JAXSON (523) - 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.
Godofthecellar (546) - NYC, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2013 Unlabeled bottle, pre release. Drank next to some world class geuze and certainly held its own.
Amber color with beautiful carbonation. Light funk with a suttle fruit note on the nose.
Taste was very well rounded, nice contrast between funk and fruit. If i didnt know better i would certainly believe this was from belgium. I remember frank saying bull frog would be brewing more traditional belgian lambic and he wasn’t kidding. Looks like this is the sign of good things to come
jredmond (4872) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2013 Bottle shared with Vin, Frank, Nate, Bill and Dallas. Pours a bright, vibrant orange body with thin white lacing. Aroma is nearly perfect gueuze - funky peaches, juicy tart apricot, lemon and an underlying funk nostalgic of Cantillon or 3Font. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced and carbonated accuractly per the style; notes of funky citrus fruits, fresh stone fruits, tart lemon and barnyard funk. Specifically reminds me of a cross between Russian River Beatification & Cantillon Gueuze. Overall, this beer really stood out in a tasting side by side with numerous versions of Cantillon and 3Font, further reiterating the need for a very watchful eye kept out for Nate / Bullfrog’s next move.
callmemickey (2081) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pre-release bottle thanks to the Bullfrog guys. Pale golden-orange, nice clarity, decent sized white head, spotty lacing. Blend between citric and musty/funk notes. Lemon, minerality. Slightly sweaty. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, assertive acidity, nice finish. I expect this to improve even more with time as more funk develops and adds additional depth and complexity to this already exceptional American "gueuze."
Avalon68 (1) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unlabeled 750ml cork and caged bottle of the pre release bottle conditioned Grrrz courtesy of Nate.
Pours a golden orange with a half inch head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma is lemon, and barnyard funk with a slight mineral tang. Very reminiscent of 3f Oud Gueuze, but not quite as pronounced.
Taste is right in line with the aroma. Funk, citrus, and the flinty minerality I love in a good gueuze. We opened this next to a 2012 Cantillion and 3F oud gueuze and it definitely held its own. Half of our group actually thought it tasted a bit more mature than the other 2.
Carbonation is on point for the style and mouthfeel is excellent.
Overall: This tastes like gueuze....quality gueuze...and that is as high of a compliment as I can give a beer.
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice tartness and acidity, didn’t get an extreme funk, some barrel notes, nice.
PhillyCraft (2762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2013 Bottle huge thanks to Frank for cracking this beauty. Shared with Bill, Tim, Jess, Bill, Christine, Barry, Andy, and Frank. Pours a murky vibrant orange with thin watery head, not a whole lot of lacing. Aromas and taste of insanely peachy, and nectarined out gueze, oak, vanilla, barn, and pronounced cantillon sourness. Puckery and mouth watering finish. Made with yeast from Cantillon and 3 Font classic guezes as well as a little bit of kriek. If you were trying this blind you would think it was old and from belgium. So complex and sour. Killer beer from Nate at Bullfrog. Rerate, cracked another at franks in april, straight up peach woody gueze yo. Insanely good.