Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle from the Pitfield Beer Shop, London.. Aroma is sour & woody. A pleasant sourness dominates the flavour, but it’s not overly sour, it is however very dry but it doesn’t dominate the flavour, the beer is pleasantly balanced. Notes of wood, lemon juice, potato, pencil shavings, and perhaps even some spice in the background. I’m surprised an 8% gueuze manages to remain this traditional, very nice example of the style.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange appearance, small thick white head. Soft woody stable aroma with hints of citrus-peels. Flavour starts round of hay and lemon but finishes a bit woody and tart. Mellow. Round mouthfeel.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Ostend Beer Festival 2004 in Oostende, Belgium.
Soft, mellow and traditional lambic funk. Notes of of lemon, radishes and horseblanket (cobwebs, snakeskin, blah, blah)
Very traditional and fruity but the lack of body and complexity effect the lambic in many ways. Still though, this is a traditional unsweetened lambic which says a lot and definately worth sampling. There are just so many better examples of the style.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
60% hazy amber body with 40% fluffy, alabastor-colored head. Outstanding, funky nose causes the mouth to water. Leather, sweet lemon, strong brett, dry hay, light alcohol, peach flesh, and a strong, tart acidity. The carbonation is vivid, giving the body some life whilst on the tongue. The flavor is intensely tart with a mild and lightly sweet base. The acidity (citric and lactic?) gives an overarching dry effect that makes the tongue alternate between wanting more and delighting in what it already has. This was a great beer; but if you allow the carbonation to die down a bit, you will be left with an outstanding beer. Well done.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yellow/golden. Acidic/lemon/sparkly. This geuze is a wonderful drink. Stronger, more sparkly, mellow yet still with a bite. i love it.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2004
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Hazy golden color, heavy sour winy aroma and taste, medium body, sour finish.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 Hazy dark golden. Looks great. Not much head. Very clean aroma of leather and lemon. Clean palate as well. Fairly sweet as oude gueze goes, but with a nice tart finish. Very clean and lemony, and has a fairly substantive malt base underneath. Good example.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy deep golden body. Honest 1cm foam. Very dry nose, horseblankety, funky notes of blue cheese, barnyard, hay and brand new leather jacket. Extremely sour, biting acidity. Sharp cidery mouthfeel, highly carbonated, pleasantly full bodied. Big notes of pears, horse sweat. Remarkably dry finish, very puckering. Ultimately not as graceful, approachable or complex as a girardin.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Boutip. I think the cork was dried out, b/c when I unpacked it, it had leaked although the cork was still tight. I popped it in the fridge for a bit and then drank it hoping it had not oxidized too badly. It seemed alright. There was an underlying current of dusty cork and murky cardboard, but with a lambic those are minor in the flavor profile. Smells acetic and citric, vinegar and lemon mix in funky kitchen cleaner kind of way. Plenty of carbonation. Looks like Orval when you pour it except the bubbles in the head are not so fine. Good lacing. Taste sharply lemony and also apple cidery, with some caramel retronasally. Yeast, of course. This is the first straight-up gueuze I can remember rating, and it was better than I was expecting. I still made a face when I drank it, but I do think the lambics are growing on me. Thanks Boutip!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Funky, clean, grapefruit citrus, acetic aroma with mild hay and yeasty phenolics. Opaque orange-amber with lasting white thick cover of head. Strong visible carbonation. Bandage-like phenolics up front, followed by a distinct sweetness then a quite sharp acetic bite. Very complex but flavours seem to arrive in serial and never marry well (despite the name). High carbonation and refreshing mouthfeel. Bottle. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.