Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Cantillon old-school "Gueuze & Kriek" gueuze tumbler.
Huge, huge thanks to Brad for pulling this one out. This one stole the show for me.
Poured a fairly-clear golden color with a short white head that was pretty fizzy and didnít last for too long, though that was okay, as this was far and away the worst aspect of the beer; everything else about it was as damn near close to perfection as you could reasonably find in a beer.
The nose carried some heavy earthy barnyard notes full of stables filled with horse blankets. Over the top of that was fresh lemon rind and citric acid. Itís incredible the amount of citrus this carried through, which is quite unlike many other aged gueuzes that Iíve had.
The flavor was incredibly smooth and crisp with notes of lemon and citrus, followed by heavy funk with notes of light earth and a touch of leather. Long, long flavor duration with a moderate-to-heavy acid presence. Pretty heavy funk on a light body with average carbonation. Very dry finish. Slightly puckering.
Overall, it really couldnít get much better than this. This bottles has absolutely aged out fantastically. Itís only damn flaw is that Iíll likely never have it again.
Marsiblursi (2989) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy golden with a medium sized head. The aroma is fantastic with tons of brett - sweaty horse, barnyard, mould and dirt. Undertones of cheese, grapefruity citrus, smoke, dusty wood, green leaves, tart rhubarb, cracker-like malt and nice phenols. The flavour is super dry and near heavily acidic with no bitterness. Citric, dirty, funky and fabulous. Good balance between the brett and lacto. The mouthfeel is tart, flat and light watery. Maybe a touch of carbonation. Citric and dirty brett finish. Near medium bodied. Fantastic, but the mouthfeel have probably seen better days.
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank next to the 98 classic gueuze amongst many other. pour is a deep golden amber, mostly opaque with tons of pure white creamy head. the nose has a nice funk to it up front, rubbyer plastic and musky cellar notes are subtle. Strong peach notes, grapefruit, and the evidence of sourness in the nose. The taste is even better, brighter peaches and a more dusty funk with a great level of sourness in back. light body, creamy feel, soft palate, low carbonation in a good way and dry finish. the fruity flavors are extremely bright and the dry funk is integrated so well with a great drinkable sourness.
Mowbeer (326) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled-Christmas tasting 2011-cloudy,capers,olive brine,old car leather,basement,old church,oak,vinegar,lime,old wood floor,mothballs,varnish,band-aid, and much more!!!Excellent beer!
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank next to Cantillon Classic í98 and a hoard of other lambics. Murky gold pour with a decent white head that recedes to a small ring and wisps. Citrus crushes the nose, bit sweet in the grapefruit, then some egg, sweat, and stable, way more than in the Classic í98. Flavor is super-integrated, normal Cantillon brett bringing leather and citrus, then some white grape that lingers through the finish alongside light cobeweb and more grapefruit. Very balanced and uniquely expressive for a Cantillon geuze, especially in the grape and low-brett levels, it shares more similarities with Drie Fonteinen than any other Cantillon Iíve had. No surprise then that itís my favorite geuze Iíve ever had from Cantillon.
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Akkurat. Pours hazy golden with a small bubbly off white head. Sour, fruity, earthy, cellar and sweet honey aroma. Very sour, tart geuze, earth, cellar mellow flavor. Finishes with a nice lean sour and tart aftertaste.
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750mL 1998 black foil. The pour out of the basket yields a hazy, glowing orange topped with a thin, white head. Apparently after this many years, the Loerik has come alive! Aroma is without a doubt the best aroma from just about any material derived from organic matter in the universe: incredible smack your face fresh white grapefruit, extremely fresh and fleshy/juicy Valencia oranges, white pepper, moldy citrus peels, rich peach yogurt, fleshy and overripe juicy peach, salty funk, light-fresh grapefruit heavy Brett. Literally 11/10 for aroma. The taste gives you almost a similar reward with heavy lactic sourness, fresh tropical fruits, earth, spice, leather, soft peach, maybe a hint of eggy sulfur. I sort of stopped taking notes on this one because it was obvious this would become a Top 5 beer of all time for me. Palate is perfection: wickedly lactic and yogurt heavy. Itís actually a bit unbelievable: insane amount of leather, bitterness, soft tartness, and fresh juiciness. Extremely long, cobwebby finish. Just ridiculous. It really makes Yellow Bus look a bit silly. 11/4/9/5/18 --> 10/4/9/5/19=4.7
One of the reasons I think this geuze is so outstanding is not because it is the Loerik, but simply because it is 1998 Cantillon gueuze, which I have had and loved. The Loerik certainly adds more complexity and fruitiness, but the base lambic from that year is clearly a superlative. Actually, this geuze has a lot more room to age. If you have a bottle or have access to a bottle, I would urge you to keep it for another 5 years or more and you will probably end up with the best liquid beverage ever created by man.
sunevdj (3120) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy light amber with a tiny with head. Tart and clean sour lambic. Lots of grape fruit aromas. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ygtbsm84 has been talking about this one for years, so I just had to seek it out. It was worth the effort. Cloudy golden color, plenty of carbonation. Aroma of cobwebs, dust, pepper, summer fruit. Taste was dry and powdery, dried grapefruit, dried peach, pepper. Great stuff.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml bottle, drank into a Cantillon glass, 1998, obtained at Akkurat.
Pours a light peach, kinda of murky, light white head rises about a finger, good lacing...The aroma is awesome, just the right amount of earthy funk a little horse blanket all balanced by a touch of sweetness in the form of apricots....The taste is equally amazing, the best gueze Iíve ever had. Perfect balance of funk and sweetness that gives you the best of both worlds, the funk you are seeking and the drinkability to crush the whole bottle.
This is a white whale well worth acquiring. Its simply amazing and I cannot say enough good things about it. If you like sour you will love this beer.