hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Hazy, brilliant golden ale with an orange hue and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Great, small, tight retention. The acidic, acetic and funky aroma is a holy union of white pepper, earth, resin, dried flowers, canvas, damp straw, sawdust, herbs and sharp, well-aged cheese. Intense! The flavor provides a perfect balance of moderate initial, pale malt sweetness; medium spicy, floral bitterness and restrained funk and acidity. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with modest carbonation. Bitter, acidic finish. Complex beyond belief! A forty year vertical might be necessary to find this beer at its precise prime. Thanks, boboski, for the chance to try this wonderful rarity!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003. Lightly clouded orange body, very deeply hazy. This is a glow Iíve come to love, one of yeast swirling with wild abandon amongst a dense backdrop of aromatic integrity and rewarding flavor that is a sure thing with this brewery. A near white head recedes very slowly and only eventually fully after half the glass has been drained. Rock-solid and immovable arc lacing forms and drapes downward under its own weight. A textbook appearance and then some; how delightful a beginning to what was probably my most anticipated beer in five years. Punishing farmhose notes and absolutely terrific, thrashing brettanomyces notes collide with tartness that lights up senses and pins my eyelids back, itís just enormous and supremely unforgiving, an intense wall of solid lambic character that is unmatched. Wet straw and a milky but not overly lactic waterfall of acidic craziness follows. Oak is bombarding, bursting through the confinement of the streamlined aroma and exploding into a whole separate dimension in the nose. Lemony and more exotic floral perfume notes pin down a surreal embankment that channels the funk forward and down the throat, gastric juices set ablaze in anticipation, mouthwatering ensues with vigor. Horseblanket and pineapple meld into a tropical and earthy conglomeration. Everything together, and every thing apart from the next nuance, is as intense as Iíve ever encountered in this style of beer, or anything remotely similar. Nothing out of the ordinary, as far as noticeable ingredient additions or flaws, except a sly dill component that is likely the result of acetic tendencies. Good peppery esters, flawless, all funk. Unreal. The flavor is softer than expected and not as brash and unbridled as the aroma, but nonetheless: very highly acidic, very funky, giant farmhouse notes everywhere, succulent wild yeast. Itís definitely in top condition. Really, this tastes like it has the potential to continually improve for another 30 or more years, maybe much longer. Never have I encountered so much wild yeast and staggering amounts of acid-lined blasts of funk in one sip of something. Dryness grows to an unmanageable strength as the beer warms to room temperature but doesnít detract from the flavor, it actually makes it more enjoyable. Sweetness is noted but low and thankfully held back by wave after crashing wave of intense, mouth-puckering and lip crinkling sourness. Lemon and grapefruit juice splashes about in a taste that seems to change slightly with each sip. Grapeskin tastes feel like a barrier that dutifully separates each available component into a space that was previously set aside for such an occasion - a formatted, sequential tasting parade that was preset by the skill of the brewer and the quality of the ingredients, by time too. Woodiness is lessened as the sips progress, but this is merely due to the palate destroying sourness. Very mild earthy hops swing a feathery gavel of bitterness late in each sip. The finish is superbly complex, dry, dusty, very long, quenching and brings with it more retronasal sourness and a light funk that regrows into a monolithic masterpiece. This is so huge! Itís also insanely drinkable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, vibrantly carbonated, silky with rough edges. Amazing! One of the five best beers Iíve ever had and certainly the best lambic thatís ever crossed these lips, tied my tongue in knots and practically brought tears to my eyes - not because itís so tart, but because itís so wonderful. This will be truly perfect with longer, careful cellaring. I hope my other bottle lasts long enough to see this realize its full potential. For now, I am truly content.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 Cork releases with a loud pop, surprising to say the least. Color is a benign copperish orange, head is larger than expected. Aroma is funky Belgian goodness, with a citric, slightly green apple component. Touch of hay and straw, freshly cut silage. Awesome. Flavor is so perfectly balanced, almost to the point of perfection. The sweetness, bitterness and acidity have come together so graciously and seemlessly that this is a wonder to behold.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Birthday Beer #2. 750mL bottle split with artusory, courtesy of fonefan. Thanks, Jan! Pours a hazy, effervescent orangish-golden color; sturdy off-white head with great retention and lacing that stays affixed to the sides of the glass. Relaxed, oak-tinged sourness in the aroma; horseblanket and funk, with a chewy citrus presence holding things together; grapefruit and hints of vanilla. Lively, champagne-like carbonation in a medium-to-full mouthfeel; not fizzy, but textured and very alive on the palate; excellent, mouthwatering acidity; citrus, toasty oak, and cobwebby funk; much lighter acidity and toned-down citrus presence compared to the Roze, and softer on the palate overall; generous, intense funk with a dense tangerine (thanks, Ryan) fruit character. Just an amazing gueuze. Lengthy, cobwebby and mildly tart fruit finish; slightly dusty.
Christian (12884) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange with a small bubbly head. Smooth aroma, grapefruit, horseblanket, hint of caramel. Extremely tart, quite malty flavour for a geuze, finishes with a hint of a grapefruity sweetness.
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, big creamy white head. Aroma is big sourness and earth along with some wooden hints. Flavour is very sour along with wooden hints. Big sourness in aftertaste. Really pleasant and lovely thing.
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, I guess itís time to rate this beer. First of all, thanks to Chris for sharing both the Blauw and the Roze, what an awesome experience. Pours a slightly hazy bright orange-amber color with a very effervescent head (more so than the Roze). This beer is forward in both the funky aroma and the appearance. Aroma is citrusy, peppery, with hints of herbal grassyness. Flavor is very acidic and bright. Dark citrus astringency with a prickly dry finish. Finish is tight and tart.
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 Bottle, chris_o shindig. Orange hazy with thin white head. Gueuzey complex, sharp, smoother underlying sweetness. Mouth is smooth, blended. Slight berry bite about it. Reeeeally nice.
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Chris_o Shindig. You see, this is good and I much prefer something to this to the Cantillon Blabaer that I had before. This has more balanced sourness and good funk. Excellent fruit. Really gorgeous funk and sourness.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle@chris_o. Soft but complex aroma of oak, barnyard, wheat and sourness. Hazy, yellow color, off-white head, fair lace. Sour, sweet, bitter, oak, barnyard, yep itís all there and in the right amounts. Soft but woody dry finish. Very well balanced but amazingly complex.