Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as sour as it might be, but with interesting funk reminiscent of cobwebs and saddle leather and stinky cheese. Some sour apple and lemon. Finish is surprisingly herbal instead of vinegary.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Belgodrome, London: Medium golden color - light sour dusty nose. Rather sweet, well I might be spoiled. Still decent. Cobbwebb, very light pine taste. Missing the dry finish.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep gold color with a very thin, white head. Tart, sour aroma of cherries, apple cider vinegar, lemon, pear, and grassy hops. Taste is quite sour initially, like sour grapes and turns into a ultra dry, grassy bitterness. I wasn’t very impressed with the flavors in this one - it’s a very one-dimensional beer. There is a good citrus tartness going for it, but that’s about it. The level of carbonation is almost that of Champagne - excellent mouthfeel. Overall, too dry for my taste.
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
37.5 cl bottle, brewing season 2002/3. Amber with a nice light dissipating body. The white head begins furiously to wane to an irregular, torn apart but stubborn lace. Lemony, grassy and flowery aromas, pears and just a bit of mouldy bread parade in the nose which doesn’t miss hops either. The taste is citric and fruity acidic with some pears again. Crispy, fresh succulence, a little wood, faint but present hops in the aftertaste giving off also grapefruit. Very dry and boisterously effervescent.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orange color, big white head. Lively carbonation. Strongly sour, dry and mildly fruity aroma. Dry flavor with long aftertaste, real lambic!
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in a gueuze tasting.
Too well cut or clean for my taste. I’ve come to like a more chaotic aroma and taste when it comes to gueuze. Sparkling hazy orange. Aroma is weak and shows faint notes of tart. Decent acidic attack but fades quickly to an sweet apple taste. I was surprised to notice some cinnamon (?) and I admit I’ll have to retry. Below average palate that carries a light body.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy orange bronze with big fluffy white head. Faded slow, lots of sticky lace. Aroma is citrus, grapes, vinegar, alcohol, grass, and straw. Flavors were sour, with notes of brut champagne, chardonnay, blueberries, raspberries, malt vinegar, malt sugar, yeast and alcohol. Not as sour as a sour ale but gives a good pucker nonetheless. No bitterness, and a cleansing, refreshing mouthfeel.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had an Geuze from Brouwerij Oud Beersel the night before so my review is tainted by that experience. The bottle I had (from a package store in Berkeley California) was not labeled Oude so perhaps it wasn’t the same beer. It had the lovely geuze taste, a lovely aroma and finish. It was a little sharp and new(?) and could probably benefit from 10 years in the bottle.
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Bottle: Best before Febuary (11th?) 2022. Aroma is very musty with moderate sour/tart lemon and grapes, cheese, light orange peel, and hints of woodiness. Pours a lightly hazy orange with a moderate white head with very good retention and okay lacing. Starts moderately lemon sour with some light acidity which then turns to moderate mustiness. Light cheese in the background. Mustiness fades quickly back to a sour finish with some hints of orange peel and a light woody bitterness. Woodiness is the only thing that lingers in the aftertaste.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Only slightly hazy, oily orangish/light brown appearance, no head/carbonation. Aroma rather muted for geuze, sour grapes, musty oak, some lemon like citrus in the background. Flavor starts with a decnt sour/tart kick, fades rather fast to a musty wood middle, and back to a light sourness in the finish. Nice oily body. Doesn’t score a swell as other lambics, but very enjoyable nonetheless.