Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Le Bier Circus. Vintage 2002. Huge fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Copper colour with a clear sparkling body. Dust, barnyard, ash, citrus, perfume, tobacco, wood, vanilla, unripe apple. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation and dry texture. Flavour was not as sour as expected. Still it was light to moderated acidic with some sweet notes left in the flavour. Excellent dry finish.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour, farmy, coppery aroma with flavors including tart grapefruit and, well, old socks. Just a drop of sweetness before the funky, beautifully complexity kicks in. Occupied a happy medium between mellow drinkability and harsh, acidic aridity. Awesome, but I’ll keep some around a few more years and take another step toward the mellow end.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 Bottle sampled on 6/6/10: Pours with good lacing and a large frothy off-white head. Has a good complex funky barnyard nose with light sweetness and lemon zest. Body has good dry earthy tartness and some lightly sweet balance with oaky complexity before a puckering tartness. A very enjoyable gueuze.
Bottle sampled on 2/13/07: Pours a hazy dark golden bronze with a frothy, well-lacing white head. Dry, earthy, funky cheesy barnyard aroma has decent complexity. Body starts fairly full and with an earthy pale maltiness, nicely-balanced with a good, drier cheesy complexity toward a slightly bready finish. A nice gueuze.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Date de mise en bouteille 07/03/2003. Hazy orange-gold with a large white head. Aroma of yeast, sour apple and dewy spring cottage garden. The taste is grapefruit with dusty books and paper stored in old barns and attics. Sour, but if you persevere you pick out a distant honey sweetness. The result is fresh, clean, immensely drinkable: a wonderful example of the brewer’s craft. This is the reason I love beer.
RichardGretton (4182) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden beer with a strongish head. The aroma is quite sour with a sweet finish, the flavour is very sour with a vinegar and dry finish. Overall an average beer.
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Careful when you open the bottle. The cork and metal really comes in handy here. Small and quickly disappearing white head. Hazy orange body. Complex fruity aroma and flavor of oranges and some kind spice I cannot really figure out. For a geuze this is relatively sweet still, though, with a pleasant sharp edge.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge pungent Gueze-y nose: funky, horse blanket mustiness, the whole thing. Dark murky gold color with a low head. Soft malt base with a hint of apples. Sour and puckering end. Smooth overall and amazingly well balanced. Sophisticated and unique. Nice!
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle dated 07/03/03. I honestly don’t know what t o make of this beer. I’ve had geuze before, but this was such an extreme example. The beer is a lovely honey colour in the glass with a big foam head. The strong aroma has bags of apples, sourness, musty animal smells and a hint of sweetness. Describing the flavour does it no justice at all - is at once foul and appealling. In one mouthfull it is a musty, sour, eye-wateringly sour with the smell of a restaurant kitchine floor - old cheese and rotten veg. Another taste is tart but refreshing, light bodied with a citrus tang, oakey dryness in the finish. Its either disgusting or the most complex brilliant beer you’ll drink and I honestly cannot decide which.
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003. Aroma of citrus, forests and yeast. Hazy, orange coloured with an initially huge, white head. Taste is moderate tart, woody, dusty, quite fruity (citric), somewhat sweet, some yeast. Balance is perfect. Very refreshing and dry. Excellent brew.
Christian (10781) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002. Hazy light orange with a small but steady white head. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, hay, barnyard, leather, even a bit of mushroom. Tart, acid, slightly yeasty and musty flavour. Very dry.