tderoeck (5696) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
26/V/2012 - 75cl bottle @ WoSF 2012 (Opstal) - 1993 vintage bottle# 07497 - BB: IX/1999 (2012-548) Shared cost and beer with adamjackson and 77ships
Clear amber beer, no head, little bit of small bubbles. Aroma: pretty metallic, orange peel, bit dusty, some cork, some bretta. MF: no carbon, medium body. Taste: very sharp lemony sourness cutting through mouth and bone, little sweet, fruity, some bretta, mainly just sour. Aftertaste: very sour, little bitter, moldy cork, spicy bitterness and some pepper. Held up pretty good against time.
AdamJackson (3327) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed this at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation. Vintage: 1993. Paid 20 Euro for the bottle and split with 4 friends. Served in a Gueuze glass at room temperature.
A - Zero carbonation / hiss on the cork pop. Dark orange appearance and minor cloudiness. SRM of 14.
S - Very little nose left. Mild acidic scent. Big vinegar scent as well.
T - Grapefruit, lemon, limes and apples. Peaches as well. It’s a whole rainbow of fruits. Still a big sour bomb and some dry grape skins taste as well.
M - Still a decent carbonation in the mouth. 15% on the mouth swish. Insanely dry finish and the tast runs away very quickly leaving this gigantic sour bomb.
O - Even still, it’s a rocking great Gueuze and one I’d love to have again.
douglas88 (6808) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle thanks so much to Ayrton! 1999 vintage. This was a major want that I should have had a few years ago in Belgium. Bright orange color, pretty hazy with a small bubble of head. A rich nose of apricot and wood, some lemon. A very nice Gueuze: light tartness, very smooth apricots, oranges and lemon, vanilla, wood. Very smooth and tasty. Dusty. Has lost a good bit of carbonation I think. Awesome nevertheless.
Sledutah (5605) - Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1999 750ml C&C’d bottle generously shared by Doug, thanks man
Appearance: Cloudy golden with a small white head
Aroma: Tart apples and vinegar
Taste: Tart, vinegar, citrus with a very dry finish
Great, glad I got a chance to try this.
77ships (4775) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 1993 Vintage split between me, tderoeck & adamjackson (Tim & Adam) @ WoSF 2012 // bottle no. 7497 // bottle has a thick, solid layer cobwebs and layer of dust // looks like it just spend a century in ancient cobweb riddled basement (pretty much true) // neat // pours a darker shade of amber with no head whatsoever // smell is quite sharp, tart, lemons with a medicinal flair, mixed with health store “tea” & herbs // taste is bitter, herbal, mouldy, candy, reasonably tart with some herbal candy sweetness mixed up, tea, funky, tart/herbal/dash medicinal thing goes into a tad bitter finish, lemons // this is not muted, very clear, sharp & bright // substantial body, pretty much no carb. now // quite unique, don’t know whether the flavours described before were part of the original pallet but this is still very clear, sharp, dry, is holding better than you would expect at 19 years // not sure why they ceased doing this one, financial reasons, I suppose?
MikeJslc (767) - USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange, thin dissipating white head. Aroma: Dry crackerlike malt, tart sourness, some lime and apricot. Flavor: tart sourness, apricot, lime, dry peppery finish.
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brokensail (12350) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the 1989 vintage. Pours a hazed golden orange color with a small white head. A definite cork aroma, but not really detrimental. Quite lactic with a pleasant funky quality. Lots of grass and green apple skins, musty as well. Lactic tartness is evident, but there is a mild vinegar note. Surprising amounts of oak with some mild cork flavors. Quite a bit of lemon, grass, and apple. Overall, a nice (old) gueuze.
orangesol (952) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Kramer for bringing this one to our recent gueuze tasting. 1999 bottle.
A - Pours golden orange with a small film of white head, dissipating down to little to nothing, leaving little to no lace down the glass.
S - Smells of strong vinegar acidity, light barnyard funk, citric fruits, sour apples and quite a bit of earthy oak tannins. I can already tell this one is going to be one sour beer...
T - Starts off with what can only be described as pure acidity that threatens to melt the enamel off my teeth. Once the acidity dies down a bit you get hints of citric fruits, light funk and even more vinegar acidity. Finish is bone dry, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The pucker was INTENSE, it feels like it burned a hole in my stomach, leaving the pallet bone dry long after consumption.
O - This is easily one of the most sour beers I have ever had. Even with all of the acidity this one was still really interesting to finally try. For being this old I was pretty impressed.
tquest (93) - BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank the 1991 version at the weekend of spontanious fermentation. A very nice product from Belle-Vue, although not really comparable to some other geuzes out there ... .
callmemickey (3385) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Opened Spring 2011. 1999 Vintage.
A: Medium straw-orange body. Small white cap. Slowly receded. Thin streaks of lacing.
S: Deep, musty tartness with lemon and orange fruit notes shining through what is other wise fairly earthy.
T: Really tart. Like grow hair on your chest tart. Nice interplay between the fruits and musty oak. I found this to have developed quite the nice complexity over the years. While it is incredibly sour and tart, there is a clearly discernible depth of flavor to this gueuze. Lemon, orange, oak, earthy must, barnyard notes and the slightest hints of salty sweat.
M: While it was incredibly tart, it wasn’t what I’d consider to be abrasive. The beer coats the tongue with flavor and slowly fades with a nice lingering citric aftertaste.
O: I savored my glass for damn near an hour. Each sip was enjoyable. It makes you wonder what Belle-Vue could do now if they gave a real go at producing a quality geuze.