Huhzubendah (2400) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by drabmuh at our insane sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Matt! Served alongside Drie Fonteinen 1998 50th Anniversary and 1999 Oude Gueze.
The beer is fairly hazy and rusty yellow hued with a quarter inch of white head. Pretty standard appearance for 3F. The aroma brings hay, citrus, funk, farm, a bit of age (in a positive fashion). The flavor really takes it up a notch. This was easily my favorite of this mini vertical. Outstanding balance and a long lasting, delicate, tart finish. Earth and citrus flavors are extremely well done. What a treat.
spdyfire83 (32) - 5280, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle shared by forgetfu (thanks Bill!) at the Sour & Bitter dinner in Copenhagen. Bright orangish yellow. 3+ (bright, cloud fluff white) fingernail head on gentle pour. Looks proper! Smells of barnyard funk, matured cheese, hay, must, lemon, and slight woodiness. Quite nice Taste is rounded, but very, very soft for a geuze. Notes of citrus, barnyard must, and touch of funk. Puckering tartness overshadows most of these notes though. Bummer because I had high hopes for this based on the smell. Such goes life though. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t enjoy this beer as much as I had hoped. It was good, but not great. The balance seemed a bit off and the dry tartness was too overpowering at times. I’d love to try it again at some point, but I prefer plenty of Armand’s other geuzes more than this. Still fun to try though!
kazin (180) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted at Sour & Bitter in Copenhagen. Quite mild, and a mild but long-lasting taste. Very complex, slight fruityness, tartness, and very little vinegar. Smooth.
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Sour and Bitter. I have had this twice but haven’t rated much in the last years so this trip kind of inspired me to start again. Poured into the glass a clear hay gold with with a large noisy head that settled down eventually. Aroma is soft, lemon fruit, deep farmhouse funk, mushroom, wild yeast. Nose is so layered and is wonderful, was one of the best lambics enjoyed on the trip easily. Flavor is layers of earthy, funky, citrus complexity. Very refined and champagne like. Probably better than the bottle I drank from in 2010. Lovely!
jackl (4299) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #700! Bottle shared @ S&B. Hazy golden yellow color with a medium, delicate white head. The nose is really funky cheddar cheese and light eggy sulphur. Heavy lemon liqueur and barnyard sock. Light acrid mold. Deep and complex aromas. The taste is lemon wood and dried cork, funky light pears and shaved parmesean cheese. Some sweet pineapple. The body’s indescribeably soft and lush, complex on the tongue. Light, nimble, and still drinking wonderfully. I understand the bottle to bottle variation on Millenium can be pronounced, and I think we got a winner of a bottle. This beer is fantastic, the flavors are constantly changing and evolving on your tongue. A great experience.
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Sour & Bitter Dinner, Copenhagen, shared with Bergen Beer Tasting Crew and the fine fellas of the Die By the Beer blog. :-) Ah, so a legend is being opened. Let’s see what the myths are made of. Pours a blonde orange body with a medium off-white head, fading rapidly. Aroma is tart lemon, dense funky brett tones, aerial yeasty apple vinegar notes and hints of straw. Very mellow and finely integrated (as expected). Taste is bitter lemon zest, straw and grassy notes, barnyard funk and hints of grapefruity bitterness. Slight metallic hints in the finish, without being disturbing. Nice. Palate is still a bit fizzy after all these years, but works well in bringing out the flavors. Everything has sort of melted together, as one would think when dealing with this kind of age on a beer, but somehow the overall impression isn’t quite as awesome as the ratings indicate, in my opinion. A very good geuze, but I’ve had better.
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
10th May 2012
Bottle shared at Sour & Bitter. Very hazy amber beer, tidy white head. Light dry palate., a little soft. Mildly woody. Mild orange citrus. Mild sourness. Pretty dry finish with mild sourness in the aftertaste. An approachable Gueuze for a non sour lover but really not getting all the stellar marks, no change there then!
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Bottle @ S&B - Pours cloudy orange, steady white head. Gentle aromas of apple, wood, citrus and some floral notes. Very smooth siiky mouthfeel for a gueuze, very soft from beginning to end. Very well balanced! Taste confirms the nose + some grapefruit. Brilliant beer! One of my all-time favourites.
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
S&B 2012. Pours cloudy copper amber with a great shortlived off white head leaving lace. Aroma is sweet yellow prunes sweety horse blanket fruity sour; so well in balance and so good. Flavor is sweetish fruity tart sour in front, more dry pungent stable cellar in the middle with sustained fruits getting more barrel harsh and lemon juice tart towards the end. Finishes sour metallic tart.
Plovmand (6303) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Sour & Bitter. Pours cloudy yellow with a creamy white head. The aroma is acid, sweet fruit, citrus, oak and barnyard. Seems powerful. The flavour is dry and citrussy with notes of fruit, oak and barnyard. Perfectly balanced Gueuze.