Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled on Dec. 2, 2003, 5% abv. Intriguing aroma of verdant barnyard, cheese, fresh, leafy herbs, vinyl, faint citrus and dusty grain. Attractive light-medium golden amber color, light swirls of sediment amidst plentiful bubbles feeding a frothy, uneven head. Flavor profile begins with some mellow pale maltiness and is quickly met by a quenching, lightly tart and fruity sourness that easily carries through to the finish, which is very dry and tinged with some light bitterness and acidity. Light-medium bodied with a pleasantly effervescent mouthfeel. Very nicely balanced. An excellent gueuze.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
initially very phenolic burnt rubber that fades to a very nice grassy tart nose SAAZ hops? a beer that gets better and better the longer you sip it. not for beginners in lambics.
TBone (11884) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 375ml, alc. 5%, 2003 vintage (bottled 03-02-2003)
Slightly hazy honey golden color, small creamy head, lively champagne carbonation. Nose has strong sourness, sweaty horse blanket and grassy hops - certainly not "My First Beer" -nose. Very earthy and salty with sharp sour and tart apple juice flavor (and some balsamico and grapefruit too). Lemony, dry citric acidic, hoppy and sour finish and aftertaste. Very complex and very demanding beer.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle/ Not as complex as Girardin but very drinkable. Lemon,aplle skin aroma with a touch of matl and ocean. Dry with bitter tannins and lots of acidity.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 bottle. pours with very little carbonation, opaque light copper color, nice sour flavor.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. April 2001 bottle shared with Maibockaddict. Hazy golden in color with a nice perfect white head. Nice aroma of cheese. Cheddar cheese. Some sourness in the aroma too. Cheddar cheese flavor too. Very funky. Enjoyable beer.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml, April 2001 bottle. Had the option of 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002, and chose this one. Hazy golden, with a perfect white head. good barnyard and blue cheese thing going on in the aroma. Flavor has a slightly soured blue cheese thing going on as well. Malty smooth palate. Rich in funky flavor, man. Really cheesey. Now I get cheddar, very sharp cheddar, in the finish. I guess I can just sit here and twist all of the flavors and aromas into different things and maybe even write a book. Must get back to my source (top secret) and snag other vintages for sampling.
Rafe (3) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 750mL bottle of De Fonteinen Oude Gueuze is attractive with a brown glass color with painted on white and yellow graphics. It is stoppered with a wire cage/champaine cork. Standard gueuze sediment was evident. Bottle was allowed to warm to 55.7 degrees, according to my shiny new IR thermomitor. It was served in a white wine glass
Not much smell. Sour, but not as sour as most gueuze, with notes of acidic apples, hops, earth.
Pale yellow, with hint of cloudyness.
Very little. Thin layer of small to medium sized bubble, with perhaps 80%-60% coverage.
Lightly sour with flavors of oak, grapes, vinegar, apples, persimmons, peat (?!?). Lingering aftertaste of hops, more so than usual for a gueuze. Flavor could charitably be described as delicate, or more realisticly as weak.
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1997 vintage consumed at Drie Fonteinen brewery. Poured with nice white head. The acidity had diminished radically and the flavor was very subtle. Also had a draft gueuze for comparison. It was much sweeter than the bottled version with a fruitier aroma. Both the vintage and the draft were superb and went down very well with the lapin in gueuze sauce.
Nate (3549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1999 vintage. Wonderful tart peppery barnyard aroma, acidic and astringent. Nice wheaty, yeasty smell. Medium orange amber, cloudy, with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium watery body, high carbonation, with carbonic burn. Starts wheaty and tart, great tart acidity, barnyard . Bitterness remains throughout with clean bitter acidic finish. Slight chalky after. Very nice gueuze.