saxo (15694) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. No head at all. Color is brown and it is a bit hazy. Sour sweet taste. Not very lasting taste.
ClarkVV (4855) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2006
0.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Same vintage as Styles’ bottle (Best before Oct/Nov ’95 or ’96) purchased from Embassy Liquors. Shared with OldGrowth on 2/17/2006.
Popping the wetted cork reveals vegetal and corn syrup like flavors, very powdery and quite well summed up by the "baby diaper" moniker. Corn cobs, wet wool, musty corks and a high amount of acetic acid. Any lambic qualities that this may have possessed have been completely subsumed by the thick, caramel/candi sugar. A slight sourness on the end, not a lactic, but a sharp, dry sourness reminiscent of spoiled veggies soaking in rusty water. Faint in the aroma at least.
Not so in the flavor. The beginning I can handle, that being thick, syrupy, sugary, plant-like notes, mixed with vanillin and musty, dry cork flavor. However, this sharpness/rusty sourness, whatever you want to call it, ruthlessly invades the palate providing strong notes of iron, dirty, cold steel and rotten veggies. Not palateable, and in fact, I couldn’t even swallow a single mouthfeel, not trusting the integrity of the ingredients. Mix of wateriness to smooth syrupy sugariness for a texture, with some fair carbonation still perceptible. The beer is much too dark for a gueuze, something like Lancaster Old Sourpuss (though not quite so dark), with an immediately diminishing ring of bubbles.
I can understand the heavy sweetness of this pseudo lambic, but where are the veggies and hugely mineralic/metallic notes coming from?? Glad I tried it, in that it makes me appreciate the true lambic producers that much more (though de troch did a decent job with the chapeau cuvee, oddly enough).
Poor man’s faro is right. This wouldnt even score too much higher in that style.
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 20, 2006
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I made the mistake of thinking I was getting a "De Troch Gueuze" when I accepted Chapeau. It was not a good mistake ... this beer was off-color with syrupy aromas and the odor (and flavor) of grape-based apple-cider with a dark syrup added for flavor. Not an enjoyable experience. Oh yeah ... its color was very odd ... greenish murky maple syrup is the only way to describe it ... maybe it was the light. And was that worcestershire sauce in the background? I wanted an AMERICAN Budweiser after having this.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Best before date is a combination of Oct/Nov-95’ or 96’, notches are in the middle of each. Transparent golden with no head, but is slightly carbonated. Aroma is dominated by musty wood, cork, and vinegar. Silky smooth body. Initial flavir is sweet candy sugar like, fades to cork and wood pulp. Sticky sugary aftertaste.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Bottled, 0.375l) Quite clear brandy color with a very small head. Slightly yeasty and moldy cellar aroma with sourish malt and sugar. Sugary-sweet, quite artificial flavor with figs and woody notes. Light to medium-bodied, sticky-sugary palate with lemonadey carbonation. A dull, over-sweetened, lemonadey brew. Only a gueuze by name.
Papsoe (25068) - 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 it’s 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 it’s 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 (8920) - 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 isn’t any cloying. But still a long, sweet, sticky aftertaste. The tastes clash, there is a balance that isn’t one. Foremost, this beer is the living sample of what F. Boon claims: this today’s gueuze is yesteryears’ poor mans’ 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.