GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Green bottle, 75 cl, from and with Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: apple sauce, hazy, no effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: sourness, wild yeasts, green apple, light woody, refreshing, musk; mouth: sourness, wild yeasts, green apple, light woody, refreshing, musk, dry finale in musk with presence of Brettanomyces yeast, medium body, good carbonation, slick texture; overall: quite fine
Bouteille verte, 75 cl, 7 %, de et avec Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : compote de pomme, voilée, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : aigreur, levures sauvages, pomme verte, léger boisé, rafraîchissante, musc; bouche : aigreur, levures sauvages, pomme verte, léger boisé, rafraîchissante, musc, finale sèche en musc avec présence de levure Brettanomyces, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty yellowish color lambic with a generous foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett notes with some horse blanket notes with some tart notes also discernible. Taste is a very nice mix between some tart notes with light oak undertones, some horse blanket and wet leather notes offset by light green apple notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. I am surprised this has hold on after so many years. I really enjoyed the mix between the complex notes of wild yeast and the perfect drinkability level.
Enjoyit (3086) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Too many geuze’s only one toilet, Ulfborg 2012. Hazy orange of color with an off white head. An aroma of appels, sour and weak sweets. A flavor of horseback, sour, weak sweets and dry.
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 Bottle provided by and shared with Nelson (awful, but I don’t remember your ratebeer screenname) winter of ’08-’09. He provided this and I cracked a Stormaktsporter. It was nice to share both these beers with only one other person (I’m very greedy when it comes to sample size).
Aged gueuze appearance with tons of wild yeast and bacteria-produced, tight, natural carbonation creating a pillowy, long-lasting white head atop a pale-straw body. Tons of sediment in the bottle, of course.
Lemon rind and somewhat softened brett acids are slightly slow to build, but keep pouring forth, joined by soft lactic acid creating a strongly tart, but yet intriguingly balanced, easy-going nose. Cheesiness is there, lightly, but this is all about the elegance of the acids. Not a bunch of horse poop (not that there’s anything wrong with horse poop). Light touches of honey and vanilla indicate the age (seems to be the way these pale malts and wheat oxidize), but it’s just bursting forth with quality and in no way any let down by being 10 years old. Band-aid phenols emerge more easily with warming and plenty more lime and grapefruit rind. Sniffable to infinity, as the best lambics always are. Very high strength of aroma. No doubt has lost some of its intensity, less intense and more elegant is certainly a fine tradeoff.
Puckeringly tart in the mouth (though not bracingly sour), the acids polish the teeth as the lime and grapefruit flavors give way to bits of softer yogurt-like lactic notes, a fleeting touch of oily acetic acid or some sort of earthy/musty note, and a very soft, yet incredibly supple mouthfeel, no doubt ushered on in a big way by the now almost creamy-like carbonation. Has passed its peak in intensity, but this is nowhere near tired or declining. These lambics take on even more character with time. With extended warming and breathing, a cheesiness intertwined with lemons and light sugar cookies emerges, sitting on the palate through the finish, tending less tart as the bottle progresses. Has held up unbelievably well. Sure, I do wish I could have tried this five years ago, but it’s still a treat and an absolutely exquisite beer. It’s difficult to find fault with anything here. There are certainly personal preferences I would like differently about this beer, but nothing constructive that should be changed about the beer. Man I hate scoring these things. I suppose it’s not the most complex of the older lambics I’ve had, could use a bit more depth or pure funk. But again, that’s how I see 3Fonteinens gueuzes, more refined/elegant than Cantillon, but with, ultimately, less wild, bizarre, barnyard funk. Thanks Nelson, hope we can reconnect. Score reflects more of where I imagine this beer would have been 5-6 years ago.
MrHangover (2139) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Epic Sour Sourpuss Tasting, thnx to a non RateBeerian friend. Really looking forward to opening this bottle, cellared since ’98. Big yeast sediment cling on the side of the bottle. Carefully poured, it shows a clear blonde beer with a decent amount of off white head on top. Carbonation is amazing after all these years. Aroma is granny smith apples, tartness, oak and age. Big mellowed out fruit tones are noticeable, making this quite complex but at the same time not so complex as I’d hoped for. Flavor is light sour, almost sweet like a faro, some stringent tart notes shine trough in the body. Some touches of sugar and yeast in the background. Fizzy mouthfeel with decent carbonation, well balanced. Nice one.
deanso (4662) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle sample courtesy of a friend.
Funky aroma. Good carbonation. A little tart. Very complex.
kermis (4256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared at the epic sour sourpuss tasting, massive thanks to a non-ratebeer friend. Pours fairly hazy golden with an off white head. Aroma of big funk and horse blanket, oak, musty cellar, dank, mold and old tart fruits. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and light moderate sour. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and incredibly complex palate, developing with each sip. Leather coming out and light citrus touches. Full bodied with (still!) light carbonation. Feel so lucky to have had the chance to try this. Damn..,
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opened at the 2013 end of year Ottawa tasting, thanks to Boutip for breaking this one out. Opens with a surprising pop, pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Nose is amazing - horse blanked, hay, funk, epson salts, brett and very clean. Although I have not had this before my impression agreed with Phil that this is on the decline as the taste and mouthfeel does not live up to the aroma - huge carbonation, mild body, crisp, fresh, funky but overall a little thin and makes you wanting for more.
rejtable (1138) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredible! Pours dirty orange with some light head. Nose is lots of barnyard with notes of lemon, vinegar. Tastes was medium to heavy sour. Light to medium body with good acidic bite. Nuts!
Dennoman (17) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 15, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750 ml bottle at Stockholm tasting. I didn’t fancy myself a lambic drinker, until I tried this. Pours with amazing vigor. Color is a deep amber with a wonderfully fluffy head. Aroma is incredibly complex: some hoppiness on the nose, but deep funk and sourness from the yeast and cask. Wood, leather, "horse blanket". Layer upon layer to be discovered with every sniff. Palate is wonderfully light and refreshing, yet deeply rich and complex at the same time. A hint of fresh fruit in there, hops, bitterness, deep leather, parmezan cheese. Overall: the best gueuze I’ve had the pleasure of trying, bar none.