diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Heeren van Liedekercke - thanks to Mike (mds) for sharing!
Hazy, orange body. Mostly lasting, off-white, creamy head. Good lace. What a beauty! Nose of sweat, apples, horse blanket, flowers, ... Heavily acidic, lightly bitter initial flavour. Long-lasting heavily sour, lightly bitter finish. Very fruity flavour. Lightly to medium bodied, fizzy carbonation. Very well balanced and not too hard. A real heavenís gift.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with a fuzzy white head that slips away rapidly. Smells of cherries, tarte, hay, grass, fruit, sour. Tastes fruitty with some mellow sugary elements. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick, bubbly, diminishing white head. Great, complex and appealing aroma of brettanomyces, fruits, mint, acidity and maybe cheese. Amazing and complex flavor of brettanomyces, fruits, acidity and mint, it is also citric, it finishes dry. The body is light with a dry, dusty texture and moderate carbonation. I feel extremely privileged to have tasted this nectar. Merci beaucoup Olivier!
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Musty, rubbery, phenolic, dusty, green, herbal and minty notes swim about in the tantalizingly balanced complexity of the nose. Opaque, golden-tan coloured body is topped by a fine bubbled, medium white head that lasts throughout and paints the sides of the glass with complex lacework. Tart citrus character to the dusty, earthy flavour with mild mustiness, rubbery phenolics and peppery spiciness along with a very elegant and refined horse blanket. Lively carbonation opens the tastebuds for this very dry and sharp palate cleansing beer. Delightful. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy. Thanks, Olivier!
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big big thanks to my friend Olivier, who happened to stop by at De Heeren Van Liederkercke and picked up a pair of the His and Her lambics. A rare treat indeed that we wera all honored to share with him at the "letís piss off Clark" tasting. Iím sure that missing these too must have got his blood boiling :)
Soft, peachy tone of caramel, and whole heck of a lot of fluffy bubbles. A few flakes twirled and danced to the bottom of my glass, but they didnít bother me much.
A great symphony of barnyard funk, smooth tobacco, musty old basement and a startling freshness that reminded me of lime juice or crabapples.
Big time carbonation and macho acidity burns the tongue with the first sip or two, but once your palate gets used to the sudden drop in pH the subtle flavors of freshly cut hay and a carnal, dirt-like flavor that reminded me of Pu Erh tea aged in clay pots. Aftertaste was sharp and metallic and of course dried off my salivary glands. Itís weird and funky and Iím in love!
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
[ Bottled ; chilled ; 6/9/2003 ; mtlcrew gathering ]
A fully diminishing huge frothy white head that tops up a hazy medium amber body. No lacing. Few average size particles. Few small bubbles. Very complex and clean nose that goes from earthy evocations and fresh dust as well. Horseblanket at its best, sour apples and hay. Iron, mint/peppery and lots of wood impressions at the attack in the mouth. Long fresh hay that surrounds acidity. Astringency is heavy and razor sharp. Clean finish. Thank you very much for this Olivier!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle dated 6/9/2003 (only batch), Montreal Sourheads gathering on February 26 2006. As the top is removed thereís a huge "pop" and the ever-vigilant MartinT manages to save the small gush into a waiting, expectant glass. The small glasses all fill with huge bubbly champagne-like heads, atop cloudy amber-orange surfaces full of mystery....the nose is full of wild beasties, musty horseblanket and hugely sour apples....the balance between earthy and citrusy sours is astounding....on tasting, the most wonderful pillowy softness is attained from the gorgeous effervescent fizziness that remains throughout....no better gueuze mouthfeel exists for me save perhaps Girardin black label....but what is contained in this sparkling world? merely sour apples, mint and iron, limes and twiggy-oaky hints late, cobwebby yeast and prickly white pepper, a dried multitude of old herbs and grasses as the carbonation just dies off a little leaving....refreshment, sourness, cleansing, wonder. Thanks so very much Olivier for this incredible treat, and would that I could have it again some day...perhaps in Heaven?
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Any first impressions?
-The ecstatic foam lingers atop the cloudy yellow beige.
-Diplomatic dust monastically proffers its wisdom onto the subtle haystack; an aroma which fails to make me levitate.
-Formidable hay is meticulously spread onto dry wooden planks, while the lenient citrusy tartness compliments joyfully.
-The energetic effervescence can get a little cumbersome, but once you tame it it is very soothing and festive.
What if you dig deeper?
-The peppery wild yeast yields reverberating bitterness.
-Gum-drying contentment definitely sets in after a while.
-Its farmhouse freshness sets it apart from Cantillon lambics.
-Another stellar gueuze from Drie Fonteinen, but one which doesnít stand apart much from their already spectacular, regular Oude Gueuze.
Bottle bought at De Heeren Van Liederkercke by our generous friend Olivier_MTL.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfectly opaque with a good moving cloud among the golden liquid. Enormous slowly diminishing white head consisting of big bubbles that exemplify Belgian lacing. After breathing a bit, it shines with a top flight typical drie fonteinen citrus core that brings out its focus on old lambic through a dryness intensity which almost translates to chalkiness, limestone more so. Remaining pretty clean from the beginning to the finish, it will expand its luggage with notes of cobwebs, pineapple, appleÖ It all remains graciously disposed with none of the Cantillonís agressivity, just pure crystalline powdered hay, bretty, well balanced bretty character. Not particularly intense, but deeply nuanced through its citrus accents (spicy lemons, sharp and fresh juiciness). Armand really must have tried quite a few combinations before coming up with this most definitive example, earthy, researched, seeked after flavours that represent the trademark of the now classic drie fonteinen lambic house. Class in a bottle. Merci Olivier!
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light hazy orange-yellow beer with copperish shine and with a good airy head. Nice aromaís of rasped Renette apples with touches of Greek yoghurt, nutmeg, humide tobbacco leaf, fresh rubarbe, wet wood, led pipe, horseblanket and hints of lemon and grapefruit zest. Taste is dry and has a nice dosis of tannins who are accentuated by the high accidity of the beer. The mouthfeel is rich but dry, it has nice complex fruity touches of green prunes, peaches, Granny Smith apples some cinnamon-stick and cigare-box. The afthertaste is dry and ends with a fine bitterish touch of Vin Jaune, hops and and grape-pits. A very complex Gueuze with a gastronomical avantage. At the Ambiance Magazine Gueuze tasting (De Heeren van Liedekercke) Denderleeuw.