mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 750mL bottle at Akkurat, pours a hazy golden orange with a medium white head. Nose has incredible barnyard funk...wow...with horse blanket, and more funk - holy shit this is complex. Flavour brings out leather, barnyard funk, horse blanket, and some dry citrus notes. Tremendously complex and funky. Feels a little tired, as though this has peaked a year or two ago, but the complexity is wonderful and the drink ability is extremely high. A world class brew.
jbeatty (1022) - New York, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 03/17/2013. Pours amber gold, huge rocky head resides to a nice layer of foam on the surface, residual lacing left in its wake. Rich, tart fruity aroma- green apple and white grape, cantaloupe, soft grapefruit with lemon pulp, with earthy, musty, barnyard notes, mushroom and bit of cheese, lots of oak. Taste is grapefruit, lemon and citrus, sour white fruit, crumbly light blue cheese, mushrooms, rustic barnyard oaky funk. Sparkling, medium palate, soft carbonation. Balanced, very complex, an incredible geuze. One of the best for me.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, 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 (4058) - 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 (737) - 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 Iíd 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 isnít 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 Iím happy to share this with a couple good buddies and the girlfriend.
PhillyCraft (3221) - 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 (3041) - 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 (1795) - Quťbec, 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 (2760) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 October 28th 2012: Bottle (750 ml). Shared by David Paquet, huge thanks David! Unclear orange with a medium diminishing white head that leaveís 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), thereís no flaws in this beer. Perfect balance, amazing complexity and great drinkability . Itís the nearest thing from a perfect Gueuze (and beer) that Iíve drank so far. The saddest things about this beer is that it would be the perfect "go to" gueuze but itís rarer than Popeís 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 (4596) - 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 pourís 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.