ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 1993 750mL bottle drank January 2005. Light honey yellow color with some light orange tints, plenty of sediment and a small, weak white head. Aroma contains notes of hay, wet grass, musty stable air and light lemons. Flavor, having almost 12 years to settle down, is, not surprisingly, not spectacularly sour. Very easy-going, with still a lovely tartness of yeast, lemons, light dough and angel food cake. Some warm tones from the sweet malt brace the tart notes. Finish has light citrus, barnyard and creamy bleu cheese. Mouthfeel is, perhaps, the highlight. The experience could have been lessened by a tired, thin mouthfeel, but this was not the case. Even and soft, with an almost creamy consistency that add fantastically to the dough and bleu cheese flavors. Ends on a nutty, mild yeast note, with plenty of honey sweetness. I could easily drink a bottle of this in about 5 minutes if I was really thirsty.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting Gueuze.... Sweet but yet assertive in tartness. Not as sour as I had thought it to be. Kinda funky cheese and sweet yeast flavor. COlor pale straw with a white head. Small amounts of citrus. mild carbonation due to older bottle. Thanks for MHTG Bill Rogers for allowing this beer who had spent its entire life on its side to be emptied...
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1995. Brought to marinaro500’s post-Thanksgiving gathering by gulp. Cloudy yellow-orange body, thin off-white head. Funky sour musty aroma with brie cheese rind. Fruity body but not too tangy, with wheat, a touch of balsamic vinegar, cheese rind, and must but not really all that sour compared to the Cantillons. And I like sour when it comes to these lambics.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Gulp for this rare brew enjoyed at Joe’s after thanksgiving gathering! Light coppery hue with initial fizzy head and some lace. The aroma is very traditional, lots of barnyard yeast esters, cheese, lots of acidic qualities, and a woody undertone. The taste quite matches the nose, full yeast and sourness. It however is not as sour as some of the Gueze I have had in the past. The finish is bone dry as expected with a hint of heather. The feel is quite lively but the dryness keeps it from becoming fully refreshing. Just what I expected from the beer and that is often a good thing.
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 (6067) - 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.