dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gold-amber gold with a white head. Big bubbles. Some acidity in the nose and a strange process cheese flavour come through. Very sweet little commercial gueuze that is not very good.
Frank (3713) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lambic aroma hits as soon as the seal on the cap is broken. Pours a nice ever-so-slightly hazy golden orange. Head is huge initially but fades fast to a quarter inch. Nose is sour but it's sharpness is cut by a sweet apple note and a hint of mustiness. The carbonation looks intense when this is poured but it feels a bit dead on the palate in addition to being slightly syrupy. Flavor is dominated by a vague sort of sourness with some apple and caramel notes far off in the background. Not terribly complex and as such not a gueuze much worth drinking.
Christian (12189) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A cloudy dark yellow with a quickly gone white head. A fruity head with some champagne. The aroma is so much apple it's almost cider and has some vinegar-ish acid.
madsberg (11166) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 Bottled: Unclear yellow/brown coloured. No head at all. Vinegar and fruits in the nose. Lots of apple in the flavour. Very sweet and some faint notes of sourness. Not very wellbalanced beer, but still quite fresh.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
There"s all sorts of big, dark, nasty looking fragments of something floating around in this one; I don"t think it"s yeast. Fairly clear golden body with the aforementioned chunks, tiny head, weak nose, a bit sour, a bit sweet, with muted apples. The largest chunks have settled to the bottom, but it"s going to take some courage to try this. Overly sweet; more like apple juice than gueuze. Some oak character. Label is different than pictured (greens and grays, with Chapeau at the bottom and Gueuze at the top), so maybe this isn"t the same thing that others have given high marks (same brewer, though - someone else mentioned that there was a sweetened export version? This might be that).
Hansen (8151) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
What a funny kind of beer! Sweet and sour flavor.
I guess I have to drink it some more before I’m going to like it.
Ungstrup (32172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A hazy brown beer with no head. The aroma is only slight compared to other gueuzes but has the distinct sharp note of the wild fermentation. The aroma is quite sweet with notes of the sharpness and dryness of a gueuze. An OK beer, but I would rather have a sharper and drier gueuze. I think this is a good gueuze to introduce people to the concept of gueuze.
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2003 De Troch makes a traditional gueuze for the Belgium home market, and this much sweeter Chapeau for export. The nose is of slightly rusty iron railings after a summer downpour with some damp, slightly musty wood. A bit of painted iron is the initial taste, then a mild sour acid which soon vanishes to be replaced by the overwhelming honey sweet champagne cider. The tartness returns slightly stronger, mellowing back into the now familiar iron taste. A very refreshing and pleasant drink - a good introduction to the lambic family. [3.0]
Re-rate. Bottle, with Nuffield & Duff. Musty aroma like a well aged vintage British ale, including a strong suggestion of oxidisation. Intense extremes of sweet & sour perfectly balanced in a shocking explosion of balsamic vinegar. Tastes old and off (about a year after best before date). [2.9]
jaymobrown (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1997: Sour water. Some type of dank wood left outside in the rain smell. I didn’t really enjoy this one at all.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1997 VERSION: Distinct barnyard odors and nice mustiness. Nose was a winner... on par with the best of the gueuzes. Grassy taste did take away from some of the taste. Overall, it was nice and complex with a great sour ending.