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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: 912   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head and no lacing. Tart aroma of horseblanket and also sour apple. Sweet and smooth taste of apples and oranges. This was just mildly tart with light carbonation. This pales in comparison to the Girardin.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
Dark yellow. Light white head. Dark sour aroma. Light and smooth body. Sour yeast and citrus flavours.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
Yeasty aromas, fruits as well, notably orange-citrus aromas. Pours a cloudy orange-yellow, bubbly white head. Flavour is fruit tartness, with subtle undertones including mustiness. The tartness comes in a rush with a noticable pop in the finish. Lovely and complex mouthfeel. Balanced and very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
Bottle: Poured a yellow hazy colored beer with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Aroma is quite sour with some citrus notes also noticeable. Taste is quite refreshing with again some citrus notes and a quite powerful sour taste. The acidity level is just perfect and doesn’t unbalance this great beer. I was quite surprise with the high level of ABV for a gueuze but since it hard to notice taste-wise I didn’t mind. Overall, a great gueuze with good balance and complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 Updated rating from Gulp’s 1995 vintage bottle. Massive horseblanket, bordering on used kitty litter, perfumy underneath, dry hoppiness too. Thick sour and wheaty body with plenty of soury goodness. If you have a bottle of this please let it sit a few more years! Finished dry and grassy, awesome aftertaste of soured hay.2003 vinatge sampled in 2003- Orange/gray color, the ugliest of the gueuzes I’ve seen. Too young, too, as it’s harsh acidity was overpowering and it’s dry grassy finish seemed like it had a papery/mint taste, like licking a stamp.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Straw color. Blend of sweet and sour nose. Highly sour taste with a kind of medicinal Band-Aid quality that was rather unpleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 1995 Bottle - Very cloudy bright orange body with a medium-small white head. Not much of a pop when the cork came out, but it sure was a bitch to get out. Acidic and mellow semi-sweet aroma. Very non-assertive especially for the style. Whoa, this is the most mellow understated gueze I have ever had. A tiny bit sour, but mainly just neutral malt. Some fruity flavors and a decent amount of acidity, but not at overwhelming. It shocks me how mellow this beer is. This is my first experience with a gueze of this age. Maybe this is normal. Not sure. Medium not at all fizzy or lively. Maybe a bit watery. An experince to be sure. My expectations were for lots of sour funkiness, barnyard, leather all of that jazz so I am wee bit dissapointed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2004
(1995) Opaque amber body with small-medium head. Aroma is mild sweet, horseblanket sour, yeasty, some acidic, fruity, clearly mellowed from the aging. Taste is really mellowed, light sweet, fruity (peach). Finish is mild horseblanket sour. Somewhere there is a middle ground, between the absurd sourness of most guezes and this aged-mellow beer, and I look forward to finding it.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2004
Bottled. DBF 2004. Hazy, pale orange. Earthy, sourish aroma with notes of wood and grapefruit. Full flavour, with a frothy palate. Dry finish is an understatement.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2004
Sampled from bottle at Danish Beer Festival 2004 (#34).
Hazy muddy yellow colored with a medium white head. Heavy in the aroma, tart and dry woody and grapefruity. Flavor is tart sour of spontaneous fermentation with wood tones. A really fine Geuze, very complex and not too sour.
I have really grown on Geuzes, at first I found them too tart and sour, but now I really enjoy a good Geuze once in a while!


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