austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(1996 bottling) Light golden with no head. Nose is gently tart, strong cellary notes. Flavor earthy and cellary (aged cheese) with nicely round sourness. Strongly carbonated, sharp palate. Very interesting and surprisingly drinkable. I only wish Iíd had a fresh one to try on the side. Not having that many gueuzes under my belt, this was probably like throwing pearls to the pigs. But I liked it!
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 Organic Gueuze, 375 ml bottle, bottled in 2004. Very little carbonation behind the cork. Instanly, the funky aromas fill the air. Grapefruit pith, lemongrass, light leathery notes, fresh barn on a spring morning, goat sweat. Nearly still, strong lactic acidity dominates. Citrus pith, zero malt sweetness,some old barrel wood is last on the tongue. A tiny bit over the edge for me, I like Oud Beerselís balance a lot better.This one really blasts the palate, I ate some crackers inbetween sips to keep the acidity in check. Really good, though I wouldnít drink a 750 ml, 375 ml is enough for this treat beer. Worth having a couple of times a year.
*** Addendum april 6,2008- Tasted the classic gueuze, which is categorized along with the Bio- I have to say that it is a bit better balanced and slightly more drinkable - young sample (2007 bottling) I would rate the classic at a solid 4.0, maybe a bit better- a rating that I reserve for beers that are world classics that should be bought whenever found.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is absolutely my favorite beer on the planet. I find one now and then in my travels. I havenít been to Europe much lately (that pesky devalued dollar and all) but found this one in April of 2007 in a grocery store in the Yokohama Japan train station. That little bottle had quite a ride until it got to my belly in a home on a dirt road in North Florida.
This is an incredibly well balanced guezue with palate that is quite dry but not offensively so. Smell is so subjective. Either you love or it reminds you of a sheep pen. I love but then I kind of like the smells of a barnyard so take that at what itís worth.
It poured a beautiful amber with a very tiny and quickly evaporating head.
Itís an amazing beer. I was a little worried about how this bottle had fared on itís long journey. Fear not, pilgrim. It was just as tasty as it was when I drank a bottle in Antwerp a few years ago that had had a much shorter trip.
This bottle came with the makenpis statue on the label and a Japanese label (with barcode) pasted on the back.
If you have a chance to try this beer, you owe it to yourself, even if you donít think you like lambicís.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served as a 100% Guezue Bio at La Gueze in Paris, France. Pours with a small, foamy, white head covering an opaque yellow body. the head has decent retention and pretty good lacing. Aroma is a pretty mild lambic funk with what seems like a large amount of honey and some fruit. Nice citrus-sour taste, much cleaner and less funky than Curvee Rene. Pretty clean (for a lambic) mouthfeel with soft bubbles.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2-24-08 bottle (2006) shared at tasting.
Thinly clouded orange yellow. Funky urine vinegar sour smell. Nice bitter, sour flavor. Nice but quite thin and seems to be missing something. Easy to drink but not very flavorful or big bodied. Overall, not horrible. Sour and a hint funky - I would be interested in trying it again in a couple years.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Monkís Cafe, Philadelphia. WOW....pours a cloudy golden color with a minimal head. Aroma can only be described as sour and funky, though it was amazingly enticing. Taste is fruit up front with the sourness and effervescence taking over to almost a champagne-like taste. This is my first Cantillon lambic, and it wonít be the last.
NachlamSie (3171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Bottle into a wide mouth Trappist glass. Boy, I can smell the funk as soon as I yank that cork out. Itís very strong, with powerful ripe barley; Iím actually a little intimidated by this one. It smells pretty ripe. The liquid falls into the glass forming a cloudy light orange body and only a whispy head. After breathing for only a minute, it has calmed down quite a bit. The sourness is still pronounced, but now much fruitier and wooden in nature, more like something naturally sour rather than overripe. The flavor is actually more tame. Yes, itís dry and sour, but delicately sweet and cheesy at the same time. There is some pleasing citrus/lime quality, a thinly veiled oakiness, sharp cheese, and a shy vinous backdrop (think champagne). This is really well done in its subtlety.
[April 26, 2012]
12.7 oz. bottle brought back from CBX. This is a very delicate, nuanced gueuze. Itís very cheesy, tart, oaky with notes of white grapes. Not overly potent in its sourness. This is a well balanced, complex, tasteful and funky ale.
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle, labeled as a classic gueuze. pours a cloudy honey color with a thin white head that quickly bubbles away, but manages to remain as a film and a lip around the edge. the first smell is everything i love about gueuze, cantillon style. sharp, acidic lemon and orange notes, as well as some lambic funk--bits of barnyard, hay, grass, must, fermenting vegetables, that sort of thing--some vinegar, some oak, maybe a bit of peach or watermelon, all backed up by a light honey malt. taste is similar, though not as complex, and dominated by the sour acidity (in a good way!), and also a bit more vegetally (also in a good way). good puckering sour finish, with a very lightly sweet balance, rather dry. a bit watery on the mouthfeel; thereís not enough carbonation for it to feel like a real gueuze. it feels quite a bit closer to an unblended lambic. fairly light body. very solid stuff. if one looks at my ratings, itís fairly clear that i recently became addicted to lambics. this is a solid one. very good, representative of the style, quite sour and acidic, and youíve got to love what the cantillon yeast do to a beer. mmm.
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iím glad I tried it, but I donít think this is my style. It has a champagne-like taste to it, and it is very sour at the end. I may have to revisit this at a later time.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly cloudy orange-straw color with a mediocre head leaving little lacing behind.
Strong horseblanket aroma and dirty, musty sour scents on the nose.
Bright sour tart fruitiness (hard to pick out actual individual fruit) with a funky drying finish.
Moderate-heavy carbonation. Intense geuze.