BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Bottle: Wow it seems that Cantillon just sets the standard for a beautiful gueuze appearance. Pours to a light straw/golden yellow that somehow remains opaque even though it’s so light. There’s a medium to large creamy, tight white head that lasts. The first whiff from the bottle as I uncork it is just overloaded with tartness. Aroma is quite sour with hints of lemon, sour grass, citrus, barnyard, dust, sour yeast, spicy pepper, sour peach, grapefruit rind, and some old wet oak. The aroma is just filled with sourness, but somehow it still remains light. When I take my first taste the tartness just completely overwhelms my palate and I have to take a break before I can go back for more. I can taste potent sour lemons, tart wheat, grass clippings, acidic dried leaves, leather, barnyard, bread dough, stale hops, sour apples, mild peaches, and spicy yeast. Finishes tart and dry, almost hurting the tongue with its sourness. Later this changes to a sweet, slick coating all over the mouth tasting of fermented apples, lemon, sugary tea, and sour orange rind, finally finishing with notes of a white wine or sherry soaked aged wood and cinnamon. This aftertaste just goes on for a long time. Light to medium bodied, with an amazing creamy, smooth, and velvety mouth feel, and medium carbonation. Once you get past the initial sour shock, this is just world class stuff.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was dusty, yeasty, and citrusy. I was acutally hoping for more funk so was a little disapointed in that matter. Flavor of limes, lemons....tart. Lgiht bodied with a tart bitter finish.
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of sour apples,mild vinigar,hint of old well used horse blanket. Puckering and mildly mouthwatering initial taste that was semi sour but quickly turned drier than I would have liked. 375ml,cork date 2002. Not bad but would have expected more for my $6.
MiP (12840) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Bottle. Acidic, farty, earthy aroma. Unclear golden colour, very small white head. Acidic, vinegary flavour with a hint of bitterness. Aftertaste is tanninlike, but not that bitter with a soft, lingering acidity. Soft carbonation.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2005 Poured a medium, hazy golden color with a small white head. Sour and tart aroma. Sour and tart tastes with lemons and apples. Nice and puckering. Update: 1996 Vintage. 3 6 8 4 16.This beer aged very well. Nice funky, sour apple tastes and aromas. 4 8 8 4 18
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 This is cantillon, doing the only thing they do and doing it well. Had at the brewery. Aromas of some serious funk, sourness, oak, and some apples for good measure. Flavors of the same with a nice effervecence.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of oak, cork, citrus, like chardonnay, overlaying light but distinct horse-blanket. Appears hazy golden-yellow with slight effervescence of medium-fine bubbles; almost no head to speak of. Flavor is quite sour; too sour, in fact, and it overlays almost everything except the barnyard and leathery notes. Palate is light and bubbly but leaves a slick sensation on the tongue. The overall effect is very much like champagne, but like champagne that is unpleasant to drink - at least for me. Overall, this beer is about equal to the sum of its parts.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
like a crytalline layer of bretanomyces perfection. tart, grassy with beautiful citrus overtones. An absolutely incredible beer taht changes with each amazing sip.
iguenard (9) - Ottawa Area, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2005 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
As a gueuze, this beer has received accolades from the highest raking experts. This beer has unfortunaletly struck the wrong chord with my tongue. Bitter, tard and sourness beyond my capacity to appreciate, as good as it smells and looks, this beer is for the upper echelon of experts only. I will gladly try this one again in a few years. Unripe bleuberries and alcohol, old grapes hint towards a biere de gqarde, in the traditional sense. This Geuze is noted to be kept beyond 2030, an amazing figure. Smells of of old unripe grapes, the acidity and tartness that ensures when biting on an unripe grape is litterally felt in the brew, just as the gambrinus Rosee of the same company, but less acidic to the nose.Playfully suspended yeast in this not quite translucent, orange-golden brew. The head is ethereal and dissipates very quickly, rising very thinly.Incredibly tart and sour beer. So much so its distracting and takes away from the old barrel-fermented flavors. The hops is very present for a gueuze. This beer, and the whole line from Cantillon is a very acquired taste. As much as I thought I knew about beer, this beer took me back and showed be a whole new world of tastes. So strrong it can wake the dead.Metallic finish to a small degree. I think it grows stronger and less tart with age, I would be MORE then wiling to age one bottle, should I ever be graced with one. After all this brewery only produces 700 hectoliters annually. Tart, sour and hoppish.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful bright gold with a trace of a white head. The aroma is classic with vinegar, leather, barnyard and some apples. The taste is surprisingly mild with lemons, leather and apples. Slightly salty in the finish. Mouthfeel is slick and thin. This beer seems like summer in a bottle, bright, lively and fresh in every way. Delicious.