crlnts (390) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 3, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
No head. Clear golden. Flat. Cheesy. Sour. Green apple. Oily. Unbalanced. Very unimpressed.
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Backlog) bottle at spontaneous fermentation. Hazy golden copper pour with cloudy tan head, some sediment in the pour. Nice leather, tart, lactic, aromas. Flavor is tart lactic, not too much.
ThirstyBird (2599) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At In De Verzekering Tagen De Grote Dorst bottle 1348 of 1400 year-2009. Pours as clear light amber color with a small ring. The smell is mild apple, funk, tart citrus. The taste is, tart citrus, apple, funk ending lightly sour and astringent. Light in body with fine, light, tickling carbonation. A real treat.
Luk_ (241) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Bottle at the Grote Dorst. Pours a blond-copper with some sediment and a thick white head and sick lacing. Dusty aroma, attic feeling, some cheese and barnyard. You can feel there is age, but there is no sign of oxidation. Taste is very lemony and citric. Somewhat puckering, highly addictive. Some leather and hay. Palate is perfect, well carbed and dry. One of the best lambic of our trip, a little short from 3 Fonteinen 2001’s. 4.4.
Re-rate: Tried another bottle. Very, this one is brighter (no dust) and there is intense puckering lemon. Slightly better.
kerenmk (4091) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Noam’s office. Thanks DSG. 2009 bottle. Amber, hazy, some floaties and white wave. Rotten oranges, dish soap aroma and a very sour taste. Astringent, fulfilling, not carbonated.
tom10101 (5271) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 Several bottles (750 ml) @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst and at the WE of the spontaneous fermentation. Slightly hazy bright golden with a medium bubbly white head and little lacing. Aroma is mineral with nice funk, peppermint and barnyard along hay, earthy notes and lemony notes. Taste is moderately sour with nice barnyard, funk and hay along mineral/earthy notes, light caramel and lemony notes. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Dry finish. Superb gueuze! Great balance. Strong, but not too heavy. Really complex. Quenching. I loved it.
EDITED: I was lucky emough to try this one 5 times in April/May 2014. There’s an important bottle variation as some are darker and less carbonated while others are lighter and perfectly carbonation. The bottles that are more carbonated developped and amazing peppermint aroma/taste and definitely have more complexity. All the bottles I have tried (including the almost flat ones) were at least worth 3.9/5, but we you get a bottle that is perfectly carbonated, this is one of the best gueuze out there.
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Grote Dorst. Not quite clear gold pour with rocky white head. Aroma is really nice, lemony and grassy notes, light pepper, mineral notes, light cheesy funk. Taste is fruity, tart, mild funk, refreshing grassy taste, mineral finish. Palate is very well carbed, maybe just a tad aggressive. Superb gueuze.
AdamChandler (4517) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minor haze dark gold. Minimal head. Aroma is nice. Lemon juice, hay and copper pennies. Minor clove and honey. Creamy mouthfeel. Super metallic. I get a touch of ham. Quote a bit of old cheddar rind. The enamel stripping is here but not sour, just jigh acidity.
tomer (2905) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - APR 27, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At a tasting, thanks DSG, small bubbly head, hazy deep orange colour, aroma of peach and apricot with an empathic malty backbone, flavour of white fruits with some sweat and almonds, pleasant fruity sourness, amazingly mellow and balanced for a gueuze. Excellent.
zvikar (4134) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a sour tasting at Noam’s office. Pours yellow to orange hazy with a medium head, aroma of honey, brett, cherries and fruit, delicate, flavor is sour with white wine, green tea, mint, medium to full bodied.