Martinus (4496) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2011 Update, bottle shared @ DRBM 2011
Orange golden colour, very little head. Quite mild sour aroma, fruity, apricot, wood, cognac. Flavour is delicate, tart, fruity, some apples with some rounded cognac. Finish is tart.
Original, old rating
Great lambic.. Only real downside of this bottle was that it tasted slightly less good than a glass of lambic served straight from a cognac cask I happened to be permitted to taste at the cantillon brewery. I presume that barrel must be somewhere in the 50N-4E, but as a single cask brew it was even better.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Exceptional lambic. Pours a murky light orange/amber with a pencil thin white head. Aroma is sour, funky, and fruity. Flavor is nice, funky, farmhouse, wood, vanilla. Lots of fruit notes, but they stay in the background. Tart and dry, but in a great way. Very complex. I liked this one a lot.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky muddy straw yellow with a bit of white head. It smells a bit like pears. Very nice barrel and wine notes. The flavor is bretty with some vomit notes. Very oaky which is reflected in the finish as well. Pretty good.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from West Lakeview generously shared by kylefleeger. Thanks, you non-rating catastrophe, you! Pours a moldy gold with of course no head. Aroma of tart green grapes, sourdough, wood. Flavors of much the same. I must say, I was a bit underwhelmed. I would have it again for sure, but the first time around I was not particularly impressed. I will take Girardin 1882 any day.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle courtesy f drewbeerme, big thanks Andrew. Dark gold pour. Slightly sour and dry on the nose, makes the salivary glands work involuntarily. Very dry, it’s a mouth puckerer, whoo. Very nice after the initial smack, tasty brew.
Travlr (21421) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. The name refers to the GPS coordinates of the brewery. It was a typical lambic, dry and sour, but the oak added a bitter and slightly smoky flavor that wasn’t really necessary, given the underlying complexity of the lambic itself.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle poured a hazy pinkish orange color with a good amount of head. Nice tart flavor very crisp with a lingering finsh.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy golden yellowis orange color with a thin fizzy white head. Tart and funky aroma with hints of oak and whiskey. Puckering but not too acidic. Lighter bodied than most gueze. Probably a result of the aging. Nicely balanced, somewhat malty with light carbonation and light crisp fruit. The oak and cognac really come through making this a really unique gueze. Excellent!
Guerde (1282) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours light gold with no head whatsoever. Pleasant gueuze aroma, with the usual cut grass and funk, but there are other odd scents that appear. One of the oddities is a dominant smell of hamster bedding, with additional hints of peroxide and leather. Weird, but intriguing. The taste however, is more along the lines of a gueuze, with a lot of brine and salt, dill, lemon peel, mustard, and a lot of funk. Wood shows up in the finish, and the mouthfeel is thicker than most in the style. This was strange, but in a good way.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. 2007. Slightly rotting fruit aroma. Some cork. Plenty of wood tannin. Aged cheesy funk. The requisite barnyard notes. Very dusty and musty basement. Some wet dog. The deeper I dig, I think I can pick out some of the cognac. The acidity pierces the nostrils. Pours a still gold with virtually no appearance of carbonation. The flavor is wonderfully acidic and tart. Awesomely funky. Loads of sourness with some tart fruit and lots of wood. Rather full bodied for the style with an awesomely aggressive sour and tart finish.
Honestly... It really just smells like dill and tastes like hampster bedding.