Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Bottle 25 cl) De Troch is best known for itís range of overly sweet fruit beers, but they also do make beers that come closer to the real thing - without hitting bulls eye though. Dark amber, almost no head. Vinegary nose, and the tartness really dominates all the way through. But itís a harsh tartness very far from the sophisticated, earthty notes that characterizes the best classical gueuzes. Solid dose of candi sugars cannot save this, and it ends quite unbalanced. 230599
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Very dark for style with a horrible nose of baby diaper and sugar. Total digrace to Gueuze.
JorisPPattyn (8436) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very slightly veiled amber, with faint greenish tinge; very dense, 1 cm head, yellow-amberish. Acetic acid and caramel syrup, green apples, solvent, horseblanket and dark candi sugar in the nose. Vaguely fruity taste, as from watered-down pure grape juice. Little, bit watery rendering of lactic and citric acid. And candi or caramel syrup. Balance between acids and syrup is such that there just isnít any cloying. But still a long, sweet, sticky aftertaste. The tastes clash, there is a balance that isnít one. Foremost, this beer is the living sample of what F. Boon claims: this todayís gueuze is yesteryearsí poor mansí faro: sour, harsh and thin lambic (Mertse) with liberal doses of candi syrup.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2005
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours suprisingly dark amber with a short lasted small white head. Balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and dry white grape aroma. Horrible sweet brown sugar flavour, with biscuit notes. Weird, not good.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from Beer Tempel in Brussels. Bottle neck broke on opening as with the faro. Horrible vinegar aroma. Flavour is oversweet yet also with some unrefined sourness and quite syrupy. Horrible wannabe gueuze.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2004
1.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Strange beer indeed. Its "aroma" reminds mostly of vinegar, it pours no head at all, and its body is hazy dark brownish. As for the taste, I am lucky they added sugar, because the underlying sourness would have been too much to finish the bottle. I did finish the bottle, though, but I donít think Iíll have another of this one.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2004
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Dark golden color, light sweet fruity malty aroma andartificial taste, light body, watery finish.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
1.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Tart fruity soy sauce acidic aroma, low malt. Dark amber (almost brown) clear with thin off-white head. Medium watery body with almost no carbonation. Starts stale and sweet, light malts, fruity sourness thatís weak. Light metallic watery paper-like staleness. Horrible.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I guess Iíve been a bit spoiled for lambics up to now as a I have stuck to "the real thing". This manifestly is not the real thing. Hazy bronze pond water appearance. Very slight woody vinegar edge on the nose, but thatís about as close to a proper gueuze as it gets. The aroma is dominated by caramel and candy sugar. No barnyard here. Although there is some tartness on the palate, it could hardly be called sour. Whatever flavours there are battered into submission by a sticky, cloying sweetness. There is a synthetic tasting pear drop and cough medicine undertone. This tastes more like a sweetened farmyard cider, or even apple juice, than a gueuze to me and thereís simply not enough acidity to cut through the sweetness. Nor good. This should bump my gueuze average rating down a bit. 250ml bottle from beersofeurope.co.uk. BBE date illegible.
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown colour, muddy. Sweet aroma. Sweet flavour, lightly bitter.