Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 [A special treat from Jean-Pierre van Roy at the open brewing day March 6th 2004 - thanks a million] The color is an unclear orange with a white head. The aroma is sour, dusty, and woody. The flavor is very sour with strong notes of grapefruit, lemon, wood, and dust. I believe this is the best Gueuze I have tried.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep in the forest is where I stumbled upon it: a small mahogany gazebo. Covered in thick green vines, the wood gives off a muddy floral aroma. . .inside there are some small webs in the upper corners, but it is surprisingly clean. I leave the inside and stroll around to the back of the structure where I find a small green apple tree and an incredibly clear creek. Parched I dip my hands in the water and drink deeply: clean, cold almost sweet water. Picking an apple I sat on a solid stone enjoyed the mildly tart green flesh, the cool wet breeze and the woodland aroma.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
For a gueuze that didn't carbonate, it was pretty effervescent. Cloudy tan colour. Deep, sweaty notes, fresh manure (hey, I roll my windows DOWN when I drive out to the farms), old wood. Long, sour Cantillon signature. Enjoyably cheesy, good depth and some cobweb. Smooth and more approachable than the above description would indicate.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 The softer, drier Cantillon geueze. Apples, lemons, moss, damp laundry, and only a hint of horseblanket. The musty/sour flavor seems to be less assertive and concentrate at different areas in my mouth. Light and woody. One of my all-time favorites,
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
RateBeer Summer 2003: Cloudy orange color, sour horse hay aroma with a bit of flowers. Fizzy mouthfeel. The horse taste dominates this beer and makes it difficult for me to enjoy it.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peppery sour aroma. Tart but not assertively so. Definitely a cantillon product, but with a real oak cask character to it.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 2003: Nose is lemony, slight honey, hints of cannabis and oregano. Cloudy yellow. Slightly more watery than I’d expect. Tart just on back of tongue. Quite odd.
1998 bottle tasted 2006: Not getting as much of the funny herbal aromas and flavors this time. Instead is a well-balanced, profoundly tart classic, with nice fruity (lemon, orange) notes, and a dryness that beckons you to the next sip.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice light hazy straw beneath a fluffy white head. The aroma was quite dry with substantial tartness. Almost meaty at times with iron, wood, lemon, hay, cheese and some acidity. Not my favorite gueuze, but an interesting example to me, the uniformed.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 RBSG2003. My notes suffer here as this came on the heels of the Bell Vue Selection. Great, great, great, lemon, grassy, hearty and winsome. Delicious. Sour. - Rerate - Woody!! Incredible even carbonation and intense oak!
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Cuvée J.F. Vonck) The problem with "loerik" is that it never stays completely "loerik". And it is neither unblended lambic, neither gueuze. "Loerik" (=lazy-bones) a blending of lambics, meant to become gueuze, but for some reason refusing to re-ferment. And thus remaining a blend of lambics. Sooner or later there is some refermentation. This one is rather aged, but still pretty flat.
Completely clear-gold. Slim, yellowish head, immediately gone. Very slow pearling. Lumps of yeast pried loose at the end - ought to be poured all at once. Nose of green grapes, raisins, sulphur, decaying wood, mushrooms, lemon, lactic. A bit fleshy taste, lactic - but not in the mouthfeel - something remindful of malt, but changed into something else, cookie-ish. Very flat until the aftertaste, where it seems to liven up, acquiring an outspoken lemony character. Tumultuous mixture of organic acids, going into bitterish-tannine adstringency. It still retains its old lambic character, but gone into something more refined.