ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed 12/31/2012. Thanks to Momar42 for all three gueuzes (and the kriek surprise afterwards!) This was part of the gueuze showdown, pitting Tilquin’s gueuze against the juggernaut duo known as Cantillon Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Part of a 750mL bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Notes from last night’s Skins/Cowboys game.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a half finger white color with poor retention.
S: This one had the most balanced hybrid between winy fruit tartness and earthy funk. A very expressive aroma, and the best one of the three (by a small margin).
T: Acetic sourness comes on the palate fast and hard, and then afterwards cheesy, earthy funk...finishes the flavor profile fast and hard. This was the boldest and most complex of the three, yet it wasn’t that much harsher than the 3F (certainly it was somehow more subtle than Tilquin’s offering). Shockingly easy to drink for me.
M: The finish is the ’dirtiest’ and most tannic of the three, closing the palate with big dryness, yet minimal harshness. This one is actually pretty thick in its texture, accentuating a fuller level of carbonation than the 3F Oude Geuze.
O: This was the winner in my book - but I wouldn’t dare recommend this one to beginners. There is a sense of subtle delicacy to it; however the bigness of the acetic sourness, wet hay, and cheesy funk WILL scare off the average Fat Tire drinker the way a celery stalk scares off a fat kid. And moreso than the other two gueuzes, in fact. To those acclimated to the style’s idiosyncrasies, this one’s hard to beat.
BOSSbrewer (2513) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (375ml) at Porch Nite thanks to Raith which he purchased at the brewery. Pours a clear yellowish with a very thin head. High carbonation. Aroma is lemons, tartness, slight hay and lemongrass. Flavor follows and is lemony and quite tart. Finishes really dry. A very nice beer.
Jorn69 (1566) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ Cantillon 150515. Fruity and bretty, sour, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is long and tart, fruity and bretty.
belgis (253) - LATVIA - MAY 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Moss,sourness in aroma. Strong almost citryssy aroma. Amber color on light side. Tart sourness in taste bit of grapefruit peel. Mold maybe also. Refreshing. Difficult layers of taste. Gets better after few sips.
adodo (127) - Riga, LATVIA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour but also barnyard like (difficult to describe but v.good). Pretty sour. Cloudy yellow, little foam.
koleminer20 (933) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steebo on February 13. The pour from this 750 mL bottle is a hazy golden yellow color with a smaller white head. The aroma is pretty damn good. There is a lot of sour, Brett, and some lemon or citrus on the back end. The flavor is much of the same. It’s really sharp and tart with some grapes in there with the lemon. I am also picking up some apple peel. The mouth feel is a little light, and the carbonation doesn’t seem like it’s up there as high as it should be. The aftertaste is lingeringly sour and fruity. This is a damn good beer. Wish I had more Cantillon
thirstyrabbit (1361) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2015 375 ml bottle, 5 months old. Hazy golden body, medium to small head. Mildly acidic aroma with classic Lambic elements, nothing out of the ordinary. Pleasantly tart taste without getting excessively sour. Sweet and sour with a mixture of various apples in their different stages: from raw green ones to the ripe red ones and later even some that are almost starting to rot. Pleasantly tart finish. Highly drinkable.
lebermilz (75) - GERMANY - MAY 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yellow-orange, hazy, white head. Aroma of mirabelle and brett, quite sour, unripe mirabelle. Soft carbonation. A very clean and crisp lambic without any off flavours. Very good.
MarkoNm (1194) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy darker golden color, topped with virtually no head to speak of. Cellary aroma, earthy with some grape notes. Taste has some sweetness in there, but characterized by a decent sourness. Not for everyone, but if you can appreciate something completely different, then quite enjoyable.
BiiruBierBeer (500) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell is light to moderate sourness, oak, and brett. Taste is pretty much the same with the sourness being the dominant note. Medium body, low to medium carbonation, and light foam.
Sjohnh (395) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden honey coloured, cloudy, with a big but quickly fading white head. Smells of sour apples and white wine vinegar. Big yeast presence too. Light body, moderate carbonation but feels zinger due to the tartness. Apples, lemon, hint of sour cherry in the taste. Nice transition from sour to woody dryness. Best sour beer I’ve had - complex and interesting.