Gorbalev (2940) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Smokeless Joeís, unsure of the year (probably 2004). Graciously offered a sample by Jan Primus, who I bumped in to at the bar (thanks man!). Hazy Yellow in the glass, very small white head. Slightly sour "funky" aroma, but rather weak. Tart sour taste but well balanced and stunningly refreshing - Iíve had mixed experiences with these types, but this one hit a homerun in my book. It is hard to explain, but to me, in these beers the sourness either comes off balanced or totally one sided and overwhelming. Some nice fruity notes on this one at the end as well. Fantastic.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2002. Popped the cap, and the cork under the cap slo-o-o-o-wly worked its way out of the neck of the bottle under itís own power, finally shooting skyward with a "Pop!". Good show! Pours a pale hazy straw-orange with a big head of coarse white foam that fades quickly, but leaves a nice bubbly skim. This is some funky smelling stuff. Initially, the sour, acidic, almost vinegar-like smell overwhelms everything else. Slowly, cinnamon, leather, horse and lemon peel begin to show through. Very spicy, and just incredibly funky. Intensely sour flavors. Dry, astringent palate. Not sure what to make of this. Itís weird aggresive stuff, like a brut champagne, but dryer still. Initially, I didnít like it very much. But as I sip through the bottle, it grows on me. (With the wild assortment of bacteria and yeast in here, itís probably growing inside me too.) An expanding experience for my palate. And it seems well-crafted, in spite of my inexperience with the style.
shrubber85 (7841) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2005 Fresh in brewery. Mild yeasty and musty aroma. Straw color with a small foamy head. Primarily a musty hay flavor but with hints of cherry and apple. Gets better the more you drink. A very dry beer - little sweetness to this at all.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly murky yellow with a small white head. Lots of citrus in the aroma. Flavors of lemon and grass. Nice carbonation. Quite tart without being over the edge. Probably my favorite of the Gueuze brews.
Garrat (1265) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From A Bottle.Pale amber in colour with a small head,
aroma is of musty wood,grass and apples,
taste is sour lemon and hay,quite acidic with a dry sour apple finish.
Not my thing at the moment.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fine yellow bubbling color with a good sized white head. The aroma is a blend of sweet light lemon and sugar scents and some light wood and cobweb scents. Taste this is a tart goodness I wasnít expecting. I was concentrating on something else and bindly took a sip, then the beer brought me right back to it. It really doesnt hit me until it hits the center of my tongue, and its sweet, and bitter and very complex. It has many very subtle hints of light fruity flavors, but none of them really stand out above the bitterness. I would expect this to leave the mouth feeling odd, chalky or dry or something something similar. However this leaves my mouth feeling quite smooth and lubricated, just aching for another taste.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
wow thats different. this is my first of this style and all i can say is wow. pours a hazy golden with an orange tint. no head. no lacing. when people say horse blanket they aint kidding. very sour. taste is right there the second it hits your lips. at first its offensive, and tart. i think i am going to have to work on this style if i am to like it. it does have a nice after taste however. i will try it again after a few years. wow thats different.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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 itís so light. Thereís 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 (630) - 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.