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 (20929) - Washington, Washington DC, 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 (1280) - 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.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 According to my notes, the actual name of this beer is ’’Retard Direction Beer.’’ So thanks to mmtmatrix for sharing a bottle. Poured a clear peach-orange color with a thin white head that diminished to a thin layer. Aroma of tart fruit (orange, lemon, peach), funky yeast, some barnyard, a hint of cognac, and some oak. Tart, dry entry with some moderate fruit (peach skin, orange, lemon) that leads into a funky yeastiness with some barnyard character, tannins, and some drying oak. Soft carbonation with a great dry bite.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very light golden orange color with a small, white head. Aroma smells of traditional Cantillon lambic with a very, very light added hint of cognac. Flavor is aged, well blended lambic with just the slightest note of cognac. Lacking the softness I would prefer and mainly just harsh, oude gueuze. A bit off balance and with out cognac character.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bomber, thanks to CMUBEERMAN. 09.21.08, in Chicago. Pours gold with bubbles, thin white head. Aroma is sharp, tangy, and bitter. Flavor is woody, tangy, fruity, crisp and sour. We tasted this alongside Isabelle, and Isabelle is superior, in my opinion. Still, a great beer.