gEUS (1615) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on several occasions, fresh (1999) as well as aged. Notes refer to the aged versions. This is one of the most sour geuzes out there. I remember it back in the 1999 to be way too sour when fresh, and it has mellowed out a bit, but it remains too vibrant. It is one-sided on the sour apples and lemon peel, missing the typical funk of traditional brewers. It’s a nice side track, but show the lack of true blending and geuze skills.
thirdeye11 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle no. 4720) clear bright amber gold, no head. Nose of lemon, old books, moss, cellar floor, touch of vinegar, oak, complex. Taste of vinegar, lemon juice, oak, light char, lactic acid, not much Brett to speak of, thin body and low carbonation. Smells super complex and delicious.
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Stevo’s Pre-GABF Tasting (Denver, CO). Pours a nice murky orange amber hue, a bit darker, nice glowing colors with loose ringer offwhite head, mellow lacing with some gentle stick around. Aromas are firmly lactic, lemon and crab apple, firm sourness with nice funk, yogurt, vanillin and oak. Touches of straw, gentle dough. Initial is a bit more muted, sour and nice lemon up front, some grapefruit, white grape. Crab apple, lactic elements and bread. Some yogurt, lactic acidity. Bright, acedic a bit as we move on. Some bread, straw, horseblanket. Backend is a bit acedic and lemony, lactic and sour. Some nice jabs but nothing overdone. Nice gentle carbonation, firmer oak. Touches of green grape, fruit and sourness. Dry and smaller backend. Nice stuff.
jcnielsen (2864) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to SteveO and company. Pours a hazy orange color with white head. Cheese, sour, tangy flavors.
Steve_0 (3661) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Eric. Vintage 1999. Thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head and decent lacing. Huge funk, sweet tarts, light salt, some lemon rind, oak, cheese, and oranges in the aroma. Taste is salty, some lemons, urine, horse blanket, white wine vinegar, lime, and oak with a huge acidic finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Amazing aroma and Definitely tasty, but has get seriously sour over the years.
Experiment_Ale (1095) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours orange hazy no head. Aroma is sour, some vinegar, muted. Taste is heavy acidity, makes me sweat, burns my throat, but it is full of lambic sour flavor. Pretty interesting, a great beer to try.
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying. Thanks to Eric for sharing! Pours a murky orange appearance with no head. Very dusty, tannic, cheesy, herbal, lemon, and orange aroma. Pretty acidic. Somewhat sweet. Low bitterness. Dusty, sweet oak, vanilla, light coconut, and somewhat acetic. This is good but was maybe better a few years back. Big thanks for sharing, Eric!
Alengrin (3884) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Belle-Vue’s traditional geuze, made for the afficionados since 1993 but later discontinued; tasted in 2005 as an old beer of 12 years of age, which is no problem at all for this style, of course. Very sour geuze, lots of body from lactic acid as well as delightfully refreshing citric acid and both components in perfect balance, very complex with all the typical lambic aromas one can expect, abundant fruitiness, sherry, hay, wood. This product, though sadly out of existence for many a year now, showed that ’Interbrew’ in the nineties was still a very different thing from ’AB InBev’ nowadays, I’m sure something like this is unthinkable in their current management strategies. I hesitate to admit it because of this reason, but Belle-Vue Sélection Lambic was one of the best geuzes I ever had - a masterpiece from a producer as unexpected as one can imagine.
Palme (3604) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.75l corked bottle number 03771 @ Tørst. A lovely peachy clear body on this one. Not much of a head to speak about really, but the aroma is just amazing. Lemon sour with kiwi, sour unripe peaches, unripe cantaloupe, there’s also a little bit of paint thinner and ethanol here, traces of both canned pears and those sweet wild strawberries that’s often covered on exhaust. I’m out or words. So many small nuances! And what a set of flavors this old champ has! Yes, it’s a lemonic acidic and sour brut monster, but still not nearly as much as I was expecting. It’s so refreshing and just lovely tasting! Fruity acidic, lots of sour unripe gooseberries and white currants with green strawberries. A swift of white vine vinegar and something that remind me of the summer when I was 7 - painting my parents house. I’m shocked how much I’m enjoying this and it gets better and better when it’s gaining some temperature in the glass. A beautiful experience on a beautiful beautiful day here in what has to be the best place in the whole damn world! 22.06.2013
popery (1781) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999, Bottle #03046. Relatively dark amber liquid. It’s quite cloudy. No head. Just a flat glass of color. Carbonation looks low. Color is darker than expected - curious if that has anything to do with the age of the bottle. The aroma has a firm balanced sourness but little funk. Vanilla, stone fruit, medium yogurt, light vinegar, oak. Reminds me of American sour flavors more than Belgian. Taste has fairly heavy lactic-forward tartness. Lots of sourness and little funk, again. Tart apricots, grapes, berries. Interesting stuff. Carbonation is low. Kinda flat, really - not sure if that’s from the age or not; the cork is good. Sourness in the back of your throat. Fun to try an old lambic.