orangesol (678) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Awet for busting open his set for us at Pre-Ffej the other night.
A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of musty basement, yogurt, lemon rind, earthy funk, dash of blue cheese and some mild lactic sourness. The drie fonteinen side really shines through in the aroma.
T - Starts off with a lemon yogurt twang quickly being joined by the earthen funk, wet hey, barnyard funk, some aged cheesiness and woody oak tannins. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry feel with a bit of that american twang to it. The feel is pretty much spot on.
O - I had this one on draft about a year ago and it was pretty good but still a little raw. It has really come into its own in the meantime, boding very well for the future. As it is, this is definitely one of the best attempts by an american brewery to make a true gueuze.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle numbered something out of 272. Thanks to Colin for bringin this by..... Pours a golden brown semi-transparent consistency and topped with a fluffy creamy white head... Aroma of grassy funk yet subdued overall and not as overtly assertive as the flavor. Oak and hay throughout and mild funk undertones. Reserved and nice... Flavors are more in your face with a sharp funk, semi cheesy component throughout that lingers on the palate. Medium to just shy there of body wise with nice fitting prickly carbonation. Really solid. Color me impressed.
Leafs93 (1644) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy orange gold with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is citrus, earthy, hay and funk. Taste is tart, sour with traces of sweetness on the finish. Medium bodied but a good amount of carbonation makes it seem lighter.
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, no mention of ABV, as Le Roar Grrrz, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, thx alot to Geoff!, complex sour brew, sour/woody and slightly floral/fruity, very balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew
Beerman6686 (4195) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a bright hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma was of hay, dirt, overrippened apples, grass, cracked wheat, lemon, and must. Flavor was just about the same, very complex blending of sweet and tart taste, funk but not overwhelming, and bold citric fruity character interwoven. One of the best American sours I’ve had.
GT2 (8250) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
> The superlative American geuze, on par with the best from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen
[ Keg ][ 16oz x 2 ][ Jon’s Bar & Grille Philly ][ $8 ][ Tulip ][ 6.6.14 ]
>> Rating #8100. 3-4 pours split with MrChopin and MrLo for Philly Beer Week close out. On tap as "Bullfrog Veritable Grrz lambic." Full haze glowing orange pour, ring of white foam. Taste is pure grapefruit rind, no acetic, low citric, massive leather and lactic. Pure and perfect body. Holy monkey. Sticky tamarind up front blasted by red and white grapefruit with hints of mandarin and tangerine. Sweaty white vinegar and funk nose. Served very cold, need to reassess nose.
Interesting savoriness in the nose as it warms. Interesting like tamarind sauce, peach chutney, grilled steak, vanilla. In taste white moldy grapefruit, big zest and spritz. Slight butteriness as it warms, not bad, gives it some depth. Very mild. Great foam actually when poured. Flashes of butter and vinegar, sweet roll. Nose really explodes with amazing white grapefruit acid. Reminds me of some of the best from Cantillon and 3F, like 1998 Cantiloon and Armand&Tommy. Super impressive, best American attempt of a geuze.
>!< slight vinegar and sweat aroma
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 glowing gold, thin white ring. nose very similar to druiven, heavy rind with dank lactic underneath, spritzy lime and true stable reminds immediately of drie fonteinen, Lente/Blauw dusty, a little slick and sharp. Spritzy front is sharp rind, wonderful aged leather and lime early, wheaty dough mid softness the acids, sparkling through the juicy, bitter white grapefruit end, metallic hints, tons of lemons with leather. A little buttery and slick but sparkling and very well "aged" despite being young.
artmcd8 (1515) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a slight white head. Aromas of lemon, other citrus, slight peach, some hay and slight funk. Taste is puckering sour but very well controlled. This is the amount that I like for this style. The effervescence lifts a bit of sourness off the tongue and the beer cleans up nice. Very very good.
Damico (2482) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy amber with no head. Aroma and flavor bring beautiful lambic funk, sweet, and tart yeast blended so well with a super dry ending so nice on the tongue.
JAXSON (526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From an old style unlabled bottle. Pours orange copper with a rocky white head. Nose is strong citrus, Cantillon like funk, little mineral or earthy notes but a strongly sour, barnyard lemon nose. Flavor is huge citrus, especially lemon seeds, with a sharp sour luck and some aged funky wild yeast. Texture is one of the more impressive things about this--chewy and lush with high carbonation, not as thin as most gueuze. Feels like a couple year old Cxantillon gueuze, which is understandable as the house yeast traces back to that. Next to an 06 Doesjel there’s not a lot of nuanced flavors--without the strong woody mushroom funk of Cantillon and without some of the more graceful, mineral like tones of Drie Fonteinen. Still this is very impressive, well developed, mature and genuinely authentic, and I’m interested to see how it develops.