 05:50:25 | More by cbanker
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1984 Vintage bottle, at In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst; July 2010
It was pretty cool to pass the long closed Eylenbosch Lambic brewery as we drove our way from the airport to this, open only on Sunday for three hours and no other days of the week, cafe. The bottle arrives covered in a thick layer of dust and the cork at the top seems to have a thin layer of black mold / rot to it, luckily most of the cork, including that touching the beer is in prime condition. The beer pours into my straight sided, traditional Lambic tumbler (even with the Eylenbosch brewery markings) with a brilliantly clear, bright, pale gold color that doesn't show a hint of oxidative darkening. The head is bubbly with a thin, just barely off-white colored head. The beer smells lightly tart as I visually inspect it; a closer smell reveals notes of cork, a touch of cider-like notes as well as a lactic acidity that is not especially over-powering. The actual cork smells like a mossy forest bed. As the beer warms aromas of oak, or perhaps it is the woody cork, become more noticeable. A fruitiness starts to come out more too (though it is nondescript, but seems to remind me of cider or pears), mushroom like aromas also become more noticeable. After thinking about it for a bit I think the fruitiness here really is better described as being from an unripe version of a fruit. Very nice, and very vibrant smelling, you would never guess this was 26 years old.

The beer as it first hits my tongue has a biting sourness to it that is especially noticeable after the soft Kriekenlambik that I just had; big lactic notes, viscously stick to the palate as does some tannins from the oak character (though this last is fairly subdued, though it comes out more as it warms up). Flavors of urea add some extra sharpness to the acidity; there is even a hint of a burn as the beer goes down my esophagus. This is very, very vibrant and fresh tasting considering the edge; it is definitely something to marvel over. If this was aggressively funky at one point, then it has certainly mellowed with age; there are still some sweaty, leather-like notes, some woody mushroom flavors and just enough acetone to contribute positively to the flavor profile and complexity. The tannins in the finish lay on the palate with a light astringency that makes you want to take another sip. The texture is made that much more fantastic when you consider the age; light, yet it has a lactic slickness, boosted by oak-tannins, with a light-zippy carbonation, each of this combine to create a superbly drinkable beer.

This is hard to not judge this beer as the perfect experience; an ancient bottle, still so vibrantly fresh, shared among friends, and an exquisite beer, with a visually old bottle that few will have the opportunity to try again (including myself). My second pour of this beer I was able to pour out the last drop because the sediment at the bottom of the bottle was so compacted with age; it only picked up a touch of haze. The hint of sediment adds an earthy complexity to both the nose and the flavor. An outstanding beer experience, one which was unexpected on this first day of my trip.

Serving type: bottle

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