TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the CCB/RateBeer/Pre-Hunah Tasting (Tampa, FL). Pours a nice richer hazy golden amber pour, darker body, nice glow, with frothy offwhite head atop. Good aromas offer lemon, melon, and gentle white grape. Lactic acid meets straw and barnyard brett, touches of straw, oak, and farmhouse funk. Some bready malts, straw, bigger lactic element shows banana, lemon, and melon. Big aromas burst. Initial is big flavors, tons of fruit, yogurt, and white grape. Some lemons, oranges, and apples. Some pear, oak, and bready malts. Lactic elements, farmhouse, gentle yeast and sweet bready and grainy malts. The flavors burst up front, big citrus, white grape, melon. A firmer dryness into the backend, great, with a sour punch up front that trails off as we move back. Stillt art, rich lactic, firm bretty funk. Some grain, straw, oak. Richer lactic elements, big fruit flavors, perfectly balanced as a big sour uppercut upfront trails off with firm body, funk, and rich fruit flavors. Sourness stays firm past the initial brunt. Really damn good beer.
tkrjukoff (4019) - SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small beige head. Aroma is funky, cellar, wet blanket fruity. Flavor is spot on funky sour tart a bit astringent, well kept, excellent condition.
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sent by an amazing secret Santa. I honestly never thought I’d get the chance to try this, so thank you for sending this bottle Santa. Lightly hazy, orange in color, and a small, fluffy, white head sits on top. Fruity aroma, with a little dustiness, and a bit of funk. Not as tart as I had anticipated, but not that isn’t neccisarily bad. Good amount of sourness and acidity upfront with some lemon, some yogurt character towards the finish. Nice puckering finish that goes on forever. Really, really good beer, and I’m happy to share this with a couple good buddies and the girlfriend.
PhillyCraft (3069) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from a bottle at Monks for Zwanze day. Pours a cloudy golden orange shade with small to medium sized white head, tons of lacing was present in this gueuze along with medium carbonation. Aromas were dusty barn, wood, earth, and lemon skin. Taste was delicious with acidic fruits and yeast, currants, grapefruit, grass, horseblanket, light cheese and other funk. Finish was very dry and puckery tart in the mouth. Great lambic.
JulienHuxley (2852) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, thanks David. Opened with a solid pop, nice ever-so-slightly hazy gold pour with frothy white head and good lacing. Beautiful aroma, quite floral, nice bouquet of grassy, flowery and musty scents all combined. Taste is quite citric, lots of lemon, orange zest, nice mustiness, not overly acidic, really smooth flavor. Palate is just about perfect, light and fluffy, dry finish but not overly sour, just super drinkable. Another great, right up there with Millenium.
Minderbinder (1671) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 750ml. . Thx David.
Pours hazy golden with high off-white head. Lots of lacing, lingering very long. Aroma is of barnyard, funk, acid, bretts, fruits. Taste is of barnyard, funk, bretts, sourness, acid, citrus. Palate: Nice texture, very fine. Somewhat ligth body, caressing the tongue. Overall: Very good beer. Well balanced, not too heavy on sourness nor acidity. Classy Geuze, all in finesse. Outstanding.
tom10101 (2612) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 October 28th 2012: Bottle (750 ml). Shared by David Paquet, huge thanks David! Unclear orange with a medium diminishing white head that leave’s a small forever lasting white head and superb lacing. Beautiful beer! Aroma is lemony with herbal/floral notes and mild Gueuze aroma characteristics. Taste is incredibly smooth and wonderfully complex. Fruits (lemon, grapefruit, apple, pineapple), wood, barnyard and leather. Dry and citric mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Except for the aroma that could have been a little more complex (probably mellowed with age though), there’s no flaws in this beer. Perfect balance, amazing complexity and great drinkability . It’s the nearest thing from a perfect Gueuze (and beer) that I’ve drank so far. The saddest things about this beer is that it would be the perfect "go to" gueuze but it’s rarer than Pope’s sh**.
Updated: Bottle (750 ml). Tasted again at De Heeren van Liedekercke on April 20th 2014 just before Roze and Heerengueuze. My rating stay the same as the one up here. It was a little less bright and fresh (probably because of the bottle variation more than the age because there was no other sign of age in this one), but still one of the most amazing gueuze ever made. Near perfection.
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ THE Sour and Saison Tasting. The pour’s deep, hazy gold with a massive white head. Lively indeed. The nose is sharp lemon peel, sweaty sock, dank basement and a bit of dusty cork. Very earthy, musty aromas. The taste is more musty dust and buggy wood. Some light sweet lactic lemon cake. Barnyard yeastiness, hints of meaty grapefruit and lemon pith. A bit of cheddar cheese. Soft, complex flavors. Wonderful, but the taste is a bit muted and lacks some of the vitality I was expecting. Smooth and very drinkable. Active carbonation on the palate. Overall, a very pleasant experience. This bottle felt like it was starting its decline. Still, very good.
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to jackl at THE sour tasting (part 1). It pours hazy amber, with a gigantic off-white head. The nose is faint spice, light sulphur, grapefruit, lemon, sweetness in the background, floral, damp wood, dusty and cork. The taste is wood, sour lemon, grapefruit, pomello, lime, pithy, some acidity, dough, spice, sherbet and wood, with a dry finish. Medium body, fairly lively carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Pretty big on the grapefruit. Tasty and well-balanced. A great blend, but feels a bit tired, a touch over the hill perhaps (this specific bottle anyway)? Still a great gueuzey experience.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
And this is what Sean finished the tasting with. Had this back to back with the Roze. 750 ml bottle served in a Portsmouth tulip.
A: Much darker amber color than the Roze. A nice frothy white head forms on the pour and slowly recedes to a thick collar and thin cap. Splotchy lace is left behind.
S: Sour raspberry, tart cherries and some oak. Light sweetness and mild funk as well. blends really nicely together.
T: Dark sour cherry with a nice pucker. Almost like a warhead candy with out the artificial sugar flavors. Tart raspberry, vanilla sweetness, some woody oak and nice funky cheese on the finish.
M: Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. The sourness gets in there gives you a nice pucker. A real jowl hitter.
O: I enjoyed this just a tad more than the Roze as it had more a sour kick to it. The Roze was more vibrant, but this beer went deeper in flavor. Huge thanks again to Sean (Sean9689) for sharing this rarity!!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-19-2012