FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2011 A soft, steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a glass filling, three-finger thick, pale, just tanned, off-white colored head. The head leaves some nice lacing patterns on the sides of my glass as I work my way through this beer. The beer is an amber color that shows a clear, light amber with gold tinges to it hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and funky, it smells of woody, mushrooms still damp and with forest loam still stuck to them as I pour this beer. Sharp and tart smelling, this seems to have just a touch of acetic acid, but more of a urea like tart-spiciness, as well as a full, grapefruit like lactic acidity. Musty, slightly moldy, wild yeast notes mix with a woodiness from the oak. If you spend some focused time smelling this beer an ample, but otherwise unnoticed, grain character becomes noticeable; aromas of whole wheat crackers and crushed pale malt. The phenolics here provide a sharpness, that isn’t medicinal at all, but mixes in with the sharper acidic notes. Musty, woody pepper that has lost most of its spice, as well as a general funkiness that I wouldn’t say is really B.O. like, but does have an animal muskiness to it (of course this is all in the absolutely best sense of the description).
Spritzy, with an ample carbonation, the beer feels lively as it rolls across the tongue. Notes of urea, backed by a solid lactic acidity combine with the carbonic acid to make this beer even more lively. My first sip of this seems quite light and refreshing, and my palate is left with a lingering sourness as well as some phenolic mustiness and muskiness. Slightly medicinal tasting, this provides a firmness to the beer; it sort of has a chalky, or maybe hint of aspirin like flavor / texture to it as well. Funky mushroom flavors, mix with a musky, barnyard character and some limestone cave like earthiness form a backdrop to the lively tartness that is the focus of this beer. Soft grain notes, aren’t quite as prominent as in the nose, but form a nice base for the other notes; softly cracker like, more hay-like or dried grass like, but also with a lingering sourdough bread crumb like flavor that is just noticeable as a lingering suggestion on the palate after each sip.
As the beer warms up it becomes softer and rounder, the grain character seems to become fuller and help with this, though it is still not a major component of the flavor. While this beer is quite light and quaffable, it still has that fullness that a good Gueuze usually has. At times the hint of acetic acid seems to provide a sensation of sweetness to this beer; actually I like how light and subtle the acetic character is here, a good Gueuze really shouldn’t have any noticeable acetic character, and this one really doesn’t, what is here just adds to the complexity of this beer rather than intruding on the other flavors.
Mind blowingly good perhaps not, but damn I would certainly drink this every day if I could. It is really hard for this Lambic lover to not be really excited by this beer; it has likely lived up to the anticipation that I tried not to overdo as this bottle sat resting in my refrigerator. I really like how hearty the grain character is in the aroma; it is quite distinct & really just adds that extra something to the nose. While I don’t mind the subtle acetic character in this beer, this would likely be a lot closer to perfection without it.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by cquiroga (thanks!). Pours with a hazed golden-orange body with a white head. Aromas are amazing! Huge funk, white wine, lactic, peaches, stone fruit, acidic, hay, straw, grassy. Interesting esters, apple, pear, apricot. Very complex. Deep funk. Flavors show a large amount of acidity, and a very deep funk. Some white wine, stone fruit. A light, slightly contrasting malty sweetness that adds to the complexity (nearly like a light caramelization that only serves to balance). Fruity, yogurt/lactic acid. Light oak. Light, tart, complex. Lively bubbles, very dry. Amazing!
Jerre (2365) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taste this beer 2 times, first from (750ml bottle) @ Alvinne.
Second time @ 3 fonteinen self with Armand and 11 other beer people and may 2011.
Hazy golden color, with a off-white head.
Aroma very fruity (grapefruit, lemon) bit florals, and earthiness.
Medium tot full body.
Flavor again lemon, grapefruit, orange, nice soft mouthfeel and a dry finish. For me: the best gueuze ever drinking from 3 fonteinen !
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Phaleslu. Thanks a lot Peter! Pours golden with a medium white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit and barnyard funk. Flavor is lemon, funk and a bit of vinegar. Has a dry finish. Medium bodied. Overall a great beer.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Cloudy amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is a funked-out barnyard complete with heaps of manure-based fertilizer and bags of well-worn horse blankets. Also in the acidic assortment are a notation of lemon juice and a hint of vanilla. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The flavor is a remarkably balanced blend of lemony and funky acidity. Finishes tart, tangy and then dry. Balance and flavor like this are seldom achieved in blends of one and three-year-old lambics. Some day, every gueuze blender will be using one, two and three-year-old lambics… or not. Damn traditionalists. Meh. 50belair is the man. Thanks, Matt!
MadIndian (2305) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the prize of the night. A complex Lambic (Which I normally hate)
The aromas and tastes changed as it warmed.
Nice orange medium pour. Sourh aroma, but not over bearing. The first sip was a sweet, but then it balanced to a perfect tart / sour blend. The finish was a bit citrus lemon and grass. I really liked it alot!
phaleslu (5868) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle, although it felt like it weighed about double that, purchased from a local guy who had a case. Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium white fizzy head that sticks around the whole time. Aroma of grapefruit, lemon juice, wood, herbal funk, lemongrass, straw, and sawdust. Flavor of lemon, white grapes, woodsy and dry funk, herbs, mild vinegar and lactic acid, and leather. Medium-bodied, with a dry, tart, funky, and somewhat coating mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I’ve had a bunch of amazing gueuzes lately but this one seems to be the head of the class. Amazing complexity and balance. Perfectly refreshing during a mid-summer heat wave. Hit the spot in every way.
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pale orange pour with a huge white head. A bit of a gusher. All kinds of lemon zest, mild funk, and citrus aromas. The taste pretty much follow suit. A very polished geuze with fantastic balance. Kudos Armand.....
jtclockwork (7109) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours orange. White head. Nose/taste of tart citrus, wild yeast, basement aromatics, funky cheese and old wood. Moderate tartness. Extremely well balanced.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a glowing golden with a nice full offwhite head. Aroma is musty, cheesey when swirled, cool eucalypti, a flutter of mintiness. Incredible aroma that fills my face. Flavor is delicate, perfectly balanced with notes of cheesey funk, light playful acidity, and cool basement. The flavor lingers for eternity, coating the mouth with titillating acidity and light minty must . If you are looking for the perfect gueze, look no further.