tquest (93) - BELGIUM - APR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After the Herfst it was time to taste the Winter. Again a darker one with a huge head that stays a long time, quite a special head for a geuze.
Maybe this one needs to age a bit longer, again the citric taste, but less balanced then the Herfst. Can get as good as Herfst in my opinion, but let it stay in the cellar for a year.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a tasting glass. Bottle shared among six of us, so about 4 oz. for me. Consumed last of our four seasons tasting.
3.5 A: Moderately hazed yellow orange. A little darker than Zomer, which was a little darker than Lente. Looks like Herfst. Two and a half fingers of foamy white head. Retention is better than Herfst, but worse than the other two. Least lacing of all of them
3.5 S: Almost as earthy of Zomer with the "cleanest funk." By that I liken it more to a stream running through a forest than an enclosed dank basement. Iím picking up something along the lines of mustard seed as well. Least impressive nose and the least "gueuzy."
4.0 T: Lucky for me, this has some of the bleu cheesiness that was featured in Herfst. Mustard seed component is back again. Lightest mustiness with some of the typical players - basement, hay, rotting wood.
5.0 M: Lighter body. High gueuzy carbonation that is perfectly spritzy and creamy as well. The best mouthfeel is found in Winter.
4.0 D: I know that Herfst was my favorite and Zomer was my least favorite, but I canít figure out the other two. Lente was the most complex and better tasting, but Winter has the cheesy component that I love and the best mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-23-2012 18:14:45
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pour was a hazy golden orange, lovely white head, and bright colorful body. very bright and colorful lemon and oak. vivid cheesy funk. i really tried hard to pick out what armand was going for here in his attempt to depict winter. the bright sharpness reminded me of old winter air. flavor was very similar, very bright and vivid with sharp tart and our lemon. very dry oak and old musty malt to balance it all out. mild to moderate carbonation and very dry and "cold". only had about 2-3 ounces so i have a hard time really rating this against the others. i would have to say i still rate lente and herfst the best, this is about on level with zomer. still, simply amazing. Reviewed on: 01-08-2012
thewolf (11188) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, bought @ Etre Gourmet.
Gusher. Pours deep orange with a big, frothy, off-white head. Good duration. Aroma has funk, lots of freshly squeezed oranges, citric, very soft lactic, roses, oak, grapes and red apple. High carbonation, lovely dry mouthfeel. Flavour is fantasticly tart, oranges, citrus, rose-tea, mild funk, almonds. Super sharp citric. Immensenly well-balnced and what I think is the best of the four.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange with a tight white cap a top. Very tight bubbles that leave no mark behind.
Aroma: Fresh split wood, grass, honey dew rind,funky wild yeast.
Taste: Metallic yeast, tart fruit skins, barrel tannins and spicy bitterness. Finishes with a acetic twang.
Mouthfeel: Coats your mouth with intense flavor, puckering with dry lively bubbles.
Overall: A very complex, cerebral beer.
beastiefan2k (2441) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle shared by Bobby_Digital. Its a gusher out the bottle, which of course leads to a thick-ass head that never ever fully fades. Seriously, my glass was out for a long time and it never faded. Aroma is subdued (for 3F) rubber and with soft barnyard (brett) touches. Flavor is sweet-tart surrounded by lambic rubber. Has a long tart finish.
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle thanks to Nick3. Awesome appearance, clear amber in color with a one finger whitish head and bubbles rising from the bottom. Excellent funky aroma with great wild yeast and malt notes. The flavor is awesome and complex with great malt and yeast flavors and, mild sweetness and a deep lasting tartness. Medium-bodied, lively and effervescent. Hell of a beer, like the rest of this series.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Dak, Dave and Norm for this one. Fancy 750mL bottle pours a murky sort of copper with light tan head. The aroma is pretty big and near bold with citrusy lemon and lime followed closely by citrus funk, tart crushed aspirin and flowery meadow. The taste is similar but seems to conjure up a tart raspberry quality that blends in with the tart lemon and lime citrus and modest citrusy sour funkiness. It seems to lean decidedly tart and sour but delivers some added depth and interest in the various light fruity notes and sense of funky basement and every so faint moldy tangerines.
JorisPPattyn (7940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gushing to huge, near fully stable, dirty-white head over fully muddy ochre beer. (Horse)stable or barnyard odours jumping out of the glass, despite the sealant head. Lemonpeel, some exotic spice (which????), mannah, overripe exotic fruit (persimmon?) threatening to rot, nutmeg. Spicy, hearty - nearly meaty - gueuze, horseblanket (maybe filet de cheval ?) and sulphur. Retronasal again lemon and lactic acid. Finish is woody, and after (some considerable) time, fruity. Very spritzy, nearly fizzy MF, quite slick, oilyness. Ultra-dry finish, little bit of dry-out effect. Very peculiar, but absolutely great gueuze. Iíve hardly ever witnessed a traditional gueuze featuring such stable head.
madmitch76 (15128) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
24th February 2012
Bottle shared with the Kernel crew. Hazy amber beer, good pale cream - tan head. Light crisp palate. Mild sourness (this is a lot sweeter then the Herfst). Mild earthy wood. Trace of lacto. Lemon citrus with a little herby spice. This is much more like it, very drinkable.