tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle labeled 07/03/2003. Poured a dark gold color with a white head. Slightly sharp horse blanket aromas. Upfront sourness. Light-to-medium body well-carbonated, dry/tart finish.
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
April 16, 2002 Vintage Bottle, Sampled October 2007
Pours with a lightly hazy, cherry tinged, light amber color (quite dark for a Gueuze / Lambic) and is crowned by an initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that is a mix of large and tightly beaded froth that leaves some lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Ah yes, the aroma is just want I need; funky, woody, tart and fruity, it smells oh so good. Aromatic notes of cured leather, ripe plastic (in the process of curing), urea, dried mushrooms and a touch of farmhouse cheese are all noticeable. The aromatic tart notes run the gamut from hints of lactic, acetic, definitely citric, with notes of tart apples, sour grapes and even some touches of tart, exotic fruit. Other aromas of rotting wood, cedar, spicy oak, damp cellars made of stone and thick-amply-aged wood structure add more complexity to the aroma.
Soft and almost creamy up front before the acidity kicks in. The acidity is never hard or overbearing though (which I sometimes like and even crave in a Lambic) and in fact melds quite well with a substantial (for a Lambic) texture & body. The acid is most notably lactic in character, but has touches of citric flavors at times. Notes of crab-apple, un-ripe star-fruit, touches of grapefruit (and even more than that at times) and a green, un-ripened, sauvignon blanc grape flavor add to the fruit component of this beer. Despite the supple texture and heft of this beer it seems quite bone dry. The carbonation, though light for a Gueuze, adds a zesty textured touch of froth to each sip. The flavor is not quite as funky as the aroma was, but this is still quite funk driven. Flavors of woody mushrooms, damp leather in the finish, cherry pits, most definitely musty and even a bit moldy at times. Touches of ephemeral vanilla, butter cream flavors (or is that just evoked from the texture), uriatic acid (cat pee to the layman) and wild flower petals add to the subtle backdrop of this beer. Quite tannic at times, almost coating the mouth, though not the teeth like a very tannic green tea, in light astringency.
I could wish for a bit more carbonation here as I like my Gueuzes to be very effervescent, but this is a damn fine example of the art. Very well blended, very well integrated, there is nothing that is dominant here. I do love a good Lambic, Gueuze especially, and I wish that I had the ability to drink more of these on a regular basis. Almost a bit too refined for my tastes; still rustic though and definitely a finely crafted product, but I think I prefer the regular non-vintage, and the 1995 vintage that I had in 2001.
Bov (11737) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage - hazy bright and dark orange colour with a little white foam; very complex aroma of hay, rhubarb and grapefruit; medium-bodied, juicy and very acidic; somehow smooth; very long acidic aftertaste with more dust, vinegar and rhubarb - a great beer!
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz bottle, 2002 Vintage, via anders37, tasted side-by-side with a regular 3 F Oude Gueuze, Vintage 2004. Absolutely perfect pour, slightly hazy gold under a nice fizzy foamy slightly off-white head that left some nice fine lacing. The nose is just great as well, funky dry cellar mustiness with some granny smith apples, lemons, a little pixie stick dry sugariness and barnyard bretty funk. Really no yogurty or cheesy funkiness that dominated the younger 2004 regular version. Just a really mellow well aged gueuze that really hits the sweet spot of what I want. The flavor is tart and a little acidic with a ton of dry cellar dust and must. Lemon tartness and funky brett interplay perfectly. A lingering oak and earthiness fades slowly on the finish. Mouthfeel is completely attenuated leaving a crisp fairly light bodied feel with perfect lively spritzy carbonation. This was truely great, and by far outshined the younger version in terms of drinkability. Though the younger was beautiful in its own right. I only wonder whether it was the lambics that went into the different bottles or simply the age of the bottles that made the huge difference. I can’t wait to see how the J&J’s stand up to this.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Delirium Cafe (2003): Pours a clear light copper color with a white head. Aroma is hint of sweet malt and lots of tart fruit. Flavor is a dry tart fruit with a long sour dry citrus finish.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 April 12, 2002 Vintage. Poured from a 750ml Thanks to Jason. Aroma wicks forth with a flicking tongue of spring essence in a cherry orchard. Blossoms all around. Cottony wafts, sugars flaunt and a wheat essence plays with persimmon seeds and Passionfruit juice in a soft balance. Fleeting ginger. Pours that clear even gold, headed with mountains of residing billowy foam, lubricious in its delivery. Bubbly and alive. Flavor arrives in resplendent glory, with gentle tannins, refined sweetness and lots of elegant cotton. Pear juice and lemon oils. Tart, puckering and full of the necessary farm yard. This was tasted side by side with the standard Oude Geuze and this was hands down the winner. This maintains complex acidity and brightness, yet holds such refined softness and gentle, pleasing flavors. The young has cheese, wildness, wood and acid, this restrains those a little bit and yields soft spice, grassy fields and sunlight. Awesome stuff.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #800. 2004 vintage. Murky orange pour heaped with lasting white froth. Fleshy, sherbety orange aroma with a hint of mouldy tangerine. Bitter orange and lemon fruitiness finishing with a dash of G+T dryness. Cleaner, spritzier and less complex than the younger versions I’ve tried, with little dankness or wood. A delicious tingling beer dripping with tangy, citrussy fruit.
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange. Fine white disappearing head. Classic Oude Geuze aroma with some sourness popping up and notes of lemon. In the mouth the sourness is medium lasting. Some woody flavors. A bit earthlike as well.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Oude Geuze Vintage
opaque orange, fine white head, drippy lace, musty aroma with a light lemony tartness, creamy body, tart lemon flavor, the tartness starts small and grows throughout the swallow, a nice amount of funk provides some complexity,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.375 l bottle, vintage 2004. Copper to amber color with creamy head. Sour, earthy-leathery and parfumy aroma with notes of strawberry, pineapple and rose. Very sour, tart, woody and mouth drying flavor with pineapple and bitterness from the wild yeast. Very hard at first, but after a while palate got used to it.