ALLOVATE (2594) - 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 (5328) - 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 (2897) - 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.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle served slightly chilled. Clear light amber body with a smallish head. At least there’s something in this one. Tart acidic nose, lesser fruity notes. Horseblanket and sour fruits come out too. Finishes very dry with a smoothing oak character. This wasn’t nearly as acidic as the Rose and Kriek. Much more refreshing, delicate and complex. I can’t wait to try some better ones.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Incredibly powerful, intriguing, sharp, sour, fruity and yeasty nose. Cloudy and pale. Very very sour flavour which persists and indeed grows in the finish. A depth of intense flavour that sums up a mainstream lambic - citrus, subtle spice, and essentially, a non-comparable flavour all its own. great.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I don’t think that putting into words just how heavenly this beer is would do it justice. Maybe some of the worlds greatest poets may be able to describe how perfect this is, but alas I don’t think I would be able to. Hazy yellow color w/ white head. The aforementioned barnyard, horseblanket, cheese, funkiness, tart, sour, and apple acidicness is just awe inspiring. I will simply say thanks aspidites. Everything sort of pales in comparison.
chicagobears (431) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 bottle. Now this is some wild yeasty stuff. Yellow haze and sparkly. The first wiff is mesmerizing. Not sure what I smelled but its similar to leather. This is absolutely complex. Vineger, salt, fresh lemon, grapefruit, sour apple... Almost eye-watering sourness at first, but I know I was serving too cold. It tamed down once I let it warm. This is like a whole strange foriegn country to me, but I like it and may visit again.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Labeled 100% Gueuze. Hazy orange colour. Hay, citrus, virginia tobacco, and a pleasant soil touch. Down to earth, so to speak. And as always, refreshing. Top product.