snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite sour, white wine aroma. The only bottle Iíve ever uncaged where the cork flew out by itself, big white head, but ugly big bubbles. My first lambic, so Iím not sure my palate is accurate yet, Iíll probably come back and re-rate in the future with better flavor notes. Very much like champagne without the alcohol bite.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Champagne like carbonation, in this cloudy copper colored beer. A sour aroma followed by sweaty horse blanket, not as intense as the kriek I just had. The flavor is balanced, but definitely sour. There is some sweetness, and bitterness holding the sourness in check until the barnyard flavor sneaks in and is washed away by the very acidic finish, like a chewable vitamin C tablet. There is some body here, but the mouthfeel is more noticably bubbly, almost like alka seltzer. I surprisingly found this better than the kriek I just had.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice, funky & tart like Iíd expect in a gueuze. Iím eating mussels while Iím drinkng this, so it pairs great. very enjoyable.
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
37,5 cl bottle. Rich and persistent head. Dark amber in colour. It stinks like a good traditional lambic: leather and vinous aroma. Taste is quite sour and vinous too.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now this is a slap in the face, an all out assault on your senses if you are not used to this style. A cloudy, albeit hazy orange amber color with a nice bit of head, that dissipates quickly. The aroma is poerful and will clear your sinuses with itís vinegar like sourness. This one has a weird earthy vegetal funk to it, it is very unique. Finishes sour and spicy.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A caveat. I have a taste for the beers of Belgium, but am a little baffled by their taste for sourness in some beers. I mean, the guys who make gueuze. Itís definitely not for everyone, and, maybe, not even for me.
Color: a hazy orange. Head: a tad off-white. Aroma: utterly unique, and not for the uninitiated. You have to be ready for this type of beer, for itís unlike anything else in the world. The wild yeast, the spontaneous fermentation. No wonder the lambic brewers are most successful when they introduce fruits to this incredibly demanding brew. Citrusy, sour, dry, medicinal, herbal, even a little vinegary. Texture is full, salty, body is medium, finish is quite lasting. Definitely takes some getting used to, but a solid, thirst quenching, even delectable beer.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 Had a more lasting head than the Beersel. Was also sweeter, but not in a necessarily good way? Cloudier and colored like Apple Juice. Still, quite sour, like young fruits. Also musty.
Re-rate 9/5/4 As it turns out, it was my mistake in drinking these from the fridge. Today I decided to let them warm to cellar temp and it made a world of difference. Much less acid and more of the malt characters came through. \
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A misty golden color with lots of rising bubbles and a foamy white head. A mildly dusty lemon and orange aroma. Tart and sour flavors, with a dry spice and citrus. Fairly smooth and easy to drink.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled on 12/13/2002: First of all I need to say caution. The moment I unspun the wire- the cork shot off and nearly put my eye out. Not joking at all. Ok, with that aside lets get down to business. This is my first geuze. Pours a deep golden color, champagne-like carbonation, medium head. Aroma is a bit sour, almost like a granny smith apple. Flavor is quite sour with hints of raspberries and wood. Body is medium. Quite interesting, Iíve never had anything like this before.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, when i dont know. Cork popped loudly out of the beer, which said to me ... lots of carbonation... aroma spicy, yeasty, sour, poured a golden/orange with a moderate white head, fizzy carbonation, much like champagne, lots of bubbles, flavor is spicy, citrus, and sourness, not very dry a finish in my opinion, but way too carbonated. I kept burping after every sip.