rauchbier (3552) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, ZBF 2004. Hazy amber, thin white head and a good delicate condition. Pleasantly sweaty lambic nose with some trace plastic phenols. Gentle citric tartness with delicately rounded lambic notes in the mouth, and a long leathery finish.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, thanks to whaleman for sending this my way! This has a black label with Geuze F. Boon in white and Mariage Parfait in cursive red underneath it. Vintange unknown although whaleman said it could be from 93-97. Pours a orange amber body with nearly no head. Sour aroma with a white grape, oak, rotten fruit, and some sweeter notes in the background. The taste has some tartness but is VERY mild. There's some more wood, lighter sour fruit notes, some definite sweetness, light leather, and lighter soggy cardboard as well. Finish is magnificent! Very sweet, surprisingly enough. Has almost a thicker champagne like mouthfeel but not as carbonated, due to it's age, I'm sure. I don't taste the 8% alcohol. Very drinkable beer and even more drinkable gueuze. Damn good beer and a nice way to hit 800!
skortila (4309) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tart aroma, wood, sweetness sourness, some citrus. Hazy, orange coloured with a nice lasting white head. Decent looks. Taste is sweet, alcohol is noticeable. Tart, some sourness, citrus and wood. More bitter in the end. Complex, but lacking some essential balance due too sweetness and alcohol.
Bov (8967) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy pale orange colour, little foam, rhubarb, haye and vinegar, refreshing, tart, lot of carbonation, acidic, long dry alcohol finish - simply wonderful ! - a big thank you to fiulijn for sharing this with me.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013
2012-08-31, corked bottle, vintage 2006, bb 2030.01.28, 6 years old, 9-4-8-3-17=41
Cloudy golden color, with frothy head. Deep aroma, horseblanket, with a sharp manure presence, pungent, and some fruitiness (grapefruit, pink grapefruit). Highly carbonated; the body is maybe too bold for a Gueuze, and even a bit oily; it has a strong character, with cellar elements, some alcohol perception and relatively strong bitterness.
Aggressive, maybe excessive.
Expiration date 2020, 9 years old, 10-4-8-4-17=43
Hazy golden color; good head retention. Very good Gueuze aroma, plus a nice fruitiness (grapes, grapefruit…). Aggressive, more because of the astringency than the acetic character; woody, mature.
Peculiar, my favorite Gueuze, so far.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off-white, frothy head, which is virtually not lacing and lasts mostly. Normally clear, amber body. Barnyard and cask wood sour aroma. Lightly acidic, lightly bitter initial flavour, heavily acidic, moderately bitter finish. Oily texture, fizzy mouthfeel.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Slight hazy yellow color with a thick white head. The taste is complex bitterness and citrusy flavors. Excellent thnx Jacob.
SteC (131) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is Gueuze at its best. The cork almost slipped through my hands when I opened the bottle. The smell was fenomenal. It had some fruityness, and very sharp. I poured it into the glass, and there was a small head, wich disappeared quite fast. The body had the typical hazyness of a real gueuze. The smell was sour, and fruity too.
the I tasted, it tasted very sour (of course), the taste missed a bit the complexity I have tasted in 3 fonteinen, but it was very good.
This beer really tickled my tongue.
This is a like it or hate it.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one scared the hell out of radiomgb and I - we had removed the wire cage and were just sitting chatting for a brief moment when it exploded. The cork rocketed up and off the ceiling landing a good distance down the hall. Hard to believe the contents could top the bottle's entrance to the evening's festivities. Subtle vinegar with beautiful grapes and earth on the nose - like a good wine. Complex fruit salad of orange, apple, lemon and grapes left behind a gentle sour/tart feeling. Very smooth, almost creamy feeling in the mouth. The 8% alcohol seemed to be missing completely and the touches of sweetness that periodically escaped enhanced the phenomenal drinkability of this beer. Had the expected tart and dry finish but in a very balanced way. I loved this one. Thanks for the great night of geuzes Jeff.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very explosive as the cork hit the ceiling after I removed the cage. I didn't lose all that much thankfully. Copper in colour, large head that diminishes slowly. Aroma of apples, some peaches, vinegar, acidic but at the same time some sweetness. Flavour is very complex, with a great sourness, soft bitterness, smooth, nicely acidic, with the alcohol nowhere to be found. Finish is tart and dry. This is a very well rounded gueuze.