Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006
Thanks to MrFacto for bringing this to the tasting. My stomach was not really in the mood for more sour beers but it is hard to pass up a beer of this caliber when you get the chance. So I soldiered on and give it a try. Now I know why it is one of the best retired beers on the site as well as why so many people have love/hate relationships with gueuzes. On the other hand, I could probably not drink more than 8 ounces of this at one sitting before getting ill. Still, it is an experience not to be missed.
Aroma / Appearance - A very sharp, sour aroma greets the nostrils. It is formed of berries, cheerios and a distinct barnyard characteristic. There is no mistaking this for anything but a Belgian style beer. The amber body had very little head.
Flavor / Palate - Sourness and horse blanket coat the throat from the second it hits the mouth. A funky mouthfeel permeates everything from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. There is no messing around with this beer. Lemons, orange rinds and tea leaves are in the background. It takes some getting used to this but it is worth the time.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks Matt!!!!!! 1999 vintage. The beer pours to a very hazy light caramel colored body with a thin white head. The aroma is fantastic. It has tons of sour cherries, barnyard galore with horse-blanket and sourness. The flavor is insane. Same as the aroma. Perfect. The palate is sour but perfect in feel. Fantastic!!!
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, huge barnyard aroma... nutty malt, cherries, vinegar, brown sugar, etc... hard to describe. Slightly cloudy pale orange in color with a very thin head that fades. Wow, initially a touch of sweet malt and fruitiness, lemon, vanilla, oak, etc... and then it quickly changes to a growing sourness that just grows and grows...until it fades off to a slightly acidic finish. Incredibly complex and drinkable, one of the most interesting beers I have ever tried. Huge huge thanks to MrFacto for sharing this.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy orange color w/ a tiny white head w/ no real lacing. Great leatherty aroma some horse blanket defiante funk, some great wood notes and soem sour cherries. Palate is very sour and abrasive on the tongue. Great lambic.. well blended sour fruits (cherries) and leathers and some earth tones. Great beer.
Thanks to Matt for sharing.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
99: Pour is hazed orangey amber with a thin skin of an off white head...smell is exactly as you would expect...not expect from Belle-Vue, but from a wonderful gueuze...first tart lactic-ness...all sorts of sour fruits...cherry, oak strawberry...then funky barnyard wonderfulness...not abrasively sour in flavor, but definately "apparent"...
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 From 750mL Bottle, 1999 Vintage. Hazy, murky orange pour with a healthy bubbly dose of white head. The aroma is an amazing balance between delicate fruits and sour acidity. Lucsious aromas of sweet peach and granny smith apples gently caress my nostrils, complimented boldly, yet exquisitely by a dry, woody sourness. A touch of nice vanilla adds a further pleasing dimension. Clean, tantalizingly sparkling, light effervescent mouthfeel. The palate is also superbly balanced, bringing out more of the fruity flavors with a nice oakiness that reminds me of a fine chardonnay. Crisp, delcious acidity in the finish that cleans the palate in a soft, delicate way. Fabulous!
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBESG 2006. Wow! There’s a party in my mouth and all my sourest yet still likeable friends are invited. Fruit salad and stinky cheese. Amazing finish.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999 vintage bottle number 03995, Sampled October 2006
Pours with an almost brilliantly clear, amber color. It is just a touch carbonated with a wisp of bubbles evident as they work there way up through the beer. Almost no head to speak of, just a touch of tan ring around the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite sharp; notes of lactic acid overlay a touch acetic acid and a touch of something like urea. Wood like notes of oak and a bit of a grapefruit like citrus note help to soften the dominant acid aromatics. There is a hint of something that makes me think of wild mushrooms, and this seems to merge a bit with the woody notes as well. A solid fruit character is here as well, it reminds me of Sauvignon Blanc grapes, a bit of citrus and even something that reminds me of tart berries. As my olfactory fixated journey continues I pick up notes of phenolics (even approaching something like plastic), a touch of alcohol towards the end and whole slew of esters that are hard to describe individually. There is certainly a Brettanomyces presence here, but it is fairly mellow (perhaps age has muted this).
Mouth puckeringly tart for my first sip; it just about hollowed out my cheeks on that first pass. It is only lightly carbonated, with perhaps a hint of prickly carbonation. The tartness becomes quite a bit more manageable after the first sip, dropping to a still dominant, yet pleasant level. The combination of acids in this beer make me think of grapefruit. The finish, while still significantly tart, takes on an astringent tannic woody quality to it that is fairly subtle, and even makes me think of bitterly astringent fruit skins. As any good Lambic should be, this beer is eminently drinkable; the combination of dryness, tartness and lightness make for a refreshing tipple. This assumes you like aggressively tart things, but I do so that is not a problem. Restrained funk for a Gueuze, it none the less exhibits some notes of musty horse blanket and urea.
As I work my way through this beer it starts to pick up just a touch of sweetness, or at least a perception of one. I am now getting a note of plum, in addition to the other fruit notes. This helps to mellow out the acid quality and even makes me think of green apples. This beer would be incredible if it was sufficiently carbonated to the usually high levels of a Gueuze. I have a feeling it would be quite a bit more expressive. As it is though, this beer is quite enjoyable, and even more so, I am tickled pink to be drinking a bottle of this. This beer definitely lived up to my expectations, there are certainly a good handfull of Gueuzes I prefer to this, but as is (and expecially if it was carbonated) this beer confirms once again how very much I love a good Lambic. Thank you Kepano, finally I can change my avatar; now the question is what to.
gunnfryd (14189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBSGE-06, GTN. (1999 vintage). Orange colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, yeast, sour. Flavour is sour, yeast, citrus, orange, apple.
yngwie (16535) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked, at Plan B, Copenhagen. Thx to MiP. An orange, unclear beer with a minimal white head. Funky nose with horseblanket and citrus. Citrus, mostly lemon, dominates the flavor, tart and funky, medium mouthfeel, very astringent. Very long lemony finish. A gorgeous beer, intensely sour and citric, a real palate cleanser. RAting: 8-4-8-4-17-4.1. (080913)
Bottled at RBESG-06, GTN. (1999 vintage, thx Jacob.) Hazy, orange beer with some white bubbles around the rim. Sourness, yeast, cellar, apples, grass and citrus in the aroma. The flavor is wonderful, intensely sour, with citrus, apples, grass and lemon. Really palate-cleansing. Vauw! It kicks you in your mouth and throat. Amazing! Almost too much. (060826)