ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for all three gueuzes (and the kriek surprise afterwards!) This was part of the gueuze showdown, pitting Tilquin’s gueuze against the juggernaut duo known as Cantillon Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game.
A: Pours a hazy copper color, with a dinky half finger white head. Meh.
S: Now this is more like it. I’d surmise this is the funkiest of the three, coming across almost like a moldy, stank-ass cheese (in a good way). Sourness is subdued compared to the others, but the grape presence comes across more brightly.
T: The opening flavor is a subtle, pleasant sourness. Afterwards comes lots of earthy, hay-like funk (and stank-ass cheese) to finish the flavor profile off. There’s a real complexity here that’s hard to place, but still keeps the palate guessing brilliantly.
M: The delicacy and softness of the palate feel are simply to die for. Everything - from the dry finish to the carbonation - is perfectly measured. Super drinkable, period.
O: This was a narrow second place finisher - and a damn close finish at that - but at the same token, this is the only one where I’d attempt to finish an entire large-format bottle solo. Refreshing, easy to drink, and challenging all at the same time.
fombe89 (134) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo ................................................ 23/01/2014
neongolden (595) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml 2003 bottle @ Akkurat, shared with friends Jan 4 2015) Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a huge frothy white head and literal wall of lace. Aroma has lots of pungent blue cheese funk, strongly herbal garrigue type notes (rosemary in particular?), lime zest, a little grain. On the palate, nice and bitter and herbal with a mix of dried Provençal type herbs, more lime like bitterness, both zest and juice. There is a little pale barley malt sweetness but just enough to balance the soft acidity. Loads more herbs and complex/strange citrus zest on the finish, touch of wheat. Complex motherfucker. Dry, mouth filling finish. Medium bodied and nearly flat. Quite herbal and more citrusy than expected but without much bright acidity to go with that fruit. Barley malts came through and provided structure. Aged well but also makes me want to try more "highly regarded" aged 3 Fonteinen like Vintage or 50th Ann.
Rammer (155) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 20, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s just great! Sour taste and aroma as well as the aroma and flavor of roasted sunflower seeds and a little honeys. Very interesting and tasty
JBPortland (962) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle (2/14 bottling) pours semi clear amber orange with small head. Nose is big dusty wood, funky oak, lime, lemon, stonefruit, barrel. Taste is incredibly well balanced, complex, various stonefruit and funky citrus, big dusty wood notes, attic, a hint of sweet peach and tangerine, medium tartness. Finishes mostly dry, tannic, oak, orange, stonefruit, dusty attic wood. For a younger bottling this is outstanding.
jayzz (418) - Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Blended to perfection and still kickin’ after all this time. More earthy than I would have expected
Stuu666 (4008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours golden, nose is barnyard funk, taste is citrus, oak, funk.
rouhlas (402) - GREECE - JAN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Hazy golden color with white head. Funky, dusty aroma with barnyard notes, citrus fruity. Light sweet and acidic taste like the aroma. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation.
ForlornHope (117) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
37.5 cl bottle at home, 10 years old. Orange-gold colour, tight white head. Aroma of musty, dusty leather and citrus fruits, grapefruit and lemon, almost acrid on the nose with a deep sniff. Taste is sharp and tart, lemony sherbet and some balancing sweetness. Lively on the tongue, rich body but smooth and very drinkable. The lip-puckering dryness leaves one instantly wanting another sip, but I’m trying to take my time and savour this! Exceptional beer in all respects.
hank37 (126) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet apple and hay on the nose (fresh cut hay, not old stored shit). Dry, with a touch of funk & a tart backbone with ribs of medicinal cherry and a punch of acetic.
Fergalicious (6) - Marysville, California, USA - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Corn husk hay Old cheese
Cloudy Golden Amber color. Big soft flavorful head.
Tart, lemon juice. Lightly bittersweet. Small kiwi flavor underneath. “Farmhouse barnyard door” taste at the finish
Fizzy carbonation Refreshing sharp tartness
Overall this beer is refreshing and tasty.