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.
wlf (49) - DENMARK - FEB 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
at the brewery: golden, white head, unclear, barnyard and fruit smell, some sweetness, fades into bitter and sour funky taste, citric fruit, lively carbonation, oily mouthfeel,
sjorsvdg (287) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deze geuze is te vergelijken met champagne. Zeer fris, krachtig van smaak en met een mooie balans tussen zuur, zoet en een klein beetje bitter. Eikenhout komt mooi uit in aroma en smaakpalet.
adasko (1352) - Poznan, POLAND - FEB 2, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted in brewery tasting room. Awesome, super dry aroma, harsh and annoying wooden notes in the taste. It’s just beautiful.
Belgianloner (12) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 Vintage: Consumed in JAN:2016.
Note: Bottle bought and consumed at Moeder Lambic. Stored in proper cellar conditions.
AROMA: More pronounced and refined than a fresh bottle. Maybe a hint more parmesan cheese and tropical fruit. Green apples also seemed to some through in smell and taste.
APPEARANCE: Deeper in colour less head retention. Oily, less lively.Possibly more lacing on the glass than the usual recent vintages.
TASTE: Oakier, Creamier, funkier, oilier, more balanced and refined. Green apples and tropical fruit. Noticed a slightly peppery note you might associate with Saisons, perhaps this is a by product of Brett being given additional time to develop?
PALATE: Less of a quencher and more of a sipper. Long lasting, creamy, thicker, slicker, cloying mouth feel. Just so much more balanced than a current vintage, though also Intense. Carbonation certainly took a back seat however it was still present though due to saturation. I believe it allowed other flavour notes to shine through more and become more or less pronounced.
OVERALL: It’s a better beer when aged. It’s different though retains the Cantillon stamp. Everything seems more concentrated and surprisingly the oak characters were much more pronounced. I like a fresh Gueuze very much but the 2008 Vintage is proof this is a beer which will refine when stored correctly. I look forward to trying aged Cantillon again.
Guruhso (111) - DENMARK - JAN 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2014. Medium yeasty and light malty aroma. Aroma of citrus, apple and grapefruit. The flavours is heavy sour and light bitter. Finish very dry with lingering sourness. Fizzy carbonation. Champagne Indeed...
andniz (42) - POLAND - JAN 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of vinegar, apples, grapes and barnyard.
Very sour, but not too sour. No sweetness or bitterness. Flavor of apples, grapes, lemon. Unfortunately, no barnyard. Resembles dry wine. After it got warmer the sourness stayed on the throat, which (with the lack of barnyard flavor) are the only things I didn’t like about this beer.
DandyWolfFloyd (860) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - basement, sweat, funk, cork, barnyard, and white flesh fruit
Appearance - the body is goldenrod colored with decent nucleation. The head sets up very nicely; white and about 2 1/2" Very tight and settles slowly.
Taste - sour flavor is prominent. There is an element of white flesh fruit, barnyard, funk, must, horse blanket, even a little cork wood. Some white grape skin as well.
Palate - body is medium body, somewhat vinuous nature, carbonation is lively, the finish dry, fruity, and full of funk.
Christpuncher (2410) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Incredible for the style. Slightly sour and tart and salty. Pours orange yellow with no head. Had at a beer share at kasers.
nerdboy19 (135) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 16, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite gueuze. The aroma and flavor is very complex and balanced. Must try gueuze for sure.
Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/12/16 750ml bottle Old Notes (Label says 5 rd Bottling 2000 (March)-Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of straw, hay, funk, and floral. Taste of the same with some tartness and sourness on the back end. This light bodied brew is different but still quite tasty.