Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unlabelled bottle at the source. Shared with BigMomma. Murky variegated golden brown color, massive dark tan head with flavor flecks. Amazing retention. Aroma is spectacular! "That’s from the Challenger hops," said Armand. I’m the only one who uses them." Scents of rye flour, leather, sesame, biscuits and grandma’s attic. Taste is toasted dark bread, citrus and sesame breadsticks. Wonderful.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from bottle. Lemon, oak, vanilla, pineapple and lychee in the aroma. Sour flavor with lemon, honey, oak, pineapple. Well rounded and matured. Amazingly complex. Great gueuze!
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by GT2 for my 6,000th rating. Pours hazy orange with a small, bubbly white head, medium-short retention with light lacing. Aroma is funky and barnyard yeast, black walnut, sour grapes, fruity esters, hay and straw malt with spicy hops. Flavor is sour and tart grapes, fruity esters, black walnuts, light malt, barnyard and earthy with a vinous character and a dry finish. Light body and warmth, high carbonation.
FatPhil (8995) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (RBESGG2011, Grand Tasting)
Words do not do this justice. Right off, with a big broad stroke, this is a stunning gueuze. Massively fruity retronasals. Crisp and very sharp body. Refreshing, tangy, enlivening, and uplifting. And so moreish. Pretty much a perfect gueuze.
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of skycracksopen. Very generous, thank you! Very cloudy, golden orange appearance with a well carbonated, off white head. Delicious funky, lemon citrusy, cheesy, vanilla, dusty, herbal aroma. Really fantastic aroma. A touch chewy, lemon citrusy, tangy tart yeasty, very nice yeasty, refreshing, funky, barnyard flavor. Not overly sour. Refreshing and fucking delicious stuff!
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well 5000 had to come at some point and what beter? Cloudy apricot colored pour. Nice fruity and sour aroma with some great barnyard funk, dry earthy notes. Flavor is lightly sour, funky, earthy, barnyard, old hay, grassy, just a beautiful beer. Glad to call this 5000. cheers!
hopscotch (8776) - 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!
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The pour is a cloudy peach with a generous white head. Excellent white lacing. Heavy Brett in the nose like J&J Blauw with lemon, florals, rose, hibiscus. Mild cheesy funk comes through along with moldy grapefruit rind and sweet Valencia orange. Really approaching a superlative nose. Taste is loaded with tangy red grapefruit giving more of a citrus smack akin to Cantillon geuze and dissimilar to J&J Blauw. Pretty Brett forward geuze that is quite soft and easy to savor. Fresh, floral, and soft palate rather than sour and leathery. Very beautiful geuze and completely insane that it is already this good with no age on it. I can see how someone could get sesame breadsticks out of this nose. There is definitely a bread crust earthiness to the nose with sharp lemon, wheat, and lemon zest. Hopefully it improves with age so we’ll see!
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home on my lonesome, from an IP trade at Borefts ’13, 25/06/14.
Very lightly hazed golden amber with a well appointed eggshell white head that retains well, carbonation evident.
Nose is citric tinged straw, dry rot, dank woody notes, must, rotting apple core, funky dogs collar, dried out back of the cupboard lemon.
Taste comprises tangy/tarte white grapes, musty orchard wood, bitter lemon rinds, funky, grandads shed - 3rd draw down the little damp patch, dank citric tinged straw, burnt grass.
Medium bodied, fine massageing carbonation, dank orchard rinse in the close.
Top draw Gueuze - great balance, great depth of flavour.
jtclockwork (7897) - , 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.