Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really exciting style. Perhaps my favorite belgian style so far. Yum yum yum. The sour-ness is really pleasant. This beer is still not quite as sour as the un mixed lambic I had at the World Beer Festival, but itís close. There are some really nice fruity notes here. Substantial head. Body is cloudy amber. Aroma of spice... This is really exciting stuff. I canít wait to try more!
Tmoney99 (10091) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at The Comet in Cincy. Poured an amber color with a average fizzy head. Yeasty champagne aroma. Light body with lively carbonation. Light complex bitter flavor with a short finish. Very intersting brew.
JanPrimus1982 (48) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2001-2002. Another very nice gueuze. Long lasting head and wondefull color. The aroma you smell when the bottle popped open was sweet. Just my beer
FrankJohansen (3600) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 My kind of beer. A complex combination af champagne and beer which has a great fruity aroma though and it appears with a huge white lasting head.
blankboy (5799) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev -- vintage 2001-2002. Hey RAYBOY01, you wrote "Iím obviously completely out of step with virtually every other reviewer on this one. Seems unpleasantly sour in an "off" kind of way...musty, rancid, stale, and skunky." Well let me tell you Iím with you on this one. The aroma, to me, was sour and smelt of used diapers. The flavour, though not quite as bad, still had something in there that tasted like crap to me and the aftertaste of metal is not for me. A lot of the reviews write "funky", "metallic", "old cheese", "funky gym socks" etc. and yet it gets these weird high ratings?! This one is a puzzler.
Gorbalev (2895) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from some bottle shop in Switzerland, courtesy of me - shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and GregClow. 2001-02 vintage.
Dark yellow, big white head. Aroma of earthy sour notes, old cheese, and a metallic like scent as well. Taste is an incredible earthy sourness - like the bitterness of eating fresh herbs. Incredibly sour, but in a different way than any gueze I have had before. Medium mouthfeel to the whole package. Almost a minty aftertaste. Acidic. What an interesting beer, I loved the complexity.
GregClow (2816) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from some bottle shop in Switzerland, courtesy of tupalev - shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry and tupalev. 2001-02 vintage. Pours a hazy reddish-gold with a large white head. Aroma is fantastic - funky, cheesy, herbal, skunky (but in a good way, if that makes as sense). Flavour is tart as expected, with hints of lemon juice and vinegar, and a strangely metallic finish (again, in a good way). Itís no Cantillon, but itís still pretty damn good.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Bottle (375ml - dated 2002, expiry 2026!). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Tupalev, bottle courtesy of tupalev. Poured hazy yellow-orange, lasting foamy off-white head, some lacing. Aroma - whoo! Tennis balls, sour cider/sparkling wine, funky gym socks, pungent like crushed mint leaves, cannabis resin, hot metal, even cheese - I felt dizzy trying to identify it all. Taste of all of the above, but strong fresh lemon juice, champagne with age notes making me thing "dusty, ashy, chalky." Mouthfeel top-drawer - lots going on, acidic, sticky, carbonated - a veritable party on my palate. I really donít have the taste vocabulary to describe this sort of beer yet, but Iím game to learn - quite an experience.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
9/5/05: Bottle, 2.11.2022
Light apricot body with a large, lacy, light almond head. Very active. Aroma is sour, bread-ie and malty. Flavor is sour with notes of must, barrel, cheese (acidic), green apple and citrus. Palate is crisp and clean.
TBone (11926) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Bottled 37,5cl, vintage 2000-2001 (BB 07/2023)
My 400th rated Belgian beer.
Golden apple juice yellow/brown color, small creamy head. Quite typical gueuze aroma: sour with barnyard, oak barrel, pepper and rain water then after warming up it has metallic steel aroma. Medium-bodied. Quite dry, but not as sour as eg. Cantillions. Fruity, earthy barnyard flavors, simple basic (with authentic flavor) gueuze, but lacks complexity of wonderful mariage parfait version. (6/3/7/3/12 3.1)
Re-rated vintage 2003-2004
Bright orange color, big white cloudy head. Cellary, fruity aroma. Sour, a bit watery, fruity, balanced. Light - easy to drink "classic gueze". (7/4/8/3/14 3.6)