hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at dakís 1/22/12
cloudy golden yellow with a small white head.
big perfume-y aroma...mixed with white bloomy cork mold, dust, cob web, grass, skunky noble hops and pithy citrus fruits.
the flavor is the same... very dry. crisp and slick...almost expected it to torch my tongue, but alas. 8/4/7/4/16
Scopey (5521) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Akkurat. It pours lightly hazy golden amber, with a thick white head. The nose is farmyard, cobwebs, musty, sharp lemon, grapefruit, something akin to vomit and hint of sweet honey. The taste is zesty lemon, grapefruit, citrus rind, farmyard, touch of blue cheese, metal, mouth-puckering tartness, rust, hay and underlying honey notes, with a dry, tart finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. A complex and challenging geuze. Interesting for sure, but doesnít quite stand up to some of Armands other geuzes.
Earlier Rating: 5/18/2012 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle, generously shared by The Cad at Mikkeller Bar. It pours hazy golden yellow, with a thick white head. The nose is rather soft: floral, funk, farmyard, lemon and medicinal notes. The taste is white and red grape, soft fruit, red apple, floral, lemon and hints of spice, with a dry, tart finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. A very good gueuze for sure, but I would opt for quite a few other 3 Fonteinen options above this.
_angst_ (2369) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared @ Akkurat. Pours hazy deep golden with a big fizzy slightly grayish white head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sour with horse blanket, leather, sweet grapes, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, hay, dusty barnyard, lemon zest, lemon grass, moist soil, unripe currants, earthy brett and hints of dusty oxidation. Taste is sour and earthy with grapefruit juice, green grapes, gooseberries, red currants, hay, moss, ripe apples and dry wood. Mouthfeel is tart, dry and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sour and tart with grapefruit juice, lemon zest, hay, barnyard and dry soil. Nothing too advanced. Just pure awesome!
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had next to blauw, vintage 02, and DHVL Ann. Blend. Pour is a hazy golden yellow with a light fluffy white head and huge lace left behind. The nose has some dusty leathery funk, golden fruits, and slightly perfumy in back. Taste is great, lighter funk than blauw, still rindy, more dusty and leathery, more assertive fruits of apricot and peach. Hint perfumy in the back with a strong sour and dry finish. Light body, gentle up front with lively carbonation tingling the throat in back. Awesome stuff, less forward than the blauw but more drinkable.
Huhzubendah (2261) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted along with the J&J Blauw
A: cloudy, light orange hue. Moderate lace and plenty of carbonation.
S: hay, straw, barnyard funk, pepper. The aroma is mouth watering.
T: Wonderful. A myriad of flavors including, oak, pepper, subtle tart fruits, perhaps lemon. As the taste develops I get a tannic, acidic spiciness that is very intriguing. The sourness is remarkably well done. This was a treat.
M: Perfect carbonation and smooth all the way.
D: Like the Blauw, this is very drinkable, if you enjoy gueuze."
mar (4661) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to walt at rbwg 2012. amber with a light white head. nose is sour, tart, lemons, wood. fantastic.
spdyfire83 (32) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle shared at Akkurat - poured in a gueuze glass. Light sunshine yellow. A few soft, white bubbles for a head on medium pour. Smells of funk, must, and lemon. Fairly boring, but then again Iíve smelled worse. Needs to age a bit longer, I think. While the smell is boring the taste is actually quite nice. Classic 3F...sour, tart, and dry. Loads of funk, aged cheese, and sharp acidity. Lots of lemon/citrus notes with touch of oak near finish. Goes down easy. Very well-balanced! Light bodied with almost zero carbonation. Prickly, yet smooth. Fairly robust for a geuze - very easy to drink and quite enjoyable!
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller Bar. Huge thanks to Cadden for this pour! Light ambber color with a medium white head. The nose is subtle dust and light funky lemon. Barnyard yeasty funkiness. Dusty indeed. The taste is light soft lemon and horse blanket. Some mild cheddar cheese and dusty bucolic fields. Hints of peach and light cardboard. The bodyís light, soft, and frankly feels a bit old. Possibly past peak. Overall, a really nice geuze, but it felt a little lethargic on the tongue. Still, Iím really happy to have tried this.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 bottling, 750ml at Akkurat in Stockholm. 6% ABV on the label.
first pour: some faint cork notes to begin. yeasty must and oxidized hay with a bit of green apple skin noticed. mild to medium acid, mild must compared to most geuze, but shows some pleasant earth / soil notes along with muted honey and starchy malt and potato.
late pour: stronger yeast presence gives it some paint and iron notes. the cork smell is mostly gone, and it isnít as expressive as I would hope with some yeast mixed in, and not nearly as expressive as younger geuze. lacks brightness. medium acid, mild to medium chalk, very mild hay, lightly salty.
the verdict: well-made and probably in the best shape you could hope for after sitting unmoved in the Akkurat cellars, but I have to say this one is past itís prime by a few years, though certainly could just be this one bottle.
Earlier Rating: 6/17/2006 Total Score: 4.3
sampled twice in june 2006, once in may 2010. the second sample (june 2006) was much improved over the first, which truly tasted like jonge lambik. overall not as much cheese funk as the Blauw, but still damn good. Fresh and fruity nose, some sour grapefruit scents, mandarin oranges in there as well, and some acidic, pungent aromas, which are smooth, rich, chewy and fruity. Smells at times of peaches and sweet potpourri, and when at room temperature the scent of white grapes and apple cider is noticeable. Some raw grain and honey flavors, with a sour (lactic) punch. Very young smelling, like some unblended young lambics Iíve tried. The texture is rich and sticky, thicker than most geuze, more chewy. Also has less carbonation than most geuze. Very good, but very different from most blends. Ä13 at Heeren van Lindekerke.
may 2010 was slightly oxidized with some pungent cheese mold and fatty bile. rough and harsh edges, similar to how I remember the 2006 bottles. still quite good.
motelpogo (6130) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled, at rbesg07. fizzy murky amber with no real head; salty fishcake aroma with some lemon rind cheesecake; rasping with a ciderish apple peel tartness and plenty of capers and some maggi seasoning; sharp and full-on and beautiful