Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle in a gueuze tasting. This is one of the masterpieces we had. Dominative hay. Typical Barnyard/horseblanket, citrus/apple aroma and taste. More intense then the average gueuze. But not as complex and impressive then the Belle-vue, Girardin, and Cantillon 96 we also had. (yeah, it was a hard day!) Overall restrained funkiness. Dusty feeling that Iíve come to expect from gueuze. The mouth feel is impressive, body is full (well, as full as a gueuze can be) and leads to an astringency that is.. hum.. very sexy.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy gold with a thin off-white head. Nose has lemon, oak, balsamic vinegar, yeast, cherries. Lots of lemon up front with woody funk, a toastier malt presence than Iím used to in Geuzes, yeast. As expected this is quite acidic. I canít place something below the funk - meaty or fruity? Interesting.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large and frothy white head on a gold and orange body. Not as bitter as I feared, this is a well-blended geuze. It felt very fresh an fruity, and I am ready to taste it again any time. It gets smmother as you drink it. The sourness is well worth a try !
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden straw color with big white head. Aroma is acidic and sour with grapefruit and other cirtrus. Taste is very sour, lightly sweet, barnyard, citrus, dry but malty. Oh man, donít tell me Iím starting to like lambics.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
my first lambic-gueuze courtesy of heemer77, thanks Eric. Iím sitting here about 5 hours after finishing this beer and am just now getting the taste of this one out of my mouth. a barnyard aroma, kind of like a damp horse blanket with a very sour, dry flavor. interesting beer.
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a small bottle. This poured a dark cloudy gold and orange with a white head. The aroma was classic for the style. It had lemons, apples and leather. There was also a hint of the barnyard character. The taste was mouth puckering tart and dry at first. It does smooth out a little, but not much. The taste was leather and vinegar with some blue cheese. A slightly salty finsh. Birght and lively, this is for those that love some sour.
Garrat (1255) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle.Bright amber with a medium head,aroma is sour,vinegar and lemon,taste is sour and tarty with apples wood and grass.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, April 2, 2001 on label. Around 4.5 years old at consumption. Pours nearly fully clear pure golden color with a huge light bubbly white head and lots of carbonation. The aroma is amazing. There is so much activity. Itís very easily identifiable as sour. Fruit aromas are white grape and sour apple. There is also a musty earthy character that wraps up the sharp sour aroma. The flavor is imeadiately intensely sour, but also fairly smooth and light on the tongue. Sour apple and grape with an earthy blanket flavor. Becomes peppery and very dry. At this point I notice the ununiform lace, thick and uneven at spots. The finish is a bit metallic and definitely dry, with a woody character. This beer is complex in both aroma and flavor.
The Etruscan (506) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
White large foamy long lasting head. Light amber-orange color. Aroma is moderately malty with floral, sour, fruity (apples, grapes) tones. Flavor is fruity with citrus, apples and green apricots notes, slightly sour, ending in a moderately fruity finish. Medium bodied.
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2006 350 ml bottle, dated 2003. Thanks to tiggmtl for sending me home with this at the Kennett Square Festival 2005. Poured a slightly hazy straw color, firm and fine bubbled white head, moderate carbonation visible. Aroma is tart and fruity up front with grannie smith apples, pixie stix sugar, and that wonderful funky musty odor. Flavor is a slightly puckering musty flavor with a dry and earthy finish. Somehow this is both sour and sugary sweet at the same time. Light bodied with a slight fizz on the tongue that leads to an almost flat finish. I couldnít drink this everyday, but this is clearly a very well made example of the style. Iíve only had a half dozen or so Gueuzes and this is only the second Iíve rated in this format so I donít think that I have the vocabulary to do this justice, but it was great. Consumed New Years Eve in lieu of champagne. Ar:8 Ap:5 Fl:8 Pa:4 Ov 17 = 4.2 total.
Re-rate, 750 ml bottle, 2006 RBSG, 1999 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy orangish gold with a small thinnish fizzy head. Aroma is s delicate balance of sweet and sour, lots of raw naked farmhouse funk. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Great tart flavor with some sugary sweetness. This makes no sense at all, but this is the "cleanest" gueuze Iíve ever had. Notes of funky cheese and citrus. Mouthfeel is dry and fizzy with a spritzy champagne like carbonation. Absolutely fabulous! Much more pleasing than my previous bottle from 2003. Rating is for the 1999 vintage.