I haven't been to Düsseldorf in years. Well, the airport doesn't count. Although I would love to get a day to myself to wander the Altsadt and do an Altbier pub crawl, it's not going to happen very soon, so I have to rely on bottles from the wonderful Trinkgut store.
Uerige Alt, a clear, deep reddish brown, is widely considered to be a characterful Altbier. I was approaching it carefully hoping my dreams would not be dashed. The flavour provides a toffee-like sweetness with slight salted butter undertones. With burnt caramel, wood and a slightly tannic/curacao bitterness combined with a slight wash of pears for good measure. It has a very smooth mouthfeel while drinking. This has a lot of interesting flavours that dart about while you drink, fading to a persistent dry bitterness that invokes that bitter orange that flashed through the flavour, mixed with a pine-like tannic quality. If this is how it is in the bottle, I have to try it from the cask. Complex and delicious.
Füchschen Alt shows a beaautiful, thick creamy-looking head on a burnished old-copper body. Te aroma suggests toast and almonds. The initial taste is interesting in that the mouthfeel is slightly oily and soft, while the body feels thin. Odd. It has a clean, pronounced hop bitterness with a herb-like character, and fruity, raisin-y elements with a touch of banana deep down. I got "that taste" that I don't like that I sometimes get with hop extract, and sure enough, they use hop extract. Why? I also thought it was interesting that the showed the bottled date and that the best before date was exactly a month after that. I had it a month and a week after the bottling date. I wasn't overly impressed with this, although I wouldn't have said no to another. I will of course try it again, and preferably fresher in the tavern. You really should visit their crazy website too.