tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2015 Bottle: 2008 vintage, yellow OGV label. Pours a solid, vibrant, semi-turbid golden sunshine-orange color with a foamy white head that fizzles a bit before receding to a small ring. Lovely aroma, exactly what you’d expect from the Fonteinen terroir. Acidic stone fruits, green apple, lemon tartness, mineral water, moderate acidic, super horsey funk, sweaty feet, a bit of barnyard hay, cork, & a nice helping of wet moldy oak towards the back end, proper tannic finish. Flavor is just as great. Very sour, tons & tons of Granny Smith apple up front with a bit of lemon, peach, & white grape underneath. Acidic, but tamed... Does not burn at all. Musky funk hits hard; lots of wood, moderate horseblanket, wet hay, old cork, & a bit of sweat in the finish. Tons of wood & white grape in the back-end with a very faint acetic dip, leading to a dry, tart finish. Wow. This is better than fresh 3F Oude Geuze; it is more tart, yet more complex & subtle all around. The oak is more tame as well, & blends with the wild yeast perfectly. Is this better than a regular, aged OG? Not sure. Hopefully I will find out soon, as I have an 07 OGV waiting to be opened alongside a regular 07 OG. But in any case, this gueuze is out of this world.
pushkinwow (2486) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 375ml bottle from Kamiel, so grateful to finally get to try this. The cork releases with a loud pop, not a gusher but lots of carbonation stored in this tiny bottle as it takes a while to be able to pour into the glasses without the head pouring out the top. Murky amber (poured some dregs in) with a generous and then gentle bubbly sticky white head. Slightly acidic, wet hay, some cheesecloth, epson salts, great funk, light lemon, moderate carbonation and full body, acidic, funky, dry, and incredibly complex. Delicious.
ElManana (1685) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 Bottle at RBBWG shared by BelgBeerGeek. Nice cheesy, sour, but very balanced. Awesome gueze, probably the best I’ve ever had.
MrHangover (3770) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours a clear golden beer with a big white head on top. Aroma has barnyard, leather, Brett and white fruits. Flavor is medium tart, a big sweet base, loads of fruit and dust in there. Decent balance, beer held up well during aging. Good stuff.
knickskicks (1101) - - DEC 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2015 2006. Synthetic cork. Orange pour, no head. Oxidized drain-pour, more reminiscent of a mediocre aged barleywine. Some funk and brightness but otherwise too oxidized to enjoy.
2002 and 2005 enjoyed 6-19-15. 2002: nose is must, cobwebs, lemon rind. Taste follows similarly. Very similar to the Blauw I had a few months ago. 2005: much brighter with more citrus than 2002. Minerals, soft palate.
2008 750 - Orange red pour. Nose is cobwebs, funk, a touch of leather, caramel, lemon, musty, mineraly. Vibrant. Taste is sour lemon, funk. Really tart. Lingering tartness.
jredmond (7183) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2002 (I believe) sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2014 in LA with Linh and Scarlett. Pours a hazy golden body with thick white head and lasting lacing. Aroma is brilliant funk, barn, lemon, brett and light wood. Mouthfeel is near perfection - with funk, minerals, wood, funky citrus, light white wine, weathered barn and a nice bright tart character. Awesome.
JefVerstraete (2715) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from the brewery. Orange colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Very complex and well balanced geuze. Tart, funky and dry. Medium bitter finish. Fruity notes of lemon and apple. Very good!
bursprak (2149) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle split two ways, ’08 vintage. Dark golden pour with a tiny head that quickly fades and leaves small lacings. Loads of funk, barnyard, green apples, lemon peel and some leather. So mellow but yet so complex. This is wonderful stuff!
Art (2941) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade in Brussels. Aroma of rubber, some floral notes. Orange cloudy pour. Sour and dry. Medium light feel.
charule (2093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to artmcd8. Poured hazy dark orange with thinning white head. Aroma of sour fruit funk. Light carb med bod. Tangy taste. Ok