BeerandBlues2 (8576) - 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.
rlgk (8520) - Skövde, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2012 75 cl bottle. Somewhat hazy orange beer with a small white head. Rubber aroma, orange, pine apples, cheese, a bit dry. Rubber flavor, grassy, dry, cheese, sourish, fruity, rart. Sourish woody finish.
hopscotch (8395) - 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!
FatPhil (8126) - 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.
daknole (8014) - 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!
BMan1113VR (7702) - 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!
adnielsen (7602) - 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!
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 Huge, unstoppable flow of yellow, thick-set head over lively carbonated copper-orange beer, hazed. Very nice, outspoken barnyard odours, wet straw, sunflowers, dried flowers, saddlesoap, orangepeel - gorgeous, very complex, not overly acidic. Superb mix and balance, with citrus, orange, slight minerality, wood, duck fat, saddlesoap. Very tart finish. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, obvious wheatslickness. Backthroat the acids finally emerge: lactic acid, but also a point of acetic. Balance is just on the edge. Glup. € 25,- A lot of money, but this time, it’s worth it.
3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2012 sparkling effervescence. woody, oak-heavy, dark caramel / earthy sawdust honey syrup stroopwaffel. esters are fatty and waxy pineapple citrus with musty band-aid phenols. pricky, zesty, bright but rounded and strongly earthy, musty and rustic with pronounced acid, but so delicately nuanced and with seeming lightness confusing the full, rounded carbonation/acid/sugar body makeup. this blend is in the class of oude geuze at it’s finest. the 2008 had brighter and sharper pineapple citrus esters and less oak. this blend reminds me of the stellar 2003-2007 ’Vintage’ line with it’s stroopwaffle and cookie malt and strong musty oak. one of the best ever.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This surprisingly easy-drinking Oude Gueuze showcases doughy yeast, grapefruit juice and piercing wilderness in an intensity level which could be appealing to most non-hardcore lambic drinkers.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy amber.
-The aroma is crazy complex.
-The flavor profile could be more refined. There is a lot of yeast floating around.
-Had this one first out of the 4, and it’s first impression as being soft turned into being ’the softest’ of them all funk-wise and acidity wise.