ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 30, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 fabulous. tart sour but far from one dimensional. hazy amber color, funky horsey aroma.
many complexities here - a hinbt of apples some herbs.
perfect carbonation and refreshing.
the champagne of beers.
the funk in this beer may scare off some but its worth it.
jaymobrown (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1996: Sour with a must nose. Extremely sour taste of lemon. The end was smooth and there wasnít quite as much edge as the newer versions. 1999: A more floral nose and sour taste. 2000: Tone of lemon with soap water. Not nearly as good as the older versions. The rating here is a combination of the three years.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3.7 rating is for 1996 VERSION: Hazy and bright gold with the musty basement smell that gives hint to itís age. Complex start with pepper and bready notes. The end is that supreme sourness that also proves it has aged well and is ready to drink. Another superb gueuze.
1999 Version: Seemingly more dry and complex as compared to the 2000. Some sour notes still wayward.
OCTOBER 2000 VERSION: Soapy nose and taste, many flavors- especially the sour ones- seem out of order and in your face. Iíd still rate this young gueuze about a 2.7 or 2.8.
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - SEP 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initially smells like a clogged drain, but the aroma got much better through the glass. Cloudy gold color but no head to speak of. Puckering sour of course with a chalky finish. Did we get a bad bottle? Was complex and unusual for sure, but unpleasant at times – and I really like Gueuze beer (see my rating for Oud Beersel for example).
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Same as the Cantillon Kriek I am not sure if this bottle got infected. Had 2001 bottle and also it smelled like rotten eggs. After a while it began to smell fruity and citrus-y. Had a nice dusty yellow orange body with a little head. Sour with a bitter finish. After it sat a while it also hat initials of grapefruits. Long medium aftertaste. As we got this and the Cantillon Kriek at the same store, it might be the storage that didnít do well on these beers. Definetly have to try it again.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Holy crap, this blows my mind. From the rusty cap onward this has a most amazing outlandish smell--salty, sour, yeasty, and a disturbing touch of diarrhea. Pours a lovely golden color with a huge but quickly diminishing head.
I really canít wrap my mind around the complicated flavor of this thing. It is so sour that it makes my eyes water and nearly makes me wretch. But thereís something there that I want to get to the bottom of--a maltiness hiding in there, and a spicy flavor reminiscent of pot. A totally new experience for me.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I didnít like this gueuze all that much. Lindemanís was much more palatable.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
golden hazy appearance. quite tart, very spritzy. quite refreshing even at room temp. very complex
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at the brewery and in the bottle. Very nice and tart.
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2004 My eyes shoot out of my head when I saw the incredible score for this beer. Highly overrated. When I drunk this one, my thought was that the other Lambica I've had were not that bad. Aroma is perhaps the most striking and confusing of this one. Not knowing what to think about it, I gave the aroma the benefit of the doubt. Taste is horrible sour.
Rerate 22-08-'04. Well times change. So does taste. The new bio version. Very oaky aroma, winey and fruity (apple and citrus). Hazy, orange-yellow coloured with a firm white lasting head. Taste is tart, moderate sweet, oaky. Very well balanced. Tartness evolves towards finish. Quite dry brew. (Offcourse....)