ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, own Lambic tumbler @ the Blanche De Bruxelles cafť, Brussels.
Honey gold, lightly hazy with a big, big pillowy beige head that lasted intact daubing firm drabs of lace down the glass. Fresh zesty and acidic whiff of vinous fruit at first. Second and third whiff got all funky showing some signature hessian sack and horse blanket, dry, freshly sanded pine-wood and some odd, spicy herbs like lemon grass and thyme. Itís discernibly acidic in the mouth, quite lowly pleasant for style. Tart and dominated by weedy sap flavours, some crushed stinging nettles, birdseed (?, notes from tasting two months ago) and shredded lemon peel. Finish is similarly weedy, grassy, sour and woody like sucking on a toothpick. Astringency is present, wine-like, and it is tart and a little rough in the back. Body is very light and its strong champagne carbonation makes it bounce across the tongue but doesnít aid it much as it dries out swiftly from the mid-palate beyond. Any sign of Lambic funk was overtaken by the persistent weedy flavour, but otherwise it wasnít bad. Rough around the edges, but I suppose thatís what characterises good Lambics. Not bad, not the best. (37.5cL, 2002-2003)
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I canít believe the aroma on this one.. Wet stables and sour funk all the way. Taste is beautifully dry and quite sour/tart.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Funky, huge barnyard aroma. Dry and sour, with an acidity that was tolerable. Rhubarb and sour fruit, very interesting.
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 No no and no, this is not a beer for me not even if i try to rate it as a Geuze, it is just barnyard and that is it. New rating 27-10-07 I rely like it now
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 12oz, no date. Pours a clear light orange golden with a large, dissipating off-white head. Big barnyard funk, yeast, granny smith apples, sour cherries, there may be some oak as well. This is my first gueuze, and it reminds me of one of the Jolly Pumpkin beers, which I think is what JP was going for. Anywho, taste is pretty darn acidic, very sour fruits with a fair amount of <!-- i -->dirty?<!-- /i --> bitterness into the very dry finish. It does have the champagne-like tiny bubble carbonation, lighter bodied. Being my first gueuze, this is pretty good, though it may not be a style for my daily drinking. Side note--after you untwist the wire on the bottle, watch out. I was reading the label and the cork blew out, effectively scaring the crap out of my gf and the cat--and me.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid gueze here. The taste is dry and sour with grass and hay tastes mixed in. There is an earthy aftertaste that I didnít care for very much, but overall this is a good brew.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve had many examples of gueuze, my favorite style, and this is my first attempt to rate it. The flavors and aromas are so different from most other styles itís hard, but here goes.
The beer pours perfectly. Orangy-brown under a thick white foamy head with good retention. Aroma is classic gueuze. Apples, and flower aromas. The flowers are nice - theyíre milder aromas of rose and orchid, not the powerful perfumes of, say, gardenia. The other classic component of the aroma is the unmistakeable odor of a sweaty animal. Donít ask which kind, Iím not a farmer or a zookeeper. You can almost taste the aged soft cheese this beer is begging to marry.
On the palate, Boon Geuze is medium to light-bodied, highly carbonated, and dry, but not the driest of all time. The flavors roll out quickly. More apple and citrus fruits give way to a very interesting long finish. The fruitiness vanishes abruptly, replaced by what is unmistakably straw/hay and metal. The metallic wave recedes gently at the back of the throat.
This beer, like many gueuze lambics Iíve had, is really a complete experience. Boon Geuze has great depth of character, and would be rated higher but for the slightly odd finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy bright orange with a long lasting white head. Aroma is barnyard-like, vanilla and floral, with an acidity in the background. Body is med-light. The flavor shows only med. acidity with a great deal of funk. There is a sort of surface level depth to this beer that puts it quite behind many of the others. There just isnít the dryness or acidity of a Cantillon or 3Fs (F= fonteinen, not floyds!).
oh6gdx (21544) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized white foamy head. Sour apples and a bit barnyard in the aroma. Sour fruits in flavour with hints of grass and hay. The aftertaste is dominated by dry fruits and some sourness.
peterstrongale (43) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 bottle @ moeder de gans te Teuven, Belgium. This was my second gueuze experiment, and I must say that this one has a lot more sourness in its body than the kriek. Poors an orange coloured beer with a beautifull head. Lotís of aromaís of grapefruit, and lemon. Flavours of tart, aples and barn yard ending in full sourness.