ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375mL bottle drunk 8/13/16.
High clarity in this sunset-orange-golden body. Small, white head shows moderate retention.
Marmalade and tea-like brett characteristics are rich, yet soft. Don’t actually get any wine, but it couldn’t matter less, as this is just a knockout even without the wine. Perfectly developed brett notes add fruitiness, soft funk, mineral, light band aid and citrus fruit rind, as wood tannins mix to add spicy and earthy notes that, just like in Crianza, are matched perfectly against the brett. Just a touch of lactic acid lingering, adding intensity and "sourness", with no alcohol or flaw.
Perfect lactic and brett interplay balances the juiciness of citrus, with rind-like sourness/tartness. Soft at first, yet developing some biting acidity as it breathes and gathers on the palate. Tons of funk, light honey and even some minerality and minor wine-like notes. Just fantastically complex and drinkable with a dry, but soft body and texture and exquisitely tight carbonation. Kind of would be interested to get more wine expression, but on the other hand, I wouldn’t roll the dice to risk upsetting this near perfect balance of flavor. Incredible.
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Golden pour with a touch of light head. Wine, wine and more wine, oak, funk and tart aromas. Flavors are smooth, tart, oak, wine tones. Really easy to drink, without a lack of sour Flavors.
jtclockwork (14922) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - pours yellow gold white head - nose and taste of vinous funk, oak, lemon and horsey notes - medium body
GrumpyOldTroll (58) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has aged nicely from the days when it was a young, developing beer to today where it has grown into a fully mature, grandfatherly type of gueuze. The horse blanket has come forth and the results are good.
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, rather fast fading white head.
NOSE: barnyard, fruity, some oak, quite sour.
TASTE: some funk left, oak, quite sour, don’t get too much wine in it though... Nice one!
AdamChandler (4517) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
37.5CL Bottle Acquired in a trade in August of 2013. Allowed to sit upright since then in the cellar undisturbed. Enjoyed @ 40F (Fridge Temp) in 2 stemmed tasters. Poured carefully, no sediment transferred and split 2 ways on a very random Wednesday.
A - The appearance is very light for a Cantillon Gueuze. It’s almost straw-like very yellow, slight haziness and the head was about 1 finger with a quite vigorous pour. It was not the usual pillow-like head I’ve come to expect.
S - Smells like a very salty olive brine with cheese and mushroom with a bit of truffle oil. Honestly, the saltiness dominates most of the nose. There’s a very faint lemon aroma but it’s hard to really pick out. There is a little bit of funk on the nose as it warms up. Very faint though.
T - The taste is really interesting but honestly, I just get salted olive brine like a dominating sea-salt, kelp, fishy taste. A lot of funky old cheese, mold, a bit of grape and sour lemon finish. What a strange taste.
M - body is medium with a slight carbonation on a swish, oily finish with lingering lemon, gouda, and more funk
O - This was was sort of a let-down. #11 on the retired Gueuze list on RateBeer? The guy who traded me this has traded with me before and all of his bottles were real, authentic and he’s very trustworthy so I assume it’s the real thing as it tastes nothing like any other Cantillon Gueuze. The salty olive taste is just a huge let-down. What a shame. I waited an extra 20 minutes and let it warm and decant. The flavor doesn’t get any better but the nose does get more intense. Looks like my review brought this from #11 on the list to #13. Terribly sorry about that but seriously, just not good :(
kraddel (6144) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lost the specific text in the rating for these beers . Opened at a tasting with Armand himself . Will update rating with text when I found the papers, only scores for now .
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Zwanze Day 2014… Pours hazy and amber with golden highlights and no head. The nose is an earthy, citrusy mélange of horse blanket, barnyard-like funk and lemon zest. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is tart, bready, woody and funky. Lengthy, tart, then tangy finish.
Luk_ (241) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge want, thanks to Tom and Francis. Pour a clear blond with a ring of foam. Aroma is very bretty, there is also wood, cheese and also pears (maybe from the use of different wine barrels) Taste is very oaky with some brett, cheese and lemon. Appropriate carbonation. Very good gueuze.
czar (7707) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by tom10101 and minderbinder, thanks bros. pours hazy/cloudy pale golden with a small and reviving white cap, nice lacing. very fruity, spicy flowers, astringent wood and cognac, grass, light and welcoming acidity - lactic at first, then the usual suspects, some funk - then again not outrageously. bright carbonation, light body, drying and firmly tart grassy-herbal finish. balanced blend. tasty and different. good stuff!