ClubGonzo (5399) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Whohoo, a real whale up for rating - this one was brewed while I still thought beer was pretty much pale lagers. Much better to drink it now I guess. ;-) Pours a still-looking hazy body with no head to speak of. Nose is smoothly blended vinegar and citric acid tones, hay, barnyard funk, oxidized red fruits, straw, hints of red berries, acetic fumes and faint oaky vanilla in the back. Taste is intensely sour lactic tones with loads of lemony citric notes, mild acetic tones, red berries and hints of barnyard funk, wet straw and unripe gooseberries. Medium body, very soft pearly carbonation. What was once probably a rather bland geuze has definitely improved a lot with 15 years of aging. Very nice stuff.
JulienHuxley (5578) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 1999 vintage, at Grote Dorst. Clear gold pour with nice thick white head. Aroma is quite acidic, lots of citric notes, mild acetic aroma as well, light funk, not musty, still some fresh grainy notes. Taste is massively sour, quite puckering, citric acid, light vinegar, mineral notes. Palate is bone dry, prickly dry carbonation, light. This beer is certainly mature, it has held up well as in it isn’t oxidized and cardboard-y, it is however, a little too harsh acidity on the palate.
tom10101 (5206) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml) @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst. Vintage 1999. Almost clear golden/orange with a small ring of white foam and little to no lacing. Aroma is very acidic with barnyard, funk, vinegar, light oxidation notes, light caramel and mineral notes. Taste is massively acidic with a fair amount of funk and barnyard, wood, oxidation notes, mineral presence and light carmel. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Bone dry finish. Mouth puckering. The quality is there, but this beer is a tad harsh. It’s at the border refreshing and too acetic and it crossed the line a few time while I was drinking it.
teorn88 (6190) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle at the Grote Dorst. It pours deep golden colour with a medium white head. Aroma is very acidic with a bit of citrus and tannin. Taste is similar with loads of sour vinegar tones and lacto sourness with lemon zest. An interesting experience but I think this has gone downhill now and held up not nearly as well as some 3F from that period.
PriorL (3070) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
75cl 1999 vintage, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: light clouded blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: sour, horseblanket.
TASTE: very very sour, horse blanket, some would say this is already too sour, but I enjoyed every sip! Amazing beer!
GothGargoyle (2318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1992 vintage. Rusty orange with virtually no head. Aroma is cider vinegar, crab apple, dusty basement, apricot. Tart on the palate, medium bodied, smooth sour finish. Taste is cider vinegar, dried peach, apricot, lemon pulp. One of the nicest guezes that I’ve had.
kraddel (5962) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
almost no foam at all
soft, yet very sour . some fruityness. turns extremely sour in the back . one glass ( 20 cl ) was ’hard’ (yet pleasant ) to finish . probably the most sour thing i ever drank, hanssens experimental raspberry included ( ! )
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purchased from HOG. Been looking forward to this for a very long time. 1999 vintage poured in a Bruery tulip. Pours a translucent orange brown in color and is entirely flat. Nose is pretty vinegar forward with a fair amount of oxidation. The flavor is bracingly sour with a significant amount of vinegar. It hits pretty hard at the back of the tongue. Light mouthfeel, no carbonation, bracing acidity, and a moderate finish. Didnt live up to my expectations, but definitely happy to try it.
mcberko (13894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1999 Vintage. 750mL bottle at DHVL, pours a cloudy night orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of tart dry apricot skins, and classic barnyard funk -- wonderful aromatics. Flavour brings out tart apricots, some grape skins, and medium funk. Moderate funky quality for a gueuze with a very higher than average acidity. Finishes fairly tart, with the funky quality no less pronounced and huge acidity. No sign of the age at 14 years old. Wonderful stuff, though not my favourite style of gueuze with all the sourness and intense acidity. Actually becomes overburdeningly acidic the more you drink, forcing me to lower the rating a bit. Still, quality stuff.
jackl (7011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #2400! 1999 bottle @ DHVL. Split with Deeblo. The pour’s hazy amber orange with a tiny white head. The nose is relatively faint. A bit of ribbon candy, musty barnyard wild yeast. Pollen. Building lemon juice. The taste is very, very sour. Loads of sour lemon juice. Biting acidity. General citrus notes. More subtle notes of cotton candy and wood. A bit of bile and old running shoe funk. Light body, soft carbonation. Overall, not particularly nuanced, but interesting nonetheless. This beer’s definitely gone nuclear, so have some Tums handy.