Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. green wine bottle. No freshness date seen. Black foil over crowned and corked bottle. I pulled the black foil off, only to find rust, muck, mud & some other foul smelling stuff all over the top of the bottle. Is this normal? I don't think so. Uncapped the bottle, pulled out the cork, noticed a 2002 on the cork. After I spent 5 minutes wiping the crud and grime off the top of the bottle, I poured it out. It pours out an odd orange-yellow color. It had a thick, white, meringue like head at first, then it slid back to a layer of foam on top of the beer. Very highly carbonated, champagne like. Aromas are of fresh cut hay, lactic wheat tang, sour oranges, and yeast. Lots of yeast in this one. Tastes are of sour oranges, lactic wheat, cheesy hops, and an old leather saddle. Strange sourness, and no fruitiness whatsoever. Tingly on the tongue, finished dry and sour.
TAR (2393) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 vintage, 12 oz: Clear pale golden. Sticky, sudsy, fluffy white head. Mouthwatering aroma of lemon rind, grass, mold, and olive wood. Substantial airiness carries the delicate flowers and haylike malt whispers along with a touch of honey sweetness and the signature peppery Cantillon yeast. First sip is gritty and spritzy, quickly turning creamy. Opens with sharp iron and dried apricot flavors underpinned by grass, honeydew, and flower petals. Light suggestions of lemon zest. Late burst of chewy brett accompanies the delicate hay and peppery yeast notes before a firm, puckering tartness takes effect. Finishes decadently musty and dry as a bone, as expected, while the brett and pale malts take a backseat to the wood and yeast remnants. With a touch more soft, husky maltiness to spruce-up the tartness and grassy flavors, this would be flawless. This possesses elegance same as Hanssens and Girardin possess funk.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy yellow with a weak head. Sour aroma and a painfully tart taste. I know these are considered some great beers but they just leave me cold.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Jeeeze people, what am I missing here? I want to like this stuff, but it just doesnt happen. Cloudy sparkling with a yellow head. There is wheats and yeasts and an earthy presence in the nose. The taste is sour with kick of Blah. THe body is crisp and sparkling. ARGH!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, 2002. Bright golden, very slight cloudiness, massive champagne foaminess. Horseblanket, sour apples, lemonade in the huge nose. On the tongue, sour but supple and light, acidic yet almost creamy in the midpalate. Finish dry and sharp, clean. Wonderful, though I think I'd opt for Girardin of the gueuzes I've thus far sampled.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extra large white head, very noisey. Nice clear gold color.Large fruity nose, apples and some toasted malts also. Co2 somewhat much. Light body, seriously spritzy. Extra sour(IMHO) and acidic. Good fruityness, apples and pears, slight citric notes. Finish is dry, earthy. Learnin to love the Gueuze!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle capped and corked. 5th Bottling October 2000Poured a light clear gold color with minimal head and looking very Champagne like. Aroma is slightly sour, musty, yeasty and with notes of grapes. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp and somewhat lighter bodied. Flavor is as close to champagne as a beer has eve tasted. Tart and grape like with a dry finish and quite sour. Overall a very good Gueze.
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2004 Went to open the bottle on this and removed the foil. There was rust, some kind of top soil smelling substance and some bready looking material. Smelled awful. A precursor of what's to come? Cork says this was bottled in 2002. So it's a year old at least. Very foamy. Gold body with a tall foaming head. Nose is pure funk! It smells like a damp basement with a soil floor. There's an earthy stankiness to it. Some hints of champagne mixed in with rotten fruit, wet wood, soggy cardboard, and a decaying tree. VERY sour taste. More of the funkiness is evident though. Some citrus, mixed with earth, more basement, sweat, and leather. Surprisingly not as tart during the finish as I expected. It's actually kind of smooth, and I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it's age. Very good beer!
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bott;ed 2003. Cork came out on it's own, probably would have blown across the room if I hadn't held it. Poured very lively like champagne with a yellow cloudy body. Aromas of yeasts, cobwebs, dank musty basement and a somewhat medicinal smell. Flavour that of carbonated consentrated lemon juice. Was the sample too young ? Or am I not worthy?
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(7 Jan 04) Label reads "Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio" but I assume it is the same as this. Pours a dark, murky yellow with a fizzy white head that fully diminishes. The nose is of grape and grapefruit. The body is sour and dry throughout with a long, slightly astringent finish.