Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robe blonde légèrement voilée. Arômes de liège. Saveurs sûres et acides de pomette. Subtilités intéressantes au niveau des saveurs aigres.
1FastSTi (3346) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Chuck! Poured from a 12 oz bottle all over Chuck’s laptop... I eventually got to sample this beer after he was done cleaning. The aroma is very strong. Mostly, it smells like leather. There’s also some sourness to it that initially hides the leather aroma until you get used to the sour. The leather smells like one of those nice supple leather jackets that are $500+. Anyway, the appearance is a very hazy straw gold color with a thin white head ring. The palate is fizzy and almost comes off as REALLY salty. The flavor is a very sour grape and apple with some leather undertones. Kinda has a flavor that reminds me of nickel as well.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz w/ cork and when I popped it I popped it all over me and my craptop.
a orangish color w/ a small white head well laced, visible carbonation cloudy color and the head is short lived. First scent is barnyard/horseblanket then some very sour cherries and leather and a little grapefruit and an odd sweetness in the finish too great complexity here. Palate is highly carbonated fairly well couted. Flavor is sour/tart cherries some more sour some grapes too an acidicness that makes my mouth almost sweaty. A good beer as far as lambics go, but still an odd style from my viewpoint.
Terminus (3381) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled in 2001-pours hazy yello wit ha big white head. big vineous, funk, horseblanket aroma with notes of sour grapes, lemon, seltzer water and green grapes. fizzy palate as expected. lots of sourness from the brett. I bet this was a good vintage to sample this beer. I have a bottle that im going to age for a while. A pretty decent lambic in my book.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL corked & capped bottle (bottled in 2003, sampled August 2005): slightly cloudy golden body with a thin starched white ring. Sweet, while beautifully sour leather tannins, sharp green grape skins, and a grapefruit effervescence round out a fantastically deep aroma. This luscious liquid tingles the tongue and sides of the mouth while coating with a limestone-like film. Acidic flavours mixed with bubble gum, sour hops, metal, and astringent grape skins. Long mustiness in the finish keeps the flavours clinging to the sides of my mouth just as I like it…truly fantastic, I wonder if I could toast at my wedding with this…
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wet sweaty animal aroma. sour taste is so sour that my jaw tightens up. woody notes, but sour woody notes. citrus finish. vinous flavors underly this with some apple, a very complex enjoyable brew.
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Version simply labeled "Lambic 100%". Pours a lovely, orangey golden with a slight haze - no head. Almost flat. Very sharp, acidic nose. Notes of iron and the typical Cantillon vinegar approach that pretty much kills your buds. This is very traditional hardcore stuff. 280601
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nose is all wet dog and barnyard. Taste-very puckering and sour-absolutely delicious! Lots and lots of citrus. There is a very veiled salt taste that goes with the sourness very well (the salt taste may very well be a byproduct of the acidity). The sour lingers forever and is wonderful. A great multi-dimensional beer that can be sipped for hours.
PandoraGreen (27) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Smokless Joe’s in Toronto. Light golden and cloudy, no head to speak of. Strong, indescribible scent (not unpleasant). Taste is citrus, lemon, with a puckery aftertaste. Very unique tasting beer. Wish I could find more of it.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Amber, slight haze, OK head. Rotting apples are the dominant aroma, with some rotting apricots too. There’s quite a lot fungal, musty, cobwebby young lambic character, a rough woodiness, a type of cheese I can’t identify and some cherries. Starts with a juicy stone fruit sweetness then becomes nice and firmly tart (and quite acetic) without ever getting out of control, followed by a nice cheesy, stale hop bitterness. Apple cores, too. Carbonation seems caught between the clarity of flavours delivered by a flat lambic and the extra life brought by the high carbonation in other gueuzes, which kinda leaves the beer with neither of these positives. Quite full-bodied. Not my favourite gueuze, but delicious stuff anyway.
RR: Geez, I thought this was one of my less-favoured gueuzes but damn, I had a 2004 bottle the other day and it was freaking great. A lot cleaner and drier and a lot less fungal than previous experiences. Yum.