smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - my first ever gueze. Iím a little nervous. Iíve had several of Lindemanís fruit lambics, but never a gueze. Here we go. The aroma is sour. Not much else to say. A little fuity, a little yeasty, but mostly sour. The appearance is quite like a hefeweizen. Cloudy cold with a white head. The flavor. I really did not expect to like this, but I do. It is dry and tart and begs you to take another sip. It is sour ... but I like it! Wow, Iím intrigued! Interesting.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2012 **Cantillon Monks Cafe Cuvee Gueuze** Really a completely unique blend from the "regular" Cantillon Gueuze. From a bottle, pours a clear orange gold with a white head that settles to a ring around the glass. Nose is sharp, citrusy, and really funky. A lot of lemon and barnyard to this, very sharp. Not as sour as the regular gueuze, much less puckering. Lemon, hay, some white vinegar, neatly integrated brett and funk. Balanced and refined, kind of this lemony, funky burst in the back palate. Really neat montage of flavors, especially the way it unfolds on the finish. Awesome.
May 2012 Edit. The regular Classic Gueuze is better than the Monks Cafe Gueuze. Several 2006 bottles have been near perfect. Rich rotted wood, deep musty funk and animal sweat, floral summer meadow. I have come to find these better than 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze, taken a complete 180.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this hand-pumped at Toronado: what an experience. Sour, tart, and incredibly brisk and refreshing. Clearly a style that takes some getting used to, which can be expensive. If this beer is any indication, it might just be a taste worth cultivating.
bigda83 (534) - Jamestown, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the brewery following the tour. Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma of pear, apple, sourness, and mildy funky basement. Taste was lightly sour and fruity with a nice little bite to it. Body felt pretty light and it was easy to drink with a dry finish. Well done.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer number 500 for me. Iím amazed Iíve not rated this before now. Bottle from Beers of Europe. Orange with no head. Aroma of green apple, brettanomyces, lemon, wood, cobwebs. Puckeringly acidic in the mouth with a long, exceedingly dry finish. Glorious.
Acid303 (532) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - MAR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle, served in Cantillon glass @ Homo Sibaris bar. Pours light foggy orange with small white frothy head (persistent though). Green apples and citrusy notes in both aroma and taste. Pretty sour and lemony, but actually well balanced. Some fruits presence with hints of white grape as well. Dry finish. Medium body, perfect carbonation. I donít use to drink beers like this, but was pleasant overall.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my first true lambic so here we go! 12.7oz bottle Bottled 17 Sept. 2010. Pours a pure clear gold with no head. Initially, I was alarmed at the utter lack of a head until the bartender informed me that this is characteristic of the style. Aroma is SOUR! I detect notes of funk, citrus, hay, cherries and limes. Taste is puckeringly sour with notes of sourdough, french oak, hay, and the aforementioned fruits. Body is medium with sneaky carbonation that swells up in the mouth like champagne. Although it appears non-carbonated, it is super fizzy. Absolutely bone dry finish that felt like it was cleaning my teeth... Ethereal. Overall, this is one of the best beers Iíve ever had, bar none. Intensely complex and utterly delicious!
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - AUG 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. Hazy yellow color with a white, quickly disappearing head. Aroma is vinous, sour, smokey with som stable. Flavour is sour with citrus, unmatured apples and some unmatured gooseberries. This was my first gueuze ever, but I thought this would be even sourer than it was. It feels balanced, nice and quite easy to drink!
andersand (529) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When fresh it is good but mild, a bit simple yet refreshing with allot of lemon. Older bottles is a harcore acid attack with extreme concentrated funky barnyard notes, hay, lemon and wood.
Advocate_Ames (527) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a golden amber with a defined foam head, nicely carbonated. The aroma is of moderate funk, grape like fruit, barnyard scent of wheat and straw. In the flavor I noticed wheat grains, a fading tart taste, grapes, sugar, and a slight crisp dry finish. Overall a very fine beverage.