belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly soured aroma. Very acidic and soured...almost like lemonade left in the sun for 6 hours. Not a favorite of mine.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: 2000 - #176 of 180. Cloudy light golden color with a moderate off white head and a touch of lace. Heavy aromas leading to te acidic brew that it is know to be. Touches of unripe fruit and rubber in the nose. Initial cobwebs and dust mixed with sour fruit. This can really clean the teeth. Dry and quenching to say te least in the finish. This is one of the roughest/toughest lambics out there. Small sips every few minutes seem to be the limit. Seems to peel the enamel off the teeth. Quite smooth and effervescent in feel. Long sour acidic finish. Heartburn in bottle. For me the fruit does not come out and the balance is off. I can appreciate the effort. The efforts here are more geared to creating the most sour brews, akin to the american most hoppy. Late lingers of mild hops and apricots do come out, but perhaps a touch to much suffering on the way.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of sour fruit, barnyard, wet blanket, cloudy apricot in colour, tiny white head. Quite tart, with flavour holding lemon, grapefruit and some yellow plum. Ultimately dry, but enjoyable. Really well done, kudos to Smokeless Joe’s for bringing this to town!
caesar (4629) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I shared a bottle with jerohen, thnx m8. Cloudy beige color, big head. Aroma is tart, notes of wood and apricot, but the typical gueuze tartness is very strong and dominant. Taste is extremely sour, very harsh and my jaws only stopped to react to this punishment of sourness after more than 5 mins. However, i could not wait to get another sip of this stuff!
jerohen (1959) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Bottled in 2000, 0.7 liter (sampled 5th of june 2004). When trying to remove the cork it fell apart, but luckily the pressure inside opened the bottle itself. Ok, on to this fantastic beer. Great appearance, cloudy, trails of yeast, head as large as you want it to be. Immediately you can detect the strong typical gueuze aroma, tart, fruity, some oak, oh yeah this is good. First sip: whoa! This stuff is extremely sour, but fruity and complex as well. Surprisingly you just do not get used to the intense flavour, every sip is another explosion and it lasts and lasts. I don’t think the apricot flavour is very obvious, and i think that’s a good thing. May be my favourite lambic.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first true Lambic and it was different. Nice orangey yellow colour and good aroma of apricots, but the aroma doesn’t reveal the sourness. I think this is an acquired taste. I’m glad I split this, the flavour is sour, but very natural apricots. You can tell they use real fruit. A good beer in small doses.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good I split it with a friend and could have done so with three other friends. After first acid bite on mouth (which I still feel 7 hours later), it grows on you. Like a highly acidic apple. A bit of apricot aroma but we tasted nothing sweet or fruity. Yeast but overpowered. Recent arrival at Smokeless Joe's. Bartender insists that's it, not skunked.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with a frothy head dissolving to a ring of lace. Aroma is very fruity and sour. Flavour is tart but full of fruityness, very good.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a peachy colored blond with a small white head. Aroma is SOUR apricot, leather, sweat, musty basement and wet cardboard. Some light wood as well. The taste is VERY SOUR! You’d think after 2 years in the bottle it would mellow some. Lemon and apricot along with more wood, and perhaps some sweetened undertones. The mouthfeel is sour and acidic. Finish was sour but not nearly as bad as I was thinking after the first sip. Very dry finish as well. Good beer, but this needed to age more to mellow it some.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles 2001: Now this I like as opposed to the Bruoscella 1900 Grand Cru I just dumped. Hazy light orange hue with fizzy white head and some lace. The aroma as heavy horseblanket and dusty yeast esters, ripened cheese, light apricot and apple, vanilla bean, and pipe tobacco. The taste starts tart and woody with subdued fruits and vanilla undertones. Major acidic nature with a touch of hop leaf and woody finish. Lively and aggressive mouthfeel. BURP! Yep, this beer has the standard Cantillon pucker factor, but good depth of palate too. Not a good as the Lou Pepe line, but better than some of it siblings.