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Brewed by Brouwerij F. Boon
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Lembeek, Belgium

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 914   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Traditional belgian lambic. 100% spontaneously fermented. Refermented in the bottle. Tart, dry, sparkling and refreshing.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at the Ostend Beer Festival 2004 in Oostende, Belgium. Light straw. 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2004
yellow/golden. Acidic/lemon/sparkly. This geuze is a wonderful drink. Stronger, more sparkly, mellow yet still with a bite. i love it.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Hazy golden color, heavy sour winy aroma and taste, medium body, sour finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (11874) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2004
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!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2004
Golden. Pretty dry and sour. Acidic, it cleans up your sole! It is a nice beer for nice people. Extremely refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7549) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
Haystacks basking in a lemon tree field, soiled by the humid, earthy yeast...A very carbonated, big-bubbled palate transports strong flavors but seems to create distance among them...A soft aftertaste suggests brown sugar amidst the usual tartness...Pleasant, complex and quenching, but at times leaning towards a flavor bric-à-brac...


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