GT2 (8434) - 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. It’s 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 (3152) - 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 (11835) - 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 (3483) - 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 I’ve 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.
callmemickey (2779) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 Consumed August 17, 2010 at Akkurat in Stockholm with my wife.
A: Golden-straw body with just the slightest bit of cloudiness. Thin off-white head comprised of tiny, well defined bubbles. Slight lacing left behind in the tumbler after each sip.
S: Lemon-citrus, hay, and quite a bit of mustiness.
T: Quite funky, with a ton of barnyard flavors like hay, leather, and sweat. Not as much citric notes as in the nose. A bit muddled and not as complex as some other gueuzes with similar age.
M: Medium-light carbonation and a nice sour acidity. Not particularly puckering in the finish. Refreshing.
O: Given the difficulty in acquiring one of these bottles, I’d rather just get a well cared for vintage classic gueuze... but that’s not to say this wasn’t enjoyable. EDIT: Subsequent bottles have been better (ranging from 4.5 to 4.6 range).
MeadMe (1305) - Riverview, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Maltzilla for this one.
A: Pours a nice golden hue with a nice tall lasting head.
S: Aromas of green apples, hay, and fresh zested citrus.
T: Barnyard funk at its finest. Wet hay and leather. The tartness is there more citrus than the apple I picked up but in a nice way.
M: Zippy carbonation, nice sourness without being too tart.
D: Good honored to have tried this one. Diego never disappoints when it comes to tastings!!
SirLimpsalot (2135) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Den har en ganska mild och len doft. Smaken är också mycket snäll och har en liten syrlighet i god balans med sötma, något träaktig tyckte jag även hitta. Mycket frisk och fin, passar nog jättebra en varm sommardag. Mycket snäll utan större konstigheter.
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
LCBS 10, Day 2. This is now, honestly, one of my all-time favorite sours. Very complex flavor and nose to it. Nose is full of barnyard funk, earth and leather. The front palate is attacked with a good measure of fruit tartness and followed by citrus notes, some green apple to it too . . . and here comes the horse blanket!
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 Bottle at Jason’s CO sour tasting. Big thanks to Logan for breaking this rarity out. Poured into my Cantillon glass. Pours hazy orange with just a hint of carbonation. Nice lacing still all over. Crazy musky aroma, with notes of wood and earth/minerals. Beautiful citrus flavor with the tell-tale horse blanket and leather flavors of a wonderfully aged lambic. Dry finish. Overall - my favorite of the tasting and now, from Cantillon. Saludos!
daknole (9101) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
LCBS 2010. Diego’s surprise beer, and wow what a great one. Gold/orange pour. Tons of awesome fruity funk in this one. Some hay and barnyard aroma, tart apples. Flavor is fruity and fun. Lots of funky goodness, some decent tartness. Apples, light dryness. Awesome stuff. Thanks Diego. You are the man.