rlgk (10257) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden with yeast in it. No head. Aroma from grapefreuit and yeast. Flavor is hoppy and sour with some sweeter notes. Quite a mild finish.
TAR (2457) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 355ml; BB 5/02/22: Clear, speckle-laden golden. Foamy, pasty head settles to a Ĺ inch layer. Raging upsurge of carbonation. Crushed minerals, brettanomyces, and firm musty wood scents with subtle notes of cedar, sour apples, and iron oxide. Feathery and gently airy on the tongue with a peppery spritz. Somewhat sharp with a restrained brett accent. Unchallenging tartness yields notes of iron and lemon zest. Timidly dry, musty, and malty. Limited complexity of salt and apples develops as it warms, but it remains harsh. Intensely harsh finish of crushed minerals and iron oxide briefly overshadows the brett and husky malt sweetness. Laggard, but extremely vague, husky pale malt sweetness coats the palate after the swallow alongside a lingering musty cedar/brett/anise mixture and sneaky malt husky sweetness. Has a lovely appearance, but the aroma and flavor fail to captivate you. Also has a highly underutilized snappy dryness, brisk tartness, and musty oak intensity, compared to the likes of Girardin and Hanssens. Good.
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 (2550) - 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.