ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2004 - pours out an orange color with a small head that goes away quick. Smells sweet, musty, yeasty, and fruity. Taste is very similar with some fruity esters coming out in the beer as it warms. The wood flavor also starts appearing as the beer warms. Lambics are starting to become my favorite style and with everyone I drink I believe I get closer to choosing it as my favorite. Simply wonderful.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this one once at the moan and dove, but now I’m sipping on one from a 12 oz bottle out of a wine glass. This has the perfect Cantillon funk all the way thru. I can just imagine what that brewery smells like. First sip is sour and a little grapefruit flavor. It warms into a funky musty barn stank that makes me want to suck on each sip to pull it harder into my tounge. The two times that I have had this beer have been enjoyable experiences. How much for a case???
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed after Easter lunch on John’s deck. Pours orange and hazy with light carbonation. The aroma has light wood underneath funky wet hay and sour fruit (apple and cherry). The flavor is, as you may guess, sour! Strong sour fruit with strong wood (oak?) leading right behind it and underneath it. This tastes like sour wood. Funky and weird. Body is medium dry with lots of carbonation. While this stuff grew on me a bit, it was still too sour and funky for me to truly enjoy it. I have one more Gueuze in my cellar and I think that will be the last. Looks like Flemish sour is a better match for me.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2006 Pours a light golden color with a fast dissipating efervescent head. Smells warm, yeasty and musty. Sour, citrusy, acidic flavor very champagne like mouthfeel. This is the first Gueuze I’ve had and I really enjoy it.
Svesse (6757) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Colour is golden yellow to orange, slightly hazy. Nose is sour, acidic, with hints of bog, old socks and ripe cloudberries. Taste is sour, acidic and earthy with hints of green apples and dry sherry. Extremely dry and very complex. Definitely a stand out beer that reminds of no other brew.
ALLOVATE (2540) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 What do you say to a beer with a label featuring the Mannequin Pis urinating off a dais, staring blankly into a glass of Lambic. Adds a little bit of humour and solidarity to this very unique tasting Gueuze, though it is still a little leftfield. Poured from the crowned-corked bottle into a flute glass. Clarity was excellent until the thick yeast pack dispersed halfway through pouring making the beer extra cloudy. Orange-gold in body with very, very fine carbonation failing to raise anything more than a film of white. In the aroma, yeasty, barnyard dust and musty, hessian-sack notes balance a tight, acidic, biting lemon and white-wine base to make for one of the most unusually intriguing wafts I have yet to smell. It also had a varnished pine note that I seemed to pick up after each sip. First mouthful was undeniably sour and adjustment was slow. Instantly reminded me of a ’Lemon Warhead©’, a candy we get here that is intensely sour (keeps the kiddies amused!). it settles down into a more vinous mode favouring the flavours of a wooded chardonnay. A short stay on the tongue and the flavours intensify and bite at every corner of the mouth revealing tart white-wine, lemons, limes, alcohol (?), Alka-Seltzer (also?), pine-wood and a soft musty yeast note that lingers with some acidic fruits long after the swallow. Quite mellowing for a beer with little body and effervescence like vintage champagne; it’s increasingly addictive after just a few sips. One to track down again. Unique and refreshing!!! (37,5cL, bottled in 2004, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
Re-rate:- Second was the same, but it just seems to get better!!!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just haven’t developed a liking for these beers, and I don’t know if its the brewery itself or the style of lambics in general, so I’ll try to be fair in my rating - as objective as possible...Full-nosed wheaty and sour-yeasty aroma. Very bitingly tart - this one desperately requires some sweeter/nuttier cheese to balance it out - on its own, its nearly painful to drink, as it is very acetic/vinegar-like. Something also reminds me of feet here.
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden color with an impressive ring of lace - very bright, almost citrus-like aroma, with loads of tannic/white wine/grape smells, aged cheese, and a leathery, earthy quality - quite dry, tart and champagne-like - soft carbonation - quite a lot of subtle complexity happening - first, a apple/pear cider flavor, even a hint of peach - then, a sharp tartness, with sour white grapes - some grain/wheat comes into play - some of the leathery earth tones arrive late, followed by a mellow cheese flavor that lingers on through the long, extra dry finish - the more I get into lambics, the more I appreciate what Cantillon is capable of, and this is one of their best.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Bottle. Pours clear golden, almost like dare I say, urine. Fizzy white head. Aroma of apples, lemon, hay, and skunk. Very tart citric fruit flavor, with a dry and sour finish. This could use a little more sweetness to round it out, but still very decent. In fact, sourness and tartness just a bit too much as it tastes more like a vinegar to me. 3.3 overall
9-28-06. I had the draft version, special blend at Monk’s Cafe. I think this is superior to the bottled Organic Bio that I had. More sweetness, and not as tart. Much more balanced and complex. Very easy to drink. In fact, I still think the difference warrants its own listing, not an alias. Score reflects the one I had a Monks.
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 Uh oh, my first gueuze and my fist Cantillon. I have definitely never tasted a beer like this before. A bit of a skunky and junky aroma. Bitter and pungent up front but eases into a more pleasant citrusy taste. Closer to champagne than beer but I guess that is a given considering the style. Very sour and carbonated, hints of vinegar. Points for uniqueness but not necessarily enjoyment.
re-rate 3/29/14 at tasting at westmeister. With a little more context this beer is incredibly sour and dominated by the yeast but in a way that is enjoyable, complex, and unmatched by many brewers or breweries out there. Really tasty and unique. My initial notes are not much different than my current ones but this is a great beer.