Pilsnertest (108) - SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2016-10-07 Sample from bottle @ Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. Taste of apple cider, apple cores, flowers and mint.
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle at Pizzeria Paradiso-Alexandria on 7/14/15. Tulip. Hazy gold with small white head. Funky wet hay and tart citrus, grapefruit peel, yeast, grains. Really refreshing and well done, perfect for a summer afternoon.
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 375mL bottle drunk 8/25/16.
Large white head shows good carbonation atop a clear, bright flaxen-gold body.
Soft oak tones intertwine deftly with plentiful brett fruitiness, as easygoing lactic notes enter the mix as well. Graceful aging, hints of honey-like malt and cream-of-wheat character deepen the elegance as well as providing a good backbone. Beautifully balanced, attractive nose eminently invites sniffing, with the brett expression just about as perfect as one can imagine, full of horse blanket, guava, lime, light band aid and leather. Bright and clean with no alcohol or flaw.
Fantastic in the mouth, as expected, as well. Tight carbonation belies the name, as big bursts of juicy fruit and lip-smakcing sourness coat the palate. Great texture, with a nearly chewy, wheat-laden body that shows good dryness and yet still ample maltiness. Leather, lime, guava and other various tropical fruits linger long, with mild to moderate lactic character and soft, woody, oak tannins. Amazing stuff, and very, very different than the 2011 Golden Blend (non doesjel version). This one is far more approachable, but as well, I think it’s more flavorful and elegant, too.
ctipping (1425) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 mL bottle. Bottle dated 4/13/2012. Originally reviewed 5/12/2013.
Deep orange. The faintest well up of bubbles at the end. Very thin collar, but no head.
Aroma is trademark Drie Fonteinen sharp oak, white pepper, and some funk. Very malty smelling, too. Doesn’t smell that acidic. Still kinda lemony with lots of white wine notes.
Dynamic flavor. Starts off with a bright lemony tartness. Then some sweetness, like a light caramel. Builds into a sharp oak flavor which peaks before leaving off with a grassy herbal character and a hay grain flavor.
Nearly flat. Just a slight hint of carbonation. Not all that sour by gueuze standards.
It’s very good, but I’d take Oude Geuze over this, especially for the price and availability.
sokuzs1 (644) - - JUN 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: barnyard, leather, sesame, fruity
Taste: light sour, tart, leather, barnyard, grain
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice layered gueuze, with tart lemon at the fore, and a good dose of drying funk and very light green olive underneath. Over carbonation the only complaint.
neongolden (1260) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(375ml 2012 bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Apr 29 2016) Pours nearly clear dark gold with a very small portion of white bubbles, some slight carbonation has developed. Nose is very similar to Golden Blend as expected, heavy on woody components, cellar, dry leaves, musty funk, preserved lemon peel, slight graininess and a touch of sweetness, acidity is present but in check. Palate again fairly similar to Golden Blend, lots of wood, hay and dry leaf bitterness to contain citrus and tart pale pit fruit notes, a bit of crabapple quality, some lactic and maybe a touch of acetic acid. Becomes quite mellow towards the finish with the initial bite of the wood rounding off with smooth tart lactic fruitiness with an underlying dry musty funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very light spritz of carb. Very much like it’s fully refermented brethren but with a softer, smoother finish. Perhaps a bit laid back but very nice stuff as usual from 3F.
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Mikes
Clear golden with a small white head, no lacing. Aroma is fruity and lemon. Flavor is fruity, straw, lemon with a dry, tart finish
Easy drinking, smooth
asheft (2989) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pickle juice and freshly burnt match aroma with some sour white grape. Clear orange under no head. Sour pickle juice flavour with a bright fruitiness: cranberry, white grape, peach. Burnt match is moderate to medium, but not necessarily bad. Light body, low carbonation, mouth puckering sourness.
aleigator (809) - GERMANY - FEB 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has an orange-amber color, no head. Low carbonation, reluctant aromas of floral hints, some leather, young grapes, with no tartness in the nose at all. Upwelling fruits in the beginning, with a very smooth mouthfeel, backed up by musty yeast. Then, sour tartness brings a new layer to the beer, without rolling over the established smoothness. Due to the lack of carbonation in this one, it becomes a little heavier on the palate, and therefore does not get distracted by metallic carbonation. This leaves the attention on the acidic sourness, mingled with grainy malt and oaken notes, which lingers on the palate in a gentle, fruity way for a long time. Also a slight sweetness is recognizable, in a soft, wine-like fashion, which gets washed away, as the lemon zest orientated aftertaste begins to dry out the palate. The sourness nontheless is pleasant on the tongue and well balanced throughout, as it leaven space for impressive sour and bitter notes.