madsberg (8790) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled: Hazy orange coloured. Huge dense lasting white head. Has a fresh and sharp sourness in the aroma with som fruit and citrus notes. Earthy sourness mingles with fruit and herbal notes in the flavour. Has a mild, pleasant and smooth mouthfeel. This is a great brew.
Slick (1971) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
'99 vintage.Golden to light amber color,small head that faded quickly The aroma was outstanding,Fruits abound throughout this brew with a juicyfruit gum thing going on sweet and yet some what syrupy smelling if there is such a thing.The taste was fruity and quite sour with a slight bitterness as well.there is a slight medicinal side to the brew but it comes and goes with little notice.There is a funny taste quality going on here as well that is hard to describe ,but only seems to lend to the uniqueness of the brew IMO.The after taste is fruity and sour with a nice sour finish.I definately got my moneys worth on this brew and am glad i have much more for later trials.
SteC (130) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tasted this gueuze after I tasted the mariage parafait from Boon. This gueuze was definently better. It had the same ourness as the mariage parfait, but with an extra fruity dimension wich made it a much more enjoyable beer, and a less explosive taste than the mariage parfait.
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle dated 11 DEC. 2000. WOW! Pours a clouded, peachy colored blond. Small effervescent white head. Nose is full of sour notes and funk. Leather, horse, basement, sweat, citrus, dried wood, cleanser, etc., etc. It just keeps going! The taste is VERY sweet and sour. The extremes of both ends of the spectrum are combined, thoroughly blended and then regurgitated into this bottle. More leather, barnyard, litterbox, sweat, FUNK, soured grapes, etc. Full on tongue with this. The palate is met with some high powered tartness but it comes as expected for this style and does the opposite of detract from this beer. Very carbonated as it goes down and bubbly mouthfeel. Excellent beer! I will do my best to visit this brewery on my next trip. Well worth the $19 I spent on it!
chriso (7254) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Only my second ever "proper" gueuze and, if anything, better than the Cantillon in my view. Perhaps a little less aggressive. Not much else to say that hasn't been said before really. Bottled, Oud Arsenaal bar, Antwerp, September 2003
diabel (1584) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blond-amber colour. Quite transparant body (especially for a gueuze). Lots of bubbles. Small white head. Sour fruit-aroma. There is one word which can describe the flavour perfectly: whooooooow! This is so good. Initial sweet-soury flavour ends sour-sweety. This is a champagne!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initially puckering but tempered so not overwhelming. Grassy, saison-esque, sweet and somewhat spicy with a bit of pine woodiness. Simply amazing.
Kinz (2968) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer 40 of Belgium trip, and my last in this beautiful country. 2nd beer of the New Year. Hazy light orange, great head. Aroma gently of horseblanket and sour lemon. Flavor matches, along with some faint molded hay. Good.
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 OK, a quite interesting beer before I even start the sampling/reviewing, there’s a warning label to “Open Carefully Under Great Pressure”, and right it is, I untied the wire cage/cap, just touched the cork, it shot out of bottle top like a bullet, bounced off the ceiling, the counter, and at least one wall, then into the side pocket, “Score”!, just kidding about the side pocket!
The color before decanting a limpid golden orange and after decanting a bemused golden orange with the head a majestic crown upon that vaporous golden orange body which is spumous in texture and a somewhat off white color, and the resultant lace a silky veil to hide the glass from prying eyes. The first aroma that of peaches, sweet and sour, almost astringent, crisp and pleasing to both the ocular and olfactory senses, start is modestly sweet, dry, hints of lemon with the top light but pleasingly so. Finish is amaroidal, but once again pleasingly so, an integral part of the style, a bit of the hops I think shows through at the back of the palate, so very tart it puckers the mouth, but its just part of the majesty of the style, what a treat, and this may be sacrilegious, but I like this “Lambic” much more than any I’ve ever sampled including but not limited to Cantillon.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml; Bottled 11 December, 2000: Dusky peach. Loose mixture of large and small off-white bubbles. Soft flowery, irony, brett-laden aroma with restrained musty wood, grass, toasted pine, and cactus oil notes alongside a smidge of dried apricot, honey sweetness. Spritzy bubbles with a firm, round body. It touts its balance right away with a stunning display of flower, herbs, leather and explosive, yet understated tartness. Touches of brett and peach skin are evident, but are held in check by the earthiness. Brief woody glimpses remain an afterthought throughout its entirety. Finishes brashly dry and fuzzy, lightly herbal, and perfumey with a sumptuous, elegant blend of fresh, lightly toasted malts and juicy hop flavors. Dried apricots, leaves, lemon, bitter grass, and leather linger on the palate. Enamoring, multi-layered gueuze.