ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 Bottle - Courtesy of one kick ass trader, thanks!!! ad to work at the cork for a bit, but I guess thats just the price you pay for a 7 year old gueuze...Opens with a pop and only a fair amount of head rising up the neck, but you bet you ass we were prepared for 10x worse...Pours a hazy golden with a large eggshell head that dissipates...aroma is just mouthwatering, lemon, dust, earth, tannic oak and massive acidity...flavour is similar, lemon, dirt, grain...finish is lingering acidity, not a hint of vinegar, just intensely sour...pricky carbonation initially in the glass, but after 15-20 minutes itís almost still...I would love to be more descriptive, but I think I lack the vocab and palate to describe everything...I guess the only way I can describe it adequately is that if you dream about what your perfect notion of a gueuze tastes like, this is probably as close to that idea as you can get...Thanks again mate!!
PriorL (1624) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Heeren van Liedekercke, with S&G Tasting group, first day trip.
APPEARANCE: clear darker blond beer, small stable white head.
NOSE: very sour, complex, wood, brett, funk.
TASTE: very sour, rather dry, wood, little fruity, complex.
RussianDragon (293) - - JUL 11, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750 ml bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! Pours a hazy orange with beautiful white spongy head that leaves a lacing on the glass as thick as the head was once it settled down. Aroma is citrus sourness, straw, hay and brett barnyard funk. Flavor is amazingly complex: perfectly balanced sourness with notes of citrus (grapefruit, lemons) and mild wood. One of the best sours Iíve ever had - everything about this beer is appealing. The mouthfeel, balance of flavors, carbonation, finish, all make this an outstanding beer.
From note 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord Tasting).
biggsbowler (249) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - thanks Staffan for doing the leg work here - pours a nice amber. Nice grassy, sour aroma. The taste is tart, sour, grass, and barnyard funk. Solid!!!
sarro (121) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Properly cellared bottle thanks to BrewDan. Pours a golden yellow, one finger, frothy white head on a gentle pour. Nose is mushroom and funky brett. Taste is heavy, but well rounded flint and dry funk that ends in a crisp sourness. Some light notes of Parmesan cheese are in there as well. Medium carbonation and finishes very dry. Extremely earthy and unique!
Luk_ (84) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to hoppypocket. Glowing orange with huge creamy white foam. Impressive for a 9 year old beer. Aroma is distinctive barnyard, citrus peel, old cheddar and some old lambic (menthol). Taste is out of this world. It feels so fresh while being bone dry. Lots of citrus, must and some herbs. Feels like orange juice, nice moderate acidity with orange sweetness. Lively carbonation and light bodied. Awesome and refined, probably the best gueuze Iíve had.
rxeight (1190) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sip from a generous soul at dark lord day. Probably my only chance to ever try it. Smooth. Slightly tart. A bit sour. Wish I could have tried more of this uber whale.
kermis (4752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared at DHVL side by side with Roze. Pours cloudy dark golden with a medium off white head. Aroma initially strikes as a swimming pool in a barnyard, with old musty dank cellar, cobwebs and wet dog. Flavour is light sweet and moderate acidic. The mouthfeel starts off soft and silky leading into a mellow but more acidic finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Beautiful!
ThirstyBird (1455) - DŁsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted a couple of years ago at RBBSG and thanks to travlr! Pours a cloudy dull honey color with only a small ring of carbonation. The smell is complex with vinegar, funk, organic matter, earth. The taste is funky, woody, tart and slightly puckering with a dry aftertaste. Light body with medium carbonation. A real treat!
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hearty pop from the cork. Hazy, straw colored body sprouts plenty of foamy, white head.
Inescapably funkalicious aroma. Deep, funky, untamed. Off the charts awesome aroma.
Dry hay, gueuze-y funk; sourness is there but not too bold. If you don't know what people mean by horse blanket in gueuze, you certainly will after this. Layers of depth and intrigue; gueuze really doesn't get much better than this.
Fortunate to be my second time with this one, and damn it's still drinking like a champ. Love.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 J and J version (not 50/50) drunk Summer of 2009 at my Farewell to the beer scene tasting
Inserted this one in the middle of the lineup, thankfully, so the palate was not fatigued. At almost six years old, it still poured a wonderfully frothy, white head, showing moderate retention and plentiful carbonation. Soft, straw/white-gold body, plenty of sediment on the bottom.
The nose creeps up on you, this is certainly not getting you by means of raw force/strength. The best part, and i will admit to being slightly hazy on all of the details, being that this was four years ago, was a soft, but yet tart hickory skin/limeade-like note that seemed to hover in the background and keep gaining strength as the beer warmed/breathed. Very dry and with tons of lactic acid but yet all well-presented. Some barnyard notes emerging late but just the most succulent, soft, yet strong brett notes Iíve witnessed.
In the mouth, the carbonation is fairly reserved for the style, with a warm woodiness that plays well with the tart, limey brett notes. Not overly sour, though significantly moreso than the Milennium gueuze I had a few months ago. Very "true" flavors of gueuze, lactic, brett fruity tartness, light band-aids; all that I associate with Girardin, though not as intensely sour as that usually seems. Interesting mineral-like note to it as well. Finish leaves lactic acids lingering, with a bit of cheesiness and more unripened citrus fruits. Carbonation is soft by now, and the body is medium, with a supple texture from the malts and wheat. Wonder if Iíll ever try this again! Thanks to whomever traded me these (canít remember at this point).